July 3, 2013

Book Review - Frame 232 by Wil Mara

Frame 232

Wil Mara

A Jason Hammond Novel

Study Hall, high school.  November 22, 1963.  A voice on the intercom interrupted my concentration on Latin translations.  “President Kennedy has been shot.”  For my generation, this event was one that will nestle in our memories forever.  Over and over, we saw Zapruder’s film play on television.

Wil Mara took the controversy surrounding the assassination of President Kennedy and the age-old question of whether there was really a second shooter and used it to create a thrilling story about the “other “ film taken the day of the shooting.  No one had ever been able to find the Babushka Lady, the woman on Dealey Plaza who had a motion picture camera in her hand, but she was alive and afraid of the consequences of being identified.  Her camera was rolling and she did capture something on her film that would change history.  Troubled and afraid, she hid the developed film in a safe deposit box, never telling anyone of its existence.  When she died, her only daughter, Sheila, inherited the film and right away she was targeted by some unknown, very powerful, entity who wanted it…and her…destroyed.  Terrified, she called Jason Hammond for advice.

Jason Hammond, a wealthy young man dedicated to noble causes and investigating controversial historical events, immediately became involved, excited about this new chapter in history, but soon he was also on the run with Sheila.  Someone very influential does not want this film revealed.  Was there another shooter that day besides Oswald?  Who was he and what were his connections to the U.S. government, Cuba, Russia?  A dangerous man wanted Sheila and Jason dead.

I was appreciative of the careful research and description done by Mara as his tale was spun.  Suspense abounds as Sheila and Jason tried to escape and investigate their new information.   Some violence occurs, but it is not overly graphic.  Part of the story revolves around Jason’s separation from his faith which occurred after the accidental death of his parents and sister.  Some of the close calls experienced by Jason and Sheila seemed a bit unbelieveable, but all contributed to the story in some way.  I’m hoping for a Jason-Sheila romance in the future, Mr. Mara!

This book was provided to me by Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review.

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