When the Sky Falls
(A Sky Fall Event Series Book 1)
by Joseph Bendoski
Pub Date 24 Mar 2017
An in-depth look at
fake news, yellow journalism, fictional broadcasts and the psychology
behind them, wrapped in a twisted thriller.
In 1938 the War of the Worlds hoax panicked millions of Americans, then in 1988 another fictional media broadcast convinced nearly half of Portugal that sea monsters had risen from the ocean to destroy their cities. A team of CIA agents was sent to study the aftermath of this 6th Skyfall Event in the hope that they could turn it into a weapon of war. When the team consultant turns up dead, everyone scrambles to be the last man standing: the one who will decide if or when the sky falls.
Bendoski writes like Hemingway, with not a single word wasted. That leaves center stage open for the action. The plot moves quickly, and chapters end continually with another intrigue, which keeps you turning pages as fast as you can. Perhaps the most brilliant part of this novel is the high concept--it's about how mass hysteria can be created and controlled. There's a lot of cool psychology and sociology mixed in, which adds a lot to think about and makes it deeper than a simple thriller. This is an excellent read for all fans of the genre! - J Washburnon