Abiku

 

Book title: Abiku: The battle of the Gods

Author:  Elizabeth Salawu

Published by: Segilola Publishing

Publication year: 2016

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Have you ever seen an Abiku lady? Never dare you to struggle to get her man off her. She can really be deadly dangerous than you can ever think. My first approach to the meaning of the phrase ‘Abiku’ as a young man of the Yoruba descent was very startling. Initially, I thought an Abiku is a demon possessed child (of course somehow they are) but a broadened understanding of the Yoruba context and interpretation into the world of mysteries taught me to understand that Abiku actually meant reincarnation but with some mystical features at times which sometimes may not be explainable.

Writing with an indigenous understanding of what Abiku meant to Africans or better still Yorubas is one good way to lecture the western world about reincarnation. Elizabeth takes turn through the thought of a mixed race girl in her early twenties who finds curiosity with who she is and what the immediate world around her says about her being even while she never knew it.

Writing from the beach, why?  There seem to be something mystical about this writing location of our major character. Writing from the beach gave me a pause. It further made me brood over Dayo simultaneously pondering while reading this piece, and asking why the author preferred to do this without a strong association to the context with which she writes. The question again reiterates, why write from the beach? She might have her reasons but it will be better only if she could just define it a little. At least explain things to a voraciously curious reader like myself.

Doing drug, of course, is no good, getting so much Hallucinated is even crazy enough to note and most especially when it comes from a substance like Cocaine. The author leads her reader once more into the world where illicit sex and the harmful effect of a drug would make one wonder he’s somewhat in an amusement park. Thinking of Henry and finding Akin in her dream was one big trouble (a good drama though for the readers making our heart race like the sport car used in Formula one) Ekundayo may not be able to see through only if she understands what it meant in this other part of the world we find our footing. And most especially when there is already a sexual intimacy with a man from another world the battle can just be as fierce as you will possibly guess.

Switching between mortal and intermittently the immortal world is one distinct feature found amongst the Abikus. Elizabeth did just justice to this with a good use of a cinematic mind. She set off a battle ground for two men, whose struggle for the big prize (Ekundayo) is already resulting into insanity for the prize (Ekundayo) herself. Dayo is now at a crossroad. It is either she embraces who she use to be and get cleaved to her spouse in the immortal world or settle for her mortal and first love who seems to be confused about an initial sweet taste of love gone sour.

If you know of Abiku and haven’t read this book, then you may not really know it. Abiku, the reincarnation is a story you will be glad you read.  This is a story of love, Mystery, doubt and fear of the unknown grafted into a myth this world still trembles at.

 

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Six Seconds

 

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Book title: Six Seconds

Author: Rick Mofina

Publisher: MIRA

Publication year: 2009

The opening prologue of Six Seconds will give you chills and sets up the novel for a relentless, mind-blowing and captivating resolution into a detective action to uncover some highly sensitive suicidal causes. Six seconds, ticking fast, so fast very fast so many lives are attached to it for survival or death, vengeance, religion or even in the case of redemption. Just in short lots of lives seems to be at stake.

The sudden disappearance of both husband and most especially her son wouldn’t give Maggie Conlin a senior associate bookseller peace until she gets to the root of the sudden disappearance of his spouse and son. The story unfolds into a detailed exploration of detective findings on crime and searches into causes of murder. In unveiling the whereabout of her son’s disappearance, Maggie Sort for help from different places, few helped, and some gave up along the way while others refused to. But above all, she never gave up believing her son is alive, likewise nursing the hope that she can save her marriage despite finding out he (her husband) might be cheating on her.

Daniel Graham, a cop detective who just lost his wife and unborn child was planning to take his own life. He believes he killed his wife by sleeping on the wheel while they were returning from the theatre and now he seems guilty of the death of his wife and wouldn’t be focused on his detective assignment and most especially when he’d lots of cases to deal with. Having to meet with Maggie was a bit of a twist to this narration. Maggi’s husband is missing and a nine year old son is nowhere to be found, also we have here Detective Daniel Graham whose wife is dead alongside an unborn child. The two cases bring to mind a close similarity when also bringing Samara’s ordeal with the Iraqi terrorist who abused her. It is of some sort a good threesome which was in a way related to each other in building up the plot in this story. If we’re to examine the cases of unborn child dead (Detective Graham), a missing child and husband (Maggie Conlin), and the case of Samara’s immediate family, one will think Rick Mofina did a good job. And now bringing Samara to the case, we can say categorically that the tension builds up well into a suspenseful fiction.

In writing a thriller and most especially a detective crime fiction, an author has got to know his or her onions well before diving into it. Having a good knowledge of crime and detective terminologies in analyzing causes of crimes, causalities and attack or even death makes crime fiction juicy and appealing to the eyes for reading. It makes every pages of the crime fiction stand out. In cases of wanting to uncover the secret to a crime committed, the author himself became the crime in question in order to get to the root of the matter. Rick’s inquisitive order of drawing on his hypothesis helped the mind of his reading audience get to understand the nature of certain casualties of crime committed. Without doubt, you will all agree with me that, questioning is all what detective operations is all about, and getting to the root of a story, case or crime, whichever is most appropriate, a detective’s mind has always been consciously programmed to ask questions. And here is what we have Rick Mofina establish in this six seconds of grueling but choice making Six seconds encounter with life and death when Graham was keeping records at the Tarvers campsite.

The beauty of this book lies in the author’s ability to take his reader on a precise journey, though that which they (readers) know not the destination. How? His unique use of words and the gradual unexpected unveiling of actions arrested the mind of the readers, leaving them to want to know what comes up next. You call that suspense right? Of course, it is.

In a nutshell, this work is a terrifying novel that cuts across a group of people, countries and continents. Six Seconds is a story of war, vengeance and terrorism. It explores terrorism in Iraq and its damaging affect on everyone involved from soldiers to terrorists to the innocent and the repercussions that are felt long afterwards. It is the story of painful loss, guilt and redemption sought by people who are worlds apart and separated by culture and personal beliefs. Do you want a rollercoaster –like a suspense thriller, and here you have it six seconds, a perfect prescription where your salivating reading pleasure is concerned.