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Year 2047, City of Samarra, capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories

Fifteen American travelers have vanished. Surrendering to Mayor Aamir's demands, a devout Muslim and police captain becomes the reluctant keeper of his city’s bloody secret – and the witness, Eliza MacKay. Captain Sharif is horrified to discover that if he exposes the cover-up, his f
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Kindle Edition, 363 pages
Published December 12th 2016 by Romance Under Fire
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Vicki
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-thriller
What a thrill a minute ride this book takes you on. The characters are futuristic and totally awesome. I loved that times had allowed for more freedom for women. I kept following the story and each time I would think it was getting to the conclusion I drew, it would slam-bang me into another direction.

The love story part was really well told and I was happy with the relationship of these two different people. I found this to be a creative and unique storyline that kept me intrigued and on pins
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Diane Lynch
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The main character in this book is Captain Hashim Sharif. The year is 2047. The story takes place in Samarra, Iraq. In the Middle East. The Middle East has joined together with one a mission of pease. There is still political unrest in this futuristic Republic of Islamic Provinces and Territories.

Eliza Ramsay, her preferred name at this time, is a Canadian Paramedic Supervisor there to join an American Habitat for Life group.
All does not go as planned. Disaster strikes. Leaving Eliza in an advi
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Anne Carmichael
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘FORBIDDEN’ by F. Stone
Review by Anne Carmichael, Author
Had I not been asked to read ‘Forbidden’ by its author as part of a cooperative project among mystery writers (Mystery Thriller Week Annual Event), I would likely have missed the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and allow myself to be transported to the year 2047 in a land called Samarra, an Islamic city. Sadly, I also would have forfeited my seat on a fantastic thrill ride.
I read these nearly 400 pages in two evenings. I was comp
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Jess Brown
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I always love a book with a different premise. A complex plot and characters with complicated lives are of course very attractive. And that’s what we have here.

My own neighborhood is a real cultural mosaic. We have a lot of new immigrants, many of whom are Muslim. I know a lot of Muslim kids because I used to work in our public school. These are kids who learn English at school and then go home to teach it to their parents. They are–almost always–fantastic kids. And of course I meet their parent
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Martha
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gripping, page turner!

Eliza, a Canadian paramedic, traveled to the City of Samara to work with an American Habitat team. Eliza struggles with crippling PTSD episodes as she tries to recover from a traumatic loss a few years past. The Habitat convoy is diverted to a police compound where they are massacred. The real police engage the terrorists at the last minute, rescuing a terrified Eliza. Captain Sharif, a devout Muslin, takes Eliza into custody, first to confirm she wasn’t part of t
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Ashley Eidler
{This review first appeared on Bookish Creature.}

Forbidden was well-written and well-paced, and more than lives up to the ‘suspense romance’ tagline. But unfortunately, all that was secondary to the fact that I couldn’t get a handle on Eliza.

This poor woman (who’s already dealing with PTSD from a horrific event in her past) witnesses a brutal massacre, gets held hostage in a foreign country, has the threat of execution looming overhead, narrowly avoids getting gang raped… and then just kinda fal
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October 2047. Eliza Ramsey is a paramedic, and although she has never been to the Republic of Islamic Provinces and Territories (RIPT), she is excited when she is asked to accompany a group of Americans traveling for Habitat for Humanity. At first, she doesn’t feel comfortable waiting at Samarra’s International Airport for the others to arrive and, unfortunately, as time passes she catches the attention of Security and spends a nerve-wracking time being questioned. Finally, she is informed that ...more
Anthony
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden by F. Stone REVIEW

A shocking massacre. One witness. A complicated conspiracy.

This next incredible book I had the pleasure of reading is a high octane action-adventure story set in a future where the middle east has united under one nation, and one woman learns that the lines between friend and foe blur easily. This novel is called Forbidden by F. Stone and here is the synopsis:

Year 2047, City of Samarra, capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories

Fifteen American tr
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Billy Buttons
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Forbidden
Author: F. Stone

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 19
Stats
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 9/10
Content: 9/10
Cover: 8/10
Of the 19 readers:
18 would read another book by this author.
15 thought the cover was good or excellent.
19 felt it was easy to follow.
19 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
13 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
6 felt the author’s strongest
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Jessica Bronder
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is 2047 and in the City of Samarra which is the capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories (RIPT). Eliza MacKay has come to be part of an American Habitat team. But the team is abused and everyone except Eliza is killed. Captain Hashim Sharif keeps Eliza safe but then finds his family threatened if he doesn’t kill her. Sharif has to walk a balancing line to keep his family safe, Eliza safe, and find those that killed the Habitat team. But the more that Sharif and Eliza are ...more
Greta Cribbs
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I put off reviewing this book for a long time because I knew Islam played a large part in the story and I was worried about promoting a book that could potentially have controversial content. I finally was able to put aside my fears in that regard when I read some of the reviews and discovered that this book deals with the religion in a very fair manner, so I decided to take the plunge.

The story is engaging and the pace is well-balanced. Fast enough to hold the reader's interest but slow enough
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Dawn
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Forbidden starts out with a bang, literally, and takes the reader on a wild ride throughout. Eliza McKay is the last minute replacement as a paramedic for a group of American volunteers. All of the other volunteers are massacred within a police compound in the Middle East, and that's just the beginning of the story.

Hashim Sharif is ordered to keep Eliza with him until they figure
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Joan
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel got off to a bit of a rough start for me with choppy writing and unclear scenes. About a quarter of the way into the book, however, the writing became smooth and the scenes well developed. The narrative is action packed and full of suspense to the end.

The characters are larger than life. I had difficulty liking them. Eliza is a widow suffering from debilitating PTSD. Stone describes the PTSD graphically and it gave me a new appreciation for those who suffer from it. Eliza is a survivo
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Phoenix Rainez
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Deserves more than 5 stars

When reading FORBIDDEN by Feather Stone I was taken on an exciting journey of sights and sounds, culture and customs of a country I knew nothing about until I read this story.

Her writing was so descriptive I followed in the footprints of the two main characters, Eliza Mackay and Hashim Shariff, as they fought for truth and their lives, amongst endless corruption and deceit. The author pulls you into every detail of the cruel tragedy that brings them together.
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Marbea E. Logan
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What didn't this book have? This was and had everything good and bad in a mystery suspense drama. I couldn't stop reading it seems so real, all the details the characters were very authentic. I'm glad the author did his research on Islamic religion and Muslim culture. The story was set from early past to way in the future, that's why the story held so much to look forward to. The author really captured the reality of some of events our present time, it was cohesive with the storyline and relatio ...more
Cheryl
Jun 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is more heavy on the "suspense" then on the "romance". Yet, I am not complaining. I don't like then a suspense romance novel is more about the romance then the storyline itself. The chemistry between Eliza and Sharif was good and believable.

Eliza did grow stronger. However, she did not start out that way. To be honest, she did step into a war zone; where the men were rough. Sharif may have been set up and had the odds stacked against him but he did not take things lying down.

As much
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James Hanna
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the year 2047 in the fictitious Republic of Islamic Provinces and Territories, Forbidden is an interesting study in paradoxes. Captain Sharif, a devout and obedient Muslim, must deal with the corruption of his superiors when ordered to cover up the murder of fifteen Habitat for Humanity Workers. He must also wrestle with his attraction to Eliza MacCay, a feisty Canadian paramedic who is the soul survivor of the massacre. (Sharia Law does not permit a Muslim to become intimate with non-Mus ...more
Terri Oconnell
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
I loved this story. It was a great non stop roller-coaster ride and defiantly a page turner. The plot was excellent and although it is based in the future I could relate to the corruption, political problems and the every changing who done it ideas. Eliza proves herself over and over again that she is strong woman and a survivor a trait not often found in suspense/thriller books. And Captain Sharif does his best to protect and help her while sticking to his strong faith. The story if well writte ...more
Susan
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Forbidden is set in the near future, in the fictitious Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories (RIPT). While the countries of the Middle East have unified, they haven't escaped terrorism. The book reminded me that the tragedy of this region is never-ending.

The story is largely told through 2 main characters: Eliza, a Canadian paramedic suffering from PTSD caused by a heartbreaking loss and Sharif, a RIPT police captain and devout Muslim whose religious views place him at odds with his p
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Angie
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely amazing. Action packed, on the edge of your seat kind of book. To watch two people go from hatred to love the way Shariff & MacKay do is just indescribably. MacKay has a lot of issues from her past that get brought up during her capitive time. Her mental illness comes into play. So much happens and just when you think you have figured it out. BAM! This is def a worth while book to get in your hands!
Haddie Harper
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC of this book from the author for honest review. This review consists of my honest thoughts and experience while reading this book.

I love a good thriller, when it grabs my attention. I don't always go for them, but this book definitely peeked my interest. Another thing about this book that intrigued me was Sharif's character. I am always eager to read about multicultural characters. I find them fascinating to read and learn new things.

This book is different from most
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Chanah Dow
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has an excellent premise and begins beautifully with a nuanced cast of characters. It also accomplishes an unusual goal: in this time of political unrest, to portray Islam and the Arabs in a peaceful, noble light.

My reasons for only for 4/5 stars are these: as the book progressed, these shining qualities began to fade and the plot began to take priority over the characters. As it did so, the book became less stable and more convoluted. The characters shed some of their passion & re
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Beth
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very different read than what I am use to. I am new to F. Stone ... & will hope to read more from this author in the future. Well done, this had me on the edge of my seat, very suspenseful, entertaining, & the plot thickens, love this style of writing, Sharif is forced to lie to the CIA agent who arrives to find the 5 bodies of the Americans and bring in the killers. Sharif must intensify his efforts to obtain proof of the corruption in his own government, CIA agent holds him under sus ...more
Robyn
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Forbidden is one of those books that leaves a reviewer feeling challenged to make a definite decision about It, particularly now that I’ve read some of the other reviews and seeing I’m in the minority with my opinion. In Forbidden we are introduced to a new Islamic nation, one where the focus is on peace. Stone makes a very precise statement regarding the research she has done in writing Forbidden, possibly because this could be a potential ‘subject sensitive’ story.

Dialogue in the book is also
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Cathy
rated it really liked it
Mar 14, 2017
Theresa Kobylka
rated it it was ok
Mar 07, 2017
D. Domain
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All comers, There's something for everyone.
“A Forbidden treasure…”

My Impressions: Major cool points for originality. A very unique premise…with some truly quirky characters. I’m not a big fan of romantic suspense (too many serial killers), but this book has renewed my interest in the genre.

One-State Under Allah: The story takes place in the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories (RIPT), a fictitious…country? kingdom? I’m not sure which. I mean, while Sharif refers to RIPT as a democracy, it certainly doesn’t operate like one. It
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Patricia
rated it liked it
Apr 03, 2017
Jennifer
rated it liked it
Jun 01, 2017
Alison
This was a difficult review to write because there are some really good elements to this book. The author has obviously researched extremely thoroughly. She has also put a huge amount of work into this novel and it is clear that she cares deeply about her characters and about her story.
The plot is a good one and there is plenty of drama here to keep the reader entertained and the two main characters certainly lend themselves to a potentially explosive and compelling romance. There is a good mix
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