The Pirates of Aden
Daniel Rasic; Paperback, 464 pages
Published 2011 by Wings Epress
The Pirates of Aden is the debut novel by Canadian author Daniel Rasic. Released in 2011, it follows Paul Alban, a physician and CIA covert operative working in Somalia. Following the hijacking of a cargo ship, an injured Somali pirate is brought to his clinic for treatment. However, when the hijacking is connected to Paul, his true identity is revealed and he becomes implicated in a dangerous web of terrorism.
This book surprised me, I will admit. I’m not sure what I was expecting when I began reading it, but it started out so strong that I was so hooked my head was spinning. The first chapters announce the crazy pace of the plot and the high adrenaline levels that accompanied me all through the read.
The characters were well built and their stories were all sort of heartbreaking, really; none of them have an easy life, and that’s putting it mildly. I was touched, horrified, pained and delighted while reading this fast paced book, my emotions were all over the place.
Dr. Alban (I had to lol there, I’m sorry :D) was, I think, my favorite, followed closely by Ellen. Sami was interesting, though for some reason I disliked him, and all the other characters involved had a special quality to them, I wouldn’t be able to tell you what I liked about them, but I somehow did.
What I didn’t much like about this story has nothing to do with Daniel Rasic’s great writing or his talent in building tension and suspense; it has to do with the level of realistic violence this novel presents you with. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a prude or anything and this isn’t a gory novel or anything like that, but it’s much easier to fly with violence in fantasy settings for me, you know? While here, it was dead-realistic. That resulted in a slightly guarded attitude towards the story from a point on, and somewhere near the end, though I was totally into the story and I so wanted to find out what was going to happen and all, I was slightly detached from the characters. This might also have to do with the fact the story weaved this complex web of puzzles and there were all these questions floating around in my head as the story went on, perhaps I slightly lost focus on the characters. It may also have to do with the fact the book is an ample read, an ample puzzle, so by the time my favorite characters got their relatively happy ending (and that’s all I’m telling you regarding the plot :P) I wasn’t thrilled for them, I just smiled and felt good about it.
So, to sum it up, I believe this is a great thriller/suspense read, you should definitely give it a shot; but if you do, don’t go into it expecting some lightweight reading, because it’s a quite intense and troubling read, it transports you into its gripping world.