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I enjoy reading and sharing my review of the various material I read. There is also the fun of communicating with authors and publishers

Jack in the Green (The Hunt for Reacher Series #5)

 

Title:  Jack in the Green (The Hunt for Reacher Series #5)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  164

Year:  2014

Publisher:  AugustBooks

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Here is a novella installment in the continued search for Jack Reacher by FBI Special Agents Otto and Gaspar.  Agent Gaspar is a Vet who attends with his partner an annual event at MacDill Air Force Base in order to question another member of Jack Reacher’s former unit.  The elusive Tom Weston is on U. S. soil for the first time in years and the agents must question him before his arrest by other agents.  However, the task proves easier said than done.

I enjoyed reading the continuing story of two agents tasked with collecting information on Jack Reacher, but who continue to become ensnared with other crimes in their quest.  They must remain off the grid per their boss’s orders so they never can stay to solve these crimes they continue to encounter.  They need to gather enough intel to see how it connects with Jack Reacher.

Diane Capri continues to draw her readers deeper into the mysterious life and search for Jack Reacher.  At times, it seems like he is really a good man living off the grid and other times I am never quite sure about Jack.  With so much of the character of Reacher’s life and past still to uncover, I cannot help but continue to read The Hunt for Jack Reacher series as I am curious as to where the author will take readers next, or if and how Reacher might be located.  The next novel in the series is titled, Jack and Joe.  I can’t wait to see what the author has her FBI Agents tasked with now!

Get Jack Back (The Hunt for Jack Reacher #4)

 

Title:  Get Jack Back (The Hunt for Jack Reacher #4)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  358

Year:  2013

Publisher:  August Books

My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.

We meet FBI Special Agents Otto and Gaspar in the first book of the series Don’t Know Jack. Otto is a short woman who is tasked out of Detroit’s office to lead and partner with Agent Gaspar from Miami.  Their mission is not on the books so they cannot use normal channels and must stay under the radar of other law enforcement officials plus a multitude of other things to avoid.  They are to build a file on Jack Reacher and with each novel in the story line they run into questionable characters, missions and Reacher is still in the dark.

It appears that any time the agents get close to a subject to question them about Reacher, they either show up dead, missing or engaged in some business that may not be legitimate.  The agents find a lead to begin questioning members of Reacher’s former unit.  Seems easy enough don’t you think?  Yet, what begins to happen kept me reading for hours as the plot thickened.  The mystery that started in book one gets more knots to unravel than a shoelace.

For me, this installment in the action and adventures of the agents is the best yet.  Diane knows how to write a captivating thriller with many twists and turns with lots of climactic scenes.  There is a human side to the agents where in spurts they try to connect outside the mission in order to think about “normal” life.  However, neither Otto nor Gaspar seems willing to let the other agent know anything too personal and they end up focusing solely on Jack Reacher.

Another aspect I like of these novels is little swearing and no sexual content, just good honest suspense at its best!  Diane has me still trying to figure out who is really pulling the agents strings and if they will ever complete the mission of building a file on Jack Reacher.  So, if you’re like me and love to curl up with a good book, fast paced thrills and spills, look no further!  I cannot wait to see what the author reveals next for her audience about Jack Reacher or the agents of the FBI!

Join me in the quest to read The Hunt for Jack Reacher novels!

 

Jack and Kill (Hunt for Jack Reacher Series #3 A Short Story)

 

Title:  Jack and Kill (Hunt for Jack Reacher Series #3 A Short Story)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  90

Year:  2014

Publisher:  AugustBooks

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Audiences will continue to enjoy the suspense filled story of two FBI agents attempting to build a file on a ghost.  Not literally a ghost, but a man who can’t be found usually until he has already been there or people warning them off of their attempt to find Reacher.  Now Otto and Gaspar are on the road going to locate those who knew Reacher when he was an MP in the army.

However, when they get to a small town they come upon what at first looks like a fatal car accident.  They pull aside to see if it is Reacher under cover on the road, but what they discover has deeper ramifications along with a nationwide manhunt as they weren’t aware of being off the grid themselves.  Many questions remain as to who Reacher is, who wants them to build the file about the man and why.  Along with what will happen to the agents should they continue on their task no one is supposed to know they are on, but somehow do!  Keep reading the novels and short stories to enjoy the mystery, suspense and characters in the Hunt for Reacher Series!

 

 

Jack in A Box (The Hunt for Reacher Series #2 A Short Story)

 

Title:  Jack in A Box (The Hunt for Reacher Series #2 A Short Story)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  100

Year:  2014

Publisher:  AugustBooks

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Some readers may be tempted to pass up short stories or novellas in a series, but in this case I sure hope readers don’t.  Diane Capri shares tidbits of information that come into play with the main character of Jack Reacher.  FBI Special agents Otto and Gaspar continue their assignment to build a file and locate Jack Reacher as he is suspected of crimes.

Yet, here when both Otto and Gaspar attempt to do some digging into Reacher’s past to find information, they come up with less than stellar success.  Readers will also get keen insight into the lives of both special agents and more mystery as to who assigned them the task and why.  A quick and enjoyable look into the lives of the agents and their assignment.

Don’t Know Jack (The Hunt for Reacher Series #1)

 

Title:  Don’t Know Jack (The Hunt for Reacher Series #1)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  340

Year:  2012

Publisher:  August Books

My rating is 5 stars.

If you have seen the two movies about Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, then you are at least familiar with the character or perhaps you know the character or story behind the Jack Reacher series via another author, friend or family member.  Either way, I came across Diane’s books when perusing an online store website.  I contacted the author and as they say the rest is history.  I read her latest novel, which starts a new series titled Blood Trails and I wanted to read more to discover how the author crafts the man no one can seem to locate, Jack Reacher.

In Don’t Know Jack, two FBI Special Agents are tasked with locating and building a file on Jack Reacher as he has completely disappeared after his service in the army.  Both agent Otto and Gaspar will take you across the nation to find Jack or people who knew him, sometimes coming to a town right after Reacher has been there.  What at first seems like a simple assignment begins to reveal to both the agents that there is more going on than they are aware of.

On top of that, their assignment is blacked out so they can’t tell anyone what they are doing, have access to sources as well as the government will deny them should they call attention to themselves.  Diane Capri shares with readers a great suspense filled and mysterious tale with the man who seems like a ghost, Jack Reacher.  Readers will enjoy the book from start to finish and I plan on reading more from the pen of Diane.  While there are a couple uses of foul language, there is no sex of any kind, just a spell-binding work of fiction that takes readers on an adventure via their imagination.

Next up are two novellas in the series, so watch for the reviews!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Beyond Suffering Bible (NLT: Where Struggles Seem Endless, God’s Hope is Infinite)

 

Title:  Beyond Suffering Bible (NLT: Where Struggles Seem Endless, God’s Hope is Infinite)

Author:  Joni & Friends, Inc.

Pages:  1696

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

What makes this Bible different from others already on the market?  It was the first question I asked myself when Tyndale looked for people willing to do some specific tasks.  The goal of the tasks I think was to help people know what was included aside from the Word of God in the NLT and to have time to let God speak to individual hearts as they read.

For me, another thought was that we all suffer in some way; some suffering is more easily identifiable than others.  For example, we see someone with a cane and can tell there is a probable physical ailment whereas if someone has cancer, that isn’t as easily seen especially at first.  One of the benefits I got from reading some of the articles included was understanding how some people suffer through their eyes, which I had neither experiential knowledge nor understanding.  Another benefit is reading through the User’s Guide to help know how the extra material was formatted.

Here is a quote as to why this Bible is available:  “The Beyond Suffering Bible is for people who want to understand what it looks like to think and live like a Christian in the midst of suffering.” (pg. A11).  There are also included aids like “Connection Points”, Topical Guide to Features” that point to topics or an aspect of God’s character for people to look up, read and contemplate.

As a former caregiver, reading through the articles, features and notes in this Bible, I can see where it would be helpful to have this reference with the scriptures when going to help, comfort, or sit with someone who is hurting.  Caregivers suffer too in various ways that at times are hard to verbalize at the moment or be able to read even when a task which was hard for me.  I would read a Bible verse or passage but be unable to comprehend it or apply it; this Bible would have helped.

Ultimately, in my life I have learned that waiting until the Holy Spirit leads and how He wants me to do or not do something is imperative.  Also knowing the Word but just speaking it because silence was uncomfortable has been a big learning curve.  Sitting down next to someone who is hurting and just being there brings comfort in a way I cannot describe; in many ways it’s a mystery to me.  Other times when a person has shared a Scripture verse as I went through a hard season was like a cold drink of water on a really hot day.

The bottom line is there is no one way to approach or help those who suffer; we must let the Spirit lead us.  We must also be self-feeders on the Word daily so we can be ready should a call for help arise.  God will prepare you beforehand.  He has been faithful to me in that way more than I can express.  So, here is a Bible that will help all of us because it is God’s Word.  It will also help as we seek to be comforted in our daily life in any suffering we are experiencing or be ready to go and be what someone needs in their moment of pain.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Fatal Frost (Defenders of Justice #1)

 

Title:  Fatal Frost (Defenders of Justice #1)

Author:  Nancy Mehl

Pages:  304

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

In her newest series, Defenders of Justice, readers are introduced to a U. S. Marshal character named Mercy Brennan.  Mercy’s coworkers give her a nickname that implies how well guarded Mercy keeps her heart and life.  As readers progress through the book, it is revealed why Mercy protects herself from what she believes will end up hurting or breaking her heart.  Mercy has few friends from within the service and from other agencies, but with danger rapidly closing in on her life Mercy may have to face her past head on!

In a tale of danger, suspense and unending battles, the flavor of a great suspenseful tale is revealed.  The author does more than simply write a good book; she draws her audience into the adventure of the story and keeps them engaged as the plot unfolds.  At times, when I least expected, Nancy Mehl would bring a sudden change into the tale that would ramp up my heartbeat!

Nancy Mehl has written many books in her career and I have enjoyed reading her novels.  Now, in her Defenders series, I was even more engrossed in the plot, the lives of her characters and the suspense that didn’t let up till the very end.  Personally, I cannot wait until the next story of the series comes out so I can see where Mercy is as well as some of the supporting cast.  Keep up the great storytelling Nancy!

Witness in the Dark

 

Title:  Witness in the Dark

Author:  Lynne Larson

Pages:  208

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Covenant Communications

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

I opened the book and from then on pages kept being turned, time flew by and the suspense was palpable!  It was a tale of impulsive decisions that caused catastrophic events in the life of Jennifer Brodie who unwittingly walked into a room and became a witness to a crime.  While the story also includes an occasional reference to Mormon beliefs (which I personally don’t hold), the tale is nonetheless one of endurance during a painful trial.

One can read this tale simply for entertainment and a few hours in a fictional world that ends with hope! It only will take a few hours to read through and then pass on to someone you might know who enjoys suspense filled fiction.  I loved how even though the antagonist was a greedy, mean-spirited individual who was widowed, his little 6-year-old daughter brings heart to the novel.  The book hooked me from the first page till the last and I am glad I took time to read it.  How about you?  Need a quick thriller book to read?  Well, here it is!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Ben-Hur (movie 2016 DVD)

 

Title:  Ben-Hur

Studio:  Paramount

Year:  2016

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

I was raised on the original Ben-Hur starring Charlton Heston more than 50 years ago; some people haven’t seen what a masterpiece Cecile B. DeMille put on screen.  The movie won 11 academy awards with an all-star cast and brilliant script.  So what about the new movie?  First, don’t compare the two movies as they are different stories in many ways.  Second, the cast members in the new movie do a brilliant job of drawing people’s heart and soul into the movie.  Finally, each movie should stand on its own merit.

I read the novel that was recently released from a descendant of the writer of Ben-Hur originally written by Lew Wallace; the new book is by Carol Wallace.  Each novel is unique in telling the story of Christ and His interactions with people.  The story focuses on how Christ as a man ultimately came to give His life for mankind.

In this newest version, the ending was really powerful and I couldn’t help but be deeply moved by the scene between two brothers.  I was amazed at the chariot race scenes and thankful the studio didn’t feel compelled to focus on the blood and gore.  The movie focused on the battle between a Roman and a Jew when Rome was oppressing the Jewish people and nation.

These movies, both the original and the newest Ben-Hur, are ones to add to a home library and watch as a family.  Talk about the Jewish people and how much God loves them and came to them and to us so we might someday be with Him in heaven.  Explain what isn’t in the Bible and visit the Lew Wallace website about the museum and the grounds right here in Indiana.  I plan on taking a trip next year to see where Lew Wallace penned his tale of the Christ over a period of 10 years.  I believe there is one manuscript written in Wallace’s own handwriting still in existence at a college library for people to see though I expect it might be moved to the Wallace home or perhaps shared with others in some way in the future.  For history lovers, ones who like adventure, battles and such, Ben-Hur rates very highly in both written and media form!

Consider buying both for your family members or whomever the Lord may put on your heart. 

Because You’re Mine

 

Title:  Because You’re Mine

Author:  Colleen Coble

Pages:  336

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

I just finished the book and my heart rate is still up!  Early on, I thought I had pretty much figured out what was happening; yet, the author kept the peddle on suspense all the way until the very end!  I enjoyed reading about characters whose nationality was Irish.  The description of the land, smells and places put me right into the thick of the land I hope to someday see with my own eyes.  I also enjoyed that the music group was Celtic as my family and I enjoy the talents, language and music that can enrich one’s heart.

There were surprises when I was getting near the end like what Barry might have hid behind a locked door on one floor of the huge house or the way the nanny was living now that there were no longer young children in the home requiring care.  The tension between Barry, the manager and Liam, the husband, toward Allana and Jesse was palpable and slowly Colleen reveals the why.

The novel just seemed to flow easily as I read while slowly turning up the psychological part of the book.  There was one part that told me something more was going on, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it until the author tells us what she kept hidden.  It’s hard to say much more about the novel without accidently letting out a spoiler, so I will just say one more thing.  If one is looking for a great thriller that pulls you in from the beginning to the end, here is a book not to pass up!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Retuning (A Seer Novel #3)

 

Title:  Retuning (A Seer Novel #3)

Author:  Rachelle Dekker

Pages:  432

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Tyndale

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

This series begins with the first novel titled, Choosing, that is followed by Calling and then this final novel that takes place twenty years after the end of Calling.  At first, I was concerned that if so much time elapsed in the story would I be able to pick up the book and be able to follow the plot or characters?  Undoubtedly, the answer is yes!  Rachelle Dekker does a fantastic job of reminding readers of some past actions, adventures and who the main characters were before leading us on the final adventure of the series.

I found myself remembering Carrington, Remko, Jesse, Elsie, and others and understanding their current living situation.  More importantly is where their hearts and souls are abiding, either in fear or in the light of the truth that the Father shows.  At times, I felt my heart as gripped as a mother like Carrington as she longed to know what happened to her and Remko’s firstborn who was stolen from them so long ago.  I easily was caught up not just in the action but in wondering above all what is the spiritual truth being reflected in this work of fiction.

For me, I see where people all have a choice of where to allow their hearts and souls to dwell, either in the hand of the Father or not.  I understood the spiritual warfare that was reflected throughout all three books as well as the human heart factor that can at times mess up our understanding of spiritual truths.   The love of God is another truth I believe woven in the books and the need for us to constantly be reminded of to Whom we belong and the truth He speaks.

All three books are interdependent and I can’t see reading one book without having read the others.  The climactic conclusion was extremely powerful, moving and beautiful.  As always I think it is hard to end a series for both the author and readers who become so engrossed with the story that we want it to keep going.  However, if one must complete a series, this was a beautiful picture of how it should end.  These novels are great for reading, discussing and sharing with others!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Mark of the King

 

Title:  The Mark of the King

Author:  Jocelyn Green

Pages:  416

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

I read Jocelyn Green’s Civil War Behind the Line Series where she explores heroines who faced insurmountable odds to bring aid, comfort and more to the war effort.  Now, the author brings to life a time where women were selected, forced to marry and then transported across the ocean to populate the colony of Louisiana. 

Julianne is a midwife who had apprenticed for a long time before she worked as the main midwife women required.  Her assistant now was once her mentor.  When together they attend a birthing that goes horribly wrong, Julianne is not only sent to prison but marked for life as a criminal.  Julianne has more than one reason to go across the ocean and that is to locate her only family member, a brother.

As I read, I couldn’t imagine being marked as a murderess for life and anyone who saw the mark would recognize its meaning.  The shame and living without any hope of redemption is unimaginable and yet it was so at that time in France.  I loved how Jocelyn did such an enormous amount of research that as a reader I easily picked up on as I kept turning pages.  There are facts about New Orleans I had no idea of as well as history of the prisons long ago and in a different nation.  I knew something about the mark as it has been portrayed in movies, but reading the novel made me more aware of the depth of shame attached to the irremovable brand.

Being forced to marry and choosing someone not knowing who they were and knowing that if Julianne didn’t choose one she was told one would be chosen for her, is unthinkable.  Then, the way the guards would make sure the marriage was consummated before the couples left France was horrible.  Simon was a character that I am sure was written to be a cad, though at times he seemed nice.  While the time period isn’t one of my main choices for reading, I enjoyed the story more for its history.

It would have moved faster for me if there was some action and adventure like the author put in her other series.  If you like a novel that has romance, history and a tale about grace that covers all marks of sin, then look no further!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

In the Shadow of Denali (The Heart of Alaska #1)

 

Title:  In the Shadow of Denali (The Heart of Alaska #1)

Author:  Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

Pages:  320

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.

First, let me say that this rating is not based on who the authors are, but on the story.  The authors go to great extent to share what is true historical fact along with what came from their imaginations.  Also, they include websites readers can access to gain further insight and a couple of hard print books as well.  I love the historical aspect because it isn’t just events, but people... who they are, what they accomplished and how they lived.  Also, the authors share updated information about the Curry hotel, lookout and the people who have lived there for so long a time.  It was very interesting and fascinating to read and remember that what happened in the story and in history was during WWI.

What I loved too was learning the name of the tribe that lived in the area and a man who worked to put their language in writing.  Alaska is a very intriguing place that someday I hope to visit as much of it isn’t touched by man.  I have read the other stories Tracie Peterson wrote that were placed in Alaska as well so when a new series was announced set in Alaska, I couldn’t wait to read them!  Kimberley Woodhouse has written a couple of novels as well and I believe they are set in Alaska too.  Together these two authors make a formidable well-researched team!

Here the story takes place in Curry, Alaska in the year 1917.  The characters are varied and interesting, especially Cassidy Faith who was based on a real, special, young lady known to the authors.  Cassidy’s character father is from Alaska and knows the language, people and area like the back of his hand.  He is the tour guide for the hotel.  The themes of faith, love and redemption are set alongside a novel rich with action, adventure and mystery.

I was so grabbed by the story that I ordered a copy of one book recommended by the authors to learn more from the men who actually climbed Mount McKinley.  Please take time to enjoy the fictional story and then read about the real people and times in Alaska’s history.  You will be extremely glad to have done so!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Voice of Freedom (Against All Enemies #2)

 

Title:  Voice of Freedom (Against All Enemies #2)

Author:  H.L. Wegley

Pages:  345

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Trinity Press International

My rating is 5 stars.

Wow!  The action starts from the beginning of this story and doesn’t stop until the end!  This is a political action novel that will keep you glued to the pages from the get-go.  This second book in the Against All Enemies series still has Brock Daniels and company on the run from the President of the United States.  This story begins in Israel where the team has fled, but their whereabouts are soon discovered and they are attacked with an RPG during a wedding ceremony!  Then, they are on the run to Canada where they are again quickly forced to flee.  They end up back in the United States in a red state, which means the state is anti-President Hannan.

Julia Weiss and Steve Bancroft have formed an attachment to each other, but each feels unworthy of the other’s love.  They are also willing to sacrifice themselves to keep the others alive as they eventually face a full company of more than 200 Special Forces Rangers sent by the evil President Hannan.  During their escapes, Brock posts on his blog whenever possible more and more antagonistic rhetoric against President Hannan in the hopes of making him so angry he will make a mistake and then Brock and his team will have him!

While on the run, Brock, KC, Julia, Steve, Jeff and Allie along with their Israeli protector Benjamin manage to keep their faith.  The Americans kept their fierce patriotism alive and at the forefront of their battle against tyranny.  Thank you Mr. Wegley for writing such an inspired, patriotic story with examples of what patriots can look like and how they act.  Their trust in God’s provision was also a great witness.  I look forward to book three, Chasing Freedom for more action packed adventure!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Voice in the Wilderness (Against All Enemies #1)

 

Title:  Voice in the Wilderness (Against All Enemies #1)

Author:  H.L. Wegley

Pages:  396

Year:  2015

Publisher:  Trinity Press International

My rating is 5 stars.

Brock Daniels is a young, 24-year-old writer.  He has begun writing a blog on the state of the union so to speak.  He talks about the politics of the United States and more specifically the President of the United States and his offenses against the U.S.  He is steadily gaining more and more followers and comes to the attention of the President.  The President does have a secret plan to take over the country and Brock is throwing a wrench into these plans.  A secret organization has put him in the highest office of the nation to do their bidding in exchange for power, fame and prestige.  The President will stop at nothing to achieve his goals, including murder.  Will he go that far to silence Brock?

KC Banning works with computers in the White House.  She discovers something disturbing about the President and threatens to expose his deeds to the public.  She becomes an instant threat that the President has to eliminate…permanently.  She flees to the place and one person she knows she can trust no matter what.  She has trusted him and loved him since she was a young girl.  She knows Brock will protect her and help her.  The one question KC has for Brock is does he love her the way she loves him?  Her faith in God has been faint, but can Brock and/or their circumstances revive it?  As she and Brock go on the run, face off against special forces soldiers and many harrowing events, will their relationship even have a chance to develop as they are labeled terrorists by the President?

Today our country needs many more people willing to be another Brock Daniels or KC Banning and stand up for our Constitution, our rights as U.S. Citizens and be willing to follow where God calls no matter the personal cost.  I loved the patriotic theme and faith portrayed in the story!  These two young people in the story showed such courage in the face of overwhelming odds.  These two ordinary people stood up to evil on a big scale and won the battle.  They haven’t won the war yet, but they are gathering the forces of good to take on the enemy so tune in for the next battle in Voice of Freedom, book two in the series.  I’m sure this second book will have just as much action and tension as book one.  So, if you like political thrillers, this is one book you won’t want to pass up!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Petticoat Spy

 

Title:  Petticoat Spy

Author:  Carol Warburton

Pages:  296

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc.

My rating is 4 stars.

The year is 1775 and tempers are running hot as the colonists, or rebels as they are called by loyal Tories, are gathering information, ammunition and guns to stockpile for the unavoidable oncoming war with England.  The story is set in the Boston area.  The two main characters are Gideon Whitlock and Abigail Stowell, both young and passionate about what they believe to be in the colonies’ best interest.

Upon first meeting, Abigail is not much impressed with Gideon whom she believes to be a Tory while she and her family are staunch rebels against King George.  However, Abigail soon realizes everything is not as it appears and that Gideon is a rebel spy.  Abigail is soon drawn into the political intrigue in the place of her father who is easily recognized in Boston, known to sympathize with the colonists and would be under constant watch.  No one would suspect a woman of spying, so Abigail carries messages back and forth between Gideon and her father or other rebels.  She also has come to Boston under the guise of caring for a close friend of the family, Aunt Caroline.  Upon seeing her aunt, Abigail vows that she will help her get better.  She soon discovers her aunt is purposely being kept drugged, but upon whose orders?  As soldiers become more and more evident and suspicious, Abigail’s time before her purpose is discovered in Boston is running out.

Negatives:  I didn’t like the local healer’s use of tea leaves to read the future and Abigail’s seeming to put faith in that to find love instead of trusting God.

Positives:   Good story with two story lines that include plenty of tension to build up to the climax of the story.  I couldn’t put the book down as I had to find out what happened as the colonies were on the brink of war with England.  I also just had to find out how Abigail and Gideon’s plight was resolved.  I liked the frequent mention of God and prayer, a romance and fight for right.

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