Skip to comments.Review: 28 Pages by Allen Mitchum
Posted on 03/29/2012 9:48:53 AM PDT by WilliamEaton
Here's my latest fiction review. In the interest of full disclosure, it was recommended to me by the author, who also happens to be a fellow member of FR. Ive been reading indie novels lately, so it fit right in with my kindle bookshelf.
28 Pages is a political thriller that deals with a lawyer trying to find her sisters killers. The villains are Saudi diplomats, which is unique and definitely grabbed my attention. Its a combo of The Pelican Brief by Grisham and Saving Faith by David Baldacci, but with themes of jihad, Wahhabism, Sharia and Saudi conspiracies. I dont want to give away too much, but you may want to do some background reading on the 28 redacted pages of the 9/11 Commission Report.
Theres a quote on the Amazon.com page for 28 Pages that I think is a solid, pithy summary of the book: Politics, Murder, conspiracy, jihadists, politics - What more could one ask? As that description suggests, theres a lot of red meat in the novel for those of us who are concerned about the threat of political Islam and frustrated by the lack of due attention that it receives. Id add that its also a book that CAIR, the Saudis, the Muslim Brotherhood and Jihadis of all stripes dont want you to read.
By most measures, and particularly an indie novel, 28 Pages is well paced and developed. At times the raw, self-published side of the book comes through, with some forced dialogue and too much background information. The characters are generally well developed and interesting, though nothing too deep. The Saudis come out of this looking bad, which I think wed all agree is good and welcome.
If youre looking to dabble in the indie novel world, 28 Pages is a good one to kick the tires on. Its on par with Hunter by Robert Bidinotto and better than John Lockes Lethal People (both of which I recently reviewed on FR). Id say its also good for politically uninterested people who like commercial fiction b/c theyll pick up some nice nuggets about the threats posed by the Saudis and Islam.
Here are some links to check out the book: amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.
Thanks for the heads up. :)
Free is good. And today is Wednesday. So how does this work on Amazon?