Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)


Title:  Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)

Author:  DiAnn Mills

Pages:  390

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

FBI Agent Alex LeBlanc is called to the scene of a murder at a small private airport near Houston, involving a downed quadcopter stolen from the U.S. Army.  Quadcopters have been used by terrorists to bring down planes.  Alex must find out who the dead man is, how the quadcopter is involved and exactly why a volunteer airport ranger, Stacy Broussard, has blood on her shirt.  As Alex gathers clues and asks endless questions in his quest for information, he begins to see Stacy as more than a volunteer airport ranger and full-time veterinarian.  Before he knows it, she has crept into his heart.  However, she comes to a relationship with an adopted 12-year-old son.  Is Alex ready for this kind of relationship?

Stacy Broussard is 35 years old, works a lot and volunteers in the few spare hours she has.  She also has come to love her next-door neighbor, Whitt.  She plans to adopt him as soon as possible, but first must jump through all the legal hoops.  One morning as she patrols the airport, she discovers a dead body.  She calls in the crime and checks over the bloody dog found next to the body for injuries.  The agent who responds to the call is handsome, but rude.  Stacy wants nothing more to do with him, but her wish is not to be granted.  Soon her very life will be on the line as there is more going on than solving a murder and adopting a 12-year-old boy.

I absolutely loved the character of Whitt in this story!  He is a genius in his mind, but still has the insecurities of a 12-year-old boy who has endured a very tough life thus far.  My heart went out to him.  Stacy’s love and compassion for Whitt and others in her neighborhood shine throughout the story.  Her dedication to make her neighborhood a better place to live is admirable.  I also liked the Cajun influence and faith aspect of the story very much.  I would have liked there to be more action in the story as it moved a little too slow for me, but it was a good read.  I look forward to book two in the series, Deep Extraction, so look for my review soon.