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Honor Kindle Edition
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The cast includes jihadi sheikhs and agitators, advertising men and marketers on the edges of mayhem, turning a blind eye to terror in the interests of consumerism, a young girl in an honor attack, a wide-eyed young lad being groomed for a suicide bombing, a fiery, racy feminist. Omm's skill at making them all come to vibrant life is masterful. The way you end up almost sympathizing with the key jihadist, Abdul Khattak, is a satirical master-stroke, as well as a deeply sympathetic portrayal.
Set in England, France and Turkey, "Honor" is atmospheric, disturbing, always riveting. The book's fluid point of view is powered through interwoven narrative threads, whose intricacy mimics the interweaving motivations of the characters in their ironic, multi-perspectived counterpoint. The romantic love story between Azeem and Shirin plays out in a context of murderous rivalry and twisted idealism. Azeem has seen the jihadi killing fields and knows the jihadi techniques, but he turns his back on that life for the love of a woman.
Omm is that rare beast - a thriller writer with a full arsenal of literary skills. Some readers may be taken aback by the mix of comedy and tragedy. But this aspect helps make "Honor" such a thrill to read, there is pleasure on every page. It would make a great independent film by a director like Tarantino or the Coen brothers.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves well-written, pacy, intelligent thrillers. This one does a great job stimulating the mind, as well as giving shots of adrenalin.