“The President of the United States is female, successful, and beloved – and has been kidnapped. It stands to reason that the top, most trusted agents will spring into action to get her back at any cost, dead or alive.
And so it’s logical that a reader coming into the story could believe this will be a political novel – but they’d be wrong. It would have been a logical choice; but all too easy to write – and that’s what elevates Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. beyond the usual genre read. Edward Galluzzi’s attention to multi-faceted details and stories and relationships between Hannah, Harrison (her personal bodyguard, who shares center stage with her), and others makes for a resoundingly realistic and compelling storyline.
As romance and mystery moderate the political thriller aspect, readers are drawn into a kind of action based as much on interpersonal relationships as on subterfuge and special interests. From the Pope to the Mentor, characters added to the tale each impart their own influence on what ultimately comes to pass.
Moral and ethical issues arise and create compelling conundrums for different characters, suspense is tempered by an unexpected dash of humor to keep things fresh and unexpected, and issues of domestic terrorism and its impact will captivate contemporary readers who like their action and plots realistic and representative of some of the central social and political concerns of modern times.
As Harrison considers his options and re-assesses his friendships, hard decisions come to the forefront that provide no easy insights and no clear path of resolution, making Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. a top thriller genre read precisely because it doesn’t hold true to staid and predictable characters or outcomes, but builds many a satisfying surprise into events as they transpire and build to a exquisite, well-crafted and tense climax.”