Saturday, June 25, 2016

Book 2 in the Jack Turner Suspense Series 

Young history professor, Jack Turner, takes a retreat at a lakeside cabin just outside of Culpepper, Georgia to work on his doctoral dissertation. The cabin is owned by an ambitious state senator, an inheritance from his father. Inside, everything is exactly the way it was when the old man died ten years ago. While taking a break from his research, Jack snoops through the father’s books and finds an old photo album filled with black-and-white pictures of orphaned children. Intrigued, he continues searching and finds what appears to be evidence of murder and an old leather journal, handwritten entirely in German. Rachel Cook, Jack’s girlfriend, translates the journal for him. What it reveals instantly puts both of their lives in mortal danger. 

Besides his bestselling inspirational novels, Dan Walsh is quickly becoming known for "unputdownable" novels of suspense.

My review:

  Dan Walsh quickly launched himself into my top favorite authors with the publication of his first book, The Unfinished Gift. That is a bit unusual because he started out writing Nicholas Sparks/Karen Kingsbury style books. He has never shifted from being one of my favorite authors, and has started writing some suspense novels. This is the second in a suspense series.

  I enjoy a book series where a character or characters are brought back and featured in the whole series. Walsh has created a very likable character in Jack Turner, a young college professor with the propensity to find trouble, or be found by trouble.

  Remembering Dresden starts out in the present, and then goes back in history for a few chapters to the bombing of the German city Dresden during World War II. I probably studied that in school, but I don't remember of it..... so that was new to me. Walsh did a great job of presenting a word picture of the damage done by bombs and the terror and destruction.

 Then the book goes back to the present for the remainder of the book. The whole book was a great read, but the further I got into it, the better and more suspenseful it got. At stake is the discovery of crimes that are tied to an important political figure who will go to any lengths necessary to keep an old family secret buried. I found the book to be an excellent read that kept me turning pages until I finished it, all in one evening. I believe Walsh's strongest and best writing is done in his other writing genre', but this book and the one that follows it shows that he can hold his own in the Christian suspense genre' very well also.

 Although this is the second book in the Jack Turner Suspense Series, it can be read before book 1.

  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of 16 novels including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery and When Night Comes. He has won 3 Carol Awards (finalist 6 times), 3 Selah Awards and 3 of his books have been finalists for RT Review’s Inspirational Book of the Year.

Magazine and blog reviewers often compare his novels to Nicholas Sparks or Richard Paul Evans (although Dan has added writing suspense novels to his repertoire).

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Word Weavers International, Dan writes fulltime in the Daytona Beach area. He and his wife Cindi have been married 39 years. You can find out more about his books or follow him on other social media sites from his website at

Remembering Dresden is available from Amazon and the author's website.