31 Hours-Masha Hamilton

31 Hours

Masha Hamilton

Unbridled, Sep 2009, $24.95

ISBN: 9781932961836

At three in the morning in Manhattan, Carol abruptly wakes up with a premonition that her son Jonas is in trouble.  She thinks about it and realizes he has not called her in several weeks.  Carol goes back to feeling uneasy as only a mom can understand.  The next day she tries his cell phone and visits his apartment, but neither proves fruitful.  She visits his girlfriend Vic, who informs her Jonas has not returned her calls nor has she seen him lately, but she has no idea what she did to make him so angry that he cut off communication to her.  Vic’s response sends Carol into a deeper panic.

Jonas Meitzner is the son of an atheist mother and a Jewish father Jake whose parents were Hasidic.  His parents split when he was young, but that did not matter as he grew up faithless, but recently discovered Islam.  His spiritual guide Masoud believes that American society needs change from within violently; Jonas is an expendable tool to do so.

31 hours until he puts into place what he learned while secretly sequestered in Pakistan; 31 hours before he commits an act of terrorism on the trains; 31 hours before his letters reach his loved ones; 31 hours before he breaks many hearts including that of his mom.

Mindful of the young Minneapolis Muslims that apparently has concerned the community and the Feds, 31 HOURS is a timely thriller as loved ones increasingly become concerned when they lose contact with Jonas.  Fans will feel the anguish of his mom, the concern of his dad; the bewilderment of his girlfriend; the disassociation of guilt by his guide; and finally him, the focus of those who care about him in varying ways as he knows if one of them besides Masoud reaches him he will falter with his beliefs.  Fans will be hooked into this one sitting as a nice young man walks a deadly final 31 hours unless a miracle intercedes.

Harriet Klausner

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