Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Review: 'Face Of Our Father' by G. Egore Pitir

American author G. Egore Pitir grew up near the shores of Lake Michigan, obtained an engineering degree, flew as a fighter pilot, and then got an airline job. He now is trying his mettle at writing and FACE OF OUR FATHER is his debut novel. His primary concern is focused on the contemporary culture clashes.

Egore opens his book with a Prologue that reads like a separate novel, a fine description of life in Mecca in 623 CE, and while the story seems just a bit of ancient history well told, reading the book shows the importance of al the aspects contained in that Prologue.

Stepping into contemporary times, the story is summarized as follows: `Captain Stu Pierce is an aging former fighter pilot who's looking forward to retirement. His wife, Angie, a lawyer and women's advocate, is chasing down a vengeful Middle Eastern criminal who's escaped justice. When she's threatened with murder, Stu sets out to protect a wife who refuses to protect herself, and together they become embroiled in a conspiracy of global terrorism with repercussions for world peace and the fate of their marriage. Sometimes the biggest enemy can be the one right next to you...'

Egore's fine prose keeps the pace of the book always forward focused. Yes, he does offer us credible characters with whom we can identify, but the true pleasure of this book of international crime intrigue is the manner in which he allows touches of humor to heighten the suspense. `Angie meant "uncompromised" to convey the biggest of compliments. He'd married a born idealist. From grade school hemlines to co-ed dorms to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, small to great, any cause was cause enough to fall upon her sword. She died many deaths between the Iowa Basics and the LSAT. But in law school, she was forced to stomach compromise, her advising professor giving her cherished ideals little respect, saying, "Perfection is God's work," and "One person's God is another's devil." Stu snorted. Perhaps idealism was, in fact, Angie's devil. How does one rid a person of her devil? Did he really want to?'

Especially given the fact that this is a debut novel G. Egore Pitir makes us realize that he is a strong new voice in literature. He is bound to succeed as an author if his subsequent books are as strong as this one! Grady Harp, September 15

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