Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
Book Review of -- The Anvil of the Craftsman (Jon's Trilogy Book 1) by Dale Amidei
My overall star rating --- 5
About the book:
A doctoral candidate in Theological Studies accepts recruitment by a friend in the U.S. State Department for an initiative to the most troublesome province in 2006 Iraq. The many challenges of nation building expand the mission from diplomacy to a survival situation as local and international interests position themselves to oppose a State Department initiative: one vital to progress in an uncertain theater.
Terrorism and counter-terror operations threaten to keep the team from leaving the relative safety of Baghdad. Until, that is, a former USAF Special Tactics operative hunting the men who want to kill them draws duty as their protector. The simple questions posed during a tribal council threaten provincial and regional stability; the conclusions reached explode into a clash of faith, loyalty, schism and betrayal that will help shape the future of two nations.
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
If I could, I would give this book higher ratings, but my rating only go so far. While reading your book, I kept thinking about some of my favorite classic authors such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells, and the like. When reading and reviewing books, to run across writing of such a fine caliber as this is rare. It's an excellent book, extremely well written and researched, with wonderful characters that draw you in.
While it's not normally a genre that I would read, I thoroughly enjoyed it; and have book 2 on my kindle now.
Genre -- political thriller
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- a great deal
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