The Knoll by Stephen Hillard

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

As lawyer Bus McIntyre digs into the past of his murdered father, he uncovers a dangerous secret. At the same time, a protege of Edward Snowdon discovers that a project purporting to look for new information in the assassination of JFK is actually identifying people with new information and eliminating them. Is Bus the next victim?

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

 

The public persona of Project Knoll is to find new information that would either prove of disprove the narrative of Lee Harvey Oswald as a solo killer of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Banner McCoy, an NSA analyst,uncovers the true goal of the project, to eliminate anyone that might have real information to disprove the approved narrative. When we meet Banner, she’s fleeing and letting readers know that the knowledge she’s uncovered is of such weight that she will likely be killed if located. Hillard establishes off the bat that this is a high stakes thriller.

Bus McIntyre is a Vietnam Vet and small town lawyer with bigger ambitions who is haunted by the murder of his father. He’s searching for his father’s killer when he comes across information that leads him down an unexpected path. Hillard’s shift into history is smooth and his characters, including an aging hit man, are well planned and purposeful. Hillard gives his world context so that the connections of characters are logical and realistic while maintaining an urgency and purpose despite revolving around a decades old, world changing, event. Project Knoll is a conspiracy that lives and in its life could leave even those not sure of what they have with deadly consequences. The journal left by Bus’ father gives the reader and his son a perspective unsuspected on his father. How well do we really know the people we love the most?

Hillard’s writing style is lyrical and polished. His narrative style allows the suspense to build. Shifting locales are described with a deft hand and characters introduced that add to the narrative whether by way of expanding the story or serving as a misdirection. That the narrative is shifting and in first person did take some adjustment. The shifts are well marked and the voices unique so that there’s not confusion but it is a difficult adjustment as its an unusual pattern for any genre.

Hillard’s presentation of JFK’s assassination is well researched and his links to the event are plausible. Its long been thought that Oswald did not act alone and historians the world over would be dead if a plan like Project Knoll actually existed but Hillard gives us a world where it could happen. Knoll is a wonderful thriller. If you’re looking for a summer read to take on vacation, pick it up today.

Echoes of Time (The Guernsey Novels Book 5) by Anne Allen

Publication Date: August 13, 2016

 

Echoes of Time by Anne Allen, mystery-romance book reviewOlive wasn’t sure that she and Bill were a match but with all of the other young men leaving Guernsey to take part in World War II, she accepted his proposal as a matter of practicality and regrets her decision immediately. During German occupation, Olive falls for the gentle Major Wolfgang Brecht.

When Natalie flees an abusive relationship in London for the quiet peace of Guernsey she settles in a cottage on the burned remains of Olive’s and Bill’s farm. Strange things start to happen and she calls on Olive’s and Bill’s grandson, Stuart, for help in unraveling the mystery. Will Natalie find out if its one of the lovers or something much darker haunting her?

 

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Night School by Lee Child

Publication Date: November 7, 2016

Night School by Lee Child, A Jack Reacher Thriller, book reviewIt’s 1996 and Reacher is coming off of a big win in his Army career when he’s sent to Night School. His classmates, an FBI Agent and CIA Analyst, have also just celebrated big successes in their careers. The trio soon learns that there have been shadowy whispers of an American and an act of terrorism on a scale the world has never known. Can they, with the help of Reacher’s trusted friend, Frances Neagley, stop the plot in time?

 

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Season 1 (2017)

DVD Release Date: January 24, 2017

 

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas AdamsShortly after Todd (Elijah Wood) finds the body of Partick Spring, a billionaire with a lot of secrets, Holistic Detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) crawls through his window and presses him into investigating the murder. With a holistic assassin (Fiona Dourif) on Dirk’s heels, can he solve the case before he’s swimming with the fishes?

 

 

 

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The Watch (2012)

DVD Release Date: November 13, 2012

 

The Watch MovieWhen a night watchman at the local Costco is brutally murdered, the manager of the store, Evan Trawling (Ben Stiller) starts a neighborhood watch group. He and his group of misfits, Bob (Vince Vaughn), Franklin (Jonah Hill) and Jamarcus (the IT Crowd’s amazing Richard Ayoade) soon suspect alien invasion. Can they stop the aliens before their small Ohio town is laid to waste?

 

 

 

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American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Release Date: March 28, 2017

 

Neil Gaiman American GodsShadow’s wife, Laura, is his driving motivation to stay on the straight and narrow when the day finally comes that he’s released from jail. When she’s killed in an accident shortly before his release, he’s left rudderless and accepts a job from a mysterious man named Mr. Wendesday. Soon he discovers a world that could not have been imagined of ambitious new gods versus weary ancient gods. As the storm brews, who will survive and who will win the battle of American gods.

 

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Tron (1982)

Release Date: July 9, 1982 | DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011

 

Tron Science Fiction movie

Kevin Flynn’s (Jeff Bridges) video game creations were stolen by his former co-worker, Dillinger (David Warner). In order to prove that his games were stolen, Flynn tries to hack into the mainframe of his former workplace, ENDCOM with no success so decides to go to the business himself in order to find proof of the larceny. While there, the Master Control Program (MCP — voiced by David Warner), which has become self-aware, digitizes Flynn and downloads him into the mainframe. In the mainframe, Flynn is forced to fight other programs that appear in the image of their creators and they really can die. Can Flynn get out alive?

 

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The Frood: The Authorised & Very Official History of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Jem Roberts

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

 

The Frood by Jem RobertsThe Frood is an examination of the influences and impact of the late Douglas Adams on British comedy, his most famous work, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and his legacy.

 

 

 

 

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