Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K. Tyler review

Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?

Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah's call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?

Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm.

In the tradition of books by Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, Shadow on the Wall tackles issues of religion, gender, corruption and the basic human condition. Beautiful and challenging, this is not a book to miss.

4.5 stars

First off I will say that this book is not for everyone as the author does not pull any punches when she is describing the despicable acts that are perpetrated by the villains in this book.  It has a very dark, gritty feel that helps to add a real emotional edge, but is not suitable for all audiences.

Shadow on the Wall is a new take on the Batman mythos.  A man who is very rich through his families dealings has tragedy strike very close to him and totally changes the way he looks at his world.  When the people who are charged with enforcing the laws are using their authority to get whatever they want someone must stand up.  That very scenario is what awakens Recai, whose family money has sheltered him from the truth of what is going on around him, to the tragedies that normal people are experiencing almost daily.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, even though at times I was forced to cringe at the actions taken by certain characters.  Pavarti made her city have a very distinct, realistic feel to it, while hinting at a bit of otherworldly possibilities.  The characters were made to inspire strong emotional reactions as the bad guys were horrific people who go through life holding the power to rape and kill as they please without any real consequence.  A lot of the good guys in the book are just normal people who are resisting the oppression of their society in small but powerful ways.  This makes them a lot easier to respect, as they show kindness when it could mean their death.  That kind of courage is a rare and powerful thing.

Recai starts out a bit naive, but that is quickly taken from him.  When he finds himself after tragedy he is a vastly changed man who wants to restart the humanitarian projects that his father founded.  He is also looking to help clean up his city in a much more direct way.  There is a bit of mystery about Recai as he begins his career as a hero, I'm not going to spoil anything (hopefully) but I will say I am very curious to see where the series goes.

Pick up a copy of the book on Amazon or get more info from the author's website.

1 comment:

  1. Scot, thank you so much for your insightful review. I definitely agree with your disclaimer, this is a book for adults. I'm thrilled to see you enjoyed it!