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The Amendment Killer

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Title:The Amendment Killer
Author: Ronald S. Barak
Pages: 570
Year: 2017
Publisher: Gander Hope House
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
When I took time to look around for a legal thriller to read, after I read the synopsis of this book, I was hooked.There are many pluses to the way this author writes. For example, he keeps the focus on the courtroom theatrics as well as the interpersonal relationships, both inside the court and in the various characters’ homes.The thought that Supreme Court Justices can be blackmailed to vote a certain way for the betterment of one messed up individual was very unique.
The way the justices walked a fine line to save the diabetic daughter of a justice was very engaging. There are family dynamics that bring tension to the story as well as some lawyers’ spouses’ employment might factor into the kidnapping and hopefully locating the young girl.Another interesting feature to the novel was the reading of the internal struggles the protagonists had throughout the book.T…

Out of the Ashes (The Heart of Alaska #2)

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Title:Out of the Ashes (The Heart of Alaska #2)
Author: Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse
Pages: 336
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
The authors continue to tell us a story set in Alaska in a hotel that existed long ago, named the Curry.At the end of the novel, there are websites listed for interested readers to visit if they so choose to see unique photos.This second book is a sequel following book one titled, In the Shadow of Denali, which many of us have known as Mount McKinley in Alaska.
We continue to follow the adventures of characters we met in the first book and see how new characters come to the hotel with interesting backgrounds.One of the visitors is a young man and his younger sister from France. Jean-Michel was wounded not just in body but in soul.How can he follow through with his father’s last wishes to turn to God when he doesn’t know how or take of a younger sister he loves yet hardly knows because of the 10-year difference in age?
Katherine …

Black OPS American Jihad

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Title:Black OPS American Jihad
Author: William W. Johnstone
Pages: 254
Year: 2006
Publisher: Pinnacle
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
I found out about this book via a Facebook post and having never read it, I decided I was going to dive right into the novel.The novel is written solely by William W. Johnstone and it is a story about legacy, specifically Smoke Jensen’s legacy.If you have not read about this character, he is a man who doesn’t seek trouble, but won’t back down from it either. He fights for what is right and seeks out those who are doing wrong when they cross his path or hurt those he loves.What makes this story fascinating is that Smoke is writing to a grandson not yet born, a couple of generations future of Smoke’s time. Smoke wanted him named Arthur Kirby Jensen.
Smoke leaves a journal for him that shares some of his trials in life, passing on the wisdom he learned to a great-great grandson he’ll never know.I loved the idea of passing on the wisdom from Smoke’s life and writing i…

Try Fear (Ty Buchanan Legal Thriller #3)

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Title:Try Fear
Author:James Scott Bell
Pages:292
Year:2009
Publisher: Center Street
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Ty Buchanan makes his return appearance in this third and final book of the series.He takes the case representing a man charged with DUI.The case looks unwinnable, but from out of nowhere Ty wins the case and gets his client freed.Then, his client is found dead and the brother is arrested for the murder.There is no way Ty can let this go.He is going to find the killer no matter what or who he has to chase down.He is also sticking his toe in the pond of faith…maybe.His relationship with Sister Mary is going in a more than friendly direction on his part, but what about her?
During the course of his legwork, he encounters interesting and dangerous characters such as a street preacher, dirty politicians and the people who are out at night in Hollywood.Ty still has his run-ins with Sister Hildegarde, who would rather see Ty live somewhere besides their quiet community.Sister Mary beg…

Try Darkness (Ty Buchanan Legal Thriller #2)

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Title:Try Darkness
Author:James Scott Bell
Pages:292
Year:2008
Publisher: Center Street
My rating is 5 stars out of 5.
Ty Buchanan is back in another legal thriller.This time he represents a poor, single, woman with a young daughter who is facing eviction from a hotel that rents rooms weekly.She has the money, but the hotel won’t take it because if she lives at the hotel for more than 30 days, it changes the legal status of the hotel.So, the hotel only accepts money for three weeks, then evicts tenants, putting them out on the street usually.Ty’s client refuses to be cowed and wants to fight against the hotel in court.Ty quickly discovers that the firm representing the hotel is one he is very familiar with, his former employer.The lead attorney for the firm is his former best friend.Ty wastes no time in playing hardball against the big firm, telling them his client wants to remain in the hotel and if they don’t accept her money, they will be taken to court.Ty is warned to let the matter dro…

Try Dying (Ty Buchanan Legal Thriller #1) Author: James Scott Bell

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Title:Try Dying
Author:James Scott Bell
Pages:280
Year:2007
Publisher: Center Street
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Ty Buchanan is a young lawyer at a well-known, prestigious law firm.He is the golden boy and has reached his peak performance years, seeking to eventually be a partner in the firm.One of the partners has taken him under his wing, and it appears Ty can do no wrong.He is the lead on a high-profile case, which he is confident he can win and that will garner him more prestige.He is engaged to the love of his life and has bought a house for them to live in after the wedding.Ty is riding the high wave, but with one phone call he is drowning.
At first his fiancĂ©e’s death is ruled an accident, but someone approaches Ty at her funeral and tells him it was no accident.This person tells Ty that he saw a man kill her.Ty begins asking questions, but the police don’t take him seriously as there is no proof of murder.Ty won’t give up and keeps digging.He is set up to take the fall for a murde…

Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue Series #4)

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Title:Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue Series #4)
Author: Susan May Warren
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Readers will enjoy meeting several characters in the series and following many threads of the stories in each of the books.We begin the series with Montana Rescue followed by Rescue Me, and A Matter of Trust.Coming in May of 2018 is the fifth and perhaps final book, Coming Storm.Each of the novels concentrates on a couple of the characters we’ve been following. I never get tired of reading Susan’s books because they are exceptional adventure and faith-filled tales.
In Troubled Waters, the focus is on a couple of the main characters, Ian Shaw and Sierra Rose while occasionally sharing about Jess and Pete’s relationship, if they even have one.There is danger on the high seas when Ian takes his yacht out with some friends and runs into dangerous waters.What happens afterwards is adventure and suspense that keeps you turning pages and at times be on the ed…

Sudden Recall

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Title:Sudden Recall
Author:Lisa Phillips
Pages:284 (large print edition)
Year:2016
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Sienna Cartwright is a CIA agent who has taken something that doesn’t belong to her and some very powerful and dangerous people want it back.The only problem is, Sienna doesn’t know what they want any more as she is suffering from amnesia.She woke up in a hospital a year ago and since then has been recuperating and trying to regain her memory in a small town in Oregon.She is living with her aunt and taking care of animals.She is beyond frustrated that she can’t remember anything before waking up in the hospital.She doesn’t know who to trust.All she does know is that she has a strong faith in God.Then, she has a flat tire on her way home and a handsome man stops to help her.During their introductions, some men in a strange car pull up and try to kidnap her.The action takes off from their and is nonstop with car chases, gun fights and more.
Jackson…

The 13: Stand

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Title:The 13:Stand
Author:Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed with Shawn Allen
Pages:319
Year:2013
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
With this second book, the first one being The 13:Fall, the action picks up where book one left off.At the end of book one, Agent Jon Keene has been captured by the Chinese, the Chinese have taken over the western half of the United States, the President of the United States has been shot and is in a coma, and the Prophet is proclaiming God’s judgment on the USA.What more could go wrong?Well…you’ll just have to pick up this second book to tune it to the action that follows all the prior happenings I mentioned above in the first book with even more occurring now.
CIA Agent Megan Taylor has realized her growing feelings for Jon, but she has no idea if he is even alive.She prays for him every day while she continues to try to find out his fate.Boz Hamilton receives a call from the Prophet regarding Jon and the head of the CIA sends Boz to inv…

The Lost Castle

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Title:The Lost Castle
Author:Kristy Cambron
Pages:371
Year:2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5.
Ellie Carver is running out of time.Her grandmother has dementia and her health is declining quickly.She seems to be waiting for something though.Ellie finds an old photograph from WWII tucked in a favorite book of her grandmother’s.The photo leads Ellie to take a trip to France to research the photo to find out her grandmother’s history and bring closure to her.Once in France, Ellie discovers an entirely different way of life.There are ruins of a castle near to the manor house where Ellie is staying that seem to draw her.Quinn, the grandson of the house’s owner, is her tour guide, but refuses to take her to the castle ruins.Why?
Lady Vi is fluent in several languages and she joins a British underground spy organization during WWII.She is sent undercover to Germany to work as a secretary, translating documents.She is entrusted by a fellow agent with critical information that need…

Haven of Swans (formerly titled Abominations)

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Title:Haven of Swans (formerly titled Abominations)
Author: Colleen Coble
Pages: 336
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Wow!From the very start of the book, this story stole my breath and at times sped up the beating of my heart.The ending was so climatic I couldn’t read it fast enough!The setting is the UP of Michigan.There is a woman who cannot remember who she is, the name of the child in her arms, or that she has been badly hurt!At first, she moves almost on auto pilot, but she cannot tell why or how she knows what she must do to keep “him” from finding her again.After some more time, she remembers her name, and with more time her past.
Her husband, Nick, is a captain for the Michigan State Police, and he and his wife are in the middle of a divorce.When he goes to pick up his little girl, the scene he encounters scares him.He cannot locate either his wife or 2-year-old daughter.After a while, he begins to be taunted by a person who has had something to do w…

Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)

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Title:Splintered Silence (A Bone Gap Travelers Mystery #1)
Author: Susan Furlong
Pages: 288
Year: 2017
Publisher: Kensington
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
There are times when I am on social media and I see a book in an ad or some people are posting about it because it is a new author.When I saw this book cover, it intrigued me and the little synopsis I read online drew me to read the story.One of the aspects of the book that is exceptional is the author’s ability to write a very engaging mystery with a surprise ending.
The second reason I liked the book was because it talked about a little-known group of people called Irish travelers.Doing a google search will show you more information about these unique people who live in America.Being of Irish descent myself, this was another thread that brought my interest in the story up another notch. How the author depicts these fascinating people is done very well, showing the tension between the “clan” and those known outside their clan and referred t…

The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy)

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Title:The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy)
Author: Sarah Sundin
Pages: 384
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars!
The new series by Sarah Sundin is a heart-touching tale of events leading up to D-Day through fictional characters.There are three brothers from Texas who are torn apart by a disaster and choices made by the oldest son Wyatt and the other sons.I began reading the book with such hunger, knowing the tale told is but a shadow of the reality that many endured both in America and England.
The story encapsulates the hard times of war, the love stories, battles and yes even death as those were parts of the reality young men dealt with who were barely out of their teens.Wyatt is a Navy Lt. Commander in the U. S. Navy who, though trained as an accountant and was to pick up the leadership of his father’s business, is now planning methodically with others the Navy’s plans for D-Day.
Wyatt begins to develop feelings for a WREN Officer named Dorothy who has suffered so muc…

Oath of Honor (Blue Justice #1)

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Title:Oath of Honor (Blue Justice #1)
Author:Lynette Eason
Pages:362
Year:2018
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Isabelle St. John, or Izzy, is one of six children, most of whom are involved in law enforcement.Her mother is the Chief of Police and her father is a lawyer.She has been raised around the law and God her whole life.Her neighbors are the Marshalls and they also have two sons on the police force.She has grown up with the Marshall boys and the youngest is Kevin, her partner on the force and a rookie.While on a stakeout, Kevin make an impulsive decision that costs him his life.Izzy has lost her partner and best friend.Ryan, Kevin’s older brother, now grieves a second brother’s death as his older brother died from an IED deployed by terrorists.
Izzy and Ryan work to find the identity of the shooter and discover there is much more going on than meets the eye.Izzy’s name is on a list with other cops, and one of her brothers asks her if she is a “dirty cop”.Who compiled this list? Are the …

Until We Find Home

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Title:Until We Find Home
Author: Cathy Gohlke
Pages: 432
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
One of the reasons I so enjoy Cathy Gohlke’s novels is due to the time she takes in researching and crafting a riveting tale based on historical fact.Even more so is her note to readers at the end of the story where she shares with such transparency what God has been teaching her through her writing of the book.It should remind us that authors are people too who want to grow in their walk with the Lord and share Him with many via the medium of stories, which is so like Jesus!
Cathy pens a very heart-stirring story that depicts different characters from other nations, backgrounds, and experiences during WWII.Claire is an American living in Paris and is helping to get as many Jewish children out of the city before Hitler’s army comes with their death warrants and hate filled regime.Claire’s character has no idea how to care for the small group of children of va…

The View from Rainshadow Bay (A Lavender Tides Novel)

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Title:The View from Rainshadow Bay (A Lavender Tides Novel)
Author: Colleen Coble
Pages: 336
Year: 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
If you have ever read any of Colleen’s novels, you know that she can write a story that grabs your heart, attention and interest from the first word.If you have never read any of Colleen’s books, you are missing out on some very engaging and riveting books.The difference I noticed with her new series was how quickly the action, danger, and intrigue begins.Quite literally, it starts with the Prologue; there is no build up or lead up to the climax, it all starts right out of the gate with the first word!It never lets up.The tension and thrills are palpable throughout the whole novel.It begins with someone chasing a character named Nora that sets the stage by giving a hint that something nefarious is going on.Then, in chapter one, which picks up the story a year later, I was wondering how the events depicted in the Prologue would fit in…

Fugitive Trackdown

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Title: Fugitive Trackdown (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Sandra Robbins
Pages: 224
Year: Feb 2015
Publisher: Love Inspired
My rating 5 out of 5 stars!

Claire Walker begins tracking down a fugitive after her father’s passing and learning the amount of debt owed by the business by bail jumpers. Claire is very much living unprepared in her new though temporary life as her education as a librarian gives her little real life experience. Claire’s best friend, Jessica, is a former police officer with her family’s fugitive recovery company a wonderful fit, but Claire just can’t ask her friend to help for reasons readers will discover.
The tracking down of a fugitive leads to a lost romance memory when she is aided unwillingly by Adam, Jessica’s brother. Adam, a former soldier, has the training and knowledge he uses for the family business, but where has Adam’s faith gone since he last spoke to Claire? When Claire and Adam are facing a life threatening experience their hearts, hurts and spiritual l…

High Treason (FBI Task Force)

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Title:High Treason (FBI Task Force)
Author: Diann Mills
Pages: 416
Year: 2018
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars.
Diann Mills is a genius of an author whose novels are captivating and faith challenging in unique ways.Each novel she writes is with a purpose of sharing a wonderful story with a message of faith in Christ.Here is her recent offering that for this reader was her best yet!At the end of the book, the author lets us know that she wanted to show readers we can model Jesus regardless of where we are or who we are with at any time.
You don’t have to read the other books in the series before picking up this book as each really is self-contained held together only by being part of the FBI Task Force series subtitle.The two main characters are Kord, an FBI agent who is paired with Monica.She works for the CIA in protecting a Saudi family visiting the U.S. Besides interagency tensions, these two characters are also at odds as Monica is a believer in Christ and Kord is still…

Saving Faith (Paperback 2017)

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Title:Saving Faith (Paperback 2017)
Author: David Baldacci
Pages: 528
Year: 1999
Publisher: Grand Central
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Originally, this was published in 1999 and was one of the authors earlier works.There is a very strong and multifaceted plot that embroils a young lobbyist named Faith.Faith has been trained and works for one of the most prominent, well-known lobbyists in Washington, Danny Buchanan.Faith loves working in Washington and doing the multitude of tasks her job requires no matter the long hours.Danny however is getting to the point where he is thinking of retiring and is getting tired of the amount of energy his job requires.
However, Danny has become entangled with a man who is putting pressure on Danny.Because of this, Faith notices how much her boss has changed.In fact, he has asked her to leave the firm.She is heartbroken because he is like a father to her.Because of Faith’s past, all she has ever wanted was a home and stability.Now, to help them both get freed…

Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations #1)

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Title:Beneath the Surface (Dive Team Investigations #1)
Author: Lynn H. Blackburn
Pages: 352
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Lynn H. Blackburn weaves a tale of romance and stress of finding a killer before he/she strikes again which causes Detective Ryan Parker and Leigh Weston paths to intersect time and again.Ryan was Leigh’s brother Keith’s best friend growing up, and without Ryan’s knowledge Leigh was interested in the teenager.Now Leigh has returned to the area to care for her mother and work at a local hospital, hoping to leave her past experiences behind, but has it followed her home?
Ryan is an experienced diver training at the lake where Leigh and other homeowners live. At least it was training until they made a gruesome discovery.The more time Ryan and Leigh are together the more their past friendship begins to grow into something deeper, but is now the time?Leigh’s life seems to be constantly threatened whether she is working at the hospital or at home.Rya…