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72 Virgins
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Publisher:  Gradient Publishing ISBN-10:  061528051X Type: 
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392

Copyright:  2009 ISBN-13:  9780615280516
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72 Virgins is a novel about Jihad terrorism and the security agencies’ struggle to thwart its stratagem and trounce the perpetrators. Abu Musa is an Islamic Terrorist with an agenda, a ticking bomb inside the US. Arik Golan is an Israeli who tries to bring him down and pull the plug on his terror organization. Stanley Kramer is an FBI agent on a hunting mission, seeking to place both Abu Musa and Arik within his crosshair. The FBI, the Israeli Mossad, the US-based Iranian clandestine terror network, and the Islamic Jihad fraternity are engaged in a timeless conflict, playing out to a crescendo that comes to a head before the dramatic conclusion.

72 Virgins, a suspense thriller by Avi Perry, has just been released for sale in bookstores and on Amazon.com. The book draws on current world events, politics, cultural divisions, international intrigue and religious fanaticism. It is masterly plotted, thrilling, captivating, replete with stealth, and above all, enlightening.

72 Virgins is a novel about Jihad terrorism and the security agencies’ struggle to thwart its stratagem and trounce the perpetrators. Abu Musa is an Islamic Terrorist with an agenda, a ticking bomb inside the US. Arik Golan is an Israeli who tries to bring him down and pull the plug on his terror organization. Stanley Kramer is an FBI agent on a hunting mission, seeking to place both Abu Musa and Arik within his crosshair. The FBI, the Israeli Mossad, the US-based Iranian clandestine terror network, and the Islamic Jihad fraternity are engaged in a timeless conflict, playing out to a crescendo that comes to a head before the dramatic conclusion.

The story offers an ample dose of realism, a cast of intense characters who engage in love, lust, and violence. It portrays the Jihad culture with its rationale and the volcano that breeds an irrational obsession with death. Moreover, it builds on the Jihadists’ motivation for targeting so many innocents and exploiting the victims’ massacre as a stepping-stone to their dream of eternal paradise next to Allah’s throne.

The real question is not whether Jihad terrorists’ plots will ever cease to emerge – there is no chance of that. The question the book seeks to answer is—will the next one be stopped before it’s too late?

72 Virgins is built on life experiences that combine technology know-how, familiarity with spy craft and human intelligence (HUMINT), understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and history, a great sense of humor, and a talent for writing—all breathe authenticity into the setting.

Although 72 Virgins is a suspense-thriller, focusing on a countdown to a terror attack on US soil, it is, nevertheless, highly instructive. The story and its associated subplots are fiction, but the setting is real, the places where conspiracy is instigated are fictional, even though they're based on genuine events; the characters are deep and distinctive, while at the same time, they embody their unmistakable cultural heritage. Ronald L. Donaghe, winner of the 2008 Jim Duggins out-standing Mid-Career Novelist Award., characterized it best—"Perry was able to combine reality with fiction in a way that has made the book—one to remember. Perry's style and approach, makes for a great, entertaining read, in addition to being suspenseful and intriguing, from start to finish".

Excerpt
Chapter 28
December 30, 2002—Upstate New York

The weather forecast wasn’t very promising. Upstate New York was expecting another one of those habitual snowstorms, but Abu Musa shrugged it off. He’d never before driven in one, but didn’t believe it would become an issue. Furthermore, news reporters on TV weren’t getting too hot or bothered. They promised continuous clearing of the highways; not anything to worry about; just a few inches; nothing out of the ordinary.
It was December 30, one day before the important meeting with the heads of US Qaeda in Dearborn, Michigan. Armed with a brand new driver’s license and a new set of plates, Abu Musa ventured on his ten- to-twelve-hour trip from Albany to Michigan. The drive west on interstate 90 would take him to Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo in New York State, before crossing to Ohio, and driving through Erie, Cleveland, and Toledo, then taking interstate 75 up north to Detroit and Dearborn. Once in Dearborn, he would stay with a comrade in arms, Ahmad, a Palestinian from Gaza, a former Hamas member, who’d arrived in Dearborn two years earlier, and was able to form a small cell of Islamic extremists, dormant for the time being, ready to be activated when Allah called.
The dark gray skies and the airborne snowflakes greeted his entry to the interstate. These weather forecasters were right on the money. He turned on the radio, and once again was unable to chance upon music, to which he could relate. He hated rock, was doubly repulsed by the loud announcers. They were screeching into the microphone as if they were alone in a soundproof bubble bath, pleasuring themselves with a self-inflicted blowjob. He despised Country Music. It sounded more like a juvenile attempt to impress his Austrian born teacher of the English class. He was revolted by Pop, couldn’t understand a word of the lyrics. It was as if Elton John was experimenting with lyrics in Latvian—not his favorite lingo. Classical was categorically boring; it sounded increasingly like some kind of organized cacophony. He was unable to fathom its makeup. He was annoyed—one more reason why these Americans should burn in hell.
He longed for an Umm Kulthoum sound, the famous Egyptian who’d been shaping Middle Eastern music and culture since the 1940s. But hell, those American infidels don’t know better; they have no musical taste; they are riding a subhuman culture. They’ve never heard of the greatest artist who has ever lived. He switched to AM radio. It irked him even more. Those right wing talk show hosts were driving him mad. Why are they making up stories about Saddam Hussein? Don’t they know he’s merely a showoff? Don’t they understand that if they remove him from power, the Shiites will take over? And Iran will rule the roost in Iraq?
Road signs indicated that he was converging on Syracuse. Some of the airborne snowflakes started accumulating under his tires. Traffic was slowing somewhat. He was going sixty, down from seventy, a few minutes earlier. He turned on his windshield wipers; the snow was coming down more rapidly now, and visibility diminished considerably. He detested the weather. What’s so great about America? The weather sucks, the people are uncultured, the leaders are stupid…He was convinced. He wouldn’t live there if it weren’t for his mission for Allah.
The road sign indicated an oncoming rest area. He decided to fill up his tank and take a short brunch break. Several minutes later, he was inside the food court. He glimpsed into the seating area inside the Sbarro restaurant. An exceedingly obese couple was sitting at the first table on the right, consuming what looked like half-baked dough, covered with melted cheese and too much tomato sauce. He watched as they were gulping the coke and taking big bites of the exceedingly thick slices. He immediately hated them. He’d never before seen obesity—American style. And here, it was so common. They’re consuming the rest of the world’s food supply. No wonder there’s hunger in Gaza. That’s one more reason why they should all burn in hell.
Burger King was a more familiar, closer to home taste. He ordered a whopper, fries, and a coke to go, then headed back to his car. It seemed as if the snowstorm was taking a breather. Nothing was coming down at that moment, but his car required a modest cleanup. The windows all around were covered with icy cold, fluffy white stuff. Abu Musa hadn’t equipped himself with a snow scraper or gloves. His bare hands were the only tools in his possession.
As soon as he started cleaning up, another motorist approached and offered help with his snow scraper. Abu Musa stared at the friendly face for one long moment before accepting the offer. “Where’re you headed?” Friendly Face asked.
“Ah, Ohio,” Abu Musa answered. He didn’t really want to go into too much detail.
“They say the roads are getting worse,” the man said, “especially around Buffalo. Be careful.”
“I’ll manage,” Abu Musa said, then he decided to terminate the encounter. “Thank you,” he said. “I’ll take the rest of it from here.”
The side and the rear windows had been wiped clean; the only remaining portion was the windshield. Abu Musa stepped into the car, turned on the windshield wipers, and pounced on his fast meal. The chips were already cold and so was the hamburger. Even the coke in Gaza tastes better, he reflected. These idiots around here don’t know a thing about good food or tasty drinks. He turned on the engine, then headed back to the highway.


Professional Reviews

Ronald L. Donaghe, winner of the 2008 Jim Duggins out-standing Mid-Career Novelist Award
***** An international thriller, October 2, 2009 By Ronald L. Donaghe (Las Cruces, NM United States) - See all my reviews
Editors have to believe in a work when they recommend it to a publisher, and as the editor of more than three-hundred books, I can say that Avi Perry's 72 Virgins is one such work. From Israel to Bali to the United States, the players in this international thriller never stop. Although Arik Golan, a major in the Israeli Defense Forces, is hoping to retire and marry his fiancée, Rachel Levy, others have different plans for Arik and will stop at nothing to "persuade" him to pursue terrorist Abu Musa and stop him at all costs. This time, the terrorist plans are so diabolical, just the thought of the targets and the weapons to be used are heart-stopping. From one dangerous encounter to another, 72 Virgins is a non-stop thriller. This author knows his stuff and uses his knowledge authoritatively in this brand new, exciting, heart-stopping thriller. You'll never look at terrorism the same way again...


Tal Goldgraber
I am wholly familiar with Middle Eastern politics, but the story introduced information and characterization, which added a new dimension to my understanding of the Islamic terror culture. I loved the scene where Abu Musa, the Islamic terrorist, describes why he hates America. Not only did it make me laugh, it made me understand his point of view. The main characters who play an important role in the plot are intense and distinct. The internal politics inside the FBI and the Israeli Foreign Intelligence Service—the Mossad, made for another eye opener. I loved how the author combined several subplots into a focused climax where they all converged and clashed in a violent conclusion. The subplot about Rachel was quite emotional. I shed a few tears while reading through it. Fatima and Hilga were remarkable in their own way. The unpredictability of the plot made for a captivating read. I loved the ending where the author hints that there is a sequel in the offing. I can’t wait…

RebeccaReads-Kam Aures
***** Fighteningly realistic!, September 16, 2009 By RebeccasReads.com (Austin, Texas) - See all my reviews
(TOP 1000 REVIEWER) Reviewed by Kam Aures [...] (09/09)

"72 Virgins: Countdown to a Terror Attack on US Soil" begins in Tel Aviv, Israel in October of 2002 with a suicide bombing that sets the background for the rest of the book. "The bus stopped at the traffic light, next to the main entrance to the mall, just ahead of King George Street. Then, in a flash, without warning, just as the traffic light was about to turn green, the sun turned dark. A Palestinian suicide bomber, sitting near the center of the bus, rose from his seat. His sad face cracked open in a sadistic smile; he looked up, filled his lungs, then shrieked, `Allahu Akbar!' (God is Greater (than any other God and every human VIP)) while igniting his explosives-filled belt." (p.1) The suicide bomber's family was proud of his act and he had secured his passage on to Paradise. He enjoyed igniting his belt as he would become a martyr and seventy-two virgins would be waiting for him when he arrived in heaven.

I found the story to be very real and I think that the dates in which I was reading the book (around September 11th) helped to up the reality factor as it is a time period when the focus on terrorism is brought to the forefront. Perry draws on events currently taking place in the world and crafts a remarkably captivating work that delves into the workings of Jihad terrorism and the agencies struggling to stop them. The author has created a memorable and interesting cast of characters and I enjoyed how many of their lives were intertwined. Throughout the suspenseful novel everything comes together very neatly and the book's conclusion is strong. The final words make me believe that there may be a sequel in the works which, if I am correct, I would look forward to reading. "72 Virgins: Countdown to a Terror Attack on US Soil" is a very well-written, eye-opening book that I believe any fan of the suspense genre would enjoy.


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