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Monday, April 30, 2012

review: an untimely love by Tendai Huchu

The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practise it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies. - Terry Waite, London Guardian, Feb. 20, 1992

An Untimely Love
together with three of his companions, Khalid Patel is on a suicide mission. strapped with explosives, they head for the London Underground to make a statement against the British government for its participation in "unjust wars and the slaughter of innocent Muslims."
Tendai Huchu's novel invites the reader to explore the heart and mind of a terrorist. 
i have read some books on terrorism but this was my first time to do so from the point of view of a terrorist. fast-paced and riveting, Khalid's story kept me reading late into the night and on the edge of my seat. without giving anything away, let us just say that i found myself rooting for Khalid after he made a decision that would determine his fate throughout the rest of the book. 
Khalid's reflections on life, love, war, friendship, family and justice tend to be philosophical at times but not too heady. in fact, i love how the author spun these meanderings. we get to know Khalid through and through. he is intelligent, passionate, driven and quite naive as well. again, these qualities or traits propelled him to do what he had to do and face the consequences. 
overall, this novel was an enlightening reading experience. it is absorbing, moving, well written and i highly recommend it.  
*An Untimely Love is available at Amazon and  in multiple ebook formats at Fictionwisefor more information about Tendai Huchu and his work, please visit http://www.tendaihuchu.com/ and his author page at Goodreads.
my personal rating is:
An Untimely Love contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 and under. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of An Untimely Love from the author. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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