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Reviewed by Ruth Castleberry for Readers' Favorite
Wow. What a ride! Incognito by Khaled Talib starts off with a passage describing where the kidnapped Pope is being held prisoner. And then it takes off, following three individuals – Ayden, Guy and Isabelle – as they try to find the Pope. The three are members of the League of Invisible Knights, a secret organization created “to bring about the triumph of good over evil.” Pursuing clues, this team is subjected to various attempts to thwart their progress, including ambushes to slow them down or kill them, kidnappings, and attempts to frame them for various crimes. In the end, the trio is being pursued by police, the media and the evildoers. Their adventure truly reads like watching an unrelenting action film. I can’t remember a novel that created the sensation that I was in the middle of a thrilling chase using only words.
Yes, Mr. Talib certainly knows how to wield his words. His descriptions of action oriented encounters are tightly written and very vivid. He gives his primary characters depth and flaws, making them believable within the context of this adventure. Not only that, his story is both topical and edgy. Religious and political elements are both critical to the plot, and the author establishes realistic context and background as he incorporates the appropriate influences of both into his story. The balance between dialogue and narration is very good. Obviously, the pace is brisk, I might even say breakneck in some places. Khaled Talib's Incognito is a hard book to put down.