There are so many elements of this book that I love. All the characters—even the minor ones, and especially the antagonists—are richly developed, with relatable reasons for their actions. The quality of the writing is outstanding: read any page of The Empty Quarter, and you'll know that you are in the hands of a master of language and storytelling. The propulsive plot gives the story an amazing narrative velocity. But the one thing I love most about David's novel is its provocative realism.
This is not a simple tale with clear-cut good guys and bad guys. The Empty Quarter manages to mirror the complexity of the modern world. In a story that combines an international kidnapping scheme, a US Air Force Special Ops pararescue unit, the love between a former mujahideen fighter and a Saudi princess, and a wild chase through the desert, David Robbins shines a light on some of the most complicated geopolitical issues of this moment in time—and also on the human heart. The result is surprisingly moving, as well as relentlessly suspenseful.
When I asked David what he wanted to share with potential readers, he said, "If you like your adventure novels to be more than factual, fast-paced, and well researched—if you also enjoy crafted language, deeper themes, plausible characters and motivations, exotic settings; if you like to be informed and moved while you're entertained—this is the book for you."
I couldn't have said it better myself.
- Alan Turkus, Editor