by Gerard Cappa
A contemporary thriller that reads like a movie: the Presidential election, Iran and Israel, an attack on New York, a power game with deadly consequence.
“Our motto is nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, August 2012.
“The Agency is unable to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material activities in Iran,” International Atomic Energy Agency Report on Iran, August 2012.
“Every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat,” Mitt Romney, August 2012.
“My responsibility is to provide the president with a full range of options, including military options, should diplomacy fail,” Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, August 2012.
“There is no situation in which Israel can accept a nuclear Iran,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, August 2012.
But another story too.
The American dream. The individual in control of his own destiny, doing what’s good and what’s right because that’s the American way. But how much control does anyone really have?
Here’s what Amazon USA Top 500 Reviewers say about Blood from a Shadow
“Red herrings abound, and false leads, so the busy plot demands patience amidst the threats and mayhem. Similarly, its New York scenes turn as energetically as a quickly edited sequence from a film such as ‘The Bourne Identity’. I found this considerably denser in its telling than the genre typically presents. This intertextuality may overwhelm some readers but entice others, as such dogged, clever, “Easter Egg” construction tends to do. He aims at a diverse readership. One that demands a page-turning violent saga, and another that savors a more polished gloss ” – Review from John L Murphy, Los Angeles, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer.
“Whether it’s through this literary subtext or whether it’s through the strengths in the writing itself, Blood From A Shadow does have an indefinable quality and true originality, finding a way to delve into a particularly Irish sensibility that has deep historical and mythological roots in its connection with the United States, and it places an unusual spin on a conventional genre that at times gives it an almost otherworldly quality.”
Review from Keris Nine, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer
“A fast paced thriller full of intrigue and strong characterisation. The pace and action dialogue would sit equally as well as a cinema piece and the striking visual references reinforce the movie feel of the work.
There is certainly enough action to keep the pages turning but there is more going on here than wham bam kick ass adventure.
The plot keeps him spinning but also asks questions about destiny and self-determination, duty and loyalty, responsibility and kinship.
The lead character’s failings make him an unlikely hero but this is really a story of the marginalised and there are extra layers to be enjoyed even while the thriller action continues at break neck pace.
So, it is a really good thriller but don’t let that fool you, this book could easily be on the literary fiction shelf. “