Well today I have the pleasure to be part of the Blog Tour today for Absolution by P.A.Davies.
Absolution – Paul Davies – Blurb
When the Militia came in the peaceful village of Nyanyar Ngun, South Sudan in 1993 – amidst the backdrop of a bitter civil war – it wasn’t in peace. Under the command of General Ode Tombura, the soldiers of the SPF committed untold atrocities in that small farming village before finally razing it to the ground.
Boys were taken from their families to be trained as soldiers of the Militia, whilst girls as young as eight-years-old were abducted for trafficking to a waiting market of odious buyers.
In a field of high-maize, sixteen-year-old Jada lay hidden and afraid, witnessing the merciless slaughter of his parents and the capture of his sister Kadeni powerless to stop it, too frightened to try.
But now – tortured with grief, consumed with shame and driven by guilt – Jada must embark on a long and arduous journey to rescue his sister from a sinister world and find his absolution … or die trying!
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Reading Absolution by P.A.Davies wasn’t what I envisioned, I had a sense that it would all centred around the militia and war but to my surprise this wasn’t the case, yes war is ever present in the book when it flips back and forth but not overly done. If I’m realistic I honestly thought this isn’t for me but I’m glad to say P.A.Davies proved me wrong.
Absolution is a very thought provoking book, turning the pages of the prologue I was catapulted straight into the depiction of the Sudan, a war ravaged region which engaged me from the start. The landscape, the people, the cruel and unjust imposition was felt and seen with every word read, the descriptions generated a sense of knowing the characters producing an uncomplicated, absorbing read, this is just the beginning.
After the prologue which depicted the harrowing atrocities of the Sudan and WWII, we are propelled from historical atrocities swiftly into present day, where the characters have hidden agendas and the truth never seems to surface, the perfect basis for a thriller with a multitude of directions.
I’m not going to delve any further into Absolution, its a book which you need to read, its too easy to give too much away, so I shall leave that to the reader to discover. Absolution is a fast paced thriller which will have you wondering about humanity and how can we allow such atrocities to occur, have we no heart, are we just as immoral, can we vindicate crimes against humanity. A thought provoking book which will have you dissecting it long after the book has closed.
Thank you to P.A.Davies for an advanced readers copy of Absolution, many thanks to Caroline Vincent for the invite onto the Blog Tour, its been a pleasure to take part and read Absolution in exchange for an honest review.
P.A. Davies was born in Manchester, UK, a city he has lived in and around all his life. He loves Manchester and is proud to be part of the multi-cultural, modern city that houses two Premiership football teams and is the birthplace of many a famous band, such as Oasis, the Stone Roses, Take That and Simply Red.
For most of his life, he has dabbled with writing various pieces – from poems to short fictional stories – but this was always just for fun. However, following advice from a good friend he decided to have a go at writing a novel. Thus, his first novel ‘Letterbox’ was conceived, a fictional take on the infamous IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996. It took him over a year to complete but while doing so, he found it to be one of the most satisfying and interesting paths he had ever followed. It came as no surprise that the writing bug subsequently became firmly embedded within him.
P.A. Davies’ second book – George: A Gentleman of the Road – was published in May 2013 and is a true story about one of Manchester’s homeless. His third novel – The Good in Mister Philips – is an erotic novel (arguably set to rival Fifty Shades…!) and his fourth – Nobody Heard Me Cry (Dec. 2015) – is again a fact-based tale about Manchester’s darker side. The thriller ‘Absolution’ (Oct. 2017) is his fifth novel.
To label P.A. Davies’ writings would be difficult because his works range from thrillers to touching novels to true-to-life tales embedded in a captivating story, making P.A. Davies an imaginative and versatile storyteller.