11-22-1963 (Book Review)

By Roy Widing

In his debut into the historical fiction genre, author Roy Widing has created a suspenseful short novel based on the historical facts of JFK’s assassination.  Granted, the title is very similar to Stephen King’s novel 11/22/1963, the plot lines are quite different. King’s novel takes place in 1963 around the time of the assassination and follows an attempt to change history and prevent the killing of a president.  Widing’s story asks what could happen should new evidence of the assassination turn up today.

The characters are fun and quirky, and they will take you through their adventures of uncovering evidence, undeveloped film, in of one of the most controversial mysteries of our time.  The main character, Ron Winston, is a single middle-aged, gun-packing, real estate agent.  While he is law-abiding citizen who ultimately values truth, Winston sees the dollar signs behind this kind of discovery and doesn’t want to let it slide by.  Without telling too much about this book and spoiling it for readers, the ending does allow for a future sequel should the author choose.

The writing was a little choppy in places, and there were a few spots where the plot transition lagged.  This was also the first time that this reviewer has read an entire book on my phone, which is an experience in itself (it is MUCH easier to read on larger screens such as ereaders or laptops than the small screens of smart phones–my eyes go buggy after a while). But overall, this book was a quick read, engrossing, and worth the dollar spent on Amazon.


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on March 14, 2012, in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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