One Child – Jeff Buick, Author

November 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm (Uncategorized)


One Child – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
“I had a dream last night,” Halima said, her eyes locked on her youngest sister.  “Dreams are good,” her father said.  “Do you remember what you dreamt?”  “Yes, I do.” She licked her cracked lips with a dry tongue.  “I was someone important, I’m not sure why, but people were talking about me.  Many, many people.  They had pictures of me.”  “You are important, Halima.”  “No, father.  Not just to you.  To hundreds of people.  Maybe even thousands.”  “How are such things possible?” Kadir asked.  She shrugged, her shoulders pressed into his chest.  “I don’t know.  But they were talking about me.  Saying that I changed the world.”  Kadir tilted his head so he could see her eyes.  They were shining with excitement.  “You changed my world, Halima.  You made it so much better.”  Her eyes dimmed and the smile slowly fated.  “Do dreams come true?”  Kadir considered the words.  They were thoughtful words, and an important question to an eleven-year-old girl.  His answer was equally important.  He was her world and what he said and how he said it would help form the woman she would become.  “Yes, they do come true.”
Russell Matthews, a journalist on assignment for a major US television network, will soon step into one of the hottest spots in the world.  He will be joining American soldiers as they put their lives in jeopardy every day while trying to bring some sort of peace to war-torn Afghanistan.  The scenes that will unfold before his eyes, and that he captures with his camera, are sights that most of us only see in the movies.  But this isn’t Hollywood. This is real life, and real life has which has no preference as to who will die – or how.  Russell learns the hard way that while decisions can save lives, they can also cost the lives of innocents.
Carson Grant is a Wall Street genius.  His dreams are about to come true when he finds himself being promoted to the inner-circle of Platinus Investments by William Fleming, the firm’s billionaire owner.  The duties and responsibility that go with the job are substantial – he will be making over a million a year.  But what he didn’t see coming with the promotion was finding out that Fleming doesn’t always deal legally. And not just on the stock market.  He taps into Fleming’s email and discovers that something is planned for August 25th, and he starts regretting his decision to accept the job.  As he dabbles even further into the forbidden emails, he discovers something that really turns his stomach. Something that is of grave concern to the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.
Julie Lindstrom, owner of Details Matter, has been employed by Dimitri Volstov to handle security for the U2 concert in Moscow show of U2.  What Julie doesn’t know is that there is a team headed by an ex-CIA agent preparing to sabotage the show. William Fleming is behind the sabotage, looking to ruin Volstov’s image.
Halima Hussein is the oldest of 3 daughters living with their father in a bombed out building in Afghanistan.  Halima’s mother was killed by the Taliban, leaving her to care for her father and younger sisters.  When her father finds a way to save the family, he makes the decision to sell Halima.  The promise of money to provide for his other daughters as well as giving Halima an opportunity to go to school are too good to pass up.  To save her family, Halima agrees.
Through One Child, Jeff Buick brings all of these individuals together to create one of the most heart tugging books I’ve EVER read.  He spares nothing and no-one as he tells a story of war-torn Afghanistan.  Parts of the book upset me tremendously – but only because I knew that what he had described was true.  Other parts gave me a joyous feeling as the world came together in a way I wish would be true.  One Child showed how one child’s dream really can come true, even with disaster lurking so close by.
2010
391 Pages
Enthrill Entertainment, Inc.
ISBN# 978-0-9866199-0-8

Review Stir, Laugh, Repeat at Amazon.com

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