Maybe a strange visitor provided some aid, or even a message of hope or encouragement during the day. But spirits who visit us during sleep, during meditation, or visions have a way of getting their messages across. We should note that, many times, visions are more clear than dreams; and when a spirit being visits within a vision or meditation, it's usally easier to remember than a dream visitation. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict doesn't make for an easy read, it was truly harrowing at times, but I like the fact that Timothy Jay Smith lets us see it from different perspectives and also that we see the human side to his characters as they try their best to go about their daily lives.
Although this is a fictional account of the conflict, the author appears well qualified to write about this part of the world, and it's not hard to see that much of what appears in this book, will most certain The Israeli-Palestinian conflict doesn't make for an easy read, it was truly harrowing at times, but I like the fact that Timothy Jay Smith lets us see it from different perspectives and also that we see the human side to his characters as they try their best to go about their daily lives.
Although this is a fictional account of the conflict, the author appears well qualified to write about this part of the world, and it's not hard to see that much of what appears in this book, will most certainly have happened for real. Is it Gripping? Well written? Yes it was all of these and I would definitely recommend it.
View all 44 comments. Endorsements from other reviewers: "A taut thriller that opens as a terrorist threat in Jerusalem on Easter Sunday brings together an intriguing quartet of characters The pitiless cost of war as it plays out in four families is poignantly evoked in this highly charged drama. Or, rather, that considers them all.
This is a remarkable book. Like his journalist character, Smith tries to give the different sides of this conflict a human face. The stories of all these characters and their families are slowly interwoven together before a climactic ending that is ultimately one of hope. Timothy Jay Smith puts a very human face on the many-sided Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this gripping and exquisitely detailed narrative set skillfully against the Passover-Easter holidays. Aug 18, Sojourner rated it really liked it Shelves: reviews. I happened to read A Vision of Angels by Timothy Jay Smith as the tension in the Gaza Strip is building up and retaliatory acts are witnessed on both sides of the divide, claiming over a thousand lives.
Fully aware that what I read is fiction and not a news report of the on-going conflict, I read through the novel in one-sitting totally gripped by the story as the author crafted one hell of a story which is believable and realistic. Readers will appreciate the characters who are relatable, true-t I happened to read A Vision of Angels by Timothy Jay Smith as the tension in the Gaza Strip is building up and retaliatory acts are witnessed on both sides of the divide, claiming over a thousand lives.
Readers will appreciate the characters who are relatable, true-to-life and very unique in their own different ways with their own complex nature. Each of the character has their own problems to deal with, and the author has done a superb job tackling each character and developing them to the fullest as far as possible.
The story is entertaining and enjoyable. The ending is predictable but nonetheless enjoyable. Jun 26, Tracy Beth rated it really liked it. View 1 comment. Aug 26, Hemantkumar Jain rated it really liked it. The most striking thing about the book is a set of very believable and very intense characters.
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The setting is complex and covers a lot of ground in explaining the state of affairs The inner turmoil of every character that the author has brought out in the book is pretty remarkable and makes this a slow read. You read, yo The most striking thing about the book is a set of very believable and very intense characters.
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You read, you pause, you feel, you reflect, you identify with the state of mind of the character. Oct 09, Vinay Leo rated it really liked it. It had elements that kept one going forward, but it also had depth of characters. Each had qualities that were more than what they were. It had dialogues that stuck true to character, and piqued interest. And it had narration from different angles, viewpoints. It was slow at times, laced with heaviness that the setting brings out and more importantly, the characters bring out. The multiple angles bring a confusion along with the clarity too, but it doesn't deter.
A hopeful ending as well. Jul 07, guiltlessreader rated it really liked it. What an intense read. I feel like I have battlescars!
Full review on my blog Guiltless Reading. Sep 29, Alan rated it liked it.
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Timothy Smith has written a gripping tale of love and hate that is set in the Middle East. A terrorist threat for Easter Sunday in Jerusalem sets off a chain of events that weave together the lives of an American journalist, an Israeli war hero, a Palestinian farmer, and an Arab-Christian grocer.
Major Jakov Levy closes the boarder between Israel and the Gaza Strip when he is alerted to a suicide bomb plot. With the closing, Amin Mousa is unable to get his produce to market, so he dumps truckload Timothy Smith has written a gripping tale of love and hate that is set in the Middle East.
With the closing, Amin Mousa is unable to get his produce to market, so he dumps truckloads of tomatoes in a refugee camp. David Kessler, an American journalist, uses his press identification badge to cross the boarder and drive into Gaza for Amin's story. Hamas militants plot to hide a bomb in David's car and retrieve it when he returns to Jerusalem, but he's unexpectedly detoured on the way.
Meanwhile, a Hamas cell member confesses to the plot, and the race is on to find David and retrieve the bomb before the terrorists can. The author has penned an ambitious and gripping story from several points of view while keeping the writing unbiased and compassionate. It shows the volatile grudge match that characterizes the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from all sides and perspectives. Unbiased does not mean the story is flat, far from it. This is an emotional rollercoaster from first page to last.
The narrative switches points of view every few pages sometimes twice per page over a wide array of characters. It is interesting to see the story from all sides, yet, I often found it confusing trying to keep track of so many players, and because so little time was spent on each one, none of them were able to reach the depth that I had hoped for.
These characters were far from one dimensional, but I expected more from the four protagonists. This is not an easy story to read, both from an emotional standpoint and a technical one. The author has a lean and edgy prose style that I enjoyed, yet I found it jarring each time he switched from past to present tense and back, which was often.
I also found it jarring to switch points of view so often. This is a modern style of writing that an old dog like me has yet to appreciate. The author ends the story on a symbol of hope for the future, yet I failed to feel that hope. What I was left with was the tragedy and futility caused by the constant collateral damage in cultures where hate is allowed to flourish. I do recommend this read. It is an enthralling tale, which shines a light on the issues of that precarious region, told by an author who had lived there and experienced it first hand.
Feb 03, Cathy Hemmings rated it liked it. It will however be one book that I remember for a long time as I learnt a lot of facts; the author explained the situation well and also in a very unbiased way, showing all viewpoints from a horrible situation. IMHO, where the book was lacking was in depth of character, therefore no real empathy with any of them. Jul 06, Phil Serafino rated it it was amazing.
Timothy Jay Smith's novel immerses you in the daily life of Jews, Arabs and Christians in Israel and Gaza, and in doing so conveys the tragedy of the conflict there. His characters are richly detailed, the plot is suspenseful and his descriptions so powerful that you can almost feel the heat and smell the scents of life in Jerusalem and its surroundings. A compelling, tragic tale. Mar 11, Tony Parsons rated it it was amazing.
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