Atomic Number Sixty (Sixty Minute Reads Book 1) by Dave Johnston (Short Story/Thriller)
Atomic Number Sixty is the first installment in a series, with each book meant to be read in one hour. In sixty chapters, it documents the countdown, minute by minute, of a bomb set to go off in the basement of City Hall. That bomb is attached to hostage Holly Holloway, who is strapped to a chair. In each one-minute chapter, Holly relates either her situation at the moment or the history of how she came to be there. Her fun, wise-mouth observations made Atomic Number Sixty a light-hearted story that had me chuckling even in the face of pending doom.
This very clever approach to story-telling is unique and entertaining. In addition to the story itself, the idea of one-minute chapters keeps the reader willing to read “just one more” until the book is done, and completing a book in one hour feels like an accomplishment. That said, this is not even a novella, but a short story with an abrupt ending that felt a little too pie-in-the-sky and seemed to come out of nowhere. Since time and space limitations were self-imposed by the author, one expects him to deliver a satisfying, believable outcome within those limitations.
I think it will be interesting to see where this series goes. Book 2, Massacre of the Sixty, is due to be released in early to mid-December, 2016. At that time, from December 11 through December 15, Atomic Number Sixty will be free to download on Amazon as part of the launch celebration. However, at its current price of 99 cents, this fun little book is worth the investment.
Grandma gives Atomic Number Sixty four stars.
Bella Reads and Reviews Books received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.