About the Book
Author: Kathy Roy Johnson
Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Christian Thriller
Release date: September 2020
Simone Perez, Architect of the Capitol, is stunned when a terrible explosion which rocks the Capitol, totally collapsing the tunnel which connects the House and Senate Chambers and trapping several people. Simone promptly assembles an Interagency Committee to help her assess the damage to the Capitol and develop a strategy to rescue survivors. . She also assumes responsibility for briefing the press, making her job even more daunting. As the story unfolds, members of the Committee work together to find survivors and bring them to safety. We meet several true-to-life characters like Fire Chief Earl Bentsen who recognizes that time is of the essence and Rob Tate, a skinny maintenance worker who realizes that he can reach the Café as well as the mechanical room by crawling through an old vent space. Through several twists and turns, Simone maintains a steady hand, aided by the Speaker of the House, John McIntyre, who finds her very attractive. Although it seems an impossible task, one by one, victims reunite with their families.
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This is an informative novel about some aspects of the buildings housing Congress. The plot revolves around getting to people trapped in the Capitol basement when an electrical upgrade goes wrong. The action is slow but methodical. The strength of the novel is the way characters and their actions are portrayed. We see a number of people come together to share their expertise to help rescue those trapped. We also see the struggle to find a balance between a quick rescue and saving the integrity of the historic building. We see how people react differently when in a crisis, both those trapped and those brought in to help. We also see the effect the disaster has on survivors.
Readers who enjoy a novel revolving around people and how they act in crisis will appreciate this novel. You'll also get some insight into some structure of the Capitol and how various agencies work together. You'll also find a little romance and a subtle lesson on faith. It is a good debut effort and I'll be looking for more from this author.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
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