Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?
WINNER OF THE GENERAL FICTION/NOVEL CATEGORY OF THE 2012 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS!
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.
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.
My Thoughts on the Book:
Wow, Shadow on the Wall is quite a story. While I usually shy away from books with overt religious and political themes, I was immediately intrigued by the premise of this book. I love foreign settings and the sand bowl setting of this book (set in Turkey) did not disappoint.
This story could be considered controversial but I think the author handled the religious and political content with elegance. At no point did the story start to feel didactic. This is a story about the characters and a great cast they are. Each are flawed and each have their own unique strengths. This is not a traditional superhero story and I really loved that!
While the pacing was slow at times and the shifting POVs a little off-putting, this book was still a thrilling read and I recommend it to anyone who wants to experience something fresh and different. Be warned, the book does contain some fairly graphic violence so this is probably a book for 17+.
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