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Paperback 369 Pages / Published: 23/10/2014
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Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 9780802121578
Number of pages: 369
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 208 x 137 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Zestful, thrilling . . . a ripping good yarn."--"Wall Street Journal"
"[An] outstanding work of historical fiction."--"Huntington News"
""The Star of Istanbul" has it all: history galore, exotic foreign settings, a world-weary yet engaging protagonist, villains in abundance and a romance worthy of Bogart and Bergman."--"BookPage"
"Double and triple crosses merge like lanes in a traffic roundabout, and . . . the novel commingles character-driven historical fiction with melodrama and swashbuckling action. Somehow . . . it all works; on one level, Butler is playing with genre conventions in an almost mad-scientist manner, but at the same time, he holds the reader transfixed, like a kid at a Saturday matinee."--"Booklist" (starred review)
"Butler impresses with his exceptional attention to historical detail, particularly aboard the "Lusitania.""--"Publishers Weekly"
"Butler is an excellent observer of interior psychological detail . . . and his fine description of the Lusitania's demise shows he can write action-packed scenes as well. . . . It's a pleasure to watch Cobb clear away layer upon layer of scheming and disguises to expose some ugly truths about humanity."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"While "The Star of Istanbul" meets the genre requirements for action and plotting, the precision and lyricism of Butler's language, his incisive observations, his psychologically complex characters, and his understanding of the past lift this novel well into a genre of its own."--Arts Fuse
"Butler's grasp of history is excellent. . . . You will enjoy every new twist and turn in this spy game."--"Arab Voice"
"[Butler's] description of the aftermath of the attack on the "Lusitania" will leave you with your heart in your mouth. . . . Yet another remarkable work from an author who continues, at this advanced stage of his career, to surpass himself."--Bookreporter
"Butler's description of the sinking of the Lusitania is exceptional
Zestful, thrilling . . . Butler brings the era to vivid life . . . a ripping good yarn. "Wall Street Journal"
[An] outstanding work of historical fiction. "Huntington News"
"The Star of Istanbul" has it all: history galore, exotic foreign settings, a world-weary yet engaging protagonist, villains in abundance and a romance worthy of Bogart and Bergman. "BookPage"
"Double and triple crosses merge like lanes in a traffic roundabout, and . . . the novel commingles character-driven historical fiction with melodrama and swashbuckling action. Somehow . . . it all works; on one level, Butler is playing with genre conventions in an almost mad-scientist manner, but at the same time, he holds the reader transfixed, like a kid at a Saturday matinee.""Booklist" (starred review)
"Butler impresses with his exceptional attention to historical detail, particularly aboard the "Lusitania."""Publishers Weekly"
Butler is an excellent observer of interior psychological detail . . . and his fine description of the Lusitania s demise shows he can write action-packed scenes as well. . . . It s a pleasure to watch Cobb clear away layer upon layer of scheming and disguises to expose some ugly truths about humanity. "Kirkus Reviews"
While "The Star of Istanbul" meets the genre requirements for action and plotting, the precision and lyricism of Butler s language, his incisive observations, his psychologically complex characters, and his understanding of the past lift this novel well into a genre of its own. Arts Fuse
Butler s grasp of history is excellent. . . . You will enjoy every new twist and turn in this spy game. "Arab Voice"
[Butler s] description of the aftermath of the attack on the "Lusitania" will leave you with your heart in your mouth. . . . Yet another remarkable work from an author who continues, at this advanced stage of his career, to surpass himself. Bookreporter
Butler s description of the sinking of the Lusitania is exceptional . . . . In Cobb, Butler has created an appealing hero. Readers Unbound
"An exciting thriller with plenty of action, romance, and danger. . . . Fans of historical spy fiction will enjoy this fast-paced journey through a world at war.""Library Journal"
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"Zestful, thrilling . . . Butler brings the era to vivid life . . . a ripping good yarn."--Wall Street Journal

"[An] outstanding work of historical fiction."--Huntington News

"The Star of Istanbul has it all: history galore, exotic foreign settings, a world-weary yet engaging protagonist, villains in abundance and a romance worthy of Bogart and Bergman."--BookPage

"Double and triple crosses merge like lanes in a traffic roundabout, and . . . the novel commingles character-driven historical fiction with melodrama and swashbuckling action. Somehow . . . it all works; on one level, Butler is playing with genre conventions in an almost mad-scientist manner, but at the same time, he holds the reader transfixed, like a kid at a Saturday matinee."--Booklist (starred review)

"Butler impresses with his exceptional attention to historical detail, particularly aboard the Lusitania."--Publishers Weekly

"Butler is an excellent observer of interior psychological detail . . . and his fine description of the Lusitania's demise shows he can write action-packed scenes as well. . . . It's a pleasure to watch Cobb clear away layer upon layer of scheming and disguises to expose some ugly truths about humanity."--Kirkus Reviews

"While The Star of Istanbul meets the genre requirements for action and plotting, the precision and lyricism of Butler's language, his incisive observations, his psychologically complex characters, and his understanding of the past lift this novel well into a genre of its own."--Arts Fuse

"Butler's grasp of history is excellent. . . . You will enjoy every new twist and turn in this spy game."--Arab Voice

"[Butler's] description of the aftermath of the attack on the Lusitania will leave you with your heart in your mouth. . . . Yet another remarkable work from an author who continues, at this advanced stage of his career, to surpass himself."--Bookreporter

"Butler's description of the sinking of the Lusitania is exceptional . . . . In Cobb, Butler has created an appealing hero."--Readers Unbound

"An exciting thriller with plenty of action, romance, and danger. . . . Fans of historical spy fiction will enjoy this fast-paced journey through a world at war."--Library Journal

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“A cracking good read!”

This novel is my first foray into the work of Robert Olen Butler. I am very impressed with the quality of his writing, especially as this book is written entirely in the first person. This is a fast paced thriller... More

Paperback edition
13th April 2015
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“A Stylish Thriller”

The Star of Istanbul – A Stylish Spy Thriller

Pulitzer Prize Winning author Robert Olen Butler has written a second Christopher Marlow Cobb Thriller and The Star of Istanbul picks up a little further on from The Hot... More

Paperback edition
11th April 2015
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“The Star of Istanbul- the return of Kit Cobb”

The Star of Istanbul is Christopher “Kit” Marlowe Cobb’s second adventure from Pulitzer Prize winning author, Robert Olen Butler. We were first introduced to Kit in The Hot Country and we will surely see him again as... More

Paperback edition
29th April 2015
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