The Primary Objective
by Martin Venning
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 5 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 26 Jan 2022
Troubador Publishing Ltd., Matador
Peace International is a New York based global reconciliation and mediation charity that seeks to prevent wars, regional disputes and rebuild civil societies. When a tip comes in that Iran is building a chemical and biological weapons research and production centre, it soon becomes clear that where they’re considering building - close to the border with Azerbaijan - could destabilise the Gulf region and beyond.
Selecting a small team of volunteers, they form a task force to collect evidence, entering through a dangerous semi-lawless area in southern Azerbaijan. What they discover is a far more complicated web of challenges than a weapons facility. For PI Operations Director, Edwin Wilson, the mission is his most perilous yet, threatening the lives of his team and the international reputation of his organisation. But for two Iranian men, Fawaz and Jamshid, the stakes are even higher.
Driven by contrasting personal circumstances and life chances, they face difficult choices as they seek different paths to prosperity in a controlling, repressive society that takes no prisoners…alive.
A Note From the Publisher
This is a read ideal for a reader who enjoys becoming immersed in a longer and rewarding story.A deftly crafted thriller with well-drawn characters and locales, this is a Dense, Rich and intricate Geo - Political Thriller. Highly Recommended. - Goodreads review
Average rating from 2 members
This was an unexpected pleasure a well written, thoughtful and well informed geo-political thriller about a myserteous charity, Peace International and their attempts to thwart and being to public attention a new chemical and biological weapons research and production centre that is being built with Chinese support in a remote part of Iran.
The action is non-stop and the characters well drawn and depicted. There is much about the internal politics of Iran and how they circumvent global sanctions.
The book is long and sometime sit is hard to remember exactly who is who but the attention span required is rewarded by a lush and satisfying read.
There are so many facets to this book and some of them hit uncomfortably closely to truths we perhaps don’t want to acknowledge. The writing style is tight - it’s a long book but no word is wasted. Perhaps some of the characters could have been fleshed out a bit more so their motivations could be better understood, but that is a very minor criticism. This is a book which will appeal to fans of thrillers, political “fiction” and international intrigue.