The Christmas Special by David Hearne is a thriller like none you have read. Sheeva, Jason, Ali and Abdul will become etched in your mind to the point you will not be able to put The Christmas Special down.|
The Christmas Special is suspenseful, chilling and hits real close to home with our modern times and world events.
Ali, an Afghan doctor has political asylum in the U.S. His wife was killed in Afghanistan, and his children Sheeva and Abdul live with him. Ali, Abdul and Sheeva have very different views and beliefs of the Western World. Sheeva is much more tolerant, and in love with a young American named Jason. Ali and Abdul absolutely cannot accept her relationship with Jason, and have physically let her know it will not be tolerated. The situation reaches a peak when Abdul and his friends see Sheeva and Jason out, and they beat Jason.
Now Sheeva realizes the situation has reached the point she must leave her home to escape the beatings and to be with Jason. Sheeva is a 16 year old Muslim girl and Jason is a 19 year old American boy. Keep this in mind, as it becomes paramount later in the book.
The target for the terrorist plot is nuclear power plants, hospitals and churches. Ali is the leader and organizer of this horrific attack. Yes that's right--political asylum only to plan and carry out an attack against his protectors. Hearne allows the reader to hear the story from several different people--Sheeva, families of those attacked and the terrorists. It is brilliantly done so that the reader is getting the story from every perspective.
The Christmas Special is absolutely bone chilling suspenseful and thought provoking. Hearne has thoroughly researched and studied the times we live in and the actual likelihood of nuclear power plant attacks. You will be spellbound throughout the book, and when you are finished you will lots to think about. Could our country be heading toward something so horrific?
Carefully check out the cover of The Christmas Special. Look closely--a quick glance and you won't see the real cover. Love it!!
His father's military assignments introduced him to diverse cultures and views as he adapted to life in places like Blackstone, Virginia, Washington D.C., Leesville, LA., Wrightstown, N.J., Tirrenia, Italy and Charlestown, N.H.. A principal lesson he learned at an early age from his frequent moves from the north to the south was that social truths are simply beliefs unchallenged and pragmatic to those who espouse them. He came to recognize how easily views are shaped and forged into irrefutable truths by your peers, authority figures, and vocal vacuous celebrities. This exposure to the divisiveness of often-opposing views from one locale to the other taught him the need of a good command of history to help analyze and make conclusions in social matters that are so subjective. He has had many life experiences that have helped shape his views of the world. He has been an Army Officer and seen death many times. He has lost both his parents and an older sister to cancer. Besides being in the military, he has experienced various other careers including selling insurance, being a general contractor, managing a restaurant, running a car rental agency, being a software programmer and running his own consulting company. In the 1990's after David published the book "Enable Command Performance", he spent many months on the seminar circuit appearing in most of the major cities. In San Diego, his 1991 seminar coincided with the 6-day period of rioting and murder of 54 people triggered by part of the aftermath of the arrest of Rodney King in Los Angeles, Ca. He experienced a first hand glimpse of violent rioting and felt the societal pressure to express his feelings in only the politically correct vernacular of the media. David enjoys reading and new adventures in life. He still loves to travel and view the world with his own eyes and form his own conclusions on the events and happenings of the world he lives in. David is part Irish and Scottish and stands 6'4" tipping the scales at around 225. He is happily married to his inspiring wife, Stacie. They have a two-child family augmented by 8 loving cats. Currently, they live in the town of Lumberton, Texas, an hour drive from the city of Houston, Texas.