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Anissa of Antioch: The Syrian War, a New York Love Triangle, and a Mideast Christian State (The Love of Antioch Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – October 22, 2015
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In the book, Anissa's friend, Michael, a PhD candidate had taken on a major role in calling attention to what was happening in Syria, to Christians as well as minor religious groups. His goal, was to create a Mideast Christian State. As mentioned in my review of the first book, I am concerned that separating out Christians in a new state there would just continue the war. The only salvation would be that there would be a government to protect individuals from such atrocities that are happening daily...
Because of the importance of the book, while the material is for mature audience, the author recommends that this book not be read by those under 16 - the alternative book, Anissa's Redemption, is more explicit and is available, as preferred, by adults.
Anissa gets involved with Michael's work while at the same time attending college. She had successfully completed her first semester with high grades; now she was willing to begin participating in other events and she made friends with Maya, who began introducing her to social sites and ultimately to a private party...
Held by one of Anissa's professors. The professor was known as a womanizer but also gave great parties and Maya could take her as a guest...which led to more... I'm not going to cover the on-again-off-again relationships Anissa had with both Michael and Julien, except to note that Julien was already attracted to Anissa after meeting her in class and that he was a very wealthy man, who became a contributor to the problems being addressed by Michael's group.
Anissa still had some family in Syria, so, with the money, there was opportunity to try to get them relocated. to Kessab. This happened once, but where they relocated, it, too, was destroyed and only Anissa's sister was still alive...
This second book is also written in diary form; however, Julien takes turns with Anissa as both are writing. Each of these individuals are also under therapy, so readers have the opportunity to learn not only about events but the inner thoughts of these two main characters as they describe their issues with the therapists...There are, of course, spots of narrative related to history and the lives of characters, but there really is no problem in keeping up with the story in the chosen format.
The format on one hand does not easily permit twists and turns, the author uses ongoing references of major issues that have not yet been covered, so that when the major finale twist that many of us expect in a novel, well, I can only describe it as a monumental "detour"! When that happened, for me, the entire novel came together and answered any earlier issues that had been raised about what was happening. Brilliant in its conception, it also carries an important underlying issue that we must all remember... Not everybody wants to participate in wars and killing. There are many who want to live in peace, as was happening in Syria--before!
Although I didn't believe that Anissa's new life in America was realistic for those torn from their homes, I did think the conceptual development of the overall story allowed for this new life, albeit with Anissa having to go into therapy and continuing to have flashbacks and nightmares... Kudos to the author for bringing a variety of issues effectively into the book--issues that MUST be addressed world-wide! I was grateful to have the opportunity to read these two books and develop the empathy needed to realize the tragedy of living under fanatic rebels...
May you share concern for those who have lost their homeland, this time in Syria...I consider this a must-read, don't you?!
This was DEFINITELY not the case with Jonah Pierce’s sequel to “Anissa of Syria” called “Anissa of Antioch.” because happily, it was ready to be read right after I finished "Anissa of Syria". And I'm happy to report, it did NOT disappoint!
In “Anissa of Antioch”, Jonah seamlessly picked up where he ended in “Anissa of Syria” and from the very beginning, the plot and all his characters continued to evolve and develop throughout. His intelligent writing and extensive research continued to paint an accurate and compelling portrayal of the religious struggles caused by Syrian Civil War. Each of the characters "layers" were brilliantly peeled away to reveal their true selves and their darkest secrets before the readers’ eyes and not only made them appear more human, but more endearing as well.
"Anissa of Syria" proved to be an exciting and quite an emotional roller coaster ride and with every twist and turn of events, it takes the reader through many compelling, gripping developments and surprising defining moments.
Again Mr. Pierce writes with strong emotions. We get to see each character's heart and why they acted like they did. Sometimes it was hard to see what the characters went through. But in the end you see that with pain comes triumph. I even got to care for each character as well as seeing them through a different eye.
This story will stay with me for awhile. Would recommend to anyone. Thank you for bringing awareness to a subject that nobody else wants to talk about. Jonah Pierce does it again.