Author – RJ Viski
Genre – Action, Suspense, Terrorism
458 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 12/23/17
No. – 72 - 2017
My Impressions: violent, thought provoking, sibling affection, three people on a collision course
Kojo al-Jabara – Ethryian immigrant to Australia.
Dave Rothman – Wealthy college athlete, old money, high expectations, set for comeuppance.
Kelly Schuter – Wife of mega- rich industrialist. Secret spy for the US Government
Russel Drake – US Senator, head of Foreign Intelligence Department, a murky black ops group.
Benji al-Jabara – Kojo’s sibling, leader of a rebel group, the Misfits.
The lead character of The Ethryian is Kojo, a young black Muslim trying to escape the horrors of his native country. After learning to exist in a strange foreign society he innocently runs into trouble, falls in with the wrong people and attacks a man who wronged him. The victim, Dave, is severely injured and Kojo is sent back to Africa.
The remainder of the Ethryian is primarily set in the fictional African country of Ethryia. Terrorist of the Rising Caliphate are positioning themselves to take over the country and install Sharia Law. Kojo’s brother Benji believes in the goals of the Rising Caliphate until he accepts they are using him and his followers ruthlessly to accomplish their own goals.
At thirty-five percent into the book we begin to see hints of the convergence of the three main characters, Kojo, Dave and Kelly.
The plot involves retribution, redemption and unintended consequences of the three main characters. I’d like to tell more of the story but that would spoil it for those who intend to read it. Vying for the title of worst villain is the power hungry Senator Drake. Unfortunately, his character is all too real.
There is plenty of drama, suspense and thrilling confrontations.
The writing styles between sections of the book are so dramatically different I wondered if two people were writing the story in tandem.
Some internal thoughts are presented as narrative.
The editing has far to many errors, missing, extra, misspelled and wrong words used.
There is abundant cursing. I’m not against it if it fits the story, but some readers abhor it for any reason.
The book has several issues with continuity.
The few sexual encounters are heated but not graphic.
Some adjectives are vague and hard to decipher, examples- ‘A malnourished bus’ and ‘green and brown bark skyscrapers’. I suppose the first is a bus low on gas and the second is a tree.
Many words and sentences don’t make much sense or fit the application and too many unusual words, some Arabic require a look at the dictionary. This only pulls the reader out of the story and breaks their concentration.
I have first hand knowledge of the oil refining process and found the scenes set in a refinery to be totally inept and bland. The author was in over his head and should have sought help.
In spite of the low rating the book received due to the listed issues, I still recommend the story. It is an interesting, insightful read if the negative issues don’t bother you.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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