Book Review: Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls



To be quite honest, I didn’t think I would like Gary Buslik’s “Akhmed and the Atomic Matzo Balls: A Novel of International Intrigue, Pork-Crazed Termites and Motherhood.” It sounded like a silly, preposterous, frivolous waste of my time. Well, it was all of those things, and more. It really was hilarious. I mostly chuckled to myself, but I have to admit I laughed out loud a few times.

Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t like any of the characters in the book. They’re all despicable, like the three dictators out to destroy the United States of America, or the uber-liberal professor who wants to help them. Even the ones I thought maybe I could like I still hated. That’s why it’s so funny.

Not only was the book entertaining, but it also enriched my vocabulary.

Here’s the summary from Amazon:

 Iranian president Akhmed teams up with the leaders of Venezuela and Cuba and their American intelligence agents to smuggle radioactive matzo balls into Miami Beach. But intelligence being as slippery a concept to these nincompoops as chicken fat on linoleum, when each member of the gang decides to ladle out his own personal nuke soup, holy terror Akhmed is left steaming. Will his plan to destroy America float like a fly or sink like a lead dumpling?

Star-crossed lovers, conniving academics, and blustery social climbers collide with ravenous termites, international do-badders, and multi-level marketing in a plot as fast-paced and hilarious as a runaway mountain bus. Radioactivity has never been so much fun.

It really is a fun book. If you’re looking for a little diversion from all of the bad news lately, I recommend it. We can only hope that it’s a wee bit close to reality – you know, a world where our enemies are as inept as our political leaders.

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