Hell! No Saints in Paradise by A K Asif – Book Review

Hell! No Saints in Paradise



2050, New York. In the aftermath of a gruelling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani–American student, enters an alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous journey of self-discovery. A non-believer, Ismael must return to Pakistan, now in the grip of a brutal fundamentalist government and gain the trust of his estranged father, a prominent extremist in the Caliphate. To accomplish this, he must pose as a true believer. Will he survive long enough to infiltrate his father’s inner sanctum and complete his mission?

Hell! No Saints in Paradise is both biting satire and allegory that takes urban fantasy to dizzying heights.

Book Review:

I had very little clue about what to expect from the book because of its blurb and the title. However, I am glad I picked the book to read as it came as a surprise to me with its bruised satire. The unique storyline combined with the witty sentences hooks the reader from the very beginning.

The book is a satirical depiction of what may happen in Pakistan with their extremist mindset. The way teachings of Holy Quran have been distorted is very well described in the book. Hell! No Saints In Paradise by A.K. Asif is a thought-provoking book wrapped in satirical packaging. Numerous references to Quran were also referenced in a very educative manner which will help people from non-Islamic background learn a lot about the religious book and its teachings.

The concept of the book is very good and started off well. However, after a point it seemed a bit draggy and monotonous. Also adding the unnecessary elements of sexual content appeared out of context and forced. It is not necessary to add sexual content to any and every book just to attract readers. There are all kinds of readers and the ones who do not like reading such content, feel an instant detest.

The characterisation is done well and that of the protagonist Ismael is also done beautifully. The writing style and narration is simple and easy to understand.

Hell! No Saints In Paradise by A.K. Asif is a fast-paced and nice imagination of what may happen if the tech and nuclear power goes into the hands of extremists. Author has done a good effort in presenting a unique story.

The cover of the book for me is average which doesn’t describe the story well. It also fails to catch the eyes of the reader at the first glance. The title is apt. The book is recommended to readers who would like to read a thought provoking depiction of the situation that may occur in the world due to the extremists.

** I received a review copy of the book from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. **

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