Zack Love approaches literature as I approach a bakery. He seems to want to have one of everything. He has published eBook, a short story, a paperback, a novellette, a screenplay, a collection and a comedy. Luckily he writes rather than frequents bakeries because he would be enormous. I showcased his book The Syrian Virgin and suggest you check it out. Now that I have read this book, I am still amazed at Zack Love. This book is a philosophic treatise and a romantic novel.
Anissa is the Syrian virgin. She is a young woman pushed out of her home by the sectarian violence in
. The philosophic or political aspect of the
book is based on the moral or righteousness of the actions of Syria ISIS. Those of us in the West tend to view the violence
as totally repugnant and frankly I can't see
how you could see the religious bigotry in any other way. Assad's rule in Syria
can be compared to Saddam Hussein's in Iraq
and Marshall Tito's in . A strong dictator keeping a lid on sectarian
violence is not a new story. As I write
this there is a news account of a mass
execution of Coptic Christians by Yugoslavia ISIS
bigots. This moves Zack Love's novel
from entertainment to political commentary.
The other side of Love's book is the romantic novel aspect. Anissa is enrolled in college and is torn between a charismatic leader trying to elicit support for displaced Christians and a self-made billionaire. Her virginity and her feelings about said status preoccupy a fair amount of the plot.
This is an unusual book in that it poses some very difficult questions regarding dictatorship, religious bigotry, sectarian violence and personal mores.
I recommend it.
Author web site: http://zacklove.com
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.