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Twelve Days: A Novel Hardcover – June 27, 2017
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“Sharp, observant and scary.” ―Greg Bear
"Profound and exhilarating." ―Maurice Broaddus, author of The Knights of Breton Court
“Barnes gives us characters that are vividly real people, conceived with insight and portrayed with compassion and rare skill―and then he stokes the suspense up to levels that will make the reader miss sleep and be late for work.” ―Tim Powers, World Fantasy Award-winning author
“Twelve Days has all the things Steven Barnes does best, philosophy, martial arts, tight, twisting plots, kick-ass action, and masterfully developed characters.” ―R. S. Belcher, author of The Shotgun Arcana
“[Barnes] combines imagination, anthropology and beautiful storytelling as he takes readers to the foot of the Great Mountain, today known as Mount Kilimanjaro.” ―Durham Triangle Tribune on Great Sky Woman
About the Author
Steven Barnes is a New York Times bestselling, Hugo Award–nominated author of Twelve Days among other novels, a screenwriter, and creator of the Lifewriting™ writing course, which he has taught nationwide. He recently won an NAACP Image Award as coauthor of the Tennyson Hardwick mystery series with his spouse, Tananarive Due, and actor Blair Underwood.
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The discussion on the moral consequences of violence. One of the protagonists in the book is on the autism spectrum, and Steven handles that beautifully, without the slightest hint of pandering.
ABOVE ALL, it is a story about family, and love, redemption, and forgiveness. And how, if we hope to ever improve ourselves, it must be in support of others. One cannot be a "better person" unless you are willing to admit there are things you will lay your life down for.
The family at the core of this are better and stronger for what they have gone through.
Twelve Days is everything we've come to expect from Steve Barnes. It has well-developed characters and a solid plot wrapped around an interesting idea or three. As always the story is visually evocative and keeps you turning pages as fast as you can read them. It's entertaining. It's interesting. It's exciting. Who could ask for more?
Olympia Dorsey and Terry Nicholas are neighbors, powerfully attracted to each other, but both dealing with their own demons, when they and the world get pulled into the power of a mystical doomsday cult that have taken the abilities and science of the late Adam Ludlum (see Kundalini Equation) to the next level. This is an exciting and fun mixture of mysticism and the science/art of human development. Like all good Barnes novels, martials, yoga and meditation feature strongly in this exciting novel... and one other favorite theme of this author: the transcendent power of family and love.
I've missed Barnes and his interesting view on life and reality. A great novel that stands alone, but even more enjoyable when you have read the Kundalini Equation. Looking forward to more!
Twelve Days picks up where The Kundalini Equation left off. In both, we are presented with the intriguing idea of our present known forms of martial arts being degenerate shadows of a more sublime, and dangerous practice that invokes powers few humans have the capacity to control. In Twelve Days, the character Indra Gupta taps into this hidden realm of power. But in the end, it only amplifies her own pain and shortcomings.
Barnes has the amazing capacity to tell a fascinating story, and at the same time, offer knowledge and instruction in arcane arts and sciences. It's impossible to read his books and not leave with a wide breadth of new knowledge, and a fresh perspective. His work is the result of a rare insight and self mastery.
At the core of the story, we have a woman and her two children, and the man she is drawn to but fears she cannot trust. Each of these characters will face difficult choices and life-threatening situations. Each is offered the chance to be become better or worse.
It's a great ride to see how this all plays out. Barnes moves easily between a variety of viewpoints, and includes plenty of action: fight scenes, verbal confrontations, chases, and escapes. The secret assassination weapon ties into both a discovery of human potential and a ruthless villain.
There's no need to read The Kundalini Equation before this one.
To my taste, the book's minor flaw is being too plot-driven -- and for many, that will be a benefit.
I recommend this as an absorbing thriller with a minor mystical element. It's an excellent escape with enough ethical considerations to be more than popcorn reading.
If you aren't, this novel might be a great place to start. It stands alone and also compliments earlier work.
Buy it, read it, come back and thank me.
Steven Barnes is a master craftsman, you will find yourself pulled into his words and connected to this story in a profound way.
It will make you think. That's the only way I hand out a five star review for works of literature. You will think, you will wonder, and you will enjoy the hell out of a great story.