Tag Archives: Set in Iran

The Colonel’s Mistake (Mark Sava #1) by Dan Mayland

Summary: Mark Sava, former CIA station chief of Azerbaijan, lives a quiet life as a professor at Western University in the city of Baku. But his peace is shattered by both the assassination of a high-level American during an international oil conference and the arrest of CIA operations officer Daria Buckingham for the crime.

Sava knows the Iranian American Buckingham well—he personally trained her—and doesn’t believe she had anything to do with the murder, so he visits a CIA control center to discuss the situation with the new station chief. When no one answers the outside intercom, Sava overrides the security code and stumbles upon the grisliest scene of his career. Now, he can’t help but wonder if he really knows Buckingham as well as he thought.…

Determined to find out, Sava soon finds himself and a partner caught in the middle of the new Great Game—a deadly intelligence war over oil that has Iran, China, and the United States clawing at each other’s throats. Meanwhile, Colonel Henry Amato, assistant to the US national security advisor, is keeping a close watch on the situation from Washington. His stake in the Great Game is high—and personal.

From the shadows of the world’s most volatile region to the highest levels of Washington politics, The Colonel’s Mistake takes listeners on an unforgettable ride where the good, the bad, and the brutal play a deadly chess game of global espionage.

My Review- When I was looking for a book on Kindle Unlimited for a book set in Azerbaijan, this gem popped up. I am so glad I decided to do this challenge because this book was freaking amazing. It was a non stop thriller that took you all over the Middle East in one hell of a spy chase. The characters were complex and spies (duh) one of them potentially a trader that has ties to both the US and Iran… I mean seriously could it get more complex than that?

Plus this book takes you all over the streets of Azerbaijan, Iran and UAE places that most of us will never visit… so that is cool as hell. I loved the main characters and their dynamic. IT was well developed and the plot is delightfully thick, it will keep you guessing and turning the page right until the very end.

Such a great book that I am glad I stumbled upon when searching for a book set in Azerbaijan for my reading challenge.

Fun Confession: I had NO FLIPPING clue how to pronounce this country but since I listened to it on an audio book I now do and I think I am going to go around saying Azerbaijan from now on, cause it is a cool sounding country. Ha!

On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni

Summary: He is in a foreign city, he is alone, and he is just a boy…

Close to his tenth birthday, Abbas has to leave his parents and friends, and flee Tehran. The Iran-Iraq war is at its bloodiest. The Ayatollahs, the rulers in Iran, have reduced the age of recruitment into the army. And if Abbas doesn’t leave soon, he will have to go to war.
In the strange and often frightening city of Istanbul, Abbas has to grow up faster than ever. He has to learn difficult things – how to live on his own, how to make his way around, and most importantly, how to judge who is a friend and who an enemy.

Living alone for fifteen weeks in a run-down hotel, Abbas finds a friend in Mourat, the owner, while he waits to get his dream-visa to England. Meanwhile, he has to deal with his new life and work at several jobs to make ends meet. Most of all, he has to guard against being manipulated, and watch his back at all times.

This is young Abbas’s remarkable story of innocence and wisdom, and survival against the worst odds. Like all stories, this one is often happy and sometimes sad. But unlike most others, this one is true.

My Review:  This book is going on my 2017 favorites shelf, this book was a fantastic story about a boy who was NINE years old, escapes Iran ALONE to Turkey, with the hope of obtaining a British visa.  This story will break your heart, it will make you pull for the child, it will give you serious perspective into BOTH Iran and Turkey.

Truth is lately, I am obsessed with Iran, so many travel writers are obsessed with visiting and with all the recent turmoil it is almost like forbidden fruit and I can’t read enough fiction set in this country.

That being said, this book was not fiction, this was very much a true story.   This story is a powerful story about survival and I know I was personally worried about barbies at 9.  This author is only 4 years older than me, it is clear that my upbringing in the US was vastly different than his.  This story will give you powerful perspective that I highly recommend you put on your immediate to read now list.

five memorable and powerful stars.

Tehran Moonlight by Azin Sametipour


Summary: Love, loyalty and identity collide in Azin Sametipour’s compelling debut novel, Tehran Moonlight.
Vividly set in a country where women have no voice, one woman’s fight for love and her own identity result in unimaginable consequences. She was 23, beautiful, a violinist in love with her passion. A rebel born into a conservative family where belief was everything and honor shackled women in place. Then she met Ashkan. He was 27, gorgeous, born to an Iranian father in Boston. A successful architect in the States who had returned to Iran to find his past. Then he met Mahtab.

My Review:  I love when I discover a beautiful story on Kindle Unlimited.  This is very much the case with this story.   Iran is one of those places that is very foreign to most Americans.  So reading a book set in Tehran was fascinating.  The description of buildings and life was memorizing.

Overall this was very easy to read story, the story flowed and had me tapping the kindle page by page hoping to finish it quickly.

Love is powerful and love is what makes this story powerful.

This was the first book I have read from this author, another reason I love Kindle Unlimited, and I will continue to read Azin in the future.  This was a fantastic introduction and I can’t wait to read more in the future.