Review by Crystal Crichlow via Book Explosions
You know those books that haunt you long after you've finished reading? The books that weave so much emotion, action, suspense and heart pounding moments that follow you around, making you wonder if the world will ever be the same again? That's how I felt after I finished reading Monument 14.
The events were so real, so vivid, so powerful...but more frighteningly it was so possible.
After a disaster strikes a town in Colorado, two school buses ( one with teens and the other with kindergarten and middle school kids) survive a hail storm with the help of a fast-thinking school bus driver. (She reminded me of a bad ass grandmother.) The bus driver goes out on her own to find help, while the kids stay behind in a chain store called Greenway (like a Wal-mart). They end up being trapped when the security doors come down and lock them all inside. Together they have to survive earthquakes, looters, strangers and a poisonous gas that changes you depending on your blood type.
Blood Type A: Angry boils bubble on their skin until they die.
Blood Type AB: Makes people paranoid, scares and suffer terrifying delusions.
Blood Type B: They show no symptoms at all, but later on they discover that people with this blood type become impotent.
Blood Type O: The deadliest. People with this blood type are overcome with rage, attacking and killing anyone.
I don't know what else to say about this book, but I love it to death and can't wait to read the second.
"The twists and turns, and the unexpected ending make this well researched novel a must read!" - Margaret
Review by Margaret Millmore via Book Explosions
This was a complex story told from two different points of view: Scott Mitchell, a British human-rights lawyer who is returning to his home in Moscow after winning an epic case against the Russian Army in the European Court and Lieutenant-General Pravda of the GRU, military intelligence who’s tasked with protecting a secret that dates back to the Vietnam War.
When Mitchell is hired by a beautiful Russian woman to find her father, a man she’s never met and has very little information on, he is skeptical of her intentions and suspicious that she is constantly lying to him, or at the very least, leaving out important details that could help him find the man. When a body shows up in the river, LG Pravda is called to the scene and realizes the man is one of the people he was supposed to be protecting under that long ago secret. As Mitchell and Pravda conduct their separate investigations their paths continuously cross, adding more mystery and intrigue to the story. The twists and turns, and the unexpected ending make this well researched novel a must read!
Review by Margaret Millmore
Terrorists (foreign and domestic), a handsome Homeland Security agent (Matt Lilburn), a sexy English doctor (Dr. Evangeline Crawston), non-stop action and intrigue, not to mention betrayal and murder, this book has it all!
When the threat of a terrorist plot is discovered, Homeland Security calls in Agent Lilburn and a well known scientist, Dr. Crawston to assess the situation and find the terrorists’ target. The chase to stay ahead of the terrorists is daunting—someone is helping them stay one step ahead of Agent Lilburn and his team.
The characters are exciting and well developed and there are many additional characters along the way that lend credibility and realism to this well researched thriller.
Unfortunately (for me at least), the use of British/New Zealand colloquialism detracts from the realism mentioned above because the main story takes place in America, but more specifically the characters are American and wouldn’t use those terms. I also felt that the editing began to lag in the last quarter of the book and slowed down an otherwise exciting and fast paced ending.