Monday, January 23, 2017

New Release: Swiftly Sharpens the Fang by Stuart Kenyon

Next week, my friend Stuart Kenyon is releasing his new thriller, Swiftly Sharpens the Fang. It is available for pre-order at only $0.99. This is the first book of his that I've read, and I was quite impressed.

The novel explores the global issue of radicalization from the intimate perspective of his protagonist, Joe.  With the passing of Brexit and the rise of Trump propelling white nationalism into the headlines worldwide, the story of a white Briton’s descent into the racist underworld of seems especially timely.  Joe is rendered susceptible by a variety of factors, including his grief over his father’s death at the hands of Muslim terrorists, his mental illness, and his generally miserable life.  Watching him be manipulated by others in the movement creates a sense of impending doom that keeps you turning the pages.  The story brings home the way that providing a sense of community can motivate extreme human behavior.  The author does an effective job of humanizing both Joe and the movement’s victims.

Stuart has previously published a series of dystopian thrillers, The Subnormal Series. I'll be interested to see where his writing career goes. He has both good ideas and solid execution, so I have high hopes.

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