Title: Shadow on the Wall
Series: The SandStorm Chronicles #1
Author: Pavarti K Tyler
Genre: Dark, Political, Speculative, Suspense, Magical Realism,
Publisher: Fighting Monkey Press
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Book Description: Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah’s call or will his dark past and self-doubt stand in his way?
Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm.
~ Buy it. Read it. It was wonderful. –Naif Al-Mutawa of the99.org~
Let me preface my review with a bit of background: I am a firm believer in the power of a book. A well-written book will transport you and allow you to gain a new insight into a world that you are unfamiliar with. Books, far more than rhetoric, wars or even diplomacy will do more for people’s understanding across countries, generations, situations, religions and even the sexes. This book is one of those that both transports and provides insight and understanding, and I am very pleased that the author has allowed me to introduce it to you.
As always, I was given an eBook copy for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my responsibility.
It is rare that I find myself unable to put a book down. That was not the case with this book. We meet Recai Osman, of a Turkish father and a Kurdish mother: orphaned at a very young age: left with great wealth, a wonderful family legacy, and great guilt.
It is said that Art can bridge gaps; whatever form they may take. Essentially this story presents a perspective that is sorely lacking in the fiction of the west: a story that tells us in an entertaining, not biographical or anecdotal, way of how those people embroiled in the conflicts in the Middle East are far more similar than we might believe, or be led to believe. I do not believe the author planned to make a statement with the book, beyond we are more similar than different, but the portrayal of all of the characters feels authentic and tangible. It doesn’t take a great stretch of imagination to understand them, or their perspectives. The liberal sprinkling of terms specific to the Muslim religion was easy to understand the sentiment of the word, if not the actual meaning simply with a talent for placement for context. There is a glossary at the end as well – although for me it was not necessary it will be helpful to many.
The book is organized into several smaller parts, each deals with a specific set of events that further allow us insight into events that both surround and involve Recai, while introducing us to characters that, despite their assumed differences, are able to form real bonds of friendship and family. We get to discover Recai as he discovers, or rediscovers who he is, and what he is meant to be in the progression of the story. We meet Rebekah and her widowed father, Hasad Sofaer, both Jewish who rescued him from a sand dune avalanche. Darya, a woman born to privilege and chafing at the restrictions of society, and Maryam who works as a nurse and lives independently, but appreciates the comfort and familiarity of the clothing restrictions. All have different perspectives on what their society has become, and what steps need be made to change it.
I really did enjoy this book – to sit and read it, and only it, straight through is a VERY rare occurrence for me. I will say that it is a story that has some very detailed and specific violence: violence against women, fights with men, fights against the sand. I would recommend this book to any adult who enjoys a read that captures your imagination and answers questions that we all have, but never asked.
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About the Author:
Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.
Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is busy penning her next novel.
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