This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
A Sea Gypsy's Odyssey by Tunku Badlishah is a powerful story of one man’s transformative journey, a cultural fiction novel that features a character you don’t often see in commercial novels. The story begins on the expanse of the Celebes Sea, where we are introduced to Matin, the seafaring Bajau where the ocean is his home and the sea creatures are his brothers. From Matin’s perspective, you witness a real-life inspired account of the Bajau’s lost culture as a minority that stems from poverty and discrimination. Boat-making is in Matin’s blood, but living in the ragged village is hard as he has to contend with indiscriminate fishermen engaged in illegal fishing, and life on land lacks a sense of solidarity among the land-dwellers. As Matin tries to find his purpose, he gets involved in illegal activities that include piracy and smuggling militants. But in the process, he will also help the poor, reunite them with their lost families, and provide cheaper goods.
The bulk of the novel outlines the increasing challenges that Matin faces: environmental, social, and political. Along the way, you not only learn the dynamics of the Bajau’s plight over rights. Matin, in trying to overcome the oppressive system that confines him and his fellows to unfair conditions, learns of the essential humanity necessary for him to become an instrument of social change. But this is not without becoming a part of necessary evils to escape from the societal and political ills that are killing him. Tunku Badlishah has written a powerful epic tale and he is very descriptive in the way he depicts the Bajau life with his sharp eye for details, capturing a sense of realism to get the message across. A Sea Gypsy's Odyssey is a welcome change in your standard reading fare, and I recommend that you give it a chance.