The attempted bombing last week in Times Square made me want to get into this novel even more. Avi Perry has put together a compelling plot that seems all too real, giving us an insight into the Jihadist mindset. The title as one would guess revolves around the Jihadist attitudes as to how and why they kill so many innocent people. They try to justify that in their minds, and use that as a way to get to their dream of paradise with Allah.
72 Virgins tells us the story of how the FBI & Mossad work to stop terror, how the Jihadists try to compartmentalize their operatives, the mindset of their sympathizers and their unwitting dupes. Perry puts together all the elements of a fast paced, compelling story that anyone with a sense of compassion for their fellow man would wonder why these people can continue to do what they do. The abject hatred of the jihadist is unnerving. Their disregard for the sanctity of life as we know it, whether for themselves or others, is totally irrational.
Avi Perry has a line on the back of the book that says it well “ makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you understand”. The book is all that and more. Current events at times are brutal; this novel helps put all the hard facts in the news in perspective. 72 Virgins is many things, it has suspense, good characters you care about, compassion, humility, insight, but above all it has relevance. As close to the truth as it is, I was glad to have read it. Avi Perry puts new perspective and insight into a very complex issue. What are you reading today?
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