Saturday, December 1, 2007

Book Review: VANISHED by Kathryn Mackel

Barcester, Massachusetts is an almost forgotten community nestled between major college towns. There's an excitement about the notoriety their new underground train system may bring them, but other than that, the citizens of Barcester are going about their daily lives.

Until a bomb explodes and rips the fabric of those daily lives to shreds.

Police sergeant Jason Logan, stretched by circumstances in his personal life, is called upon to lead by keeping order in the community and finding some way to assist the injured without assistance. Where is the help that should be coming? Has the strange mist that has settled over them somehow cut them off from the rest of the world?

Kathryn Mackel has created a wonderful story with a compelling plot and strong characters. Her writing skills are advanced, and the series, for which Vanished is first, promises to be a good one. Mackel describes her new series as Lost for the Christian market. The only drawback I found was that even in a series, I like to have each book stand by its own story. I'm not sure how she could have done it, but not too many threads are tied up at the end in Vanished. It's nice to have something to look forward to (and I do), but it's even nicer to have a satisfying ending with each offering.

A recommended read.

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