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TWISTED TIMES by Vincent de Paul
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You’re looking for a good crime thriller for a weekend getaway? Well, here you go. SON OF MAN: TWISTED TIMES journeys through the life of one man, Kennedy Maina, who would later baptize himself Paul. Form his teenage years, Kennedy is a troubled soul and his less than perfect family, most especially his step- father, do not seem to be of much help. Kennedy runs away from home and joins university against his step- father’s wishes. This does not make his life easier as he is caught up in the web of survival in the city. His viable option - crime. He becomes a hard core criminal, from robbing the dead to killing.
After being caught in the wrong arm of the law, Kennedy decides to quit crime and becomes a man on the run- fully. Strikingly, Kennedy is not only running from the law but from himself too. He would later uncover his moral bearing and discover and that he can only find solace in serving the church, which does not prove to be as protective when his past comes crawling back.
Kennedy is not just a man on the run; he is a lost soul –like many- seeking redemption. His adventures, especially with countless women, are saddening yet laughable.
The best part of this novel is how the author has beautifully managed to weave a story both in the first and third narration. This gives the author the licence to give a voice to Ken, his main character, while not forgetting to tear down the morally devoid society from different angles. In this twisted society, things happen, people have to die for others to live; crime is the in- thing and ‘love your neighbour’ does not apply. The text explores a society whose conscience is long dead. Deliberately, the real masterminds behind the killings and many injustices in this society (which is a true reflection of the one we live in) are never to be exposed. They live by the mantra, ‘‘the best place to hide is in people’s hearts, let them trust you, build and fortify that trust, speak against human fears and tragedies, promise a plausible paradise knowing that hell is real.’’ (pg. 102)
This is a story of survival as the author explores the underworld of crime syndicates, love, gang killings, religion, corruption, drug trafficking and justice (or lack of it); among many other sub themes.
I got lost between the pages and just couldn’t stop till the end. And as usual, Vincent is the master of suspense. I look forward to reading many others by the same author.

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April 13, 2017 – Shelved

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