Friday, May 11, 2012
Love Thy Neighbor by Mark Gilleo
Love Thy Neighbor by Mark Gilleo
Published By: The Story Plant
Release Date: March 27, 2012
Format: Paperback - 440 pages / Kindle - 982 KB / Nook - 587 KB
Genre: Suspense Thriller
About The Author:
Mark Gilleo holds a graduate degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in business from George Mason University. He enjoys traveling, has lived and worked in Asia, and speaks fluent Japanese. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, he currently resides in the D.C. area. His two most recent novels were recognized as finalist and semifinalist, respectively, in the William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative writing competition. The Story Plant will publish his next novel, Sweat in 2012.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author and/or publisher - The Story Plant in exchange for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour promoted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while he continues to live in their house near Washington D.C. With his mother's diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn't possibly anticipate, though, is that he would find himself catapulted into the middle of a terrorist operation. As the holiday festivities reach a crescendo, a terrorist cell - which happens to be across the street - is activated. Suddenly Clark is discovering things he never knew about deadly chemicals, secret government operations, suspiciously missing neighbors, and the intentions of a gorgeous IRS auditor. Clark's quiet suburban neighborhood is about to become one of the most deadly places on the planet, and it's up to Clark to prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in the nation's capital.
Fast, acerbic, wise and endlessly exciting, Love Thy Neighbor marks the unforgettable debut of a startling new voice in suspense fiction.
My Book Review:
Neighbors ... do you ever really KNOW them and all their activities that occur right under your nose?
Clark Hayden is a twenty-five year old graduate student at Virginia Tech, who moves back home to Arlington, VA to take care of his elderly mother who has a diminished mental capacity, and is still grieving the death of her husband from two years ago. Clark comes home over the Christmas holiday expecting some craziness from his mom, but he did not expect to find out that she is being audited by the IRS. There is also suspicious activity in the neighborhood: missing neighbors, another neighbor dies, chemical use, and a terrorist cell is in place getting ready to strike. With the IRS, FBI, CIA, local police, a terrorist cell, and an elderly mom ... there goes the neighborhood ... and Clark is caught in the middle of the craziness!
Love Thy Neighbor is a fast-paced spine chilling suspense thriller that will keep the reader sitting on the edge of their seat. The storyline is a well written and intriguing look into terrorism and covert governmental operations. The story is told within alternating narrative chapters from the viewpoint of the two main characters: Clark and Ariana. The author's attention to detail is superb, he provides fascinating and well thought out descriptions of the inner workings of terrorist cells and covert governmental operations. The author takes the reader on a journey as the story unfolds, one that is filled with a lot of suspenseful twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing and provides a lot of food for thought. There are a lot of characters in the story, but the author does a great job of intertwining them in a cohesive manner that makes them fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. The characters are realistic and believable, each of them has their role to play. I loved the exchanges that Clark had with his crotchety elderly neighbor, Mr. Stanley and with the lovely IRS Auditor, Lisa Prescott. Their humorous exchanges provided a great balance to the suspense and drama.
I couldn't help but get caught up in the complexities of Clark and Ariana, and the realism that we really never know our neighbors is made crystal clear.
Love Thy Neighbor is the debut novel for author Mark Gilleo, but his imaginative and thought provoking writing style proves that he has what it takes to make him a seasoned writer. Suspense thriller fans, this is a story that will make you sit up and think about the realistic possibilities of what could happen within the inner workings of terrorist plots and covert governmental activities. This is one novel that you need to put on your reading list, you won't be disappointed!
*As a side note: I found the Author's Note (a true story) to be a jaw dropping, chilling and stunning account. I ran through a gamut of emotions, and all I could think about after I read his account was: if only his mother's information had been taken seriously and followed up on, the events of 9/11 may have been averted, and our world may not have been turned upside down and sadly changed forever. What a sad commentary of how the inner workings of our governmental agencies really work. *sigh*
RATING: 5 STARS *****