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Around the world, leaders and notorious criminals alike are mysteriously dying. A terrorist group promises a series of deaths within two months. And against the backdrop of the apocalypse, the lives of a small shattered family and a broken soldier are transformed in the bustling city of Atlanta.
Olympia Dorsey is a journalist and mother, with a cynical teenage daughter and an autistic son named Hannibal, all trying to heal from a personal tragedy. Across the street, Ex–Special Forces soldier Terry Nicolas and his wartime unit have reunited Stateside to carry out a risky heist that will not only right a terrible injustice, but also set them up for life—at the cost of their honor. Terry and the family's visit to an unusual martial arts exhibition brings them into contact with Madame Gupta, a teacher of singular skill who offers not just a way for Terry to tap into mastery beyond his dreams, but also for Hannibal to transcend the limits of his condition. But to see these promises realized, Terry will need to betray those with whom he fought and bled.
Meanwhile, as the death toll gains momentum and society itself teeters on the edge of collapse, Olympia's fragile clan is placed in jeopardy, and Terry comes to understand the terrible price he must pay to prevent catastrophe.
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April 20, 2017
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!
I admit that I've been a fan of Stephen Barnes for years, but I also admit that it's mainly been because of his co-authored works with Larry Niven. I think that's going to change after this!
This novel reads like a modern bestselling thriller that SHOULD be a modern...
July 10, 2017
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.
Never having read any story penned by Steven Barnes, I didn’t know exactly what to expect from Twelve Days, especially since it was a paranormal thriller (which isn’t my usual reading genre). After finishing this fast-paced, taunt narrative, I now have to say I’...
January 12, 2018
I cannot believe I paid $12.99 for this. It's crap. The writing is mediocre, the characters are two dimensional, motivations don't make sense and things seemed to happen awfully conveniently. It was ridiculous.
May 30, 2017
This was a 3 to 3.5 out of 5 star read for me.
Around the world, people are dying, and a terrorist cell says that there will be many more assassinations in the city of Atlanta. Threatened with the apocalypse, a family in tatters turns to their neighbor, Terry Nicolas for help. Nicolas, it turns ou...
April 11, 2017
This is my first book by Steven Barnes. It won’t be my last.
If I had to narrow the genre down to just few words, I’d say this was a metaphysical horror thriller. While I was honestly a bit more into the horror and the thriller aspects than the metaphysical stuff, I still found myself completely e...
July 05, 2017
The announcement of global genocide, of a purposely brought on apocalypse, feels and sounds more like an elaborate hoax than a viable threat. That is until the demonstrations begin.
The world is being held hostage. An unknown group is promising the death of high-ranking political, and powerful cit...
July 09, 2017
I had a tough time finishing this one. It felt chock full of cliches, plus I just didn't like any of the characters.
July 11, 2017
Barnes work is very thought provoking. This story focuses on the untapped potential of the human brain. It is touted as a paranormal thriller but frankly I believe there are many factors of the human brain that we have yet to identify, quantify or explore. Consequently I would label this as a thr...
November 08, 2017
Steven Barnes is a bit of a trickster here. He gets you thinking the story is going one way, and then it goes another way entirely. A seemingly bad guy is the good guy, and a seemingly good guy is the bad guy.
That said, while the story itself was reasonably well plotted, the McGuffin just kept c...
August 10, 2017
This is a book that is hard to break down into just one or two genres; it dives deep into so many more aspects that will leave readers thinking long after the last page.
When world leaders, criminals and others start dying all around the world mysteriously, everyone starts to panic. A new terroris...