The Calling

The Calling

by David Mack


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ISBN-13: 9781416579922
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 07/21/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

David Mack is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, and comic books. He resides in New York City.

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Jung Lee didn't hear the bullet till it passed through his head.

Hot powder shot up from its ricochet off a concrete skylight housing. The dust stung Jung's eyes. The slim young Korean man winced against the pain, blinked his eyes clear, then turned to see who had ambushed him.

Backlit by the distant Manhattan nightscape were three figures, spread across the expansive terrain of the Brooklyn high school's roof.

Farthest away, perched above the roof's access door, was a pale-skinned man with close-cropped dark hair and not an ounce of extra fat. Loose shirt and pants. Hard muscles and hard eyes. He jumped down, landed on bare feet, and stole forward with the supple grace of a predator.

Flanking the barefoot man was a fragile-looking young woman with short red hair, a retro-punk sense of fashion, and half a dozen facial piercings.

On the right was a large bearded man dressed in a motorcyclist's riding leathers festooned with gang insignia. The biker aimed his handgun at Jung and fired three more shots, which tore holes through Jung's T-shirt and both sides of his hoodie — but left the Sentinel unharmed.

"So it's true," said the barefoot man. He flashed a malevolent smile. "You really are immune to metal."

Jung had never seen any of them before, but as they moved toward him, he knew who they were. There was no point in answering them. They hadn't come to talk — the Scorned never did. Jung reached behind his back and drew a pair of nunchaku. The two halves of the wooden flail were linked by a short length of coarse rope, making it a very quiet weapon as he swung it in a defensive figure-eight pattern and sidestepped away from the edge of the high rooftop.

The biker became a watery, almost transparent blur — and then he was three blurs, splitting up and charging at Jung.

The Sentinel dodged left and swung his nunchaku in a blinding pattern of arcs and snaps. The weapon passed through one blur, then another — and then a kick swept Jung's legs out from under him. He fell backward and rolled with the change. Arching his back, he absorbed the momentum of his fall and then sprang forward, back to his feet, narrowly avoiding the biker's clumsy stomp at his neck.

A snap-strike of Jung's nunchaku caught the biker in the side of the head. The leather-clad brute staggered backward. Wary of the red-haired woman and the barefoot man, who were moving to either side of him, Jung backed off, turning his nunchaku once more in a steady figure eight.

Bolts of electricity leapt from a cluster of cell-phone antennae on the roof's nearest corner. The high-voltage barrage enveloped Jung. Spasms rocked his body, and his tongue suddenly tasted like copper. The nunchaku tumbled from his hand. As the lightning ceased, Jung saw crackles of electricity dancing across the red-haired woman's fingertips.

The biker blurred and divided again, and all three blurs advanced on Jung.

Crushing blows pummeled Jung's gut and face. The biker reappeared from his blur-disguise and locked one arm around the Sentinel's throat.

A stabbing pain flared hot and sharp in Jung's back, followed by another. His howl of pain came up empty; at a loss for breath, he knew one of his lungs had collapsed.

"Ceramic knife," the biker taunted him. "Ain't that a bitch?"

The redhead stepped in front of Jung and placed her hand over his chest. Each crackle of electricity between her fingertips made his heart skip a beat.

Behind her, the barefoot man observed with dispassionate calm. "You know you can't win," he said to Jung. "But you can decide how you'll die. Quickly...or slowly." To the redhead, he said simply, "Fiona."

She jolted Jung's chest for a split second. A sound like the ocean roared in his ears. His skull felt as if it had ballooned to twice its size. His vision turned purple, and then he struggled to see through a swarm of slow-moving violet spots.

"That's the quick way," said the barefoot man. He nodded to the biker, who gave the knife in Jung's back a tiny but excruciating twist. A cry of agony lay trapped in Jung's aching chest. "That's the slow way." The trio's leader took a pack of cigarettes and a lighter from his back pants pocket. Fished out one cigarette and lit it. "So...if you'd like to end this right now, all you have to tell me if the Called gave the girl any other Sentinels."

Struggling for air, Jung gasped, "I don't know."

The questioner lowered his square chin and narrowed his eyes. "Don't lie to me, Jung. We know who you're guarding — the one who can see the Bridge." Fiona stepped aside, and the barefoot man stepped forward.

Jung looked up and met his feral stare.

The punch hit Jung's face like a burning sledgehammer.

His cheek prickled with heat where the blow had fallen. The stench of his burnt goatee was sharp in the cool fall air.

"Let's try again." The barefoot man wiped Jung's blood from his knuckles by dragging them across the front of Jung's hoodie. "Are you her only Sentinel?"

Heroism would bring Jung neither glory nor a reward, but cowardice would inflict untold suffering on more souls than he could imagine. His survival was no longer important. Defending his charge was all that mattered now.

He twisted and pushed himself back onto the knife that was still stuck between his ribs. The biker lost his balance for a fraction of a second — long enough for Jung to get his hand on the man's holstered pistol and pull the trigger.

The shot cracked like thunder underfoot, and the biker let go of Jung's neck. The knife slid free of Jung's ribs and the pistol cleared its holster as the biker stumbled backward with a bullet in his foot. Jung snapped off a shot at the redhead, just as she lit him up with a burst of blue forked lightning from her hand.

His vision whited out with pain and shock. Clarity returned in a blink. He was on his knees with a smoking scar on his chest and a painful ringing in his ears. The redhead lay slain by the gruesome gunshot wound in her throat.

Three blurs raced toward Jung. He'd have time to shoot only one. A calm, quiet voice in his heart told him where to aim. He fired at the center target.

The blurs vanished. All that remained was the biker, staggering backward, hands pawing helplessly at his bloodied chest. His lifeless eyes were still wide with shock as he collapsed on the gravel-covered rooftop.

A hand snared Jung's left wrist in a searing, viselike grip.

Under the sleeve of his hoodie, the hairs on Jung's forearm crisped and shriveled, and his flesh cooked on the bone.

The pistol tumbled from Jung's grasp. The barefoot man kicked it away across the shadowy rooftop as he tightened his grip on Jung's arm.

The Sentinel bit down on his cry of agony, shifted his weight, and tried to throw his attacker. Instead, the enemy Seeker let go of Jung's arm, changed his stance, and caught Jung with a jumping kick to the head.

Jung fell semiconscious on the gravel. Where the kick had caught his face, a vicious burn began to blister. He shook his head and fought against the pain as he wobbled to his feet. Barely able to breathe and beginning to slip into shock, Jung knew he had little chance of stopping a Seeker whose touch could burn flesh.

"You're not the one I came for," the barefoot man said, circling him. There was a mocking quality to his voice as he added, "You could run. I'd let you go."

Jung wiped blood from his mouth, then said, "You know better than that." He was a Sentinel of the Called, the only defender standing between the enemy and an innocent. He wouldn't run.

The enemy Seeker came at him, jabbing him with kicks and punches. Jung tried to block and hit back, but his scorched left arm was a soft target, and his right arm soon was peppered with blisters from deflecting the Seeker's infernally hot hands and feet. Then both his arms were snared —

He heard bones break. Sharp cracks split the night air.

Sickening jolts of pain shot through his elbows and shoulders. It would have sunk him into shock if the horrific burning in his torso hadn't already done so.

The Seeker dropped Jung in a smoking, twitching heap on the roof.

Jung lay still, shivering despite the heat that radiated from his brutalized body. Out of the corner of his eye, he watched as the barefoot man laid hands on his slain comrades and reduced their corpses to charred skeletons.

Then the enemy Seeker stood above him, holding the ceramic knife. The man fished a disposable cell phone from his pants pocket. Tapped in a number. Waited for someone to answer.

"It's Tanager," he said. "I got him. Looks like he was working solo." He listened a moment, then replied, "Yeah, you're good to go. Grab the girl. Good luck." He hung up and tucked the phone away.

Squatting over the stunned Jung, Tanager stabbed the ceramic blade an inch into the fallen Sentinel's left pectoral muscle, slashed diagonally across Jung's chest to the middle of his right side, made a horizontal gash back to the left, then cut another diagonal wound to the man's right hip. Eyeing the crude, vaguely S-shaped lightning-bolt graffito — the mark of the Scorned — Tanager flashed a sinister smile, then locked his left hand around Jung's throat.

A rush of all-consuming fire and a crimson haze of pain filled Jung's body and mind. He silently begged God to forgive him for his failure.

"Ashes to ashes," Tanager said as he cremated a Sentinel of the Called with his bare hands. "Dust to dust."

Phaedra Doyle was fighting for her life, and she was losing.

Her attacker had struck from the shadows. The gangly eleven-year-old had heard the stranger's steps only seconds before he'd grabbed her from behind.

He'd said nothing as he clamped his hand over her mouth and nose, muffling her cries with a damp, medicinal-smelling rag. She'd seen enough movies to guess that the cloth being mashed into her face was drugged, so she struggled to hold her breath.

On coltish legs she'd been moving in quick strides through the John Jay High School parking lot, which tonight had beckoned as a handy shortcut between the Park Slope block where her friend Nora lived and her own tree-lined Brooklyn street. The lot's Fifth Street gate was always chained shut, but a few weeks earlier, vandals had detached part of the chain-link fence next to it.

Most of the time, Phaedra knew to stick to the sidewalks, but tonight a gruesome car accident at Seventh Avenue and Fifth Street had cut off her usual route home. She also wanted to avoid the men in hard hats working at the corner of Eighth Avenue and Fourth Street because the road crew had a habit of saying crude things to her, sexual things that made her afraid of them.

After slipping through the open Fourth Street gate, she'd been distracted as she strolled across the lot toward the gap in its fence — lulled by the brisk autumn evening, by the speed with which night had fallen now that daylight savings time had ended, by the new music blaring through her earbuds.

She'd paid no attention to the lone SUV parked against the lot's tall concrete western wall, just shy of the flood lamp's soft circle of orange-hued light.

Then had come the crush of a callused, thick-fingered hand on her face and a burly arm locked around her throat.

She thrashed in his grip, twisted back and forth. His hold tightened. Her awkward back kick at his instep missed, and she slumped, weighted down by her book bag and unable to regain her balance. He dragged her out of the light and into the shadows.

Help was so close, only a panicked shout away, but she couldn't pry his hand from her face. Desperate for air but afraid to breathe, she felt herself getting dizzy. Her strength was fading. Inhaling was risky — who knew what was on that rag? — but a cry for help was her only chance. If she was lucky, if anyone was close enough to hear, if someone in the apartment buildings whose sides faced the back of the school had a window open, then maybe she still had a chance to escape.

She sucked in a breath. Pulled through the rag, it was heavy with a cool perfume that smelled like a poison. The drug left a bitter metallic taste in the back of her mouth. Her vision softened and dimmed as she tried to scream.

Then her attacker's arm stiffened into a vise on her throat, and no matter how hard she pushed from her chest, no sound passed her lips. Without warning, her legs turned rubbery and failed her.

Collapsed in his grasp, Phaedra felt consciousness fading. He let go of her head, and it lolled backward. She stared at a blue-black sky streaked with clouds the color of cotton candy dragged through the gutter. As he lifted her through the open rear hatch of the SUV, her head pitched forward, hiding her face behind a fall of long, straight brown hair. She landed hard and lay dazed as the liftgate thumped shut.

The SUV's carpet had an oily smell, and it was rough and gritty with dried mud beneath her cheek. She heard one of the vehicle's side doors open. With a labored shuffling and huffing, the man climbed inside and clambered over the back of the rear seat into the cargo area with her. Insulated from the ambient roar of the city outside the SUV, Phaedra heard the sound of a zipper being undone. She couldn't get her eyes to focus through the drug-induced haze, but she felt the man lift the hem of her pleated skirt. Shame and terror welled up inside her.

A sharp jab in her thigh dispelled the druggy fog and cleared her senses for a moment. She looked down and saw a hypodermic needle in the man's hand. The needle's tip was stuck in her left thigh. He slowly pushed down on the plunger and injected half a syringeful of golden liquid into her body.

Then she got her first real look at him. Dark suit, white shirt, gray tie, black shoes — a generic New Yorker. What held her attention was his black gas mask, with its large insectlike lenses, through which she saw his unsympathetic eyes. It had a protruding round speaker that made her think of a pig's snout. Attached to the speaker's side was a large round filter.

"Don't fight it," he said, his voice muffled behind the mask's rubber face while a hollow echo of his words squawked from its speaker. The syringe emptied, and he pulled the needle from her leg and covered it with a plastic cap.

A dark circle of shadow pressed in on her, like the cold walls of a well into which she was sinking.

Her limbs felt heavy at first, then her sense of herself evaporated, as if she were made of mist and memories. Her field of vision shrank until all she could see was that grotesque mask looming above her.

Then, as everything else dimmed, something new appeared: a terrifying shape, a black figure made of smoke and fear. It wrapped around the man as if it were a cloak. Its form churned and changed as her focus softened — it grew wings, horrible and batlike, and they enfolded her in their demonic embrace.

The last glimmer of light faded from Phaedra's sight, and she realized with a sick, cold horror that this might be the end of her life.

As the man and his living shadow smothered her, she took refuge in a terrified, silent prayer: Please, God...don't let them kill me.

Copyright © 2009 by David Mack

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The Calling 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Sawyer, Pennsylvania, Tom Nash is gifted or cursed depending on your perspective with the ability to hear telepathically someone's prayers. He feels a need that borders on obsession to follow-up on the call for help. Thus he drops whatever he is doing and goes to the person in need.--------------- When he hears an eleven year old girl in New York City begging God to save her from her kidnappers, Tom knows he must find and rescue her. He leaves his pregnant wife and his job behind and travels to the Big Apple though he is unsure where the child is being held. Though some would say dumb luck, Tom believes he has been guided to a poster of missing Phaedra Doyle. This leads him to Phaedra's despondent wealthy mom, the widow Anna in Brooklyn. He explains how he found her and she trusts him to help save her daughter while telling him she has been warned to keep law enforcement out or else. . ---------------- This is an interesting paranormal thriller starring an intriguing intrepid lead character who "hears" voices of prayers. The story line is fast-paced as Tom terrific courageously does what he believes is his calling in life when he just wants to stay in Pennsylvania with his family. The lack of explanation as to how the champion chooses his involvement and mutes the zillion prayers for divine intervention to keep from going certifiable (think of Rogue of the X-Men without the need to touch someone) detracts from an otherwise super thriller.--------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
seems as though "guardian angels" have been around a long time and the concept of the "super hero" swooping in to save the day almost as long...this takes the idea to a whole new level. i'm looking forward to getting more involved in this world where someone really is there to protect the good ones.
sinbibleophobic More than 1 year ago
While this book has a promising story line, I don't think that the author took full advantage. The calling is a pleasant read, and it's especially great for an easy read. It's one of those books that you can pick up and enjoy without feeling overwhelmed with ideas or stray thoughts.
theoriginalpurpledragon More than 1 year ago
The Calling by David Mack An ordinary guy hears other peoples prayers and tries to answer them. This is an unlikely premise that works surprisingly well until Tom Nash hears a prayer more frightening and sinister than he has ever heard before. Nash's response, his experiences and the surprising things he discovers about himself comprise the gist of the book. The clear portrait painted of Tom Nash, depicts an ordinary guy trying to do extraordinary tasks. The clarity of the portrait helps to add credence to the unlikely premise of hearing other's prayers. The introduction to a previously unknown sub-culture is met with a realistically cynical response. Mack did a nice job with the characters, including the feisty but terrified, young victim. The storyline flowed well, the gaps were filled in and the plot provided enough mystery to intrigue and motivate continued reading. I enjoyed the book, I recommend it. It is pretty obvious it will be followed by a sequel which I will make every effort to read as well.
Linda-Mai-Ellen More than 1 year ago
This story is filled with action, purpose, and there's one bad ass lady. Some scenes should not be read by the faint of heart. Tom is your average guy, thrust into the darker part of the world. Erin is a looker, but she is smart and with a sense of humour. She knows how this world works in the darkness and she has a good idea about the people in it too. Sounds like a good student and teacher relationship, with a twist and with Tom graduating pretty quickly if he wants to survive. Even though the author takes care in describing the setting, giving a good sense of the where and when, The Calling is fast-paced and spell-binding. The author delivers a satisfying end with room for what may be another Tom Nash story. There's still quite a bit left to learn about this darker world. I can see this story turned into a movie. For some reason though, I have mixed feelings about the cover art.
bridget3420 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Tom Nash has a special ability, he can hear prayers. Tom is sure that there is a reason for this ability but he's not sold on the whole "part of God's plan" thing. He knows that he is special and has the ability to help others' in need. When he hears the prayer of an eleven year old girl, the words "God please don't let them kill me" shocks him to the core. He takes of to New York to try and find this little girl that he doesn't even know. Will he be able to save her? Will he find out who he is and why he has this talent? Will he make it home to see his wife and their child that will be born any day now?I loved it. I was drawn in right away and did not want to put this book down. I was laying in bed reading it cross eyed trying to stay awake. If you like Fantasy, then this is a book you don't want to miss.
wbentrim on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The Calling by David MackAn ordinary guy hears other peoples prayers and tries to answer them. This is an unlikely premise that works surprisingly well until Tom Nash hears a prayer more frightening and sinister than he has ever heard before. Nash¿s response, his experiences and the surprising things he discovers about himself comprise the gist of the book. The clear portrait painted of Tom Nash, depicts an ordinary guy trying to do extraordinary tasks. The clarity of the portrait helps to add credence to the unlikely premise of hearing other¿s prayers. The introduction to a previously unknown sub-culture is met with a realistically cynical response. Mack did a nice job with the characters, including the feisty but terrified, young victim. The storyline flowed well, the gaps were filled in and the plot provided enough mystery to intrigue and motivate continued reading. I enjoyed the book, I recommend it. It is pretty obvious it will be followed by a sequel which I will make every effort to read as well.
morbidromantic on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Tom Nash can hear prayers, which he feels compelled to answer. Usually, they are run of the mill things and Tom uses his other talent for swaying the minds of people for the best good possible. He has an otherwise pretty mundane life: mortgage, job, truck, wife, and baby on the way. This is all until one night he hears a prayer, which comes from a young girl praying not to be killed. It¿s a prayer Tom cannot ignore, though he has never had to answer anything so serious before, and it takes him into New York City where danger awaits.In NYC, Tom meets another of his kind named Erin. Through her, Tom learns that he is not the only one who can hear prayers. In fact, he belongs to a group known as The Called. Within The Called, there are sages, seekers, and sentinels. Opposed to them are the Scorned, who are fallen. It becomes clear to Tom and Erin that the Scorned have something to do with the kidnapping of the girl Tom hear the prayer of. It is up to Tom and Erin to find the girl, secure her release, and do so with as little damage as possible. Unfortunately for them, they have to go under the law because it seems that the Scorned and the Russian mobsters who are trying to ransom the girl for 12 million dollars have connections in the force. The story is fast paced, but full of detail and exciting. Mack hangs just enough mystery above you to compel you to keep reading for answers. The characters are varied, but not cardboard cut outs that make them hard to distinguish from others. The storyline is very creative¿ Mack designed a world of his own, but made it realistic enough that one could almost believe that underneath the realism we live under, there just might be other forces at work. This book demands that you read it from front to back. A few twists are added to make the plot take a few unexpected turns, which I very much enjoyed. The book moved from a few perspectives, but not so many that the book felt choppy and hard to follow. Every transition from one character to another went smooth. I have to admit, though, that the action scene that took place in the subway toward the end of the book got a bit too long for me. The drama was very high throughout, but there¿s only so much description of running, jumping, and shooting I can take. I prefer my action and drama to be intense and quick, and I felt that it sort of drug on in this book. That was the only part of the book that I skimmed and read through. The rest of the book kept my attention, so I still recommend it highly to anyone who likes fantasy, action, and mystery/crime. It has elements of all a bunch of genres, so it has a large appeal to a varied audience.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Tom Nash might seem like a normal average guy from Sawyer, Pennsylvania. He¿s a jack-of-all-trades with a knack for fixing things. But beneath all that, Tom is anything but ordinary - he hears people¿s prayers. And more odd than that, he answers them. Maybe it's because he's a handyman, but Tom feels compelled to fix people's problems. Which is all well and good - until the soul-shattering plea of a terrified girl sends him on the darkest journey of his life....Please God - don¿t let them kill me.Those seven words turn Tom¿s world upside down. He departs from home and heads out to New York City where he is immersed in a world full of angels and demons and a never-ending battle between good and evil. There he meets a saucy, Latina named Erin who more or less gives him a quick lesson on what he is - one of The Called. He was born with a divine purpose for a reason - to help the powers of Heaven in the war against the agents of Hell (otherwise known as the Scorned). It is up to Tom to find the girl who prayed for his help -- because her fate will determine whether humanity deserves to be saved, or damned for all eternity.Doesn¿t that just sound fantastic?! I know the description totally hooked me and boy was I in for a treat. Firstly, Tom was a great character - he was very down to Earth, loves his wife (I really like that in a man), yet is in a position where he has a calling to help other people. He does this and does it well. And although, his wife is very supportive of this, he knows that she is not all that happy with him when he leaves her several weeks before their baby is due. On his mission, he meets Erin (which may be because I'm Latina myself) but I loved her. She was saucy, funny and was a major kick a$s character. We are kept at the edge of our seat as Tom and Erin head from one dangerous situation to the next and all while trying to get the next clue that will bring them closer to the missing girl - Phaedra.I found the storyline to be very engaging - it was a cross between the tv show Heroes and the movie Constantine which created its very own unique blend. Full of twists and turns that kept you guessing and helped the pages turn quite easily. I can envision this becoming a series and I would definitely love to read more of Tom Nash. I can't help it, I have a thing for men with special powers. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, good writing and powerful characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could hardly put it down. Good plot and characters. Left so much open for more books so I really hope there's more to come. This was my first experience with this authors books and hope he continues with this series of good vs evil through answered prayers. I like the idea that God has prayer soldiers on this side of things. Kinda like guardian angels.... Recommened reading!
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Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
No one would guess by looking at Tom Nash that he's extraordinary, and that's just fine with him. A tall, broad-shouldered jack-of-all-trades from Sawyer, Pennsylvania. Tom has a knack for fixing things. He also hides a secret talent: he hears people's prayers. Stranger still, he answers them. Maybe it's because he's a handyman, but Tom feels compelled to fix people's problems. Which is all well and good-until the soul-shattering plea of a terrified girl sends him on the darkest journey of his life... Heeding the call and leaving his home for New York City. Tom discovers a secret world beyond the range of mortal perception-a world of angels and demons and those who serve them. With the guidance of a knowing stranger named Erin, Tom learns that he himself is one of The Called, born with a divine purpose and a daunting task: to help the powers of Heaven in the war against the agents of Hell, an army of fallen angels known as the Scorned. Thrust into an epic battle of the sacred and the profane, Tom Nash must find the girl who prayed for his help-because her fate will determine whether humanity deserves to be saved, or damned for all eternity.... Pretty good synopsis, right? I agree, the back cover makes this book sound like an epic battle of good vs. evil, which I can never turn down. For the most part, the book lives up to it's potential, there were only a few issues I had with it. I'll start with what I really did enjoy about the book, which is Tom himself. Tom is that guy that lives on your block who is always willing to give you a hand and never asks for anything in return. He is the all-American good guy who tries to do the right by people. He has one of those faces and smiles that you instantly trust and like. Were a lot of people would run away from such a gift, not wanting to get involved in the problems of others, Tom feels a strong sense of purpose to help those who's prayers he hears. Now that I got that out of the way I will let you know the first "problem" I had with this book. I understand that a book like this should be a little violent at times, actually I would be dissapointed if it hadn't of been. I don't even have a problem with the level of violence in the book itself. My issue is with how Tom ends up reacting to the violence. There is one segment where Tom is being chased, plus doing some chasing of his own, through the subway system. There was supposed to be a ransom drop off but it goes horribly wrong. Police officers, national guardsmen, and innocent bystanders who just happen to be in the way get blown away by the bad guys. I lost count of how many people die in this segment but I think it would be safe to say that it would be in the mid double digits. Some of those people die because Tom is running from the bad guys and since they are obviously really bad shots they end up shooting everyone else but Tom. A guy like Tom, at least the guy we've gotten to know throughout most of the book, would be racked by guilt or at the least feel a real sense of responsibility for all those deaths, even if he wasn't the one who pulled the trigger. Other than a few words sprinkled throughout the scene you really don't feel that Tom is really caring all that much for the innocent llifes being lost. Now you could chalk that up to being in the heat of the moment, running for your life, so you may not really have time to care. I could accept that actually, but what I couldn't acce
Anonymous More than 1 year ago