Recent Reviews for James Houston Turner
The Identity Factor (Book) - 11/21/2007 12:27:30 PM|
With the steep decline of unrealistic spy novels, chronicles of CIA and FBI agents taking down the masterminds of terrorism have filled bookstore shelves. Authors such as Robert Ludlum, Vince Flynn, David Baldacci and Brad Thor have become household names and have quickly replaced Ian Fleming and his creation of James Bond. Well guys, it’s time to make room for one more, and his name is Turner: James Houston Turner.
As if he combined the religious ramifications of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code and the realism of terrorist attacks from Brad Thor’s The First Commandment, James Houston Turner has created a masterpiece in The Identity Factor. The story is based around an archeological artifact that could prove Israel’s uncontested ownership of Palestine…confirmed by Ishmael himself. Because of the tensions of the West Bank, the authentication of the artifact would, no doubt, lead the nations into World War III. This unleashes both friends and foes, including mastermind terrorist, Abu Nazer.
In a twist, un-chartered in many political spy thrillers, a lone female CIA Agent/Analyst Zoë Gustaves allows nothing to stand in her way to hunt down the infamous terrorist, Abu Nazer. Disobeying almost every command given to her by her superiors, the only thing that saves her…career is that she always gets results. The question is, “are the results always good?” Turner takes excellent care of Gustaves by showing her weaknesses while at the same time showing her courage to trudge bravely through her insecurities.
Houston introduces many multi-faceted characters, such as Jackson Teague, the arrogant Deputy CIA Director, which is Gustaves’ boss; Rutherford Tyler, the mysterious yet world renowned journalist with friends from Vice Presidents to Middle Eastern businessmen; Youssef Zakkara, extremely wealthy Egyptian businessman and owner of the artifact in question; Sharifa al Rashid, personal assistant to Mr. Zakkara and deceptive love interest of Rutherford Tyler and many other characters making their appearances to assist in completing the intricate puzzle of the espionage that lurks within the pages. As the characters work with each other while simultaneously working against each other, no one can be trusted and no one seems to be who they say they are.
A thrill ride from the opening page, Turner explores the fast pace of terrorist investigation, split second decisions and unpopular choices being made to uncover the truth and stop the brewing chaos stemming from the existence of the priceless, religious artifact. Just as the cover says, “Seeking answers can be deadly when everyone has secrets.”
James Houston Turner is a great political thriller author and I look forward to the books that follow.
Robert Denson III
The Sunpiper Book Review
The Identity Factor (Book) - 11/6/2007 4:06:43 PM
The book, The Identity Factor, by James Houston Turner was smart, exciting and fun, and a must for any adreniline junky out there. It is full of action from the first chapter to the last, and keeps you on the edge of your seat with one plot twist after another. It is also a thoughtfully written book with characters you can really get into. Through The Identity Factor, Turner sends several pertinent messages to the reader, displaying a sensitivity to human nature and the human condition.
Dealing with the Middle East is not easy these days with all the issues surrounding this volitile region of the world. Turner does an incredible job of presenting both sides, with rare insight into the character of the people. He delicately weaves problems and solutions heralded by the people themselves.
James also presents a very interesting Biblical inigma that historians have long overlooked, and that has possible global ramifications. This is the main focus of a book that will take you on the rollercoaster ride of your life. Adventure, romance and thrills, what more could you ask? Check out this brilliant book, you will not be disappointed.
The Identity Factor (Book) - 10/12/2007 6:18:18 AM
The year is 1919. English explorer Sir Edmund George Clayton leads an expedition of four Bedouin porters across the Sinai Peninsula in search of the dwelling place of the Biblical Ishmael, son of Abraham. What has compelled Clayton to make such a trek? The hopes of finding key evidence to either prove or disprove one of the oldest assertions made in the Bible, whose lasting implications serve as the foundation of modern-day theological belief.
Much to his surprise, Clayton finds exactly what he’s looking for - but his time exploring the object further is cut drastically short: he is soon killed by greedy thieves seeking to profit from his discovery, and the invaluable piece of history is soon lost in a wasteland of lies, deceit, and corruption.
Fast forward to the present day: Abu Nazer, the world’s most dangerous - and elusive - terrorist has launched a full-scale operation to obtain Clayton’s mystery object, seeking the upper hand it will give him once its true contents are revealed. For you see, like the object, Nazer’s true identity remains unknown, and the mystery enshrouding both him and his desired target sets the international community astir with worry and trepidation. Just as determined as Nazer is to gain the power concomitant with ownership of Clayton’s object, the intelligence community is resolved to do whatever it takes to keep it out of his hands forever.
What follows is enough plot twists, red herrings, and misdirection to render even the sharpest lovers of suspense thoroughly bewildered. As his convoluted tale proceeds, Turner does a fantastic job of introducing new characters and situations at just the right times, leading you to wonder just how/why you were so sure of something that was inevitably proven false - over and over again. For all its changes of direction and prolonged suspense, Turner’s tale will leave you in a bemused state reminiscent of that of The Da Vinci Code.
Perhaps the strongest attribute of The Identity Factor, though, is the absolute masterful way that Turner combines so many disparate elements to tell a unified, perfectly balanced story. Such skillful storytelling is indicative of a profound imagination rife with just the right amounts of substance and flair, adept at turning a story on its ear and holding your interest captive until you just can’t take it anymore.
I must admit that I wasn’t much of a fan of the mystery/suspense genre before, but after reading Turner’s flawless tale consider me a new convert. With tight prose and even tighter action, The Identity Factor is a highly recommended read for anyone wondering just how the government really works outside the halls of Congress and the White House. In fact, in order to so expertly put together such a detailed, intricate tale of intrigue, one can’t help wondering if Turner himself may not actually be who he claims he is...