Book: TWISTED TIMES: Son of Man
Author: Vincent de Paul
Publisher: Mystery Publishers
Category: Novel Fiction/Thriller
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: Paperback – $12.50, Kindle – $2.99, PDF – $1.50
Reviewer: Ndukah Ekeh
Phew! I just completed the crime thriller, Twisted Times: Son of Man, by Kenyan author- Vincent de Paul. Boy, it was indeed a good read! Every page was a hit, back to back! And I’m like “egbon Vincent de Paul, if you want my 5 Star rating come and collect it!” (Well, I ended up giving the book a 4 star rating though, in as much as it is a riveting story, I believe there’s always room for improvement).
Kennedy Maina aka Son of Man, is the main cast of the story which is sectioned into four parts, each headlining in detail the twisted phases in the life of the Son of Man.
In the first part, ‘Loss of Grace’, Ken having left home aggrieved because his step father would rather he joined his uncle’s business as an accountant than for him to go to the university to study the course of his dream, Criminology. He finds himself alone in the university where he was on scholarship, sooner he realised even though he was on scholarship he also needs money for upkeep, of which none was coming from the home he ran away from, that was when his friend called Arnold introduced him to Urbanas. Urbanas is the student union leader in their university, and well known among the students as a vociferous leader but there’s more to him than meets the eye; he’s a kingpin in one of the most deadly gang in Nairobi, they go by the name Mavis. They are specialists in coffin robberies and assassinations. At first Kennedy repulsed the idea to be part of such infamy but when reality hit on him, his Chinese moral walls came falling like a pack of cards which saw him falling out of grace into the dungeon of crime.
In the second part: ‘Grace Re-won’, Kennedy would later turn a new leaf after Urbanas secured his release from prison. He would quit on the gang, much to the chagrin of Urbanas, and see himself through school with the remainder of his crime gotten money. After walking out of Mavis upon his release from prison, he became friends with Susan, who despite knowing about his past escapades as a notorious criminal still found him friend worthy. This more than anything endeared Susan to him, no, made him fall in love with her!
Ghen! Ghen! The story keeps getting more interesting. The third part of the book, Follow Your Heart, chronicles the love life of Ken and Susan and the choices made. While vacationing at the Maldives, Ken proposes to Susan. To his consternation, Susan turned him down, hinting that she wasn’t ready to get married yet. Later, Susan relocated to the US for a master’s program while Ken ran away to hide in Israel after it dawned on him that his job as a spy for the British High Commission (BHC) could put his life on the line. In Israel he got depressed when Susan stopped keeping in touch, with Susan out of the picture he fell in love with his friend’s and benefactor’s sister, Shirli. This led to more twist in his already twisted life, not only did he put Shirli in the family way, he impregnated her sisters, Shifra and Meira as well. They were triplets. Scared to face the consequences of his actions he fled once again, this time round to Nairobi. Susan on the other hand acquiesced to marrying Samson, who’s an archenemy to Ken, while in the US.
To wrap it up, the final part which is tagged: Born Again, is about the transformation of Ken from a fugitive on the run into a born again sacristan in a Catholic church. This was borne out of his decision to go incognito, as a camouflage to wade away attention from his enemies towards him.
What I love must about the story, is how the author managed the plot, in a suspenseful and articulated way. The sex scenes were scintillating, well described. And the characters were captured with precision. There were several typos though that should be edited, maybe in the revised edition. Also, some of the dialogues were too novel and didn’t quite fit the characters. Most of the conversations sounded a tad too American, it makes one wonder if the story was actually set in Africa. Also, at a point I felt the story was being laboured, probably to increase the length of the story, for I didn’t really see the relevance of the protagonist fleeing to Israel only for him to return back again to the country he fled from.
Given the way the story ended, I’m looking forward to a sequel. Kudos to the author, Vincent de Paul, for a job well done. He’s a writer to watch out for when it comes to action thrillers. If you enjoy reading the likes of Sydney Sheldon, Robert Ludlum, James Patterson etc. then Twisted Times: Son of Man is a must have on your book shelf!