Darkroom    -     By: Joshua Graham
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Howard Books / 2012 / Paperback

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After scattering her mother's ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick moves home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil.

Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, a Pulitzer Prize winner who served as an embedded photographer during the war, Xandra confronts him about a dark secret he has kept-one that has devastated their family.

Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism, and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.44 X 8.44 (inches)
ISBN: 1451654693
ISBN-13: 9781451654691
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Publisher's Description

YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE . . .

After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences, in her darkroom, supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil.

Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, she confronts him about a dark secret he has kept—a secret that has devastated their family.

Her investigations lead her to her departed mother’s journal, which tells of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon.

Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism, and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United States.

Darkroom is a riveting tale of suspense that tears the cover off the human struggle for truth in a world imprisoned by lies.

Author Bio

Joshua Graham earned his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, and a master's degree from Juilliard. He has performed as a soloist and principal cellist domestically and internationally. Today he lives with his wife and children in San Diego. Graham has served on the faculties of Columbia Union College, Western Maryland College, Shepherd College, and Brooklyn College.

Publisher's Weekly

Graham’s tepid supernatural thriller pits Vietnamese-American photographer Xandra Carrick against a powerful array of interests determined to keep a long-held secret of the Vietnam War from affecting current U.S. political interests. Xandra’s father, photojournalist Peter Carrick, rescued, then married Grace Th’am Ai Le before returning to America after Saigon’s fall in 1975. In 2008, after Grace’s death, Peter and Xandra transport Grace’s ashes to her Vietnamese village, where Xandra takes photos with her dad’s old Graflex. When Xandra develops the film, she begins having visions—seeing things in the photos that can’t be there. Her visions are enough to threaten the discovery of the horrific secrets her father has hidden and unleash not only governmental forces but also an assassin determined to assure those secrets remain buried. Graham (Beyond Justice) telegraphs too much of the plot, and Xandra finds all too timely help of both a spiritual and temporal nature as her fate becomes entwined with that of the U.S. presidency. (May)2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

“Darkroom comes complete with a great mystery, unearthed secrets, and beguiling adventure. Joshua Graham mines an emotional landscape through an entourage of fascinating characters. Read this one—and take a walk on the perilous side.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Jefferson Key
“A spellbinding and riveting tale of suspense with international flavor . . . Wrapped in authentic history, but woven into a tale of mystery and intrigue . . . full of twists and turns . . . this riveting tale will keep readers on edge. A book that I highly recommend.” —East County Magazine
"Graham takes us on a ride full of twists and turns in this emotionally charged quest to find the truth. . . . I actually found myself holding my breath at times and sympathizing with the characters, feeling outrage when they were wronged, hating the villains or even forgiving them. When it was all said and done, I didn’t feel like I had finished a book; I felt like I had been on a journey." —The Top Shelf Book Reviews
“The intensity and heart pounding thrills you'll feel as you read each page [of Darkroom] will leave you breathless. Blending history with current events, Mr. Graham is a talented author who can wrap the reader in a cocoon of emotions, from bitterness to redemption, and leave the reader feeling as if they were in the story, as if they were the ones plotted against. A fantastic job!” —Partners in Crime Book Reviews
"Darkroom is a fascinating, fast-paced, beautifully written story of love and war, murder, terrorism, and a dark conspiracy.” —Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Cold Vengeance and The Monster of Florence
"Crossing time and continents, this thrillers puts one of the most divisive eras in recent American history—the Vietnam War—into the public eye via a 40-year-old conspiracy that can no longer remain buried. Xandra must discern between truth and lies, love and hate, protection and danger in this taut tale sure to engage readers and challenge their understanding of God's truth and love." —Christian Retailing (top pick)
"This gripping novel has it all: faith, hope, conspiracy, legal thrills, heart-pounding scenes of action, political intrigue and well-rounded characters. Graham has created a novel that thriller fans will devour." —Associated Press
“Mixing the end of the Vietnam War with a young woman’s paranormal visions of a murder in today’s New York, Graham has created a modern political thriller wrapped in a historical puzzle inside a tale of redemption. The short chapters, told from the point of view of the various characters, give it a cinematic feel and a breakneck pace.” —Author Magazine
“Bravo! Graham takes characters and puts them inside each other’s lives in such a way that it’s impossible to put his book down until the last word is read. . . . [His] power with words is absolutely incredible and paints one of the most powerful pictures I’ve ever seen, anywhere.” —Suspense Magazine
“A vivid retelling of historic events [that] bring the Vietnam War to life in alarming detail. If you like thrillers . . . then grab this book when it’s released. You’ll enjoy every minute of it.” —Rhodes Review

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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    January 28, 2013
    CherryAnn1000
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Meets Expectations: 1
    To say I was disappointed in this book is an understatement. While the story line setting dating back to Vietnam and the consequences of what happened by our soldiers in one town was an interesting idea, Mr. Graham seemed to feel the need to lace his book liberally with profanity. The hero dies, unsaved, the heroine goes off into the sunset, still not committed to Christ, the references to God were token and the saving work of Christ nil. I was also disturbed by the fact that of all those publishers/authors who gave commendations of this book in the beginning, none of them were Christian, just secular. Perhaps Mr. Graham would be better served by marketing his media to such and not to the Christian market. Would not recommend.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gripping from beginning to end!
    May 19, 2012
    Christianfictionaddiction
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dare I say that this is one of the best suspense books I've read so far this year?

    Joshua Graham has a masterful grasp of the English language, using it to execute a sizzling tale that grabbed me from the first chapter and catapulted me through to the fantastic conclusion. His descriptions are so vivid that the scenes played like a movie in my mind, and he expertly moved from the different viewpoints of the characters to unveil the plot at a rapid pace. Darkroom is absolutely action-packed, drawing upon my favourite plot elements of supernatural occurrences, haunting secrets, political maneuvering, murder, conspiracies, and spirituality, all tangled up in one explosive ride. Although I have read other novels where I found the flashing between different character's first-person narratives to be utterly confusing, Graham uses such a technique to expert effect here, and I didn't find this at all detracted from the story.

    As I was devouring the story, I kept asking myself why this is the first time I've read a Joshua Graham book? Well, I will certainly be changing that in the future, because the author has earned a place on my "must read" list. The story is entertaining, the characters are complex and intriguing, and I turned the last page looking forward to seeing more of Xandra Carrick in the coming books from this talented author.

    Well done, Joshua Graham! Darkroom is a highly recommended read, and receives 5 out of 5 stars.

    Book has been freely provided courtesy of the publisher, Howard Books, for the purposes of this unbiased review.
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    intense action from start to finish
    April 25, 2012
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Graham has crafted a novel with intense action from start to finish.

    Xandra Carrick is following in her father's footsteps. He was a photographer embedded with the army in Viet Nam. What he saw there he has kept hidden for 35 years. Xandra is a well known photojournalist for a national newspaper. She has traveled the world, photographing the anguish of humanity in turmoil.

    The novel opens as Xandra and her father go back to Viet Nam to spread the ashes of her mother. She has taken with her the old film camera her father used all those years ago. Back in New York, she begins to develop the film. As each print of the Viet Nam landscape emerges, she sees momentary images. Death.

    She is stunned, overwhelmed by what she is sure her father saw and photographed. She experiments with the camera, taking photos of the park near her apartment. When she develops the photos of the park pond, she momentarily sees a body.

    Then the nightmare begins. When she attempts to anonymously report the possibility of a body in the pond, the police come to her and shortly arrest her for the murder.

    The situation only gets worse. A senator, running as an independent, will stop at nothing to assure he is elected president. That includes keeping hidden the slaughter he condoned in Viet Nam. Xandra quickly rises to the top of his list of those needing to be silenced - permanently.

    This novel has intense action, nearly continuous. At times I had to tell my self to breath - it's only a novel. This fast paced novel has political intrigue, strained family dynamics, and romance. It explores the horrors of war along side that of a warped man bent on political power. It touches on the supernatural, the move of the Spirit revealing truth through visions. Will the truth somehow be brought out to the open before evil quenches it entirely?

    If you like political intrigue and high suspense, this novel is for you. It will capture you early on and not let you go until the last page.

    There is a discussion guide included.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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