Book Review : Forbidden - Better Wear Your Flak Jacket

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Title: Forbidden : Better Wear Your Flak Jacket
Author: Feather Stone
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: Romance Under Fire
Pages: 363

Rating: 4.2/5

A suspense, action packed thriller that managed to keep me hooked right from the beginning, Forbidden by Feather Stone is one hell of a book. Feather Stone is a paramedic herself, the experiences of which she has duly referenced in the book. I am super excited to share my review, so here goes!

The year is 2047. Eliza Ramsay is a Canadian paramedic, waiting at an airport in The Republic of Islamic Provinces and Territories (RIPT), an amalgamation of Arabic nations. Her team from the Habitat office hadn't arrived yet. When they finally do, a couple of hours later, they all take a bus to go into the city of Samarra. But things take an ugly turn when all her colleagues are shot dead by a mysterious group who vanish from the spot soon after the massacre. Eliza is the only survivor, the only witness. Captain Hashim Sharif is furious that a massacre has taken place in his station compound and the inability to catch the killers. After the initial interrogation, he decides to keep Eliza under wraps and hides her in his apartment, as revealing her identity would undoubtedly lead to her execution. But Sharif and Eliza constantly face challenges politically and emotionally that pushes them to form a bond. The devout Muslim that he is, Sharif cannot imagine any relationship with the woman, especially  since he is divorced and fathers two children. Eliza, on the other hand, fights her own demons everyday. She is a widower who lost her to children and husband in a car crash. As they fight against the corrupt political establishment, they discover feelings for themselves. Amidst bullets, criminals and inner demons, they decide to take the government head on. But what chance do two common and abandoned people have against the giant, corrupt beast of crime?

I totally loved this book! From the get go, I was hooked because there were no unnecessary details or lengthy explanations. The narrative is to the point, very precise. I love such books that do not waste any time getting into action. The book begins with a short background that is sufficient for an overall idea. The story is fantastic! Loads of action, suspense with romance thrown in always has my vote! The characters of Sharif and Eliza come off as strong and brave but with emotional baggage. I think that's what connects the both of them. All the characters are beautifully written and executed.

Forbidden is a fast paced book that is perfect for a rainy/stormy day when you are stuck inside a room. Actually, even otherwise it is great. The action and suspense will keep the readers on their toes, guaranteed. Overall, it is a fantastic thriller one must not miss, hence the rating!

Do I recommend it? Hell ya!

*** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***


  1. Thank you, Chitra, for reading Forbidden and writing this wonderful review. I truly appreciate your honest opinion and your speedy service makes you as a reviewer tops in my world. Blessings


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