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The Christmas Special Paperback – September 8, 2013
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The characters are very well crafted- some in a chilling manner. For example, in the beginning as Sheeva tells us the story from her viewpoint, I was trying hard to swallow the alarm that was rising in my throat as I read her recollection of the events, told in first person.
The story picks up speed and like a runaway freight train you know disaster is right around the corner.
There is no doubt that the author spent a considerable amount of time researching various incidents, people and history. After 9/11 our nation went from a quiet relaxed state to a heightened awareness. The author paints a very realistic portrait of terror attacks on a US nuclear facility.
This was one of the most intensely spellbinding books that I’ve read in a long time.
I purposely refrain from giving you a retrospective of the plot as this book is too good to have any of them spoiled in advance. I’d like to focus on the brilliant style in which David Hearne writes. Quite often I had to remind myself this book is a fictional story, because it’s written in such a style you can’t help but feel everything before is factual.
I personally experienced many emotions while reading this book, because as an American, I can at the heart identify with the events that transpire. I give this book 5 stars because, I felt the author never held back and allowed the story to be told in the cold-blooded fashion for which I believe it was meant to be. I hope this book remains fiction and never becomes a reality, for what lies inside these pages, are too terrifying to contemplate.
What I admire about this author is that he gives the reader little clues as to what is going to happen next.. Just as you think you have all the pieces of the puzzle - boom! Another twist or turn is thrown in and you're back to square one, wondering what the heck happened. As far as a thriller goes, "The Christmas Special" excels in every single way; I will definitely be keeping an eye on the author. 9/10 from me!
The attention to details is unsurpassed and very well done. I felt like I was right there in the middle of everything. Overall, it is a wonderful story and one of those books that stay in your mind long after reading it. I am impressed by this author and I definitely want to see his next book soon.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. It is one of the best book to read especially it is near to Christmas season now.