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About the Author
- File size : 8609 KB
- Publication date : March 29, 2011
- Print length : 424 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller; 1st edition (March 29, 2011)
- ASIN : B004S8ESI0
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,957 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, I was very disappointed in the author's characters. Not a one of them was very original, and I would say most of them, especially the kids in the class (except for Elizabeth) and Nasser and his friends were so stereotypical that I found myself not really caring what happened.
If you can forgive (or at least deal with) the characters, this is a thrilling, fast, fun read.
Nasser, the young man transplanted from Palestine to New York State -- Coney Island, no less -- is such a poor fit in the New World that it would have been kinder to let him remain in the refugee camp overseas. The narrative goes on to delineate the huge divisions in culture until something must go up in flames. The media does not come off well here, as usual.
Anyway, I enjoyed being tied up in knots and applaud the author for using this trick, and expect to find similar in his next book.
The reader knows from the beginning that tormented Nasser Hamdy, one of Fitzgerald's former students, is the bomber. Blauner's sympathetic and suspenseful portrayal of him shows youth manipulated by hatred, fanaticism and a desperation to belong.
Nasser, conflicted about murdering innocents, has numerous opportunities to reject his cell's escalating terrorism. His actions remain in doubt until the very end.
Fitzgerald teaches a "hero in literature" course, his father was a war hero but a cold man; he has always wondered how he would react in a perilous situation. Blauner's account of the teacher's overwhelming fear as smoke pours from the bombed bus and his sense of all eyes upon him, urging him to save his trapped student until he feels he has no choice, seems convincing, if not glorious. The same is true for his response to media attention and the let down as it fades.
But the story really takes off when the focus of attention is reversed. Gleefully brutalized by the media and the police, Fitzgerald succumbs to numb despair until the plight of his young son (already trapped between his unstable mother and the failure of his parents' marriage) rallies him to resist.
Meanwhile, the bombers are gearing up for another try.
Blauner ("Slow Motion Riot," "The Intruder") paints a vivid picture of an ordinary man reaching into the best and worst his soul has to offer to surmount insurmountable odds. The reader can't help but wonder how he or she would fare, given a similar nightmare.
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