Friday, 29 April 2011
Why the book, Makaira: the double edged sword?
Published in April 2011, the book Makaira: the double edged sword has attracted different opinions. Interestingly and so far, the response i have received have been positive. I am happy about this and i guess i should be.
Below are some of the reviews that have been getting to me from those who have purchased the book or have read it's snippet:
"It sounds like the next big motion picture in cinemas nation wide."
"I find it engaging and as such wanting some more......"
"This book is screen worthy"
"It really grabs my interest"
"It makes for a very interesting read"
"This book is an inspired work"
"It is a worthy effort"
"A well written and gifted work"
"Could be a literary masterpiece in my opinion"
"Comprehensive, written with literary prowess for contemporary times"
"Well written, it should go far"
"Absolutely enjoyable book, definitely worth reading........"
Those are some of the reviews i have got so far and i know more is on its way.
I am constantly asked what the title of the book means, "what does Makaira mean? " A makaira is a type of sword, it's the type of sword the Apostle Paul was refering to when he analysed the Word of God as a double edged sword. It is a greek word and a type of sword armies of that time found easy to use and efficient during battles. This is where the inspiration for it's title came from.
On a number of occasions i have been asked to explain what the book cover represents.
The images on the cover are three swords positioned across each other, they are right over the flag of Nigeria. The swords are meant to be three Makaira's. Why three swords you may wonder? The Word of God is likened to a sword in scriptures, and the Word we are told is God. We know from scripture there is a God head- the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The three swords represent the trinity. The black background represents the people of colour or dark skinned people of African. You can also liken the dark background of the book to darkness over Africa or Nigeria and the Word of God is piercing the darkness.
I choose the colour red for the word Makaira on the book cover because that is meant to represent the blood of Jesus Christ.
I have also been asked "why did you write this book ?" I have written this book for two major reasons:
1) I enjoy writting, and i have quiet an imaginative mind. So i thought, why not use my writting talent and imagination for something positive. That where the idea started.
2) I feel i found a niche. At the moment and i stand to be corrected there isn't any fictional book written about Africa with Nigeria as its primary focus that's of the adventure/fantasy genre that glorifies God and at the same time inspires hope. (It has a happy ending)
Don't you think you should get a copy?
It's available through Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith and several other retail stores.
I'm looking forward to receiving your own review.