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2012 Favorites #5 Darkroom

Title:  Darkroom
Author:  Joshua Graham
Pages:  384
Publisher:  Howard Books
Year:  2012

                What words or images come into your mind when you see the word darkroom?  Is there any particular activity that you connect with this word?  Joshua Graham is a new author to me, and I can tell you that if he continues to write at this level, I am hooked!  The novel uses flashbacks to the time the United States was involved in Vietnam.  Interspersed throughout the pages are recent past events in U.S. History.  Especially compelling is the thread of presidential elections and thoughts by the characters of the two main parties involved in the political arena.
                Colson is running as an independent candidate who seeks to be the next President of the Unites States, bringing with him the hopes for a brighter future.  The FBI seeks to solve a murder of a young college student or is there more to this?  Xandi is the daughter of a photojournalist who was in Vietnam and witnessed horrifying events.  Being attached to particular group of Marines, the pictures the photojournalist takes portray the horror that is surrounding him.  Is that all there is to the situation when years later he is being hunted by the FBI?  The same person who tries to befriend Xandi is also an FBI agent and has a tie to the history of Vietnam.  How long has he been involved in discovering a plot?  What plot?  Who is calling the shots and doing his bidding?
                The novel is a page-turner from the prologue to the last page, and like real life, not everything ends well.  Okay, maybe some things do, but not everything.  Some things are not clearly tied up at the end of the story.  Could the author be planning another book along this line?  Who knows?  Scripture is spotted throughout the book by various characters.  People are praying together and helping one another.  Intrigue, murder, assassination attempts, friendship, shattered dreams, love, suffering, death, and so much more are in this story.  Darkroom has those page-turning story lines that keep the readers going until the eyes get tired.  It was worth it for me!  The chapters are short, and the characters are vividly described as well as the action.  I love the flashbacks and the hints to the way the story is possibly going through Xandi’s dialogue.
                I rate this a 5+ novel.  It is that good and worth cuddling up with a diet drink to read with in the quietness of the morning, afternoon or evening.  Grab a copy and get lost in the pages.  It is awesome!
 Note:  “I received a free copy of this book from Hard Books for my honest review.  The opinions expressed here are my own.”  Other reviews can be read at
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