Today is my stop on The Benevolent Dictator blog tour!
Ben longs to be prime minister one day. But with no political connections, he is about to crash out of a Masters degree with no future ahead. So when by chance he becomes fast friends with a young Arab prince, and is offered a job in his government, he jumps at the chance to get on the political ladder.
Amal dreads the throne. And with Ben’s help he wants to reform his country, steering it onto a path towards democracy. But with the king’s health failing, revolutionaries in the streets, and terrorism threatening everyone, the country is ready to tear itself apart.
Alone in a hostile land, Ben must help Amal weigh what is best against what is right, making decisions that will risk his country, his family, and his life.
I found The Benevolent Dictator to be a compelling story with themes of morality and principles.
I love the mixtures of British and Arab cultures. Tom Trott was able to present the differences of these cultures, and mix them together to create a compelling story and unique setting. I was drawn in from the start and kept interested to the very end.
Ben and Amal were two very well written characters. They were unique in their voice and presence, and worked well together in this story, which is another testament to Tom Trott’s writing ability.
I’m glad I was able to read this one. It isn’t something I would have gravitated towards on my own and just reminds me that I need to branch out when it comes to reading, otherwise I may miss gems like this. Highly recommended!
Tom Trott was born in Brighton. He first started writing at Junior School, where he and a group of friends devised and performed comedy plays for school assemblies, much to the amusement of their fellow pupils. Since leaving school and growing up to be a big boy, he has written a short comedy play that was performed at the Theatre Royal Brighton in May 2014 as part of the Brighton Festival; he has written Daye’s Work, a television pilot for the local Brighton channel, and he has won the Empire Award (thriller category) in the 2015 New York Screenplay Contest. He is the proverbial Brighton rock, and currently lives in the city with his wife.
Let me know what you think!