Saturday, October 13, 2018

Interview with Ike Pius - Author of Bomber Boy with Review Offer!

Bomber Boy
by Ike Pius

My rating: 5 stars

Publication Date: April 24, 2013
Publisher: Ike Pius
Genre: Short | Terrorism | Islam
Print Length: 41 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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300 passengers. One plane. One bomb. One switch. One Omar Farouk to set it all aflame!

Welcome to the fast moving world of advanced terrorism where Jihadists in Oman or Afghanistan can blow up buses, trains, and planes in New York, Madrid, or London-without even going there.

This is not the world of the future; it is our world as it is! 

A world unpredictable, unforgiving, and deadly!
Bomber Boy by Ike Pius

Bomber BoyFarouk Omar Muttab was many things, an enlisted terrorist, a failed suicide bomber, a pawn in a game where cowards offer great rewards in this world and the next, but at his essence he is a human being. And. He. Has. Been. Used. Jihadists used him and after the bomb failed to go off on flight 253, the U.S. government used him.

Ike Pius has given us a brief look at the human side of terrorism in his far too brief, but extremely effective BOMBER BOY, the story of one simple man who loved his family and drank the Kool-Aid that indoctrinated his world against the Western, non-Muslim world.

We are allowed into Farouk’s mind and heart, we feel his uncertainty, we know his real reasons for what he is doing and we know why he went to the U.S. government when his mission failed. By virtue of the less than “respectful” or “powerful” title, I got the impression that no one cared about Farouk because no one saw him as human?

Ike Pius took the labels “terrorist” and “suicide bomber” and made them human, and in my book, he did a remarkable and eye-opening job! Highly recommended, but as I said far too short, but that said, perhaps the impact would have been lessened? Was Farouk a monster or a victim?



I was completely taken by Bomber Boy, this is NOT a fluff piece of writing, there is a serious message within.
So what convinced this Nigerian author to write his tale?
I think you'll be fascinated by his answers to my questions - I was!

We are fortunate that author Ike Pius was eager to share his story!

1.  Is there a specific incident that began your journey to writing Bomber Boy? (What inspired you)
My country Nigeria is plagued by religious and ethnic violence. I wrote my first book Paradise That Was themed on this religious madness. A friend then suggested I write a script for a radio drama in order to draw attention to my work. The Underwear Bomber came to mind and I started writing. Honestly , it didn't take long for me to realize that I had created something remarkable.
2. Farouk Omar Muttab is a rather unique character- Is he a collage of people you know or wholly part of your creation? He was so human, so conflicted and so flawed, does he represent a more accurate picture of a "terrorist?" He seemed to be more of a pawn than a politically motivated individual.
Omar Farouk is a real person. The Character in my book, and circumstances surrounding him, however, are a product  of the inspiration that visited me. No doubt, inspiration is colored by one's perception of reality. My perception of the reality on ground as regards terrorism in Nigeria and Africa as a whole is that they are all pawns. Brainwashed individuals sent out to die for a cause that they cannot even explain. As far as religion is concerned, you will more easily find people willing to die for their beliefs than people willing to question their beliefs.

3. Will you be writing more books on the same vein?
I have started several drafts, only to lose interest and tear them up before going far. I guess I have not had an idea excite me as much as Bomber Boy. However, I will be writing again as soon as inspiration strikes.
4. How long did Bomber Boy take to create, fine tune and publish?  Would you change anything you wrote in Bomber Boy?
You see, when the inspiration came to write  Bomber Boy I did not even have a laptop. I remember writing by hand the whole draft on plain sheets of paper. I was so excited that the whole thing was ready in about 1 or 2 days. I then borrowed a laptop so I could type it up.
And no, I love that book so much that I wouldn't change anything about it.
5. This is a tech savvy world, do you prefer ebooks or print books? Why?
I have read many books because I happened to find them laying around. I wonder if the same thing could happen with ebooks. I wonder whether 100 years from now a child could pick up Grandma's e reader and stumble upon Bomber Boy by Ike Pius. Honestly, Dii, I prefer print.
6. Tell us something about Ike Pius, the man, not Ike Pius the author.
As a person, I am idealistic. I am quite the romantic if I do say so myself. I am single by the way, but I honestly don't know if I am searching. The most important thing about me is my desire to make a positive impact in this world.
7. This is your chance to say something to readers, what would you like to say?
Dear readers; for a limited time  I am giving free copies of my book Bomber Boy. All you have to do is add my book to your list on goodreads and then email me on gaius7online@gmail.com
If you have anything to add, feel free to do so!
I am always seeking reviews, so if you are reviewer then please contact me.
Thank you so much, Dianne for having me.

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