When Sheila Baker's mother died, she inherited the key to a safe deposit box containing a reel of film showing another man with a rifle poised to kill JFK. What I thought might be a boring rehash of the Kennedy assassination was an incredibly exciting mystery that I found fascinating!!! I loved it. The only thing that kept Sheila alive was the fact she turned to Jason Hammond for advice. I was amazed by how exciting this book was as Jason and Sheila raced to find out the truth before the killer found them. And it was a wild race that even took them to Cuba and got Jason in a lot of trouble with the American law!! If you love a good mystery, this is the book to read!!!! You won't want to put it down especially when Sheila is caught by the bad guy. Would Jason rescue her in time?
President John F Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Zapruders famous film shows the assassination as well as another woman filming across the street. This woman nor her film have ever been found. Several theories believe that Lee Harvey Oswald didn't act alone and that the mysterious "babushka lady's" film could prove it. Well what would happen if the film was found? Wil Mara's book takes that idea and runs with it. This book begins a new series featuring Jason Hammond a wealthy humanitarian who seeks to solve history's mysteries.
I couldn't put this book down. I absolutely loved it. I was riveted from the first few pages. Mr Mara takes such care with using historic details as well as interweaving fictional details. The characters are wonderfully developed, scenes are described in detail as if you were actually there and the ending has an unexpected twist. Mr Mara takes you on a wonderful and exciting journey, you don't want to miss it. I have no complaints with this book at all. I enjoyed his writing style and the story at large. I'm very excited to read his next book , I can't wait!!
Shelia's mother dies, and leaves behind a secret- she is the "Babushka Lady" that witnessed the assassination of John F. Kennedy and also filmed the event. Sheila finds the film and asks Jason Hammond, a man known for solving strange cases, to help her.
I thought the book was very good. I wasn't alive in 1963 and didn't know much about the conspiracy theories. This book mentioned the various theories surrounding the assassination and I found it interesting.
This is basically a PG13 action flick placed in a Christian context. When a woman inherits a film proving the existence of a second shooter at Kennedy's assassination, she turns to a wealthy/haunted/philanthropist/businessman to help her solve the mystery. The closer they are to revealing the truth, the more their lives are imperiled.
This is a fun, fairly light read. There was just enough suspense to keep the pages turning, enough violence to make me wince, enough romance to make me uncomfortable (read not very much), enough history to make me believe the story was plausible, and enough of a resolution to justify an ending. So for all of the above, I give it three stars.
Here's why I withheld two:
On an emotional and intellectual level, this book does not have much to offer.
Emotionally, the characters often fall flat. The story often fails to show a clear cause and effect between the internal state and the outward action. Here are a few examples: (SPOILER)a character's childhood home is destroyed during an attempt on their life, and the character makes no more reference to it for the rest of the story (which happens in a fairly compressed time frame); another (male) character cries on a stranger's shoulder, and does not feel vulnerable or defensive afterwards; a character goes to great lengths to conceal his identity for decades, then decides to come forward at the first danger of exposure; and so on(END SPOILER). For a story told in the omniscient third-person, this can come across disconnected and limit the emotional investment of the reader. Also, the author hides important plot points from the reader and the characters to artificially heighten suspense. Not my favorite method of writing.
Intellectually, this book does a fine job of asking "what if?" but never really gets around to answering why. What little answer it does is provide unsatisfactory. I felt the characters in the story assumed more than any normal, rational, curious, or threatened person would be comfortable assuming about one of the biggest "unsolved conspiracies" ever. Also, there are several scenes where the author just does not provide enough detail; it felt like a poorly edited music montage in the middle of a suspense film. The story is well rooted in actual history, so the believability isn't really affected; and the film is fast moving enough that extended explanations would have noticeably slowed it down. But the resulting lack of depth made me wish I had something a little more substantial to chew on.
So I'm not sorry I read this book. It was an entertaining way to spend a long car ride. But despite an ending which almost leaves one hanging, I probably won't bother hunting down the sequels as they are published. Mostly because I like to watch movies and read books. Not the other way around.
I know a book is good when I have to keep reminding myself that this didn't really happen, this is fiction.
I am not one to be totally into political stuff or overly curious about the JFK assassination but this book had me flipping pages into the wee hours of the night. I kept wondering could this really have happened?
Mara weaves together a wonderful cast of characters you will love and others you will love to hate. Some of the characters are so twisted you just want to scream at them.
There is a beautiful redemption story in this book as well from an unlikely character, but it shows that you have never fallen to far to be redeemed by our Heavenly Father.
I would love to see this book turned into a movie, I could see it playing out so clearly in my mind.
A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.