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May 18, 2013

ZORIAM THE BIOS RIVER by Taoufik Jazouli

ZORIAM  THE BIOS RIVER                            4 STARS

by Taoufik Jazouli

On a hot and humid night in the city of Salzia, a maid gives birth to a baby boy. Moments later, lightning strikes the lonely house where she works and lives, burning it to the ground. The infant is rescued from the flames by a mysterious old man, who names the baby Zoriam and raises the child as his son. The old man takes Zoriam far from Salzia, teaching him the skills of a warrior and keeping him hidden from the outside world. But the old man is not what he seems, and Zoriam’s past is far more complicated than the young boy realizes. Zoriam doesn’t understand why the old man is so protective, or why he seems to have so many secrets. When Zoriam stows away on one of the old man’s trips back to Salzia, he meets a girl who seems strangely familiar. Kalee, Zoriam’s new friend, has problems of her own: she’s trying to earn a living and protect her blind mother, Adair. A chance encounter brings Zoriam and Kalee to King Corydon’s palace, where Zoriam is thrust into the middle of a brewing battle between Salzia and the nearby city of Yozana. The royal family is impressed with Zoriam’s courage and ingenuity—all except for Prince Ambrose’s wife, Hagale, who knows that Zoriam poses a threat to her diabolical plot to wrest control of the city from Corydon. When Hagale learns the truth about who Zoriam is, she’ll stop at nothing to get him out of her way. Zoriam will soon discover he can trust no one—not even the old man who raised him and who he considers a father. He’ll have to use every skill he has to uncover the secret of his birth, defeat a one-hundred-thousand-man army, and save Prince Priam of Salzia.

Taoufik Jazouli grew up in an exotic town in North Africa, where the popularity of storytelling reaches its peak. He is fluent in three languages, and possesses a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has a strong passion for writing and drawing. From an early age, he was influenced and inspired by the French literature. Jazouli had authored and published several technical publications, while ZORIAM is his first work of fiction.  

 YOU'LL BE HOOKED AFTER THE FIRST PAGE.  JAZOULI  uses such humor in his conversations.  He can tell a simple story filled with implications about relationships that anyone can use.  He learns so much about life, love and people.  He learns what true, really true love is.   A lot of us never find he was quite fortunate. He learns how to treat others with respect and becomes confident in himself.  He quits trying to fit in and discovers the norm is different with everyone. He did some honest deep soul searching. The author wrote a story about  growing up and finding what you are all about. This book should be read by everyone.  It is well written and makes you reflect.  Especially about Mothers and how important they are and should be.

I give this book 4 STARS

I received this complimentary copy of this book from the author for this unbiased review.[field]=author

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