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Going Dark (Thorn Mysteries) Hardcover – December 3, 2013
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“Hall's latest novel, titled Going Dark proves he's one of the best genre writers working today.” ―Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered
“Among the best [of Florida writers] is James W. Hall. . . . As the story spins forward, Hall builds the suspense and violence to what could literally be a breaking point for South Florida. Along the way, he treats the reader to gorgeous prose about the state's natural bounty, advances his development of Thorn, supplies multiple shocks and proves that not all of Florida's reptiles slither on their bellies.” ―Richmond Times-Dispatch
“As ever, Hall is in colorful command of his South Florida setting… Compared to other mystery writers, he plays things refreshingly low key, but he's always in control, thriving on the setup as much as the payoff …with its nicely observed characters and lively dialogue--and terrific sex scenes--it keeps readers turning the pages.” ―Kirkus
“Hall is one of those rare thriller writers who can build character as he ratchets tension, who can do no-holds-barred action scenes with panache and, in the midst of bedlam, never lose sight of nuance. All those skills are on display here, as Hall assembles a full-bodied supporting cast whose stories hold our interest as much as Thorn's attempt to save his son without helping to bring about a South Florida version of Chernobyl. A fine thriller on every level.” ―Booklist on Going Dark
“Superlative….Hall steadily ratchets the suspense while seamlessly combining elements of Florida's natural history with elements of the state's early development and overdevelopment.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred) on Silencer
“A damn good mystery.” ―Booklist on Dead Last
“Hall's ability to evoke the deep, primeval essence of the Bay and Glades--the water, air, wildlife, feral excitement--are unmatched, and the life and death struggle that ensues is heightened and set apart by a heavy ambivalence…With his unerring sense of place, and a frighteningly sure grasp of the dark side, nobody cooks it up like Hall.” ―Miami Herald
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When Cameron Prince, a huge man Thorn knows only by reputation, is found walking around his property one morning, but is brushed off by the man after he refuses to say who he is or why he’s there, Thorn of course does not let it go at that. After he tracks the man down, he discovers that Flynn is involved with Prince and with his group, the local branch of the Earth Liberation Front (“ELF”), which has so far caused millions of dollars in damage, mainly through arson.
This entry in the series introduces (I think for the first time, though I’m not certain) Frank Sheffield, an FBI agent for over 30 years and for the last dozen Special Agent in Charge of the Miami field office, now nearing 60. The protagonists’ p.o.v. are juxtaposed from Thorn to Sheffield, with the latter on a mission to discover ELF’s next planned target, and Thorn getting involved with the group in order to protect his naïve young son.Read more ›
Thorn seeks the group out in an effort to find out what his son is involved in and finds himself forced to participate in a plot to disable Southern Florida's nuclear power plant at Turkey Point to protect Flynn. Members of the Earth Liberation Front, ELF, have decided to make a public statement against nuclear power by disabling the plant.
Meanwhile, Frank Sheffield, a special agent in the FBI and a former acquaintance of Thorn's, is closing in on the suspected plot at Turkey Point. It appears that Sheffield has been getting information from Flynn but he has no idea that Thorn is now a part of the conspiracy. For his part, Thorn is trying to protect his son, prevent nuclear catastrophe, and keep as many people alive as possible.
"Going Dark" presents a considerable number of characters, some who are more fully fleshed than others, and many whose loyalties are questionable and/or change throughout the course of the novel. Just who can be trusted and whose side are many of them on?Read more ›
by John Dwaine McKenna
My old friend Caywood was opposed to modern technology. He hated microwave ovens and cell phones, but most of all he hated computers. He’d say, only half joking, “Computers are the work of the Devil, and when we’re totally dependent on ‘em . . . that damned old Devil’s gonna shut off all the electricity. You just see how effed-up everything gets then.” I laughed and treated it as a joke when he said that back in 2001. Caywood passed in 2004, a victim of ALS, or Lou Gherig’s disease, but his comment has only gotten more prescient over the years. We would all be screwed without electricity. The world as we know it would grind to an instant halt without the energy we all expect whenever we flip a light switch.
Going Dark, (Minotaur Books, $25.99, 295 pages, ISBN 978-1-250-00500-7) by James W Hall is about such an event: eco-terrorists are plotting to take out the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Station in south Florida. All of Miami and the southern one-third of the state will be in the dark if the members of the Earth Liberation Front, ELF for short, have their way. ELF is ranked by the FBI as the number one domestic terror group in the US, responsible for one hundred million dollars of property damage in the last decade, mostly by arson. In the novel, a new radical ELF cell has gathered on an island in BiscayanBay. Their plan is to shut down the Turkey Point Power Plant for a few hours in a huge, non-violent publicity stunt, exposing the public to the inherent dangers of nuclear power. Unknown to the altruistic leaders of the cell, two members of their group are planning a far more deadly event . . . one that could leave the area a wasteland.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read a review of a "Thorn" book in the Detroit Free Press ...it was a 4 star review...this started me reading all of the book's I have recommended James w Hall to several... Read morePublished 9 months ago by dara morgan
a bit too eco-centric and it kind of glories the eco-terrorists. Great writer, sometimes his messages overtake his stories.Published 10 months ago by Norma R. Brown
Pretty good installment in the Thorn story. Not my favorite but a good read. Looking forward to reading the next one.Published 11 months ago by John P. Snow
Jim Hall at his best. A further development of Thorn and his "adventures". Another installment in a great series; keep up the good work Jim, we need more writers like... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Crawford
Another Hall thriller, expertly crafted. Having lived in S. FL for 30 yrs. & boated all the waters in the book, it came alive for me.Published 14 months ago by Jane E. Schmitt