BOOK REVIEW: FLASHES OF VICE VOL I by VINCENT DE PAUL

BOOK: Flashes Of Vice Vol Iflashes of vice 3d (2)

AUTHOR: Vincent De Paul

GENRE: Flash Fiction

ISBN 13: 978-1490332505

ISBN 10: 1490332502

FIRST PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2014

FIRST PRINTING: Kenya, 2016

PUBLISHER: Mystery Publishers (K) Ltd

LANGUAGE: English

REVIEWER: Nancy Oyula

Themes Covered in The Book

  • The  author writes of infidelity in marriages, politics and blackmail.
  • Land grabbing and the justice system (A very common narrative in Kenya).
  • Violence and revenge for those oppressed
  • Use of and effects of drugs.
  • Lack of of education, poverty,
  • Children who become parents at a young age and how it affects the life of the babies they give birth to, plus their future.
  • Corruption in places of authority and how some individuals are treated better than others; Inequality.
  • Rape. This is done by people who are not strangers. People  we know and perhaps interact with on a daily basis. In one story a father rapes his daughter, in another a lady is raped severally by her disgruntled lover.
  • Terrorism – how it has affected Islam as a religion. The role religion plays when terrorism acts happen

Book Review/Critique of Roses and Lies

12821487_10154032745739322_659691137114797356_nBook:              Roses and Lies
Author:          Dora Achieng’ Okeyo
Publisher:       Dora Achieng’ on Smashwords
Reviewer:       Vincent de Paul

From the intriguing romance author, Dora Achieng’, comes a story of struggles, success, love, betrayal, and fall.

Allan is the foster child of Micheni, a remote village that knows development from the TVs and papers they don’t get to read. Like any other generation X’s kid, Allan goes to school barefoot, probably with torn pants, queues for porridge which his body exhausts long before he gets back to class, the discipline is super, and well, he is expected to fail.

But Allan is the only of Micheni’s children to excel, to go to a national school, and join the elite profession of defending criminals. He makes it in the city of profanity, but he doesn’t forget his roots. His only thought is the people of Micheni, how he would put them at par with the rest of the civilized world. His roads take investors to Micheni, and he facelifts his former school.  ‘His name rolled off the tongues of his people like the saliva they needed to utter words’. His efforts see him requested by the people of Micheni to represent them in parliament before they become sloth and cynical.

Allan, as success goes with men, gets himself a wife; a true beauty, daughter of another people but is welcomed by his people. Pamela is the pillar in Allan’s life, even when he betrays her and loves it far from her arms, and he meets his untimely demise.

Now, Roses and Lies is a powerful story. It is a story of hard work, success, and fall; a great story of love, trust, and betrayal. The language used is simple yet moving, the form is just so fine, and the theme is well tackled with a tinge of reality. Roses and Lies is relatable, intriguing, and captivating.

Despite the paltry syntactical and grammatical errors, and the usual depiction of women as the victims always, which I find prejudicial of the author, I give Roses and Lies a cool two stars because I did not really find it connecting. When the story ends you want to read it again and try to grasp what it really is happening, you want to read more, not because the suspense takes you to the edge of a cliff but because you feel it is not complete. Exposition feels like the reader has to beg for it.

On a general, Roses and Lies had the Dora Achieng’ trademark.

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