Book Review: Thin Air by Yotam Jacobson

Title: Thin Air
Author: Yotam Jacobson
Genre: Thrillers, Military
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Traumatized by war, Roi finds solace and a new world view on the Tibetan Plateau

Roi’s traumas as an IDF soldier send him to India to restore his soul. He finds spiritual solace in the Tibetan refugee community of Dharamsala. Tibetan Buddhism leads Roi to renounce militarism and embrace cosmic compassion. He even finds local love.

War again rears its ugly head in this riveting story

But war is never far away. Just when he’s tapped into a wellspring of Buddhist thought, the Tibetan underground recruits Roi. To his surprise – and contrary to his newly adopted pacifism – it advocates violent struggle against the Chinese occupation. A large arsenal is amassed, and Roi finds himself in a pivotal role. With his life in danger, will Roi forsake his new religious ways and return to a path of violence?

Life or death choices in exotic Tibet

This suspenseful novel sweeps across the Tibetan Plateau: its landscapes, beliefs, and history. It reveals the complex relationship between east and west and even a surprising solution to the China-Tibet crisis. Answers to Roi’s deepest questions must be found anew.

Roi is a former IDF soldier who heads to India in a quest to resort his soul, in Thin Air. He finds spiritual solace with the Buddhist monks, and finds himself in Tibetan Buddhism. He renounces militarism, the war itself, and instead embraces compassion for everyone, regardless of nationality or religion. But then Roi gets recruited by the Tibetan underground that advocates violent struggle against the Chinese occupation. Roi has to choose between the new religion he’s just embraced, and the path of violence he knows all too well.

Part of the book reads like a travelogue, in which Roi visits the Tibetan Plateau. The descriptions are amazing and help the reader picture exactly how everything looks. The character descriptions are a little hurried at the start, but as you get to know the characters they become much more than just descriptions – they become more realistic and start behaving in realistic ways, and you can predict what they will think or do about certain things. That said, the book is slightly predictable, as the characters didn’t really do a lot of things I didn’t expect them to do.

However, this was a great read, and one I devoured in a few days. The settings in particular were outstanding, and I loved getting to know the Tibetan culture.

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