First Line Friday

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

It’s Friday! I have a lot to do this weekend and hoping to squeeze some reading in, but after finishing a big book, I feel more than motivated again. My reading slump has been lifted! Right on time too!

This week’s lines come from a paperback book I have in my mini book shelf next to my bed that I lovingly call and use as a nightstand. I have zero idea where this book came from because I have no recollection of buying it, but it’s been on my shelf forever and I keep meaning to read it…eventually.

This Week’s Lines:

” ‘You’re here, aren’t you, to tell us everything we do wrong?’
Prison Superintendent Shaukat Abbas posed his words as a question but the irritated tone of this voice made it clear they were an accusation. Abbas leaned back in a shabby office chair behind a worn, gunmetal-gray desk inside the drab, institutional walls of the warden’s office at the provincial prison and lit a Morven Gold cigarette. He did not offer one to the guest seated before him.”

Enjoyed that preview? This week’s book is…

Duplicity (Brooke Grant #1) by Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley


The greatest nightmare for the free world today would be a master terrorist hiding somewhere, controlling and coordinating radical Islamic groups at the highest level around the globe.

In Duplicity, the newest thriller from former Speaker of the House and bestselling author Newt Gingrich, such an invisible hand overseeing havoc worldwide plays a major role. Gingrich has teamed with former Washington Post reporter and bestselling author Pete Earley to create a highly plausible mix of domestic and global action in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.

And of course, it’s set during an American presidential election.

When President Sally Allworth decides to reestablish America’s Mogadishu embassy in Somalia weeks before Election Day, her challenger says she is playing politics with American lives. That turns out to be true when the embassy is attacked and hostages are taken. Embassy station chief Gunter Conner and Marine captain Brooke Grant end up the unlikely survivors of this Benghazi-style attack. Suddenly, they are the only hope for saving their captured colleagues.

The firestorm of drama is compelling, set off by the intersection of Washington power and politics, a fragile third-world Islamic country, and Somali Americans here at home.

Only Newt Gingrich’s unique in-depth knowledge of the political realities of friend and foe could weave such a spellbinding tale of events and personalities, one that could actually happen . . . if America’s leaders aren’t wary of a world full of Duplicity.

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