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The Lotus Keeper by K. R. Dial

The Lotus Keeper

by K. R. Dial

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I liked this book a lot more than I initially thought I would. Anything that goes out of it's way to infuse a lot of religion tends to rub me the wrong way and this book definitely starts slow. However, once I got further into it, the book flew by. While I'm not sure how much of this book is rooted in fact, I felt like I learned a lot about how a sex slavery ring can function and circumvent many of the regulations we put in place.
While the characters in description seemed over the top they worked together well and helped to move the story along. ( )
  MooqieLove | Jul 16, 2014 |
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This book is OK. I think the issue of child sex slavery throughout the far ease is a travesty. It is an important topic that country governments need to take head on. Unfortunately, the author mires down the story by infusing her religious beliefs throughout the book. I think the religious and moral aspects of the book failed to meld which is odd given the natural symbiosis. ( )
  honoliipali | Jan 24, 2014 |
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I'm going to be honest it took me a long time to read this. Not because it's bad, it is a good story with an important antagonistic social problem that I fully think needs to be showcased and highlighted in every media outlet possible to stop what is happening. That being said I did not like the aspect of religion that was heavily prevalent in the story. This is my issue though and many readers may very well connect with the faith inspired tales of many of the characters.

If you are agnostic or atheist you will find this story too focused on the "faith" to appreciate the social issue and the importance of saving young girls from lives of forced prostitution in the under belly of Asia.

For me to have enjoyed the story more that element would have to be removed. If the preaching was taken out it would be a great thriller and the characters more likable - for me.

I'm going to leave my review at this because I don't believe I can give an impartial opinion. ( )
  cwaldrum | Jun 18, 2013 |
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Clearly written by a Christian for a Christian audience making the story a sanitised narrative about what is actually a serious social problem - child sex slavery. The author has an obvious concern for the children caught in this terrible situation but the novel lacks the complexity and depth of a modern novel. Religion is inserted into the story in a preachy, cumbersome way and completely ignores obvious questions arising from the story line. For example, God is called a rescuing God when one of the "good" characters is rescued but clearly doesn't do anything about preventing children from being pressed into sex slavery in the first place. This results in a cheesy veneer of religiosity. The ending is too neat and tidy and culminates in a situation that is not really developed during the preceding story. Child sex slavery is absolutely a pressing issue for which more needs to be done. And this book will raise some awareness within Christian readership. But as a piece of literature it needs more depth, better character development, and more sophisticated plot development. These are common features/flaws in much Christian literature. I understand this is the first novel by this author on a theme with which she is personally involved. She has to be commended for tackling a difficult and important subject. I hope her next book, if she writes one, will move towards a more realistic, authentic style. ( )
  spbooks | May 30, 2013 |
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It started out well and had potential of being really interesting. But it didn't really pull you in or go into depth where it should have. Otherwise, it was a quick easy read and if nothing else kept me entertained for a little bit. ( )
  asper27 | Apr 8, 2013 |
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