A suspense-thriller about a nightmare scenario-a countdown to a Mumbai-style attack on U.S. soil, where the FBI, the Israeli Mossad, the US-based Iranian clandestine terror network, and the Islamic Jihad fraternity, all engaged in a timeless conflict, which plays out to a crescendo that comes to a head before the dramatic conclusion. The story offers an ample dose of realism, a cast of intense characters who engage in love, lust, and violence. It portrays the Jihad culture with its rationale and the volcano that breeds an irrational obsession with death. Moreover, it builds on the Jihadists' motivation for targeting so many innocents and exploiting the victims' massacre as a stepping-stone to their dream of eternal paradise next to Allah's throne. The real question is not whether Jihad terrorists' plots will ever cease to emerge-there is no chance of that. The question the book seeks to answer is, will the next one be stopped before it's too late?
This is a write up from the publisher of the book 72 Virgins by Avi Perry. Perry was born in Israel, and he served in the IDF as a member/commander/accordion player of "Lahakt Pikud Zafon" (Northern Command Group) during his regular military service in the early 60s. He later studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and after serving in the Six-Day War as a military field intelligence and communications specialist, he went on to study for his Ph.D. in the US, where he currently resides.
My Thoughts ~ This book starts out with instant action. It draws you in at the very first paragraph. Not only is 72 Virgins a gripping fictional thriller, but it is also a very frightening book. It is a very real book. 72 Virgin is one of those books that isn't real, but borders so close to "real" that it is scary. With Perry's background, this book helps you to identify with the Jihad culture in a way that most of us never have before.
In writing this review, I have been reading Avi Perry's blog. I wanted to include a snippet from his blog here ~
I lived and breathed war violence, military intelligence, spy-craft designed for terror deterrence. I understand wars, military conflicts, and faith-based hate—an Islamic trait, since I grew up in that kind of a hostile neighborhood. I have been frustrated by the naiveté of my American friends and colleagues who keep asking, whenever I take a trip to my birthplace, “aren’t you worried? Isn’t it dangerous over there?
I keep thinking to myself. “Aren’t you worried as well?” Did you forget 9/11? Did you forget the following terror and potential terror attacks on US and Western interests all over and around the world?America needs a constant reminder. Americans must be more alert and more aware. The economy is important. The healthcare system must be fixed. But security should not be sacrificed in the process. Without security - freedom, the economy and healthcare are meaningless. And if you don’t get it, try living in Afghanistan for a week.
I think this is one of those books that you just have to read. There is strong writing, great story from an experienced man. It is a great way to open your eyes, think of things differently but in a fictional sense. That is part of the joys of reading for me. When I can learn something while enjoying a good book.
You can purchase 72 Virgins at Amazon, it retails for $19.99. You can learn a bit about Islam at Perry's website, he has videos, pdf files and power point presentation.
Avi Perry is also a musician. He played professionally to finance college, and now continues to play as a hobby at home. He has some Christmas jazz on his website if you are interested.
I would like to thank Avi Perry for sending me a copy of his book to review. To note, I was not paid for my review in any way. My opinions are mine.