With The Plasma of Terror...[the author]...has written a compelling and elegantly intriguing novel. I could not put it down until I had finished reading the entire story, with all its layered nuances and implications, and that took the better part of a night and into the next morning to accomplish. It is an intricate web of characters and places woven together--from the streets of Paris where a murder has taken place, to suburban bedrooms in the San Fernando Valley in search of clues to the killing and those responsible for it, all while capturing the mood, the fear, the paranoia of each locale and its inhabitants during the days after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. In fact, 9/11--the Greatest American Tragedy--and its aftermath, threaded as it is throughout the novel, seems to take on a ghosty chartacter-like quality of its own--which only adds to the novel's intrigue and mystique, its heartbreak, its characters urgency to seek out hard truths and honest answers during a time when both were in short supply and hard to come by. I can't believe that in a few days, ten years will have passed since that time of horror and fear; after reading The Plasma of Terror, somehow it all seems as if it were only yesterday. An enthusiastic five stars for this fabulous read!You might like to see for yourself, especially while you are tending to your own patrician/matriarchal sloth this Labor Day weekend. It's only about 150 pp long as I recall.
Blushing or not
It happened by chance that my usual City Hall corridor associate Debbie Cortez Lopez read my 2005 novel The Plasma of Terror for the first time late this summer, a scant week before I began to consider re-releasing it. So as soon as the book was Kindled, she was able to put something up about it at Amazon. I may not blush or I may to quote it, but here is what she said of the book on its release yesterday: