Thursday, April 16, 2015

What are readers saying about Joseph Max Lewis "Baghdad Burning"?

5 Star by Scott on Goodreads:
"I am not normally a fan of prequels because I like to read and get to know my characters 'in order' so to speak. However, I really enjoyed this one, as I have all of The Fellowship of the Essentials books. This book gave us real insight into the Fellowship member Ralph Jackson. I found that I identified with him and cared about him from the get go, which is key for me in enjoying books. Some books pack in so many characters and so many concurrent story lines that it is everything you can do to keep the characters straight let alone care what happens to them. Mr. Lewis does not make that mistake. He develops vivid, likable characters and fascinating story lines with action, humor, drama ... all these make for a great read and I know I will buy every one of them as soon as they come out. I would recommend them to any avid reader, you won't be disappointed!"

5 Star review by Alice Prucha on Amazon:
Good story of the effects of combat, the intricacies of Iraqi factions' relationships, and the seeming impossibility of doing what is right. Good character development: all felt well-fleshed out. Military jargon is explained without condescending attitude. Plot pulls the reader in from the first page, keeping our attention till the Last page. Readers of military novels will appreciate Baghdad Burning.

5 Star review on Goodreads by Bethany Harlan:


Great storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat. True heroes emerge as the story winds through multiple characters with multi faceted plans of both good and evil. I highly recommend this book.

What is "Baghdad Burning" about and who is Joseph Max Lewis?


No place on earth is more dangerous than Baghdad, especially if you’re Judge Isha Hami.

The murder of a former Iraqi Intelligence Officer and the subsequent arrest of his killers threaten to unravel fragile alliances and plunge Iraq into civil war. Appointed Iraq’s first female Judge, Hami is randomly assigned to hear the case. As the Americans fight to maintain order, Bathists, Shias and Sunnis pressure Hami to dismiss a case none of them can afford to have go to trial.

Sworn to uphold the rule of law, Hami refuses. In the shadowy maelstrom of violence and shifting loyalties that is post war Baghdad, she stands alone. Only Ted Kehr’s troubled Green Beret team mate, Ralph Jackson, and CIA Agent Hank Jenkins will fight to save Hami’s life . . . if, as Baghdad burns, they can reach her in time . . . if, they can save themselves first.

Spanning two wars and two lives, Baghdad Burning is a different kind of thriller from a different kind of story-teller.

Joseph Max Lewis served as a member of an Operational Detachment in the U.S. Army's Seventh Special Forces Group, the storied Green Berets. During his service Lewis received antiterrorist training and his detachment was tasked to "Special Projects." Afterward, he served as an instructor at the Special Forces Qualification Course. Lewis attended the Pennsylvania State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, and the University of Pittsburgh, receiving degrees in International Politics and Law while being certified in Middle East Studies. After living and studying abroad, first in the Middle East and then Southeast Asia, Lewis returned home to practice law. He’s a columnist in the New Bethlehem Leader-Vindicator and currently lives, writes, and practices law in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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