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The Blasphemer (Section One Series Book 2) by [Ling, John]
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Abraham Khan is a progressive Muslim who has released a controversial book. That's when the consequences hit him fast and hard -- an armed fanatic smashes into his home one evening, trying to kill him. He survives the harrowing attempt, just barely, but will he survive the next one?

Maya Raines is the special operator brought in to protect Abraham. She is tough and committed, the very best at what she does, always one step ahead of the threat.

But Abraham is no ordinary principal -- he will not hide, and he will not stay silent. And as rage explodes on the streets and the nation is propelled to the brink, Maya will have to ask herself the hardest question of all: how far would you go to protect one man’s right to speak?


Q – What’s the Section One series about?

A – It’s a fast-paced, action-packed series that revolves around Section One, a covert intelligence agency based out of Auckland, New Zealand. My characters are operatives who deal with terrorism, organized crime and political conspiracy. They are joined by a large supporting cast of spies, assassins and vigilantes.

Q - What makes the Section One series special?

A – When I set out to write this series, I wanted to create an experience that mirrored the kind of books that I love to read on my Kindle. My favourites are usually spy and espionage novels, as well as pulp thrillers and mystery bestsellers.

Naturally enough, the Section One books are a mix of various genres. Some are technothrillers. Others are political thrillers. There are even a few religious thrillers in the mix. I’ve worked hard to make the action and suspense exciting, and this series is designed to keep you turning the pages.

Q – Why should readers give these books a try?

A – Because the Section One series is dark and provocative, with plots ripped straight from the headlines. It features realistic tradecraft, geopolitical intrigue and cross-cultural insight. As a result, each book has been a bestseller and has been featured on the Amazon Kindle’s 100 Must Read Thrillers list.

Q – What order should I read the books in?

A – I’ve written the Section One series so that each bestseller stands alone. However, they are all connected to a larger narrative. If you want to read them in chronological order, you can follow this sequence:

> Fallen Angel
> The Blasphemer
> The Fighting Season

Q – Who are your favourite authors?

A – I enjoy reading the following action and adventure authors: David Morrell, Barry Eisler, Tom Wood, Jonathan Maberry, Brad Taylor, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, David Baldacci, Lee Child, Daniel Silva, James Patterson, Iris Johansen, Russell Blake, L.T. Ryan, Steven Konkoly, Murray McDonald, Andrew Peterson, Trevor Scott, Mark Dawson, Brett Battles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kia Kaha Press (Jan. 15 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006QZ7BL4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #177,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is an extremely enjoyable fast paced thriller. It reminds me on Tom Clancy (minus the 6 page descriptions) in the sense that it talks about current events which keeps me very interested because the problems are easy for me to relate to. But don't worry, if you don't follow current events, just read the authors notes at the end of the book and everything will make sense.

The characters are each unique in their own right, and I will talk about my favorite, Maya. She does her job but she doesn't just have sympathy, she has empathy. That is an extremely hard quality to find in people and was surprised by how the author was able to put that quality into a character so well.

5/5, The book is very fast paced and moves from plot point to plot point and grabs your attention like a well made action movie. I wouldn't be surprised if I see this as a movie one day in the near future.
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The Blasphemer takes you on an action packed espionage, political thrill ride. The authors gifted hand thinks brilliantly with it's fingers to lead the pages with a well written story and very strong characters. The read had me hanging on the edge of my seat grasping onto my kindle with my eyes locked to every vivid description. The visuals were so clean, realistic, and crisp and captured the imagination it was like watching a James Bond movie over and over again in my mind. I highly recommend it!

Verdict: An action packed thrill ride, great storytelling, a well written book readers will enjoy!
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Very exciting and well written thriller. Characters are well developed and believable. The action scenes keep the reader gripping the book, unsure of the outcome until the climax arrives - and there are several of these throughout the story. Well written. I would read more of John Ling's books.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3b6da74) out of 5 stars John Ling is better than John le Carre Oct. 11 2015
By Israel Drazin - Published on
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The Blasphemer starts out with a bang, literally, and captures and holds our interest with suspense and with the author John Ling expertly and tantalizingly letting out information piecemeal, in a teasing manner, just when we need to know it. In fact, we’re told that one of the principle characters is hiding something that is crucial to the understanding of what is happening and why.

A Muslim man, Abraham Khan, is the target of other Muslims who consider him to be a blasphemer seemingly because of what he wrote in a book, but perhaps for other reasons. He has secured asylum in Aukland, New Zealand, and has been in New Zealand for nine years. He was recently married. He insists in continuing his book tour despite two attempts to harm him. His wife wants him to give up the tour, as do the people protecting him, but he refuses. All feel certain that he will be attacked again.

An agency somehow connected with the police, but separate, has been assigned by the prime minister to protect Khan because the police are busy with other important matters. The agency is run by a woman who among other epithets is aptly called the dragon lady by her employees. Her daughter Maya is the hero of the story. She is an expert with weapons and in hand to hand combat. She has problems with her mom, as do other operatives of the section. Making matters worse, the dragon lady hires an operative who is not a member of the section to investigate the matter. An additional complication is that the prime minister assigned a woman to work with the dragon lady’s section, a very attractive woman disliked by the section, but not everyone.

All in all this is a really good well-written engrossing story, with short action-filled chapters, which develops at just the right pace with suspense; and the plot, characters, and the way they act are interesting. In addition, John Ling spices his story with fascinating information about spying, assassins, drugs, fatwas, the byzantine maze of Muslim internecine fighting, the volatile psychology of various kinds of criminals, and much more. John Ling has outrun John le Carre by a literary mile. This is the first John Ling book that I read. I will read others.
53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb397c4c8) out of 5 stars Taut, Well-Written Action Thriller Jan. 21 2012
By Ted Mahsun - Published on
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You don't really expect a fast-paced action thriller to take place in the sleepy antipodean nation of New Zealand, and yet John Ling, a Malaysian-born Kiwi, has made it work.

In The Blasphemer, a Muslim author named Abraham Khan has written a very controversial book very much akin to Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses. But Khan is no Rushdie. I won't tell you why (spoilers!) but even the author himself claims the main inspiration for the character is the feminist writer, Taslima Nasrin, who is a far cry from Salman Rushdie.

It goes without saying that Khan is then targeted by extremists. Enter Maya Raines, who is assigned by the New Zealand police to protect Khan and his wife, Belinda Freeman, after a failed suicide attack almost kills them both.

John Ling then goes on to weave a fast-placed story that includes drugs, thrall-like Somalis, two hired assassins (with the names Devlin and Emmerich; see if you can catch the reference) and a mysterious man with an aim to create Mayhem and Mischief.

The action scenes are taut and written well with good detail. And with good reason. The author spent some time interviewing members of special forces, and it shows. John Ling describes the action scenes clearly and with great detail but it never feels like he is being didactic.

The other main character in the novel, that of Maya Raines, should be well received by lovers of strong female leads. She is a no-nonsense, professional operator and knows how to get her job done. She's not two dimensional either as we learn that she has had some personal trouble with her mother, Dierdre, who incidentally happens to be her supervisor in her mission.

On the whole, a great fun, fast-paced read. I can't wait to read the sequel, of which the ending of The Blasphemer strongly suggests.

The book also contains some essays and excerpts of aborted novels. The essays cover interesting topics and issues such as Shiites in Malaysia and the Arab Spring but the essays are too short and one is left wanting after reading them.

The excerpts of John Ling's aborted novels are also interesting but one gets the sense that they are only there to pad out the book. Also, if they are abandoned novels, why should the reader want to read those excerpts, because it is clear the author does not intend to finish them. If anything, these extras are not detriments to the novel and can be considered like the "Bonus Extras" in a movie DVD.

As a final note, I think it is interesting that while both Taslima Nasrin and Salman Rushdie were Muslim turned Atheists, Abraham Khan remains Muslim even after he publishes his book.
38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb397c3a8) out of 5 stars Fast-paced Kiwi Thriller Jan. 1 2012
By P. Teintze - Published on
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"The Blasphemer" reminds me of Crichton at his earliest (and best) in the way it intertwines current issues and events with heart-pounding action. If you liked "The Andromenda Strain" or the Jason Bourne movies, you'll like "Blasphemer".

Ling has obviously researched his book meticulously, but manages to avoid the tendency of most well-researched books: huge chunks of information dropped awkwardly on the reader. The narrative is at once breakneck action and thoughtful analysis of freedom of speech--and freedom of religious speech in particular. While not all the questions the book asks are answered, perhaps that only enhances its real-world feel; not all questions are answerable.

If you're looking for a good read for the airport or waiting room, this will make the time speed by. And if you're looking for some interesting perspectives, the nonfiction essays at the end are a nice way to round out the themes in the story.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb397c498) out of 5 stars Well-crafted Political Thriller Feb. 15 2012
By Kae - Published on
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The Blasphemer is a very well crafted, Espionage/Political Thriller. The writing is good with an interesting storyline that the author, John Ling, calls "faction" in that it has so much based on facts from current events. He gives the connections in the Author's Notes and essays at the end of the book. These facts are were informative, and he worked them into the story efficiently and believably.

I liked the characters. Maya, while exceptional at her defensive work, also has the empathy to understand people. She doesn't let it intrude on her duties. And she doesn't let her own fears and pains compromise her job. Maya and her mother, and another operative, Adam, are well-drawn and compelling.

So to are the various other characters, from the manipulative "Magellan" who plots to kill Abraham Khan, to the Muslim woman who gruesomely loses her life in a street riot.

Fast paced, with plenty of firefights as well as sleuthing, The Blasphemer is not one to miss.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb397f3c0) out of 5 stars Good start but disapointing ending Feb. 4 2012
By Vicki Baldwin - Author - Published on
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This was an interesting book. It had a very exciting beginning and caught your attention immediately with all the excitement and riots. But I have to admit that the ending left me hanging. Some of the types of things we see on the Television every night, the riots, fighting between the good guys and the bad guys. It had a lot of different viewpoints connecting the individual chapters. I was all set for an exciting ending but it just stopped and never explained what happened to the main characters. I don't even think that this left an opening to have a sequel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.