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Published by Matador, 13 July 2016. ISBN: 978-1785892448
Salah is an influential member of the Muslim Brotherhood.Forced to leave Cairo in 1954, he and his
family eventually seek refuge in Canada where his sons Anwar and Mohamed thrive
in their chosen professions.In 1962
Mohamed seizes an opportunity to purchase a large farm in Montana.He leaves Canada, becomes an American
citizen, and presently marries a catholic woman, Kathleen Bush.Mohamed, known as Mo, takes his wife’s
surname following their wedding thus becoming even more fully integrated within
American society.The couple have three
sons, the two eldest follow in their father’s footsteps and become farmers, whilst
Nathan, the youngest son, joins the U.S. marines.Nathan’s decision was made partly because he
had been thrilled with his maternal grandfather’s stories about wartime
exploits fighting in the Pacific, and partly because, when he was sixteen, he
had enjoyed visiting the Middle East with his paternal grandfather, Kamal, and
the experience had left him with a desire to travel the world.
So far, so good - the American Dream seems to be
alive and well.
However, whilst serving in Iraq, Nathan is
shocked by an event he witnesses and begins to question the validity of U.S.
intervention there.He leaves the
Marines with an honourable discharge but harbours feelings of resentment
towards America, particularly its foreign policy towards the Middle East.These emotions are excacerbated when he
subsequently takes another trip to Egypt with his grandfather.There he meets Kamal’s old friends from the
Brotherhood and realigns with his familial roots, feeling more at home within
the Egyptian community than he did in the U.S.He gradually progresses from aid worker to terrorist as he rejects his
old life in America, to embrace what he believes to be his destiny amongst a
small band of brothers who are committed to jihad.
The author skillfully juxtaposes present day
narrative alongside Nathan’s backstory, and the reader is able to see how the
young man’s radical views develop and eventually lead to his involvement in
terrorism.The story is told through a
third person narrator but mainly from Nathan’s perspective, thus presenting
some of the complexities and tensions that children of immigrant Middle Eastern
parents living in the West might feel.Whilst the tale offers a salutory reminder that one person’s suicide
bomber is another person’s martyr, the narrative at no point becomes an apology
for acts of terror.By chilling
coincidence, the novel was reviewed just after the dreadful terrorist attack on
Westminster in March, a fact that made the events in the tale even more
relevant and shocking.
Day of Reckoning
is a frighteningly plausible story which explores how ancient feuds reach into
modern conflicts with devastating consequences.
was born and brought up in Central London, one of seven children. He has worked
in several jobs and has run his own business. He enjoys watching sport and
keeping up with current affairs. Keith has previously published Public Face
Private Vice (Matador 2015) and Why was She Killed (Matador 2014).
Dot Marshall-Gentworked in the
emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.