Research: F. Stone took her time writing Forbidden to ensure the readers would be fully entertained and gain a fresh insight into Islam - moderate Islam. After years of study, and with the guidance of an imam and a Muslim physician, Stone discovered the gentle side of Islam. She met Muslims who respected all religions, who are peacekeepers, and guardians of the environment. The Koran's messages have suffered under years of misinterpretation when translated from Arabic to English. However, a book, The Clear Quran by Dr. Mustafa Khattab, provides a beautiful and accurate English translation of the word of Allah / God.
NOTE: Due to frequent scenes of violence and strong language, F. Stone recommends Forbidden to only adult readers. Both men and women who crave suspense with a touch of passion will savor each of Forbidden's thrilling chapters.
The Essence of Forbidden: Forbidden is both plot and character driven. Each character is alive and fully developed. A devout Muslim police officer is pushed to a dark place, forced to make critical moral choices. In the balance hangs his life and his soul. Facing his corrupt superiors is suicidal. Confronting his past is impossible until a woman with mental illness shows him what real courage looks like.
Let me ask you, dear reader. Would you give up your life for a hero cop on the run?
One of F. Stone's favorite paragraphs:
Sharif could read her thoughts as the light returned to her eyes. She had feared someone had phoned to tell her he had been killed. The thought made her throw up. He smelt it on her breath. In his mind, he told her how much he loved her. He said things he could never speak out loud. Like how the terrible accident that destroyed her family brought her to him. That he was sad he could never be good enough for her. That she had shown him what real courage looked like - without armor or weapons.
Readers' Favorite is proud to announce that "Forbidden" by F. Stone won the Gold Medal in the Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist category.