« How to Be a Woman | Main | The Good House »

The Geneva Option

From TLC book tours

Yael Azoulay does the United Nations’ dirty work by cutting deals that most of us never hear about. Equally at home in the caves of Afghanistan, the slums of Gaza, or corporate boardrooms all across the world, Yael believes the ends justify the means…until she’s pushed way beyond her breaking point.

When Yael is assigned to eastern Congo to negotiate with Jean-Pierre Hakizimani, a Hutu warlord wanted for genocide, she offers him a generous plea bargain. Thanks to Congo’s abundance of a valuable mineral used in computer and cell phone production, her number one priority is maintaining regional stability. But when she discovers that Hakizimani is linked to the death of the person she loved the most—and that the UN is prepared to sanction mass murder—Yael soon realizes that salvation means not just saving others’ lives but confronting her own inner demons.

Spanning New York City, Africa, and Switzerland, The Geneva Option is the first in a series of gripping conspiracy thrillers, a tour de force of international espionage and intrigue.

Pages: 368 pages (Paperback)

Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks; Original edition (May 28, 2013)

Rating: 8 out of 10

Source: Received copy for participation in TLC Book Tour

Date Completed: June 3, 2013

I was looking for a change of reading pace, so I was very excited to pick up The Geneva Option by Adam LeBor. As promised from the description, the plot was fast paced and intriguing.  The power struggle, politics, and corruption in the UN was especially interesting.  I liked that the challenges of international development were illustrated.  In the midst of noble undertakings, such as bringing peace to a region, monetary interests can complicate things. Reading about the work of the reporters, Yael, and other characters was like getting a back stage pass into how things really work at the UN.

While I enjoyed the book overall, I was challenged with the pace and plot twists.  The abrupt changes in location and viewpoint were confusing. While I liked all the attention to detail, some of the small things got lost in the bigger picture. In spite of these issues, I am excited to read the next installments. 

More tour information can be found here

In addition to the book tour, I am counting this book for the 2013 Global Reading Challenge. 

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 9:55PM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] in | Comments4 Comments

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Reader Comments (4)

I'm glad you liked the book overall. Thanks for being on the tour!
June 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertrish
Thanks for including me Trish!
June 7, 2013 | Registered Commenter[beastmomma]
I'm glad that you're interested in pursuing the rest of the series in spite of your concerns with this one.

Thanks for being on the tour.
Thank you for including me on the tour Heather!
June 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.