Saturday, November 23, 2013

Book Review: Critical Reaction by Todd M Johnson

Critical Reaction
By Todd M Johnson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Published: November 19, 2013
ISBN: 9780764210150


After turning out plutonium for the Cold War, the shuttered Hanford Nuclear Facility's poisoned buildings still pose a risk to the surrounding community. The men who guard the facility are told the dangers are under control, but then the worst happens--a thunderous explosion in the dead of night.

Kieran Mullaney survives the blast, but his attempts to discover what really happened are met with silence and threats. Convinced that Hanford is hiding something, Kieran 

reconnects with his old friend, lawyer Emily Hart, and enlists her help in finding out the truth. But the deeper the two of them dig, the stranger--and more dangerous--this case gets.

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My Thoughts:

Critical Reaction is an interesting courtroom drama that has your rooting for the underdog and frustrated with the big corporations. It is a book that is relevant to our times as we hear in the news much about the nuclear arms race and unsanctioned nuclear weapons. It could happen.

I found the second half of the book to be the most interesting. This was the part that took place in the courtroom. The first part of the book was a little slow.

I liked the character of Poppy and appreciated his concern for his workmate Lew and not wanting to give up on trying to locate him after Lew had been transferred. I also could relate to Kieran in wanting to know if how much radiation he might have received after the explosion given what he witnessed during the incident.

I thought that this was a good book, but not a great book. I enjoyed it but it lost my attention at times. If you like legal thrillers, you will probably like this book. It does have some interesting plot twists, which I did enjoy.

I have this book three stars.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers who provided a free review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not required to provide a positive opinion. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter.

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