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A Thousand Bayonets by Joel Mark Harris
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Nov 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: first-reads
Read from October 28 to November 05, 2012

A Thousand Bayonets is a story about redemption. John Webster, who is an investigative journalist, was haunted by one incident from Afghanistan. His nightmare is always about a Afghan boy that he didn't save because John froze. Now John is back home in Canada. His marriage has fallen apart due that one nightmare which he has refused to get counseling. His son Bryon doesn't talk to him since John hasn't visit his son in four months.

One of John's source has led him into a war between two criminal syndicates where he is a witness to an ambushed meeting shootout where the head of one of the criminal organization was killed. Being an reporter, John started to investigate to find out who took out the head of the organized crime. All fingered pointed to the other rival criminal organization but there were too many pieces of the puzzle missing and no evidences to make the connection.

The police wanted to know who was John's source that led him to the secret meeting. John knew that his reputation as a reporter would be tarnished if he gave up his source. So John refused. Having refused, the police slapped him with a subpoena. Now John is hunted by a professional hitman and the police. He is racing against time to find all the connection and to report a story of a lifetime.

I love the intrigue and details of John's investigation as well as John's demons. There is one connection that just come out of nowhere that didn't make the story flow smoothly. If there was just one more chapter to connect this piece of the puzzle, this book would have been given five story.

John's character showed his adjustment from Afghanistan through his drinking problem and his weariness of his guilt. I like the depiction of his nightmare of the Afghan boy as he gets closer to the truth of who killed the head of the rival crime organization and the motive behind the hit. His nightmare started to adjust as John gets closer to redemption.

For any readers who love a good thriller, this book is it. Yes, it does have one hiccup but otherwise, it is definitely a good story that one does not find redemption, redemption will find you.


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