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15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
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Aug 05, 12

Read from August 01 to 05, 2012

You don't find many novels set in Jacksonville, FL. I could have rated this higher based just on the story. But factual and logical errors are distracting. Interstate 10 ends at I-95 on the west side of the river in Jax. Given the location of Jax golf resorts and a mention of Southside Blvd in the narrative, why did he use I-10 as a main highway on the east side of the river? A character who works for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office returns to work after an absence and there is mention that a "new chief" has been hired. The chief in Jacksonville is an elected Sheriff, not a hired chief. The main character at one point looks up a news story on his iPad on the "KJNT.com" website, presumably a TV station. Aside from two stations in PA with legacy call letters, "K" stations in the US are west of the Mississippi; "W" is the first letter of the call sign in the east. All of that is distracting, but maybe not so much if you aren't a Floridian. But, the worst logical error I think involves that iPad. The main guy is on the run from the police. He has stopped using his cell phone, and bought prepaid cell phones, so the police can't monitor his cell phone to find him. But to keep up with the news and finds places on a map he consults that iPad, from locations like a office park parking lot, a fast food parking lot, a motel parking lot, his car on the side of the road in the boondocks. How is he connecting to the internet? Public wifi is not likely in those places, so he must be using the 3G connection, which is a wireless service just like his cell phone uses and one the police would be sure to monitor along with his cell phone. It's a good story and, he says, based on something that really happened to him. Wish they could fix it.
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