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.
©2013 Rory Patrick Allen (P)2014 Rory Patrick Allen
The author writes a collection of dreamlike stories, which inspire, haunt and educate the reader. The stories remind me of works by Paulo Coelho, Khalil Gilbran and other authors whose work border on the boundaries of reality and the mystical. This author bases his stories, that he admits are part inspired by dreams on his extensive experience in the middle east, where war is a constant. A highly original and unique work. I doubt if the listener will have ever heard the like before or experience the atmosphere generated by this work. Very highly recommended.
Each tale has a message and is beautifully written
I have and this I believe to be his finest narration.
The whole work was an incredibly moving experience.
"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.
"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
"Gripping from start to finish"
I enjoyed the print version very much but feel the audio edition added a whole new dimension to the stories.Hearing the book I was able to visualize the words of the author more vividly.
Each of the stories are filled with memorable moments but I particularly enjoyed Armageddon and The Prophet
Commodore James really made the book come to life and truly encapsulated the spirit of the author's words.
From beginning to end there is a dreamlike feel to the book which I found truly gripping. The author manages to display the true horrors of war yet maintain a certain sense of serenity throughout.
I would highly recommend WAR: Visionary Tales of Human Conflict from the Middle East and I eagerly await more work from the author.
"HAUNTING, EVOCATIVE, SPIRITUAL AND DREAMLIKE"
The writing style and content of the stories, the themes covered and the captivating, mesmerising nature of the short stories. The narrator breathed so much life into these fascinating uniquely written stories the experience of which was deeply moving and will remain with me forever.
The style is resonant of Paulo Coelho, the "Alchemist" and "The Prophet" written by Khalil Gilbran.
Yes and No. However I wanted to listen to it again and again. .
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