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BookBub review by holymoses456

British author and human rights activist William Hanna is making a solid mark on the world with his commitment to alerting us about the darker aspects of societies around the globe. His talent for writing is augmented by his commitment to intensive research he employs in writing his novels. His books to date — THE TRAGEDY OF PALESTINE AND ITS CHILDREN, HIRAMIC BROTHERHOOD OF THE THIRD TEMPLE, HIRAMIC BROTHERHOOD: EZEKIEL’S TEMPLE PROPHECY, and now THE GRIM REAPER.

 

In an interview Hanna has stated, “The title of The grim Reaper was chosen to represent the role played by military industrial complexes — the informal alliances between national militaries and the defense industry that supplies them — and Private Military and Security Companies whose combined vested interests influence the policies responsible for the killing of millions of innocent people.” His book, through primary character Mike Walker’s coverage of global conflicts, offers a “panoramic view of human suffering, both current and historic, that is tolerated in a world where apathy, hatred, racism, greed, selfishness, human trafficking, violence, and genocide prevail . . . ”

 

Given the accuracy of Hanna’s investigative probing into facts, both contemporary and historic, about the topic of his novel, the impressive manner in which he admixes history and fact with drama is nearly incomparable. His vivid attention to detail, to character building and to creating atmosphere is superb, as the opening lines indicate in a scene from Bangladesh: “The usual power and athletic vibrancy of the body had slumped into a despondent stoop; the dark brown hair was tousled and damp; the appealing features with prominent cheekbones and well-defined chin were obscured by days of unshaven stubble; and the usual empathetic honesty that glowed in the eyes had faded into a gloom blurred by another humanitarian crisis . . .” Primary character is placed on stage!

 

The book is lengthy, appropriately so, and has been condensed by the author: “Moralistic freelance correspondent, Mike Walker, has made it his mission to condemn ethnic cleansing in Palestine and the West’s complicity in senseless wars of attrition in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere in the world. Wars in which Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) provide assistance — legitimized, packaged, and presented by PR consultancy companies as “risk management” and “security solutions” — to governments and corporate interests operating in high-risk, complex environments for the purpose of extracting national resources. In short, he’s playing with fire and he knows it. But he won’t be intimidated. He won’t stop reporting the true facts that these ‘security solutions’ which cost billions of dollars every year result in gung-ho mercenaries committing heinous crimes and premeditated femicide. Or the corruption, cruelty, and crimes against humanity which happen everywhere on a daily basis. When a British PMSC begins paying him close attention, however, and MI5 get involved, has he finally gone one report too far? Will he and his girlfriend escape the intrusive surveillance? Or will he be silenced forever?’’

 

Polished to a fare-thee-well and completely engrossing, this novel serves as a torch to light our attention to global problems. It is both entertaining and informative.

Sinopse:

Num contexto de ódio e violência, A  Irmandade Hiramic: a Profecia do Templo de Ezequiel aprofunda a questão da limpeza étnica de palestinianos de Israel e aborda os crimes racistas contra a humanidade no Médio Oriente.

O romance segue o jornalista Conrad Banner,  influenciado pelo seu pai, Mark - um autor e correspondente estrangeiro com inúmeros prémios de jornalismo pela cobertura do Médio Oriente - que tem a intenção de filmar um documentário fatualmente imparcial acerca do conflito resultante de quase setenta anos de ocupação ilegal e muitas vezes bárbara. O ódio e a violência também foram provocados principalmente pela limpeza étnica da população indígena palestiniana por Israel, cujos crimes contra a humanidade estavam a ser retratados de uma forma de propaganda conhecida como hasbara, ou ”explicação”. Essa propaganda foi dirigida a uma audiência internacional para retratar as ações e políticas controversas de Israel - passado e presente -  numa luz positiva, proporcionando um retrato negativo dos árabes em geral, e os palestinianos em particular. Juntamente com o ativista judeu Adam Peltz e o guia palestiniano Sami Hadawi, os esforços de Banner são indesejáveis e muitas vezes culminam em consequências perigosas e, em última análise, fatais. O romance é motivado pela flagrante negação de direitos humanos básicos de Israel a milhões de palestinianos, incluindo crianças cuja perseguição sem fim é tolerada hipocritamente pelo duplo padrão das chamadas democracias ocidentais. Explorando os temas da cultura, racismo, religião e violência, Hanna traz a primeira história convincente de luta e divisão.

 

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Dear Hanna,

I could not hold myself sending you this message to thank you for this extraordinary book. More I read it, more I am impressed by your hard interesting work and chocked about the events. I love reading about different subjects, but this book is one of the best I ever read. I would like to thank you.

Kind regards,

L. I.

Dear William,

 

Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to read your work Hiramic Brotherhood Ezekiel's Temple Prophesy. I apologise to you for taking so long to read it. I never skim read works put before me. I have an abiding and deeply held principle that when a writer offers me the chance to read his/her work, I should treat it with the utmost respect and read it carefully and reflectively no matter how long it may take me.

 

Firstly, I read the work with great interest. On the surface it reads rather like Herman Wouk's The Winds of War  with its superb melding of real events and fictional characters. Added to this are Wouk's use of interludes where the reader is offered analytic pieces by Mark Banner. The brief (yet oddly unobtrusive) other many quotations support much of the narrative.

 

Secondly, from a stylistic point of view, the narrative has touches of Grisham and Baldacci to it. Although I knew the historical facts, the endless political shenanigans, the utter hypocrisy and cynicism and the inhumanity of the Zionist project, the narrative still kept me glued to the 'story' because I wanted 'to know what happens next'.

 

These first two points are to do with the process, style and language of the narrative. The novel works on many other levels.

 

Thirdly, there is a much deeper intent to the work. It goes beyond being just a novel. It is a powerful and, quite frankly, terrifying exposé of much that underlines Israel and propels its abominable behaviour in Palestine. Indeed, even where you offer clear evidence for many dirty tricks and 'false flag' activities, if these were used in a work of fiction by any novelist, the probability is that s/he would be accused of exaggerating. When Dickens wrote Great Expectations. he had Pip standing in the Kentish graveyard looking at the gravestones of his mother and father as well as the thirteen lozenges of his dead infant siblings. I have been to the church in Kent and I saw the thirteen lozenges. Dickens was told that he was, as ever, exaggerating. So he changed the real thirteen lozenges to the fictive five in order to make the opening passages of the novel appear more credible. Every time that you mention dirty tricks by Mossad, the intelligence services of the USA and many other countries, the early Zionists...etc... you are bound to cause those who know little of these matters to wonder if you are exaggerating! This is the "terrifying" part of the novel. Normally, I, as a reader of fiction, am required to suspend my disbelief. In the case of Hiramic Brotherhood Ezekiel's Temple Prophesy I need do nothing of the sort. These unbelievable events are for real.

 

Finally, Hiramic Brotherhood Ezekiel's Temple Prophesy is more than just a novel. It is a powerful and courageous condemnation of the current world order which has created a quagmire of mendacity, inhumanity, greed, deceit and self engrossment seemingly unparalleled in our history.

 

I wish you the very best with your continued writing. I also hope that this particular work is widely read despite the nefarious influences that will, no doubt, try to silence you as they have done so many of us before. Have a pleasant day. Best wishes, Faysal

 

Dr Faysal Mikdadi FRSA

5th September 2017

Another Powerful Novel by William Hanna

 

 

There is so much that is impresseive to say about this work. Its narrative style is reminiscent of Herman Wouk's The Winds of War with its clever alternating of real events with fictive characters. The blend works superbly. It is also reminiscent of the racy Grisham narrative technique. But this is a novel that seeks to do more than just entertain the reader. It is also a powerful and courageous condemnation of the current world order with its quagmire of double standards, hypocrisy, mendacity and inhumanity. It is well worth reading and engaging with by creating a continuing dialogue around it.

 

Dr Faysal Mikdadi, 5th September 2017

5 Star Amazon Review

Hi William,

 

We were absolutely delighted with your submission to our

site and we will post your article online later today.

 

You are a very talented writer and we wish to thank you

sincerely for your enlightened contribution. We hope to

read much more of your work in the future. 

 

Thanks again,

 

Krystalla Morgan

 

(Senior Editor at Kickass-cookies.co.uk)

 

18th November 2014

Dear Mr. Hanna,

 

We followed closely with great interest your important article "The Jewish State's Inhumanity to Palestinians" posted on the 4th of September in Dissident Voice website and which was translated and published in El Khaleej newspaper on 13/9/2014 (http://www.alkhaleej.ae/studiesandopinions/page/a015a887-f69a-46e3-974b-55cc6dbaf5a8).

 

As we read also many parts of your important book "Hiramic brotherhood of the third temple".

 

Would you please send us your biography as we are so interested about your writings and we are looking forward to know much about you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Palestine in a month Magazine

(http://palestine-inmonth.com/)

 

18th September 2014

A Debut Work that Dramatizes the State of Israel and the Plight of the Palestinians

 

Hanna’s complex, densely written novel puts a light layer of fiction over what’s essentially an extended history of the modern state of Israel and a condemnation of that country’s government. The book presents readers with characters such as Israeli Antiquities Authority archaeologist Michal Zeldin, who tries to stand against what he calls Israel’s “unethical use of archeology,” reiterating the novel’s frequent claims that Israel has no documented historical claim to any of the territory it occupies; and investigative journalist David Reisner, who’s looking into the titular Hiramic Brotherhood, a secret society within the ranks of Israel’s Masonic community. The Brotherhood seeks to illegally tunnel beneath East Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, in order to build a Third Temple on one of Islam’s holiest sites. Along the way, characters talk about the Illuminati and the Freemasons, and there are tantalizing feints at a thriller-style plot. As the novel goes on, Hanna also details the long, complicated history of the Zionist cause, especially its present form in the 20th century. He takes his readers through two world wars and many other national disruptions. But the book’s main emphasis is on facts, not fiction: Hanna is intent on laying out a case against Israel, against the powerful special interest lobby called the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and against a media which is “serving the interests of the Anglo-Zionist Political Corporate Military Industrial Empire.” Indeed, the book’s final 100 pages comprise detailed accounts of the region from 2009 to 2013. As a result, the thriller elements likely won’t be the reason why readers keep turning pages. They’ll more likely be interested in the book’s dissection of Israeli policies, and what the author sees as a continuous annulment of Palestinian civil rights. Some of the book’s contempt for current politicians and world leaders can be off-puttingly raw (such as a reference to “Barack ‘Uncle Tom’ Obama”). However, the bulk of the book makes a readable argument.

 

A deeply political novel that tackles the long history of struggle in Israel

KirKus Review, 18th September 2014

Reality and Fiction Fused into a Memorable Experience

 

 

"An outstanding experience" is the only way that one can describe the feeling when reading Hanna's work. It comes to life and manages the virtually impossible: using reality as a fictive design. It works magnificently. Mark Banner and his like shift in out of historical reality within a narrative that reverberates with the reader long after the book is put aside.

The book ends with, amongst so many good and historically useful pieces, a moving and powerful poem by Mhara Costello. 'Once upon a Palestine' is a memorable poem that fits in perfectly with an equally unforgettable work.

 

Dr Faysal Mikdadi, 30th June 2014

5 Star Amazon Review

New Thriller Novel Explores the Zionist Campaign

 

 

Author William Hanna’s first book, Hiramic Brotherhood of the Third Temple, condemns without compromise Apartheid Israel’s persistent criminal ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and its imperious violation of international law, which is aided and abetted by the shameful silence of a cowed international community.

 

It is against this background that an Israeli archaeologist, an Israeli investigative journalist, and a British foreign correspondent resolve to expose both secret Israeli plans for tunnel excavations towards and under Temple Mount — known as the al-Haram a-Sharif and site of the Islamic Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque — and the existence of a secret Brotherhood within the ranks of Freemasonry working towards the provocative and dangerous Judaic objective of building the “Third Temple” on that same Islamic site.

 

For Once Upon a Palestine poem please click here.

 

Friends of Lebanon, 11th June 2014

Author William Hanna's first book, Hiramic Brotherhood of the Third Temple, condemns without compromise Apartheid Israel's persistent criminal ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people and its imperious violation of international law...

 

 ... which is aided and abetted by the shameful silence of a cowed international community whose reprobate political leaders and representatives have sold out to highly organized and well-financed pro-Zionist lobbying groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which in the United States controls the White House and the Congress.

 

AIPAC’s tight stranglehold on the U.S. government ensures not only that the concept of "government of the people, by the people, for the people" has perished, but also that Israel's criminality will continue to escape serious United Nations censure because of U.S. vetoes.

 

A further erosion of democracy is facilitated by the corporate mass media which rather than being the rallying “voice of the people” is instead compliant to the interests of the Anglo-Zionist Political Corporate Military Industrial Empire: An Empire which is voraciously dependent on continual military conflicts that serve as a distraction from the iniquities of a world where some twelve million children under the age of five die annually and almost half of the world’s wealth belongs to just one percent of the population — January 2014 Oxfam report Working for the Few: Political capture and economic inequality — whose money buys influence over the governance of the brainwashed majority. This raises the question as to whether there are enough Americans with sufficient intelligence and determination to take back their country?

 

It is against this background that an Israeli archaeologist, an Israeli investigative journalist, and a British foreign correspondent resolve to expose both secret Israeli plans for tunnel excavations towards and under Temple Mount — known as the al-Haram a-Sharif and site of the Islamic Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque — and the existence of a secret Brotherhood within the ranks of Freemasonry working towards the provocative and dangerous Judaic objective of building the “Third Temple” on that same Islamic site.

 

Presswire, 3rd June 2014

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