Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Book Review: Allah's Revenge

Full Disclaimer: The author of this book, Pete Barber, is a critique partner of mine on Scribophile.

I consider myself fortunate to have read a lot of Pete Barber's work. There are somethings that he really excels at. Luckily he used those skills in Allah's Revenge.

Pete Barber has this ability to make characters that are both incredibly creepy and human at the same time. Nazar Eudon is the type of guy you want to strangle, but you do see as a full person. A creepy person, but someone you might unfortunately meet.

Another one of Pete's skills is continually increasing the tension. As the book goes on the stakes grow higher, both personally and worldwide. He skillfully weaves these two together leaving the reader worried for both the individuals and the world. It would be easy to have one overpower the other, but he balances it nicely.

One trend in modern science fiction that I love is showing how technology is a double edged sword. The same technology that can end all of human poverty and suffering, can also end all of human life. That theme runs through Allah's Revenge.

Overall Allah's Revenge is an exciting techno-thriller that moves quickly. It uses the entire world as it's stage, but stresses the personal danger that the well rounded characters are in. It's very easy to lose yourself in the world Pete Barber has created.

Allah's Revenge Extended Description:

Dawud, an Arab genius, creates a nanotechnology weapon capable of destroying the human race, yet small enough to conceal in a hint of perfume.

Recruited by Allah’s Revenge, a Palestinian terrorist organization, he triggers worldwide panic when his weapon suffocates the passengers on a crowded London train in ninety seconds, filling their lungs with hard, black charcoal.

Quinn, an English detective, is first on the scene. A British journalist has a link to the terrorists, and Quinn uses him as bait to flush them out.

When their demands are not met, Allah’s Revenge wipes out the world leaders attending the G20 summit in South Korea, including the US Vice President.

Quinn tracks the terrorists to their lair in Jerusalem and seems to have the weapon under control, but then it is unleashed in Phoenix, Arizona, and Quinn needs all his wits and courage to prevent a horde of nanobots from decimating America.

Available at Smashwords: Allah's Revenge

And Amazon: Allah's Revenge

By Darrell B. Nelson author of I KILLED THE MAN THAT WASN'T THERE

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