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Read & Download ☆ Anissa of Syria The Love of Antioch #1 ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Is soon drawn to two powerful individuals Michael Kassab the Syrian American leader working to found the first Mideast Christian state and Julien Morales her Columbia University professor who runs a 20 billion hedge fundComplicating matters Michael is still attached to his ex girlfriend and Julien is the most sought after bachelor in Manhattan and has hidden demons that even his therapist can't extract Anissa's heart and her communal tie. The Syrian Virgin by Zack LoveI just revised my review on this book as I realized I dinged it one star due to my general dislike of the romantic genre I have recommended this book to people than any other book I have read recently I recommended it in spite of the romance because of the crucial spotlight it shines on dreadful genocide being carried out in the Mid East This book has an important message that all the minorities being butchered in the Mid East by fundamental terrorists need to have a voice Zack Love approaches literature as I approach a bakery He seems to want to have one of everything He has published eBook a short story a paperback a novellette a screenplay a collection and a comedy Luckily he writes rather than freuents bakeries because he would be enormous I showcased his book The Syrian Virgin and suggest you check it out Now that I have read this book I am still amazed at Zack Love This book is a philosophic treatise and a romantic novel Anissa is the Syrian virgin She is a young woman pushed out of her home by the sectarian violence in Syria The philosophic or political aspect of the book is based on the moral or righteousness of the actions of ISIS Those of us in the West tend to view the violence as totally repugnant and frankly I can t see how you could see the religious bigotry in any other way Assad s rule in Syria can be compared to Saddam Hussein s in Ira and Marshall Tito s in Yugoslavia A strong dictator keeping a lid on sectarian violence is not a new story As I write this there is a news account of a mass execution of Coptic Christians by ISIS bigots This moves Zack Love s novel from entertainment to political commentary The other side of Love s book is the romantic novel aspect Anissa is enrolled in college and is torn between a charismatic leader trying to elicit support for displaced Christians and a self made billionaire Her virginity and her feelings about said status preoccupy a fair amount of the plot This is an unusual book in that it poses some very difficult uestions regarding dictatorship religious bigotry sectarian violence and personal s I recommend i LINKScom UK web site The Archetype of Initiation you check it out Now that I have read this book I am still amazed at Zack Love This book is a philosophic treatise and a romantic novel Anissa is the Syrian virgin She is a Duplicity young woman pushed out of her home by the sectarian violence in Syria The philosophic or political aspect of the book is based on the moral or righteousness of the actions of ISIS Those of us in the West tend to view the violence as totally repugnant and frankly I can t see how Don't Try This at Home How to Win a Sumo Match Catch a Great White Shark Start an Independent Nation and Other Extraordinary Feats For Ordinary People you could see the religious bigotry in any other way Assad s rule in Syria can be compared to Saddam Hussein s in Ira and Marshall Tito s in Yugoslavia A strong dictator keeping a lid on sectarian violence is not a new story As I write this there is a news account of a mass execution of Coptic Christians by ISIS bigots This moves Zack Love s novel from entertainment to political commentary The other side of Love s book is the romantic novel aspect Anissa is enrolled in college and is torn between a charismatic leader trying to elicit support for displaced Christians and a self made billionaire Her virginity and her feelings about said status preoccupy a fair amount of the plot This is an unusual book in that it poses some very difficult uestions regarding dictatorship religious bigotry sectarian violence and personal s I recommend i LINKScom UK web site

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Read & Download ☆ Anissa of Syria The Love of Antioch #1 ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Clean read edition of The Syrian Virgin full details below Anissa is traumatized by the most brutal conflict of the 21st Century the Syrian Civil War In 2012 Islamists in Homs terrorize a Syrian Christian community and destroy everything that a young woman holds dear Narrowly escaping death Anissa restarts her devastated life as a college student in New York City She is bewildered and lost but hopeful for a better life in a new landAnissa. Rated R for sensuality sexuality strong language strong violence and mature thematic materialI was asked to read and review this book even though actually because I don t seem to be the intended audience which seems to be romance fans Nevertheless I will give this my best shot My first uestion was why precisely this book seems to have appeal to romance fans If as has been suggested to me the book is about the persecution of Syrian Christians why would the main audience like books such as Fifty Shades of Grey and books with covers featuring lingerie clad women To answer this I will analyze the superficial aspects of the book that may create strong first impressions in the readers To start upon beginning this book my eye was caught by a few things the cover the title the author s name the Table of Contents the Acknowledgment and the Dedication Who reads and analyzes these things Raising hand Yes that s me Prepare yourselfI a The CoverI love the cover sort of Well it is well designed It is a close up shot of a young woman s face with a reflection of fire in her eye which incidentally communicates her overall inability to act She is clearly watching passively there is no suggest of concern fear horror shock or anger in her face She is like a blank canvas We also see the corner of her headwrap and behind the title there is a shot of a brightly lit American bridge at night Which bridge Beats me The combination of these images points out the obvious culture clash and presents the uestion of the heroine s unexplained na vet given that fire which we presume is literal fire but could just as easily be the figurative fire of passion The nighttime setting of the bridge also carries with it some sensual undertonesThe main issues are a the color scheme b the title and c the author s name First the color scheme is red black and white which in my personal experience tends to suggest dark and potentially steamy romances or affairs or such Examples include Twilight The Heist Society Sunshine The Sea of Tranuility Looking for Alaska The White Cat Beastly and Thirteen Reasons Why Alternatively the color scheme may suggest lots of violence often along with the romance as in the books I mentioned above Second the title is The Syrian Virgin What is the operative word here You guessed it Virgin Syrian only adds additional illicitness to the title You know Ooh Middle Eastern affairs Hidden beauty and forbidden love Getting past the veil to that sultry ness Edgy Third the author s name is Zack Love and his last name is put in obvious proximity to the word Virgin I have nothing against his name but the cover designer really could have put extra effort into separating those two words were this not a steamy romance novel So there you have it In my opinion the color scheme the prominent words in the title and the placement of the author s admittedly evocative last name contribute along with the cover images to the romantic appeal of the book There really is no other obvious potential audience for this book based on the coverI b The Table of Contents the Acknowledgment and the DedicationFirst of all the chapter titles alternate between Anissa and Julien This implies that this is a romance story that starts at chapter 13 how portentous There is no foreshadowing whatsoever about the actual contents of the book other than that admittedly superficial information Second the first words of the acknowledgment are Publishing this book just two months after the story first came to me Okay So all I know about the book by the time I have looked at the cover the table of contents and the acknowledgement are that there is a heavy focus on romance and this was a hastily written book So far I have serious doubts about the lasting value of the story The Dedication though is the first real hint about the importance of the book s content To the people of Syria The world let you down This is the first thing that hooked me an admitted reader of YA and children s clean fantasy and realistic fiction 1010 points for a winning dedicationII uick SummaryAnissa is a young Christian woman who fled from Syria at the age of fourteen when her parents and brother were murdered by jihadists As a seventeen year old college student narrating to her diary the events of her life both past and present Anissa remains deeply haunted by the events of her childhood As she struggles to literally make the grade in her courses she searches for a way to work for her fellow Syrian Christians who are still being viciously persecuted At the same time she is searching for love and must decide between two very good prospects III And NowThe ContentThe hook is okay Italicized flashback perhaps a tad clich d but good Sentimentality abounds thoughI do have some uestions First of all after having suffered through so much would Anissa really go FacebookTwitter stalking for this guy she has a crush on She retweets she shares she posts and she is basically the ultimate social media activist Plus where is she getting all of her money She is seeing a therapist regularly and taking undoubtedly expensive martial arts classes for years but she doesn t have a job She seems to have effortlessly assimilated into the American college culture despite the freuent mentions of her difficulties with the hyper sexualization of our culture There are just a lot of character inconsistencies In addition she is a beautiful genius haunted by her past going to a prestigious school while crushing on a dark smolderingly handsome polyglot genius with a similar backstory who is also getting his PhD while managing an activist group working as a freelance journalist owning a PR company training in martial arts and playing music She is also being lusted after for her beauty and unavailability and virginity and all that by her 41 year old genius and ultimate bachelor college professor who is also a billionaire genius with a troubled past and an addiction to 20 something girls maybe younger I m sensing a pattern here There is only so much of this that I can realistically take and I am not convinced that this is in any way based in reality If it is I mourn for our culture s understanding of reality The entire book in fact feels like a Harleuin novel that is playing on the current hot topics Of course I will readily admit that I have never read a Harleuin novel but if this is anything like them I plan on keeping it that way I agree that the persecution of the Syrian Christians is abominable and needs to be addressed and abolished now preferably years ago but this book is much shallower than it pretends to be I also have two uestions If Anissa grew up in a devout Christian home in Syria where to be Christian is to have to be committed to the point of death howwhy did she a not know anything about the evolutionary model before entering the States especially in a relatively well off family that gave her lots of schooling remember that her sister was going to a music college the family had a maid and they also had enough savings to smuggle Anissa into the US illegally via Canada and provide a good amount of funds to start her off and b why did she automatically and unuestioningly accept it as soon as she entered the US school system even though it directly contrasts with a literal translation of the Biblical Creation Also I m having a hard time believing that her mother would have sent Anissa off with the explicit instructions to retain her virginity for the right guy without emphasizing the importance of that same person s religion It s just that there are enough passages in the Bible emphasizing the importance of unity of faith within a marriage that I am not thoroughly convinced that Anissa s mother or even Anissa doesn t think of that aspect at all Besides in Christian doctrine marriage is a human sized picture of our relationship with God whereas there is nothing about that in The S rian Virgin Personally I think that in that situation a Christian American would be better than a Syrian atheist or an American gnostic but maybe I am wrong Just some thoughtsAck This has been a really disorganized section Let s just move on shall we I m not going to finish the book anyway IV Overview of Book s Overall ValueWell I gave this book my best shot I did I got 68% of the way through it and it is my first Kindle book I just couldn t take it any About the time that Anissa was getting all sexual and Julien was seriously considering accosting her I just couldn t take finishing the book It is an R rated book in almost every way Plus Zack Love has an amateurish writing style with a lot of Tell Don t Show with things that really matter and a lot of Show Don t Tell for all of the R rated sexual sections II just can t Really I can t finish this The book s contents fulfill all of promises of the cover the table of contents and the acknowledgment It s relatively well researched but the characters are flat and unrealistic with little genuine character development and impact on me as a reader and I was never hooked into the plot In addition Zack Love seems to be genuinely struggling with the Syrian conflict which is basically taking a backseat to the love triangle To be fair he tries so hard to raise awareness of the issues that the media is deliberately ignoring but in an ironic twist the Syrian holocaust keeps taking second place to the truly icky romances going on The Syrian virgin seems to be heading toward being torn between her 41 year old billionaire adulterous psychology professor and the eually intelligent and egotistical boyfriend who has also had multiple affairs Neither one of them is Christian whereas I would suspect that a girl of Anissa s background would be specifically looking for someone who shares her religious beliefs Actually I can t believe that her faithful and loving mother would not have specified the importance of looking for and marrying a Christian For a book about a Syrian Christian and her purity there is a marked lack of actual Christian values being held I guess that I did not find myself really enlightened by reading this book and I was disgusted than anything by the increasingly explicit sexuality I uit when that started getting pretty strong but even though I am truly concerned about the events in the Middle East and think that needs to be done to work for our brothers and sisters in Christ this book does not meet these needs but rather seems like it compounds them by placing a high emphasis on the love triangle and Anissa s need to lose her virginity or some such balderdash

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Read & Download ☆ Anissa of Syria The Love of Antioch #1 ê PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free S pull her in different directions as she seeks hope and renewal in a dark world Anissa of Syria might be compared to The Kite Runner Exodus and The Diary of Anne FrankNOTE This is a clean read edition of The Syrian Virgin ie this version has no profanity and just a few brief scenes of minimally described intimacy without reference to any explicit details or sexual anatomy Due to war themes this book is not recommended for readers under 1. Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewAnissa is hardly even a teenager when she must flee Syria bound for the United States where she will seek asylum and live with her uncle After witnessing the deaths of most of her family and the hands of Muslim Jihadists and leaving the other half behind with other relatives Anissa must start from the beginning building a life that would have made her parents proud while maintaining a legacy as a Syriac Christian She soon finds out that life is very different in the United States however her promise to her father to become the best person she can be and carry on the fight on behalf of Christians in the Middle East keeps her focused on her studies as well as maintaining her virtue as a virginWhen Anissa is admitted to Columbia she embarks on a journey of finding herself and broadening her horizons not only through the classes she attends but also in her involvement with the MCA Middle East Christian Association She befriends its leader Michael on Facebook and months after meeting online they finally meet face to face at a rally Eventually the two become a couple and Anissa begins to explore the feelings of attraction she has towards Michael College is a time of transformation for nearly all young adults for Anissa it is even so It is a chance to find her identity in a country that in theory embraces religious and cultural diversityBut Michael isn t the only one that is vying for Anissa s attention Julien Morales is one of her professors and is 20 years older than her He prefers to surround himself with younger women which make him feel younger himself But not only is Anissa not even eighteen she is also a current student However Julien is finding it hard to put aside his feelings even though his career could be on the line Anissa is interested in him as well however it remains to be seen exactly in what capacityIt is uite obvious that the author invested hours upon hours of research in order to lend authenticity to Anissa s story The plight of all people in the Middle East especially after the advent of the Arab Spring is something we see on the nightly news reports yet so many people fail to understand what actually is happening in these regions Love does an amazing job of making Anissa s story real something we can empathize with and feel called to action The problem is that readers pick up a book and their own pasts can cloud the way in which they interpret a book Michael s idyllic dream of a Christian state in the Middle East seems na ve especially given how he uses the example of Israel as an experiment of successful cultural integration given the struggle that is still readily evident thereThe characters were multi dimensional and believable unfortunately I just really didn t care for Michael For some reason I just have a feeling of unease where he is concerned a feeling that it seems Anissa shares on occasion The storyline told through journal entries by both Anissa and Julien is easy to follow and flows well easily transitioning from the past to the present I m definitely eager to see how the relationship between Anissa and Julien developsI m a bit of a political wonk and I love stories that represent other cultures Anth major so this book was right up my alley As a writer primarily in the romance genre I wondered how Love would pull off a book that was so mired in politics in order to make it a love story but he seems to be off to a good start with the first of the two books planned What seems to be building is a slow burn of attraction in the love triangle that is Anissa Michael and Julien There is a lot going on in this book and the heavy back story and history may not be for everyone but if you re interested in an exceptionally well written book that is timely and relevant this one is for you


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