The Last Kestrel
Two strong women. Two cultures. One unifying cause: survival.
Ellen Thomas, experienced war correspondent, returns to Afghanistan 's dangerous Helmand Province on assignment, keen to find the murderer of her friend and translator, Jalil. In her search for justice in a land ravaged by death and destruction, she uncovers disturbing truths.
Hasina, forced by tradition into the...more
The paperback book got me hooked at the beginning when Jalil, the Afghanistan translator was led out in the desert and shot in the head by a killer whom later in the end,was found to be *******.
Though the characters are fictitious, you gradually get carried away by each character's personality, and yo ...more
Through a delicate weaving of the intricate realities in Afghanistan, Jill McGivering's debut novel draws a route of love, sacrifices and idealism. There is enough action and suspense from the first page onwards, and the book is one not be be put aside.
Instead of an impersonal report or a bias constructed paradigm, her tale is one of fully developed characters with difficult choices to make. Secrets better untold develop their own bodies and can no longer be contained. Every page is a crossroad ...more
In Jill McGiverings engaging novel she draws the reader into a poignant story bringing two cultures together. Senior VP Foreign News Correspondent with the BBC, McGivering has spent time in Afghanistan and using the knowledge she has gained in the telling of this tale.
War correspondent Ellen Thomas is on assignment in Helmand Province one of Afghanistan’s many dangerous locations. She has two separate agendas on this trip; investigate the murder of ...more
The Last Kestrel is tight and engaging throughout. The story was a good one, and I did greatly appreciate its moral ambiguity - most (but not all) of the characters can be classified as 'good' or 'bad', although I ...more
Hasina is determined to to keep her family together. Her only son has joined the underground fighters. She will give her life to keep him safe and uphold the family honour.
Thrown together by the circumstances of war, they soon find themselves unlikely allies - both determined to achieve their goals and prepared to help each other in ensuring this.
As they soldier on in their ques ...more
I did enjoy the challenge of the descriptive emersion into the sand, dirt, smells and furnace-like heat of rural Afghanistan. It was gripping and i read it in a day (when I was off work poorly!) but more as an adventure book. The writing was good but I felt more a journalistic recounting than an in depth exploration of character which is what I a ...more
In an adjacent story line, we follow ...more
I got this novel after seeing it compared to The Kite Runner. Though there was a similar setting and as much if not more action in this story, I just did not feel as invested in the characters. They seemed somewhat one dimensional. Ultimately, I would deem this novel as a good first effort but nowhere in the league of Hossein in character development.
While being a novel very readable, it accurately describes and well the atmosphere, the distrust and incomprehension's on all sides.
Not so sure about the ending and another family taking him in.