Poison Heartbeats by Temple Emmet Williams
In the war plagued Afghanistan, there are two twins – a girl and a boy who must come to terms with their destiny. One is a holy warrior or better known as a terrorist of ISIL while the other is removed and adopted into an American family.
Ahmed Khan sets about to poison the well of America; Holly Smolkes (his sister) has some unsavory connections with a “mob boss” and a romantic link with Mac McKlane the team leader within Homeland Security as well as a sibling link to her terrorist brother.
The careful weaving of the story in and around the twins, Homeland Security and the intricate methods of ISIL to recruit American ‘infidels’ into their ranks is gripping.
Temple Emmett Williams’ writing style is clear and masterful. He has the ability to weave the story and history into a captivating tale in a compelling manner that is both powerful and entertaining. While I enjoy thrillers, this was beyond that. This brought the “war on terrorism” home in a realistic and terrifying manner.
His plot was well developed and executed with twists. His characters were also developed and complex but not overly confusing – rather intricate and more evolved. I found I could not put the book down and kept reading it during my free moments and well into the night.
I enjoy reading Williams’ books as they are refreshing. All too often books in this genre become confusing and utilizing words that mean nothing until you look them up. It is refreshing to have an exciting book such as this maintain its excitement and clarity because of the writing style as well as the plot. Williams is a strong and commanding story teller.
I understand this is book two in a series; while I prefer to read books in order, this is truly written to be a stand-alone as well as one in a series. Not reading book 1 did not add any confusion to the story.
WordsAPlenty gives this book a 5-star rating for its refreshing writing style and intriguing plot.
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