Interstate

Interstate

by Halsey

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ISBN-13: 9781592868131
Publisher: Publish America
Publication date: 09/21/2003
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 0.52(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

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Interstate 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This historical novel is enjoyable. I think the book is very pertinent at this time since we as a country are dealing with the thought of terrorists, and how's, where's and when's of attacks and what shape or form those attacks might take. 'Interstate' starts out with history about the decisions made as our country grew after World War II. A debate within the government raged about whether or not building an interstate highway system would comprise US safety in the event of World War III. I thought the author did an excellent job of describing his characters. He made them 'alive' and interesting. I thought his dialogue was excellent as well. His use of imagery was very impressive. The book is a well-crafted combination of history, romance and intrigue. When I first started reading this book, I didn't realize what an adventure it would turn out to be. The author's plotline about why the bridges collapsed and how it affected the characters and the country was a thought provoking concept. It's the kind of story that builds until you are caught up in it and can't wait to find out what happens. I also liked the way the author drew the main characters' lives back together at the end. I would definitely recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interstate kept me reading. The book begins by setting the stage with historical background about America's development of the interstate highway system after World War II. President Truman appoints one of the main characters, Lieutenant Colonel Slaughter, as the chairman of the Select Committee on Highway Construction, and Vice-President Barkley introduces him to the committee. Slaughter is a complex character...a loner. He devises a solution for the safe keeping of the country through a triggered collapse system of interstate bridges. Meanwhile, the author introduces two children, Jane and Audi, who become entwined with the bridge system when they happen upon Colonel Slaughter working on one of the bridges. The story continues and becomes a heady romance as Jane and Audi grow up together and are inseparable. They eventually run into Colonel Slaughter again and all three become embroiled in the mysterious bridge collapses around the country. I felt the author could have toned down the sexually explicit areas of the book and still achieved the same results of a very intense romance between Jane and Audi. Overall, I found Interstate to be insightful, romantic, and at times very sensual, mysterious and entertaining. The writer has a way of weaving all those things into the novel very skillfully.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the book ¿Interstate,¿ the author blends fact and fiction so smoothly that you aren't sure whether the basis of the story is grounded in real history. Is this another one of those closed government dossiers hidden away somewhere? Think about the box in the warehouse at the end of ¿Raiders of the Lost Arc.¿ It makes you wonder...suppose it did happen!? It makes the reader want to investigate this time right after WWII and see how much of the original premise is true. Evident in the beginning of the book was that the author did a great deal of research. The initial two to three chapters lay a very strong groundwork of the times and the debate about the building of the interstate highway system. The author employed good character development that gives you a clear understanding of the first main character, Lieutenant Colonel Slaughter, and the situation. The book also traces the lives of two children as they are playmates, until they grow older, develop a loving relationship and become sexually active as lovers. The sexual encounters were how kids in those days would have hoped the encounters would go, not how it normally happened. In this aspect, the dialogue between the two was, at times, clinical and stilted, out of an instructor¿s manual in a high school sex education class. ¿Now we do this, and we touch each other here and there, and then we¿ll do that.¿ The relationship seemed idealistic beyond the practical for the time and place. However, using description as a foundation, great story telling ensues throughout and twists keep on entertaining. I couldn't wait to read on once the children had grown to adulthood as professionals to see how their lives connected with Colonel Slaughter's, and the ramifications their meeting him during their childhood would have on the plot. I encourage anyone to read ¿Interstate.¿ The ending leaves you wanting to read more. An excellent first effort by Stevens, who consciously or not, has left himself in a perfect position for a sequel. In fact, the storyline lends itself very well as a political thriller, with roots in ¿The Manchurian Candidate.¿ In the right screenwriter's hands, it could keep someone on the edge of their seat at the local movie house. Just be concerned about going over an interstate highway bridge to get there.