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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
The Twelfth Commandment by Gary Paul Corcoran begins in Northern Iraq, Moka-Kurdish Territory in the winter of 2012. Army Ranger Sergeant Blake Peters and his team rescue a Kurdish man, Firat, and his fighters who are running from Colonel Arslan, Turkish Army Special Forces OKK (Özel Kuvvetler Komutanlığı). Firat and his men are taken to Az Zibar, resulting in Blake receiving an honorable discharge. Three years later, Blake seeks to avenge the beheading of his brother Tom, a wartime correspondent killed by Saleem al-Ramadi and his army of fellow jihadists, who are somewhere in ISIS-controlled territory. Blake travels from Atatürk to Mosul with help from his friend David, Danny Conway (ex-CIA), and Rob, head of the special ops team. Kurdish translator Faisal al-Khabur, wanted by the Turks, escorts Blake to Daesh-controlled Deir ez-Zor. Blake and Faisal are forced to defend their lives using their wits and knowledge as they track down Saleem.
Once you have saved a man’s life, and he has saved yours, you are bound together for the rest of time. The Kurdish people, with their courage and decency, deserve the world’s respect. These are just two of the many messages and lessons shared by author Gary Paul Corcoran in his thrilling novel The Twelfth Commandment. The reality of war and the violence that goes with it are accurately portrayed in this story. Blake’s lust for revenge and the haunting of his traumatic past are clearly depicted. The interesting variety of characters is all easy to relate to. Scenes and locations are all vividly described as Blake makes his way to Saleem. The Twelfth Commandment is a fantastic story, well written, and highly recommended to all adults.