A Wonderfully, Entertaining and Informing Book
Reviewed by Martin Lepore, Uruguay
From the first chapters, a dozen or so characters are presented in colorful ways in situations and events that are so complex and so appealing I bet I was not the only reader who wondered if the writer would be able to keep up so much suspense and so many different stories tangled together for the remaining of the book…
Heath Daniels managed to do that (and more) with easiness, not only sustaining the main plot and keeping the suspense, but also introducing more and different personalities as the story unfolds… Characters with interesting and totally opposite ways of thinking, of living, of loving and hating…all of whom teach us plenty as well as teach each other… With each character he presents, Daniels shows his intrinsic facility to be able to get into someone else’s “skin”, into other people’s mind, to feel what “they” feel and he successfully and eloquently conveys it to the reader.
Throughout the book one can, at times, perceive Daniels’ own mind…not an easy task though, considering he can portray and think as SO many different people at once…but one can see a ”very open” mind in Daniels’, the thoughts and mind of a ”worldly man”… an observant and constant “learner” of very distant cultures, someone who has traveled extensively but most likely on a “learning experience” , on a “spiritual journey”, rather than for the pleasure of traveling itself…
The book is filled with fiction and real events intertwined that makes the story all the more interesting. Daniels´ knowledge and understanding of the Arab culture and its religions are a learning experience for most of us who know little and nothing about such a “distant world”. Fortunately, he is objective about the realities of the world and the constant ongoing discrimination, hatred, as well as love, lust…the natural “manipulative” side most human beings possess, the weight that money has on most situations in life… in short, a very descriptive and detailed ”study” of human nature, no matter what culture they belong to.
The thorough description of some of the characters can be tedious at times, perhaps too much detail in clothing, height and facial features but at the same time I got the feeling that maybe that was indeed his intention, the idea of getting to know the characters intimately, feeling the characters as people we actually know, or might have known.
The writing is flawless and easy to follow, the eloquence with which he transmits his creative mind into paper, makes this book a wonderfully, entertaining and informing work.
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