Prayers for the Assassin: A Novel (Assassin Trilogy #1)
Abandoned on page 100.
I don't really want to review the book as a story, but more like the book as a piece of our recent history, because that's what I was reading it for. First, let me build up some context...
Do you ever look back on the past ten years or so, and wonder how Americans allowed so many of our freedoms to be trampled on? It happened so fast, didn’t it?
We used to have due process in this country, but now it's accepted that you can be detained indefinitely as a terrorist, on suspic ...more
The time is in the future and the US is now an Islamic state. Muslims and Catholics live together but the Southern US Bible belt and the Muslim states are in a state of constant war.
We follow the story of Rakkim (a former Fedayeen spy) after he is tasked to find the daughter of the former he ...more
The novel begins with an interesting premise. I found the "muslim" America very intriguing. I think Ferrigno did a good job of laying out the landscape. The map at the beginning was very useful. I found some of the action scenes interesting and creative.
Although this novel is creative with the premise, it is horribly written. ...more
The premise of the story (which initiates a trilogy) is that after a series of attacks and civil wars, America splits into two countries with serious religious and cultural differences. Most of the country converts to Islam, while the South becomes a Christian strong ...more
This book is predominantly marketed as speculative fiction, and in that sense, it's...not the best. The premise, or at least the catalyst in the novel, is just a little too absurd to be taken seriously by anyone not in a neoconservative thinktank. However, it's written much in the style of a thriller, and despite the that it's futuristic, really just boils down to a spy thriller within a fictional near future. And as a thriller, it's actually pretty good.
The year is 2040 and the ...more
Toss into this mix a Fedayeen shadow warriar (elite spy trained ...more
Also, though it's a bit odd, I learned a fair amount about the Muslim religion and traditional observances. It's a stew of modern and fundamentalist practices and really makes me feel like I should find an actual book abo ...more
It doesn't ring true. A novelist, particularly someone writing speculative fiction, asks his readers to suspend disbelief, but he h ...more
It's an interesting premise but I'm not sure I understand the demographics. I'm pretty sure the new capital in Seattle only because the author apparently lives there.
We're the least churched area in the country and we don't have a particularly strong Islamic population (or Catholic population for that matter, which is the other big population in the book).
Otherwise it's a pretty interesting book. Although I find it interesting that the guys seem to think things are most ...more
Looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.
Prayers marks a departure for Ferrigno, whose previous books focused on life in contemporary Southern California. In Ferrigno's neo-Orwellian world, Mount Rushmore has disappeared, LAX has become Bin Laden International, and midday prayers interrupt the Super Bowl. Critics expressed different ideas about the plot, using words such as "preposterous," "credible," and even "ordinary" to describe it. There's no doubt, however, that Ferrigno raises important questions about religious freedom while ha...more
It is set in the year 2040, 15 years after an armistice ended that war and divided the United States into the Muslim States of America and the Bible Belt. It was especially interesting to note that Nevada was a free state not aligned with either side, and Utah and Southern Idaho were designated as "The Mormon Territories." Not much was said about The Mo ...more
I like Prayers... more than Sins... (pun somewhat intended).
It was nice for the author to compare today's freedoms in the USA (or in any other democratic country) with a fictional Islamic USA, where almost all freedoms were regulated, if not stifled. The argument was between tolerating excesses an ...more
This book sheds a lot of light on the Islamic mentality, factions within Islam and customs. It is a bit of a sci-fi'er as it is set about 30 years into the future when America has become the Islamic Republic and is split into several different areas.
The main character is a Fedayeen Shadow Warrior who goes toe to toe with many killers and a Fed ...more