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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
American soldiers are dying in the war against terror, and a domestic terrorist wants them to come back home in Seven by Jerry Johnson. He will stop at nothing to make his demands heard and acted upon. His inspiration comes from the deeds performed by Moses: the plagues and catastrophes he rained down on the world to set his people free. Now, the president is faced with a similar demand: set our people free. Get them out of Iraq, or face the consequences. The FBI has issues with finding the home-grown terrorist as he always seems to be more than just one step ahead. One special agent, however, has a strong motivation to find the terrorist. It has become personal. The reader follows both sides as different chapters are either told from the terrorist’s or the agent’s point of view.
I usually stay clear of stories like Seven by Jerry Johnson. You hear enough of politics and wars in everyday life as it is. In my spare time, I usually prefer fantasy, science fiction, and other genres that have a certain touch of magic – after all, books are my gateway to a better world, to forget about everyday troubles for a while. So I wasn’t sure whether I’d enjoy a book that is a) based on real life events, and b) has a main character who uses events from the Bible to plan his next actions. I finished the book in just three days – so it must have been fairly good!
I liked how you were able to see both sides of the story: the reasoning of the terrorist came across as quite sane when you followed his story, and when you followed the other side, you could see the madness behind it all. The plot was quite interesting, and it definitely became exciting when the end was approaching. You couldn’t be quite sure which of the two main characters would eventually come out in one piece. I also found parts of the novel rather educative because I had no clue that some of those attacks could easily be orchestrated by just one person, and how easy it would theoretically be for someone to do something similar. A bit scary, but also very educational. Those are things you do not learn in school (for a good reason, I guess).
In the end, I was glad that I picked up the book to review it – mainly because I liked the title and cover - and because I felt like something to mix up my usual reading routine would be a good idea. I was entertained, forgot about time, could leave my own worries behind for a while, and even learned a few new things. You can’t really ask more from a book. Most books usually only have one strong point: this one shone in many.