Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

This sounds like an interesting read.

In a gripping translation of an actual diary written by a man captured by a terrorist group, Nouman Smyles has released a refined version of this account in Hostage to Celestial Turks (now available through 1stBooks). This diary reveals the mindset of a terrorist group similar to Al-Qaeda and discusses the most secretive empires in world history.

The narrator of the novel, Altaer Magdi, is a translator taken hostage by a militant extremist group. Scribbling broken English in a book used to translate the guerillas' messages, the narrator discusses how he first arrived in Central Asia. He was a hired translator for an American scholar named Luke, who was studying the ancient people of that region known as the Celestial Turks. They uniquely followed all the religions of the world: Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Shamanism, etc. Luke was killed, as were all the previous researchers that attempted to document this mysterious group.

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