Thursday, July 4, 2013

Frame 232 by Wil Mara

November 22 1963.
The Kennedy Assassination. 
She was there. 
Margaret Baker was the Babushka Lady. 
She had attended Kennedy's celebration that day against the wishes of her boss and her husband, 
and she had gone disguised, hence the strange nickname they gave her. 
All these years later she was infamous yet unknown, wasn't she? 
No. She knew all along that there was a chance she was being tracked, 
that she might disappear like others who knew the truth had disappeared. 
Because Margaret Baker, the Babushka Lady, had made a film that day, 
and this film captured unknown things about that horrible event. 
Every detail about that film was burned into her mind.
It ate at her soul and it ruined her health. 
When she died, the film and the burden it represented was passed on to her daughter, Sheila, 
and from there we have out story.  

Let me begin this way: I did not immediately like this book. 
The reason is because in the early chapters, the author's powers of description were turned to describe a man who was so disgusting and reprehensible that I wanted him dead right then.
But that was the point: This man was the villain. And I hated reading about him!
Throughout the book, these same powers of description were turned to other characters, who were as real as the villain, and that "you-can-see-it-happening" writing is what caused me,
 a slow reader, to read this book in three days. 
So therefore you realize that this story is compelling. 

Jason Hammond is such a good character.
He is the essence of calm, cool and collected, with a mind honed to razor sharpness and the physical training of an athlete.
His life is dedicated to discovering the true stories behind unsolved mysteries,
and he uses his great wealth to fund his truth seeking explorations.
Jason Hammond is an adventurer,
and he is exactly who Sheila needs to help her- and to keep her alive along the way.
The only thing that strikes him to the heart is the trauma of losing someone he loves.
Jason Hammond, the man who thinks nothing of battling a trained assassin with a garden shovel,
is defined by a tragic loss and haunted by his nightmares.
As he chases the pieces to this puzzle, will he maybe find a place where he can begin to be restored?

Frame 232 is an epic conspiracy novel... and a story of healing.

The only thing I wish was different about this book was....
well, that may just happen in the next book.
Because, you see, this is Book One in the Jason Hammond Series.
And so there is more to look forward to.

Thank you Tyndale Blog Network for my copy of Frame 232!

Wil Mara has been publishing books for the last 25 years. He began with nonfiction for school libraries, moved into children's fiction by ghostwriting five of the popular ‘Boxcar Children Mysteries,' then into adult fiction with his 2005 disaster thriller,Wave, which won the New Jersey Notable Book Award. The next disaster novel, The Gemini Virus, was released in October 2012 to rave reviews by critics and public alike. Wil also spent 20 years as an editor, working for Harcourt-Brace, Prentice Hall, and others. For more information, visit Wil at

Three Questions from an interview with Wil Mara about this book.

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