Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Street of Storytellers” by Doug Wilhelm, Rootstock Publishing, Sept. 10, 2019 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Doug Wilhelm, Author of “Street of Storytellers” writes an intense, captivating, riveting, intriguing and significant novel. The Genres for this novel are Multicultural Thriller, and Fiction. This is also a coming of age novel, and there are some historical facts that are part of this novel. The timeline for this story is set in 1984 and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes his characters as complex and complicated.
Luke is a 15-year-old teenager who loves music. but is very angry with his parent’s divorce, and the fact that he will be spending Christmas with his father in Peshawar, in Pakistan. Luke’s father is obsessed with his job and is writing about ancient finds from Asia. Luke’s father would like him to understand the significance of this historical research. Both are visiting with Luke’s father’s friends. Luke is told that he is to respect the cultural differences and that he is not to be alone with the daughter. Men and women have different roles in this society. He notices that the son is rebellious and has friends that make Luke uncomfortable.
As Luke is discovering the city with another friend he has made that also knows the dangers that can occur in this hostile environment. Luke also makes friends with a group of musicians. Luke also meets a group of extreme jihadis. There are twists and turns, and dangers and Luke must make decisions.
I appreciate the author’s vivid descriptions of the characters, events and the landscape. I also was impressed by the author’s storytelling and writing details. I would highly recommend this novel for young adults and adults, who are interested in the Genre of Multicultural Thriller and fiction.