Siren Song

Har Megiddo 2.0

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
472 Pages
Reviewed on 07/06/2017
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Siren Song: Har Megiddo 2.0 by Ian T King is a compelling story with great dimensions, a story that captures a spiritual event, a revolution taking place more within the soul of the reader than in the physical events taking place in his world. It is a story about the war on terror, featuring very compelling and powerful characters, including the US President thrust into a dilemma, those who practice piety and who do so in the most radical, nonsensical kind of way, and the young irresistibly manipulated into very dangerous steps. It could be the advent of Armageddon and how did the world come to this point?

Ian T King writes with confidence and the narrative voice comes across irresistibly in this original work. It’s a story told like no other and the author isn’t afraid to address the reader directly, what some literary professionals would frown at, but which feels right in this writing. So, there are shifts from the first to the second and third person narratives, and the author’s transition between the different voices is neat and skilfully done. There is a lot of action going on and there is a lot of musing too. The setting is well developed and readers are introduced to time and place right off the bat; the setting feels real, with colorful and concrete images to go with it. Readers will easily picture “the tree-shrouded gravel pathway” and “the quiet Christmas” atmosphere, as well as many other images that come along in the narrative. Some of Ian T King's passages are emotionally charged and arresting, catching the reader and pulling them into a tidal wave of consciousness that provokes thought and reflection. Siren Song: Har Megiddo 2.0 is phenomenal, a cleverly written story that reflects contemporary reality and warns readers about the dangers this world faces.

Christian Sia

Siren Song: Har Megiddo 2.0 by Ian T King is a novel that examines worldwide pessimism as the war on terror takes on a whole new dimension. It’s a book with very interesting and well-developed characters, including a stoic imam, Khalifa, whose motives of piety are very questionable, a young prisoner who is seduced by the teachings of the religious man, and a president who finds himself in a fix, torn between his personal values and his constitutional duty. As the drama teeters towards a catastrophic end, the players must ask: Whither humanity? Will everyone be swept away in the tidal wave of Armageddon? This is a brilliantly written work with a unique take on end of times apocalyptic themes.

Ian T King has composed a story that reads lyrically and that transports the reader to an exciting setting. The conflict is huge, phenomenal, and it is one of the elements that creates the balance in character, plot, and setting. I was hooked from the start of the story by the author’s powerful prose and the clear, compelling narrative voice. The very first line introduces an interesting conversation and one couldn’t help but notice the humorous way one of the characters, Private Dixon, is presented: ‘“All Quiet on the Western Front, my Captain!” Private Dixon guffawed as usual, and grinning like the inane idiot that he was.’ From then on, I knew I was in for a ride, and I wasn’t disappointed. Readers will enjoy the masterful way in which the author captures radical ideologies and how he makes them clash in this masterpiece. Siren Song: Har Megiddo 2.0 is an exciting read.

Rabia Tanveer

Siren Song: Har Megiddo 2.0 by Ian T. King is the story about how war can change people’s lives and how your humanity and your obligations change under such crucial and testing times. The novel is set in a time when the war on terror is at its peak and this war shows no mercy. Anyone that gets in the way, be they children or older people, they all die. Simple as that! In such trying and testing times, the characters in the novel are learning new things about themselves. Some are conflicted about their obligations, while others are learning the truth about life and deciding their next step. The President of the USA is stuck; he wants to help people, but he is conflicted because his first duty is to his own people who depend on him to protect them. Then there is Ayaan who becomes a victim by the use of internet; Mo, a young man who has strong faith, led astray by his leader who is in prison; and there is Jillie who is stuck in revenge even when she is in captivity.

These are just some of the characters that stood out for me and called to me. Where I am from, the war on terror is very real and this novel struck home with me. The characters are well-rounded and well-developed, the story is taken through highs and lows brilliantly, and the descriptions of everything were spot on. I loved the way Ian T. King described emotions because I could feel each and every one of them. The story was intense and this is what was required of it. Crisp, complicated and well-written, Siren Song is simply brilliant.

Sefina Hawke

Siren Song (Har Megiddo 2.0) by Ian T King is a historical event/era novel that would appeal most to a mixed audience of adults and mature young adults who enjoy historical fiction with religious and political undertones and who do not mind explicit language and a mild sexual scenario. The war on terror is in full swing and, with it, everyone from children to the President of the United States of America is affected by the war. The president is forced to balance his humanitarianism and his constitutional duty when deciding what decisions will be made to protect his citizens. Mo, Ayaan, and Imam Khalifa are forced to battle with their own inner beliefs and religious beliefs in order to find out who they are and who they want to be. How did the world come to be what it is and will their choices make a difference?

Siren Song (Har Megiddo 2.0) by Ian T King was an interesting book; it took me a while to get far enough into the book to truly understand it. However, as I continued to read and appreciate the author’s intent and meaning in writing the book, I began to find it intriguing. The blend of fact and fiction was a bit difficult to distinguish as the author wove both elements together tightly into a plot that enticed me. While I enjoyed the characters of Mo, Ayaan, and Imam Khalifa, I personally, found Imam Khalifa to be my favorite character as I truly felt for him as he struggled with his own religious virtues, while also trying to save those he had been tasked with saving. Overall, I enjoyed the book and I would be interested in reading more books by Ian T King.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Siren Song: Har Megiddo 2.0 by Ian T King is a tale of terror. The war on terror to be precise. This is a war that takes no prisoners, sweeping everyone along in its wake, from young children to the President of the United States. The President has to decide – does he do his duty and protect his people or does he bow to his own humanitarianism? Mo comes under pressure from his imam in prison to learn the way of terror; Ayaan is drawn into the war through the internet; Khalifa, the imam, struggles to save face in front of those he has sworn to save. The Supreme Being sees it all and turns away as, in his name, for the love of him, the world reaches the point of no return – Har Megiddo 2.0. How did it happen? How was it allowed to happen?

Har Megiddo 2.0 by Ian T King sums up what the world today is coming to, only from the point of view of God. It is an interesting story, quite a frightening one, really, when it seems to be following the path that we all are right now. This is a well-written novel, very descriptive with some bad language but no more than could be expected for a novel of this kind though. Mr. King is very articulate and has put together a good, strong plot line with very well-developed characters. The story flows well, on a natural course to a great ending, with plenty of action, and several stories coming together in a tightly woven plot. The only thing I will say is that if you take your eye off the ball, you will lose the plot. This will suit anyone who wants a thriller-style story that is close to real life to get their teeth into.