What We’re Reading: The Promise and a Dystopic Collection

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Söz Written by Ethem Ozisik While observing social distancing, my family spent a lot of time watching TV. Since the beginning of May, they have been watching a Turkish series on YouTube with subtitles. At first, I left my family members alone with the TV after dinner, but later I became interested and started to join. The series, “Söz” (something like “The Promise”), is about a special Turkish squad set up to hunt an active terrorist and secessionist group in the country. At the beginning of the series, the main character, a well-trained Turkish soldier, loses his fiancee during a terrorist attack on a shopping mall. The terrorist organization is gaining strength, and the Turkish government decides to create a group of the best Turkish soldiers who are ready to track down and kill everyone behind the attacks. The soldier, committed to avenging the death of his would-be wife, becomes a captain of the team. The squad fights the terrorists to protect the Turkish state and population from attacks. Later, the series details the functioning of the terrorist group, which is gaining in strength both militarily and financially; shows how terrorist attacks are prepared; and looks at the lives of […]

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