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Peter Zimonjic
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3 April 2008

On the morning of 7 July 2005, Peter Zimonjic, a Canadian journalist living and working in London, was travelling on an eastbound Circle line train heading towards Edgware Road. Coming in the opposite direction was a train carrying Mohammed Sidique Khan with a bag full of explosives. As the trains passed each other in the tunnel, Sidique Khan detonated his bomb. Peter's train came to a standstill and he managed to smash the window in his carriage and crawl into the carnage where he and several others spent the next hour desperately trying to help the injured and dying.

Into the Darkness reconstructs the story of the day at all four bomb sites based on intensive interviews with dozens of survivors. In the form of a dramatic narrative this book documents the bravery, the triumphs, the despairs, and the shortfalls that occurred on a day when the innocence of thousands of ordinary commuters was lost forever.


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099506068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099506065
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A highly charged account of the bombings around a fusion of first person narrative and eye witness account. This has a vivid effect" (Herald)

"A minute-by-minute report of what happens when a powerful bomb explodes in a crowded Tube train during rush hour... [an] eloquent book" (Literary Review)

"In a breath-taking book, [Zimonjic] describes the bravery, triumph and despair of that terrible day" (Daily Mail)

"It gives permanent voice to the victims and unusual insight into the horrors they suffered... Poignant and compelling" (Ottawa Citizen)

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`both harrowing and necessary reading'.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Survivors stories 5 April 2008
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Easy to read book going into great detail of the affects on survivors as they awaited rescue. Gaps in my knowledge of that day are covered. But then, as the Driver of the Edgware Road train that day, my memories are much the same as the stories told in the book. If you really feel you need to know what happened, then this book goes a long way to doing so.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must. 7 April 2008
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I bought this book after my step-father told me about it and explained that Peter Zimonjic was one of the people who helped save the life of his brother David Gardner. This book is excellent in the way that it tells the personal stories of that day, of the victims and survivors and their families and of the countless people who helped and comforted the injured. A gripping, hearfelt account of an evil horrendous act that affected so many people, left me in tears most of the time, but ultimatley left me uplifed at the strength of all portrayed.
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Excellent book, the book explains what happens to the victims before during and after the attacks. I also feel that no God would ever want an atrocity like this to be carried out in their name.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...but a bit too detailed? 25 April 2008
Format:Paperback
This book, whilst being a terrific account of what happened on the underground on 7th July 2005, isn't, for a journalist, amazingly well written. Zimonjic himself admits at the end of this book that it was extremely difficult to get a completely coherent account of the events of that day, and whilst the detail is at times truly harrowing, the brief conversations that take place are transcribed in a very long winded and unrealistic way which, while not being vital, ruins the reality slightly ("I will see you later" instead of "I'll see you later" etc). As I say, its not incredibly important but it does distract a little bit.

There is only one other minor gripe to what is generally a gripping and often unputdownable book, and that is the number of people involved. It may seem obvious, but there were so many lives affected that day that to focus on one or two would be doing an injustice to the others, but the sheer amount of people we are introduced to by name or description at the beginning is like something from a bad novel, and they keep cropping up pages later. Whilst there are some `main characters' we follow through to the end, having someone briefly described and then referred back to over a dozen times gets a little frustrating. This subsides towards the end however, and doesn't ruin the book.

The images Zimonjic conjures up are sometimes truly terrifying, and he recreates vividly the attempts by himself and others to help the shocking injuries you could have only imagined reading the official sources. If you want to liven up your tube journeys by becoming increasingly nervous about all those around you, whilst making yourself see just how fragile everyday human life is, read this book.
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