Friday, November 22, 2013

Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Critical Reaction
Bethany House Publishers (November 19, 2013)
Todd M. Johnson


Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. Todd's career experience blends with his passion for writing in his novels published through Bethany House.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law, and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

The Deposit Slip, Mr. Johnson's first novel, debuted in 2012. Todd's second novel, Critical Reaction, will be released in November 2013.

Todd lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Cathy and children Ian and Libby.


After decades of turning out plutonium for the arms race, the Hanford Nuclear Facility has long been shuttered, though its deadly legacy cannot be fully contained. The men who guard the facility from sabotage or monitor its buildings for radiation leaks are told the risks are under control. They believe it, until the worst happens: a thunderous explosion in the dead of night.

Two workers, lifer Poppy Martin and new hire Kieran Mullaney, believe themselves lucky to survive the blast. But as the debris is cleared, they discover their safety is not assured. Dead ends and closed doors halt their efforts to discover what really happened--and what radiation may have poisoned them. When stalling and threats force them into the hands of experienced trial lawyer Ryan Hart, they learn that theirs is no ordinary lawsuit. There is something still hidden in the desert of eastern Washington, and someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it never sees the light of day.

My Thoughts:
A nuclear explosion....a survivor seeking justice…a daughter and father brought together in the throes of loss to seek the truth…a corrupt soul attempting to hide his identity….all of this and more are captured in a most intriguing tale….Critical Reaction.  You heart and mind will react to this story on many levels, and I think you will be left changed in the aftermath of this explosive story.

Legal thriller, espionage, this story captures you in many different ways, so I think this is a story that will appeal to a broad and complex audience.  There are identities that stay hidden in shadow that make this story even more thrilling, and the level of danger increases exponentially as you near the end of the novel, so your heart takes a beating toward the end.  In short, this is a very well-written, well-paced novel that will create a hungry fan base!! I know I’m already waiting for more from this author!! This is what the journey is all about!!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Critical Reaction, go HERE.

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