Ike L. Obidike
Ike L. Obidike lives in Johannesburg. His articles have been published in Swaziland, Italy and Nigeria. He is an engineer, a football analyst and a decent scrabble player
Shifting Sands is his debut novel.
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- POINT DECEPTION
on June 21, 2012
The book starts in the present, with Tim Kelly being tortured by his High School nemesis, Raul "Rucho" Martinez and his henchmen.
It then moves back to the backdrop of the life story of Tim as a runaway 14-year old who forged documents to join the Coast Guard. When he runs into trouble with the authorities, he was "shipped" to Vietnam where he encountered organizational bungling that left an indelible mark of his hardening heart. In a moment of madness, he attacks some air force staff, whose members killed three of his colleagues in a 'friendly fire' accident. Tim is discharged, dishonourably. He returns home bitter and almost broken. The only thing that kept his mind together and warmed his heart was his sweetheart, Brenda Conrad.
Just as he was preparing to settle down for once in his young but hectic life, Brenda is caught in a crossfire during a gang war between two mafia families. To exact revenge, Tim accepts, having previously refused the offer, to go underground as a police informant to expose the drug gangs. It is against against his initial decision not to betray one of his mentors,Rodolfo Guzman.
This is where the book gets back to where it started.
WHen he hadn't contacted Sheriff Dave Holt after the six-day time they agreed, Dave convenes his intervention squad and storms Guzman's hacienda!
Finally, Tim is freed un harmed, except for the heroin they were injecting him as punishment prior to, rescuing him as Guzman hoped and against Rucho's desires.
A very interesting book and not lacking in confrontations and actions. It gets too technical with the military gadgets and codes and their explanations and could put off someone seeking an easy read. There are places where the writer kept repeating information the reader already knew and some other places where he questions the intelligence of the reader by spelling out everything instead of leaving it to the reader to figure it. These shortcoming would be fixed with further editing, if necessary.
Otherwise, it is a book any thriller seeker would enjoy.