Just before the American president is scheduled to appear in Sam Moore's hometown of East Goodland, Sam's retirement plans are delayed when his daughter, Beth, goes missing. Newly reunited with the spirit of his younger brother, Billy, who died 50 years ago, Sam is guided by an unusual talisman - a small green marble - that reveals a perplexing link between Beth and her mysterious roommate, Zafina Azziz.
Who is the real Zafina? Med student, loving friend, Egyptian royal - or a keeper of deadly secrets? Is she involved with a group of suspicious students from the Middle East? And what about that phantom boyfriend she keeps mentioning?
Does Zafina know where Beth is?
That's when Sam discovers that someone is plotting to murder the president of the United States - and that someone is hiding in East Goodland.
Can Sam, his daughter, and Billy's ghost avert a catastrophe that could rival September 11?
©2011 Aaron Paul Lazar (P)2012 Aaron Paul Lazar
It was a good contemporary setting of a terrorist plot in upstate NY. The technology details were generally good, although I thought a weakness was when Zafina searches her handbag looking for her address book to find a phone number. Since she has a cell phone, any normal person nowadays would just look through the recently called numbers.
To some extent, although it was pretty obvious where the plot was leading from fairly early on. It did have some nice twists.
I didn't particularly care for the narrator. His voice was too deep for this particular novel, especially for the female parts.
Retired doctor foils upstate NY terror plot, while tending his garden and his invalid wife.
While overall I liked the book, it felt like it was not quite sure what it wanted to be. Part YA novel, part action thriller, part romance novel with steamy sexual innuendos, part Martha Stewart telling us about gardening.
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