Friday, November 22, 2013

Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson

If you like nail-biting legal suspense novels you will love Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson. Mr. Johnson is an expert in the legal field, and in the tradition of John Grisham, crafts his novels with details that require a vast knowledge of the law, and a rip-roaring good story to keep you turning the pages.

There is a nuclear explosion. A cover-up. A young attorney named Emily Hart takes the case to help her friend, Kieran, from college.  She needs assistance and turns to Ryan, her father, an experienced trial lawyer. But they haven't been close since her mother's cancer diagnosis and subsequent death.  Ryan sees this as an opportunity to build a bridge back into Emily's life even though Kieran's case seems to be hopeless.

As with all things that are bad in this world, dark forces are at work, and the deeper you go-- like a wound that gets infected-- the uglier things become.

I applaud Todd Johnson for using his expertise and talent to shine the light on "the evil that men do" but shows, through his characters, that courage and faith can prevail-- even when all hope is lost.

I would love for everyone to read Critical Reaction.

Please check out the following information provided by the publisher, Bethany House--one of the best!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Critical Reaction

Bethany House Publishers (November 19, 2013)


Todd M. Johnson


Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. Todd's career experience blends with his passion for writing in his novels published through Bethany House.

A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as an adjunct professor of International Law, and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.

The Deposit Slip, Mr. Johnson's first novel, debuted in 2012.  Todd's second novel, Critical Reaction, will be released in November 2013.

Todd lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife Cathy and children Ian and Libby.


After decades of turning out plutonium for the arms race, the Hanford Nuclear Facility has long been shuttered, though its deadly legacy cannot be fully contained. The men who guard the facility from sabotage or monitor its buildings for radiation leaks are told the risks are under control. They believe it, until the worst happens: a thunderous explosion in the dead of night.

Two workers, lifer Poppy Martin and new hire Kieran Mullaney, believe themselves lucky to survive the blast. But as the debris is cleared, they discover their safety is not assured. Dead ends and closed doors halt their efforts to discover what really happened--and what radiation may have poisoned them. When stalling and threats force them into the hands of experienced trial lawyer Ryan Hart, they learn that theirs is no ordinary lawsuit. There is something still hidden in the desert of eastern Washington, and someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it never sees the light of day.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Critical Reaction, go HERE.


Dana said...

Thanks for the review. I enjoy Grisham, and I have a feeling I'd like Johnson too.

Happy weekend!

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Dana! This was a very thought provoking novel. Full of the stuff that goes on politically that affects our daily lives--and we are usually unaware of what's happening.

Bless you!

Karen Lange said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the info and review!

It was good to see you on my blog. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Thanksgiving! :) said...

That sounds like an exciting, frighteningly realistic story.

Blessings to you, Cheryl.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Karen. I love your blog! Thanks for checking out Critical Reaction.

Robyn! I think you'd like this one!! Always great to have you visit.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!