Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Review: The Benevolent Terrorist by Danny Wynn

The Benevolent Terrorist
By Danny Wynn
Genre: Adventure/Literary

The Benevolent Terrorist is a thinking person’s adventure story, in the vein of various novels by Graham Greene, Robert Stone, and Patricia Highsmith. It tells the tale of a troubled young American named Jack who’s been wandering the world for extended periods on an increasingly desperate quest for excitement and adventure. Jack is traveling with a likable and beautiful Australian woman, who’s quickly getting fed up with him. In Athens, they meet a mysterious loner, an ex-Army guy who recently finished working construction in Tunisia. The unlikely trio travels to a Greek island where a romantic triangle develops. Jack’s deep desire to escape boredom and his theory of benevolent terrorism – ¬fighting terrorists with terror – lead the two men on a dark and violent adventure. The novel explores with intelligence a number of the disturbing aspects of life and artfully straddles the boundary between commercial and literary ¬fiction.

“A fantastic, existentialist thriller with visceral charm...offers a trio of vivid character studies while ¬filling [the narrative] with sinister, philosophical, and occasionally surreal prose.”— Kirkus Reviews

My Review

I found the main character Jack to be an extremely shallow human. That doesn't mean he wasn't written well. In fact, it shows how well his character was written since he annoyed me so much. If you are making the reader feel, then you are doing a good job. 

He is an addict searching for something to fill the void within himself. No amount of drugs or money or women can do that. He meets a man named Jenkins who I became rather fond of. He was rough around the edges but seemed to be a sincere man. 

This book is full of suspense. Jack and Jenkins plan an attack on a despicable man. This event sends Jack down a dark hole of reflection, but I honestly couldn't see that it changed him at all. Action, adventure, and suspense fans will need to pick this one up!

About the Author 

The Benevolent Terrorist is my third novel of publishable quality.  Before turning full-time to writing, I worked at CBS Records (later Sony Music) for many years and traveled extensively, rising to the level of Executive Vice President. I’ve lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, and now make my home in the West Village with my wife and two children. My second favorite place in the world (after the West Village) is the island of Mallorca, Spain, which I have visited more than thirty times (and is where one of my earlier novels, Man From the Sky, is set).  My writing has received numerous starred reviews and garnered very favorable criticism such as, “an enjoyable tale of lost souls colliding in the most unlikely of places,” “conjuring shades of Steinbeck,” “the prose is subtle but vivid, intellectually engaged but never arid, as the author provides readers with a flurry of snapshots that gradually coalesce into a picture of tarnished longings,” and “well written, thought provoking…,stands in a class all by itself.”

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