The Brides' Fair
by Hal Fleming
The Brides’ Fair, an annual folkloric event in the Mid Atlas Mountains of North Africa, serves as an exotic setting for a novel of international intrigue and terrorism. Americans, mountain Berbers, Moroccan Arabs and those of a rebel faction converge on the festival, and it soon becomes clear that their fates are interwoven. The plot is driven by attempts to forestall an act of terrorism, while sub-plots tell of the tangled love interests of the Americans; the frantic efforts of a young Berber girl to escape a forced marriage; the trials of local officials in dealing with threats to their country’s national security; and the obstacles faced by a small band of terrorists in carrying out their mission to disrupt the fair. A major disaster is averted at the last minute with the revelation that one giving aid to the terrorists was an American of the diplomatic community.
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