"Seeing Red"

In Sandra Brown’s novel, “Seeing Red” United States Army retired Major Franklin Trapper is bunkered down in his home living a quiet life, secluded from the media attention he used to enjoy.

Franklin has declined interview requests for years, but television journalist Kerra Bailey cracks the fortress of silence he has built around himself with the help of John, Franklin’s son.

Kerra sought the help of John, a former ATF federal agent specializing in bombs and explosions, as a last resort to reach the Major when all her other efforts failed. Her unique connection his father, and the tragedy at the Pegasus Hotel bombing in Dallas decades earlier, made John stop short of shutting her out, instead he helped her.

The day of the bombing, the Major was seen racing toward the emergency, not away from it as everyone else was. When he survived the bombing, the Major rose from the aftermath with survivors in tow, including a child in his arms, making him an instant hero to a nation shocked and saddened by the senseless tragedy.

At large, the Major was a media darling, while at home his family fractured because of the attention he enjoyed. John experienced the loss of his father as a present force in his life because his dad was away on interviews, forever basking in the glow of notoriety and heroism.

John and Kerra come together and make a powerful team as they decipher what happened during the bombing and what motivated the mastermind behind the attack that killed 197 people.

But, John’s own demons still follow him, manifesting as anger and frustration in all of his relationships, including hampering the growing closeness he has with Kerra.

John, Kerra and the Major learn to trust in their intuition and each other, even when the facts they uncover fail to add up. Locals like Police Officer Jenks provide details to unravel the mystery that brought Kerra’s interview with the Major to an abrupt end. But, relationships between these characters may not be what they seem, as they try to figure out whose memories and facts they can trust.

With a reputation for crafting “New York Times” Bestsellers, Brown has found the formula for a suspenseful story infused with research about bombs, the ATF, and investigations. She hooks the reader in the first 40 pages of her story. The novel weaves together a tale of tragedy triumphed over by love the characters share, in both old relationships and new.