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1986 by Morgan Parker….Release Blitz & Review

Title: 1986
Author: Morgan Parker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Allana Harrison wanted out. She wanted to escape her painful, broken past and enjoy a fresh start somewhere else. Anywhere else. And while all of the boys in high school and college promised to deliver that dream, only one man actually pulled through.
Now a young adult, Allana finds herself on the opposite side of the world, in a prosperous and rich town that’s not only isolated from her past, but from the crime, grime and hustle of bigger cities, in a country where she doesn’t understand the language or know anybody else except her husband. And that’s how she likes it.
Until she meets Alex, another American who ends up being her only other friend, the one person who reminds her of what it’s like to feel desired, wanted and hungered for.
Except Alex has motives. And Alex has questions — about her husband’s work at the world’s most-advanced, leading-edge power station, questions he wants answered… and when Allana can no longer provide them, Alex threatens to reveal the secrets of their forbidden past, secrets that will destroy the man that saved her.
Caught between two men — one she loves and the other she can’t help but love — Allana must deliberate the role she plays in the moments leading to humankind’s greatest disaster… in 1986.
review

1986 is based on the events of Chernobyl.  It’s told from a third person about Allana, Vasy and Alex.  

Allana marries Vasy and moves to Prypat, Ukraine (USSR).  There she meets his many coworkers and one of them being a fellow American, Alex.

I was truly struggled through the first 30% of the book.  The next 30% I wasn’t thrilled with and then finally right around the 67%, I felt a bit of excitement. But that unfortunately didn’t last through the end.

I had a really hard time connecting to the characters.  I felt nothing for them – didn’t really care what happened to them.  What kept me glued to the book was the unique ideas and Mr. Parker’s creativity of how the US was tied to the Chernobyl accident – the conspiracies on other things that have gone wrong in our world at that time.  Is the world truly better with nuclear power?  It’s this stuff that kept me wanting to read more.

This book is marked as romantic suspense, but do not expect a whole lot of romance or steaminess.  And honestly, I am glad that there isn’t.  I think that would have taken away from the true plot of this book and make it too cheesy.  I applaud Mr. Parker for not going that route.  I enjoyed the deception, supense and drama that occurred during the later parts of the story.

Mr. Parker’s writing is unique.  This is the first book I have read by him.  Even though this book is not a 5 star for me, it may be for others.  I am intrigued enough to read more of his work. 

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As the author of the best-selling mystery romance, Surviving Goodbye, Morgan Parker has written several other novels under this pen name. In 2012 and 2013, he self-published Textual Encounters and Textual Encounters: 2, respectively. As a result of the interest in these two stories, he wrote non friction, an unconventional love story. That love story earned Mr. Parker a tremendous amount of attention and at the insistence of his readers, he followed it with Hope (a novella) and Sick Day. All three of those stories have spent time on Amazon best-seller lists. 

When not writing, Morgan likes to spend time gathering story material from his two young children, rereading books by Colin Harrison, and napping where he discovered the Type II Sleep State, which is the topic for an untitled trilogy to be released in late-2016.

 

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