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Shadow on the Wall (The SandStorm Chronicles, #1) Paperback – May 1, 2012

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I received a copy of Pavarti K Tyler's new book entitled "Shadow on the Wall" to review. What I will say to you is this. Buy it. Read it. It was wonderful. Not only was it a page turner that I read in one sitting (something I have not done in a few years), the story lines were well constructed and the dots all amazingly connected. --Naif Al-Mutawa of the99.org

Pavarti K Tyler s Shadow on the Wall, her first book in The SandStorm Chronicles, is a delicious read even as it exposes themes that are difficult to grapple with. Her beautiful and vivid prose places us in a world where we forget ourselves and fall into her characters we love them, we hate them, we understand them, and we are mystified by them. Even as Shadow transports us, once we step back into ourselves we are left thinking about her real-world depictions of religious motivations, corruption, fear, tenacity, and hope. --Jessica Swift Eldridge, editor, publishing consultant, founder of Swift Ink Editorial Services

From the moment I read the first sentence, I could not stop until I finished reading. As an Arab Muslim, I found it refreshing, to finally have someone sharing my cultural background to not be a "terrorist", but be an actual "hero". The imperfections of his character are what made him believable to me. We are not perfect, no one is, but he took his imperfections & became a hero for the people, instead of a suicide bomber. If anything, I see him as a metaphor for redemption, I am extremely excited to follow these Chronicles. I have always used to say that Batman was my favorite superhero, I have no doubt from this point on, my #1 answer will be "The SandStorm". --Mosno Al-Moseeki

About the Author

Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.

Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is busy penning her next novel. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Fighting Monkey Press (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983876908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983876908
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,566,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I couldn't put this book down. It is extraordinarily gripping from the first page to the last, and the characters are so unusual and well-developed that you just want to discover more about them. The book is set in Turkey, in a real place called Elih (fun fact: Elih is the Kurdish name for a real Turkish town called 'Batman'. Nice.) Although the Elih that the author creates is fictitious and nothing like the real place, she chose the Turkish setting because she wanted somewhere with religious tensions between Muslims and Jews that didn't instantly evoke 9/11. You really do learn more about the Islamic faith from the book, as it describes and portrays many rituals, prayers, greetings and passages from the Qur'an and religious tensions. Different groups' interpretations of religious texts are at the heart of the story. Tyler has clearly done her research and, for me, it really paid off.

In this story, there is a 'morality' police force called the RTK. They are a Muslim group who are in control of the city and are, basically, armed policeman who make sure that certain Muslim practices are being followed. There include: not drinking, not smoking, not eating pork, women must wear their burkas and be accompanied by male chaperones, reading material is restricted, women are not allowed newspapers, etc etc. They are an intimidating and brutal force and, as we soon realise, very corrupt.

The RTK become the villains of the piece right from the outset of the book. If you are averse to brutal violence (including sexual and incestual) then you are going to find this book hard going. And I am not exaggerating. I have seen the most violent films out there and read incredibly violent books in the past, and this is definitely up there with them.
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This book is outside the norm of what I usually read. It was a difficult read for me. The topic is one we usually avoid. Generally we say don't talk to people about religion or politics, and this book has both. It also has violence and race issues that are very pertinent to the world we live in today. There is a lot on the news about the Middle East and the problems between Muslims and Jewish people. These are difficult topics to explore in any circumstance, which makes this book unique.

I do not think this is a book I would have normally just picked up to read in the store as I tend to avoid books that make me uncomfortable and this book did that. However, I am glad I read it. While the topics are traditionally taboo, this book provides great insight and understanding that people are people no matter what their religion or political views.

Evil exists in the world and we cannot avoid it; however we can strive to understand where it is coming from and learn from it to become better people. That is the message of this book. While I would not have necessarily chosen this book to read, I am glad that I did. It has broadened my view of the world and, hopefully, helped me to see into a world I will never live.

I give this book 4 out of 5 clouds despite being such a difficult book to read. This is NOT a book for children. It is definitely for adults as the topics described are serious and not for young people. The discussion guide in the back was invaluable.
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After his mother committed suicide and his father disappeared, eight-year-old Recai became heir to the multi-billion dollar Osman Corporation. Recai’s father had used the business’s profits to develop his home town of Elih, Turkey, in a secular fashion, granting interest free loans to support education and local business. In the absence of this easy money, the town is taken over by the RTK, a regressive and corrupt political group who imposed Sharia Law on the population. The tale follows Recai in his early twenties as he tries to find his place in the world.

The story opens with Recai having been dumped and left to die in the desert after a night of illicit drinking in Elih. He meets with two main characters when they save his life and within a few pages, we’re treated to the first experience of the brutality and anti-woman bias of the RTK’s officers.

This novel, it seems to me, is a vehicle through which the author wishes to expose the hypocrisy of those using Sharia Law to further their own means. At its core is the attitude of these so-called Muslims toward women. The officers of the RTK, or at least the ones the story focuses on, use rape to subjugate women. There is a lot of rape in this story. Once a young woman has been raped, the author shows how she is then shunned by those closest to her who consider her spoiled goods, bringing shame on the family. This was an unpleasant education for me. I’ve read of atrocities committed against Muslim woman, but the author brought this home in a visceral manner.

Sadly, for this reader, the story, and in particular the main character, didn’t ring true. Because the tale wasn’t strong enough to carry the message, I found it difficult to suspend disbelief.
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Reviewed for FMB Book Tours. I received a PDF copy of this book from the author for honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and it is an honest representation and my own responsibility.

It is rare that I find myself unable to put a book down. That was not the case with this book. We meet Recai Osman, of a Turkish father and a Kurdish mother: orphaned at a very young age: left with great wealth, a wonderful family legacy, and great guilt.

It is said that Art can bridge gaps; whatever form they may take. Essentially this story presents a perspective that is sorely lacking in the fiction of the west: a story that tells us in an entertaining, not biographical or anecdotal, way of how those people embroiled in the conflicts in the Middle East are far more similar than we might believe, or be led to believe. I do not believe the author planned to make a statement with the book, beyond we are more similar than different, but the portrayal of all of the characters feels authentic and tangible. It doesn't take a great stretch of imagination to understand them, or their perspectives. The liberal sprinkling of terms specific to the Muslim religion was easy to understand the sentiment of the word, if not the actual meaning simply with a talent for placement for context. There is a glossary at the end as well - although I didn't find it necessary but it would be helpful.

The book is organized into several smaller parts, each deals with a specific set of events that further allow us insight into events that both surround and involve Recai, while introducing us to characters that, despite their assumed differences, are able to form real bonds of friendship and family.
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