Thursday, January 10, 2008

Kathryn Mackel's Vanished ~ Reviewed

Kathryn Mackel
ISBN# 978-1-59979-211-8
292 pages

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A Terrorist’s bomb. A rogue experiment. An impenetrable mist. And no one is coming to help…

After a bomb explodes in a working-class neighborhood of Barcester, Massachusetts, police sergeant Jason Logan fights to keep order and assist the injured while desperately waiting for aid to arrive. In the mist from the bomb preventing ambulances and fire trucks from coming in? Or has something far more occurred?

As the hours tick by, Logan tracks the terrorist mastermind – who he learns is not done wreaking havoc. Cut off from modern medical resources, nurse-practitioner Kay de los Santos treats the injured and soothes the fearful, unaware that her teenaged son Ben is on the run from both the cops and the terrorist.

The vanished begin a battle from survival against enemies they’ve always known – and forces they’ve never even imagined.


This book starts out describing the events that happen after a bombing. The author has broken down the events of this book into hours. The first section is named “The First Hour” (of course it is!) What do the police and federal agents do immediately after a bombing has occurred? This is a post 911 book. References are made to that event and how things are done differently now. The book is suspenseful and Kathryn develops about 5 main characters all of which have their own drama’s happening in the middle of this tragedy.

As I was reading along and got into “The Fifth Hour” of the book some really unexpected things started to happen. I didn’t see how this author was going to tie this all up and explain this new twist in the story. I only had 5 chapters to go in the fifth hour. There wasn’t enough time. Then I thought if she did tie it up it would have to be quick and it would ruin the story. I read the last page of the book and realized that this was book#1 in a new series that she is writing.(I didn't read the back cover of this book first) Ok, that explained a lot. This book really leaves you hanging. All 5 main characters are in the middle of suspenseful drama. She definitely leaves you wondering what exactly is keeping this town in Massachusetts stranded.

Why hadn’t anyone come to help them? What is that mist? Will the bomber strike again? Who is this all connected?

I don’t know how long you’ll have to wait for the sequel. All I know is that it will be worth the wait.

Nora St.Laurent
Book Club Servant Leader

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