Book Review: Nuclear Time Bomb by W. Michael Hewitt


Reviewer's Note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

The Details:

Nuclear Time Bomb by W. Michael Hewitt
Published: 26 June 2021
Publisher: Independent
Genre: Techno-Thriller
Series: #1 in series
Pages: 416
Available: paperback, ebook

Sex: 💗 none
Violence: 😨😨😨 lots!

I will preface my review by stating that this is not my usual genre to read, in fact, if it had not landed in my inbox, I would never have read it, but I'm glad I did.

Told in 3rd person the book begins with a flash-forward prologue. The opening action is pulled from the middle of the story. It was confusing, being dropped into a scene with no idea who or what was going on, and I didn't think it added any value to the narrative. Chapter one begins the story of 21-year-old Essie Openwaters, a PhD scientist, who had a rough childhood and carries a lot of emotional baggage with her to her new job, including trust issues. She's an interesting MC with lots of quirks and I found myself cheering for her from the start. The pace quickens when Essie finds a 50-year-old memo that portends disaster for Washington State. 

Essie's story is intriguing and her character arc is fun to watch. The author clearly knows a great deal about nuclear physics and chemical engineering and at times I found some of the technical jargon a bit overwhelming but not indecipherable. There are plenty of twists and turns in the narrative as Essie brings the memo to the attention of the President of the United States and is tasked to help find a solution to what could be a nuclear nightmare. There is, of course, a bad guy, Ty Rettig, a 'psychopathic billionaire' who will stop at nothing to keep his secrets safe. The ending is satisfying, and it is clear that we have not heard the last from Essie Openwaters. 

I do have to note that the book has a lot of typos, missing words and other errors. Normally, this would put me completely off a story but I really enjoyed the plot and kept on reading. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy lots of fast-paced action and a great political/crime thriller and are not bothered by editing errors. 


I rate this book: 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐stars based on the strength of the story.


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