Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

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And God, we still have questions. Would love to have answers, if at all possible.”

Dark Deception is book two in the Defenders of Justice series written by Nancy Mehl. Four years earlier Kate O’Brien and her twin were attacked, leaving her sister dead. Kate was the witness in the trials and has since been in the witness protection system. She lives in Shelter Cove, a small town, and owns a restaurant. One day she has someone knock on the door of the restaurant before it opens. It is Tony, the marshal who was with her through the previous trials. The murderer has been released from prison and Kate is their only witness for a new trial. And now there is new evidence that points to him not being the killer.

Kate has not been as safe as she thought. She is abducted and taken into the mountain by the murder. The local resort owner saw them leave and takes Tony into the mountain to save her. While Kate is on the mountain, she was forced to face her greatest fear. But it began to grow weaker and the fact that God loves her, got stronger.

This is another awesome suspense by Nancy Mehl. I just love this story. The story started out and just kept moving with twists and turns that kept me wondering. As new evidence is found out, I was kept wondering who really was who. Those involved had changed their names and as the story evolves, the connections to those murdered are revealed.

This book is part of a series and some of the characters from the first book are mentioned, but the main characters are new. Two of the characters from the first book are engaged in this book, so reading the series in order is best. But other than that it can be a stand alone story.

I think anyone who enjoys suspense will really enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and this is my honest review.

Series: Defenders of Justice (book 2)

320 pages

ISBN: 9780764217784

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author go to: http://nancymehl.com/

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Freedom’s Price by Christine Johnson

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Freedom’s Price, book 3 in Keys of Promise, is written by Christine Johnson. The story takes place in 1856. Catherine finds out that her family home has not been left to her with the passing of her father. Not wanting to accept the terms of the will she plans to travel with Mrs. Durning from England to her mother’s family in New Orleans. When the ship encounters problems she is forced to get off at Key West, Florida. She tries to find someone who will travel with her from Key West to New Orleans. Tom Worthington is sent to help with the ship. He teaches Catherine what is needed to get to New Orleans. Tom helps Catherine get to New Orleans.

When they get to Catherine’s family plantation, all is not what Catherine expected. Her family is not living there, instead it is run by a caretaker and slaves. It also has been left to deteriorate. They are warned about the plantation. But Catherine is determined to be at the plantation. While in New Orleans, Tom finds the ship that was stolen from his father years earlier near the plantation.

I enjoyed reading the story while Catherine was in Key West, I could see her walking the streets and going to check on getting a ride on a ship. Overall, I felt the story was a little lacking in character. Catherine’s character comes across as a person who always gets her way. It’s a little hard to understand that someone would change her inheritance and travel so far from what is familiar to them to visit family she knows nothing about. She relies on help from others to get what she want. I liked the other characters from Key West. They were all so helpful and friendly. The characters personalities change in New Orleans, they are more out to get what they want. I did appreciate the characters of Tom’s boss and his wife. They go out of their way to help others in need and Tom’s boss tries to make Tom see that the boat is not his to just take.

While this is part of a series, the books are not connected so they can be read as stand alone novels. I think this series will be enjoyed by those who enjoy early historical fiction and romance. The story does contain a lot of suspense as well.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Keys of Promise (Book 3)

336 Pages

ISBN: 9780800723521

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author go to: http://www.christineelizabethjohnson.com/

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Infected by Alana Terry

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Infected, by Alana Terry is book 6 in an amazing Christian suspense series. This series is about a young college premed student, Kennedy Stern. Her parents live in another county, and she has come to the United States to go to school.

In this book, Kennedy is taking care of Woong, the 10 year old adopted son of Pastor Carl and his wife Sandy so they can get away for their anniversary. At the time there is a virus, Nipah, that is spreading and people are starting to panic. Her father is calling her constantly. While she is watching Woong, his teacher is sent home from school and is being suspected of having Nipah. The epidemic is spreading, school is closed and the air port is canceling flights. Kennedy’s room mate is schedules to go on school break but cannot due to canceled flights, so she goes to be with Kennedy and Woong.

Just as Carl and Sandy should be coming home, Sandy calls that Carl is going to the hospital and she wants Kennedy to bring Woong to them. While at the hospital, the hospital goes into lock down. A father of a patient has come with explosives and Kennedy is taken under her boyfriend’s orders to a safe area. What they do not know is the father is hiding where Kennedy is taken. While this is happening, Woong developed symptoms of Nipah.

This is a very fast moving suspense story that focuses on why God allows some people to get sick and even die. Kennedy’s room mate is struggling with being a new Christian and has a lot of questions.

I really enjoyed this book. It is full of suspense, a little romance and a lot of caring and compassion. The story and the characters are very well defined. I did not read the entire series, but I was able to follow this story very easily. I like how the author has written in Woong’s character and the way he pronounces his words. I especially like this character. He has a lot of history in such a short life. I think anyone who enjoys Christian suspense will enjoy this series. I do recommend reading it in order.

I received a copy of this book from the author and BookClub Network. I have written an honest review.

Series: A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel (Book 6)

258 pages

ISBN: 9781941735329

Publisher: Freshfruits Publishing

To learn more about the author, go to: http://www.alanaterry.com/

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The Divide by Jolina Petersheim

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The Divide, by Jolina Petersheim, is the second book and conclusion of the Alliance series. This is an awesome series. It was well worth the year wait to read the second book. Just like the first book in the series, this book has a lot of depth and twists and turns. I found myself staying up very late to find out what happens. The story is very well developed. We get to know more about the main characters as well as their background. One of the things that is stressed in this series is that violence is not God’s way so it is not the Mennonite’s way. But Leora has lived a life caring for and protecting those she loves. She wonders if she will have to choose between her family or her faith.

In book one, an attack destroyed the region’s power grid and changed the life for everyone. People fled their homes in search of food and shelter. The Old Order Mennonite community became under attack and the community fled to the mountains and built a new community.

Now in the new community they find food was very scarce. People got sick and many died. Bishop Lowell is killed by someone trying to get into the community and Jabil is now the Bishop. AS spring comes the community start gardening and moving toward the future. Leora is torn between clinging to her love for Moses and a life with Jabil. She accepts Jabil’s proposal but starts having doubts about being part of the community. Her brother has left the community to join the militia.

Members of the militia have manged to get an old airplane working and have located the Agricultural Resurgence Commission’s (ARC) camp. The ARC is going around forcing the people to join their group and work for them. Those who refuse are killed. Some members of the militia decide to take down the ARC.

I think anyone who enjoys reading about the Mennonite life will enjoy this story. As well as anyone who enjoys suspense and romance stories. However, this story does have a fair amount of violence and death

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: The Alliance (book 2)

400 pages

ISBN: 9781496402226

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

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Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll

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Weaver’s Needle, written by Robin Caroll, is a Christian fiction story that is filled with suspense with a touch of romance. This is the first book I have read by this author and really enjoyed the story very much. The story is very well written with very well introduced characters. Landry’s faith is very strong and she relies on her relationship with God. Nickolai questions his faith and his beliefs in God. The story also touches on the religious beliefs of the Apache Indians.

While the main part of the story is about finding the map, we are also pulled into the search to find out who murderer is. We are also introduced to native culture of the area.

Bartholomew Winslet purchased the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map. While taking it to safekeeping he was murdered. His wife has asked Landry Parker and Nickolai Baptiste to find the map for her. Only the person who returns to map to her will receive the $50,000 payment.

Landry is former military and a recovery specialist that is trying to keep her father’s legacy going. She needs the job for the income. Nickolai was shot while on duty as a police officer. He is now considered one of the best recovery specialist. The search for the map takes them to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where the map is based on.

While in Arizona, Laundry and Nickolai are being targeted. The secretly start working together. The story show us how they have to put their distrust of each other aside and work together.

This is a great story, I think anyone who likes a good mystery will enjoy reading this story.

“I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

320 Pages

ISBN: 9781634099943

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

To learn more about this author visit her website at: http://www.robincaroll.com/

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Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

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Pursuing Gold is a novel based during the Civil War written by Cynthia L. Simmons. When Peter’s father past away, Peter took over his part of the banking business. Peter’s partner is ill and when banking papers are delivered to him with errors on them, his daughter, Mary Beth starts going to the bank to help Peter. Together they find out Mr. Sadler has been changing the deposits and embezzling money. One morning when they get to the bank, they find Mr. Sadler dead.

Mary Beth also runs a hotel and in the cash, she finds counterfeit bills with Peter’s signature. Together she and Peter try to find out who made the counterfeit bills and try to get as many as possible. Peter and Mary Beth were childhood friends until Mary Beth dated another man. They both have chosen to pursue God.

This is a good book with suspense and romance through out the story. This is a great story to curl up and read on a lazy day.  I enjoyed it a lot. The story also shows the strength and love that Mary Beth has with caring for her father as well as the hotel, the bank and caring for injured soldiers. We also see what a parent will do to help her children.

The book contains questions for thought and discussion at the end that are very good. This would make a great book for book groups.  Anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction stories based on US history will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

378 pages

ISBN: 9781944430764

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://clsimmons.com/

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The Angry Fighters Story, by Bill Vincent

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Bullied at a young age, David develops a hot temper and needs an outlet to challenge his aggression into. When he learns about his Uncle’s past, David decides to follow in his footsteps and become a champion fighter, but it won’t be an easy journey. Can David live out his dream?

The Angry Fighter’s Story, written by Bill Vincent, is a story of a young man who has been bullied from a young age. As a baby, David Hunter was left on the steps of a boys home with a note saying “Please keep him safe, someone will come for him eventually.” Over the years other boys have been adopted and left the home, but not David. He is now a senior in high school. He continues to be bullied. One day a group of boys ganged up on him and hurt him so bad he was hospitalized. This is when his aunt comes to get him.

The bullying does not end. One day at school he is ganged up on and he lets his anger take over. While his aunt is at the school, he hits a door in her home. The door opens and a poster of a fighter is revealed. When his aunt realizes he saw the room, she tells him about her late husband, who was a fighter. She offers him to train to be a fighter and he accepts. Under the training of his late uncle’s trainer, he not only learns how to fight, but he is also taught good manners.

This is a good clean book, written for a pre-teen boy. There is a considerable amount of violence revolving around the anger within David. The story shows us how David has developed this anger as a result of being placed in the boys home and not getting proper care. But it also shows us the love he is given when his aunt takes him home to be with her. The story also show us how David changes within himself with the training he is receiving. The parts in the story I really liked are when we see the changes in David with making friends. The one thing I wish were different about the book would be more Christian aspects in the story. The only thing that is mentioned is David goes to church and likes it.

The author has been a pastor for over 20 years and has written many books that have helped people overcome the spirits and curses of Satan.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and this is my honest review.

124 pages

ISBN: 978168411510

Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory

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Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

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Treasured Grace is the first book in Tracie Peterson’s Heart of the Frontier Series. Grace Martindale has buried her husband on the Oregon Trail. She continues on the trail with her two younger sisters, Mercy and Hope. They are traveling to Oregon City to be with their Uncle after the death of their parents. Grace has decided they would stop at the Whitman Mission and stay until spring instead of traveling on. The Whitman Mission is run by Dr. Marcus Whitman.

Shortly after arriving at the Mission, there is an outbreak of measles. Grace is a healer and can help, Dr. Whitman does not allow her to. Even though Dr. Whitman has been helping the nearby Cayuse Indian camp, the measles is taking the life of some of their people. Grace travels to the camp with Alex Armistead, a fur trapper and his friend, Sam. She finds the camp filthy and attempts to treat the ill but it is too late in some cases.

Grace is called to help a friend who is ill. Her sisters do not want to go with her. While she is away with Alex and Sam caring for her friend, the Cayuse attack the Mission killing the doctor, his wife and many others. Those that are left are taken hostage and the women are abused. The hostages are eventually taken to Fort Nez Perce and traded back to the white people. The women and children are so traumatized they did not want to be with others. Rumors of the Cayuse coming back for the hostages caused them to be taken by boat to Oregon City.

Grace was in a loveless marriage and since the day her husband was buried, Nigel Roberson has been proposing to her. After arriving in Oregon City she realizes she can not support herself and sisters on her healing. She feels she has no option to care for her sisters and herself than to marry him, even though it is Alex that she loves.

This is a good but very hard story to read. The author has spend much time researching to make the story as real as possible. The story brings to life the situations with the early settlers moving into Indian territory and how the Indians feel threatened by them. The story does an awesome job of explaining this.

I found this book very hard to put down. I appreciated the importance of Faith that is written through out the story. I also appreciate the importance of having love in a marriage that was brought out many times. The story is a very violent one, it gives glimpses into the fears the early settlers had and the hardships they endured. The topics within the story could be bothersome to readers, but they were true events of the time. I think people who enjoy reading stories based on the Oregon Trail and early settlers will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Heart of the Frontier (Book 1)

320 pages

ISBN: 9780764213274

Publisher: Bethany House

You can read about the author and books she has written at: http://traciepetersonbooks.com/

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Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

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Deep Extraction, book two in An FBI Task Force Series, is written by DiAnn Mills. Nathan Moore is the extremely wealthy owner of Moore Oil & Gas. One of his rigs is boomed and he is later found dead from a heart attack. As the story evolves, it becomes evident that Nathan was killed by someone tampering with the setting for his pacemaker. FBI Agent Tori Templeton is called to investigate the crime. Tori is a long time friend of Nathan and his wife, Sally.

The Moore’s son calls a family friend, Cole Jeffers, to come be with them during the crime scene investigation. Cole is on leave from his job as a Deputy US Marshal. Cole wants to help find the person responsible for killing Nathan. He gets reinstated as a US Marshal and is assigned to the FBI task force in charge of the investigation.

Tori has been partners with Max for some time. Max has just found out he has cancer and this investigation will be his last. During the investigation he is often rude to those around him and has been reported. Together Cole, Tori and Max work together to find Nathan’s killer.

This is an awesome book. Being part of a series, it is still very much a stand alone book. The story is so full fast moving and full of action, I found it a little confusing at times. The crimes against the Moore family multiply as the story builds. Nathan has many secrets in his life that are now being found out. As his secrets come out, the amount of suspects is also building. As I was reading the book, I was trying to figure out who killed him and why. As the twists and turns in the story grew, I gave up trying and just enjoyed this great Christian Suspense/Romance.

The thing I enjoyed most in the story is the friendship that both Tori and Cole have towards the Moores. And their determination to get to the bottom of the crime without letting their friendships get in the way. I also enjoyed the building of friendship between Cole, Tori and Max. I enjoyed the subtle Christian influence in the story as well. This book would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys detective suspense stories.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: FBI Task Force Novel (Book 2)

416 pages

ISBN: 9781496410986

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.diannmills.com/

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Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

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Without Warning is book three in A J. B. Collins Novel Series, written by Joel C. Rosenberg.

J. B. and his brother Matt are at the White House for the State of the Union when the city is attacked by ISIS. Days following the attacks, other cities in the U.S. are also attacked with poisonous gas. The President is saying all the right things to gain popularity, but J. B. feels it is just talk. J. B. has been personally threatened by ISIS and he and his family are now in danger. Meanwhile, J. B. finds out his ex father-in-law has left part of his estate to J. B and his brother. J. B. has also been left instructions pertaining to ISIS. J. B. and his family are moved into the witness protection program, but J. B. takes off and goes to Tel Aviv with plans to connect with those listed in the instructions. He is connected with a group who is working on finding the head of ISIS. They eventually find the ISIS leaders but have no way of getting them. J. B. comes up with the plan to go to the leaders and have a missile take them out. He is no longer afraid of dying as he knows he will go to heaven. Having accepted the Lord, he understands that there is no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.

This story takes off running and doesn’t stop until the very end. I am wondering if there will be more to the series, the ending just is not what I was expecting. The story is full of action, much of it violent, and suspenseful. The story is so well written it often felt like I was reading the newspaper. The author is so knowledgeable of the region where the action takes place, that it felt like I as there. While reading the story, I often thought how this story could actually be a true event at some time. I was left hurting for all those who lost loved ones in the attacks. I was frustrated at the government of the countries that would not take steps to stop the terrorism. This is an awesome story that would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys military type stories. It is however, a very violent story that could be hard for some to read.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing and I have chose to write this honest review.

Series: A J. B. Collins Novel Series (Book 3)

448 pages

ISBN: 9781496406163

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

You can read more about the author and the books he has written by going to www.joelrosenberg.com

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