Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on April 29th 2017
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How do “homegrown” terrorists come to be? What is someone’s breaking point? What drives someone to want to carry out a terrorist attack? What happens when you decide to act on your impulses? What could be so bad that it would cause you to take such actions? What indeed!
Milton is dishonorably discharged from the Military and has been under the care of a psychiatrist but soon his treatment ends. He is unhappy and feels let down by the system. Ally was assaulted a year ago while getting off a train. Her attacker claims to not remember attacking her and she can’t let go of what happened to her. She also feels let down, this time by the criminal justice system. Nestor returns home and finds that his family has sold their home, and no one told him. How did his life come to this?
Ally has previously met Milton and the two of them have been thinking of committing an act of terror. Then Ally meets Nestor as she is staying in the home once owned by his family. Ally decides to tell Nestor about the plans she has with Milton and Nestor agrees to join them in carrying out a terrorist attack.
These three characters really have nothing in common with the exception that all three feel they have been let down by the system, by society, etc. That are not likable – we may pity them at times (mainly, initially when we are first introduced to them) but I never liked them. One is dishonorably discharged from the military, one has been assaulted, one has learned his family sold their home due to financial issues. Initially I felt for their individual plights but really – life is not a fairy tale. People have bad things happen to them, not everyone decides they need to destroy the lives of others to get their point across. But isn’t that the point? That they are not likable and that they are homegrown terrorists.
Yes, the terrorist attack is carried out but is that the most terrorizing part? Or is it the fact that three people felt this was their only option – why was this even an option at all? The real “terror” lies in realization – what occurred because of their actions. What happens when you do what you imaging doing?
Actions do have consequences.
It took me some time to get into this style of writing. It took me a very long time to get into this book. The writing is solid but different from what I am accustomed to reading. Perhaps I am not the target audience. I often find when I don’t really care for any of the characters, it hinders my ability to enjoy the story. What happens when things in our life change us? Do things change us or do we allow them to change us? I believe change is a choice, so I had a hard time buying that these characters, although flawed, could make the decision they did.
Speaking of characters, I think they are well drawn and I believe that the Author didn’t really want us to like them. The descriptions of this book are clear, vivid and detailed. Because they are detailed, some of the scenes in this book may be difficult for some to read. Although slow to start for me, this book did pick up.
This is a modern tale set in the streets of Boston.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.