Sean lives in Paso Robles, California with his wife and two children. He teaches English at Cuesta College.
on March 08, 2014 :
This is an interesting and well written novel. It's about an attempt by Islamic terrorists to insert a “sleeper” agent into the US by smuggling a pregnant Algerian woman into the country; her son, Abraham, is to be raised as a terrorist. The author skilfully keeps you guessing as to whether Abraham will turn out as intended by his terrorist mentors and after a slightly slow start, I found it hard to put down. It has interesting things to say about terrorism, immigration and racism – but it can be read on a number of different levels (for example, you could see it as being about free will versus fate or nature versus nurture). Although a gripping story, it’s not really a thriller; instead, try to imagine the writers of “The Wire” doing with terrorism what they did with drug crime (but minus the law enforcement angle). Then re-imagine that as a literary novel with shades of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” by Mohsin Hamid. If (as is entirely possible) you're not sure what I'm driving at with these slightly convoluted comparisons, you can read a longer review here: http://paulsamael.com/blog/abraham-the-anchor-baby-terrorist
(review of free book)