For millennia, the Middle East has been plagued by war. This millennium has been no different, with wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Devastation has been wreaked on ordinary, innocent people. Children have been indiscriminately killed. Young men have had their lives terminated before they have had the chance to live their lives to the full. War orphans abound. Widows and Widowers weep at their spouses' graves. Grandparents have lost generations of their families. Whole communities have been destroyed and villages razed to the ground.
I have lived in the Middle East for 25 years now, and the constant undercurrent of these conflicts is ever present.
I remember reading one news report that said an entire village and its inhabitants were destroyed after a wedding celebration resulted in the village men firing their rifles into the air. A long tradition in village celebrations, it was viewed as an act of aggression, and the village and inhabitants were all destroyed.
I kept hearing words such as "collateral damage", "carpet bombing", etc. - words used by the media to deflect the true horror of the reality of war. It was at this time that I began to have troubled dreams and horrific nightmares about what was really happening in these theatres of war.
These vision-like dreams inspired me to write the stories that are contained in this work. The messages in these stories are not just relevant to the Middle East, but to the world at large.
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HAUNTING RELEVANT AND EVOCATIVE
Horror. Dreamlike. Ethereal
The short story - The Prophet
No, however these stories were superbly narrated.
The stories are beautifully written with a great deal of intrinsic mysticism.
A real Tour De Force. It is highly unlikely that you will ever read such a unique piece of literature again. Highly recommended.
- Peter Budd
AN AUDIO BOOK WHICH MUST BE HEARD
INNOCENT CHILDREN MURDERED
I FOUND ALL THE SHORT STORIES EQUALLY MOVING, FASCINATING AND UNIQUE
COMMODORE JAMES' NARRATION WAS EXTREMELY ENGAGING , CLEAR AND DEEPLY MOVING
THIS BOOK DISPLAYED A GREAT DEAL OF UNDERSTANDING AND EMPATHY ABOUT THE INNOCENT HUMAN SUFFERING IN WAR
THIS BOOK IS A COLLECTION OF STORIES FROM A MAN WHO HAS BEEN IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR 25 YEARS. THE STORIES ARE BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED. IN ESSENCE THESE SHORT STORIES DEMAND TO BE HEARD WITH THEIR INHERENT MESSAGE WHICH TELL US THE SHOCKING REALITY OF THE HORROR OF WARFARE AND ITS INNOCENT VICTIMS
- THE READER