Light Messages Publishing
Published Nov 9, 2012
Trade paperback, 336 pages
David Kovach's first novel shows us how being at the wrong place at the wrong time can be deadly. It can turn the world of a happy family upside down.
During a family picnic, Jessica Britton's mom Angie goes to retrieve her grandson's baseball from the parking lot where it went flying from the park, and she happens to overhear the plans of two terrorist men. They notice her and then kidnap her and end up shooting her husband as they get away. FBI agent Dan Hamilton gets on the case and together with his team and Jessica's involvement, they race to stop a terrorist attack that will put many lives in danger.
The premise of this book is a good one. It's a situation that can happen to any family and it's scary to think so. It's also a clean read with no profanity, sex or excessive violence, which is almost nonexistent in books of this genre. I can also appreciate that Kovach must have done much research on police procedures and investigative methods. The problem for me, though, was that the delivery of the story fell flat. It lacked the suspense I'm used to in thrillers and there was way too much telling rather than showing. I don't want to be told a character is scared or depressed. I want to feel their fear and their despair through descriptive prose. The dialogue was a little too formal at times and sometimes the technical side of the investigation bogged down the story.
Overall, this was a good story, but developmental editing could have helped build better suspense and characterization.
Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
I will count this book toward the following challenges: Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge
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Born and raised in California, Dave has a love for San Francisco—its blend of history, progress, scenery, and, of course, its cuisine, make it special. After a stint in the Air Force, Dave received his education at Cal Poly, S.L.O. and UC Davis—where he met his wife, Karen. They have two children, Scott and Jen, now grown, and moved to Iowa where the topography is part of the Great Plains, but the people are anything but plain.
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