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Tariq Goddard
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30 Sep 2011
Set in a fictional African state in the grip of a civil war provoked by the emergence of The Mahdi, a pretender to the leadership of the Islamic world, The Message is the latest thriller from Tariq Goddard, an exciting and topical treatment of realpolitik, personal integrity and the real cost of Empire-building. Into the melting pot are thrown Iranian advisors, an SAS contingent, and in the best farcical tradition; a family of unscrupulous English mercenaries, kidnappers of an innocent girl with their own sinister agenda. In the face of violence and unexpected betrayals we see these factions draw inexorably together to a chilling and ultimately redemptive climax. With guarded sentimentality and cheerful nihilism, redolent of Conrad with just the slightest nod to Chuck Norris, The Message is as enjoyable as it is thoughtful, a literary take on current affairs from a rare and unusual talent.

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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Zero Books (30 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846948797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846948794
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE MESSAGE is a remarkable and timely novel which deals, in fictional form, with the global consequences of the so-called Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. One of Tariq Goddard's great successes is his technique of devising representative characters from all sides of the religious and ideological divide. The result is a kind of international dialogue, true to the complexities of the contemporary world it describes. Goddard's novel is played out on a wide canvas which takes in contemporary Britain, Iran and Africa. The writing is compelling, and the subject-matter is both urgent and well-defined. I do not expect to read a more important or rewarding novel this year --(Dr Andrew Biswell Director, International Anthony Burgess Foundation)

About the Author

Tariq Goddard was born in 1975 in London. His novel, 'The Picture of Contented New Wealth' won the Independent Publishers award for horror writing, 2010.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 4 Oct 2011
Lively, unusual and politically.. couldn't be more relevant. Grisly characters telling a grisly story. Can't wait for the next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody and marvelous 17 Oct 2011
Now here's a thought. Take the insanity of modern political, religious and economic activity, add a bitter twist of exploitation and garnish with gung-ho fatalism.

Throw it into the fictional blender and what is produced? A brilliant and accessible rip roaring thriller.

Goddard has once again stuck two fingers up, or should that be just one, at the publishing norm and pushed the boundaries with this exhilarating and timely novel.

If you need more from your contemporary fiction than the lazy and the staid that is all too often peddled by the majors, then try The Message.

It will do more than simply blow your bloody socks off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real art of Darness. Best so far! 17 Oct 2011
This is Tariq Goddard's fifth book and it marks a satisfying leap forward in terms of style and content. He's the only writer I can think of right now whose talents are so robust that there is a danger, as was shown in The Late Review Show the other night, of reading him too quickly. With Goddard you always get two books - in this case a serious contemplation on death and the banalities of ambition and power, realpolitik and its practitioners. And a terrifyingly fast plot that takes the corners so fast you really need to hold on. He's a merciless plot driver, but what a couple of the reviewers failed to notice or at least didn't admit to noticing was the delicacy of the writing; there isn't a wasted sentence. He's a new voice, not interested so much in the sound of it, but in using it to construct a compelling and poignant narrative. The Message is fimic; but that's not his fault; and the coda is exquisite beyond words.
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