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The Martyr's Prize: A Tale of American Exceptionalism and Ruthlessness in the Age of Religiously Inspired Terrorism Paperback – February 15, 2010
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By Brooks William Kelley
The same thing that makes for an epicurean delight also makes for a great thriller--the ingredients. And it takes exacting detail for an author to so fold fact into fiction that it's nearly impossible to locate the seam.
Start with raw, believable and well-defined characters, both protagonist and antagonist. Layer the story with current events, genuine `techno-babble', actual Quranic verses, and sprinkle a few factual news pieces gleaned from today's actual headlines that perfectly mirror the storyline, and you have an all consuming adventure that a mere 380 pages is unsuccessful at satiating the pallet.
The locales are strikingly accurate (for anyone who'd ever been to them) to the point one can actually feel what the character feels. Your imagination will soar as you are drawn directly into the mind or geographic location of the scene painted so specifically by Kelley that you feel a part of the story as it unfolds. For anyone who'd ever been to the parts of the world described, it could be a haunting experience to be sure.
When you're convinced that what you're reading can actually happen (has happened or is happening now), it heightens the anxiety quotient, but more importantly--makes one stop to rethink everything we've been told by our blind federal leadership, and an agenda-driven press corps all too eager to appease America's enemies.
Although, fictional, this story is a serious wake-up call for those who still can't fathom the depth of hatred our enemies have for our very existence. And this book introduces us to new heroes in the pantheon of heroes who stand for American exceptionalism and who take a stand against those who would dare do us harm.
Clever and well timed, both in story and the deep respect for the reader, by the author.
There is no... "He slammed the new clip into the barrel and blasted his way out the ambush with his silenced Krinkov revolver"
The author either knows weapons or has bought a drink and tapped the brain of someone who does.
It reads comfortably and abandons the infinite number of stupidities found in every trash TV drama and many of the alleged "action"
books the American public are exposed to, as "entertaainment".
As for the next novel in this series,....well,... I'm waiting.
Others have said if you enjoy Vince Flynn and Brad Thor you'll enjoy this book, I would definitely agree. Mr. Kelly is definitely an up and coming author and someone to watch. I'm looking forward to his next book.
Give it a read, you won't regret it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although this is fiction, for we in the west it is important we educate/prepare ourselves for the problems that are headed our way. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by slickd
I totally enjoyed reading The Martyr's Prize! Once I started reading the book, I could not put it down! Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by VDobel
Very good book, best I have read in awhile, as good as the old Tom Clancy books before he outsourced his writing to someone else. Read morePublished on March 20, 2011 by Harvey Hacker
Writer has talent , but not yet ready for prime time.
I suspect the author is quite young, which may explain the irritating overuse of vulgarity, and imprecise usage of some... Read more
I rank this novel as one of the best I have ever read. It provides a perspective on current threats to freedom that is untouched by the usual censors. Read morePublished on August 3, 2010 by C. Kieran