Hammer Is a Word: One Man’s Plight on 9/11 and Beyond
by Perry Stuart Gordon Anderson
PageTurner Press and Media

"So, it wasn’t like I could just pretend that my life was normal."

A cut-up credit card found in a rental car on September 10, 2001, leaves an indelible impression on Perry Anderson. The tragedies that ensue the following day amplify that feeling, as the card may belong to a 9/11 hijacker. Perry’s life as a computer programmer in the United States abruptly ends due to issues with his boss and possibly his discovery of the destroyed card. As the War on Terror wages, Perry is in Canada serving in the armed forces and disaffected by the actions of US President George W. Bush. Perry is an avid commenter on a political forum and believes that controversial postings have marked him for surveillance and more. His thoughts swirl between paranoia and Armageddon as sightings of UFOs begin to mix in with various politicians and celebrities.

Anderson has written an ambitious narrative that is epic in scope. The author begins by relating a prescient experience of discovering a clue to one of the 9/11 hijacker’s identities through a car rental. However, the promise of this development is somewhat scuttled by flashbacks and flashforwards that bear little relation to this initial revelation. The storyline brings the main character’s journey of self-discovery full circle from paranoia to spiritual introspection and emotional growth. The book combines aspects of a tense political conspiracy thriller with philosophy, interspersed with a plethora of quotes that readers will recognize or even relate to. It is evident in the author’s writing that he is well-versed in the zeitgeist of pop culture and the conspiracy community. His novel will likely garner some attention.

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