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Black Helicopters

Blythe Woolston

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ISBN 10: 1406341355 / ISBN 13: 9781406341355
Published by Walker Books Ltd, 2013
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Title: Black Helicopters

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1St Edition - may be Reissue.

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In a remote part of the US the paranoid survivalist fringe has begun its war. And Valley is a key weapon. She's wearing the bomb vest and the clock is ticking. Ever since Mabby died suddenly while picking beans in their garden - with the pock-a-pock of a helicopter overhead - four-year-old Valley knows what her job is: hide in the underground den with her brother, Bo, while Da is working, because Those People will kill them like coyotes. But now, with Da unexpectedly gone and no home to go back to, a teenage Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother must bring their message to the outside world - a not-so-smart place where little boys wear their names on their backpacks and young men don't pat down strangers before offering a lift. Blythe Woolston infuses her white-knuckle narrative, set in a day-after-tomorrow Montana, with a dark, trenchant humour and a keen psychological eye. Alternating past-present vignettes in prose as tightly wound as the springs of a clock and as masterfully plotted as a game of chess, she ratchets the pacing right up to the final, explosive end.It is a powerful psychological thriller in which the reader views the world through the eyes of an abused but committed killer. Google "Black Helicopters" and discover a real world of paranoia, this book is closer to reality than we want to believe. Blythe Woolston won the 2011 William C. Morris debut fiction award for The Freak Observer.

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BLACK HELICOPTERS&quot;&quot;is that quite remarkable event: a pace-perfect, pitch-perfect thriller that is exquisitely written and deeply thought provoking.<br />--Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink &amp; Caution, a Boston Globe--Horn Book Award winner<br /><br />This novel&quot;&quot;wrapped its icy hand around my heart and dragged me in. Admirably restrained, peculiarly fluent, and scary as hell, I read BLACK HELICOPTERS straight through and immediately told everybody I knew about it.<br />--Ron Koertge, author of Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses<br /><br />The tension doesn't let up for a minute in this startling, terrifying story. It pulls you along like a rampaging river, then sucks you under.<br />--Ellen Wittlinger, author of Hard Love, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book<br /><br />Blythe Woolston is a master of the unexpected. In BLACK HELICOPTERS&quot;, &quot; Woolston has given us part gripping literary mystery and part heart-racing psychological thriller. Suspenseful, dark and touching this is another winner from Woolston.<br />--A.S. King, author of Everybody Sees the Ants and Please Ignore Vera Dietz, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book<br /><br />This brief but razor-sharp novel from Woolston (Catch &amp; Release) is as unpredictable as the bomb strapped to the chest of the girl at its center, 15-year-old Valkyrie White...The ambiguities and of-the-moment realism of Woolston s story muddy the lines between right and wrong, while giving provocative insight into the mindset of those who see modern government as an unnecessary evil.<br /> Publishers Weekly (starred review) <br />A chilling exploration of the life, motivations and strategies of a young American suicide bomber...Harrowing and unforgettable.<br /> Kirkus Reviews (starred review) <br />BLACK HELICOPTERS&quot; &quot;is that quite remarkable event: a pace-perfect, pitch-perfect thriller that is exquisitely written and deeply thought provoking.<br /> Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink &amp; Caution, a Boston Globe Horn Book Award winner <br />This novel&quot; &quot;wrapped its icy hand around my heart and dragged me in. Admirably restrained, peculiarly fluent, and scary as hell, I read BLACK HELICOPTERS straight through and immediately told everybody I knew about it.<br /> Ron Koertge, author of Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses <br />The tension doesn't let up for a minute in this startling, terrifying story. It pulls you along like a rampaging river, then sucks you under.<br /> Ellen Wittlinger, author of Hard Love, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book <br />Blythe Woolston is a master of the unexpected. In BLACK HELICOPTERS,&quot; &quot; Woolston has given us part gripping literary mystery and part heart-racing psychological thriller. Suspenseful, dark and touching this is another winner from Woolston.<br /> A.S. King, author of Everybody Sees the Ants and Please Ignore Vera Dietz, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book&quot;

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