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Beautifully written, page turning thriller.
Smart, perceptive and thought-provoking. An excellent debut novel from an author with a bright future.
by James Pincus
Fascinating and captivating book.
After the electrifying start, you're lulled into a cosy fable which has you pondering about humanity and its future whilst still retaining an almost incongruent thriller quality. The manifold threads dramatically and shockingly come together and I am looking forward to this story's evolution.
by Apurva Vyas
Sleep was eschewed until the very last page was turned.
When one receives a first attempt from an author it would be understandable to feel a little trepidation upon its substance. Yet, I was captivated by this stunning debut novel from Faisal Ansari from the first page. The anticipation of the progress of the protagonist and his family/friends powers the story along forcefully.
There are many twists on biblical references throughout which take the reader on a journey around Jerusalem with fantastical outcomes and subsequent consequences. Can there be so much purity and goodness without a sinister backlash?
Sleep was eschewed until the very last page was turned. When is the sequel coming out??
by Sarah Bachra
I just couldn't put it down, a true page turner.
Action packed from the start, the pace of this book was as quick as the lightning that set the life-changing events into motion.
At times eerie, at times funny, The Pestilence will keep you desperately hoping for the best but equally dreading the worst.
Faisal Ansari captures the good and bad of humanity, with kindness and greed in abundance. The ultimate battle of good and evil, who doesn't love that?!
by Rana Shihadah
A gripping and thought provoking read
The Pestilence explores the premise of what would happen today if a normal person was gifted god-like powers and set about using them in the full glare of today's 24 hour news cycles.
It combines traditional elements of a thriller- as those with a different world view seek to remove this threat- with the supernatural, as ordinary people become immersed in an old testament narrative that that seems to play out the timeless battle between good and evil. Except that the simplicity of this struggle is subverted by interesting questions around the long term consequences of good intentions- what would the impact on the world population be if all illness could be cured by the touch of one man? How could such gifts be shared equally when people can only be saved one by one? How should people now immune from illness use this gift?
Written in an approachable and engaging style, this book should appeal to those who enjoy a fast-paced narrative that also engages the mind in some existential questions.
by Ruby Usher
Faisal Ansari has spent the majority of his adult life strapped into a suit writing marketing and stuffy legal documentation for M&A transactions in the City.
Despite growing up in London, Faisal’s overwhelming preference is to be outdoors. When trapped indoors he reads until his eyes bleed.
The Pestilence is his first novel.