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An Heroic Human Trafficker? Come, Come
on May 19, 2012
I somewhat enjoyed this sequel to The Panther and the Pearl, but mainly the part that picks up with the life of Sarah, Kalid, and friends. As expected, it was wonderful to see that the once arrogant panther Kalid is now a well-mellowed pussycat, having grown into a much better kitty under Sarah's influence. The Sarah/Kalid romance was delightful. I can't share the same enthusiasm for the young lovers since Malik lacks Kalid's charm and is after all a human-trafficker. It is hard to forget that point, since in this day and age human traffickers are the most irredeemable of the sub-human scum, and I seriously doubt that that wasn't also true in turn-of-the century Turkey. Anyway, you just can't make a noble and honorable compassionate hero-of-the-common-man out of sub-human scum, and, IMHO, Ms. Malek failed in her attempt to convince us that he only sold kidnapped virgins into sexual slavery, torture, and probable death out of the most noble of motives--just can't be sub-human scum and noble at the same time, sorry. Except for that rather significant problem, this would have been a good romance. Definitely, read The Panther and the Pearl first.