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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
The Task Force That Saved Christmas by Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier is a collection of three short action stories. In the first story, Silent Night, Murder Night, Billy who is a store owner and Fred, his employee, are attacked by the members of a mob family that Billy had exposed to the authorities in the past. In the second, Reel to Real Murder, an actor is found dead as a cast prepares for filming. But will the police alone be able to apprehend the deranged murderer? In Rushmore to Judgement, a team of agents manages to bring down a terrorist group at Mount Rushmore. The story then moves forward from the event to include some romance incorporated through messages written by the agents for their loved ones in case they die during a mission.
All three stories are action-driven. In the first and last stories, the action appears at the beginning, pulling one right into the plot. Though brief, the collection manages to surprise, create emotional moments and incorporate authentic dialogue. The work remains realistic through the loss of characters in the stories. The eminent danger that looms between the scenes creates a sense of foreboding that drives the suspense in the collection. The work is also creative in the selection of the settings in which the stories take place, moving from a dry-cleaning store to a movie shoot then to a dangerous mission. The Task Force That Saved Christmas by Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier is a collection that captivates through its gripping action.