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A Touch of Nerves
A FRESH LOOK AT 21ST CENTURY TERRORISM
--New novel explores America’s role in the Middle East
When Army Captain Ben Hawkins discovers chemical weapons missing from a military research facility, he begins an investigation into preventing a possible terrorist attack. The suspects? Two rogue Iranian agents who blame the deaths of their family members on the United States. What Hawkins doesn’t expect is to find himself forced to decide whether to risk his career—and possible arrest—to stop the attack, even if it means working with a foreign agent.
D.C. Hampton’s debut novel, A Touch of Nerves, may be set on the battlefield of America’s “War on Terror,” but the book is a far cry from your typical action narrative. Inspired by his two sons who served in Iraq and the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War and his own time serving in the U.S. Army, Hampton brings depth and humanity to characters that might otherwise be painted in the two-dimensional “hero” or “villain” archetypes. With Hampton’s passion for history and global affairs, A Touch of Nerves brings a fresh perspective to the long history of tension between the United States and Iran.
“I wanted to write a story that was worth telling, realistic and suspenseful,” says Hampton. “I believe the book is entertaining, but it also sheds light on the complex relationship between Iran and the United States and explores the complex emotions and issues that drive some individuals to commit terrible acts.”
“The story includes a wealth of details as Hampton weaves a complex plot,” writes Kirkus Reviews. “A conceivable threat and suspense-filled plot keep readers engaged until the end. Hampton eschews the genre’s typical plot holes and vague facts and his handle on international relations gives the terrorists credible motivations.”
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- I like the military aspect/influence in this book. Obviously that is a central focus, but it is described well and nothing turns out to be offensive in the descriptions. It's also quite diverse in specific fields and branches and we even have the FBI. I'm personally involved with the military and this just works.
- I like the characters. They are diverse and well-written. Everyone has a description and a purpose.
- This book really gets into POV, though it isn't always obvious. In the very beginning, it switches from a navy cruiser to an Iranian little girl. You can feel the shift in characters and also, the way everything is perceived is now done through a little girl's mind. I like it because I'm so much closer to characters that way and it reveals things about themselves just from how they think.
- The prologue is important. That is all I will say on that. Many a book have prologues that don't need to be there; this is not one of them.
- I really like how Saman, the little Iranian girl, comes back. I like how she hates the United States because of her loss. I like how she has a reason and isn't just a mindless terrorist.
What I don't like:
- The only thing I can complain about is a trivial thing. I don't love that the first-perceived terrorists are Iranian. That's a completely me thing; it's stereotyped. However, I agree with it in this story because, as I mentioned above, there are reasons for both characters to hate America.
Rating: 4.5 stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D.C. Hampton holds an MA and PhD in Audiology from Columbia University and has been published extensively in the field. He has done graduate work in history and has always been interested in international relations. Though he has been extensively published in medical and trade publications, A Touch of Nerves is his first foray into fiction.