An Expensive Education

An Expensive Education

A Novel

Book - 2009
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"Mike Teak has a classic Harvard profile. But only on the surface. He's a twenty-five-year-old scholar/athlete from an upper-class family who was recruited by his godfather to work for a U.S. intelligence agency. On a covert mission in a Somali village, he delivers cash and cell phones to Hatashil, a legendary orphan warrior turned rebel leader. It's a routine assignment until, minutes after they meet, the village is decimated by a missile attack, and although Mike escapes, his life is changed forever. Echoing across continents, the assault disrupts Professor Susan Lowell's orderly existence. Beautiful, happily married, and the mother of two, she has just won a Pulitzer Prize for her book celebrating Hatashil. Also shaken is Lowell's student, David Ayan, who was born in the targeted village a world away from Harvard's most exclusive final club, The Porcellian, which is courting him; and Jane, the smart, risk-taking daughter of a wealthy East Coast family who's sleeping with him. David Ayan struggles with his identity and Susan Lowell struggles against rumors about her relationship with Hatashil, who has been accused of ordering the village massacre. But it is Mike Teak who faces a deadly challenge--because when he discovers a horrific conspiracy he immediately realizes that he has become expendable, with nowhere to run and no one to trust. Until the very last minute"--Dust cover.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802118936
Branch Call Number: Fiction McDonell
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 10, 2015

Not a book to be read over a wide time lag as many names need to be remembered in relation to the central character. Chapters alternate with storylines, but in the end all merge. Took a while to get into the young author's style of writing and the life of the characters he is portraying. Not a positive portrayal of the students of ivy league universities and the "F" word abounds. Good thriller, a man's story, about covert American actions in Africa.


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