A Tale About Power, Corruption, And Flash Mob Mentality

A Tale About Power, Corruption, And Flash Mob Mentality - Every Stolen Breath by Kimberly Gabriel
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Blink (November 5, 2019)
Language: English
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It can be difficult to find books to read that truly feel like they have a unique story line. I feel as though author, Kimberly Gabriel, has achieved that with Every Stolen Breath. 

I appreciate a book that has a believable, everyday main character. Lia is a hero in this story but she has real-world vulnerability in her struggle with asthma as well as PTSD and anxiety. She’s doggedly determined to find justice and truth for her father’s murder. Even in the face of power and corruption in the highest levels of local government pulling strings to manipulate for their own gain, she persists at the risk of great personal peril.

“As I continued to read stories about similar occurrences throughout Chicago and other cities, my fear of them led me down the “what if” path. What if the attacks became an epidemic? What if they got bigger? What if they grew worse? What kind of person would stand up against that kind of violence? From those questions emerged the Swarm, a dark and unpredictable threat, and Lia, the unlikely hero to counterbalance it.”— Source: Kimberly Gabriel

Inspiration for Every Stolen Breath

Kimberly Gabriel was inspired to write this book based on true events. She was living in Chicago, Illinois in 2011 when there were a series of flash mob attacks that dominated the news and instilled fear in residents. Her hope for readers of Every Stolen Breath is that it sends the message that “mental strength has the power to trump physical strength, and that all of us are stronger than we sometimes realize.”

I read a lot and I try to vary subject matter in different genres as much as possible. I do have favorite authors, favorite genres, etc. but am always looking to expand my knowledge into areas I know little about. Sometimes, I really struggle to finish a book if the subject matter, author voice, or point of view don’t speak to me.

However, I’m not one to shelve a book just because I don’t love it. Case in point, I recently read Bob Woodward’s newest book. I didn’t enjoy it. He’s a great writer and I love non-fiction as a whole. I find it fascinating to read about other real world people and historical or current events. The subject matter was important to me to read about it was just difficult to get through it.

Is Every Stolen Breath worth a read?

One thing I appreciate is a narrative that pays attention to detail and doesn’t leave me with questions that I feel should have been answered in the telling. I also look for good pacing in a story where the end of each chapter propels me forward to the next one and makes it hard to put it down. Every Stolen Breath accomplished these things, in my opinion.

It’s geared toward teens and young adults, but even though I’m older than that it was a very enjoyable read and will be well received by the majority of readers. The only criticism I can come up with, really, is a relatively minor one. Personally, I would have enjoyed learning more about Lia’s father and his back story since he was killed looking into The Swarm and their flash mob violence to begin with and she is dealing with them now as she attempts to find the truth to his activities being instrumental in his death.

I think it would be great to have had a bit of an inside look into his investigation of The Swarm, particularly since he was in contact with a member of that violent group who is a character in Lia’s storyline. Just a personal thought, not a major criticism. But, I would have found it fascinating to bring the man’s character a little more to life and give the reader a better look at why Lia is so motivated and determined to see this journey through.

Also, I think it would be a really great story to learn how those who sought the power to command The Swarm to instill fear in a populace went about constructing the information and influence necessary to build that type of weapon — because, let’s face it, the Swarm is a weapon. And, if you think about it, this gathering of influential power and using it to manipulate people doesn’t seem that far fetched in our current social and political culture. Unfortunate, but scarily true.

Every Last Breath by Kimberly Gabriel will be published by Blink and will be available November 5, 2019. Don’t miss it. It’s a good one! You can pre-order this title from Amazon and check out Blink’s website for other places to purchase.

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Every Stolen Breath Synopsis:

The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the streets of Chicago by a mob of crazed teens that leaves death in its wake. It’s been two years since the last attack, but Lia Finch has found clues that reveal the Swarm is ready to claim a new victim.

Lia is the only one still pursuing her father’s killers, two years after attorney Steven Finch’s murder by the Swarm. Devastated and desperate for answers, Lia will do anything to uncover the reasons behind his death and to stop someone else from being struck down. But due to debilitating asthma and PTSD that leaves her with a tenuous hold on reality, Lia is the last person to mount a crusade on her own.

After a close encounter with the Swarm puts Lia on their radar, she teams up with a teen hacker, a reporter, and a mysterious stranger who knows firsthand how the mob works. Together, they work to uncover the master puppeteer behind the group. Though if Lia and her network don’t stop the person pulling the strings—and fast—Lia may end up the next target.

Inspired by the real-life “flash mob†violence struck Chicago in 2011, Every Stolen Breath by debut author Kimberly Gabriel is a fast-paced and immersive thriller that shows just how hard one girl will fight back, knowing any breath might be her last.

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