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After an acquaintance is beheaded back in her native country after trying to flee her marriage, state department employee Firenze “Florence” Farfaletti writes a shocking government paper and sends a copy to her boss' boss. She proposes a plan to begin liberating Islamic women to help stabilize the politics of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims. Her superior thinks she has just thrown away her career and caused irreparable harm to his own, but much to Florence's surprise a mysterious man who identifies himself only as Uncle Sam takes her up on her idea. She and her odd team of agents set up shop in Matar, a Middle East principality through it's creation that has landlocked the powerful neighboring nation of Wasabia. The ruling emir of Matar makes his fortune by charging Wasabia fees to pipe oil to the sea through its borders. The plan is for Florence to masquerade as a television producer and enlist sheika Laila, the wife of emir Gabbir to be its creative consultant.
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Florence and her cohort are thrilled, as the newly created TVMatar is a huge hit with Matari women and moderates in the region. Suspicions are aroused that the network is a CIA operation. Even Florence cannot be certain of the background of her boss Uncle Sam. A French intelligence agency has a plan of its own to seize power by placing the emir's playboy half brother Maliq on the throne of Matar. Maliq used to spend his days driving French racecars but has suddenly found religion since a near fatal racing mishap. Florence's group is successful in programming scandalous shows and pushing a liberated female agenda. The network draws the ire of Wasabia (as they are the butt of many jokes and unflattering situations on the networks programs) as well as other conservatives in the region. Florence and her associates must scuttle the operation when word of an impending palace coup reaches them. Like most of Buckley's work the irreverent humor in Florence of Arabia is spread on very thick throughout the fast paced action.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   very humorous Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   arabs and/or muslims

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia Desert?    -   Yes Desert:    -   hostile arabs Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing Unusual forms of death    -   decapitated Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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