Tuesday 9 December 2014

Book ~ "Six Seconds" (2009) Rick Mofina

From Goodreads ~ A vengeful woman who aches for her place in paradise ... 

In Iraq, an aid worker who lost her husband and child in a brutal attack saves the life of an American contractor. Believing he can help her avenge her family's deaths, she follows him back home to the United States. 

An anguished mother desperate to find her child ...

In California a soccer mom arrives to pick up her son from school, only to discover that her husband has taken their child and vanished without a trace.

A detective who needs to redeem himself ...

In the Rocky Mountains, an off-duty cop rescues a little girl from a raging river moments before she utters her final words in his arms. Haunted by failure, he launches an investigation that leads him to a Montana school where time is ticking down on an event that will rewrite history.

Three strangers entangled in a plot to change the world in only six seconds.

Samara is an aid worker in Iraq whose husband and son were killed in a brutal attack.  Brutalized and lost, she is taken in and shown how she can be with her family again in paradise.  Jake is a truck driver who takes a job in Iraq because he and his family need the money.  Samara saves him after his he has been kidnapped.  When Jake returns home to the States, he isn't the same.  Convinced his wife, Maggie, is cheating on him, he takes their son, Logan, and takes off to make a life with Samara who has followed Jake to the States.

Dan is a Canadian Mountie whose wife has just died.  While in the mountains grieving, he rescues a young girl in a river.  When she dies, he sets out to find out how her family died in an accident.  His investigation leads Dan to Maggie.

During all this, the Pope is planning on visiting a small town in Montana and the Secret Service are determined to do all they can to protect him.

This is the second book I've read by this author and I thought it was okay.  The terrorist plot was far-fetched but I just went with it.  I liked the writing style.  It was written in third person perspective with the focus bouncing around depending on what was going on.

I liked the characters. Dan is grieving over the death of his wife and solving the deaths of the family in the mountain gave him focus and a chance to redeem himself.  I felt for Maggie.  She was dealing with a husband who had a terrible experience in Iraq (though he never talked about it) while assuring her young son that everything was going to be okay ... until her husband kidnapped her son.  Despite the fact that no one would help her, she never gave up and kept looking.

I'd recommend this book if you are into stories about terrorists.

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