Book Review #25: These Troubled Days by James Tarr

Boston is in shreds. America is sinking quickly into a fascist government. With unfits quarantined into the Chelsea Internment Center, millions of people are in distress.

Yet Harold, an ex-activist, only has one concern in life: protect his daughter Aiden from the very life he used to frequent. ProServ Officers like Eckart and Blair make it near impossible, though. When the riots turn sour, Harold is forced to face the rebellion whether he likes it or not, and everything starts to climb to a pinnacle.

Eckart, Blair, Harold, and other citizens are soon entangled in a game of life or death with the country’s freedom at risk.

These Troubled Days

First, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. At all. Sometimes, when you pick up a book and a quarter of the way in you start thinking, “this isn’t what I signed up for,” you’re probably not going to enjoy the rest of the novel. This was my exception. Although the beginning was a bit slow for me, the ending grabbed me with such ferocity that I was sitting up reading long after my bedtime.

Second, I want to commend the author on how clean and well written These Troubled Days is. Tarr is extremely knowledgable about the topic at hand– the act of domestic terrorism and police dealings in general. While a lot of the information was a bit over my head, I can still appreciate the sheer immersive nature of the writing. Tarr clearly knows how to write a fluid, action-packed scene and he does this exceptionally.

My one complaint, and I’m not sure if there’s a solid fix other than adding a few ten-thousand more words, was that I would like to have gotten to know the other main characters, notably Blair. We get to know Harold quite in depth, understandably because he’s the main MC, but I felt like we just grazed the surface on Blair. His actions are so interesting, though, and I’d love to dig more into his mind.

Overall, this was an exceptional read, despite the fact that it threw me for a bit of a loop initially. If you’re a fan of the futuristic political thriller genre, then this is a book you don’t want to miss.

Out for pre-order now here:

These Troubled Days is set to be published May 25th!

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