Monday, June 23, 2008

CSFF: Vanished by Kathryn Mackel

Song Stuck on the Brain: Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac

Today the CSFF is touring:


About the Book:

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. Is the mist from the bomb preventing ambulances and fire trucks from coming in? Or has something far more dire occurred?

As the hours tick by, Logan tracks the terrorist mastermind--whom he learns is not done wreaking havoc. Cut off from modern medical resources, nurse-practitioner Kaya 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 for survival against enemies they've always known--and forces they've never even imagined.

My Take:

I am so relieved to discover this is the first book in a series. Somehow I missed that when I picked up the book to read. I was hooked from page one. It's a very exciting read and it kept me guessing constantly. Kathryn has a very gripping style. My only disapointment, was that I felt like I was left with a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book. I wanted to pull my hair out. How could she end the book without answering so many big questions? Ahhh, there's more books to come. What a relief! Now I can say I will definitely be checking out the next book. I need more answers!

What Others Are Saying:
Kathryn Mackel is one of the best things to happen to suspense fiction in a long time--and Vanished is her most intense book yet. This book kicks off a series that's guaranteed to give you hours of white-knuckle reading. --Jim Denney, author of the Timebenders series and Answers to Satisfy the Soul

A fast-paced story reminiscent of A Wrinkle in Time. --Eric Wilson, author of A Shred of Truth, The Best of Evil, and Expiration Date

Scared me to shivers one moment and lifted me to the heights of wonder in the next. Kathryn Mackel is the master at making you feel the mystery of life, both at its brightest and darkest. --Kathleen Popa, author of To Dance in the Desert
Be sure to visit the other tour members:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Terri Main
Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Mirtika or Mir's Here
Chawna Schroeder
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

I was hooked from page one.

That's a real testament to Kathryn Mackel's skill as a writer. Stories that grab a reader and hold on seem rare to me. Glad to know you found this book to be so gripping, April.


Steve said...

I'm somewhat less forgiving of incomplete stories. Even a series opener should have some resolution; this has scarcely any. That does tend to sour me on later installments: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of leaving endings hanging either but I do agree with you that Kathryn's writing style is gripping.