My ears have not yet drunk a hundred words.
Of that tongue's uttering, yet I know the sound.
Art thou not Romeo, and Earl Merkel?
What is it about Author Earl Merkel? I am not sure. Maybe it is his charming personality, humorist wry way with words, or his "eclectic" writer's psyche. I was first impressed by Earl Merkel because he did a very kind deed for me. Matter of fact, I have never met him, just added him on Facebook as a friend and he helped to promote my radio show while I honored a friend's birthday. I was more than touched by his thoughtfulness.
It was at this time that I was more than intrigued so I researched the author. The first thing that I found was a brilliant essay titled, The Bangladeshi Computer Gap Commentary and Satire. It is better known as the now as The Infamous Chicken Little Article. Next, I purchased a copy of his novel and asked Earl for an interview on my show.
|My Interview with Earl Merkel. Photo taken by my Bangladeshi friend Mahmud Amin (Birds)|
Earl is the author of thrillers such as Final Epidemic, Fire of the Prophet and Dirty Fire and an iconoclast in his own right.
|Earl Merkel's Website|
|Earl's Goodreads profile|
With excellent character development, Earl Merkel creates distinctive and memorable characters that remain with you long after you finish the novel. In fact, this keeps the novel interesting and suspenseful. Additionally, the author makes great use of vivid sensory details which makes the plot very plausible. A great example is, "It was only then that they heard faint noises from down the hallway, the kind of sounds a person might make if her mouth had been tenderly stuffed with a balled-up kitchen sponge and secured with a double-wrapping of fiberglass-reinforced heavy-duty plastic shipping tape." Moreover, the added conflict between characters such as Fatíma and her husband, Beck Casey and Mahoud Farzaneh sets a mood of distrust and a false sense of security. "Panic is an ugly beast; in one person, it is a savage focus on the need of the "me" to escape, to survive." this is a great example of how the author articulates the tone.
The book presents both sides of the global war on terror that is very relevant to our current events. There is an undertow of wry humor, but the main tone is serious, observant, and deeply intelligent. If you read closely you will note some personal hints to the author's past journalist days. After all, "There's no such thing as an `ex-journalist.' At best, we're all just in recovery." Earl Merkel`s ability to devise an intricate plot coupled with his understanding of relevant current events will leave the reader wanting more and anxiously waiting the sequel. I highly recommend Fire of the Prophet by Earl Merkel. Oh and be sure to listen to "The Book, with Earl Merkel" every Sunday 9 p.m. ET with Authors on The Air.