"A terrorist thriller that's as hot as today's headlines." ActionTales.com -- ActionTales.com
David has done his hometown proud. -- Daily News, McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Less Than a Shadow is an outstanding piece of fiction . . . Chackos view of this world is profound. -- Murder and Mayhem Bookclub, Pamela James
From the Publisher
David Chacko has set his tenth novel, Less Than a Shadow, against the backdrop of Turkey, the front line of democracy in today's volatile Middle East. He leads you into a world few people know--the modern labyrinth that gave the word Byzantine its name. It's dark here, and the light ahead never shows for long.
Chacko lives a part of each year in Istanbul. This experience, and a natural interest in people, puts him in position to provide keen insights about the citizens of this land, the way they live, their hopes and their dreams. The reader feels as if he or she is actually living alongside them. Chacko's characters are strong, all set against the economic and political background we live within, but which few see as it really is.
Less Than a Shadow opens with the murder of a well-known journalist in his home in Istanbul. Upon the demands of the man's wealthy family, Jason Ender, a "field reconnaissance" agent for the U.S. State Department, is assigned to investigate. The path leads deep into the power structure of the Middle East that the United States is trying to shape. Shadowed by the specter of the Mafia, and violence that explodes apparently at random, Ender's investigation concludes on an autumn night when the entire city rocks to the beat of Armageddon.
Chacko uses more long narrative passages than most authors do. But they're beautifully written. And they carry the story forward quickly.
Less Than a Shadow will leave you pondering the fate of democracy in the Middle East, and a scary sense of the turbulence and terrorism which abounds. But it will also leave you with an upbeat image of the Turkish people, determined to win through at any cost.