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Love can find us in the most unusual of circumstances. This is what happens to Khalid Patel, a terrorist, when he falls in love with Smokey, a feisty and independent young woman who was to be Britain's first female suicide bomber. On what is meant to be his day of martyrdom, his violent worldview is thrown into turmoil. We share his thoughts as Death and Duty become irrevo...more
Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Whiskey Creek Press LLC
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Richard Bunning
This is a story about an intended suicide bomber and his physical and mental journey. An already growing awareness of his dubious morality is suddenly sharpened by a deep sexual if initially superficial love. Rather than burn hot then die this passion becomes the catalyst of change.
By the time I had finished this book I could empathise with a terrorist, or at least with the personality behind the misguided hands. I was totally involved by the first person narrative, spoken through Khalid, of th...more
Debdatta D. Sahay (b00k r3vi3ws)

The story is narrated by Khalid Patel, a first generation Pakistani in Britain, who turns into a suicide bomber only to fall in love with Selina Ashraf on the last day of his life. Khalid a.k.a Lab Boy is a 20 year old who is brainwashed and turned into a suicide bomber for the cause of Islam. Fresh back from a training camp in Pakistan, he is ready to fight for the cause that now drives him - even if that means sacrificing his own life for the 'greater good'. But what he was not prepared for wa...more
aobibliophile™
The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practise it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies. - Terry Waite, London Guardian, Feb. 20, 1992


together with three of his companions, Khalid Patel is on a suicide mission. strapped with explosives, they head for the London Underground to make a statement against the British government for its participation in "unjust wars and the slaughter of innocent Muslims."
Tendai Hu...more
Brandi
Going into this book I really didn't know what to expect and honestly if it was my type of read. This book was amazing. There aren't many romance books that can surprise me or that don't fit into the regulated categories. You know: supernatural, cowboys, Native Americans, Victorian, or contemporary. An Untimely Love has broken the mold and ventured into untried territory (as far as I know). First off, this book is told from the male point of view of Khalid. That in itself is different for a roma...more
Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
Today's review is on An Untimely Love by Tendai Huchu

Khalid Patel is a 20 year old Pakistani man who has left college in order to fight for the cause of Islam. He has never been more than an average man and is easily brainwashed into becoming a suicide bomber, a hero.

Initially thinking that he will be fighting face to face with the enemy, Khalid is surprised to be chosen to learn how to make bombs. With the enthusiasm of his comrades however, he is pulled further into the belief that what he is...more
Rubysbooks
I've never read a book where terrorists or suicide bombers were the main characters before. I have to say it was a really interesting perspective and I was actually surprised. I liked Khalid's story and to see how he grew from the suicide bomber from the beginning of the novel to the man who sacrifices his freedom and happiness to save thousands of innocent people at the end of the book. The reader gets to see how Khalid transformed from an ordinary student to a trained terrorist.

For a while the...more
Ceinwenn
I received a copy of An Untimely Love from the author in exchange for my review & I have to admit that initially I was quite excited to read it. Sadly, that didn’t last. The sentence structure in An Untimely Love had me pulling out my hair, it was that bad & the book was riddled with typos, formatting errors & hyphens in places where hyphens didn’t belong. I appreciate that I was sent a Galley copy, which could account for the typing & formatting errors, but I have read a lot of...more
Stefan Vucak
Khalid and three of his young Indian Muslim colleagues are set to blow themselves up and take as many London underground travelers with them as they can. This is for the cause, for liberation of oppressed Muslim everywhere. Khalid is young, inexperienced and impressionable, yearning to find meaning in his life and a return to ‘true Islam’ for everyone, except he does not know what that really is. His more down-to-earth girlfriend Selina is certain it is not a Taliban-style Islam. To prepare hims...more
Tammy Sparks
This well-written second book from native Zimbabwean Tendai Huchu has an intriguing concept: what happens when two suicide bombers who are about to fulfill their duty suddenly fall in love? When the story begins, narrator Khalid and three other recruits are poised to exact a deadly strike on the London Underground by strapping on bomb vests and hitting four different parts of the subway line at the same time. Led by a man named Tony, the suicide bombers are prepared to carry out their assignment...more
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AN UNTIMELY LOVE by Tendai Huchu.
An Untimely Love is an exciting, fast paced thriller, were everything is better understood towards the end. It keeps the reader in suspense and yet excited enough to want to know what happens next.
In his writing, Tendai manages to express and expose, the misconception that suicide bombers have about what they do; thinking they are fighting for a good cause and in hope of immediate transition to heaven.
When Khalid fails to go ahead with the plan, he turns around,...more
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Tendai Huchu is the author of The Hairdresser of Harare. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Manchester Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, AfroSF, Gutter, Wasafiri, Warscapes, The Africa Report, The Zimbabwean, Kwani? and numerous other publications. In 2013 he received a Hawthornden Fellowship and a Sacatar Fellowship. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize. His next...more
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