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Twinkle Paperback – July 29, 2014
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About the Author
Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards. "I don't incorporate overt sex, profanity, or extreme violence in any of my writing. I prefer the story to be the main focus and want my novels to be accessible by all mature readers." -SJ Parkinson
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This book is science fiction with suspense, military action, and a little romance. I took me a while to get into Twinkle because of the scientific, military, and technical information but after about 100 pages, the day after the fireworks were shown, it was difficult to put down.
S.J. Parkinson’s writing style made it easy for me to fly through the pages after the beginning. It flows well and is easy to follow even with a lot of characters.
The characters are well developed. No one knows how we would react in such a situation but I would hope that more of would be like Blake, who takes matters into his own hands to get things done to help others. The author touched on how some people would take advantage of the situation and/or become violent but he focused more on the people who were trying to handle the situation and help save the U.S. and the rest of the world.
I definitely recommend Twinkle especially if you like thriller/suspense novels.
On July 4, Sir Marcus Brandon, the wealthiest man in the world, wants to celebrate the launch of GNI, (Global News International) with a fireworks show. To ensure worldwide enjoyment, he has arranged for it to be shot from satellites in orbit. Inexplicably, all who viewed the fireworks start to go blind twenty-two hours later. Only a handful of people around the globe, those who didn't view the fireworks, retain their vision.
This book is set in the United States, but easily could have been located in any of the world's major cities. Much of the plot is centred around various levels of the military and the President, though the medical and general public are critical to the plot.
While I don't usually read military inspired stories, I was captivated from the first pages. For two days I couldn't put this book down. The military discipline and procedures worked well in this story. I wasn't lost by the unfamiliar terms, locations or processes of NORAD or the army/navy as Mr. Parkinson included succinct footnotes that answered my questions before I even knew to ask them. Security surrounding the American President was paramount in this plot and explained equally as well.
Twinkle is fast paced, occurring over the course of a two week span. There are frequent jumps between the main characters and locations, each is easy to follow and there doesn't leave gaps in the narration. Even though the story moves along quickly, there is sufficient detail such that I felt as though I knew several of the characters. My favourites being: Dr. Krause who was working to cure the blindness, Oscar Blake who was a patient of the doctor and missed the fireworks, and Colonel Alvin Smith who was on duty at NORAD during that night.
I recommend reading the author's end notes where he provides additional information clarifying fact from fiction with regard to both the blindness and the military. This is a well contrived story and should appeal to a wide range of readers.
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