A chilling fictional novel of a US no longer united, but bitterly divided by religeous differences. The book takes you into the heart of a nation ruled by Shariah Law, but written from a Muslim point of view, so it is without any anti-Muslim sentiments. A very well-written novel.
I enjoyed this book. I was not crazy about the ending though. It was predictable. It's all about a Muslim vs. Christian world and what happened when there were bombs planted in certain places around the world. It's about the backlash that happened after the nukes went off. The Narrator did an outstanding job.
Absolutely brilliant! Part of a Trilogy (Sins being the next book in line), about an America shattered by a brilliant plan (I don't want to give up too much) that is Half-Islam and half Bible belters. Some excellent characters and awesome action as well as just superbly written. One of the best techno-thrillers ever written. And for those in the PC way, it is not insulting to any religion, anything but being honest about all of them. A real spine-chiller of a book with a brilliantly evil villain.
Not an overly liberal use of profanity, but f-bombs are not the only bombs dropped. Some juvenile descriptions of bedroom liaisons as well. If you can avoid being offended by the occasional f-bomb, and not overly explicit "undercover" meetings, Ferrigno conjures up an interesting and fun alternate universe as a backdrop for the action and plot.
In one sense, the possibility of an Islamic America may be utter fantasy, but if you take a serious look around perhaps not completely unbelievable. It may not be the gaping maw of a cliff, but a slightly inclined, undetectable slippery slope.
- The influence of pop culture and an extremely liberal anti-traditional America media.
- The ignorance of what Islam actually means and teaches.
- Relativism of truth
- Tolerance (it's not the gun that kills, but the one who wields the gun)
What most impressed me, was the loss of what America stands for: Freedom.
Prayers marks a departure for Ferrigno, whose previous books focused on life in contemporary Southern California. In Ferrigno's neo-Orwellian world, Mount Rushmore has disappeared, LAX has become Bin Laden International, and midday prayers interrupt the Super Bowl. Critics expressed different ideas about the plot, using words such as "preposterous," "credible," and even "ordinary" to describe it. There's no doubt, however, that Ferrigno raises important questions about religious freedom while handling the subject of Islamic faith with great insight and evenhandedness. If the plot sometimes overwhelms character development, he still allows his creations to air their own opinions without moralizing. In sum: a fast-paced thriller with timely appeal.
A great read with the premise that the USA has been converted into a "Muslim Country" upon the destruction of Mecca and that the East Coast or parts of it is still the Good Ol' USA. Riveting with an unusual premise.