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"A heart-pounding tale of mystery and suspense, the ending in doubt until the very last page."
In the Name of Islam follows the action-packed adventure of Dr. Morgan Reese as he is kidnapped by Moslem terrorists and forced to perform surgery on a man calling himself The Holy Imam. Reese must find a way to escape from the farmhouse he is being held in, take Nurse Miriam with him, and try to stop the act of terror on the United States that The Holy Imam is planning for September 13th.
Author I. J. Sarfeh builds on current events in this thriller. A large-scale attack on American soil by jihad terrorists is an issue hot on the minds of the American people since 9/11. Sarfeh is conscientious enough to make this book about more than just an American good guy vs. a Moslem bad guy. He shows the middle ground as well, with Nurse Miriam, who is a peaceful and outspoken Moslem woman.
I. J. Sarfeh is a skillful suspense writer. He drops hints and details in small enough amounts to get the reader curious and wanting to know more. Guessing what is going to happen next makes this a fun read, at the same time it is intense.
I recommend this book to any thriller fan. In typical style, the book includes not only action and adventure, but a love interest as well. Fans of thriller and suspense novels will not be disappointed. The authorís obvious knowledge of medical procedures puts the reader right in the action and on the edge of their seat during the surgery.
In the Name of Islam is a roller coaster ride that brings up many emotions. I found myself angry at Dr. Reese for being such a typical American and accusing the men who kidnap him of being terrorists just because they are dark-skinned Middle Eastern men with bushy beards and machine guns. I am angry at the kidnappers for being exactly that, terrorists that initiate this type of stereotyping. Miriam brings humanism to the story. Her religious beliefs mirror the terrorists, yet she does not believe in killing for Allah. In the Name of Islam takes you on a thrilling ride from start to finish.
Reviewed by April Sullivan for Reader Views (12/06)
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book, In the Name of Islam.
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Dr. Sarfeh is a professor of surgery who has lived in the Middle East. He draws on those aspects of his background to create the memorable characters and the heart-pounding pace of In the Name of Islam.
Held captive at an isolated farmhouse in Nebraska, Dr. Morgan Reese is forced at gunpoint to perform surgery on an Afghani national calling himself the Holy Imam. Thus begins the battle of wits between Reese, an atheist, and the Imam, an Islamic militant. Caught in the crossfire is the Imam's nurse, Miriam. A devout Moslem, she is sickened by the violence infesting her religion.
During the course of his captivity, Reese comes to believe that the Imam has planned a terrorist attack on American soil. Racing against time, Reese must discover and thwart the plot. As the psychological tug of war between him and his nemesis nears a stalemate, Reese must confront a major moral dilemma facing America today. What constitutes torture? Is it ever justified to save countless innocent lives? The conflict in the makeshift operating room sets the stage for the climax of the story.
Using his knowledge of Islam, Sarfeh dramatizes today's religious conflicts through the eyes of the extremist, the nonviolent moderate, and the cynic. His novel further captures the internal struggles of physicians and nurses who must treat nefarious criminals.
An attention grabbing introduction and ample suspense--I. J. Sarfeh writes easy. Morgan Reeseís life as an esteemed surgeon takes a perilous spin when an obviously demented faction demands his services outright. And though Dr. Reese tells them exactly where to go, a strange little man on his tail has a few other ideas. When the good surgeon sets out for a habitual jog, he does not envision the poke of metal against his rib cage, a couple of silencers or his subsequent kidnapping and rapid assurance of death.
Dialogue flows. The author does well an Arabic accent. An interesting surgical section in this September 11 remake with a twist affirms the authorís medical background. Despite a well captured mood and atmosphere, city lights, swathed by an ochre haze, an all too predictable plot and a certain bias of fundamentalists, depicting them all as inherent Satanists or imbeciles, blast the edge away from this novel. Reading it, one wonders (and promptly decides) which to treat as a fallacy: the outlook of terrorists as screaming nuts with bullets and bazookas or calculating intelli-units capable of high precision do or die missions. The novel is perhaps topical, not sufficiently original to stand out, yet somewhat engaging in its own right.
Eugen M. Bacon
"A hair-raising thrill ride in a race against time."
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