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Ebook Details
  • 09/2018
  • 1642372951 B07H8R376D
  • 384 pages
  • $5.99
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  • 09/2018
  • 9781642372953 1642372951
  • 384 pages
  • $15.99
Turkey Shoot: He Might Not Be the Terrorist You Expected

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

IT’S OCTOBER 2015. Meet Mahmoud al Ramadi, 23, an Iraqi victim of ISIS who has become what some would call a terrorist, others a free­dom fighter. The antihero of this unconventional thriller is soft-spoken yet militant, someone who by almost anyone’s definition could be a terrorist. Fresh from battling ISIS in Syria, he floats to Greece among other displaced people where, in Piraeus, he adopts terrorism—or more precisely, terrorists adopt him. The ambitious operation his new comrades are plotting will, he is informed, decimate the power elite and inspire revolution around the globe. Having vowed payback for war crimes that orphaned him, the devout Iraqi accepts the mission as his jihad. His thousand-mile odyssey from war-torn Mosul to strife-ridden Athens and part way back tests his metal, his wits, and his abiding faith. You’ll find memorable characters, tense action, straight and gay romance, ideological and other altercations, and amazing improvisations in both the real and virtual worlds in this gripping read. How you’ll feel about their rogue operation and its dénouement depends on who you are and what you stand for, but it could be complicated. All that Mahmoud experiences edits his articles of faith and just might edit some of yours.
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Amazon.com

While the plot is compelling and original, it's the characters' motivations that I found most interesting in Turkey Shoot. The book does a fine job presenting the complexities of the current state in the Middle East and Europe, and the influencing factors that incubate and nourish terrorism, including endless wars, dictatorships, family ties, revenge, love, socialist ideals, freedom, democracy, and surprisingly, only a bit of religion.

Dutton paints a believable picture not only of the locales, but the people as well. There is a pleasing pace, between character development and plot. Some thrilling books pull the action so quickly, you don't want to take the time to contemplate the characters. These people are believable: not too preachy, not too politically correct, likable. And they are not all the same, but have unique personalities that largely avoid stereotypes.

This book is naturally thought-provoking, without being painfully so. The ending is thankfully not predictable. Turkey Shoot is worth a read if you wonder about the terrorists behind the all too frequent news stories.

Some quibbles. In the ending, a lack of discussion by the characters about a possible explanation of the result was a tad unsatisfying. And the very beginning was a bit off-putting: in the first chapter, the key players were anonymized to the point that I had to just ignore it until I finished the book, and I then reread it to see what it had been about. Those problems were not present throughout the book: it moved along without such glitches, though it did suffer from more typos than I'm used to in comparable "good" books, but on par with the number found in fluffy paperbacks. Overall, nothing egregious, and quite a showing for a first-time novelist.

News
04/08/2019
Turkey Shoot selected for the cover of Publishers Weekly magazine

Geoffrey Dutton's radical thriller Turkey Shoot has been picked by the Inependent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) as one of 14 books featured on the cover of PW's issue The Fastest Growing Indie Publishers. The novel was published as a paperback and eBook in September 2019 by Perfidy Press and is available from online bookstores worldwide.

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 09/2018
  • 1642372951 B07H8R376D
  • 384 pages
  • $5.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 09/2018
  • 9781642372953 1642372951
  • 384 pages
  • $15.99

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