Going Gone

Going Gone

by Abraham Lopez


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What is a single life worth? In our modern world, where wars are on the cusp of igniting at a moment's notice, new diseases ravage entire populations, and hidden atrocities erase the lives of thousands, what can the death of a single person mean?

It can mean the tenuous line between peace and destruction.

Kurt Ramis knows this, as he watches the aftermath of an assassination on his television set. His years in the CIA have prepared him for such a dreadful day.

"Rasul" knows this, and he follows his young guide down the streets of New York City, with a gift for his adopted country.

The soldiers and sentries of Camelot's Corridor, deep under the sands of Texas know this, as they prepare the secret bunker for the President's arrival.

Mike Keogh knows this, as he remembers fallen friends, betrayals, and mention of a secretive monster named the Tangerine Demon.

Jessie Rosen will know it soon enough, as she descends the steps to Kubrá, to meet her deliverer. Her new family descends those steps as well, calling for their Lord to hear their prayers.

Phil Barr begrudgingly knows this, as he cowers in his palatial Hollywood Hills mansion, murderers and thugs auditioning on live TV, sirens ringing in his ears. This wasn't how his charmed life was supposed to turn out.

And DaRWIn knows this best of all, as it predicted the assassination, and the calamitous after-effects some time ago.

On a certain day, on a certain street in the Middle East, the taking of a single life will mean everything, and it will shake the foundation of humanity. It will be the pulling of a loose strand in mankind's tapestry, undoing the progress of a thousand years, ripping apart at the seams countless lives, countless societies.

Intertwining lives and stories, some saved and some ended, some Going, some Gone...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781987023244
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)

About the Author

Abraham spent his formative years in rural Colorado, where he was born. He has also lived in Northern Nevada, Virginia, and Northwest Arkansas. These disparate environments and local cultures have had a great impact on Abraham's view of America and his writing styles. Though educated as a computer programmer, Abraham hopes to be a full-time writer in the near future.

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Going Gone 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Going Gone by Abraham Lopez is a unique novel, a single story with deep layers. A tragedy strikes, the assassination of one man in the Middle East, and the lives of different people go spiraling out of control. Readers encounter a CIA agent, the military, and a host of other characters, including seemingly ordinary people, as they struggle to reconnect the dots and get an understanding of events in a world spiraling out of control. But who is behind the assassination? The killing of Saiid will rouse the most powerful and resourceful anti-Western groups in the Persian Gulf region. And who is responsible for this tragedy? Can the retired CIA director, now living with a terminal condition, fathom it out? Abraham Lopez has a style that is unique and the narrative features very insightful and compelling passages, great political, cultural, and social commentaries that readers will find interesting. The story is intelligently plotted and purpose-driven, showing readers how one reckless act of murder can affect the world and international politics. The author has a great sense of setting and the international setting of this novel comes out brilliantly, with strong cultural and political elements seamlessly woven into the fabric of the tale. Characters are well handled and readers will enjoy following some of them, each crafted with a solid background and relationships that allow readers to see them in their society and clearly in the story. The theme of terrorism and espionage is well developed alongside murder, which is at the center of the narrative. There are exciting dialogues sprinkled throughout the book and they are so intelligently crafted. One of the insightful moments I have pondered on is: ‘“How do you catch a jewel thief?” a mentor of his had once asked him. Before he could attempt a guess, the mentor had answered with a smirk, “You hire a better jewel thief.”’ If you’re looking for crime with compelling characters and a twist, then Going Gone will offer a lot of entertainment. Abraham Lopez has a gift for character and plot.
Grace_Carter More than 1 year ago
Not being one to gravitate towards the dystopian genre, I found myself unable to stop turning the page. The author shows how a world without hope, on a global and personal level, can crumble through the assassination of one man. I believe many of the stories fulfill Lopez's intent exactly, showing no intrinsic value in human life and leaving me with a feeling of darkness encompassing the world. Yet, I continued to turn the pages. Maybe it was my humanly inescapable need to believe in a greater good, or maybe it was the author's ability to make each character personally relevant in today's reality. Great book for mature readers.
Grymm More than 1 year ago
Lopez has taken an anthology and made it feel like a novel. Though each story follows a different character, the world here is rich and full of great writing. The characters are well-developed, all from different walks of life. This really puts the author's skills to the test, and he aces it. Normally reviewing collections it can be hard, but this world is consistent and full of life throughout each perspective presented by Lopez. In using vivid descriptions, he really put the polish on a world that’s falling apart and seems to hinge on an assassination. Each story is a ripple in a lake after a bolder was thrown in the center. The imagery is solid, overall a great read!
ValeryElias16 More than 1 year ago
Going Gone by Abraham Lopez is an anthology linked together with brilliant stories that pose some unanswerable questions. Each story feature a different protagonist, giving us various points of view, and examines a singular event in history, an assassination. Truly a different look at a dystopian life, these stories compel the reader to think and experience varying attitudes and the ramifications of preconceived ideas for society as a whole. Phil Barr, and Jessie were some of the more compelling and entertaining characters. Read this collection for a change of pace. With each story capable of standing on it's own, or related to the book as a whole, this anthology is not to be missed and is highly recommended.