Rule of Law by Randy Singer


Rule of Law, by Randy Singer, is an intense, well written legal/political suspense novel. There were times while reading this story I felt I was reading the news instead.

The President of the United States ordered SEAL Team Six on a mission to rescue a member of the Saudi royal family and an American journalist. The mission was a complete failure with all the Seals losing their lives. After the funerals, envelopes were delivered to the girlfriend, Paige, and grandfather of fallen Seal Patrick Quillen providing information that questions if the President knew the mission would fail.

Paige worked for the attorney general of Virginia and was now facing taking on a case of which she would need to leave her job to fulfill. The case would try to get to the bottom of what happened to the SEALs.

I really enjoyed reading this story. I was especially taken with Patrick’s grandfather when he said, “God gave him to me for a season. But he belongs to the nation now.” The story is full of suspense action. I was disappointed with the lose of life so soon in the story, but without it, there would be no story. The author’s experience as a trial attorney is very evident in this story, with how well the legal aspects were written. This is a very good story, however, it would have been better as part of a series. The book is big, with 460 pages, so it is sort of hard to hold for long lengths of time. And there are so many characters, it is sometimes hard to keep them all straight. But I am very glad I read this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes political or legal suspense.

460 pages

ISBN: 9781496418166

My rating: 4.6

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Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl


Blind Betrayal is book three in the Defenders of Justice series by Nancy Mehl. Just as Casey Sloane and other members of the St. Louis US Marshals office are about to transport a reporter to Washington, their headquarters is attacked. Their plans for taking the witness have been changed and the person called in to help is a person from Casey’s past. E. J. and Casey are able to get caught up and work out past differences while traveling with the witness, while being extremely careful to keep the witnesses safety top priority. Yet their safety is compromised when the witness keeps in touch with the bad guys to ensure her sister’s safety.

This has been a great series and this story kept me wanting more. While it is not necessary to read the series in order, it is helpful since characters are brought back. The story is full of adventure and suspense with just a touch of romance mixed in. One of the things I like about Nancy’s stories is that typically one of the marshals is a very strong Christian and is helpful to the ones who are searching. The story is not overwhelming or preachy, but just a good clean story that keeps me wanting to read to see what happens.

I would recommend this story to those who like suspenseful law stories.

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Series: Defenders of Justice (Book 3)

312 pages

ISBN: 9780764217791

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The Land Lord by Cheryl Colwell


The Land Lord, by Cheryl Colwell, is a very fast paced political thriller. The story focuses on current day Washington D. C. and a threat to over throw the president. In 1948 China’s landlords were killed by peasants and the Communist party took over their land. Now in present day USA, the Chinese are buying up land and businesses at an alarming rate. The United States is being controlled by more Chinese than Americans. The President has turned to Secret Service agent Dain Ryder and Lian Chen from the People Republic of China for help in finding who is behind this. But who can they trust?

I enjoyed reading this story. The suspense and intrigue was very intense and kept the story moving very fast. I did have a little issue will all the characters who just showed up without good introduction. Once I figured out who they all were, I really got into the story. Some of the things in the story that stand out for me are; Lian grew up in China where the Christian faith was not practiced. She is now meeting with the President of the US and he is helping her understand. Another is that Dain’s family members were missionaries to China. His grandfather was killed and father was severely hurt. Dain is now having to put his feelings toward those from China aside and work with them to find who is trying to take over the United States. I think anyone who enjoys political thriller will enjoy this story. There is so much action and suspense to keep the readers interest, yet there is also a touch of romance to make the story lighter.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookCrash. This is my honest review.

330 pages

ISBN: 9780997079128

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The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg


God always knows what we need, and it we’ll just trust him, he’ll provide from the most unlikely of sources.”

The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg is a very fast moving political suspense story that will keep you wanting to read to the end. This story takes place in Russia and the United States starting in 1999. The story is about two young men who have high position jobs within their government systems. The price they pay for their jobs are very high for their families and when the Russian president plans to go to war the two meet and eventually share secrets.

I really enjoyed reading this story and was very happy I chose a day when I could take the time to keep reading. The suspense was so great it was very hard to put down. The story is so well written that it can be hard to remember it is fiction. The author has used actual events in history to create this awesome story. While this is not listed as being part of a series, the ending of the book makes me want to read more and see what happens. I think anyone who enjoys reading political thrillers will really enjoy this book. There is a lot of action and does contain some violent scenes.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale publishing. This is my honest review.

480 pages

ISBN: 9781496406170

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Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn


Beneath the Surface is book one in the Dive Team Investigations series written by Lynn H. Blackburn.

This is the beginning to a great new series. The series is full of adventure, suspense, mystery and a touch of romance.

Ryan is part of the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. While on a dive, the team finds a body in the lake. The team uses Leigh’s dock as a place to do the investigation.

Leigh has recently returned to her parent’s home to take a job at the local hospital emergency room. Things begin happening to Leigh that threaten her life. Ryan, along with others from the sheriff’s office are guarding her around the clock to keep her safe.

As the investigation goes on, it is suspected the deaths and the threat on Leigh’s life are connected. Leigh’s brother and Ryan are best friends and Ryan has been asked to keep an eye out for Leigh to keep her safe.

This book is full of suspense and action with many twists and turns. It kept me guessing all the way to the end as to who the killer was and why. The story is well written and was easy to follow all the action. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes good clean police stories.

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

Series: Dive Team Investigations (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780800729387

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The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard


the powers of the heavens shall be shaken”

The Rogue by Lee W. Brainard is the first book in the Planets Shaken series. This story is so good. I wish the second book were available to follow the story through. Not being a science nerd, it took me a while to get into the story, but once I did the book was very hard to put down. And then to have it end like it did, wow! It’s going to be a hard wait to see what happens.

Irina is a rookie scientist who discovers a very large comet that is on it’s way to Mars. When she reports it to her supervisor, he take the information and almost claims it as his. When the government finds out she has knowledge of the comet, they start investigating her. She knows she has to get this information to someone so she mails it to a former classmate, just prior to being taken into custody. Anyone who has knowledge of the comet and talks about it, gets taken to the FEMA area, they lose all their belongings and never see their families or friends again.

Ariele receives a mysterious package in the mail that contains information about a very large comet that could destroy the world. She starts researching and using the telescope at her job to get more information. When her research is finished, she reports her findings to her supervisor, who has to report her to the FBI. After being questioned by the FBI, she meets with a colleague and he tells her she has to run to save her life. Her colleague starts getting followed by the FBI, he also goes on the run.

I really enjoyed this book, it gives a different look at the end of the world than most of the books I have read in the past. Using Biblical prophecy, the author writes a fascinating story based on the Gospel of Luke 21:26. What stands out to me is how smart the characters are. As well as how far they will go to stand up for what they believe in. This story is full of action and suspense. I think anyone who enjoys a good thriller, will enjoy this story.

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Series: Planet Shaken

401 pages

ISBN: 9780998759401

Publisher: Southkeep Press

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A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green


A Refuge Assured, by Jocelyn Green, is a historical fiction novel based around the French Revolution. Vivienne is a lacemaker who made lace for the royal family. For this reason her life is in danger. She left France and came to America. The story takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s. Vivienne smuggles some of her lace to America with her and tries to sell it to survive. When illness hits the area, she helps care for the ill. Her friend dies and Vivienne is left to care for her friend’s son. Many people feel the young boy is the future king of France. Vivienne is forced to move to keep him safe.

Liam is a mail carrier and brother to Vivienne’s employer. When he finds out Vivienne has to move quickly, he takes her and the boy to claim their home in Asylum. What he is not expecting is that the property he purchased and has been improving is not really his, it belongs to Vivienne’s father.

This is a good book with lots of history, both French and American. The story dwells on the imposition of the liquor tax and military actions to enforce it. The story is so well written it is easy to envision the tiny details of using the treads to form beautiful, delicate late. It’s also easy to imagine the fear Vivienne must have felt in protecting the young boy and the cold they traveled in to safety. As well as the pain the young boy felt with leaving his home, losing his mother and friends.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing, this is my honest review.

416 pages

ISBN: 97807464219078

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Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

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Where the Fire Falls is book 2 in A Vintage National Parks Novel series by Karen Barnett. This story takes place in 1929. Olivia Rutherford has been carry the sins of her father with her for so long. She has changed her name and appearance and is now an artist who is traveling thought Yosemite National Park painting for a travel magazine. Olivia has been sending money to her aunt for the care of her sisters and is trying to make enough to care for them. She is traveling through Yosemite with the help of Clark Johnson, a local guide and a couple her agent has introduced her to. Her paintings have been stolen and she is forced to start over again. Her stolen painting are selling for enormous amounts of money and magazines are printing articles full of lies about Olivia. And now people begin showing up where she is staying and she is in danger.

Clark, a former minister, was falsely accused and released from his duties. He took a job at Yosemite as a guide and is now needing to make the decision to take on the responsibilities of national park ranger.

This is a beautiful story. Through Olivia’s paintings we get to envision the beautiful scenery of Yosemite. The things that stand out for me in this story is how both Olivia’s and Clark’s lives have been affected by the wrongs others have done and how these wrongs have made others view them. This story has adventure, suspense and a touch of romance.

I have really enjoyed reading the stories in this series. I look forward to reading more of them. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories based on the early 1900’s in our country will enjoy this series.

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Series: A Vintage National Parks Novel (Book 2)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735289567

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The Empowered by Craig Parshall


The Empowered is the second book in A Trevor Black Novel series by Craig Parshall. I hesitated about reading it due to the back cover and reference to voodoo. While this is a story that deals with spiritual darkness, there is so much more in this story. Trevor was a powerful attorney in New York who became a Christian and was given the gift of sensing supernatural forces.

Since being forced to stop practicing law, Trevor has moved and spends his time fishing and writing true-crime articles for magazines. He maintains his friendship with New York police detective, Dick Valentine. Dick has just called him regarding a spooky death of a Washington lawyer. When Trevor gets a call to speak at an attorney’s convention in New Orleans, he and his daughter go to New Orleans. Almost immediately things begin to happen, someone is found dead in Trevor’s hotel room and his daughter goes missing. Trevor starts investigating and finds demon worshiping and human trafficking alive in New Orleans.

I am so glad I read this book. It has a slow start but gets moving and never stops. There is suspense and mystery. Some of the things I enjoyed about the story was Trevor’s strong Christian faith and his strength to speak out against the supernatural. Another things is since Trevor became a Christian, he is trying to change his life. He has united with a daughter he never knew he had and is trying to build a relationship with her. Due to the violence and topics in this story I would caution the prospective reader. This is not a book for the young reader.

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Series: A Trevor Black Novel (Book 2)

464 pages

ISBN: 9781496411372

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Coldwater by Samuel Parker


Coldwater, written by Samuel Parker, is a very intense dark thriller. The story starts out very slow and I kept wondering what was going on, but once I got into it, I found it hard to put down.

With the addition of twins in his family, Michael finds his parents to busy and to tired to give him the attention he needs. At just 10 years of age his parents leave him to watch his younger siblings and he orchestrates his brother’s death. He is put in a high security prison with adults. His father dies, his mother loses touch with reality and his aunt takes his sister away to never talk about what happened.

Now Michael is back home and a group of men, lead by Haywood, take it upon themselves to get rid of Michael. When the attempt on his life fails, they find themselves on a search through the backwoods trying to find him before he brings harm to them. After days of searching for him and many different bad things happen, the men helping Haywood decide they don’t want any more to do with the situation. They feel they should not have attempted to kill Michael in the beginning.

The story is not what I would have chosen to read had a little more information of the story been available. Once I got in to it, I found it very hard to put down. Being published by a Christian publishing company, I was expecting a story with a little inspirational. While this story does have a Christian message of redemption, the story is so intense, it may be overlooked.

This is a very dark violent, story. It is fast moving, well written story, with a lot of characters. The author leaves questions unanswered, leaving me to wonder if there will be a sequel. While this story is very well written, I would only recommend it to those who enjoy dark stories full of danger.

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314 pages

ISBN: 9780800727345

Publisher: Revell

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