[The following review is part of the No Alternative blog tour organized by TLC Book Tours. For a full list of host blogs for the tour, see the tour page. For more on Erika Mitchell and her work, visit her website, www.erika-mitchell.com.]
By Amanda Amaya
The whole plot of this book intrigued me, especially because there is something about the everyday conflict between the
and Islam. Here is the synopsis from
On the surface, Iraqi-born Azzam Abdullah is nothing more than the unremarkable head of accounting for what is, by all appearances, an innocuous global conglomerate. What's not so innocuous is the fact that Sun Corp is one of the biggest terrorism financiers in the world.
After years of informing on Sun Corp's secret deals to the CIA, an unfortunate confluence of events brings Azzam's covert treachery to light. When Azzam is forced to flee London for America, Sun Corp's ruthless CEO decides to use a woman from Azzam's past to flush him out.
In a furious race against a heartless zealot's deadline, Azzam is forced to decide between the life of one innocent woman and the safety of millions.
Ms. Mitchell has a phenomenal skill for writing a thriller. Blood Money was a “page-turner” or as much as one could be on the Kindle. The way she moves from character to character throughout the story keeps the suspense at a high level. She also provides little bits of insight into each character and what motivates them to do what they do. She keeps up this relentless game of show and tell until nearly the final pages of the book when it all falls into place.
The characters are very three dimensional. Azzam is almost tragic in the way he risked his life every day for years in order to betray someone that he once viewed as a father. The ruthlessness and inhumanity of these criminals is chilling. It seriously brought to mind the callous and evil way the 9/11 terror attacks were orchestrated. And the way in which the terrorists covertly carry out their activities is horrific. The entire set up of a company that funnels money around the world to fund terrorism is probably not far off from reality.