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11:59 [Kindle Edition]

David Williams
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Who is Hassan and what is behind his mysterious Valentine message to Amina? Who is the young beauty chased across a lorry park in the early hours? These are the questions local phone-in host Marc Niven struggles with as he is drawn deeper into the city's secret places. The question he already knows the answer to - why did Sam leave him so suddenly? - is the one that troubles him most.

A taut thriller ... A near-cinematic stylist, the author deftly sustains the tension right up until the final segment ... a sterling example of astute character studies melded with highly topical concerns.
--Publishers Weekly

Semi-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2010

Editorial Reviews Review

"11:59" is billed as a suspense thriller and fits that billing with early hints with its hooks and hints at where the plot is going. I am excited to see which branch of many it will extend on or where the many roads with merge. Review

Suspense novels are not usually my preferred genre (just not my usual cup of tea, or should I say 'not my usual cuppa'?), but if I picked this novel up in a store and read this excerpt, I would definitely buy the novel in order to read further. The mystery elements so far are very interesting, but what is really driving my interest is the rock solid writing and good characterization. The prose style is particularly pleasant to read, and I can't rave enough about the non-American colloquialisms - don't let anyone tell you to take them out. I can't see why this wouldn't advance to the final levels - this sort of professional writing is something to be proud of.

Product Details

  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (August 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003Y8XO30
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant hook, with wonderful flavor March 26, 2010
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11:59 / B003CV7TIK

Marc Niven is a radio host, working the switchboard at nights, providing clever banter and well-practiced camaraderie to the airways and his nightly callers, and flirting with the women who work the switchboards with him. One night, just before midnight on Valentine's Day, a strange caller rings in to wish happy Valentines to his beloved wife...soon to be his widow. A distracted and harried Marc fails to notice the dark implications of that call, and - much later in the evening - he witness what appears to be a kidnapping, but is too tired, and a bit too sloshed to do much more than watch and remember.

What sets this excerpt apart is the superb characterization, tight writing, and truly delightful sense of setting. Marc is not the easiest person for the reader to like - his dogged flirting with his staff and hints of a somewhat self-absorbed personality would normally put me off, but this characterization is done so vividly and with such a careful touch, that the reader cannot help but warm to Marc. The pacing is fantastic, with detailed characterization, careful foreshadowing, and intense action occuring in the space of only a few pages, and yet at such an even pace that the reader can keep up easily without feeling either bored or rushed.

Were the full version of this novel to be published, I would definitely buy it now. To the author - if you do publish this work, I would be most grateful if you would let me know.

~ Ana Mardoll
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 7, 2010
By M. Rae
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Writers are always being advised to start with the story running, and to bring readers into a world that is new to them. In 11:59, David Williams does both. We feel as though we've wandered accidentally into the radio station where Marc Niven hosts a talk show--and he fills us in from time to time with his first person account. We meet Marni, who fields the calls at the station, and through their interactions we see the possibility of a developing relationship. Most fascinating of all are the calls that come in on this Valentine's Day. One in particular catches the reader's attention--a man who calls in to send his love to his widow. While the reader expects Marc to jump on the call, he's distracted and moves on. The reader waits--even through Marc's recollection of a past call where he helped save a man from jumping off a bridge...But nothing, and as we hold our breath, a regular caller (possible stalker), appears in the flesh--(I'll add here my only criticism. I don't think many people will like your description of him: "special needs look about him and sounds, frankly, a shade retarded." There must be another way to get your point across without offending). Things get even crazier, and I for one would really like to know what happens. In short, a riveting beginning.

I also have to add that there are plenty of humorous touches and Marc is someone we think of as a regular guy. He likes to do the right thing--if it's convenient for him.

I enjoyed this read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely top notch and intriguing! May 16, 2010
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For starters I should mention my ex boyfriend in college was a late night radio host - all smooth suave talk and no committment. From the little flavor we get in this excerpt seems like the main character here is the same. So to say I was intrigued is probably putting it mildly!

What I appreciate is how smoothly this flows. It hooks you right in! The ambience is authentic and the clearly UK based setting is a real treat. The glimpse we get of the mystery seems like a good one.

Others have described this excerpt well so I will add my voice to those that indicate they would most enthusiastically and definitely purchase the full size version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Mystery! March 11, 2012
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Wow! This was a great read! Marc, a late-night radio talk show host, takes a strange call on Valentine's Day night just before midnight. The caller wants to wish a Happy Valentine's Day to his widow. Distractions prevent Marc from paying attention and the call is ignored. Later that evening, Marc witnesses what he thinks is a kidnapping but he is just too exhausted and a bit drunk to do anything about it.

From here, the action is non-stop. Marc is thrown into a series of mysterious events which he tries, sometimes reluctantly, to solve. The supporting characters are wonderful, loveable and well-developed. I felt as if I were watching a dark, tense mystery movie unfold as I read this book. The action is intense and well-paced and kept me rivited to the story. There were enough twists and turns to keep me guessing! And I loved the UK setting with the local color and language.

This is a top notch mystery. I highly recommend it to all mystery lovers!
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What the heck happened? March 28, 2010
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Here's the review that I wrote for the ABNA contest:

"Marc Craven is a late night radio talk show host. In a completely engaging first chapter which cleverly combines first and third person narration with some exceptionally believable real-life dialogue that is clearly drawn from solid research into the radio industry, we are allowed to be the proverbial fly on the wall. We listen to Marc's thoughts as the clock rapidly ticks off the seconds toward midnight. He's trying to juggle squeezing in a last few callers before he calls it a night with some rather shameless flirting with his producer. His mind is so focused on leaving for the night and the possibility of an "encounter" with his work-mate that the last male caller's references to his wife as "the mother of his children" and "his widow", a very clear and ominous signal to an imminent, planned suicide, blow right by him. Distracted and focused on more pleasant possibilities to come, he simply hangs up and proceeds to shut down the show for the night!

Later in the evening, as he drives home from a singularly unsuccessful seduction attempt that had previously held out the promise of being a sure thing, Marc purchases a consolation bottle of wine and purposefully drowns his frustration in the comforting haze of alcohol. When he witnesses a kidnapping through the swirling mists of the wine, he realizes that, because of his condition and the fact that he is still driving his car, he can't risk calling the police.

At that point the excerpt ends and, of course, there simply hasn't been enough happen to give any potential reader any idea as to what the plot-line of this thriller might be. We have no clue about how or even whether the caller's possible suicide and the kidnapping that Marc witnessed are related in any way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average, but kept
This was an interesting but average reading experience, yet it kept my attention & it WAS an experience. I'll read other David Williams writing offerings gladly.
Published 13 months ago by Shari
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
I read a lot of reviews for this one that said it was a page tuner and keep put their attention. I struggled to read it and eventually gave up 1/2 way through. Read more
Published on November 20, 2012 by callailly112
2.0 out of 5 stars 11.59
Very hard to get interested in this novel the premise may have been good but just did not interest me as there were too many story lines woven around the main story. Read more
Published on November 14, 2012 by Senior
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing thriller with unlikable, compelling protagonist
I read many, many Kindle thrillers. This one stands above the rest. The author success in creating a narrator's character and worldview that is absorbing, all the more so because... Read more
Published on October 31, 2012 by TT WPB FL
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept my interest going
To be honest, I wasn't sure through half the book if I wanted to read it or not... but I couldn't stop. Read more
Published on October 27, 2012 by M. Deese
5.0 out of 5 stars very surprised!!
I bought this book on a whim and I'm very happy with the book. It starts off fast and never gives up.
Published on October 2, 2012 by chad
4.0 out of 5 stars Action packed adventure!!!
In just the first few pages I was hooked - I only meant to look it over a bit, but before I knew it I'd made the dive in. Read more
Published on September 11, 2012 by kklinz
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book ... Intriging, Full of Suspense
I found myself hooked from the first pages of the book. The call that Mark Niven, insufferable late night radio host, receives just before midnight on Valentine's Day is riveting. Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by Aaron Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down!
Very good book, easy to read and the characters were very well done. I felt like i knew them. It really was one of those books that you get sucked into and don't notice what is... Read more
Published on June 14, 2012 by ferri
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!
Being a radio personality myself, I could relate to A LOT of things in this book. Lucky for me, I haven't had to deal with terrorist attacks in that sense. Read more
Published on April 29, 2012 by lbeakley
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