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Capitol in Crisis Blog Tour: Book Review

 **I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

About the Book

Book:  Capitol in Crisis

Author: Kathy Roy Johnson

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Christian Thriller

Release date: September 2020


Simone Perez, Architect of the Capitol, is stunned when a terrible explosion which rocks the Capitol, totally collapsing the tunnel which connects the House and Senate Chambers and trapping several people. Simone promptly assembles an Interagency Committee to help her assess the damage to the Capitol and develop a strategy to rescue survivors. .  She also assumes responsibility for briefing the press, making her job even more daunting.  As the story unfolds, members of the Committee work together to find survivors and bring them to safety. We meet several true-to-life characters like Fire Chief Earl Bentsen who recognizes that time is of the essence and Rob Tate, a skinny maintenance worker who realizes that he can reach the Café as well as the mechanical room by crawling through an old vent space.  Through several twists and turns, Simone maintains a steady hand, aided by the Speaker of the House, John McIntyre, who finds her very attractive. Although it seems an impossible task, one by one, victims reunite with their families.


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About the Author


Kathy Roy Johnson worked for a U.S. Senator for three years in the mid 1970’s. Thereafter, she worked as a lobbyist for United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc. before joining the Federal government as Congressional Liaison. She retired in 2015 and live in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, Ed and their beagle/basset hound, Jake.

My Thoughts

Capitol in Crisis drew me in right from the very start... but not for the reasons one might expect. Oftentimes when talking about a suspense or thriller, it is an initial attack or big moment that draws us in...and yet the opening in this one drew me in for quite the opposite. It drew me in with the mundane... we were introduced immediately to several characters who would play a role in the story as they are going on about their typical, boring every day routine. When you know that something big is coming, there is great suspense in that quietness... making you wonder when it was going to come crumbling down. I absolutely loved that. 

I found the concept behind this story to be rather unique, and I could certainly feel that the author had a good feel of how things would go down at the capitol during an actual crisis like this. Her experience working in the political arena certainly added an authenticity to the story. While for the most part, the story was fast paced and enjoyable, I must admit there were a few times where information was repeated several times where it felt like it wasn't all that necessary to do so. That being said though, I also feel like this too felt like how things might have played out in reality too... as when you watch the news of a breaking news story, there is a lot of repetition of the facts to bring everyone up to speed... so while I could have done without it myself, it actually did seem to work for this particular story. 

Overall, I found this to be a unique and enjoyable read that fans of Christian suspense will enjoy! 

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