Ground Zero and Beyond
4 journalers for this copy...
we had great fun last saturday, forum-talking about that rainy day :-)
so i promised a book as a prize and here it is. enjoy reading!
Now I know your occupations, thank you; you have a nice website by the way and you look just like you write, very cheerful. I'm looking forward to read this book - signed by the author! - if I manage to rip it out of the hands of my boyfriend who immediately took possession of it :-D
Let me start with the good things: I liked the first half of the book, the way the writer tried to look in the minds and actions of the terrorists was interesting. The description of the actual attacks was hardbreaking and made me relive the hours I spend in front of my television, watching with terror how the towers collapsed and the panic in New York and Washington. Also interesting to read how Americans experienced the attacks.
What I didn’t like: I thought there was too much “testosterone” in the book, the men kept confronting each other, while the female had a minor and not very interesting role.
(Attention! I’m putting the rest in white because there are spoilers, highlight to read it:)
I thought the events were all a little too unrealistic, especially in the second half of the book, like the fact that the FBI would send two unexperienced persons to Afghanistan to deliver the disc to Bin Laden. Why did it have to be them, anyone could hand over the disk and it would be more logic to have a trained spy do it. It also didn’t make much sense (in my opinion) for the terrorist to put all the data on a minidisc and put that in the mouth of one of the attackers; why would they take that risk?
What I also found annoying at times was how Murphy could consider someone to be a close friend after only a few hours (the story itself covers only about 10 days), just as the romantic relationship with Masterson seems to be deeper than possible in a few days.
I was quite surprised by the (very) end, more so reading afterwards that the Murphy and Masterson characters would appear in a new book, which means they won’t be killed after all?!
All in all, it was interesting (and confronting) to revisit the day of the attacks, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else. As Elefteria requested when she sent me this book, I will release it in a geocache (if I can find one where it fits in!).