About the 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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"Okay. everybody, listen up! There's been an explosion and we're evacuating the Capitol. Now! Let's go, please."
These words show the urgency felt as people discover that the basement tunnel has partially collapsed under the United States Capitol, and there are people in extreme danger. What follows is an exciting look at the rescue attempts, and the thoughts of the many people involved in this tragedy. Government officials, rescuers, and people trapped in the rubble who struggle to make sense of this happening. Is this the act of terrorists? Can we prevent further destruction? Will I see my loved ones again?
Author Kathy Roy Johnson has been a lobbyist and a Senate aide, so she has intimate knowledge of the Capitol of the United States. This book is an inside glimpse at the various government agencies in the Capitol, along with the intriguing transactions that occur daily, and it also gives us a peek at our national treasure. I appreciated Johnson's portrayal of the many people involved, from the Architect, to the Speaker of the House, to the various people covering the news, but it was the manager of the coffee shop that I found especially endearing. Addie was a grandmother raising three grandsons, and I appreciated the faith that she projected.
Capitol in Crisis is a contemporary suspense novel with romance and faith woven into the plot, and it offers an interesting view of people, from all walks of life, who work together to overcome the odds!
I received a copy of this book via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
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.
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