Forbidden: Better Wear Your Flak Jacket, by F. Stone
Eliza MacKay is a paramedic. Now working with Habitat for Humanity, Eliza Mackay feels relatively safe traveling in the Middle East. She is there to help which she expects will smooth the way. That confidence doesn’t last long when the group she is traveling with is attacked. Only Elize is left–the only survivor. Previous events have already left her with PTSD. The attack brings it all close to the surface once again.
Hashim Sharif, the police captain, is one of the first to the horrific scene. He quickly takes Eliza captive, but for her safety or another deeper reason? Told to cover up the attack, his actions lead him down a path that will test his heart and his faith.
He is not the only one searching for answers. The CIA is also on the hunt. They know sharif is lying, but not why. Is he part of the conspiracy? Sharif walks that fine line. Which side will he fall on, if he even survives?
You will clearly see the research the author has put into the story. She spent years studying the religion. Her story reflects both sides of Islam. Those who believe in peace and tolerance and those who don’t.
It is all thriller with the unique slant. Once into the story you will have to keep reading. High suspense, intrigue, and a gentle, if impossible, romance. Both characters must follow their faith and their hearts to find a solution. With each lead it would seem someone else is after them. Someone demands they are silenced.
Plenty of action is contained within the books pages. It really is reminiscent of a rollercoaster, ups and sudden downs, unexpected twists and turns that will have your stomach trying to catch up.
We reviewed Forbidden as part of a virtual book tour hosted by Partners In Crime Book Tours. Ms. Stone’s tour runs from June 19th to July th. If you have a chance, take a look at more of the stops along the tour. You will find interviews, guest articles, reviews, and more. It is a fascinating look at a book and the author.
Forbidden: Better Wear Your Flak Jacket
by F. Stone
on Tour June 19 – July 7, 2017
Gunfire echoes within the walls of a Middle East police compound. Screams of terror are brutally silenced. Police captain Hashim Sharif captures one survivor. Soon Eliza MacKay will wish she had died with her companions.
The vile act of terrorism is covered-up. Sharif becomes the reluctant keeper of his city’s bloody secret – and the witness, MacKay. His corrupt superiors have a gun rammed against his skull. Disloyalty to the mayor will be rewarded with being buried alive.
Whatever the cost, his government’s honor must be restored. Secretly, Sharif hunts forensic evidence. Who is responsible for the murder of fifteen American volunteers? And, why did MacKay lie about her identity? He can’t trust her. Her mental illness is going to get both of them killed.
When he receives orders to dispose of MacKay, his Muslim faith is tested. Murder an innocent in cold blood? He will suffer Allah’s eternal wrath.
CIA Agent Hutchinson has the lying Sharif in his cross hairs. Sharif dodges the agent’s traps almost as easily as the hit man on his tail. When Sharif discovers the shocking truth, he loses all hope of survival.
What is worth dying for? Perhaps it’s not bringing a madman to justice. Could it be saving the life of a woman who kick-started his numb heart? On the knife edge of risk, Sharif plots an act most forbidden and fatal.
Genre: Suspense, Romance, International Thriller
Published by: Indie
Publication Date: December 2016
Number of Pages: 363
ISBN: 0995150907 (ISBN13: 9780995150904)
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Read an excerpt:
On our cattle ranch in Alberta, when an animal was in distress or injured, I was put in charge of nursing it back to health. Never mind that I was just a kid and hated the sight of blood, but I had to muster up the courage to apply home remedies. My survival rate was pretty good. It seemed like a foregone conclusion that I would progress to nursing – humans. After one year into nurses training, I bolted. Bed pans and chronic diseases pushed me in different direction; a career of dealing with drug addicts, murder, suicide, fatalities, and biker gangs. In 1983 I graduated with honors as a paramedic and worked in the City of Edmonton’s Emergency Services.
For the next twenty years, I came face to face with scenes most people would rather not think about. I loved it. Having experienced life in the most deadly and gut wrenching events, and work alongside the police service, I gained the fodder for creating intense novels.
My creative DNA shocked me when I was driven to write a dystopian / paranormal / romance novel, The Guardian’s Wildchild. After taking several writing courses, I presented the manuscript to Omnific Publishing who published it in 2011. Just when I thought I could get my life back, another story took me prisoner – Forbidden. I couldn’t believe there was this kind of story within me and desperate to be told. I resisted. It was futile.
Retired and focused on home life, I’m back to being a mom to four pets and one husband. We travel and taste the excitement of other cultures. In between adventures, I’ve dabbled in water color painting, photography, needle work, gardening – the list goes on. In my next life, I plan to explore the cosmos.
I’ve learned a few things in my seventy years. Thoughts are powerful. Intention is everything. Passion is the key to success.
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