Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Minute Zero

 
ABOUT THE BOOK: In MINUTE ZERO, State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker is suddenly thrown into a quickly developing emergency in Zimbabwe, where a longtime strongman is being challenged for the presidency. Rumors are flying furiously: armed gangs, military crackdowns, shady outside money pouring in, and, most disturbing for the United States, reports of highly enriched uranium leaking into the market. And that's all before Ryker even lands in the country. It gets much worse after that. If he can't get control, shape his Minute Zero, a lot of people are going to die--not least of all himself.
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Todd Moss is vice president and senior fellow at the Washington think tank the Center for Global Development, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In 2007-2008, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of African Affairs, where he was responsible for diplomatic relations with sixteen West African countries. Moss lives in Maryland .



My Review

I attempted to read Mr. Moss's first book, the Golden Hour. I say attempt because I only got about a third of the way into the book and I put it down for good. The only thing that I did like about the book and Mr. Moss's writing is how authentic the story and events were. Yet, I was not feeling the character development and the story itself did not intrigue me.

I decided to give Mr. Moss another chance. Thank goodness that I did. His latest book made me did a complete one eighty turn. I could not stop reading this book. I instantly was pulled into the story and the characters. Dr. Judd Ryker is a complex character that brings lots of layers to the story. Which the first half of the book was good and did help build up to the action and fast pace of the second half of the story.

Warning: The "f" word is used in the book. I was not offended by the language but that is because it was used tastefully in context to the story.

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