The Prophecy Paperback – 12 Jul 2010
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Breathless, ingenious plot, the segments with Adel, Omari and Akram are classic Hosseini territory, give the reader an Islamic rather than purely western view on terrorism rare in thriller fiction. And one of the most poignant and ironic links to 9/11 and its aftermath that I've ever read in a book. Came completely out of the blue and so had all the more impact, literally took my breath away.
A clever premise for an epic page-turner written with wit, compassion (and) highly evolved characters. --Daily Telegraph
A tightly written novel from new author Kilgallon sees him walk straight into the big league with a masterful tale of international intrigue and espionage. --Crime Squad
How you would feel if the book you'd written started to come true? This is a chilling and thrilling novel, one in which real people start to wonder if they are insane, and have to come to terms with a terrifying reality that threatens their own life. Mesmerising.
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However, I am no longer ashamed to admit that I, like millions of others, love authors such as Matthew Reilly, Scott Mariani, James Rollins, Glenn Cooper, James Twining, Andy McDermott, Vince Flynn, Dan Brown, Stephen Leather, Stuart MacBride and Brad Thor.
Sadly, I couldn't get into this book. I found it a little too pedestrian and complex. Doesn't make it a bad book, it just wasn't for me. I gave up towards the end and passed it on to a friend as I simply didn't care what happened next. He told me that he had enjoyed it. I was glad he had. If we all liked the same books life would quickly become dull.
I look forward to any replies to this review and will do my utmost to not take them personally. Unless they are personal insults, of course!
The Prophecy is a thriller in the real sense of that word, with a plot that is constantly twisting and turning but never loses its urgency or credibility. It has a very contemporary theme and never ceases to feel true to life. Kilgallon has a clear and appealing style that delivers the novel plot with great effect. What I particularly enjoyed was the empathy that the author created with all of the main characters. I found their feelings and motivations rang true, which helped to give the story a rare degree of credibility.
The story concerns a writer whose just completed script for a novel about terrorism is whisked away from him in terrifying circumstances, and then the events in the book begin to be mirrored by real life. A white knuckle journey takes the writer and a number of other characters from around the world on an extraordinary experience, with frightening prospects. I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone, but the author shows tremendous skill in 'suggesting' outcomes from certain scenes that are not quite what they seem.
I often get bogged down with novels, but finished this 500 pager in a few days, simply because I couldn't bear to be away from it, and at every stage I wanted to know what happened next. The conclusion is like a helter-skelter ride, with unexpected developments on pretty well every page. This is a rare 'must read' and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the thrill of a fast paced story that is closely based on current world events. I can't wait for Kilgallon's next book!
Author Sam Tynnan has written a book and at the point he finishes it, he is attacked and all copies taken or wiped. Just as he starts to get over this trauma, he finds that world events start to mirror his plot and perhaps the closest person to him is not quite what they seem....
Fiction blends into reality as we then enjoy it as fiction! Fast paced would be the word for this as events take over and there is the inevitable race to prevent Armageddon.
Where this works is excellent use of the Muslem perspective (good guys, bad guys and those caught in the middle) and the author plays with his reader a lot, leading you down a path only to double back with sleight of hand so you are never quite sure what has happened or where you are going!
Slight downside is that it is a little over complex and I'm not sure how much the Nostradamus/Jean-Pierre element actually added to the plot, it might have worked as well without them.
But I enjoyed this even if the complexity maybe halted it short of four stars. But it is apparent that the author has what it takes and knows how to tease his reader, I suspect with this under his belt and some lessons learnt through the experience, his next one will be well worth waiting for, and I'll be in the queue.
Are we to believe that even in a fictional world, a single individual working for British Intelligence service would be jetting around Muslim mosque sites after 'terrorist' attacks, as opposed to the US agencies taking over, (sorry real world kicking in there) or the ludicrous associates of Tynnan's fellow writer friend 'Mike'. I'm sure the average novelist/writer mixes with the underworld. So many outcomes at key points were underwhelming, what on earth did Nostradamus and the French modern day wannabee have to do with anything?
This book and it's plot were really not that complex as commented by other readers, in my view the author was both confused and confusing in his laboured and tedious explanations of sequences of mosque attacks, consequent reactions and the supposed tensions between the fictional terrorist 'leaders'. What a dull dirge it all was.
I am looking forward now to my next input of James Forrester, James Twining (at least the plots are interesting), Glenn Cooper, Scott Mariani, CJ Sansom and others.
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