AN UNTIMELY LOVE by Tendai Huchu
Received for an honest review from the author.
Print Length:274 pages
Publisher: Whisky Creek Press Language: English
AN UNTIMELY LOVE by Tendai Huchu
Khalid is a young colored muslim, with a British identity. He is a bright chemistry university student. The pressures of being in the minority group, force him into the Jihad extremist group.
Without the knowledge of his family, he secretly undergoes training and undertakes a suicide mission. Whilst on a train, on his way to fulfill his mission of martyrdom, he falls in love, loses his virginity, and consequently, has a change of heart, causing him to abort his mission. This is when his troubles begin. He realizes that what he thought he was fighting for, was not at the heart of those who were sending him. They were ruthless, selfish and had no concern for even his own life. With a new light in how he sees things and barely an hour to a planned attack of taking down 15 British airplanes and approximately 5000 innocent people, he sacrifices his life, to make things right, redeem his name and stop the perpetrator.
AN UNTIMELY LOVE by Tendai Huchu.
An Untimely Love is an exciting, fast paced thriller, were everything is better understood towards the end. It keeps the reader in suspense and yet excited enough to want to know what happens next.
In his writing, Tendai manages to express and expose, the misconception that suicide bombers have about what they do; thinking they are fighting for a good cause and in hope of immediate transition to heaven.
When Khalid fails to go ahead with the plan, he turns around, hoping to be understood and to find comfort in his leader, Tony. He is shocked to find that the very person he thought he could look up to, became his very sought out enemy.
This book is a page turner and I think, many will find it exciting.
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HEAT RATING: Mild detailed scenes of intimacy,mild violence or profanity
REVIEWED BY: Jennipher .M. Zulu
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