We are so grateful for receiving this book for a frank review from the author himself.
I wanted to be me who will read it because I have a strong connection with Turkey. I travelled there for three times, two as a tourist and one for studies. And it was such a nice cultural experience everytime I was there, that I was sure I would be able to feel that once more with this lecture.
And so it was. “The Turkish Connection”, by Rik Stone, wasn’t only a spectacular lecture, but also a chance to remember my beloved Istanbul.
A strong character from youth to maturity
Mehmet, the central character of the book is so captivating, and his development since he was a child, with an alcoholic father and a dead mother to his maturity, when he transforms in a secure and wise man is so powerful.
At the beginning of the book, we meet Mehmet in this dangerous Istanbul, in the 1951 year. After his abusive, womanizing father is murdered, an “underworld” captures Mehmet, and so he becomes one of the children who constantly commits robbery.
These tough moments and the people he will encounter transform Mehmet into an inspiring, strong character. And the way the author describes his emotions is pure writing talent.
A story about children paying for parents’ bad choices
I won’t say more about the action itself because each reader feels this thriller book differently. I will say though that Rik Stone did a great job in mixing a historical fiction in Turkey with the development of a complex character like Mehmet. The way Mehmet grows and becomes an unstoppable man, fighting for his dreams honestly absorbed me.
If you enjoy or looking for dramatical books about the fight for survival, you must read “The Turkish Connection.”