Book – Hell! No Saints In Paradise
Author – A.K. Asif
Publisher – Harper Collins India
“Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.” – Blaise Pascal
Do you want to visit Heaven and Hell? Oh, wait! let me first ask, “Do you believe in Heaven and Hell ?” because Ismael didn’t and then gets spellbound for his life by what he sees. But who is Ismael? Ismael is the protagonist of the debut novel ” Hell! No Saints in Paradise” by A.K. Asif.
Its 2050 and Ismael is in New York and doesn’t believe in Paradise and Hell so much that even the topic of his thesis is to prove the same. A couple of incidents take him to Pakistan (his home which he left 12 years ago) for a spiritual cleaning quest under the guidance of Pir Pul Siraat because Pakistan is now ruled by a fundamentalist government who is playing with the minds of people. The toughest task is to pose as a true believer when he is an atheist and win the confidence of his father who is a prominent person in the caliphate.
The novel is disturbing and thought-provoking because of the brutalities shown in it but you also cannot sugarcoat the actions of extremists. It is 2050 but there is no major scientific breakthrough but rather we get to meet people who are ferociously killing each other to increase their chances of visiting heaven, cats who can penetrate in your mind and jinns.
The novel is an allegory keeping the terrorist organization in the mind who have declared the place they are ruling as a caliphate. It gives you a glimpse of the what world might be if they ever come out as victorious. The crude satire is directed toward what all people are ready to do in the name of religion and for heaven.
There is one paragraph that I would like to share from the book. ” Your greatest enemy will be fear, and your greatest distraction will be desire or lust. Doubt causes paralysis and resentments shackle one with chains. Anger burns what is vital and impatience slows things down.”
So sit back and get ready to be blown by the story as you turn each page!
‘I received a copy from Writersmelon in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.’
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