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The Blasphemer

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  302 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
When Abraham Khan releases an e-book condemning radical Islam, the consequences hit him fast and hard -- an armed fanatic smashes into his home one evening, trying to kill him. He survives the harrowing attempt. Just barely. But will he survive the next one?

Maya Raines is the security operator brought in to protect Abraham. She is tough and committed. The very best at what
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Kia Kaha Press
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Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Freedom has a price, and it can be ugly.

BOOK #2 in Carmen-Downloads-20-Free-Ebooks-Onto-Her-Kindle-Day. More widely known as March 3rd, 2015.

I feel like this is the author's whole message, but he could have done us a favor and just tweeted it or something, instead of writing this tedious book.

Abraham Kahn has written a book. The book condemns radical Islam or mocks Muhammad or... something. Details unclear. Then a terrorist named Samir breaks into Abraham's home in order to murder him and his wi
LaVerne Clark
Jan 18, 2012 LaVerne Clark rated it it was amazing
John Ling delivers an exceptional story full of intrigue, danger and excitement.

The Blasphemer is set in New Zealand, where you wouldn't normally associate such situations occuring, but from the first couple of pages, I was convinced. Mr. Ling expertly draws for the reader the seedier, darker belly of the country and the people from all walks of life who inhabit it. He focuses on the frightening aspects of racism and fanatical religious ideas that is harboured in a scarily large number of us. Af
Ted Mahsun
Jan 22, 2012 Ted Mahsun rated it it was amazing
You don't really expect a fast-paced action thriller to take place in the sleepy antipodean nation of New Zealand, and yet John Ling, a Malaysian-born Kiwi, has made it work.

In The Blasphemer, a Muslim author named Abraham Khan has written a very controversial book very much akin to Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses. But Khan is no Rushdie. I won't tell you why (spoilers!) but even the author himself claims the main inspiration for the character is the feminist writer, Taslima Nasrin, who is a far
Jun 05, 2013 Erica rated it it was amazing
This was a different type of read for me since i usually don't read books based on political issues, but i have no regrets. I was captured from the very beginning all the way to the end. The author did a great job writing this book and i was able to vividly picture the scenes that played out. You can tell that the author did his research. While reading you couldn't help but look back on the things that have happened such as 9/11 and even the most recent like the Boston bombing. I was somewhat di ...more
Rory Stanbridge
Nov 28, 2014 Rory Stanbridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read Fallen Angel and been very critical of it, the author John Ling wrote to me and offered me my money back. This was an amazing thing to do and showed what a class man he is. I refused so he sent me a copy of The Blasphemer instead which I really enjoyed. The difference between the books was the time available in the longer book to develop both the story and the characters. Less action but a far better and believable story. Although set in quiet New Zealand, a country I love, the story ...more
Anne Nelson
Mar 11, 2015 Anne Nelson rated it really liked it
Worthwhile Read Even For Non-Fans of Genre

The plot is Complicated enough to keep me engaged without prompting me to mentally protest "Oh, come. Onnn." Enough character quirks to make them feel real. I am not a fan of "Muslim Terrorism" novels. This one is saved by a rather informative discussion of the relationships between sects, which serves to break the stereotype of "the monolithic Muslim World with a Unified Goal." It also suggests that anti-Muslim fears can be manipulated by utterly differ
Kellie Burr
Jan 26, 2012 Kellie Burr rated it liked it
Could not finish this book....
Tony Parsons
Nov 15, 2014 Tony Parsons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Samir Ziad Jarrah (37, mujahid, holy warrior, legal counselor) had plans to kill Abraham Khan (Muslim, writer) & Belinda Freeman-Khan (agnostic) (wife).

The gun that he had bought did not work. The couple was saved.

The police arrived & tazered him. Samir was taken away.

Abraham Khan & Belinda Freeman-Khan are now in a safe-secure facility in Pacifica being protected 24/7 by Section 1 elite: Maya Raines & Noah Sanderson. Dashiell Kanawa & Arthur Cruden will meet the 2 there. Det
Dec 17, 2013 Karen rated it liked it
Up front, the only complaint I've got about THE BLASPHEMER is that the ending came way too quickly. From the opening scenes, when an armed fanatic breaks into the house of, we discover, Abraham Khan and his wife, things just keep moving fast. Much like the cavalcade required to move Khan from one safe location to another. Much like the speed at which security operator Maya Raines has to move to keep the principal (Khan) safe.

Set in New Zealand, there's never a moment when anything "really... in
J.C. Martin
Mar 27, 2012 J.C. Martin rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of high-speed thrillers
Recommended to J.C. by: John Ling
I must say, I don’t normally go for books themed around socio-political issues, but this one really captured my interest and imagination. Ling vividly depicts the tensions between Muslims and the Western world, as well as the infighting within Islam, making these very real and very current issues both accessible and intriguing. I particularly enjoy the parallels Ling drew between his fictional characters and real-life individuals, and the balanced, neutral manner in which he introduces the issue ...more
Maria Bradley
Jun 20, 2013 Maria Bradley rated it it was amazing
This is not the usual genre of book that I enjoy, but having been recommended to me a number of times, I decided to give it a go. The story centres on Abraham Khan, a Muslim himself, and the author of a controversial eBook condemning radical Islam. He immediately becomes a high profile target and his protection is assigned to Maya Raines, a more than competent security operator, and Adam Larson, her former partner, recently fallen from grace, and forced to become a freelancer.

I was hooked immedi
Kae Cheatham
Feb 13, 2012 Kae Cheatham rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
The Blasphemer is a very well crafted, Espionage/Political Thriller. The writing is good with an interesting storyline that the author, John Ling, calls "faction" in that it has so much based on facts from current events. He gives the connections in the Author's Notes and essays at the end of the book. These facts are were informative, and he worked them into the story efficiently and believably.

I liked the characters. Maya, while exceptional at her defensive work, also has the empathy to unders
Feb 16, 2013 Garrett rated it it was amazing
This book is an extremely enjoyable fast paced thriller. It reminds me on Tom Clancy (minus the 6 page descriptions) in the sense that it talks about current events which keeps me very interested because the problems are easy for me to relate to. But don't worry, if you don't follow current events, just read the authors notes at the end of the book and everything will make sense.

The characters are each unique in their own right, and I will talk about my favorite, Maya. She does her job but she
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This is a fast-paced story with an intense and involving plot that quickly sweeps you up and refuses to let you go. For me, it was also interesting that this book was set entirely in New Zealand, as this was a country that before now I was not overly familiar with. One question I always ask myself when reviewing is “would I read more by this author?” and judging from this first novel, the answer is definitely yes! John Ling looks like an autho
Joan M Erickson
Mar 04, 2015 Joan M Erickson rated it really liked it
Introduction to terror

Good story and insight to Islam. It's difficult to understand a religion where some supplicant espouse violence and death to their definition of an infidel.
Jul 28, 2012 Alison rated it it was amazing
The Blasphemer by John Ling is an intense politically charged thriller that takes off on an adventure from the first page and leaves you in suspense all the way to the end. Fans of Steig Larsson, as the titles suggests, will find a great read and familiar writing styles and themes in The Blasphemer. It’s no wonder that this book is in the Top 100 list for Kindle ebooks on Amazon. John Ling does a fantastic job with developing his characters, Abraham Khan and Maya Raines especially. The ending wi ...more
Sandra Gobin
Mar 22, 2015 Sandra Gobin rated it did not like it
Not one I would recommend.

Found the plot Hard to follow. I Didn't enjoy the story because it was very disjointed. It jumped around too much.
Wanda Hartzenberg
Not badly written I found this book shocking. The author obviously have some real insight into Islamic history and current dogma.
Research or first person knowledge...I would lean towards good research. I may be wrong and some of the finer detail that would have gone a long way to give more merit to the plot line might have been skipped in favor of keeping some things intricate to the faith sacred.

Be that as it may. The book started off by giving a check and balance rehash of historic goings on
Artemis Hunt
Jan 04, 2012 Artemis Hunt rated it really liked it
Wonderfully written taut thriller with compelling characters and vivid action scenes. The only reason I'm not giving this 5 stars is the ending. It ended too abruptly for me, and I would like to see more resolution for the characters. I love Maya! What a dynamic heroine. John Ling has clearly done his research, and he portrays New Zealand so well. It's lovely to see a thriller set in New Zealand for once, because it's such a land of peace and plenty.
Apr 16, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
This was a well written book and it was especially appropriate to finish today, the day after the Boston Marathon bombings. Mr. Ling has definitely done his research into this book and he fully admits at the end that the characters are based on real people. The reader can also tell that the events in the book are highly possible.

This is not a long read, but I would definitely recommend it to others.
Nov 15, 2013 Selena rated it liked it
Was an interesting read, didn't realise it was set in New Zealand until I started reading

Being from New Zealand I kept thinking that these things couldn't happen here but I suppose that was the premise behind the story, just because we think they won't happen here doesn't mean they can't or won't. I did find the confused use of kiwi and US terms a little distracting but overall wasn't a bad read.
Paula de Santana
Aug 29, 2012 Paula de Santana rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I was a little weary of this book before reading it. Anything involving the words Muslim and bombing in the same sentence makes me a little suspicious. I wondered if Ling would play the stereotype card to its heaviest. Granted, he has used a touchy and polemic issue, but he has also done it well.

Read my full review here:
Oct 01, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
This book got me.
At first I must admit I was skeptical. But as I flipped the pages, the characters, their fears and adrenaline rushes became palpable.
Their complexity became real - and then... I couldn't stop reading.
When I did stop, I found myself thinking to where the book's plot will take me next.
Excellent read. Wholeheartedly looking forward to the sequel.
Aug 03, 2013 Flosi rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-books
Too close

to how the people of this Earth are reacting to all of the death and pain committed by activist of war. WE need to find a way to PEACE and understanding for all beliefs, whether in god, Nature, or whatever it is someone wants as their focus. I did NOT like it.
Paula Berinstein
Jul 31, 2012 Paula Berinstein rated it it was amazing
A tour de force! Fast-paced, intelligent, and beautifully structured, this elegant novel packs a whole lot of wallop into a small amount of space. John Ling is definitely an author to watch! I'd be shocked if this exciting thriller didn't make it to the screen.
Vicki Krivak
Jun 05, 2012 Vicki Krivak rated it liked it
The Blasphemer was a quick, easy read. I thought this book had an
excellant plot with a rapid pace and sudden plot twists. I really enjoyed
it. I did, however, think the ending was a little too quick.
Anusha Bai
Jan 13, 2012 Anusha Bai rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and thrilling (it is a thriller, after all), this is definitely a page turner. The characters were strong, the plot engrossing and was extremely well written. Loved it!
Brett Tobler
I get it...this was simply a teaser and it was free. however, I felt like I was left hanging. at the end...and it was way too short!
Todd Clark
Feb 20, 2014 Todd Clark rated it really liked it
Great read. Reads like a Brad Thor faction book all around. Will be adding John Ling to my must read list
Jan 29, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
Really enjoyed the plot, but I wanted a little more of the characters. It was quick and fun read.
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John Ling is a Malaysian-born writer based in Auckland, New Zealand. His articles and stories have appeared in American and British publications, and he was a finalist at the AYA Dream Malaysia Awards, where he was recognised for his efforts in promoting child literacy.

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