Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Burden of Truth by Peter Best

I always appreciate when a writer is trying to do something different. Even though it is a fairly conventional action adventure, the fact that Peter has interwoven several other stories and a generous dollop of Buddhist teachings makes this an unusual book. The main thing is that it was enjoyable and readable. I gave this a 5 star.
The Burden of Truth by Peter Best on Amazon.com

This book had so many facets to it, that it is hard to place it into a particular category. If I had to try I would say; action thriller with a deeper message. Peter Best has woven a complex tapestry of different tales that slowly merge. We meet Brent Sadler; a survivor of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster. The experience of near death has led him down a path of living live to the full. This choice eventually leads him into debt and into trouble with some very shady characters. Then we meet Peter Cannon in India; he is a man with a secret and painful past. We slowly uncover how these two men have affected and are affecting the people around them. Brent finds out that actions have consequences; disastrous consequences. Interwoven with this very readable action adventure is an insight to Buddhist teachings as some of the characters are Buddhist and some of the story is set in India. I found this interesting as I don’t know much about Buddhism. Rather than getting in the way of the story, it added to it greatly.
This is an unusual book, but very well written and it kept my attention throughout. The character of Brent is great as we see him grow as a person. I wanted to like him at the start as he had gone through the ordeal of nearly drowning. I went from disliking him as he stumbled from bad to terrible decisions to applauding him at the end as finally did the right thing. Peter says at the end of the book that he wanted to create a book comparable to vintage wine. I think he has succeeded. This is a book with rich and complex flavours and it does linger in the mind. I wouldn’t mind opening the next bottle of Chateau Best.