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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Quicksand (Gathering Storm in the Middle East Book 2) is a historical fiction by Robert Thomas Fertig. Vincent Ronaldo is married with kids, and has a successful computer software company. He becomes intimate with Eva, an attractive but deceitful woman accustomed to getting her way. Vincent makes a few business deals with questionable characters that prove disastrous to his career. He is entangled in a web of international terrorism involving the C.I.A., agents, greedy bankers and politicians. When Vincent meets Anne, a beautiful double agent, his life changes course again. He compares Anne to his other women, while suffering from a midlife crisis combined with increasing financial problems brought on by the unsuccessful schemes he made. Vincent wonders how he will extricate himself from this hole he has fallen into, and regain a normal life again.
Some persons will see danger looming, but still walk into it. That’s exactly what Vincent does and repeatedly in Quicksand (Gathering Storm in the Middle East Book 2.) Robert Thomas Fertig combines historical facts and fiction in an interesting content. He uses original quotes from political speeches, and summarizes events and scandals that have embarrassed world leaders and shocked the world. Most of the setting takes place in Europe, and the author’s book is very descriptive. His writing style is bold and well researched. He made me visualize countries and their cultures. Religion plays an important role in the novel as the conflicts involve three major ones. Readers will find the book thought-provoking as it makes worthwhile conversation.