The Brussels Connection is a compelling fiction novel penned by Terence Hamilton and published in 2023. Taking inspiration from the actual events of the Brussels Airport bombings of 2016, the book follows a tragic airport bombing that reshapes the lives of six individuals, unveiling a tapestry of emotions and experiences that will undoubtedly leave a profound impact on readers.
Hamilton’s storytelling is an artful amalgamation of deep research and thoughtful fiction. With a deft touch, he weaves the lives of diverse characters around a central incident, leading to a climactic finale that resonates deeply. The novel thoughtfully unveils the essence of Islam and delves into societal notions, all without hidden agendas.
Book Review: The Brussels Connection by Terence Hamilton
This book paints the journey of seven diverse individuals, whose life takes an unexpected turn following the tragic Islamic State terror incident, compelling them to forge a new path in their lives. The adage “Enjoy it while it lasts” echoes through the story, reminding us of life’s unpredictable nature.
The author beautifully builds the story of different characters around the Islamic State terror incident, and the unexpected climax was worth reading the book. The tale centers around Tom (a British IT consultant), Roxy (a beautiful scuba instructor), Nena (a kinky techno DJ), Meena (a successful businesswoman), Philippe (a philandering owner of a restaurant chain), and Mark (a British soldier), all present at Brussels airport during the fateful incident.
Though some lives are lost, those who survive are compelled to reassess and reconstruct their futures. Tom’s transformation encapsulates this theme, as he seeks answers and inner peace in the aftermath.
The plot introduces us to Ibrahim, the orchestrator of the airport bombing collecting the ingredients with which to make bombs to target the airport. The plot follows the unsuspecting victims’ lives in the lead-up to the bombing and how they accidentally converge at the airport on the morning of the bombing.
The Belgian police try to thwart the attack, desperately pursuing Ibrahim and his cohorts across Brussels in the days before the attack.
You’ve to read the book to know how the aftermath unfolds and impacts the lives of all characters.
Writing Style ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The author’s writing style shines, grounded in meticulous research. The interconnected lives of the characters showcase Hamilton’s narrative prowess, effectively drawing readers into a world of reality and wonder.
Themes of love, passion, betrayal, and humanity intertwine, leaving no dull moment. Hamilton deftly unravels the threads, offering hidden lessons for readers to ponder. The book holds a solid 4 stars for its seamless narration and insightful exploration.
For a work of fiction, there is diligent and deep research into the subject matter – the root causes and process of Islamic radicalization, the background to the attacks, and in the backstories of completely different individuals. It portrays what exactly extreme and moderate Islam is (without any hidden agenda) and contrasts Islam with Western Liberalism.
|Vowelor Review: Based on actual events, a well-researched
and sophisticated thriller with intriguing characters and plot twists.
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Reasons to add this book to your TBR
As a staunch supporter of non-fiction, I was surprised by the resonance of “The Brussels Connection.” The story raises important questions about the clash of cultures, the role of religion, and the impact of extremism on both individuals and society as a whole.
The characters exude authenticity, inviting readers to immerse themselves in their journey. The plot twists, intriguing and skillfully executed, ensure the pages are turned without hesitation.
I’m pleased to say that overall, despite its difficult and complex subject matter, this sophisticated thriller won my heart. The characters were so real as if you yourself are part of the book, and the plot twists were so intriguing you couldn’t resist turning the pages. If you are a fiction lover, then it is a gem to be discovered.
About the Author: Terence Hamilton
Terence Hamilton is an author, ex-RAF, and strategy consultant from the UK. His debut novel, Brussels Connection, is a fast-paced thriller set around the Islamic State’s bombing of Brussels Airport in 2016.
Terence served in Germany and the Middle East. His post-RAF civvy career is strategy consulting for large companies. Counteracting that instant conversation stopper at parties are his love of Islamic culture, DJing techno music, teaching scuba diving, and delving into military history.