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The Silencer Paperback – 8 Nov 2012
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About the Author
Paul Alkazraji is the author of four books. He has written travel articles for The Independent. And has been a magazine editor.
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I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and I thank him for that.
As I began reading The Silencer, Mr. Alkazraji’s writing seemed like a combination of Dickens meeting the Apostle Paul; it is chock-full of description as well as Biblical phrases and references. For those readers who want stories of witness that contain Old and New Testament verses, this novel would be quite enjoyable.
Mr. Alkazraji has written a plausible tale of danger and suspense. He does a very fine job describing life in Albania as well as the challenges the Kilburns experience while living there. He is obviously a writer who loves the language. He has a keen eye for detail, and he expresses himself very beautifully.
But I had several difficulties with this novel. First of all, I got quite lost in the initial chapters trying to keep tabs on the many characters. Most of them are insignificant to the main plot, and I found that to be quite confusing. Secondly, while the descriptions of persons, places, meals, daily activities, etc., are quite lovely, I felt that I kept losing track of the action. On a number of occasions, I had to backtrack to find out whom I was reading about or just what was taking place. At times the Bible verses were also a distraction from the content of the mystery story.
However, Mr. Alkazraji does a good job delivering his message to Christian and would-be Christian readers. Jude has experienced the best of times and the worst of times, both in his time in Albania and in his spiritual life. As a thriller, the suspense builds in the final chapters. The mystery does resolve, so I think that Christian thriller readers would probably like this book.
It was a slow burn to begin with but halfway through I could not put this book down, the characters and the story will definitely stay with you. Unfortunately the book remains topical with the religious hatred that seems to ever fuel conflicts and the terrible events we have witnessed this year alone.
There are some nice links to the main action with the character's in Jude's local class and these are touching and clever. As is the link to Charles Dickens, I love literacy references in an action book!
Many thanks to Paul the author. I received this book from the author but the opinions expressed are entirely my own. My only complaint is that this book will leave you hungry with the various descriptions of delicious Albanian and Greek food, pass the olives and cheese please!
I usually avoid religious fiction, but I'm glad I read this.
First of all, I love the cover. If I'm honest, that's the main reason I read this book. That and the striking title. It's all grisly-thriller looking and it doesn't disappoint.
The religion in this Christian crime thriller wasn't shoved down your throat. This novel wasn't religious propaganda, the characters were just religious.
This is a beautifully written suspenseful thriller which kept me on the edge of my seat with its multiple narratives.