Spirits of Al Rabbad, by Tom Hayes

Two Americans, Russ and John, begin an illegal liquor production and distribution scheme in Al Rabbad, a fundamentalist Middle Eastern country. Sound insane? Well, their business partner is none other than the local prince, Ahmed, and his portly American lover, Ricci, who hopes that the venture will help make Ahmed king. Along the road to the throne, John falls in love with Ahmed’s wife, Teekra, who is plotting her revenge against Awad, the king of Al Rabbad. Maybe John “doesn’t get it”, but Russ is there to give him a push in the right direction when the time comes in this irreverent comic adventure story!