Not my thing.2star not for me. Had no idea about this book before I started it It seems it is the second part of a Molly Cates series But at the same time it seems that I did not miss anyhting by not reading the first part as there are no mentions to happenings from the first book.Anyway the book is mostly nicely written It s a pretty basic thriller No , no less I had some problems with the book Mainly with the characters who were all stereotypical Also Mollys reactions to different situations and especially to the debriefing the police gave at the end just doen s make sense She has been living together with a police, she goes out with a police, she has for years written about criminal investigations and stuff Why would she be surpired Anyway, it was a ok book to read but will probably not read it again. I picked this book up on a whim at a very large annual used book sale in our area I remember when the Chowchilla kidnappings occurred and thought this might be tied to that incident It wasn t, might have been the catalyst for the story, but the chilling descriptions of the children s lives as they endured the kidnapping did make me feel for the victims of the Chowchilla incident It was a easy quick read and held my attention The characters were flawed which I like I didn t guess the ending which is a little unusual for me but some of the characters and story lines were a little obvious, especially when first introduced I think the rest of the series would probably be fun reads as well I actually thought this would make a good movie as I was reading it. Great ReadThis was my first reading of a book by this author Outstanding and well written Truly look forward to reading ,ore. Intense, breathtaking and heartbreaking. Journalist Molly Cates, heroine of the Edgar Award winning The Red Scream, returns, and finds herself at the heart of a bitter standoff when a fanatical madman she s profiled in the past kidnaps a busload of hostages promising to hold them until the time arrives for his apocalyptic revenge As time slips away, Cates must confront him while the lives of 12 people hang in the balance HC Doubleday. Why is it so good Synopsis for forty six days, a bus driver and eleven children have been buried underground Can Molly find them A school bus full of children and it s driver has been taken hostage by a religious zealot and buried underground It s been 46 days of a standoff with the FBI but Walter Demming and his 11 charges are holding on While the FBI tries to negotiate with Samuel Mordecai, Molly Cates sets out to find out everything she can about him Knowing what a fanatic Mordecai is from an interview she did 2 years ago, Molly is convinced that the children and Walter will never be let out of the compound alive.Working against the clock and pursued by cult members on the outside, Molly s confrontation is every bit as dangerous as what s happening underground.Terrifying, heartwrenching, inspriring this novel is hard to forget.