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Excellent, unputdownable and a must have read for all Kava fans
on 26 August 2012
I rocketed through book seven of the Maggie O'Dell series and not for the reason that it's a fairly short novel. In point of fact, there's a lot of excellence crammed into this story, the bulk of which takes place over a 24-hour period. The 24 hours start on the Friday after Thanksgiving with a bombing at the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The shopping centre is packed with people taking part in the now-traditional Black Friday shopping fiasco, and the bombers are just college kids who have been induced to carry backpacks filled with bombs through the shopping centre. When two of the three are killed in the ensuing explosion, the surviving three realise they have been used and are now probably in danger as they are the loose ends. Another attack is planned for an unknown airport less than 48 hours later. Maggie and the other enforcement authorities have to find and protect the survivors, work out which airport is the next target, discover who's behind the plot and prevent the next wave of bombing. An emotional impact is made when it's discovered that Maggie's half-brother Patrick is one of the surviving college students that was bamboozled into taking part and he is the one who can identify the man who arranged the attacks, but only by putting himself in extreme danger. Maggie's former love interest Nick Morelli also plays a big role here, too.
Somehow, Kava keeps manages to integrate all these parts of the story and ends up writing an engrossing novel that accurately touches upon the fears that people have of terrorism striking in the domestic setting. Solidly written, this is a must-have for all Kava fans.