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on February 22, 2013
OK, I downloaded the Kindle version of this book when it was offered free, but I still think it's a dirty trick for the author to end it where he did. It appears I'll have to buy 2 more volumes to get to a satisfactory ending. Rosenberg writes a good story, otherwise I wouldn't care how he ended it. So if you don't mind having to get 3 books to finish the story, you will probably like this one. I've read a number of series and in every other case the author took pains to make each volume a more-or-less complete story in itself. Rosenberg doesn't do this.
I have one other complaint about this book. At the end of the book Rosenberg includes "A Note from the Author" in which he explains his efforts to "create a realistic setting for this story". I appreciate his efforts in this regard and I did feel the story had a very realistic feel. But as I read some of his quotes from the Qur'an I was surprised to see such vitriol heaped specifically on Christians and Jews by name. For example, on page 114 (Loc 1935 in the Kindle version) he quotes Sura 4:52 as follows: "Jews and Christians are the ones whom God has cursed, and he whom God excludes from His mercy, you shall never find one to help and save him." So I found an English translation of the Qur'an ([...]) and here is Sura 4:52 from it, "Those are they whom Allah hath cursed, and he whom Allah hath cursed, thou (O Muhammad) wilt find for him no helper." No mention of Jews and Christians at all. In the previous verse, Sura 4:51, it says, "Hast thou not seen those unto whom a portion of the Scripture hath been given, how they believe in idols and false deities, and how they say of those (idolaters) who disbelieve: 'These are more rightly guided than those who believe'?" This describes "[t]hose...whom Allah hath cursed". So the Qur'an is saying that those who believe in idols and false deities are those whom Allah curses. Well I suspect Jews and Christians would say the same of those whom they consider believers in idols and false deities. The way Rosenberg presents the quote is helpful for his story, but is not entirely accurate.