Book Review: The Parisian Professor by Joseph Sciuto

Review of The Parisian Professor

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It is late winter, 2020, and Nick has been pulled out of the CIA’s Kabul office and sent to Paris for what sounds like a simple assignment. Posing as a graduate student at a local polytechnic institute, his task is to build a case against Abdul Haqq, a brilliant engineering student suspected of building bombs for Hezbollah.

What should be an open-and-shut case soon becomes a tangled mess as Nick finds himself drawn into a friendship with the charismatic young engineer, then falls hard for Abdul’s adopted sister, the beautiful but troubled art student with a tragic past, Gabrielle.

As tensions in his personal life rise against a distant backdrop of geopolitical conflicts in Russian-dominated parts of Ukraine, Nick soon finds himself struggling to balance his passion for Gabrielle and his friendship for Abdul with his growing sense that something is rotten at the highest levels of the American government.

At the center of a hornet’s nest of political malfeasance and unbridled greed is a figure known only as “the professor,” an insidious intel boss whose sick ambitions threaten not only Nick and Gabrielle but the entire planet.

A powerful political novel ripped from the headlines and wrapped in a love story, The Parisian Professor explores the roots of state-sanctioned corruption and the scourge of dictatorship in America and beyond.


1. Paris, mon Amour!

“The rarest creature in the world is an honest person.”
As soon I read the title of this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it and good that I did.

The highlights for me were the beautiful writing and the thorough research behind it all, making it both, an informative and intriguing read.

2. Parlez-vous Francais?

I liked the mix of French, English, and a taste of Arabic in the book and since I love Paris, the setting was the cherry on top.

3. Trigger Warnings

The story touched upon a myriad important topics and it couldn’t do that without triggering a couple of warnings, ranging from rape to extremism, so tread carefully.

4. Bad Romance

A vulnerable wanna-be hero and a beautiful girl with a painful past, when you put these two together, the lines can get a tad blurry and what was called love in this book, I saw it as infatuation turned to pity and obsession. Bottom line is, I wasn’t a big fan of the ‘love’ story within this spy novel but I’m sure other people will find it romantically convincing.

5. The Final Verdict

In a nutshell, this was a gripping espionage story with a romantic touch to it. Would definitely recommend!

I would like to thank Joe for providing me with a copy of this book.

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