- Derek B. Miller
In 2013 Arwood becomes convinced he has seen the same girl in a green dress during a news clip of a mortar attack somewhere in the Syria/Iraq border region and contacts Benton. It seems that Arwood has been the most affected by what happened so long ago and he is only too keen to try and put things together for his own sake. He persuades Benton, who is still in the same line of work, to join him in the Kurdistan region in an effort to interview and obtain information as to what is going on there, looking for a girl who cannot be the same one in a green dress. Once there they find themselves talking to Marta again before becoming involved in another conflict where the losers are again refugees fleeing desperate situations within their own country.
Although there have been quite a few books on the relatively recent problems in the Middle East area of Iraq and Syria (the Kurdistan region) they are usually more of the military adventure type of thriller. This one is a thriller and a fairly fast moving one at that revolving around the effects of Al Qaeda and the advent of ISIL on the civilian population, together with the efforts of refugee organisations trying to provide some relief for the refugees. However, there is also considerable consideration given to the main three characters with humour interposed at some unusual points which provides relief in a book which otherwise could be fairly heavy to read.
I have never read any thing by Derek B. Miller before but this became one of those books I enjoyed and found difficult to put down, it being easy to read and interesting, with a story that I could follow and understand while enjoying it. It is certainly worth reading and I will look out to see if anything else by him is published.