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A total of 103 shells at the scene, 10 bullets in her vest, six marked her helmet, and four bullets pierced her arms and legs. Agent Mar’Shae "Black" McGurk of the FBI is a person of interest. But why?
It all begins with the arms deal between Niger and America. President Mahamadou Issoufou of the Republic of Niger and his right-hand man, General Walid N'Douro, want to buy an American warplane. General Walid N'Douro heads this project and recruits General Cal Jones, an American defense consultant. Cal Jones contacts Boeing and Mobe-Corp's Charlene Wong for the huge deal. The plan is seamless until a FedEx file turns up and changes the dynamics of the game. Agent Black is called in to investigate the case.
Enter Black's nephew, a teenager named Du’Shaunn Ruff. He gets murdered in Washington DC for reasons unknown, and his jacket is stolen. This is Black's favorite cousin, and she must find the murderer(s). She joins forces with the police to investigate the case. Things are uncovered and the matter snowballs from there. Agent Mar’Shae "Black" McGurk is in the middle of two powerful cases, and many parties are rattled. Will she live long enough to crack both cases? Are both cases connected? Who put a hit on her? Will the arms deal be successful? So many questions, but you'll get your answers by reading Arms Deals by Caleb Stewart Rossiter.
This Mar’Shae McGurk thriller is a short and interesting page-turner that had me locked in from the very beginning. Comprising of three sections and 12 chapters, this novel takes us from Niger to America, Rome, and some cities in between. I love this book so much because it addresses real matters plaguing the governments around the world. Using Niger as a yardstick, the author highlights the wide gulf between the impoverished and the elite class. It shows us that while the elite class has air conditioning units blasting within every square foot of their houses, the poor can't even enjoy the privilege of natural ventilation because the air is polluted.
In this book, the author takes us into the inner workings of the government. We see how budgets are padded and the money channeled elsewhere. We see how contracts are given out in exchange for favors. Corruption is the order of the day, and it has eaten so deep into the layers of every governmental fabric. We also realize that many high profile cases are tough because some government officials are not clean. So they throw a spanner in the works, and it takes only the brave to stand up to them. However, when they are the ones who fund your organization, compromise becomes an option. This book may just be the read of the year for me.
The author did his homework and was effortlessly able to blend real and fictional characters. He also used unique locations, which I found interesting and creative. His writing style is simple and easy to comprehend. I loved that he allowed the characters to speak for themselves, hence, adopting the first-person narrative. The characters were developed just enough to give the readers a background without boring them. I found only two minor non-grammatical errors. The book was professionally edited and I disliked nothing about it. So I rate Arms Deals by Caleb Stewart Rossiter 4 out of 4 stars.
I recommended this novel to lovers of crime thrillers and politics. Persons who are apolitical may not be interested in this book.
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