Book Review: TWELVE DAYS, by Steven Barnes

The announcement of global genocide, of a purposely brought on apocalypse, feels and sounds more like an elaborate hoax than a viable threat. That is until the demonstrations begin.

The world is being held hostage. An unknown group is promising the death of high-ranking political, and powerful citizens from across the world. Each day a certain number of people on a long, long list will just die. It is proof the organization behind the devious plan isn’t fooling around. They mean business.

Only as the mysterious and unprotectable death tolls mount do tensions rise, and fear intensify. No one knows who is behind the caper, and no one knows how to stop the deaths from happening. It looks like, by the end of the year, millions, if not billions, will have perished.

Journalist, Olympia Dorsey, is concerned about her job, but she has more pressing matters demanding her attention at home. Her autistic son, Hannibal has a chance for something better. A possible cure. A possible clearer insight into her son’s mind, and the way it works differently from the minds of others. Understanding may be a way to bring about some peace of mind.

The Golden Dreams Daycare specializes in working with special children. And the founder, Madame Gupta believes Hannibal is perfect for their martial arts-learning program.

Terry Nichols, former Special Forces soldier, is Olympia’s neighbor. He’s developed something of a bond with Hannibal, sliding into the role of father-figure for the boy. His past is far from squeaky-clean, even his immediate past, and yet there is something about the boy, about the family from across the street, that has Nichols reevaluating his life, his life choices.

When a sinister group known as the Salvation Sanctuary shows too much interest in Hannibal and his special abilities, what looks like the promise of answers and cures becomes nothing shy of a death-filled nightmare. Olympia’s maternal, and survival instincts kick in. Saving her son, her own life, and those of the people she cares for most forces her to set aside fear and fight.

The entire world is in danger. It becomes too apparent that the only way to win, to live, is by saving Hannibal. He is the key. The problem, is there any way to stop the crazy cult behind the vicious attacks? Or is the entire world doomed?

TWELVE DAYS was taut. Fast. Steven Barnes writes clearly, concise. His characters are very well developed, and the plot engrossing. I read the book in two sittings. I constantly needed to know what was going to happen next!

Phillip Tomasso
Author of the Severed Empire series
and The Vaccination Trilogy

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