Reviewer: Carol A. Brown
Abdulla, a former jihadist turned peacemaker, offers vulnerable young jihadists a way out of the hell of terrorism they have gotten themselves into. And the clock is ticking...and not just the one on the bomb!
I loved this book! Can you say you love a book about violence when you love people and hate violence and terror? Well, yes, you can, because in this book peace wins. A Way Out of Hell is the sequel to Someone Has to Die. Baton keeps the pages flying with non-stop action & intrigue interwoven with delicate threads of loving-kindness. He expertly juxtaposes Christian ideals of non-violence and overcoming evil with good, with the blind hatred and violence of ISIS in the milieu of the cultural confrontation between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia. The story presents a model for turning a revolution into a reformation.
Compelling. Gripping, and technically flawless. Baton’s characters are lovable, admirable, and honorable. They have such depth that you want to know these people and call them your friends. Of course, the bad guys are equally well depicted so you want them to fail in their mission to create national instability.
I would recommend this book to anyone who reads YA and adult books, those who are interested in social and political issues, especially the challenges presented with how Muslims and Christians can live in community. The complexity of the issues, as well as the violence, in my estimation would be above children but could provoke serious thought for older teens.