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The Spinner’s Tale – Review
Action Thriller, Fiction / July 2, 2015

This review first appeared at Liberty Books. Synopsis Sheikh Ahmed Uzair Sufi is one of the most feared men in Pakistan, a top Jihadi militant, who believes in nothing save his own limitless scope for violence. But no one suspected this future back in 1994, when he was simple old Ausi and leaves school with his cricket mad best friend Eddy to start a new life. While Eddy goes to college in America, Ausi’s life takes dangerous and unexpected turns. The two friends stay in touch even as they pursue vastly different lives, their shared passion for cricket and nostalgia for their school days binding them together. Even as Ausi treads down a darker path, what will happen to their friendship? Omar Shahid Hamid, bestselling author of The Prisoner, takes us on another thrilling, sinister ride, stretching from Karachi to Kashmir to Afghanistan, in The Spinner’s Tale. There are accounts, treatise and memoirs that deal with reality, going deep into the psyche and culture of the people supplemented with facts and figures to prove a point. Then comes a fiction, essentially doing the same but hitting where it matters the most … the reader’s’ heart. The Spinner’s Tale, the second…

Omar Shahid’s Second Book Releasing Soon
Book Launch, Upcoming / June 4, 2015

As promised during Karachi Literature Festival 2014, Omar Shahid Hamid is releasing his new book “The Spinner’s Tale” on 19th June 2015. Different from “The Prisoner”, the successful take on Karachi’s violent politics and terrorism, “The Spinner’s Tale” deals with the same problems of violence and terrorism. Omar did not confirm if it was continuation of The Prisoner, with same characters, but he did say it dealt with the same challenges that were explored in the first novel.   About The Author: Omar Shahid Hamid has been part of Pakistan’s Police Force for over a decade and had been a close friend of the slain police officer Chaudhry Aslam. His father, Shahid Hamid, was director of Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (now K-Electric) when he was shot dead while leaving from home. The killers were apprehended, court trial ran its course right up to Supreme Court and after more than decade one of the main accused, Saulat Mirza, was hanged in 2015 after the suspension of capital punishment in the wake of Peshawar Massacre. Omar wrote his first novel, “The Prisoner”, while on sabbatical leaves to UK and it received massive success. Omar is now releasing his second novel, The Spinner’s Tale, on…

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An Isolated Incident – Review
Fiction / February 19, 2015

Published in 2014, An Isolated Incident by Soniah Kamal is an English novel with incredible depth about the lives of Kashmiris, both inside Kashmir and outside, and how their plight is forgotten in the tussle between between India and Pakistan for the region. The story takes place during the 90s in Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan and USA. Synopsis Zari Zoon, a vivacious girl from Kashmir, is looking forward to marrying her fiance when tragedy strikes. Next thing she know, she is on a plane to America to stay with distant relatives who have offered to give her a temporary home to help her stitch back the tatters of her life. Billy Nabi, fiercely tender-hearted, longs to help Zari but the choices he makes will jeopardize them all. An Isolated Incident is a story of haunting memories and yearnings of a home lost, of a faith continuously tested and questioned and of a love that blossoms against all odds. Bliss Vs Knowledge 18 year old Zari Zoon is living with family in IoK (Indian Occupied Kashmir) where her sister Kiran comes to visit, bringing her son Baz as well, from Dubai. Zari remembers a time when she could move around freely, but now military and…