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Worth a Look
on 12 April 2011
This is the second novel after his successful novel the Siege, I found the book very interesting from two aspects the content of History, while the work is fiction, the background and the Historical content seem well researched and one can see that in the last 800 years or so we still dealing with the fallout of what happened, and the problems of the Middle East today, in this case however, the Religious extremists are from the West.
The author seems to wrap himself in dialogue, he enjoys the interaction and word play between his characters. It is nice to see the way in which the interaction is being created. At over four hundred pages this novel does take some small commitment, I would not call it a 'light read'. That said it is readable and if you like your fiction with a heavy dose of History then this is the book for you. What is also nice, indeed more helpful is the fact that more detail and background information is available on the internet. So if you wanted to know why Muslim prayer is five times a day, the Author's web page explains some rather interesting facts about this, the eye opener for this reader was the fact that some early Christian prayer and tradition showed great similarity to the way Islam prayer is performed, I am just illustrating one small thread. You do not necessarily need all these bits of information, as the book carries itself well. From my perspective all these little nuggets of information made the novel that more interesting. All in all a good start to series of books, I keenly await the next novel in the series. For my tastes the book rated a good four stars, certainly worth reading - enjoy!