Micah Cooper, an EMT in New York City, was no stranger to thinking fast and acting faster. His life was a continuous loop of spontaneous decisions. Everything was a matter of life or death in his line of work. He lived for the thrill, and loved the ability to help those in need.
Being the son of a well renowned surgeon, Micah was well educated in the life of a medical professional. He had seen everything, or at least he thought he had. But when the planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Micah realized he hadn’t seen it all. In a single moment, he lost his ability to think. Trapped inside the south tower was his wife, Hope.
Hope was Micah’s world, his sunshine, and when the towers collapsed, so did his heart. He watched, along with the world, as the heart of America went down in dust and flames. Through the chaos and devastation, Micah only had one mission, to find Hope.
By his side, through the madness, was his trusted partner and friend, Zachary Pearce. Together, they raced against time and destruction to save Hope. In the midst of tragedy, discouraged that all might be lost, Micah holds on to a ray of hope that his wife will be found.
Everyone can remember where they were when they heard about the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York. I know I do because I was working for a company that dealt with operator calls to countries all over the world, including the US.
I actually finished reading this yesterday, and I had completely lost track of dates, so when I realised what date it is today, this story became even more powerful than it already is.
Micah and Zach – I love those guys. They are real men’s men who love their jobs and their wives. Each relationship is established at the beginning of the story, but through flashbacks we see how these party animals find love and the women who have moulded who they are.
Without giving too much away, their friendship is tested during the awful events at the World Trade Centre as Micah is desperate to find Hope, whilst Zach tries to keep them both safe, and sane.
McDonald made me cry with this book. Sad tears and happy tears ruined my face, but I couldn’t care less. This is a story I could read again and still have the same reaction. She deals with the situation with sensitivity and class. Not once does anything feel forced and gratuitous. I adore this author’s work, and this novella has cemented it.