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No Time for Tears,
This review is from: Battle Come Down: A Riz Sabir Thriller (The Rizwan Sabir Mysteries Book 4) (Kindle Edition)
From their first blunt encounter with members of a London gang which turns out to include key members of what may be a spreading global uprising, you know Riz and his "girl gang" the Blackeyes, aren't going to be taking any prisoners. With London's airports shut down and most public transportation slowed to a trickle, one of the greatest cities in the world has been put in a stranglehold. Still in the throes of early married life, Holly (Bang-Bang) may complain about an interrupted honeymoon, but hubby Riz and she are clearly more in their element taking on a vast network of terrorists whose main objective appears to be anarchy.
In Battle Come Down, Without the fanfare of Hollywood's overstated apocalyptic hype, the reader discovers what life might really be like, should we in the "West" suddenly find ourselves situationally in the shoes of Syria or Iraq. As unsettling as it is to face what appears to be an unnamed mob but is in fact a missile controlling, well-managed, war machine, there can be no doubt that such an event is, in reality, playing itself out in many parts of the world. Indeed, as the story builds momentum, one is reminded of certain real life events in London itself. A little too close to home? For me yes. It is thus with a certain gratitude that I can count on the rigid moral code Riz and the Blackeyes bring with them when they are defending their country. The question of "who is right" is no longer esoteric as one realizes that if Riz and Holly lose this one, London (and England) as we once knew it, will no longer exist.
As always, author Charlie FLowers does not just weave a stunning tale of hardcore, tech savvy, gun wielding combatants creating a swath of death and destruction as intricate as a crop circle, he hits us with a number of moral dilemmas as the story unfolds. Children in combat, and in the hands of men with pure evil intent. A good story only? Nah, just the truth in many parts of the world. Don't like it? Take one home and help it heal. But mind the missiles!
Flowers goes a step further by putting back into the hands of a group of loyal citizens, who by-the-by are practicing Muslims, the duty to punish violently in the name of the British government, thus also forcing the reader to consider how those aspects of Islam that have traditionally left violent punishment in the hands of individuals rather than the State, play out when one has the State's blessing. Now on the "right side" you're glad they're there, but it's a game changer for sure. And watching myself urging Riz and Holly and the others on the victory, I can't but also see the hypocrisy on both sides.
In the end Flowers has written, yet again, a book that wounds as much as it provides entertainment. Read it and weep, but read it.