Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review: The Blue Light Project: A Novel

The Blue Light Project: A Novel by Timothy Taylor

From the back cover: Spanning a four-day hostage situation in the not-too-distant future, the Blue Light Project looks on as a city unravels and three lives intersect in unlikely ways. 

When an armed man seizes a television studio in the center of town, Thom Peg, a former investigative journalist turned tabloid reporter, is as surprised as anyone to learn that he is the only person to whom the hostage taker will speak, bringing him inside the studio and in contact with the frightening truth. 

From outside meanwhile, the drama of the entralled and horrified city is revealed through the eyes of two very different people thrown together by the crisis. Eve is an Olympic gold medalist and local hero. Rabbis is a renegade street artist who has just completed a massive and mysterious installation on the tops of hundreds of buildings throughout the city. 

In all honestly, this book wasn't for me. Its a very modern novel with a clear lack of cohesiveness. The book is less of a novel and more of a modern day study of today's society and its effect on media and art. I felt the book jumped around quickly and failed to grab my attention at any point in the novel. While its billed as a thriller, I wouldn't necessarily classify it as such. The relationship between the three main characters is chaotic and at times completely unrelated. I struggled to keep up with the author's changing course and story lines. The Blue Light Project is definitely the sort of novel you have to be in a certain mindset to read, which clearly I wasn't.

Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book for review by the author and TLC Tours. The thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.