Bartleman writes an excellent “spy novel” tempered in the realism of the time, situation, and politics. Class, minorities, justice, and cold war politics all shape this novel. There is not so much a battle between good and evil as it is a battle between varying shades of gray… An exciting action novel in places and a thought provoking novel throughout.
James Bartleman has written a challenging novel of ideas. Set in the world of Canadian diplomacy in Latin America of the 60s and 70s, with a climax during the FLQ crisis, Exceptional Circumstances portrays moral issues and dilemmas that are directly relevant to the most current of events in Canada. Bartleman draws on his extensive background as a diplomat and intelligence community insider, as well as on the unique perspective offered by his aboriginal heritage, to shine a bright light on a question we can no longer ignore: can we protect our nation’s security without losing our soul?
From the jungles of Colombia to Montreal under siege, former diplomat James Bartleman plots a turbulent thriller based on events witnessed firsthand.