Atomic Number Sixty (Sixty Minute Reads Book 1)
Author: Dave Johnston
Publisher: Sixty Publishing
Genre: Fiction/Crime Thriller
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You are strapped to a bomb with sixty minutes left to live. What would you do?
Atomic Number Sixty was a hard hitter for me. I was sold on the narration alone. Unlike any reading encounter I have experienced, the author has managed to weave a story in the form of a unique minute by minute play of Holly Holloway’s final 60 minutes. This is a fast paced read that follows our heroine in real-time. Such an inventive and unique concept!
Being that this is Holly’s final 60 minutes, this is a short read that unfolds in a manner paced with the actual events. Each chapter designed to take roughly 1 minute to read. At 147 pages, I finished this title in just under 47 minutes. However, there was no shortage of entertainment and enjoyment.
It is hard to elaborate on the actual story-line without divulging too many details, and I am not one for spoilers. We all know by now that spoilers really peeve me!
So here is a brief summary of my impression during the 47 minutes I spent with Holly Holloway. The author’s writing is crisp and clear. The timeline is on par with maintaining the intended reading pace and experience. The setting and world development are as good you can expect for such a fast read that is built upon 60 minutes of heroine’s life. Every tactic that has been implemented from the timeline to Holly’s memories fit well. The characters are plausible, and there are even subtle bits of humor that add an extra value to our main character and the reading experience.
This would have been five stars for me, however the ending was slightly predictable. This may have been intended though, as there were many hints throughout the story. Being more of a thriller, I think I was expecting something more “unexpected” at the very end. But this still works.
Atomic Number Sixty was fun and innovative. I would definitely love to follow this series and see what the author has planned. I think this could be a heavy hitter for fans of suspense and thrillers!
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*I received a copy of Atomic Number Sixty in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions above are my own.