A sniper opens fire on a crowded Californian schoolyard but is killed before any children are harmed. When the sniper’s identity is revealed, a media frenzy erupts – why would they want to take innocent lives? Psychologist Alex Delaware is brought in to help the kids cope with the ordeal but is quickly drawn into exploring the motives of the would-be assassin. Alex soon finds himself on a bloody and twisted trail into the world of political extremism from which there may be no way back…
©1990 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2009 Isis Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By S. Rifflart on 25-05-16


Kellerman at his best
Great artistry in character description
Great twisty plot
Jeff Harding's narration brilliant - I would listen to him all day - wait - that's just what I did - and loved it

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3 out of 5 stars
By Annie on 27-07-17

Not the best thriller I've read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A lot less detail about the clothes everyone was wearing and the decor of their houses - it became tiresome after a while

Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Kellerman? Why or why not?

Yes, if I could be sure that there were not so many detailed descriptions of clothes and houses - quite distracting

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Excellent as always - I have listened to many books read by Jeff Harding and love the way he portrays male and female characters

Do you think Time Bomb needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I'd like to know if the relationship between Alex and the head teacher continued

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3 out of 5 stars
By Ms. on 01-08-13

Narration puts a stop to listening

This review concerns only the narration. This may be a great book, but I simply cannot get past the narrator's technique. I really tried. I was just a little nervous at first with the narration (every sentence has the same stress: (da-da-da-da DA), but I thought I could get used to it for the sake of the story.
Then, less than 2 minutes into the recording comes the voice of 'Milo.' A parody of 'hard-bitten cop.' Almost unbearably unconvincing. Okay, well, maybe he won't be a main character. Then comes the principal, Linda Overstreet, Ed.D. OMG! It was fascinating to try to figure out what kind of audio manipulation created this voice. and what, exactly, was supposed to be conveyed by her absurd breathlessness (sexy? overmedicated? just weird?). I knew there would be children's voices coming up, so I masochistically listened on and, yep, distractingly bad.
It's hard to do voices. Really hard. But not impossible. Sorry this book wasn't matched up with a more skilled reader.

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3 out of 5 stars
By PJPackwood on 18-10-12


I really did not care for the naration of this story. I did not like the verbal portrayal of Milo, and found it 'grated' on my nerves.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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