Five different people. Five separate lives. Sixty minutes to bind them for ever.
Hassan, Jim, Shuna, Dan and Nadia come from very different worlds. If life were straightforward, their paths would never cross. But our lives are rarely that simple and, as the clock ticks away the minutes of a single hour on a July morning, fate draws all five together in a headlong rush...more
I happened to win an ARC from Goodreads and didn't have a reference to work off of but was pleasantly surprised.
I love the magnitude of each character and the totality of each of their individual circumstances.
Whether good or bad each was able to add to the bulk of the plot which created a unique and utterly thrilling dynamic.
It was riveting and powerful and beautifully framed in words.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to ...more
Let me give you guys a short summary before getting started on the review.
The book is about five characters and how they come to be at a single place through twists and turns in each other’s lives. Hassan is a Oxford student, shamed for being an introvert expat. Dan is an aged man with a secret he has held onto for many years that ...more
The characters are amazingly strong. We are thrown into only 60 minutes of their lives, and we are introduced to 5 different characters, yet each are well developed. I love how Tony Saltzer is able to create ...more
“Sixty Minutes” was no exception. With bold and weak characters, this cornucopia of a story came together in such a way that sometimes as the reader you may question what it was exactly you were reading. But then you would come back to the central story and remember. For a short(er) book, it covers a lot ...more
Hassan has just got into Oxford and is thrilled. Jim is a security guard and used to be in the army. Shuna has children and is taking them on a day out. Dan and Nadia come from very different worlds. Dan has his secret that he really should tell his wife and Nadia us involved in national security. We learn of their stories and how some of them have crossed paths earlier in life and now unknowingly, unwittingly come together for a key hour of each of their lives. Most of the book is about the ...more
AUTHOR – Tony Salter
PUBLISHER – ETS Limited
PAGES – 262
Five different people. Five separate lives. Sixty minutes to bind them forever. Hassan, Jim, Shuna, Dan and Nadia come from very different worlds. If life were straight forward, their paths would never cross. But our lives are rarely that simple and, as the clock ticks away the minutes of a single hour on a July morning, fate draws all five together in a headlong rush towards disaster. Who are the hero’s and who are the villains?
I didn’t ...more
Nadia is a character that I would follow through multiple stories. She has an intriguingly complex history full of loss and neglect, yet she's not afraid to act heroically when the situation calls for it. I would love to learn more about her.
What I Liked:
Sixty Minutes is a story that is ripped from the headlines – a reflection on terrorism in the 21st century that is as timely as it is relevant. As a result, it could very easily be a true story instead of the ...more
As a writer, it is often difficult to see the wood for the trees when you are so intimately involved with a story and its characters, but I do think Sixty Minutes is a great literary thriller.
I am proud of this novel – it wasn't as easy to write as my other books, partly because of the underlying theme which is a sensitive one, but also because in my first draft, the story didn't work as I wanted it to. The build up of ...more
This is more of a compilation of stories taking place in the hour of the lives of five characters and their loved ones over a random day. What ties them together is how each of the characters eventually crosses paths at some point during various times. Hassan was recently accepted to Oxford and is so excited! Jim is former Army now security guard and can have a temper. Shuna is a mother just out with her children for the day. Dan has a secret that he is keeping from his wife, and Nadia is ...more
The concept of this book was intriguing, counting down to an attack from the perspectives of 5 very different people. The problem for me was the lack of suspense. There was so much background story about all of the 5 characters which while being very well written, wasn't that interesting. I never felt that "can't put it down" feeling with this book and in fact, it was quite the opposite. I couldn't seem to read more than 20-ish pages at a time, because I was ...more
In general it was a good pretense, but it just ...more
His second novel, The Old Orchard – a gripping family thriller – was published on the 7th of November 2017, while his bestselling debut novel, Best Eaten Cold – a dark, psychological thriller – continues to attract loyal readers and stunning reviews. The ...more