Turkey Shoot

He Might Not Be the Terrorist You Expected

Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
384 Pages
Reviewed on 09/28/2021
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Turkey Shoot: He Might Not Be the Terrorist You Expected by Geoffrey Dutton is a conspiracy thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath. Mahmoud al Ramadi was a simple 23-year-old who was caught in a bad place. An Iraqi who was in the clutches of ISIS, Mahmoud had no idea that he would become a terrorist. Fighting off ISIS was easier than his new mission was. He was told to go to Greece and work together to bring the elite down to invoke a revolution. Mahmoud originally became a freedom fighter to get revenge for the deaths of his parents, but things changed when he reached Greece. Before he knew it, he was stuck in an ideological situation where his mind told him one thing and his mission told him another. This would be Mahmoud’s biggest test; would he succeed?

This novel is a remarkable thriller with a well-rounded antihero who had my attention from the get-go. Mahmoud al Ramadi was conflicted but not enough to change his ways. Author Geoffrey Dutton created a very realistic and thought-provoking look into the current condition in the Middle East. Instead of just focusing on terrorism, the author also focused on social issues, the emotional toll of killing, love, family, emotions, and so much more. The author did justice to all of these and more themes to create a compelling tale. The character development was realistic enough to make me feel pain for Mahmoud and to enjoy his triumphs. The descriptions of Greece, Mahmoud’s emotions, and imagery were all very realistic. Turkey Shoot is a novel that I would highly recommend.

Pikasho Deka

Turkey Shoot is a nail-biting geopolitical thriller written by Geoffrey Dutton. Mahmoud Al-Ramadi is an Iraqi national who was forced to flee Mosul when ISIS militants captured the city and killed his parents. After a stint with the International Freedom Brigade fighting ISIS in Syria alongside the Kurds, Mahmoud is sent to Piraeus, Greece, for a covert mission to decimate multiple world leaders at a meeting. After the group's Turkish leader is captured by Greek authorities, the conspirators change plans to target the head of Turkey. Meanwhile, Mahmoud falls head over heels for a fierce Swiss anarchist named Katrina who inveigles herself into the conspiracy. As the team arrives in Turkey, the stakes get higher.

Author Geoffrey Dutton weaves an intricate tale of rebellion full of romance, suspense, and political intrigue that keeps you hooked from start to finish. The narrative delves into themes of faith and the tyrannical nature of autocratic regimes. It explores how far a man can push himself for his ideals and poses the age-old question: "Is it worth it in the end?" The plot moves at a blistering pace, filled with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are well-realized and relatable. Mahmoud's story breaks your heart, and you find yourself rooting for him almost instantly. I found the climax somewhat bittersweet yet satisfying, nonetheless. If you're a fan of fast-paced geopolitical thrillers, check out Turkey Shoot.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Turkey Shoot by Geoffrey Dutton is a conspiracy thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Mahmoud Al Ramadi is a 23-year-old Iraqi on the run from Isis in Syria. Forced to act as a refugee to get into Piraeus, Greece, he is adopted by a terrorist cell aiming to call a revolution against the elite around the world. Mahmoud vows to get revenge on those who made him an orphan and he accepts his mission – it is his personal jihad. Mahmoud finds himself deep in a radical conspiracy planning a terrorist act, who have to scramble and regroup when Greek authorities arrest their leader. Before long, Mahmoud and his new lover slip into Turkey with a homemade weapon to eliminate a key ISIS enabler, but everyone on the team continues to play a part. Together with the infidel that he has fallen in love with, Mahmoud sets out to complete his mission as the kind of person you wouldn’t expect a terrorist to be.

Turkey Shoot by Geoffrey Dutton is an emotive tale with a storyline that reflects current events. This is the kind of thriller that makes you sit up and think, a gripping story that you fall right into with ease and stay with until the unexpected ending. It’s compelling reading, a look into what is happening between the USA, Europe, and the Middle East, a story of how terrorists are made and what drives them. With romance thrown in to soften the story a little, this has little to do with religion and much to do with war, revenge, democracy, and the freedom that should come with it. It has some interesting characters who are well-developed people that you come to know very well. Along with the hard and fast action, it’s a story that might just make you rethink your own beliefs and it will certainly give you some insight into what is going on in the world today.