Monday, July 11, 2016

Djerba Nights: A Post 9/11 Thriller (Literary Cosmopolitan Thrillers)

Djerba Nights: A Post 9/11 Thriller (Literary Cosmopolitan Thrillers) by Alexis Debary

Djerba Nights is an explosive conspiracy thriller based on a true terrorist blast on the oldest Jewish Temple, in Africa. Scene of the crime is the Tunisian holiday island Djerba, but when the corpse of a British woman is washed up a new chain reaction of highly-explosive events sets in. Under-cover agent Monica is flung into a world of conflicting values; between jet-setter parties, international politics, Islamic extremism and ancient Arab magic. Will she unravel the truth before more people are killed? 

Alexis Debary has travelled the globe and lived in Arabic speaking countries for over a decade and knows to bind first-hand glimpses of the Muslim world with raw action and vibrant sex appeal. This full-length debut plays with cultural prejudice and sets the reader's imagination rolling with a crash toward the story's unexpected outcome. 

1.0 out of 5 stars drags on - poor suspenseJuly 11, 2016
This review is from: Djerba Nights: A Post 9/11 Thriller (Literary Cosmopolitan Thrillers) (Kindle Edition)
*I received this in exchange for an honest review*
In this overly flowery prose of a novel, the author draws the story out so much that I found it boring. I had to put the book away several times and it took me weeks to finish! I read a book a day, so to take weeks, is a testament to how much I had to trudge through this novel.
At times, the details don't make sense. The pretentious dialogue has editing errors that confuse the reader as to what's really happening.
The over descriptive wording can make even a smart person feel dumb or annoyed.
"When Monica arrives at the beach, a thin strip of blood red hangs roped to the horizon like a whore's garish quilt caught in the act of being flung across a schoolgirl's bed." This is just one example of how overboard the author goes. The entire novel is like this and it pulls from the intended suspense of the plot that the blurb promises. I think a better editor is needed not only for errors, but to pull this writer back down to earth as to what is overboard descriptions and what is actually good reading material.
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