“If you can beat ‘em, join ‘em” was not an option for Aisha, so she did what came most naturally. She joined the other side. Sorta.
She took refuge in all the beauty of Libya that she remembered (or exaggerated in her memories) and decided that she'd win the Europeans over by showing them the beauty of the true Libya, sans the ruthless (yet still sexy and handsome) dictator Gaddafi. To accomplish this mission Aisha makes an illicit journey back to Libya with a male friend who accompanies her as her would-be husband, with the intention of writing a journal correcting Libya’s negative image. Along the way, however, things get dicey and Aisha’s journey takes an unexpected detour into a sort of sexual Stockholm syndrome that makes Patty Hearst’s ordeal seem like a Brownie bake off. <br><br>Reunion with the Colonel offers an interesting insight into the difficulties that confronts anyone assimilating into an utterly foreign culture but especially a young person fighting simultaneous issues of. . .being young and insecure. However, when they're clearly from a culture perceived, increasingly, as a threat the difficulty must seem insurmountable. And from that standpoint, this story offers a unique and empathetic insight into the challenges confronting the middle eastern youth who are immigrating to Europe today.
The story is beautifully written and intelligent. Ms. Hooper’s writing style is “yummy” - easy to read and delicious. And although I found the story bogging down a little at times, stick with it because the ending is totally out-of-left-field, and worth it. Oh and let me not forget. The sex scenes are as delicious as any five-star restaurant. 4.5 stars. Jack Dancer