Saturday, April 26, 2014

Book Review: The Seventeen Commandments of Jimmy September by S.R. Wilsher

The Seventeen Commandments of Jimmy September
By S.R. Wilsher
Publisher: S.R. Wilsher
Published: Dec. 10, 2013

Amazon Synopsis:

Warlord, ‘General’ Jimmy September believes he is a great soldier and teacher, destined to lead his people to a better future. In order to fund an upcoming war, he kidnaps five multi-national aid workers from a refugee camp in West Africa. 

When the governments of the nationals involved refuse to pay a ransom, Mark Samuel, finance director and father to one of the hostages, misappropriates three million sterling of company funds to secure his son’s release. 

As he battles his way through a hostile environment and unhelpful officialdom, struggling to hold on to the 
money long enough to save his son, Mark Samuel discovers a reason to succeed more important than securing his own future. 

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My Thoughts:

A self-proclaimed great leader, Jimmy September kidnaps 5 workers from a refugee camp in order to raise funds through ransom in this suspenseful novel, The Seventeen Commandments of Jimmy September.  Mark Samuel, the father of one of the victims, steals his company’s funds to rescue his son when the governments of the victims refuse to pay a ransom.

Mark Samuels venture into Africa starts out as a mission to rescue his son, but become something more as his journey teaches him about himself and his son and the other hostages.  This book is an eye-opening look into a world filled with danger at every turn. A world in which children carry guns. A world where life is not highly valued. While this book is fiction, places like this do exist.

I found the pacing in The Seventeen Commandments to be uneven. At times it was fast-paced and captivating, and other times it was much slower-paced and less intriguing. Sometimes it felt like the book was too long. I did think that there were a few good twists to the plot and I applaud the protagonist for the good choices that he made. It’s just too bad he had to carry out the bad choices to achieve the good ones.

This novel was fairly clean in romantic content. There were a couple of bedroom scenes but no graphic descriptions. The language was also pretty clean when it came to profanity.

Overall I would say that I enjoyed this novel. I gave it 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Despite what the section title might lead you to expect, think of this as more of an anti-biography, because I’m of the firm belief that the writer should remain anonymous. 
In the same way that actors should be kept in a cupboard and only brought out when working, I think authors should be like the character actors whose work we recognise but whose name always eludes.

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