Reviewed by Erin N.

In the 1970s, Afghanistan was in political turmoil. Communist Russia had a tenuous hold on the country while various factions, including the religious, fought tooth and nail to overthrow the regime and establish their own government and way of life. One faction strove to establish a system of freedom and growth; a system that would attract all of the expatriates back home to a life not known for over a century.

This faction centered on a lofty idealist named Aziz Rashani who by day was a successful restaurant owner and by night, the brains behind a rebel force gearing up to stage a revolution on the next holiday season. That is, until Aziz’s path crossed that of an American teacher looking for a new and exciting life in the dangerous, yet mysterious, Middle East. Jenna Lantz gets caught in the cross fire of a small Afghani town and stumbles into the heart of Aziz in the process. Now Aziz is left with a painful choice. Does he remain loyal to the country he loves or does he leave everything he holds dear behind for the woman he loves?

Aksandar is very enlightening historical fiction. So much of the history of the countries in the Middle East is so jumbled and confusing. And yet, Aksandar provides a clear snapshot of the political landscape that led to the theocracy that ultimately flew planes into buildings half way across the globe. The back of the book claims that “Aksandar is a quest for truth and justice…”.  Judith Montgomery certainly has declared her own with the writing of this book.

Erin fell in love with the written word as a small child and subsequently spent most of her life happily devouring literature. She works as a freelance news, marketing, and technical writer. Erin lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Judith Montgomery. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.