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The Shekinah Legacy (A Charlotte Ansari Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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There are no doubt many interesting historical facts embedded in the novel, which I'm sure will be of interest to other readers. For me, the only important thing is that the background is reasonably credible and doesn't entirely contravene history as I know it. This book easily meets and exceeds that criterion.
There is a lot of death and gore, but there are many "sides" in this complex thriller and most of them consider the treasure hunt at the heart of this story a matter of life and death, so it makes sense that there is as much of one as the other in the story.
I admit that I dreaded getting to the end of The Shekinah Legacy, because I couldn't foresee a good way to get out of the messy religious Gordian's knot without something unsatisfying, unbelievable, or beyond my capacity to swallow. But I loved the way that part of the story was wrapped up and congratulate the author on the ending's sensitivity and beauty.
The writing is strong, the characters are deep and engaging, the story is gripping, and the pace is driving. It's well worth a read.
The story evolved rapidly, sometimes too fast. There were scenes that involved huge changes in direction in the space of only a few sentences, and the characters and situations started to become very unbelievable. I felt there was so much that the author could have done with this story, but just left stuff out, or presented things strangely. In the dialog of the story, things are thrown out in conversation that the characters just accepted without question or contemplation, and the characters accepted things naively and moved in unrealistic directions. There were several inconsistencies within the book too, which is a huge distraction for me. The writing style was strange too, in that the author attempted to use present tense, but got things mixed up several places along the way. Overall, I'd describe the execution of the book as "Choppy".
I was also disappointed in the lack of depth of the apparent message of the book. There were too many fallacies and incongruities in the story as they relate to history (present and ancient) which kept the story from ever becoming believable to any degree.
This book is an action thriller and a novel of international intrigue. But the book is also a fascinating study of family drama. Charlotte Ansari's mother abandoned her with her father when she was an impressionable young girl and she blames her father for her mother leaving. She is married to a man who ... well, you better read the book for that. Her son is often mistakenly taken as being autistic but, more accurately, he exhibits Asperger's syndrome. Although that might appear to be a handicap, it allows him to unravel mysteries and see relationships that others sometimes do not even identify. These dynamics play a major role in the progression of the main plot.
The first reading hooked me with the complex plot and action right from the first chapter. The second reading made me aware of, and appreciate, the depth of the writing. The author demonstrates an incredible knowledge of historical and modern religions and their role in the societies in which they were born and thrived. He then pulls all of this together to create a background for modern day intrigue, politics, espionage, and betrayals.
While reading the book the first time I found I had to refer back several times to remind myself of earlier events. Reading this book on Kindle might be a good way to help keep track of the key characters and the organizations involved. Ultimately though, if you are like me, you will want a hard copy to keep on your bookshelf or on your living room table.
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