Compromised Identity


Title:  Compromised Identity

Author:  Jodie Bailey

Pages:  220

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Staff sergeant Jessica Dylan is a trained Army Medic.  She has not had enough time between missions overseas, so her battalion ships out without her.  She is left behind to act as a liaison between service men and women and their families, helping with insurance matters, housing, medical care, etc.  Her laptop was stolen two weeks ago and when she enters her office her she discovers someone trying to steal her new laptop!  She gives chase, but comes up against greater odds of 2:1.  She is facing a life-threatening situation when out of the blue someone barrels into one of the criminals and chases them away.  Enter Staff sergeant Sean Turner.  His mission is to protect Jessica and ferret out the reason why her laptop, as well as those in other battalions, have been stolen.

Jessica refuses to allow Sean to sideline her and wants to be an active part of the investigation.  She won’t stand by somewhere safe while he chases criminals.  She wants to make her military father proud of her.  Sean is battling nightmares and terrible memories of his last mission that went wrong, with him being captured and tortured.  He was rescued, but almost cost his best friend her life.  He is carrying around that guilt and is determined to prove to his superiors that he is battle ready for another mission.  However, Jessica makes him feel safe and comfortable.  He wants something more with her, but he isn’t a safe choice for her so he will keep his distance.  While protecting her, he discovers a much more complex plot than simply stealing computers.  The danger to Jessica is dire and Sean will do anything necessary to protect her, but when she goes missing all bets are off.

Positives:  Seeing portion of the life of a woman in the military, strong reliance on God, timely issue of cyberterrorism, interesting plot with the method used to infiltrate the military.

Negatives:  Rushed romance, not believable change in father-daughter relationship at the end of the book.