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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Review of Tourniquet Countdown to Eternity

Tourniquet Countdown to Eternity
Richard D. Monson
Author House 2010
ISBN 9781452080307

   Tourniquet is a gripping tale about the age-old problem in the Middle East. In this tale, the Middle East is connected to the flash-point of the American border and Mexico. You will meet the Israeli Air Force Major Daniel Kaplan as he protects the area from the drug lord, Osvaldo Sabino. You will discover the U.S. President's big plan to control unlawful traffic to the states in his "Tourniquet." You will meet cotton grower, AE Smith and see his struggle and inner conflict as he gets to know the architect of Tourniquet, Alicia Roth. All of this and more in Tourniquet Countdown to Eternity
   This book is written in a journal type format that was very well done. The setting is in the near future starting in 2015 and ending in 2020. The storyline was fast moving and maintains your interest. There is little room for things to be dull because the story moves so quickly and a large amount of territory is covered. The characters are very down to earth and human. You see the shady side of the government and the "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" mentality. The only problem I had with the story was the way so many characters carried on a conversation with themselves throughout the book. It wasn't just isolated places but all through the book. This very well could be this authors particular style; but I found it to be a bit distracting. This was one person's take on the struggle with keeping illegals from crossing the border and allowing them to become self sufficient in their own right. We also get a view of what can transpire if the problems in the Middle East go unchecked. The one thing I really liked about this book, I could enjoy the story involving the government without all the long technical explanations that so many political thrillers seem to load you down with. All in all, this was an excellent read and I recommend it if you like an interesting, fast moving story.
   Disclosure: I was provided this book by Bohlsen PR.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

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