Wednesday, November 20, 2013

CFBA Review: Critical Reaction by:Todd M. Johnson

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Critical Reaction
Bethany House Publishers (November 19, 2013)
Todd M. Johnson


Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. Todd's career experience blends with his passion for writing in his novels published through Bethany House.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law, and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

The Deposit Slip, Mr. Johnson's first novel, debuted in 2012. Todd's second novel, Critical Reaction, will be released in November 2013.

Todd lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Cathy and children Ian and Libby.


After decades of turning out plutonium for the arms race, the Hanford Nuclear Facility has long been shuttered, though its deadly legacy cannot be fully contained. The men who guard the facility from sabotage or monitor its buildings for radiation leaks are told the risks are under control. They believe it, until the worst happens: a thunderous explosion in the dead of night.

Two workers, lifer Poppy Martin and new hire Kieran Mullaney, believe themselves lucky to survive the blast. But as the debris is cleared, they discover their safety is not assured. Dead ends and closed doors halt their efforts to discover what really happened--and what radiation may have poisoned them. When stalling and threats force them into the hands of experienced trial lawyer Ryan Hart, they learn that theirs is no ordinary lawsuit. There is something still hidden in the desert of eastern Washington, and someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it never sees the light of day.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Critical Reaction, go HERE.

My Review:
 Kieran Mullaney is a substitute for LB5, he's job isn't the best but that's what he has and he will deal with it no matter the circumstances. He heads for his shift with aching feet, making it to his corridor he sets about his work.Before he knows it the windows start to rattle, he looks around not knowing whats going on. So he starts to run, but the building explodes before he got completely out.

Emily Hart is startled back to reality by her boss. He seems to know she isn't really listening and quickly dismisses her back to her office. She goes to her desk and listens to a message which causes a great shock and that's when she has to call her dad.

Kieran Mullaney is one of the few people that survived the explosion. Which is good, but that means he's been exposed to radiation.  Big uh-oh.  He calls his old friend Emily, the lawyer in training.His lawyer just had to bail on him the moment he needed him most. But at least it seems Emily is in with him all the way to the end. But the end is what they least expected.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from  CFBA.