This was the first Tim Downs book I ever read, and it made an instant fan out of me. The storyline is fantastic - and way too plausible. There are so many possible ways that terrorists could kill so many people, I almost wish writers would quit writing such creative books and giving them ideas. The fact is, this book is wonderful. The flashback scenes were gripping, and the intensity of the book builds all the way to the last page. One thing I've noticed in Tim Downs' books: I always feel like I'm learning something. On top of that, they are just so much fun to read! If you have never read Tim Downs, I recommend reading "Plague-Maker" first, then moving on to the wonderful world of the "Bug Man"!
A scary book when you think of the times we live in and the distaste that many have for our country and there are folks that would want to embark on such a terror... a slower read than some of his other books but well-written, worth hanging in there until the end. It shares some history that I was surprised was true.
This Tim Downs book did not have the humor of the Bug Man Novels, but the characters were complex and engaging. Some of the history revealed about the Chinese and Japanese during World War II was little known and tragic, yet fascinating. Downs did a good job of showing how painful circumstances can alter a person's character when one does not possess the healing presence of Christ. Yet when a person experiences the fullness of Christ, he can show grace and forgiveness to the most hardened criminal.
Well written and researched but not nearly as entertaining as "Shoo-fly Pie" and "Chop Shop". I really missed Nick. What a great character. While this third book from Tim Downs contained humor it was not nearly as funny as the first two. In fact it wasn't as good. I believe there are two types of fiction stories: 1. Character driven 2. Story driven. Where this book goes wrong is that it's a character driven book that should have been a story driven one. We have a story that is very serious and the lives of millions of people are at stake but the book spends most of the time on the characters and their personal lives. I found myself over and over saying to myself "okay now let's get back to the story". Many times in the book I found it hard to keep moving forward. If the plot wasn't so good I never would have made it to the end. The story however is good, I learned quite a bit and found that the personal quest of Li was very well done (no I'm not giving it away) and executed. (What's the deal with the holy water? That's a Catholic thing not a Christian belief?)Overall it's a good book. Women may enjoy it more then men due to it's heavy lean towards the personal lives of the character.I'm looking forward to Tim's next book.