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No one knows, except Sara. In her subconscious mind, the nightmares that invade her sleep show the confusing truth and feed her fears. But she never verbalizes ...
No one knows, except Sara. In her subconscious mind, the nightmares that invade her sleep show the confusing truth and feed her fears. But she never verbalizes the haunting images to her husband, until the true sinister nature of the clandestine EW operation is revealed and the couple is forced to struggle for their lives.
Mark placed his hand on Don's shoulder "I'm sorry. I'm really sorry. There was no way we could have known this would happen."
"The point is, I should have. For the sake of a story I put her life at risk. I just ignored the consequences. Now she's gone, forever. I swear Mark; I never imagined this could happen ... I swear."
"It wasn't your fault."
Don looked up, first gazing down at the parking lot, then facing Mark. "They can't get away with this. We can't let them. We have to do something, now."
"We will. I promise you, they won't get away with it, but we have to be smart about what we do. They've got too much political and financial power. Now that they have their fingers in the newspaper, they will try to stop the story from being released. We have to get credible evidence so that if they do step in, we're ready to go to the Feds.
I have a friend who works for the FBI in DC. Once we get the photos developed, we'll write up what we know, and attempt to get it published locally. If we're forced to go elsewhere, I'll take it to him, but we need to get Digger involved, give him a copy of everything we have. He's the only one in the local government we can trust anymore. He can still help us, as long as he understands his chain of command has been compromised, he can be our eyes within the PD. Once we show him the photos of the commissioner taking a payoff, and these pictures of them tossing Sally's body into the vehicle, he'll have to believe us. He'll just have to."
Posted July 23, 2009
Life in the small rural town of Lawton, VA is everything you can imagine: wonderful people, beautiful vistas, and a peaceful environment to raise your family, except for one thing. The greed and vanity of a few men has exacted a heavy toll on the community, and those whose lives have been forever affected have no idea. No one knows, except Sara. In her subconscious mind, the nightmares that invade her sleep show the confusing truth and feed her fears. But she never verbalizes the haunting images to her husband. Until the true sinister nature of the clandestine EW operation is revealed and the couple is forced to struggle for their lives.
Murder mysteries are always fun. But this story is less of a who-dun-it, and more of a how-dun-it. The story plays of fears of the power government, big business, and hospitals to draw the reader into a world where places that should be helpful and safe havens to a community hide a sinister purpose. Unlike most murder mysteries, the tale isn't told by a detective or someone out to clear their name; but instead by a pair of reporters.
Mark and Don are childhood friends who grew up in their quiet little town and now work side by side as reporters for the local paper. The kinship is evident from the beginning, as they joke around and call each other by old nick-names. Their world is expanded on as the reader is introduced to Mark's wife Sara, and Don's various attachments.
As they begin to dig into the story, they learn that this quiet town isn't so quiet after all, and the people they thought they could trust have their hands in very deep pockets. Laying their faith in each other and a few old friends, they search for truth, but doing so brings them into the cross-hairs of people who have no qualms about destroying them in ways they could never imagine.
But the story is more then just the mystery and the evils of the world. It takes time to explore the daily lives of the characters. From Don's search for belonging, to Mark and Sara's trouble getting pregnant.
I do have to mention, however, that I ran into a moment that threw me out of the story. At one point Sara, is rushed to the hospital and is diagnosed with Anaphylaxis, but the symptoms she is given don't match. She exhibits vomiting, lethergy, and paleness lingering for over an hour, perhaps more. These are signs of poisoning. Anaphylaxis is characterized by a swelling of the throat and/or tongue, thus killing by asphyxiation. If she really were not found for so long after a reaction, she'd be dead. Furthermore, the treatment would not be to stabilize her vital signs, it would be to put her on a ventilator and treat the reaction with anti-histamines, then observation in case of a relapse.
Overall, I recommend this story. It is well put together, encompassing not just the main plot but the lives of the characters as a whole.
Posted April 19, 2011
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