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J.E. Hall

Flashbacks

 
Adam Taylor from Muswell Hill, north London, goes on an adventurous solo cycle ride before going to university. It ends unexpectedly. Is his life over? His identity is stolen and Ali Muhammed, an IS terrorist, is sent to London. Can he be stopped? Helping out at a church run Day Centre for migrants, Kaylah Kone naively befriends Ali and is groomed by him. She is worried about her brother Clive, trying to make out in a gang culture of drugs and crime. What will happen to all these characters whose lives are interwoven in a plot to shake the capital? 
 
Extremism is a key issue of these times, whether religious or right wing. Its impact on contemporary society, in particular Christian-Muslim relations is profound. Terrorist acts on the streets of a capital city are especially shocking and invoke widespread fear in the population. Such acts are difficult to understand, the lives of the perpetrators impenetrable. This book takes the reader on a journey and in Flashbacks, the reader meets people caught up in the tensions and crisis of contemporary society.
 
In following Ali, Adam and Kaylah’s stories, the reader shares their adventures and inter-twined lives. Taken on an extraordinary journey that builds to a climax in London on 11 November, Armistice Day, the burning questions are - where will the story lead for the three and can personal and national disasters be averted before it is too late?
 

About J. E.  Hall

John Edmund Hall has produced his debut novel after a fascinating career which has given him amazing introductions and insights into the lives of others. 
 
Working with offenders as a young Probation Officer in Birmingham in the 1970s, he was in north London as a Senior Probation Officer at the time of the 1985 Broadwater Farm riots. Later, he became an Anglican Clergyman and served 9 years as a vicar in Edmonton, London. Subsequently, he served in Coventry, as Diocesan Director for Social Responsibility, where he became the first Chair of the West Midlands Faiths Forum.
 
He was awarded a PhD at the University of Warwick for his understanding of race and racism. In recent years he has continued to take a special interest in inter-faith relations, especially relations between Christians and Muslims. In 2010 he moved to the East Midlands and whilst Director of the St Philip’s Centre, he was made an Honorary Canon at Leicester Cathedral for his work. 
 
Currently living in the South West of England, John is Inter-Faith Advisor for the Diocese of Exeter and also, a member of the Ottery St Mary Writers Group. 
 
He can be contacted at http://jehallauthor.com
 

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This is an extremism thriller of our time, a sequel to Flashbacks. Ali Muhammed escapes from London back to Mosul. Pressure on IS increases and his next mission is Turkey and the city of Istanbul. Kaylah Kone has a life changing event and pressure is placed on her to travel to Istanbul to help the security services 'get Ali.' Adam Taylor, still traumatised by events in London becomes an Islamic Studies student at university. An innocent abroad, he ends up on a summer placement with friends in Turkey. These three central characters and those around them are swept up in a story which is impossible to put down and will keep you talking about it long after you have put it down.

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