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Knoll

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“Their list keeps getting shorter. Pray you aren’t on it.”

A young protégé of Edward Snowden flees the NSA after she learns that her project (KNOLL) is designed to detect and destroy any person with new facts about the conspiracy to assassinate JFK. The project’s latest target: a small-town attorney, son of a mysteriously murdered cop, who has just discovered his family’s
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 6th 2017 by SelectBooks
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Cheryl
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my first time reading anything from Mr. Hillard but he shows that he is a seasoned writer with this book. First off, I have to comment by saying "Wow". Although, at the start, I did have a slow start finding my groove with the story and characters. Luckily, this did not last long. I was able to follow along; while getting an instant image of the places. However, I have to let you in on a secret...I am from the same town that the author currently resides in. So, it was fairly easy to pict ...more
Shannon
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, although I did find the beginning to be a bit slow, but it quickly picked up. I marked this as a mystery, but it definitely had many different genres in it including historical fiction, as well as thriller. I enjoyed the author's writing and it flowed very well throughout the book. There are two main characters, Bus and Banner, both of which were fairly interesting characters. Bus is a lawyer, while Banner is a NSA data analyst. The story moves along at a steady pace and the ...more
Bernard Rollin
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review of Stephen Hillard’s Knoll

This book is an exhilarating read! Part historical novel, part mystery, part thriller, part psychological study, part political novel, part family tale, but collectively, far more than the sum of its parts. Rather than finding time to read the book, I had to tear myself away from it in order to fulfill my working responsibilities.

Dominating this book is Hillard’s incredible prose style. In parts, it is lyrical, coming close to poetry (in a positive sense.) His e
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Ray Palen
May 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
In 2017, allegedly, all the closed files regarding the JFK assassination are supposed to be re-opened to the public. The only thing keeping this from happening would be if the government deemed that the release of said files would pose a threat to the government and thereby they would remain closed. We're nearly half-way through the year and I have yet to hear anything on this matter. Hmm....

Like many who were born in the last half century the truth regarding the JFK assassination has been a sor
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Roopkumar Balachandran
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Columbus William McIntyre a special prosecutor in Junction city, son of a murdered cop who plans for running Shale county primary election for District Attorney, on one fateful day he gets a call from his friend Rick Van Pelt a detective at the Junction City Police Department and he hands over an old file to McIntyre.

It is a personal file of his father Dean McIntyre, in the final pages he had hand-written a para which reads "For what I did in Dallas, they will find me. Carlos Marcello, his lapdo
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Jessica Bronder
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
William “Bus” McIntyre is a small town lawyer and Vietnam veteran. He is haunted by his father’s murder years before. When he is handed the personnel file for his father, there is a note about his involvement in Dallas and Carlos Marcello. Bus goes on the hunt for his father’s killer.

Banner McCoy is a NSA data analyst that works on a project called KNOLL. It is supposed to gather information regarding Kennedy’s assassination but it really is eliminating anyone with real information behind the ki
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Mandy
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying I have always been interested in the whole JFK conspiracy theory. KNOLL is a historical fiction based in part by truth and speculation, while leaving the mystery as to how/why for all the generations past and present. Using present-time characters with a tie to the past allows a whole new generation of readers, removed from the actual events, to delve into the mystery surrounding JFK's murder.

I stumbled through the back and forth of characters (Bus and Banner) between cha
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Charlene
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying I have always been interested in the whole JFK conspiracy theory. KNOLL
is historical fiction based in part by truth and speculation, while leaving the mystery as to how/why for all the generations past and present. Using present-time characters with a tie to the past allows a whole new generation of readers, removed from the actual events, to delve into the mystery surrounding JFK’s murder.

I stumbled through the back and forth of characters (Bus and Banner) between chapter
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Rabid Readers Reviews
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The public persona of Project Knoll is to find new information that would either prove of disprove the narrative of Lee Harvey Oswald as a solo killer of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Banner McCoy, an NSA analyst,uncovers the true goal of the project, to eliminate anyone that might have real information to disprove the approved narrative. When we meet Banner, she’s fleeing and letting readers know that the knowledge she’s uncovered is of such weight that she will likely be killed if loca ...more
Dennis Nowlan
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Knoll, a compelling novel, authored by Steve Hillard, is hard to set down once you start. Some of the scenes described in the book are "white knuckling", bringing a lot to a vivid imagination. A common thread throughout the book is "crime does pay", which is certainly not a bad thing in the circumstances described in this novel.

Steve Hillard makes it clear that this piece is autobiographical in nature, which adds a dimension when reading this. The author makes it adament statement that anything
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Pamela Nowlan
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Can you remember where you were when JFK was assassinated?” I was in Texas too, Odessa, in school, and I was 14. What a terrible time. This book reminded me.
The “conspiracy” Steve has presented here is just as real and plausible, as any published in the past. The autobiographical facet , makes it even more intriguing. Really hard to put down, and finished in a few settings. What a great story, told by a great storyteller!
Pam Nowlan
Ed Logiudice
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Not all that good...did he write this to plug his Mirkwood books? He mentions Mirkwood at least 4 times in this book.
Grebwerd
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author has an amazing ability to evoke vibrant images that linger in the mind's eye long after reading it!
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I think most historical fiction fans love to read books across all times, so although I don't read a ton in this time and place, I enjoyed diving in for one book.

The thing for me that made me not completely love this book was the writing itself. It just felt short and choppy. There was something missing in the flow of the book and it made it hard to read. I liked the inclusion or nod to Edward Snowden and loved the idea of leaks being incorporated
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Knoll is a novel that reexamines the John F. Kennedy assassination in a more contemporary context. There are two different modern storylines. The more cryptic and shorter one is that of Banner McCoy, a NSA agent who discovered her project is meant to destroy anyone remotely connected the assassination. She flees Edward Snowden-style and her story is recounted through blog posts.

The more prominent storyline features Columbus “Bus” MacIntyre, a small town lawyer and son of a murdered police office
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