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The Hour of the Lily

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The Russian invasion of Afghanistan is the bloody background for this densely written epic novel. Swashbuckling, unforgettable Ghoram Khan is a rebel whose life is dedicated to the Afghan resistance and to combatting the Russians who have savaged his wife and leveled his village. His nemesis, Russian army official Andrei Yakushev, has lost his own wife to Khan, locking these opposing leaders in a bitter fight to the death. They are symbols of the greater war, which is depicted here graphically and specificallyfrom calculated assassinations to wanton chemical warfare. Their one binding tie is code-named "The Lily"a maniacal mastermind who has unified and empowered the fragmented resistance, so much so that they have cracked the lines of Soviet intelligence itself. It is The Lily, rumored to be a woman, who fuels the fire between Khan and Yakushev, forcing them to an almost too spectacular climax. With the eyes of the Western world watching in the guise of a British-American cameraman, Khan and Yakushev achieve their bitter end. Kruse (Red Omega) leaves us a bit wrung out, sometimes alone and confused in the desert, and at other times a bit overwhelmed by plot and counterplot. But he also leaves us more sensitive to the events of our own decade, our sympathies elicited by intensely credible characters and by the depth and breadth of his attention to detail.
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An intense, dramatic thriller set against the background of the contemporary Russian Afghanistan war. Kruse, a noted British scriptwriter, filmmaker, and adventurer, has drawn a powerful picture of the violence and sheer gore of the Afghan battlefields and the Afghans' frustration as they struggle against enormous odds. He has skillfully personalized the tragedy by creating moving, realistic characters: a powerful Russian woman (the "Lily" of the title), her estranged husband (a Russian military leader), her Afghan lover (a popular and heroic rebel), and a Western cameraman. Although it is difficult to accept the premise of a woman (especially an outsider) achieving such high status and power in male-dominated Afghanistan, the author has achieved an otherwise very believable and exciting scenario. Kruse is also the author of Red Omega . Recommended. Jean B. Palmer, Andover, Mass.
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