Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Sheik Abdullah al Asmari is the grandson and heir of the ruler of Rahsmani, the Emir. Abdullah is young and unproven and some doubt his ability to step into the role of Emir. His father was insane and died young and it is speculated that Abdullah is also unstable.
Rahsmani is a small wealthy oil country and is about to become even more wealthy upon discovery of new oil reserves. It is also no stranger to civil unrest, as Abdullah well knows after someone shot at him one day when he was out on his motorcycle.
Abdullah is sent on a mission to the U.S. to negotiate with the main oil company that has been responsible for setting Rahsmani up in the oil business. He has many meetings to attend and business on the East and West Coasts. He doesn't travel alone though, he is attended by lots of people. These people are there to see that things go smoothly for him, yet he still manages to get himself in trouble, chasing after women, speaking to the press. And unbeknownst to him, there are people in his group that see his antics as proof of his unfitness to lead his nation. They have a plan to do something about it.
This was an OK read, except Abdullah is a despicable person who beats his wife and rapes unprotected women. In his defense you could say he is merely a product of a barbaric culture, but that didn't excuse it for me. Frankly, he deserves all the bad stuff that happens to him and worse. So, the story was interesting but the hero is a pig. That spoiled it for me.