Follow Me Down Kindle Edition
|Length: 261 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"In this well-researched thriller, urban explorers descend into deep trouble when they uncover the buried crimes of a corrupt company. MacKinney keeps us turning the pages." -Patricia Stoltey, author of The Prairie Grass Murders
"This smart psychological thriller pulls readers into the fascinating world of urban exploration. MacKinney is a new author to watch." -Secrets of Best-Selling Authors, www.KatherineValdez.com
"A thriller indeed, but also a love story, between father and son, and between Lucas and a young woman willing to risk everything. Follow Me Down will keep you up at night and stay with you long after the final page." -Kenneth W. Harmon, author of Upon the Stage of Time--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- Publication Date : December 6, 2017
- File Size : 743 KB
- ASIN : B077YZMFBK
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 261 pages
- Publisher : Black Rose Writing; 1st edition (December 6, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #711,533 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Indeed, nothing feels normal for the reader either as MacKinney takes the reader down into the abandoned Cincinnati subway system to unearth a nefarious history that rests below the surface. MacKinney’s uses the journeys of his narrator Lucas to serve as an allegory for both the psychic and physical secrets buried beneath the city streets. Lucas’s urban explorations are borne from the tragic loss of his father, his tutelage under the legendary photographer Alfred Blumenfeld, and his abiding loyalty to the city’s architectural legacy.
An engaging narrator, Lucas seethes with anger toward the downright evil Drax Enterprises, often undermining his ability to coolly gather evidence against their corrupt operations. The sage advice of legendary urban explorer N. Jefferson Chapel reverberates in Lucas’s head like a wily Superego as our narrator appreciates its wisdom yet refuses to follow. Lucas’s impulsive bluntness fills Follow Me Down with irony, amusement, and lively exchanges of dialogue.
Lucas’s explorations in the long sealed off Cincinnati subway tunnels pullulate with excitement and revelations as he must endanger the few people he cares about while confronting three generations of Drax leaders, their brutal security agents, and a dark past long entombed. MacKinney has plotted this novel well and his attention to detail of the city’s surface and below it give Follow Me Down layers and surprising resonances.
For me, the best novels introduce the readers to hidden places and ideas that have yet to be fully explored. Follow Me Down offers such pleasures and an opportunity to rethink my notions of the urban landscapes around and below us, to reconsider the foundations onto which they’ve been built. Given its dynamic plot, terrain, and intellect, Follow Me Down is a terrific read.
The story involves a young man, Lucas Tremaine, who works for a photographer while pursuing his master’s in architecture. His mother works information at Cincinnati Bell and is gradually withdrawing from a dependence on benzodiazepines. She’d gotten hooked on them after her husband, Lucas’s father, was killed on a construction site operated by Drax Enterprises, a company that has its hooks set deep in the county political system. Lucas and his mother are sure that his father’s death was due to negligence on the company’s part, but before the story in Follow Me Down begins, they’ve lost a lawsuit. Drax’s attorneys fabricated stories alleging his father was drinking on the job (even though he didn’t drink).
Lucas escapes from his own depression by urban exploring with his friend, Reuben. They’re very good at getting into off-limits places, and one day the photographer, an elderly Jewish man named Alfred, approaches Lucas about getting into Cincinnati’s subway system that was started in the early 1920’s and abandoned during the Great Depression. He wants Lucas and Reuben to take measurements that a friend of his will use to prove that Drax, the subway’s builders, cut corners and bilked the city and county out of money. Alfred and a reporter he worked with had tried to prove that in the past, and they’d also tried to expose Drax’s support of the Third Reich during WWII. The reporter disappeared, and Alfred believes Drax had him killed. The ruthless CEO and his son, one of Lucas’s former high school classmates and a bully, will stop at nothing to prevent their empire from threat. And so the fun begins.
This is a story based partly on fact. The subway was started and abandoned, but there is no such company as Drax and no indication that anyone cut corners building it. In fact, much of the subway still exists today with its entrances either concreted in or gated over. But it makes for an enjoyable and exciting read whether you know the city or not.