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We Are 100 by Nathan Timmel #Review

We Are 100
Independently published (March 19, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 259 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8749990232
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 259 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8561728617
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08YS3HNJX

After losing his wife, Evan Francart is depressed. He has an ax to grind with the pharmaceutical company that jacked up the price of her medications but feels powerless against a billion-dollar corporation.

Then he meets Cassandra.

She shows Evan a way to both end his life and become a hero. With her guidance, Evan interrupts a company board meeting and blows the building sky-high.

As FBI agents Susan Chamberlain and Michael Godwin discover, Evan is the first of many. Ninety-nine more like him wait anonymously in the wings, their targets just as personal as Evan’s: the prosecutor who lets rapists walk free, the inept surgeon who maims patients yet keeps operating, the phony evangelist preying on those seeking solace… and that’s just the beginning.

Will the FBI unearth Cassandra’s identity before all 100 have carried out their plans?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sadly, Evan Francart lost his wife because in part, because of high drug prices, which leaves him very upset with the responsible pharmaceutical company. That is when Cassandra enters his life and gives him a way to make the company pay. Her plan leaves him and several others dead.

FBI agents Susan Chamberlain and Michael Godwin are assigned to Evan’s case and what they find is mind-blowing. Evan is the first of a group of 100 that have connected to Cassandra with various unknown targets. Scared by all the possible tragedies in the future their mission is to find Cassandra and the other 99 people before more people are killed. Unfortunately, more souls are lost before they even get organized. Every minute counts if they have any hope of stopping the carnage.

The 100 are sick of getting screwed, the short end of the stick, the rich get richer, and the guilty getting off. It is time to do something but is following Cassandra’s instructions the right thing?

Evan Francart’s plight grabbed a hold of me right away especially after the past two years of my cancer treatments. Drug costs are crazy! The man was clearly pushed to his limits. I have to say the suicide element triggered me a little bit but looking at the big picture that had to be a feature of Cassandra’s plan. Mr. Timmel did a great job of presenting Evan as a character most people would be moved by, he is very human, with natural feelings after suffering such a loss. Someone easy for someone to prey on and force their agenda. We get snippets of other people connected to Cassandra but not as in-depth as Evan. Their reasons for vengeance are varied and some even more harrowing. The 100 are dealing with corruption on so many levels and the author has written the story in a way that really makes the reader evaluate life through their eyes.

The FBI agents are presently realistically too. It was very interesting to follow their process and thinking. You can feel their drive to solve this case and the way they banter theories around to try to make sense of what is happening is eye-opening. Susan and Michael are new partners and I really enjoyed their dialogues. Serious when warranted but some funny conversations as well.

We Are 100 is full of action right from the start. The pace slows as the agents work the case but rachets right back up again as danger mounts. Mr. Timmel has constructed his story with a nice balance told from several points of view in a way that makes the book impossible to put down. The ending was fantastic. I can tell he did a ton of research to make the entire drama plausible and real. It is a book that will stick with you long after you reach the final page. I can easily see this story adapted for a movie of the week.

I know this is stand-alone suspense and this is the author’s first fiction novel but agents Chamberlain and Godwin were very smart and entertaining. I would definitely read another story or more featuring them.

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About Nathan Rimmel

Not as serious as Plato, but lighter than Socrates. Not as edgy as Clinton, but livelier than Nixon. Not as heavy as GWAR, but deeper than Culture Club.

Nathan Timmel has been writing since he could scribble using crayons. As a comedian, he has released six albums—four of which are in rotation on Sirius/XM radio—and has appeared on The Bob & Tom Show.

Nathan currently lives in Iowa with his wife, daughter (who was born on his wedding anniversary. Neat, eh?), son, and their annoying cat (named Turtle). Nathan Timmel is originally from Madison, Wisconsin.

Find out more on his website here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”