Saturday, December 7, 2013

21 Hours by Dustin Stevens

Title:  21 Hours
Author:  Dustin Stevens
Published:  October 24th 2012
Page Count:  564
Genre:  Suspense
Shelf:  Review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Felix "O" O'Connor is an ex-con from central Ohio that has spent the seven years since being released from prison working on a ranch in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. Rarely does he venture out into the world and never does it come looking for him. Both of those things change when his twin sister Alexa "Lex" Borden calls from Columbus, Ohio to ask for his help.

Earlier that afternoon, she and her husband were both beaten unconscious and their two year old daughter abducted from their front yard. Nobody saw a thing, the police are stumped, and it is a well known statistic that if a child isn't found in the first 48 hours, they rarely are.

O immediately drives back to Ohio and finds himself with just 21 hours to find his beloved niece before potentially losing her forever. Plunging himself into a world he'd long ago left behind, he crosses paths with criminal masterminds, human traffickers, gun runners, drug smugglers, blood-thirsty spectators and suspicious detectives all in the name of bringing her home.

My Review:

This novel is very intense in a realistic and scary way. I could easily imagine myself being in that same situation. Stevens’ very blunt and visual descriptions not only provide graphic images of the scenery but that also help develop the character of the protagonist. His understated descriptions actually serve to heighten the intensity of the novel.

The main character in this novel is one of those rare individuals that you instinctively want to know. He may be a little rough around the edges but he is the type of person that you’d want to have in your life. The supporting cast is just that, support for the wonderful main character who could easily carry this novel all on his own.

This is one of those novels that really makes you think. It makes you wonder what you’d do if you were in the same situation. I couldn’t put this book down for a second. It’s introduced me to an entirely new world that I can’t get enough of, even if it scares me.

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