George Mastras
Fidali's Way

 AN EPIC TALE OF COLLIDING CULTURES, FANATICAL RELIGIONS, BROTHERHOOD, AND THE VIOLENT EFFECTS OF WAR

 

AVAILABLE IN SCRIBNER HARDBACK IN BOOK STORES AND ONLINE STARTING JANUARY 6 , 2009 

 

PRAISE FOR FIDALI'S WAY:

"Just when you think it's not possible to read a debut novel that offers something fresh, a book comes along that catches you off-guard....  Fidali's Way is a lushly written, panoramic view of the hills of Pakistan, the violent conflicts nestled within this far-flung locale and the damaged souls of its main characters...  The caldron stirs its ingredients to a boiling point, producing climaxes of violence that leave impact lasting like a brand placed on unwelcoming skin. "

The Baltimore Sun

 

[A] stirring first novel…a winding, character-rich plot full of authentic detail and regional history…the Odyssey-like story gripsReaders will cheer [Nicholas Sunder] along his path toward spiritual renewal, guided by the wisdom and advice of the titular Fidali.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“An American in Central Asia encounters love, politics, war and enlightenment in this ambitious debut novel… Mastras is an intelligent writer with a lively style

Kirkus Reviews

 

FIDALI’S WAY begins as a thriller, fast paced and dangerous, and then widens in scope to take in the culture and deadly conflicts and rugged beauty of present-day Kashmir.  As a journey, it’s vivid and exciting.  As a novel, it takes us deep into the Muslim world, beyond the scorching violence and cruel fanaticism, and shows us the gift of compassion that lies at the very heart of Islam.”

John Dalton, author of Heaven Lake


" [A] literate, insightful, and suspenseful story ....  Grade:  A"

Rocky Mountain News


"Former backpacker, lawyer, and now screenwriter George Mastras has turned his extensive knowledge of the remote regions of the world into a dramatic and timely first novel.... A love story and an adventure story which is exciting and brilliantly told."

The Toronto Sun

 

"[A] journey filled with suspense, danger and soul rendering experiences that keeps a reader's interest hooked until the last page.... Mastras' unbiased and non-preachy tune comes as a positive step towards bridging the gap between Islam and the West and at the same time is a befitting answer to the ruthlessness of the fundamental forces working in this complex region."

 

The India Tribune

 

 

"A smart, pulse-quickening novel...  [R]eaders will remain[] riveted to their seats."

Mystery Scene Magazine

 

 


"[A] superb, engrossing novel."

Connie Martinson Talks Books

 

 

"[A]n excellent novel."

Traverse City Record-Eagle

 

"[E]xtremely powerful."

Anne Jongeling, NU.nl News, The Netherlands

 

"[A]n offbeat story by an offbeat kind of author who resigned his NY law practice for years of wandering at the top of the world... Mastras writes a brave and moving book with suspense that grows on you.  Call it crime fiction if you will, or just a wonderful read."

 

The Poisoned Pen

 

"[A] novel to cherish...  5 out of 5 Stars."

Crimezone.nl

 

 

 "To write a great book you need a number of talents.   Mastras has all of these talents and one more -- the ability to successfully assemble them into one work.  The result is a book the real book lover should not miss -- Grade:   5 out of 5 Stars"

 

FOK News, The Netherlands

 

"Fidali's Way is an absorbingly beautiful novel replete with excitement and drama.  There is war and love, deceit and assassinations.  The novel's end sparkles with creepy intensity, psychological horror, and redemption. 

--MetroXpress, Denmark

 

"Mastras manages to capture the reader from start to finish, and you clearly sense that he knows the area through his own experience...which makes the book so credible you sometimes forget that it's fiction.  A fantastic debut recommended for a wide audience: people who love adventure, thrillers, love stories, and novels that give insight into exotic and foreign cultures."

 

 -- Kulturkapellet, Denmark 


 
"A Conversation with George Mastras" on PMC Magazine

Check out George's latest interview -- "A Conversation with Writer George Mastras" in the July/August "Summer Reading and Entertainment" Edition of PMc Magazine:

Part 1

Part 2


 
Mastras nominated for Edgar Allen Poe Award

"Fidali's Way" author George Mastras was nominated for the 2010 Edgar Allen Poe Award for his teleplay of Breaking Bad (season 2) entitled "Grilled."  The Mystery Writers of America announced the list of Edgar nominees on January 19th, the famous author's birthday.  Winners will be announced at the Edgars Awards Ceremony on April 29th in New York City.

Mastras's Edgar nominated episode "Grilled" was also selected by the editors of Entertainment Weekly to be among the Top Ten Best Television Episodes of 2009.  EW columnist and master of suspense Stephen King called "Breaking Bad" the best written show on television, citing Mastras's "Grilled" as "a case in point," comparing the episode to "watching No 'Country for Old Men' crossbred with the malevolent spirit of the original 'Texas Chain Saw Massacre.'"

 

 
Mastras Wins PEN USA Literary Award

PEN Center USA has officially announced that George Mastras has won the 2009 PEN USA Literary Award in the Teleplay category for his episode of Breaking Bad entitled "Crazy Handful of Nothin'."  Mastras will receive the honor in a ceremonly to take place on December 2nd in Beverly Hills, California.  Other award winners shall include Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Elmore Leonard, novelist Kim Barnes (A Country Called Home), columnist and non-fiction writer Steve Lopez (The Soloist), and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk).  

 

 
Fidali's Way's Released in Danish Translation!
On October 15, 2010, the Danish translation of Fidali's Way will hit bookstores in Denmark.  Our Danish publisher is the imprint Mrs. Robinson, and the book shall be released under the translated title "Fidalis Vej."  Click on the link to connect to the official publisher's page.    
 
Fidali's Way Selected by The Mystery Bookstore of LA as #2 on its Top Ten Books of 2009 List!

The Mystery Bookstore, an old landmark of Los Angeles independent booksellers, has selected Fidali's Way as the #2 novel of the year according to the manager's Top Ten List of 2009!  Mystery Bookstore is located at 1036-C Broxton Ave., Los Angeles, 90024.        

Fidali's Way also made #20 on Diesel Bookstore's "Top 50 Best Sellers List" for 2009!  The Brentwood branch of Diesel Books is located at the Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th Street, Suite 33, Santa Monica, CA, 90402.

 

 
Fidali's Way Selected as Third Best Book of 2009 by Dutch Critics!

Fidali's Way, released in Holland in Dutch translation in April, 2009, by our Dutch publisher, De Fontein, under the title "Tranen over Kashmir," was ranked Number Three on the list of Top Ten Best Books of 2009 by book critics of the news magazine NU.nl.   

 

Tranen over Kashmir is available in book stores and online all across Holland, Belgium, and the rest of Europe.  Check it out! -- De Fontein Boeken:  "Tranen over Kashmir" van George Mastras!

Some of the critical acclaim in Holland for Tranen over Kashmir:

5 out of 5 Stars from Fok.nl

5 out of 5 Stars from WaarBenJij.Nu

5 out of 5 Stars from Crimezone.nl

4.5 out of 5 Stars from Nu.nl

4.5 out of 5 Stars from Bol.com

 

Fidali's Way will soon be released in Danish translation as well in 2010.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

 

     

 
Great Reception in India!...

Fidali's Way hit bookstores in India with critical acclaim.   Comparing Fidali's Way to Domonique LaPierre's "City of Joy" and Vikas Swarup's "Q & A" (aka "Slumdog Millionare"), the India Tribune calls Fidali's Way...

 

"a journey full of suspense, danger and soul-rendering experiences that keeps a reader's interest hooked till the last page."

 The Tribune continues...

"[Fidali's Way] takes the readers on a journey of love, compassion, courage and despair...[that] gives us a glimpse of the Islamic culture and the hopes and aspiration of the people of Kashmir...  Mastras' unbiased and non-preachy tune comes as a positive step toward bridging the gap between Islam and the West and at the same time is a befitting answer to the ruthlessness of the fundamental forces working in this complex region."

Parbina Rashid, India Tribune

 Check out the full review here:  India Tribune -- Fidali's Way: Journey of Love and Despair -- June 28, 2009