Atomic Number Sixty by Dave Johnston – A Stellar Book Review

Welcome to October’s Stellar Book Review, the place where I bring you the fruits of hard working indie authors’ labour so you too can enjoy their art.

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This month, I am reviewing Atomic Number Sixty by Dave Johnston. If, like me, you juggle a job, children, chores, hobbies and a hundred other things daily, you will love this.

Dave’s book is sixty chapters long, each taking about sixty seconds to read. In theory, it should only take an hour to finish the entire book unless your valiant attempts to stay awake at night are thwarted. I’ll be honest, I often have to convince my eyelids to stay open while reading at 7pm so permission to read in bitesized chunks was very welcome.


The Blurb

Holly Holloway is locked in a dusty room, strapped to a ticking bomb.

What would you do, if you only had one hour left to live?


That got you didn’t it? A short, succinct book blurb perfectly matched to the structure of the contents.

Holly Holloway is a twenty something singleton still living with her parents. Her mum is a serial fixer-upper trying to satisfy the pull of her grandmotherly biological clock. Her dad is the ‘go with the flow’, stuck in his ways type but with a comedic edge.

The book follows several timelines in Holly’s life as it races towards the finish line. As the blurb suggests Holly is strapped to a ticking bomb, counting down her final hour. She is alone in a room with her abductor and tries desperately to connect with him on some level that will tempt him to release her.

We follow Holly during the three and a half hours leading up to her abduction as well as observing last evening’s date with Markus the slippery creep. The author offers a few flashbacks into Holly’s experiences as a child around the time of her brother’s death from meningitis, and all of these storylines intertwine and then unravel to catapult you towards the finale.

This book will pull you in, you’ll need to know what happens next and you’ll keep on reading until you do. The author peppers his story with humour to offset the sadness and ever-present tension, and I do love to read characters with fizz and sarcasm. It keeps me coming back for more.

This book is the first in a planned series of sixty minute reads from the author and I will definitely be tuning in for the next instalment, I highly recommend you do too.

Atomic Number Sixty is available from Amazon UK in paperback here and on Kindle here. If you are reading this in America, you will find the title here.

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About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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5 Responses to Atomic Number Sixty by Dave Johnston – A Stellar Book Review

  1. Pingback: Massacre of the Sixty by Dave Johnston – A Stellar Book Review | Sometimes Stellar Storyteller

  2. ron877 says:

    Based on Nicola’s review I felt I had to read something with such a cool premise. Did that, reviewed it on Amazon, Goodreads, Library Thing and my blog. I also will be looking for more from Dave Johnston (or maybe I will call him Holly).
    There is a lot of fun, understated humor in this debut publication.

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  3. Reblogged this on Dave Johnston – Author and commented:
    Wow what a cracking review for my book!! (available in no good book shops). For her efforts, Nicola shall receive one years worth of good luck messages … as I have passed her email address on to a spamming agency 😉 Seriously, follow her blog, it’s banging 😘

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