Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – Mo: The Spotlight Tales by S. Pearce

I am delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and bookstore and to feature his books as part of the Christmas promotion. I am featuring the first book in The Spotlight Tales series by S. Pearce.

The series of stand-alone tales which take a critical look at our society. Extremism, nationalism and environmental concerns all come under the spotlight in this remarkable series. The tales will take you to the precipice and leave you dangling there. Get ready to question your thoughts, your actions, and wonder what those about you are planning.

About Mo

Will he listen to the extremist rhetoric, enticing him to commit unspeakable horrors? Will he heed the calmer and more softly spoken voice, coming from an unexpected source?

Catapulted out of the sheltered world of infancy into the raw – sometimes brutal – environment of new adolescence, Mo finds himself abandoned by cherished childhood friends and subjected to racial insults, bullying and general torment.Confusion and anger follow, compounded by an inability to confide in those close to him. All the while, sinister forces are beckoning him to follow a violent path. And yet, another mysterious voice is attempting to guide him. Mo hovers tantalisingly between fantasy and reality, between horror and wonder.

It describes how a young boy tries to find his way as family, friends, and strangers tug at his conscience with their conflicting demands.S Pearce’s enigmatic tale skilfully examines notions of identity in an unsettled world. Delving at times into the supernatural and at others into violent extremism, this intriguing and intelligent story can be seen as a modern day morality tale which will keep readers guessing throughout. This book will challenge your notions of right and wrong. It will take you, with the protagonist, to a cliff edge. You will feel uncomfortable, you will feel wronged, you will feel like Mo.

One of the reviews for the book

An unusual novel, this. The protagonist is a young Muslim boy facing a future he finds unattractive for many reasons. At first, I wondered if this book was meant for children, but that opinion was quickly squashed by the complex language and general tone of the story. The book is aimed, I imagine, at parents, teachers, and, perhaps, those leaders of Islamic groups who might benefit from the ideas it contains.

The character of the young lad is well drawn and it’s easy to form empathy with him. His rather distant father who begins as a man who shows little understanding of his son, and his devoted mother, caught between the needs of her lad and the demands of the father, slowly develop as characters as the story progresses. The other main character, an idiosyncratic and lonely old man with a kind heart and a fascination for moths and other wildlife, is another beautifully drawn player.

The story deals with bullying, isolation, prejudice, the grooming of terrorists, and the dangers of obsessive gaming, which is why it’s a very good read for concerned parents and teachers.
There were odd times when I was a little jarred by a passage of what almost amounted to preaching, but this happened only very rarely. For the most part, the story moves well and the reader is fully engaged.

Either the author has engaged in substantial research, or he has used imagination coupled with some personal experience to get into the head of Mo as well as to understand the methods used by groups wishing to subvert innocents to their cause.

This is an absorbing story; well told and full of events and discussions that provoke thought. Not an easy read, it has much of value to say on the injustice and ignorance that drives certain individuals to extreme action.

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Also by Simon Pearce

One of the recent reviews for Exit Velocity

marvelous whodunnit, on November 20, 2018

Sometimes, but not often, a new writer pops up from nowhere who is gifted with natural talent. Mr S Pearce has talent by the bucket load. In this, his second book, I’m reminded of the old school essays we had to write about the adventures of a penny as it changed hands. In this case, the pennies are deadly poisonous sweets! As the story daisy chains between the lives (and deaths) of all those effected, we’re left to work out which of them is the perpetrator. Exit Velocity is a marvelous whodunnit, well written, quick to read, and engrossing. Highly recommended. 

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About Simon Pearce

Simon Pearce was born in the south of England and spent most of his formative years growing up on the Isle of Wight. He then went on to read English and German at the University of Wales, Swansea, and then wrote his Ph.D. in German history and literature at the University of Nottingham. Finally, he completed a PGCE and spent many years living in Chesterfield, working at schools in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. He now lives near Berlin.

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22 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves for Christmas – Mo: The Spotlight Tales by S. Pearce

  1. Welcome to the bookshelves, Simon! You won’t find a more generous host or group of bloggers anywhere! (We speak from happy experience–Sally’s group is terrific!)

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