Thursday, February 25, 2021

Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill


Book description:

 She's following her instincts. They're following her every move.

After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she's worked for: a transfer to San Antonio's Homicide Division. But reality sets in quickly when her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, plunges her life into chaos.

As the investigation moves forward, Amara finds herself stalked online by cybercriminals who uncover her personal life in frightening detail. With few leads, she's forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer and prevent her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.

Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see justice served and lives protected.

My review:

  Network of deceit is only the second book I have read by this author, and I am really liking his books and style. Though this book and the one it follows does not have a series name, it is a series and this book continues after the first one.

  As with the first book, the main character is a female who is now a homicide detective. (Side note...the Christian fiction market is geared too much towards women, so I wish this male author would have had his series about a male instead of a female).

 The plot for this series is a very complicated and well thought out plot. It starts with what appears to be a simple death of a seventeen-year old boy, but goes far beyond that by the time the game is over. Role playing games, ransom-ware, and a lot of other things factor in. The author did a great job of describing a lot of technological stuff in a way that was interesting and didn't make my eyes glaze over.

 There is a lot of suspense and mystery in this book, and the author does keep the reader guessing as to what is really going on, and who the guilty party......or parties are. He also did what I felt was a great job of portraying what a detective new to homicide might do and act as they are in a different kind of job than they are used to with the procedures and all that they have to learn.

 This book had what the first did not: a romantic interest with a fellow detective, Starsky. The female heroine is a likable character, and so is he. Slight spoiler: the book seems to indicate that this romance may continue and develop further. I love humor, and I found myself laughing over some of the back and forth between these two.

  The complicated plot did come to a satisfying end, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to that point in the book. I loved the story, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. This is truly quality Christian fiction, and the author has me hooked as a reader. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Tom Threadgill is a full-time author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the International Thriller Writers (ITW). The author of Collision of Lies, Tom lives with his wife near Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.tomthreadgill.com.


  Network of Deceit is available from Revell, part of the Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for the review copy.


Book #1



Obsession, Nanchez Trace Park Rangers #2 by Patricia Bradley

 

Book description:


This one's personal

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation.

To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past, and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially now that her life is on the line.


My review:

   This is Patricia Bradley's third trade paperback series with Revell, and each one seems to be even better than the others. 

   Obsession is the second book in the Nanchez Trace Park series, and brings new characters and a new mystery with it. In addition to the stalker and the mystery of who is shooting and digging at the site when no one is there, there is also the mystery of Emma's brother missing for 10 years, suspected of murdering a girl before his disappearance.

 The book was a great read. The plot was very well done and thought out, the characters were quite likable, and the suspense was non-stop....with some romance tossed in with a couple broken up for 10 years.

 I thought the stalker part was very well described and executed. I eventually caught onto who the most likely culprit was, but for most of the book the author had me guessing.

 And I did read the book in one setting. I have a hard time putting down a great suspense novel like this one, and I had time......so I read it all to the great ending, which seemed to come all too fast.

 There was one sad part to the story, but I won't give away any spoilers. I loved the story, and am looking forward to more in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Patricia Bradley is the author of Standoff and Obsession, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at www.ptbradley.com.


  Obsession is available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

 Thanks to Revell for the review copy.

             

                                               Book 1 of The Nanchez Trace Park Rangers Series



Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Inn At Cranberry Cove

   

Book description:


I have read a handful of June Foster's books, and enjoyed each one. This is her second foray into Christian suspense, and it was a great foray.

    The Inn At Cranberry Cove isn't a fast paced nail biting suspense novel with bad guys chasing the hero and heroine, but that doesn't mean it is boring or not suspenseful. There is a mystery, rumors of a hidden treasure, and bad guys. It just leans more toward what is called a cozy mystery...which are awesome also.

  I enjoyed the story, and read it in one sitting. The hero and heroine of the story were very likable characters, with James' recent personal tragedy making him all the more endearing to readers. There were also a couple of characters who weren't likable, but then they were the bad guys of the story.

  The plot was a great one, and the setting of an old inn made for a terrific setting for the story. The inn and town descriptions made me want to visit what I assume is a fictional town. 

  I appreciate authors who don't shy away from Christian content, and Foster never does. Both Ashton and James had stopped going to church for their own reasons, and they slowly worked their way through that issue. James had guilt from his actions of 2 months ago, and had to realize that God forgave him and he needed to forgive himself.

  This was a romantic suspense novel, so of course there was a romantic angle, and yes, I even enjoyed that.

  The Inn At Cranberry Cove was a great read, and is number 1 in a series, and it left me looking forward to reading more in this series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:

An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and  MA in


Counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provided a rich source of information for her novels. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find the path to live godly lives.


Check out her website at JuneFoster.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Unknown Threat, Defend and Protect by Lynn Blackburn

Book description:

 US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He and his team are experts at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she's assigned. She's been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke's life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it's hard to know how to fight back when you don't know who the enemy is.

Luke has teamed up with Faith before, but he's not convinced she's up for the job and she's not convinced he's telling her everything he knows. As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to learn to trust each other and work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.

My review:

   Lynn Blackburn's first series, Dive Team Investigations, is one of the best suspense series I have ever read. I was sad to see it end, and couldn't wait for her new series to start. Book one is finally here...well it will be March 2.

  One thing I like in books is character development and interactions between characters that go beyond one book. Blackburn's previous series had those in spades, and Unknown Threat promises that this series will also.

 I loved these characters: Faith, the FBI agent tasked with who is killing Secret Service agents, and Luke who has already lost close friends and is in danger himself...he was especially a great character. There is also a great cast of characters who will have their stories played out in the upcoming books in the series.

 The suspense.......wow. The book was very unpredictable. You didn't know what was going to happen next, and who would be involved. I didn't want to put the book down, so I just kept reading to the great ending. The plot was one where the reader has no clue who the bad guy is, or why he is killing the Secret Service agents.

 I totally loved this book, and can't wait for the next one. Blackburn is getting better with each book she writes.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the SurfaceIn Too DeepOne Final Breath, Hidden Legacy, and Covert Justice. Winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel, Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She's passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don't make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

  
   Unknown Threat will be available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group, on March 2, 2021.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Loneliness Solution by Jack Eason, with a giveaway

 


Book description:

You are not alone.

Despite our connected world--and partly because of it--we are lonelier than ever. Social media tricks us into thinking that we are engaged in genuine friendships. Yet instead of intimacy, we get little more than what amounts to digital small talk. But there is a solution.

With plenty of good humor and practical advice, Jack Eason invites you to discover the benefits of doing life together with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Grounding his message in Scripture, Eason helps you

· learn the obstacles to real community

· reimagine what real friendship looks like

· discover a place of true belonging

· and more

If you're tired of feeling lonely, this encouraging and community-building book is just what you need.


My review:

  This book caught my eye for two reasons: The subject matter, and the fact that one of my favorite Christian suspense authors recommended it, Lynette Eason....who is his wife. :)

  I found the book to be very practical, with a lot of useful information and advice. It is an interactive book, with a few questions to answer at the end of each chapter along with a "putting it into practice" exercise.

 The book is split up into two sections: section one has six chapters on the problem of loneliness, and addresses the how's and why's of loneliness, even in this age of everyone being connected on social media. The second section is the is about the loneliness solution, with twice as many chapters, coming in at twelve chapters.

  Loneliness is a tough subject with no easy and quick fixes, and the author doesn't indicate otherwise. He does an excellent job of addressing both the problem and solution of loneliness, and I like the fact that he dedicated twice as many chapters to the solution as he does to the problem. Loneliness is something everyone deals with at some point and at some level in their lives, so this is an important and timely book, especially at this crazy time of a virus and quarantines.

 The book is an interesting and easy read, and is something I recommend for everyone to read. Even if one is not lonely, there is advice on how to find and help those who are lonely.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


Jack Eason has been the executive director of Crossover Cups Mission for 30 years. The nonprofit organization's focus is on transforming the lives of young people in the Dominican Republic and Malawi. Additionally, Cups equips pastors through an annual HONOR event, along with partners like Focus on the Family and In Touch Ministries. Eason also consults with a variety of nonprofit ministries, helping them develop successful approaches to fundraising and development. He and his wife, Lynette, have been married 23 years and have two children. They live in South Carolina.

 The Loneliness Solution is available from Revell Publishing. Thanks to FlyBy Promotions.

Many thanks to Revel Publishers for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor FlyBy Promotions/Momentum Influencer in the last 30 days, from the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification


Giveaway:

To be entered to win a copy of The Loneliness Solution, comment on this blog post with what you are most looking forward to this Christmas.  If you do not have a blogger account, email me with your entry: marcus802001(at)yahoo(dot)com. Take parentheses out, they are there to avoid SPAM. 

I will pick a winner a week from today, December 16.


Book trailer:

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Dreams Deferred by June Foster

Book review:
 

Frances Matthew Hall is obedient to family tradition: all firstborn sons will serve as a priest. Now Matt officiates at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas. But when on Easter Sunday, he notices a beautiful young woman who takes his breath away, he must fight against his attraction to her or leave the priesthood and alienate his entire family.


Mary Louise Graham is a middle school teacher and devout catholic. Yet no amount of service to the community can ease the heavy load of guilt she carries. God can never forgive her unspeakable mistake. But when Father Matt tells her about a forgiving God through His son Jesus Christ, she's free. Only thing, the Godly priest now means more to her than he should.


Can two people find their way to each other amidst insurmountable obstacles? Dreams Deferred is inspired by the author's great grandfather and great grandmother's story.

My review:

  I first ran across this author when her book Ryan's Father came out and I ended up reviewing it. I have read a few of hers since then and enjoyed each one. This one intrigued me, and I was happy to review it.

 I am Protestant, and have never understood priests not being allowed to marry, so the idea of a priest leaving the priesthood and marrying was very interesting to me....and especially the fact that it is based on a true story of the author's great grandparents.

 Foster set the book in today's time, and did a great job of portraying what it might be like for a young priest to struggle between keeping his vows to the church and pursuing marriage and a different calling God put on his heart that the church said no to.

 The characters were very likable and engaging, and I really enjoyed the book. Spread throughout the blooming romance is a lot of truths, which are common in Foster's books. I appreciate it when an author doesn't shy away from putting a lot of Christian content in their books, and this one isn't afraid to do that.

 The book had a great ending, which is important to me....and this sap got a little watery eyed at the ending. Great read that I recommend. 

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.


About the author:


An award-winning author, June Foster is also a retired teacher with a BA in Education and  MA in Counseling. She is the mother of two and grandmother of ten. June began writing Christian romance in 2010. She penned her first novel on her Toshiba laptop as she and her husband traveled the US in their RV. Her adventures provided a rich source of information for her novels. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. June uses her training in counseling and her Christian beliefs in creating characters who find the path to live godly lives.

Check out her website at JuneFoster.com

Friday, November 27, 2020

Seven Words of Christmas by Robert Morris

 

Book description:

Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through the seven words God spoke to seven different people around the time of Christ's birth, bringing hope and change to our world for eternity.

In Seven Words of Christmas, bestselling author and pastor Robert Morris explains each word of prophecy: an inspired utterance of a prophet, the words of God through man. He illustrates the story of Jesus surrounding the word, and applies the prophecy to our modern lives. Find the words of:

Salvation through Zacharias,

Favor through Mary, Blessing through Elizabeth, Guidance through Joseph, Joy through the Shepherds, Redemption through Anna, and Peace through Simeon.

Even now, thousands of years later, the eternal Word of God has numerous applications to modern life. This Christmas, discover salvation, blessings, peace, and more with Pastor Morris. 

My review:

  This isn't a big or long book, but it is interesting and has a lot of great content. As the description says, it focuses on seven words that have something to do with the Christmas story. It is set up to use as a 21-day devotional around Christmas time. Each of the seven words has 3 chapters titled "day 1, day 2", and so on. Each chapter is usually 5 pages, and doesn't take long to read. There are no Bible verses at the beginning of the chapter, but there are some spread throughout each chapter.

  It is an easy book to read, very interesting, and is a great way to focus one's thoughts and attention on the true meaning of Christmas. I did enjoy reading the book, and may use it again close to Christmas. 


About the author:


Robert Morris is the founding lead senior pastor of Gateway Church, a multicampus church based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 71,000 active attendees. His television program is aired in over 190 countries, and his radio program, Worship & the Word with Pastor Robert, airs in more than 1,800 radio markets across America. He serves as chancellor of The King’s University and is the bestselling author of numerous books, including The Blessed Life, Frequency, Beyond Blessed, and Take the Day Off. Robert and his wife, Debbie, have been married 39 years and are blessed with one married daughter, two married sons, and nine grandchildren.


Seven Words of Christmas is available from FaithWords Publishing, part of the Hachette Book Group.