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21 April 2011 @ 11:23
The Topkapi Secret Review  

Book Review: The Topkapi Secret by Terry Kelhawk

When this book came in the mail to review, I was a bit surprised at its girth!  This is probably the longest book I've ever had to review.  The story follows the idea that there are secrets about the Koran.  This book is unusual because it set in the Middle East, which is something that I don't come across often in a Christian novel.  I appreciated that it is broken into many segments, rather than long chapters, which makes the book not seem as long as it might otherwise. 

I think that this is a pertinent novel because of the rise of Islam across the world.  Islam is something that Christians should be taking a greater interest in- not to convert, but to comprehend the culture and beliefs associated with this no longer marginal group of people.  Its story is one not only of fiction, but interwoven with truths.  Whether you most appreciate a story because of its plot or its purpose, I think that lovers of fiction will appreciate this book and its unique angle. 

~ Lady Hannah ~

Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of the Topkapi Secret from Glass Road Public Relations in return for my honest review. 

More about the book: 

American professor Angela Hall's world is falling apart. Left with two things: her money and her job, she sets out to research women's issues in The Middle East. Until she crosses paths with Mohammed Atareek...
Mohammed is a man on a mission. Raised in the Muslim faith, he has learned something no Muslim is supposed to know: the Koran of today is not the original. Could it be true? Mohammed will risk his life to find out.
When Angela's and Mohammed's worlds collide, sparks fly--both from their hearts and the tempers of the terrorists following them.