Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bride's Fair, The

Brides Fair, The
Hal Fleming
Publisher:Publish America
5 star
Reviewed by Amelia Peabody for, 2/09
The setting is the mountains in Morocco at a folkloric fair. The plot slowly builds to a climactic finish. Hal Fleming made me curious. I actually did some research on the Bride’s Fair. The fair takes place in September. Young girls and boys - and some men and women - come from different villages to find a husband or a wife. Fleming used this setting as the background for his novel of intrigue. Diplomats, expats, Moroccan officials, mountain people, and terrorist make up the cast of this gripping tale. The Brides’ Fair is a complex tale filled with sub-plots including: of a young native girl attempting to escape a forced marriage, local officials dealing with national security threats, a tangle of love interests and terrorist trying to carry out a plot to disrupt the fair. This is an exciting read that you won’t want to miss.
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 12/08
5 Stars
The setting is present day Mid Atlas Mountains of North Africa. The Brides' Fair is an annual event. However, this one would be very different. Hal Fleming weaves the threads of a terrorist threat with various subplots to create a riveting novel. Can the terrorist be stopped? The Brides' Fair is a complex tale of conspiracy. I had to remind myself that this is a work of fiction. Hal Fleming is a talented author. I will be watching for more of his books.

1 comment:

  1. A person would be very entrepreneuing to start a modern Brides' Fair. Sounds like a good book. Will put it on my summer reading list.