Broken Shadows by Tarek Refaat

I’m glad to post here that my friend Tarek Refaat has finally published his new book. Last Thursday was the unvailing and it was welcomed with great enthousiasm.

I hope you will like the design of the cover title, it is one of my trials in discovering usages of the Kufi script.

Stay tuned for the work progress!

 

 

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BSCRTourButtonTitle: Broken Shadows

 

Author: Tarek Refaat

 

Release Date: April 8, 2016

 

Publisher: Red Sands Publishing

 

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Suspense, International

 

Book Description:

Broken hearts and dark shadows, will love ever find its way back to them?

Fifteen years ago, Heidi Aasar fled the country, hoping to make sense of the chaos that

surrounded her. A burned ex-operative, she refuses to continue hiding in the shadows.

She now has the chance to right the wrongs of her dark past. Determined to find a way to

redeem herself, she must first fix the loose threads she left behind so long ago.

A successful business owner, Nadim Mohamed Sharaf has done his best to move on after

his heart was broken fifteen years ago. In his mind, he has everything he could ever want

or need at his fingertips. Until the moment Heidi makes a sudden reappearance in his life.

It’s then everything around him changes.

A chain reaction of events soon turns Nadim and Heidi’s lives upside-down. Forced to

confront the turmoil brewing between them, they must put aside their differences if they

are to survive another day. The choices they’ll have to make will define the outcome of

the lives they lead.

Will they be able to overcome their painful and chaotic past? Or will the pain and

heartache consume them in the long run?

 

(Purchase links are not yet available.)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28927401-broken-shadows

 

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EXCERPT:

AFTER A LONG DAY AT WORK, Nadim stood in his office,

observing Cairo from the seventeen stories high window. The streets below were

crowded. He could see the people rushing to get back to their homes, eager for a little

respite from a hard day’s work.

Cabs pulled up to the curb along the two-way street to pick up clients and those eager to

get away from the ensuing chaos. People scurried about like rats trapped inside a maze.

Some greeted others in a timely fashion, while others grew surly and shouted obscenities.

Nadim smirked and shook his head. He was used to this scene spreading out before him.

It wouldn’t be long until he joined the ‘rats’ trapped in their own chaotic mazes. The

thought of making his way home appealed to him.

His mind wandered, trapping him in another maze. A maze that took him back fifteen

years. One that brought back memories he’d spent a lifetime trying to avoid. Memories

he wished he could forget, once and for all.

Nadim thought he’d forgotten all about her, the one woman who’d broken his heart.

She’d meant everything to him. He would have given her the world if she’d asked him to.

During his high school days, he’d been known as a playboy. A sweet-talker who’d gotten

exactly what he’d wanted. Charming and attentive, every girl in school came to him for

advice about guys. Most of them ended up hooking up with him.

He’d experienced the same throughout college and work until he’d met her. Beautiful and

brazen, she’d wrapped him around her finger. She’d drawn him in like a moth to flame,

inciting his baser desires. In the end, she’d played him like a smooth violin, cutting its

strings with a scalpel so that it made no noise, whatsoever.

Nadim growled with annoyance. He never thought he’d ever see her again. After fifteen

years, the bane of his existence had popped up in his life once more. Heidi had recently

dropped by his office for an interview.

 

TarekRefaatABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tarek Refaat is an Egyptian author born in October 1980. He comes from a family that

has diverse cultural roots, and has spent most of his adulthood between Saudi and Egypt,

until finally settling in Egypt.

Tarek is an avid reader of history, and has been into writing since a very young age. He

loves to describe the thoughts and feelings he’s experienced through words. He has

written poetry and prose, and decided as of 2009 to move forward into stories and novels.

Tarek has previously been published, and has also self-published. He views writing as his

aim to reach as many people through his thoughts, and provoke positive and hopeful

energy through his stories.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Website/Blog: http://forgottenrealms.me

Twitter: https://twitter.com/energizre

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tarek-Refaat-142437057778

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4919674.Tarek_Refaat

Email: Tarek.h.refaat@live.com

 

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Dune

Reading a highly acclaimed classic sometimes puts certain expectations on a certain novel, so what about your expectations about  “best-selling science fiction novel of all time”. So putting this idea aside, Dune was an enjoyable read. From time to time, I felt it was not that big of a deal, then I remembered that this novel was published in 1965, so when Egyptian writers were renovating our literature, Frank Herbert was building a whole universe. 

Note that as far as I know, this is one of the earliest “complete sci fi sagas”, it is even said that Star Wars was heavily influenced by Dune, especially in its earlier drafts. But let’s leave this to the experts.

I liked the depiction of political struggles, ecology, religion, social interactions in general.. I found the multitude of several cultural / religious connotations pretty interesting, especially the Arabic ones. I was very surprised with the multitude of Arabic names, phrases, sayings. Why was Herbert so interested in the Islamic culture? However, I know that the book also mentioned some other oriental influences, but because I don’t have a background on them, I couldn’t figure them out.

Here are some interesting quotes:

“Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.” ” ‘Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a man’s mind,’ ” Paul quoted.

A visionary on computer hacking? 🙂

Hawat looked at the boy. “I was thinking we’ll all be out of here soon and likely never see the place again.” “Does that make you sad?” “Sad? Nonsense! Parting with friends is a sadness. A place is only a place.” He glanced at the charts on the table. “And Arrakis is just another place.”

very true.

“If wishes were fishes we’d all cast nets,”
 
the proximity of a desirable thing tempts one to overindulgence. On that path lies danger.
 
Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.
 
You see, gentlemen, they have something to die for. They’ve discovered they’re a people. They’re awakening.”

Very suitable for our post 25 Jan mentality 🙂

The Sardaukar had never been prepared for such happenings as this day. They’d never known anything but victory which, Paul realized, could be a weakness in itself.
 
The Guild navigators, gifted with limited prescience, had made the fatal decision: they’d chosen always the clear, safe course that leads ever downward into stagnation.
 
The proper teaching is recognized with ease. You can know it without fail because it awakens within you that sensation which tells you this is something you’ve always known.”

On religion.

From Shaitan did we not get the hurtfulness of speed?” (This is the source of the Fremen saying: “Speed comes from Shaitan.” Consider: for every one hundred calories of heat generated by exercise [speed] the body evaporates about six ounces of perspiration. The Fremen word for perspiration is bakka or tears and, in one pronunciation, translates: “The life essence that Shaitan squeezes from your soul.”

Frank Herbert’s explanation of ” العجلة من الشيطان”

 

All in all, it’s a must read for sci fi fans, for more reviews, check out the goodreads link. As for me, definitely I will continue the series, but maybe after a break.