Twenty-four Days – Blog Hop

Jacqui Murray has a new book out and I had the privilege of a sneak peek. I read her first book, To Hunt a Sub, and this sequel does not disappoint! It’s a torpedo-paced military thriller that I happily review below. 

But first things first.

Twenty-four Days

An unlikely team is America’s only chance

World-renowned paleoanthropologist, Dr. Zeke Rowe is surprised when a friend from his SEAL past shows up in his Columbia lab and asks for help: Two submarines have been hijacked and Rowe might be the only man who can find them.

At first he refuses, fearing a return to his former life will end a sputtering romance with fellow scientist and love of his life, Kali Delamagente, but when one of his closest friends is killed by the hijackers, he changes his mind. He asks Delamagente for the use of her one-of-a-kind AI Otto who possesses the unique skill of being able to follow anything with a digital trail.

In a matter of hours, Otto finds one of the subs and it is neutralized.

But the second, Otto can’t locate.

Piece by piece, Rowe uncovers a bizarre nexus between Salah Al-Zahrawi–the world’s most dangerous terrorist and a man Rowe thought he had killed a year ago, a North Korean communications satellite America believes is a nuclear-tipped weapon, an ideologue that cares only about revenge, and the USS Bunker Hill (a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser) tasked with supervising the satellite launch.

And a deadline that expires in twenty-four days.

As America teeters on the brink of destruction, Zeke finally realizes that Al-Zahrawi’s goal isn’t nuclear war, but payback against the country that cost him so much.

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Jacqui’s research and technical knowledge is outstanding and adds immensely to the believability and enjoyment of the read. Here’s a tidbit:

Can today’s science make a warship invisible?

If not today, in the very near future. DARPA and other scientific arms of the US Military are experimenting with approaches such as the use of metamaterials (the device used in Twenty-four Days) To hide military equipment from all sorts of waves—like sound waves and light waves. In a nutshell, here’s how they work: Rather than the sound or light waves hitting the object, they are deflected around the object and they land on what’s behind it. That means, the viewer (or in the book’s case, sonar) see what’s behind the object rather than the object. This is already effective for small objects, but is experimental for large ones like tanks and subs, and planning stages for sonar.

Pretty cool.

My Review:

I was an avid fan of Murray’s military thriller To Hunt a Sub, and her second book, Twenty-four Days, somehow managed to top the first. Though it isn’t necessary to have read the first book before diving into Twenty-four Days, I do recommend it. Murray mentions backstory but doesn’t spend a lot of time on it, so I liked having a solid grasp of the network of main characters prior to jumping into the new novel. It increased my enjoyment of this torpedo-paced book.

Torpedo-paced is an accurate description. This book starts off full speed ahead and keeps it up to the last page. For readers who love thrillers with twisting plots, plenty of intrigue, and a race against time to uncover and stop a multi-pronged terrorist attack, Twenty-four Days hits the mark. Not until the very end is the master plan understood, and foiling the plot takes right up to the last page. I’m a slow reader, and I whizzed through this book.

One thing I enjoyed about To Hunt a Sub was the technical reality Murray created for both the scientific and military elements of the book. I completely believed the naval and investigatory hierarchy and protocols, as well as the operation inside the sub. This book is just as convincing as the first but with the addition of a battleship. The operation, acronyms, and lingo were technical, realistic, and occasionally over my head, but never to the degree that I was lost. Rather, I was thoroughly convinced that Murry is a submariner! 

The science behind both reads is well researched and felt completely authentic, from cutting-edge military science and technology to the capabilities of artificial intelligence. The first book introduces the reader to Otto, a computer-housed AI. He was effective and fascinating but not terribly engaging. In Twenty-four Days, Otto gets a mobile body and the algorithms necessary to acquire a personality. He becomes a captivating character in the story and was one of my favorites as he participates in problem-solving and saving the world from war. The whole cast of characters is well drawn, their personalities, emotions, and relationships believable. There isn’t a lot of downtime to get to know them deeply though – the main reason to start with the first book.

All in all, a thrill of a read – 5 stars and highly recommended. I’m already looking forward to the next one!

Twenty-four Days:      

Kindle US,    Kindle UK,    Canada

Author bio:

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and  Twenty-four DaysShe is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

Quote from author:

What sets this series apart from other thrillers is the edgy science used to build the drama, the creative thinking that unravels the deadly plot, and the Naval battle that relies on not just fire power but problem solving to outwit the enemy.

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84 thoughts on “Twenty-four Days – Blog Hop

  1. reocochran says:

    I’m two weeks behind it seems. . . I like the science and technology aspects in both these books, Jacqui.

    Diana, I apologise for my being rather late to respond! Your review was very good at piqueing my curiosity without revealing any details. Thank you!

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  2. Sounds fantastic! I feel like there’s been a void in the techno-thriller genre since Crichton and Clancy passed away.

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  3. Great review–I have to catch up. I’m a little over halfway through, and Twenty-four Hours is humming along nicely. 🙂

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  4. Kev says:

    Ooh, I’ll have to try this one. It’ll be a new genre for me, I think. Thanks for sharing, Diana

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  5. Heartafire says:

    This sounds really exciting, thanks for the wonderful in depth review Diane. I am at a new address as I was hacked. https://houseofheartweb.wordpress.com/

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  6. oh wow) i’m finishing “gone with the wind” and then will read this one! thanks for sharing)

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  7. Great review, Diana! I’ve got the first book on my TBR, and now the second. I’m going to have to take a vacation to catch up! Good luck, Jacqui!

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  8. Steven Baird says:

    A terrific review, Diana, and congratulations, Jacqui. Sounds like I have another book to add to my list of must-reads!

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  9. bpsenapati says:

    Sounds interesting, I always love a good thriller. Wonderful review, Diana. Can’t wait to read it. And Congratulation Jacqui for publish of your book.

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  11. A wonderful review of Jacqui’s book, Diana. It does sound really action packed and terrific.

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  12. I’m not a huge thriller reader (though, of course, I read whatever interests me – I wouldn’t not read it because it’s a thriller) but it’s the science aspect that makes this sound so intriguing. Thanks, Diana. Off to check this out.

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  13. dgkaye says:

    Wonderful review Diana, and lovely to see you participating in Jacqui’s Blog Hop. I will be featuring her as my Friday author Guest next month, after YOU! 🙂 ❤

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  14. Carrie Rubin says:

    Can I use that technology to make myself invisible? There are days that would come in handy…

    I enjoyed Twenty-Four Days too!

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  15. tpolen says:

    Wonderful review, Diana – sounds like a real nail-biter!

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  16. Annika Perry says:

    A wonderfully captivating review, Diana of what seems like a breath-taking thriller. I had to smile at the thought of Jacqui Murray being a submariner…the technical detail sounds astonishing. Ahh…Otto the AI has already won me over from your review here. A most intriguing and exciting thriller – thank you for sharing! 😀

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  17. I love a good thriller so I have put this on my to read list. Thanks Diana and Jacqui.

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  18. This is right up my alley. Thank you for your review. Great…another book on my wish list. 🙂

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  19. Thank you so much for hosting me and introducing me to your blogging community, Diana. I am honored to be here.

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  20. Mike says:

    Sounds like a high-tech, white-knuckle adventure. Can’t wait to read it!

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  21. balroop2013 says:

    This book seems interesting, Thanks for the highlight Diana. I would check it out. 🙂

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