Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Family-friendly fiction by Diane and David Munson... and a giveaway

A while back, I won a book titled The Camelot Conspiracy by Diane and David Munson. The book is Christian mystery/suspense, my favorite genre'. I had never heard of these authors, so I researched them and found out they had two previous books, and a fourth that had just came out. On faith that I would like the series, I found the first two cheap on Amazon, and ordered the fourth new.

I was not disappointed. As you will read in their bio, this husband and wife team have the knowledge from their careers to write about the stuff they do. And they cover a lot: the FBI, CIA, ICE, terrorism, espionage, courtroom scenes, and take the reader all over the world.

First there is Facing Justice, then Confirming Justice, The Camelot Conspiracy, and the fourth, which I just finished, Hero's Ransom. The books can be read in any order, though for the sake of keeping up with the individual's personal lives in the book, the authors recommend reading them in order. Each book introduces some new characters, but some of the characters from the other books also make appearances.

I enjoyed the authors' writing style. They go into a bit more detail than the average suspense author, so in my opinion, they are a little deeper read than some, but not in a bad way. There is a lot of action, suspense and excitement, and they really held my attention. Here is a description of the fourth book in the series, Hero's Ransom:

CIA Agent Bo Rider (The Camelot Conspiracy) and Federal Agents Eva Montanna and Griff Toppng (Facing Justice, Confirming Justice, The Camelot Conspiracy) return in Hero's Ransom, the Munsons' fourth family-friendly adventure. When archeologist Amber Worthing uncovers a two-thousand-year-old mummy and witnesses a secret rocket launch at a Chinese missile base, she is arrested for espionage. Her imprisonment sparks a custody battle between grandparents over her young son, Lucas. Caught between sinister world powers, Amber's faith is tested in ways she never dreamed possible. While Bo races to stop China's killer satellite from destroying America, danger escalates, and Eva and Griff must secure an unexpected ransom.

Sounds good, doesn't it? I think this was the best of the series, but all four were excellent, and as the title of this blog post implies, their books are family-friendly, and advertised as such. That means none of the curse/swear words that are appearing in some books of this type, and no pushing the boundaries of appropriate content - and yet, they write realistic suspenseful fiction. For that reason, I am featuring their books on my blog and encouraging readers of suspense to check their books out. You will not be disappointed.

About the authors: ( a bit long, but impressive)

Diane Munson, an attorney of more than twenty-five years, developed a love for writing when she was a young child and experienced a major twist of genres. She transitioned from writing briefs for judges to writing inspiring fiction for readers. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Department of Justice, where she argued cases before juries and judges. Prior to being a federal prosecutor, she was appointed by Attorney General Edwin Meese III as an official in the U.S. Department of Justice. Diane enjoyed working with Congress and the White House on policy issues. More recently, she has flown solo in a law practice specializing in mediation, family law, and representing children and parents in neglect and abuse cases. As a lawyer, she has written book reviews and articles for the Christian Legal Society of which she is a former National Board member. She is also a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers.

David Munson had a dangerous career for twenty-seven years as a Special Agent with the U.S. Departments of Defense, Treasury, and Justice, concluding with the Drug Enforcement Administration. As an undercover agent, he infiltrated international drug smuggling organizations, helping fly plane loads of drugs to the U.S. from foreign countries and then feigning surprise when they were arrested. In one case, David arrested four associates of former Panamanian President Manuel Noriega, who then testified against the dictator. David spent two years on Capital Hill. He served as a Congressional Fellow for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he investigated the government’s efforts to co-opt foreign spies and other classified military operations.

Diane and David’s first three suspense thrillers, Facing Justice, Confirming Justice, and The Camelot Conspiracy were published by FaithWalk Publishing. All three were released again in late 2009 by Micah House Media, which also released the Munson’s fourth thriller, Hero’s Ransom, in February 2010. The Munsons are busy working on their next novel. They speak to men and women’s events and appear at libraries, book clubs and churches to talk about how God put a call on their hearts to write fiction, blending their exciting careers with stories of God’s faithfulness in times of crisis.

David and Diane worked together as Christian mediators in their own firm and helped many people seek forgiveness and restoration in their relationships by applying Scripture to their lives. They have seen that justice and forgiveness are possible, no matter the circumstances. Based on the success of their first suspense novel, they placed their mediation service on hold to pursue their writing career. As they travel to research and cloister to write, they thank the Lord for the blessings of faith and family. A verse they hold dear is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to give you a hope and a future.”

The giveaway:

The authors have been gracious to agree to give a book away to a lucky winner. To enter, just comment as to whether you ever heard of these authors before. The winner can pick whichever of their four books that they want. I will pick a winner 10 days from today, August 6, and the authors will mail the book out.

Thanks to the authors for doing the giveaway, and for writing such great books.

This review was done on my own.


Carmen said...

I heard about them on blogs, but haven't read any of their books. Sound like my kind of genre!
Please enter me.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Annette W. said...

No, I hadn't heard of the Munsons before, but they're on my list to read now! I checked out their website, too.

Thank you for the introduciton!
derekannette at gmail dot com

Molly said...

Awesome giveaway! I have Hero's Ransom and would love a chance at one of the others! Thanks!

Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

Aunt Di said...

I have not heard of them - but the books you are blogging about sound very interesting and my favorite genre. Please enter me. In Him, cblfax@gmail.com (Diane)

Casey (Ryann's mom) said...

I haven't heard of them before but I am looking for some good authors to read. I've found that I really like Christian suspense most.

Janet said...

These books sound GREAT! I'm ready to win and/or read!

karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Sheri said...

I've not heard of these authors yet,but the books sound very interesting. I would love to try one. Thanks for the chance!


hspruitt {at} juno [dot] com

Cindy W. said...

I have read reviews of their books on blogs but as yet have not read anything they have written. Since my favorite genre is Christian Romantic Suspense, their books will be something I really would enjoy. I think I would want to read their books in sequence. Thank you so much for the chance to win one of their books.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


wmmahaney said...

I have not heard of them, but the books sound great.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win! Thanks for entering me.


Megan @ Inspired by Fiction said...

I have entered to win The Camelot Conspiracy before, but unfortunately did not win! I'd love to try one of these books!


Linda Kish said...

I haven't heard of them before but I am always on the lookout for new writers. I love mystery/suspense/thrillers.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Bakersdozen said...

i had not heard of these authors, but I am really impressed by their bios. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

elizabeth said...

No I haven't heard of them, but I love suspense and now that I just read Christian fiction it's hard to find! Thank you for featuring them so I can seek out their books.

Naasom André said...

I'd love win this book. Sound like a great story of mistery and suspense. Please enter me.

letrassantas at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

Please enter me:) I have heard of them by seeing other interviews on blogs but I haven;t had the chance to read any of their books. Maybe I will now:) Thanks for your thoughts on these books.


Steve-n-Deb said...

I haven't seen these authors before but I'm willing to give them a chance.

grannyvon said...

I had not heard of these authors but would want to start at the first book and read them all. These are my favorite type books. Thanks for the chance to win a book. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Unknown said...

These are new authors to me. The books sound like something I'd like.

ebeandebe at gmail dot com

Winning Readings said...

I'd love to read this! Have not heard of them before...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com