Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

The Dawn of Saudi – In Search for Freedom by Homa Pourasgari

saudi1Reviewed by Chris Phillips

Homa Pourasgari has written a mystery with an element of romance. The girl is in trouble, hiding from pursuers and truly running for her life. The guy is rich, haughty without realizing it, and handsome. This makes for a good romance novel.

However, Pourasgari takes this common story line and twists it. She keeps surprises popping up throughout the story. Sometimes there are as many as two or three turns in each chapter. Sahar is the main character in the first six chapters. She is a Saudi princess, daughter of a wealthy businessman. She is raised as the pampered princess she is portrayed to be. When the story starts it is her wedding night, and she has apparently committed suicide. The next five chapters recount what led up to that suicide. Several characters are introduced in this section, namely Dawn Parnell and Jason Crawford. In chapter seven, their romance story begins.

The Wrong Side of Dead by Jordan Dane

wrongReviewed by Laura Goodwin

This is the second novel for the Sweet Justice series. I did not read the first book but the second remains a stand-alone. This novel starts off with Seth Harper who wakes up in a drug-induced nightmare and discovers a dead female. He has a total memory lapse and only remembers being at the bar. A bartender says he remembers a male with a serpent like tattoo on his arm grab Seth. Seth has a friend named Jessie Beckett who is a Bounty Hunter and is shocked to learn his situation. The victim was a hooker who goes by the name of Desiree Vincent and she had a horrible crank addiction.

Sam Cooper is a friend of Jessie’s who is a Vice Cop who assists Jessie on helping her find out what really happened with Seth. Alexa shows up and agrees to help Jessie as well in order to gain leverage in the case. I especially liked the pairing of Jessie and Alexa – they make a good team. We later learn that Jessie has a horrible past life.

The Dawn of Saudi – In Search for Freedom by Homa Pourasgari

dawnIn a country where women have no rights, two women fight for freedom. Sahar Al-Hijazi refuses to allow men to decide her destiny. Her best friend, Dawn Parnell, made the mistake of changing her religion and marrying a Saudi. He misled her into thinking he was a progressive thinker. Trapped in Riyadh, these women desperately seek a way to escape.

Based in Pasadena, California, Crawford Enterprises with strong business ties to the Al-Hijazi family couldn’t care less about the plight of these women or any Saudi woman for that matter. Their main goal is to accumulate wealth and increase their earnings per share. Headed by Andrew and his son Jason Crawford, the conglomerate is well recognized in the business world but as Jason begins evaluating his life and pondering the Saudi way of life, he starts questioning the betrayal of his ethics for the sake of making a profit.

With mystery and romance lingering in the air, the lives of Jason, Sahar and Dawn intertwine, giving readers a glimpse of life in the in the kingdom, from the crushing of the female spirit to the torture of foreigners from third world countries. Yet, world governments remain quiet in the name of oil, greed and politics.