Ground Zero and Beyond

by J. P. McCarthy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1401088945 Global Overview for this book
Registered by poemwriter of Richmond, Maine USA on 11/1/2003
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, November 01, 2003
I was really excited to receive this book! It's such a nice idea to promote a book like this. I will read it, review it and pass it on. Thanks a lot, poemwriter!

Journal Entry 2 by poemwriter from Richmond, Maine USA on Saturday, November 01, 2003
Pre-numbered label used for registration.

Journal Entry 3 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Saturday, November 15, 2003
It was a really nice idea to send out this book to bookcrossers everywhere. And very brave, too, because so many people will review it now. I like some things about the book very much (the original idea behind it and the end, for instance) but other things I didn't (the romantic line with Masterson). I'll release the book here in the Netherlands and hope someone will have a good time with it.

Journal Entry 4 by MaaikeB from Zeist, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, December 10, 2003
I found someone who wants to read this book. I'll hand it over to her on the meeting of Dutch bookcrossers in Utrecht. Have a good read, Riemke!

Journal Entry 5 by Elefteria from Enschede, Overijssel Netherlands on Wednesday, December 24, 2003
thanks Maaike,I'll write more after reading.

Journal Entry 6 by Elefteria from Enschede, Overijssel Netherlands on Tuesday, February 03, 2004
this was a strange book and a strange story. the events of 11-9 are quite impressive. that's why i wanted to read it. and now i know again why i don't like detectives and crimes. too much shooting and killing people. too much blood. but still the story was fascinating enough to read it till the end. and still thinking now and then about the end of the book... maybe it's describing the truth??? my trust in politicians has never been great...

Journal Entry 7 by Elefteria at by mail in sent to another BookCrosser, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Release planned for Wednesday, February 04, 2004 at by mail in sent to another BookCrosser, Bookring Controlled Releases.

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!

Journal Entry 8 by owlet from Maastricht, Limburg Netherlands on Thursday, February 05, 2004
Hi Riemke!! Thank you very much for the book, what a surprise!! I didn't even win your contest, but won the book because I was the only one to respond :-)
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

Journal Entry 9 by owlet from Maastricht, Limburg Netherlands on Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Well, one and a half year later I finally read the book! My boyfriend didn’t (and won’t, because he doesn’t like to read in English). I enjoy reading thrillers and suspense, but there were things I liked and didn’t like in the book. I have to add that I too find it very brave to send a book like this to a lot of readers, because of the many different (positive and negative) reviews the writer will receive.

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!).

Journal Entry 10 by owlet from Maastricht, Limburg Netherlands on Thursday, August 11, 2005
Well, decided not to release it in a geocache, but gave it to a friend who will release it in Northern Limburg to promote bookcrossing in that area!

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