Book Review: Sharq: A Quincy McNeill Thriller


by Saul Maskell

CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2017. Pp. 364. . $15.99 paperback. ISBN: 1975606655

To Catch a Terrorist

Saul Maskell has written a thriller in the style of John Sandford’s “Prey” novels, only better.

Sharq is a clever, suspenseful novel, Maskell’s hero, maverick detective Quincy McNeil, takes us from the murder of a diplomat and a young Chinese girl in San Francisco’s Chinatown deep into the murky and dangerous world of terrorism running through China and North Korea.

Tracking the master terrorist Abu Sharq takes the reader through numerous turns and twists involving human smuggling, suicide bombers, and a massive counterfeiting scheme. The story is current, which makes it all the more interesting.

Maskell is a great storyteller whose writing skills make reading this 350-page thriller hard to put down. Sharq is just what the world of fiction needs.

The good news is that the end of Sharq is not the end of Quincy McNeil. Maskell promises more to come. I can’t wait.

Note: Sharq is also available as an e-publication.
Our Reviewer: After many years of service with the National Institutes of Health, for a decade serving as Deputy Science Director for Research in the Diabetes, Digestive Diseases, and Kidney Institute, Ed Steers Jr., who holds a doctorate in Microbiology, retired to become a full time writer. Over the past two decades, he has some two dozen volumes to his credit, among them the award winning Blood on the Moon: The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, as well as Lincoln Legends, Hoaxes, Myths, and Confabulations Associated with Our Greatest President, and several volumes in the “Lincoln Slept Here” series, about historical sites associated with Lincoln and his family. Steers has for many years been Book Review Editor for the Lincoln Herald, he was for a time an associate editor for North & South magazine. In 2008 he was appointed an advisor to the President Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.


Editor’s Note: While StrategyPage doesn’t usually review fiction, Saul Maskell, the author of Sharq, is the pen name of a well known military historian and Civil War specialist.


Reviewer: Ed Steers Jr.   

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