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Book Review of The Lingering Darkness by Jim Mittler

Updated on December 18, 2016

Author Jim Mittler

This book is the inaugural one published by a former neighbor of ours by the name of Jim Mittler. I was not only pleasantly surprised but blown away by its description of characters, machinations of plot and page turning details which makes one wish to read the book from cover to cover without interruptions after opening and delving into this fascinating and exciting novel.

Written on the back cover, the last sentence sums it up perfectly! “A nonstop thrill ride from beginning to end, The Lingering Darkness is a contemporary political mystery that will keep pulses racing.”

Jim Mittler's Book, The Lingering Darkness

I loved reading this book!
I loved reading this book! | Source

Great Neighbors

It would never have crossed my mind that our friendly neighbor had the talent to write such a novel. That being said…his wife kept telling me that Jim had lead such an interesting life to date. Who really knows the hidden talents of our friends and/or neighbors until one gets to know them better? That is certainly the case with respect to our getting to familiarize ourselves with Jim and his lovely family.

I was up on a ladder one day with a chain saw trimming a dying redbud tree in our backyard. My husband had back problems so was on the ground holding the ladder. Jim…our new neighbor at the time…was in his backyard. He could see me over the six foot wooden fence separating our two yards and he told me to get down. He immediately came over to help and finished the job of cutting down that tree. Whether it was my age and grey hair or just being genuinely neighborly, we were both truly grateful for his help. That was one of our initial interactions and it was so wonderful to have Jim and his family for our neighbors for a time.

If wishes could be granted by some fairy godmother, my husband and I both wish that they could have remained our neighbors for a long time to come. Jim's wife and children are all wonderful individuals and we loved hearing their children laughing and playing in the backyard. It was a melody that touched our hearts and made us smile.

Underwater Salvage Operations

Jim Mittler used to do underwater salvage work.
Jim Mittler used to do underwater salvage work. | Source

Variety of Life Experiences

Much of what Jim has personally experienced on and in the water in various capacities during his life such as salvage diving, captaining a boat, knowing the ins and outs of mechanical details of small boats to gigantic sized ships and more lends credence to his writing the details of this thrilling novel much of which is based upon the water.

Jim Mittler currently works and has worked for some time in the offshore oil industry. Prior to moving back to Houston and becoming our back door neighbor, he and his precious family had lived in Scotland with Jim working for the same large international company.

It is with apparent ease that Jim is able to embellish this story with factual details gleaned from not only his life experiences but also his vivid imagination. It places the reader in the midst of this thriller with believable characters and events which rapidly build to the climax.


Jim Mittler

Jim Mittler in our living room.
Jim Mittler in our living room. | Source

Terrific book and one I highly recommend...The Lingering Darkness by Jim Mittler

The Lingering Darkness

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One of my favorite authors used to be John Ludlum who often wrote about conspiracy theories and terrorists with one main character being the centralized figure throughout the book and hero of sorts.

We collected many of Ludlum’s books throughout the years and I can see doing the same with ones written by Jim Mittler. He is already in the process of writing his second book.

The Lingering Darkness portrays a main character, that of Rip Atwater, and he discovers and has to contend with a conspiracy which could portend a disaster of monumental proportions.

Obviously I don’t wish to spoil the book by telling too much of the plot, but suffice it to say that there are plenty of characters that make this book interesting and keep one on the edge of one’s seat as this sinister plot develops towards its cataclysmic ending. It leaves an opening to another possible book with the same main character just as the Ludlum books used to do.

I would highly recommend reading this book!

After reading this intriguing book I cannot wait for Jim to finish writing his second book. If it is anything like his first book, it is sure to be a winner!

Souvenir from the Queen Mary Luxury Liner Ship

After reading The Lingering Darkness you will understand the reason I included this Queen Mary Ship souvenir.  Amazingly my husband's father returned from service in Europe after the conclusion of World War II on this very ship.
After reading The Lingering Darkness you will understand the reason I included this Queen Mary Ship souvenir. Amazingly my husband's father returned from service in Europe after the conclusion of World War II on this very ship. | Source

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      Peggy Woods 6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi William,

      "Random Road" sounds like an intriguing book to read just from what you wrote regarding it. Nice to know that "The Lingering Darkness" is on your list of books to read. I will be interested in your opinion of it after you have read it. Thanks!

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      William F Torpey 6 weeks ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Hi, again, Peggy. I got sidetracked in my intention to read Jim's book -- I've been trying to catch up on a long list of classic books. Strangely enough a friend -- not a neighbor -- who worked only a few desks from mine at The Hour newspaper, Thomas A. Kies, penned a first book, "Random Road," which I recently read. "It's a crime scene worthy of Hieronymus Bosch, so shocking and so senseless it challenges the local law and intrigues veteran reporter Geneva Chase whose career may be dying alongside that of her small town newspaper." I was relieved that it was more about a love story than a mass murder -- and well written. I'm just starting to read Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness ..." but I've put "TheLingering Darkness" next on my list.

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      Peggy Woods 6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice that you have relatives in the Houston area. Explore Houston With Peggy is my personal blog site. My husband and I have lived here the majority of our lives and we have yet to discover everything that there is to do and see here. Hope you get to visit here again!

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      manatita44 6 weeks ago from london

      Houston, eh?

      You're not far from my two sisters and their children and grandchildren. I came once. Who knows I may visit again. God bless.

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      Peggy Woods 6 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings manatita44,

      As an author I think that you would really appreciate the work and thought that went into the writing of The Lingering Darkness by Jim Mittler. I am happy to be able to introduce our former neighbor to you.

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      manatita44 6 weeks ago from london

      I sort of got to know a little about him too and I would definitely love a book that keeps me spellbound in it's grip. Thank you for introducing Jim to us.

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      Peggy Woods 6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Yes...we got to know Jim and his lovely family when they were our neighbors living behind us. We still miss them! They are such a lovely family. I think that you will enjoy the book.

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      Patricia Scott 6 months ago from sunny Florida

      How interesting that you know him and actually found his work something to enjoy.

      I will definitely give it a read.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Frank,

      I was happy to do it for our former neighbor. Wish they still lived behind us. Such a nice family! I truly enjoyed every page of his book and look forward to reading more from Jim Mittler. I predict that people will soon learn his name!

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      Frank Atanacio 16 months ago from Shelton

      you did him justice with this smart book review Peggy W.. sharing his talents was a very nice thing to do...:)

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Carrie,

      It truly is a great read! Hope you read it and then give me your thoughts. Hope you, Iain and your kids are doing well. Are they on spring break? The kids in our area are on spring break this week.

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      Carriejbw 16 months ago

      Looks like a great read! Nice to see your review!

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello William,

      It already is a winner in my "book" and I cannot wait to read more from Jim Mittler. Hope you give it a read and let me know what you think.

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      William F Torpey 16 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      If the book is as good as your endorsement, Peggy W, it's sure to be a winner!

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Louise,

      So glad you enjoyed my review of Jim's book. I have never given thought to writing a book and am happy writing hubs and blogs. I certainly do enjoy reading a good book however and The Lingering Darkness is a top of the list choice.

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      Louise Dewey 16 months ago

      Lovely review, Peggy! You write extremely well, too. When is YOUR book coming out?

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      Peggy Woods 16 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      It is indeed a good read with lots of suspense. One never knows the hidden talents many of our neighbors have until it becomes known by one means or another. I will certainly look forward to Jim's next book!

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      FlourishAnyway 16 months ago from USA

      It's fascinating the talents our neighbors and friends have. You give such a high recommendation to this book that it must be good reading!

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