David Richards is a mid-level diplomat assigned to the sleepy,
backwater Middle Eastern kingdom of Kutar in 1983. He spends his
days on minor development projects and his nights seducing
ambassador's wives. But when news of a tribal skirmish reaches the
capital, Richards soon finds himself embroiled in a civil war as
Colonel Munn, a pint-sized, blustery Texan assigned to Kutar,
organizes a preemptive offensive against the rebellious forces.
After Munn is immediately routed and the rebellion seizes control
of the capitol, Richards holes up in the ramshackle Moonlight Hotel
with fellow expatriates, determined to ride out the conflict
despite the growing chaos and destruction that are heading towards
This is a stunning and thrilling novel of war and survival from
an acclaimed war correspondent.
BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from
Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia.