The Good Son

The Good Son

Book - 2010
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New York Times bestselling author Michael Gruber, a member of "the elite ranks of those who can both chill the blood and challenge the mind" ( The Denver Post ), delivers a taut, multilayered, riveting novel of suspense

Somewhere in Pakistan, Sonia Laghari and eight fellow members of a symposium on peace are being held captive by armed terrorists. Sonia, a deeply religious woman as well as a Jungian psychologist, has become the de facto leader of the kidnapped group. While her son Theo, an ex-Delta soldier, uses his military connections to find and free the victims, Sonia tries to keep them all alive by working her way into the kidnappers' psyches and interpreting their dreams. With her knowledge of their language, her familiarity with their religion, and her Jungian training, Sonia confounds her captors with her insights and beliefs. Meanwhile, when the kidnappers decide to kill their captives, one by one, in retaliation for perceived crimes against their country, Theo races against the clock to try and save their lives.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., c2010
ISBN: 9780805091281
Branch Call Number: GRUBER
Characteristics: 383 p. ; 24 cm

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Eil_1
Jul 08, 2016

Amazing: the life of a boy-who-isn't a boy (Sonia), together with her son Theo and Wazir who is like a son to her. The horrifying details of her captivity with others by the Pashtun rebels. Once again, the theme that these fundamentalists fear women for their intelligence and strength and are kept as uneducated captives, held invisible by the burqa/chador. An intense and informative book.

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bfpeterson
Jan 06, 2014

MGruber's presentation of Pashtun culture was a real plus to this tale of family over country loyalty

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kelliyfults
Jan 25, 2013

I would have given this 5 stars if it were 70 pages shorter... the cultural info on Pashtun society was good. And a main character who is an ex-circus performer/ Jungian therapist made a grand hostage AND heroine!

debwalker Dec 07, 2010

Michael Gruber is surely one of the best--and smartest--thriller writers working today. This complex tale of terrorism, faith, and family is no exception.

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