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Surface Tension If the spirit of young adults facing unbelievable odds is something that draws you in, Mike Mullin s SURFACE TENSION is exactly what you need Geared to a young adult audience, the main character, Jake and his girlfriend, Laurissa are average teens who become incredible survivors against all odds Even the anti heroine, Betsy is a great character, especially once her life is revealed.Jake was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it could cost him his life as both terrorists and the government are hot on his tail His one goal was to get on the USA cycling team, and that s what put him on that deserted road, among semi trucks when a commercial airliner was blown from the sky Captured by the terrorists and in a moment of daring, he escapes a moving truck When he awakes days later in the hospital, his memory is almost non existent, his dreams of cycling greatness are gone and someone is trying to kill him When the FBI needs a confession for a crime he didn t commit, he has nowhere to turn.Only the quick thinking of his girlfriend, Laurissa and her family s wealth and power give him any sense of hope in the legal arena, but first he must survive the further attempts on both his life and the lives of those he loves by the terrorists and an unscrupulous FBI agent Mike Mullin provides high velocity tension, giving readers a gut clenching and wild ride from start to finish With a cast of incredible characters that feel lifelike, a se After Witnessing An Act Of Domestic Terrorism While Training On His Bike, Jake Is Found Near Death, With A Serious Head Injury And Unable To Remember The Plane Crash Or The Aftermath That Landed Him In The Hospital.A Terrorist Leader S Teenage Daughter, Betsy, Is Sent To Kill Jake And Eliminate Him As A Possible Witness When Jake S Mother Blames His Head Injury For His Tales Of Attempted Murder, He Has To Rely On His Girlfriend, Laurissa, To Help Him Escape The Killers And The Law Enforcement Agents Convinced That Jake Himself Had A Role In The Crash.Mike Mullin, Author Of The Ashfall Series, Delivers A Gripping Story With Memorable Characters And All Too Real Scenarios. Long distance high school aged Jake is doing his usual long distance riding exercise when he stumbles into a weird scenario on a deserted road, passing a bunch of semi trucks giving off a nasty smell After an explosion, he finds himself not rescued, but captured by guys who apparently want to kill him.He manages to escape from a moving truck When he wakens days later, he s in the hospital, his memory is as battered as his body His goal of joining the US cycling team is blown to smithereens but he gradually discovers that his dreams are only a small part of what blew up.And There s someone is trying to kill him We switch to the would be killer, a girl named Betsey, who at first has pejoratives for everyone not in her father s secret society, the Sons of Paine She s a testbook case of brainwashing, but she keeps remembering her mother, who had misgivings about the group s plans.Betsey is ordered to try again, or she s going to be in deep trouble with her very, very scary father.Meanwhile Jake, who is trying to reacquaint himself with his girlfriend Laurissa, finds himself tangling with the F Mike Mullin s Ashfall is a good trilogy if less electrifying than some post apocalypse novels but Surface Tension is so intense it triggers a visceral stress response in the reader as seventeen year old Jake Solley navigates the Kafkaesque distortion his life has become The narrative takes nearly two hundred pages to get going, but once it does, watch out Jake s plight is maddening as he s victimized by powerful people on both sides of the law who think nothing of ripping apart his life Surface Tension starts with a mystery girl named Betsy calmly waiting in an airport boarding zone She knows a plane crash is about to occur that investigators won t find a cause for Betsy is part of a terrorist group that engineered the attack to murder a congressman because of his Muslim faith The Sons of Paine, dedicated to inflaming Islamic American relations in hopes of causing war, boasts many influential members, including Betsy s father Betsy coolly watches Flight 117 rise into the sky, then plunge almost gracefully back to earth just out of range for the sound to reach the airport The next mission for the Sons of Paine is ready to commence Jake isn t politically minded, he just wants to compete in bike races against the circuit s top athletes Intensive training is ke A high action suspense thriller about a 17 year old boy, Jake, whose passions are competitive bike riding and his black girlfriend, Laurissa While out riding, he witnesses a domestic terror attack and is nearly killed Due to his traumatic brain injury, he cannot remember what happens and then several attempts are made on his life, which are not believed He becomes a suspect, and is persecuted by corrupt law officials Readers have a tough time telling the good cops from the bad ones His wealthy and loyal girlfriend Laurissa helps him again and again We also sympathize with Betsy, his nemesis, once we learn about her situation Mullin does great characters, but this YA terrorist thriller is not as gos as his post apocalyptic series, Ashfall Please hu I love Mullin s Ashfall series and I was intrigued when I heard he was writing a thriller I was curious to see how Mullins handled a thriller and he didn t disappoint Surface Tension was a wild ride, fast paced and high on action Surface Tension starts with a bang and never lets up Jake is a high school student and a serious cyclist While out training for a bike race, he sees a plane crash, then is injured and wakes up in the hospital The details he remembers don t align with that people are telling him, the police are suspicious, and then someone tries to kill him.Jake, Laurissa, and Betsy are vivid, memorable, strong characters They are strong, resourceful, smart, sometimes cocky, sometimes impulsive, but ultimately believable and enjoyable They felt like real teens and not a cleaned up version suitable for adults Jake made mistakes but most of the time his intentions were good He s in a race to save his life and top stop the terrorists from doing damage The police believe he s involved with the terrorists and treat him accordingly Federal agencies are involved also and I absolutely loathed one of the agents H 10 31 2017 Jake is a bike rider training to become a member of the USA cycling team He sees a group of people crashing a plane from the ground and they want him dead.The book has a strong supporting cast of Jake s girl friend, Laurissa, and the alternate narrator, Betsy They are all everyday kids thrust into a life and death situation, and their story helps us see how we can each step up to be a hero if necessary This book is primarily a thriller, with a fast paced plot and several twists However, it also explores issues of race and class through the relationship between Jake white, working class and Laurissa African American, wealthy Likewise, through Betsy s eyes, we see what it might be like to be raised in a racist, xenophobic household and what it might be like to shift one s perspective and become open minded about others.Fans of the Ashfall series also by Mi ARC from KidlitconJake is out on a long, early morning bike ride when he slams into the door of a tanker truck and is knocked unconscious He wakes up in the hospital not remembering too many details about his life, so when a girl in a hijab enters his room, he believes she might be his girlfriend Laurissa until she tries to kill him His mother thinks he is hallucinating, and as threats to his well being occur, no one believes him His actual girlfriend Laurissa does, and tries to help him piece together what seems to be his part in the explosion of a plane right after take off In alternating chapters, we also see the experiences of Betsy, who tries to kill Jake Her father is a member of the Sons of Paine, and they are trying to make it look like Muslims are committing domestic acts of terrorism, therefore creating ill will towards them Betsy wants to make her father happy, but after several failed attempts to kill Jake, starts to wonder WHY she wants anything at all to do with her father Jake is under threat from several different groups, and keeps getting involved in horrible accidents, but his mother still doesn t believe him Can he figure out how to stay safe and how to keep another plane attack from happening before someone finishes him off Strengths This had a lot of action and adventure, and reminded me a little of Klavan s The Last Thing I Remember It s one of those rare books with a high school character that stays fairly middle grade appropri The synopsis refers to this as a gripping story, but I m pretty sure that s one of the biggest understatements I ve ever seen This book is insane It s definitely unbelievable but at the same time, this would be a fantastic TV show I would normally say movie, but there s too much It would have to be, like, four hours long The story is mostly told from Jake s perspective, with occasional chapters from Betsy the terrorist s daughter I understand why it was done this way, but I wish we had gotten a little from Betsy Domestic terrorists freak me out the most, because they re a much bigger threat than anything else, and yet we hear about them the least But beyond that, the other freakiest part of this is how quickly Jake become a target He didn t see very much and didn t understand what he saw And yet, e FirstLine Twenty five minutes from now a plane will crash This book is FANTASTICI cannot wait for my boys to read it I was completely engaged It was one of those reads that caused to me take pause and escape into the thrill of the story It has characters that were believable the daring I love that you have to think when reading this book It is not written in a way that demeans what kids know

About the Author: Mike Mullin

Mike Mullin s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school From there, things went steadily downhill He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch it did cut down on the cafeteria budget The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites

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