Stillpoint, a novel of war and peace. by Colin Mallard

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Stillpoint is a gripping, odyssey spanning two continents and three generations. It depicts a clash of ideologies and the onset of a long and vicious war.

Stillpoint, tackles the difficult issues of Middle East politics, taking the reader on a vivid and moving journey through the fiery and disturbing history of the region. It is here that American and Israeli policies collide in the ancient battleground of Palestine.

Stillpoint is a lucid and compelling vision of what it means to bring truth and wisdom to the political arena, both at home and abroad. In the process the reader is drawn into a vivid and haunting world replete with unforgettable characters, and the crisis and opportunities that emerge in  this sun drenched and fractured land.

The reader is brought face to face with the question: "What would I do under such circumstances?" It is with this question that understanding emerges.

George Santayana famously said, “Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” “Do we learn from history?” Mallard asks and responds: “Since war continues with little break, it appears we don’t.” He then offers a way out, grounded in the direct experience common to each one of us. “We all know,” he says, “what we learn we can forget. Anyone who’s written exams knows this. But, understanding is of a different order altogether. When it happens, it’s permanent and it is here that hope and peace can be found.

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“Stillpoint turns the political world of US and Middle East relationships upside down… Utterly astounded by the logic of it all. Fascinating, riveting and enlightening….a must read! Highly recommended.”
Steve Flawith
Courtenay, BC
“In his new novel Stillpoint, Colin Mallard offers a lucid, compelling vision of what it means to bring truth and wisdom to the political arena. The story dramatized on a contemporary stage allows us to witness timeless teachings such as those of Lao Tzu applied to the challenges of great power. Stillpoint is a gripping, thoughtful odyssey spanning two continents and 70 years. Experiencing the clash of peoples and ideologies in the world as it is, the reader is still inspired to a more hopeful understanding of [our]common humanity.
[Stillpoint] brings refreshing candor and philosophic transparency to matters of state, tackling even that most difficult of issues, Middle East politics. The reader is granted a vivid journey through the postwar history of the region, following memorable characters …. by which to understand the passions and painful realities on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The storylines converge when American and Israeli policies collide in the ancient battleground of Palestine. This work of fiction draws from historical events to paint an alternate future… using alternative solutions to violence…. where another possibility might emerge…
Nowick Gray
Victoria, BC
I loved Stillpoint. It’s an action packed, exciting novel, which follows the history of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict from the 1940s to early in the 2000s. It tackles the subject of peace and war in the Middle East and offers alternative, and perhaps more productive, ways to achieving it: Something to help us break this endless cycle of violence.

It combines philosophy, action and politics—a rare combination. I don’t think I can remember a novel which did that before.

With the fighting in Israel and Palestine raising its ugly head again, Stillpoint is a very topical and powerful book.

The characters are vivd and haunting and what happens to some of them is based on historical events in the Middle east. I found I was reading into the middle of the night because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

If you are looking for something different, something exciting, and something, which helps you think, helps you see things you might not have thought about, (the assumptions and beliefs we don’t even know we have)—you will enjoy this book as much as me.

Val Walton
Courtenay, BC
 

About Colin Mallard

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Published November 29, 2012 by Promontory Press. 420 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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