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The Sons of Jude

Title:  The Sons of Jude
Author:  Brandt Dodson                                                                                                                 
Pages:  319
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Monarch                                                                                      
        The Sons of Jude is a fast-paced work of fiction that keeps the readers turning pages to the very end.  Brandt Dodson comes from a long line of police officers, which brings depth and realism to the first of what I am sure will become a sensational series.  There are many layers in the novel that include politics, police department, police officers in certain districts, and journalism.  Yet, even with these known elements woven in the fabric of fiction, there are even more characters and action all with an element of faith.  What keeps someone anchored when all “hell” seems to come full force and from all sides into their lives?  One character knows; his name is Andy Polanski and he has faith that Christ alone has everything under control.
        Investigators know that Paulie Vincent was the head of a major crime family who had Delgado act as an enforcer.  Delgado, being a smart man, believed in being more than mere muscle.  He wanted to ascend to the head of the crime family when Paulie passed away.  In order to become the head, Delgado knows he has to have brains more than brawn to keep certain parties under his rulership.
        The 28th district is the receiver of Andy Polanski when Andy blew the whistle on two cops who were dirty, and that doesn’t sit well with any detective.  However, the 31st has to send him to hopefully squelch the riots that are swelling out of control damaging property and people alike.  Frank Campello, who recently lost his partner, inherits Andy.  He looks for any way to work his cases without inviting or revealing anything to his new partner.  The only thing Frank Campello is able to communicate is his ultimate dislike for this detective, so he does everything he can to distance himself from Andy until one incident changes Franks view.
        The Alderman is controlled by the powerful crime lord and everyone knows, but can’t prove it.  When different accomplices to crimes committed by Peter, the Alderman’s son, are caught, arrangements are made to make sure charges are dropped.  Since many in the 28th precinct are under suspicion for being part of the crime family, many feel they can no longer trust the CPD.
        I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago so this story was such a delight, especially when scenes were described; I knew right where it was located.  It was fun reading about politics, police departments, characters, and the war to make life safe for all.  Andy and his wife share a faith that sees them through rough times, and it is the glue that does hold marriages together.  Learning to believe the truth, be a true friend, trust the Lord and do what is right is choice we all have to make.  I liked how Brandt showed just how hard it can get, but also what a treasure real friends are.
        My rating is 5 stars, and I can’t wait for the next book!
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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