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Critical Reaction

Todd M. Johnson
Critical Reaction

Todd M. Johnson Returns with a Bracing New Legal Thriller 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 monit... Read More

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Todd M. Johnson Returns with a Bracing
New Legal Thriller
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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Oct 16, 2013
  • UPC: 9780764210150
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 379
  • Publish Date: Nov 19, 2013
  • Language: English
  • BISAC: "FIC031000"
  • ISBN: 0764210157

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Not Great by Jess on 2/12/2014


Atfer turning out plutonium for the cold war, the shuttered Hanford Nuclear Facility's poisoned buildings may be a bigger risk than ever. the men who guard the facility from sabatage or monitor its buildings are told the dangers are under control. But are they really? Then the worst happens - a thunderous explosion in the dead of night. Kieran Mullaney survived the blast, but when threats and silence meet his attemps to discover what really happened, he reconnects with an old friend - inexperienced lawyer Emily Hart. Convinced Hanford is hiding something, they also realize the case is sunk without more help. Emily's estranged father, Ryan, has the courtroom experience they need, but he's grown jaded and weary of the profession. Still, it's a chance to rebuild ties to Emily, and the deeper he digs, the stranger - and more dangerous - the case gets.

This is the first of Todd M. Johnson's books I've ever read and also the first legal thriller I've read but I didn't really like it. Most of the book was boring, I think it was because I never really connected with the characters. It was told more from the perspective of Emily's father than Kieran or Emily and I couldn't identify with him very much. I wish they would've been more suspense, and more development to the romance. There wasn't much to the spiritual aspect either, other than the mention of praying. One thing I did like in the book was a quote from Emily's mother, she said "never sue a teacher, or a farmer. and only take on the fights truly worth fighting," maybe someone who likes lawyer stuff etc would enjoy this book. But I just couldn't seem to get into it.

Book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House a division of Baker

"Critical Reaction" by Todd M. Johnson by tickmenot on 12/11/2013

This is a great book. The action starts on the first page and keeps you reeled in until the finish. This is the story of an accident at an old nuclear facility. People are hurt and in the aftermath, the company in charge denies the extent and damage that actually occurred. This tail takes the reader through a court trial, an investigation of what really happened and down the paths of possible conspiracy theories.

This book was well-written, the characters are very believable, and they are developed enough that the reader really cares about outcome of the different people as the story progresses. Along with the main story line, there is the story of the two attorneys in the case which are a father-daughter team. Those two have a past with a lot of baggage to work through while, at the same time, trying to work together. That feature adds even more interest to the story. There is also a bit of a romance involved. Everything about this book rings so true that it would be easy to believe that this story actually took place.

This was a real page turner. There wasn’t an overt Christian message, but the book was a definite “David and Goliath” tale, that was family friendly. I wouldn’t be ashamed to recommend it to my grandmother. This fast-paced tale had suspense, complex cover-ups and all of my attention. It was very refreshing to read a well-crafted story that was clean–no profanity, sex scenes or grisly descriptions. I enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend it to anyone who wants an exciting five star story that is a pleasure to read.

The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion.

Action Book by Sally on 11/20/2013

Attention, Hollywood . . . what an action film this would make! This legal thriller keeps the reader taking deep breathes while flipping pages. Short chapters keep the pace. I'm so glad it is a work of fiction, but even so, it could be true! (shudder)

The characters are believable. A father and daughter's strained relationship is nicely woven into the plot. This alone would make the book a worthwhile read. My favorite character is Poppy Martin, a blue collar family man who experiences the explosion.

I enjoyed the courtroom scenes. The author is an attorney and knows how to bring courtroom drama to life.

I noticed one small error on page 331, the recused judge's name is used. However, with such a compelling story, most readers will not let it hinder their reading.

Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Bethany House for my copy.

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