Wednesday, October 31, 2007

THE ABDUCTION by Mark Gimenez

The plot of the novel is one that could have been ripped out of the headlines of any major newspaper in any major city across America, any day of the week. 10-year old star athlete Gracie Brice is kidnapped after her soccer game right from under the nose of her soon-to-be-billionaire and genius father, and the other parents of her teammates.

Mark Gimenz has the reader's hearts in their throats as he takes us into the world of the parents and of the FBI, as they struggle to understand the abduction. Gracie's grandfather, retired Viet Nam war hero, Ben Brice, has a special connection with his granddaughter. He knows she is a survivor and a fighter. He firmly believes she will be found when all others have given up hope.

The plot of the novel takes unexpected twists and turns, leaving the reader breathless with anticipation. This is a well-written work of fiction, and you will find yourself rooting for Gracie as if the case were happening in your hometown.You will also see into "the heart of darkness" that was the Viet Nam War. At the conclusion of the novel, you may have insights into what must be the reality of that war and the nightmare tortured individuals who came out of it alive.

Note: Usually when I read a new novel, I see the main character as an individual, not as any actor, but from the minute I met retired Col. Ben Brice, I saw him as Bruce Willis! The character fits Willis like a glove.

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