By The Minter on January 25, 2016
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If you are my age, then you probably remember exactly what you were doing when the Twin Towers came down. I was at my part-time job at my college campus. Fortunately, I was not, like the protagonist of Neil Newton's fast-paced thriller The Railroad, anywhere near a New York metro. As claustrophobic as I am, I would had a massive panic attack. And like the out-of-service metro, Newton's novel entrapped me to where I was unable to escape until I reached the end of the line.
Mike Dobbs is a top Wall Street executive whose world is turned upside when he is trapped in a metro car with other panicking passengers for thirty minutes. Afterwards, suffering from PTSD from being trapped and from the terrorist attacks in general, Mike decides to leave New York City and stay in his country home in upstate. He thinks the quiet and solitude would ease his mind, but it isn't long before he is contacted by Elena, a former flame who runs The Railroad, an organization that helps battered women and children escape to safety. He grudgingly agrees to host Eileen and her daughter Megan for a few days, and after an initial rocky start, the mother and daughter began to grow on him. With Eileen's sadistic husband Bob on their trials, the pair leave. Mike is upset, but his concerns quickly take a turn when Bob begins a campaign of psychological torment against Mike, and worse, the authorities are reluctant to get involved. For his own safety and for that of Eileen and Megan, Mike is forced to take matters into his own hands. Along the way, becoming increasingly stressed and paranoid, Mike's sanity slowly begins to crumble.
Although this book is in need of a round of editing and a reformatting, the plot pacing and character development easily outweigh these issues. This is a suspense thriller that will keep you on the edge of you seat, and the reader will gladly go along with Mike on his journey through all seven circles to find his foster family. The tale of the doomed pair, told against the backdrop of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, is satisfying on many levels. The ending is a bit unusual and can be confusing if you don't read carefully. Overall, I recommend this book a hundred times over.