- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Effertrux Publishing; 1 edition (September 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1940251125
- ISBN-13: 978-1940251127
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 79 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a great thriller with a soul...in the light of current events, the story could have been pulled off the evening news... While readers of Nelson DeMille and, to some extent, Ken Follett, have been spoiled by characters that are deeper than the thickness of the novel in which they are featured, it is unusual to find a new author daring to reach for such heights (or depths) and doing it successfully." -See full review at The Columbia Review of Books & Film
About the Author
G. Egore Pitir grew up near the shores of Lake Michigan, reading too much, writing too little, and ignoring arithmetic altogether. Naturally, he obtained an engineering degree, flew as a fighter pilot, and then got an airline job. Having successfully faced the math demon in college, he decided to conquer the last item on the list and wrote FACE OF OUR FATHER, a novel exploring how today's clash of cultures permeates every facet of our lives.
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But it goes way beyond genre stereotypes, way beyond a one-dimensional Western perspective, and way beyond the male-dominated world of Hollywood action flicks that vilify non-Westerners. Stu, the world’s greatest pilot is deeply flawed; his wife Angie, international woman’s advocate, deeply conflicted; and Kashif, one of the cadre of Middle Eastern warriors, deeply devout yet amazingly open-minded.
This book is multifaceted, feminist, bloody, thrilling and has one of the all time great airline action sequences you’ll ever read. The end of the book hints that a sequel’s in the works: looking forward to it.
Our first introduction to protagonist Captain Stuart “Ironman” Pierce tells us that he has long dreamed of becoming a hero. This is something of a theme in the book; each time a chapter introduces a major character, we are told about the prayers they made in their youth. This is a big part of what humanizes each character, and blurs the moral lines of the story. Will Stu become a hero? More importantly, is he ready for what that might actually mean? And is the reader prepared to pick sides in this battle, knowing that each character is fighting for what they truly believe in?
There are many books about terrorist conspiracies and the heroes who stop them, but this is one of the few books that makes us truly question the validity of such tropes. How can there be such a thing as a hero, when the other side of the battlefield is full of people who perceive him to be a villain? And what will happen when he realizes that his actions have consequences, sometimes on his own life? At the end of this book, the characters are fundamentally changed in a way that almost feels too raw, too human to be a work of fiction.
This author has excelled at his craft. The upcoming sequel, “Face of Our Mother,” is certain to provide as much food for thought as this first installment. Anyone who is interested in thrillers revolving around crime and terrorism, or even anyone who is interested in having their moral viewpoint challenged, will gain a lot from reading this book.
What we now find in the book are descriptions of moments in the days of the terrorists, with disconnected sequences of an attack on what seems to be a US base, and retaliation. The writing was good from the descriptive point of view, and the actual scenes were vivid, but how did they get from scene to scene, and more to the point, why were certain actions taken? We get long periods of introspection and back story about Angie and Stu, and misleading views of the Prince. At the end, Pitir shows he really can write. The scene where Stu flies is tense, and seems very realistic. It is just a pity that a pearl like this was not wrapped in so much sow's ear. If you like a story that digresses all over the place in the middle of something happening, with lots of descriptive back story to paint a picture, this book is really a rich tapestry. For me, I would rather there was much less concentration on the background of the painting, and much more effort into the foreground, i.e. what the story was about.
That said, the characters were somewhat developed although I thought more could have been put into them. I really don't like when authors beat around the bush when trying to convey a point. Just tell it to me straight. This author's writing style wasn't my cup of tea. Oh, and why was this book titled Face of our Father? That was never developed.