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Book Review: We All Fall Down

We All Fall DownWe All Fall Down

by Michael Harvey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Michael Harvey’s debut novel (Chicago Way) turned into a fast-moving sometimes dark TV series (now cancelled) introducing outspoken Chicago PI-and-ex-cop, Michael Kelly. We All Fall Down (Knopf 2011) is Kelly’s first novel I have read and I am enthusiastically placing the other three on the top of my book pile.

The plot revolves around bioterrorism, pathogens are released in the Chicago Subway via exploding light bulbs. The effects are dramatic and deadly and we learn of new strains of terror referred to as “black biology”. The Government is forced to quarantine large parts of the city as hospitals turn into morgues. Michael, with clever, aggressive and highly perceptive insights into this threat, begins to hunt the perpetrators while protecting the scientists desperately seeking the vaccine.

Michael Harvey is a brilliant writer (no wonder his first book became a TV series) the pacing races from page to page yet allows the plot and the characters to fully develop. The story lines blend perfectly and are all to real as civilization struggles with WMD terrorist nightmare. Mr. Harvey has written 4 novels, I hope there are many more to come.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in EducationCurrently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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