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An Untimely Love by Tendai Huchu

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
Love can find us in the most unusual of circumstances. This is what happens to Khalid Patel, a terrorist, when he falls in love with Smokey, a feisty and independent young woman who was to be Britain’s first female suicide bomber. On what is meant to be his day of martyrdom, his violent worldview is thrown into turmoil. We share his thoughts as Death and Duty become irrevocably and movingly entwined with Love and Life.

The View:

A book on terrorists??? I immediately am prepared for a lot of blood and murder, gruesome details of death, pages and pages of descriptions on places, guns and all kinds of weapons, a lot of Islamic words, some middle east references and a lot of smart men from the intelligence bureaus. But SURPRISE!!! Like the name suggest “An Untimely Love” is about love and how love could touch and change the life of everyone – even a terrorist.

Khalid Patel is a commoner in all aspects of the word; except for the fact that he is willing to give up his life or take away life from others for a misguided cause. Just before fulfilling his first and last mission as a suicide bomber he meets Selina Ashraf; who is also there for the same cause. They marry very quickly but Khalid falls in love and gives up the suicide mission to live a fulfilling life. He later comes to know that Selina survived her suicide mission as well. Khalid is extremely excited about his future together with Selina, but is it really that easy? Would the men who spent time and money on training him, let him survive the blunder he just did?

I feel strongly about terrorism and spend many countless hours discussing about the atrocities that are being done in the name of religion. Reading this book gave me a different perspective to terrorists (one that I already was aware off but was in denial). Khalid is a common character and his portrayal is done is an exquisite fashion. His dreams of becoming a hero in the Islamic world, his hopes that the terrorist mastermind would understand why he failed the mission, his reaction to his parents death and his love for Selina all show a different side to him. He is portrayed holistically and the reader gets the complete control to either love him or hate him. I wanted to hate him, but I landed up loving him (for reasons that would become obvious as you read the book).

“An Untimely Love” is a good read showcasing the different side of the terrorist world. Rated a 4 on 5 for the unique story telling and the excellent writing style. As I read this book, I kept telling myself – this is going to be a blockbuster movie as it has every element of success. Tendai Huchu, are you hearing me?

I received a complimentary eArc copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion on the book.



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