Holy War

Holy War

by Mike Bond


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ISBN-13: 9781627040143
Publisher: Mandevilla Press
Publication date: 03/05/2014
Pages: 434
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

"The master of the existential thriller" (BBC)

Best-selling novelist, war and human rights correspondent, environmental activist, award-winning poet and international energy expert, Mike Bond has lived and worked in many dangerous, remote and war-torn regions of the world.

His critically acclaimed novels depict the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister vagaries of politics and multinational corporations, and the magical beauty of the vanishing natural world.

Bond has published hundreds of articles on human rights, the environment, international finance, the energy industry, and women's rights, and appears frequently on TV and radio to discuss these subjects.



Of Readers and Writers ...

We delight in stories, Aristotle says, because we learn from them. This search for awareness - gathering the meaning of things - is, he says, our greatest pleasure. Aeons ago we sat round the fire in our Paleolithic caves with the cold darkness and the great unknown at our backs, sharing stories about where the antelope herds were or how to escape the cave bear or the lion, stories about our ancestors and the meaning of this magical mystery of life.

None of that has changed: stories still portray and share our experiences, teach us of dangers and opportunities and of right and wrong ways of living, exchange our visions of existence. They give us multiple lives, and we gain awareness from each one.

Awareness is wisdom, and philosophy simply means a love of wisdom. Stories bring us this awareness, and awareness makes us free. Freedom allows us to live more deeply, and thus to deepen our awareness of life's many meanings. It is a great circle where our understanding is constantly growing.

We rarely sit now at campfires with danger at our backs, but it is important to remember those days, and to understand the dangers that stalk us today. Homer, Tolstoi, Gogol, Hugo, Némirovsky, Hemingway - what makes them great today is that their stories still help us gather the meaning of things, bring us the awareness tantamount to wisdom, make our lives freer and deeper through understanding.

To be a writer or a reader is a great gift, yin and yang, neither existing without the other. As Camus said, "to create is to live twice", and reading is creating just as is writing - and through it we can live and gather the meaning of many lives. Gathering the meaning of things is our greatest pleasure because it is the most important act of life, the act of understanding. And the moment we stop we cease to live.


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Holy War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A deeply imagined thriller, with excellent plot lines and well developed characters. Once you've picked it up, you will be hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true master piece by Mike Bond that captured my attention throughout. Man can be cruel to his fellow kind and this book really outs it out there. A great thriller that kept me on edge with tons of action. Great work!
BLUEFISH99 More than 1 year ago
Set in Beirut this psychological thriller full of crime, war, terror, together with a tangled web ft mistrust, intrigue around every corner combined with fear, hatred, horror , is action packed and the author has done his research because you feel as if you are part of the novel itself.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
In the Midst of war torn Beirut,Lebanon, a journalist risks his life as an undercover agent for the British MI6, on the trail of Mohammed, a powerful and brutal Hezbollah terrorist. Not for the faint of heart, or weak of stomach, the reader is drawn into a world of warring religious and political factions, who ruthlessly pierce the very soul of their country through torture and death in a dog eat dog arena that leaves destruction in the wake of their battles. Alone, Neill is on a suicidal mission filled with political machinations and manipulations from as far away as Paris and London, as this tale moves from the streets of Beirut to the seats of power abroad. Not alone in his quest for the elusive Mohammed, a French officer is on his own mission to avenge the death of his brother and other soldiers who died at the hands of the Hezbollah. But for all those seeking to end the monster that is Mohammed, there are those who wish to keep him safe. The hunt is on and the faces of the victims of war will haunt your thoughts long after you have closed the book. Who can be trusted to stand up and rid their country of the terror that hangs over it? Will Neill be successful in his quest? Will forces beyond his control thwart his mission? Holy War by Mike Bond gains it authentic air due to the author’s own experiences in the war torn Middle East. The gut-clenching events are a nightmare no one should have to endure and be expected to survive unscathed. Each character becomes a victim to this war, to the evils that man can force on another, all in the name of religion or politics or power. Eye-opening, terrifying and realistic, Mike Bond writes from the heart, using what he has witnessed and his firsthand knowledge of the hell these people endure, day after day. What is most frightening to this reader is the feeling that there is more truth than fiction to Mr. Bond’s tale. I promise you, if you read Holy War, you will come away changed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story pulls you into the intrigues of war.  With Beirut as the backdrop, the main character, a journalist, is on a mission to find the terrorist Mohammed.  What he finds, is all that is good and bad in mankind.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
Mike Bond writes lyrical prose. His imagery is masterful and the flow of words transcends the page to transport the reader into another world. In Holy War, the world is Beirut, Lebanon, as the forces of religion spread terror, torture and death, reducing the city to rubble and exposing the basest of human nature. The many featured characters are quite real, and the story of several of them reaching an epiphany is played out in the mean streets of the Mideast. The stories are emotionally gripping, and all the more horrible because they ring so true. The testimony of man's inhumanity to man should call the reader to some form of action. Yet the same human nature that shows so clearly in the book will truly cause the reader to be shocked and appalled, and to quickly forget.
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MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review Holy War by Mike Bond is a fast paced, heartbreaking yet good book. As you read it you get drawn in and feel as though you are living  the life and is in the story. The writing makes you think that you can see and smell the surroundings of the area.  It was an interesting  read. Although I would warn that it should be read by 18+ due to the amount of explicit sex that is involved. 
bernardrabbs More than 1 year ago
Superb thriller by a great author. Highly recommended. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, chopped descriptions. I felt like I was reading a bullet list. Sorry - was hoping for a good read based on the description
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Holy War by Mike Bond my review Review Courtesy of April Hollingworth This is not one for me. I didn’t connect or care what happened to the characters. The flash backs were unnecessary and took you away from the story, and the description of the surrounding areas not in the scene were pointless. I felt like most of the information was added in to reach a word count, and as it was from different points of view, it was not always immediately obvious whose point of view you were currently on. But in saying all of that, the bones of the story were good. I did carry on reading the book and I loved the ending. The descriptions of the terror and war were vivid. The Review: Set in war torn Beirut, this is the story of three people, and the destruction of war, the terror it leaves the people caught in the cross fire and those in the middle of the fighting. Neill an American journalist, living in England is sent back to Beirut on a secret mission for Britain’s MI6, to find the Hezbollah terrorist, Mohammed who can stop the slaughter. Andre, a French commando, out for revenge for the death of his brother and over 400 US Marines and French paratroopers, is determined to hunt down and kill Mohammed, the leader of the Hezbollah. But meeting the lovely Anne-Marie, Andre wishes to protect and save her. Rosa, a Palestinian guerrilla, determined to protect Mohammed as he is one of the few people who can help her people regain Palestine.  She is both remorseless and passionate. Nothing and no one will get in her way.  FTC Advisory: AuthorBuzz through Net Galley provided me with a copy of Holy War by Mike Bond. Published through Rosemary Beach Press. Kindle Edition. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm having difficulty following this. I don't usually stop reading something, but have come close on a few occasions with this book. I figured I'd hang in there till 100 pages. Well that was 100 pages ago now. If my pre-ordered book was available, I'd be moving to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago