Monday, April 30, 2012

Love Thy Neighbor by Mark Gilleo

SYNOPSIS:  Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother’s diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn’t possibly anticipate, though, is that he would find himself catapulted into the middle of a terrorist operation. As the holiday festivities reach a crescendo, a terrorist cell – which happens to be across the street – is activated. Suddenly Clark is discovering things he never knew about deadly chemicals, secret government operations, suspiciously missing neighbors, and the intentions of a gorgeous IRS auditor. Clark’s quiet suburban neighborhood is about to become one of the most deadly places on the planet, and it’s up to Clark to prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in the nation’s capital.

Review: This book took me almost two full months to read.  The story/action were great, but I was not a fan of the writing and some of the cruder language used and I am a crude language user! It just seemed unnecessary and distracting from the very exciting story that was playing out.  As in, did the writer NEED to say, "he shook his friend when he was done????" The answer is no, he did not.

Maybe I went into this with more expectations, but the writing style just wasn't my thing.  The story? intriguing and I loved the terrorist on U.S. soil aspect.  It was a good story.  I was fascinated by how Ariana (terrorist) was able to stay 'underground' for so many years and quietly and smartly plan out an impressive task. Also, scary and interesting how they were planning on carrying out the attack. And for a first book? Impressive.  But overall? It was just a little on the meh side for me. 

If you are looking for a fast-paced suspense novel this is for you.  Don't listen to me ramble about me taking forever to read this, I got aggravated with the writing and made it take longer than necessary, but this is a quick read.

Giveaway - Now for those of you intrigued by this book or who have already read and enjoyed this book, I've got a surprise for you! I have one copy of Mark Gilleo's new book, Sweat, to give to one lucky person!  If you are interested in the book, just leave a comment on this post before 11:59 pm on May 31st.  I will be announcing the winner on June 1st.  If you would like increase your chance of winning a copy of Sweat by Mark Gilleo, tweet / link whatever and just post a link in the comments! Only one tweet/link/whatever per day.  Thank you!

From Mark's website - Sweat is what happens when a US senator, a third world seamstress, a hit man, an arms dealer and a spy collide with a young man who is trying to do the right thing.

Sounds interesting! ;)

I received this book from Partners In Crime Tours.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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