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A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.
A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional—the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.
Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer—and to each other—the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.
Let me tell you why I wanted to read this book before I tell you what I thought about it. If you know me at all then you are aware of my sudden cardiac death the week before my 28th birthday. If you don’t know me then you might want to read a little to catch up. When I saw that the victim was killed by a someone hacking into his pacemaker and jacking with it. It immediately peaked my curiosity since I have a defibrillator. Actually, what the what is what went through my mind.
Now, let’s get to my thoughts on this title.
Deep Extraction is the second book in the FBI Task Force series, and here again I have read the series out of order. I do not know what has gotten into me. But, I am glad to tel you that the first book in this series is Deadly Encounter and both can stand alone just fine. You do not have to read these in the correct order. Just be a rebel, like me. 🙂
I’m a sucker for police-type dramas, books and television, and the more action, details, suspense and twists, the better. I am also a Christian, so the mention of prayer and God did not affect me at all. The Christian aspect is minimal. It is not distracting, in your face or pushy, at all. It is approached very realistically. Having a defibrillator (mine has a pacemaker function) and having gone through cancer, I felt I could really relate to this one.
After mentioning all of the above, I am happy to say that this book is all that I have already talked about. Lots of action! Explosions, gun fights, heroes and heroines. There are some feelings in this one as well. It is a very well rounded book! There are a few things that are a bit predictable; one being the little romance that blossoms. I like my police-type dramas to be a little more realistic, and most of it is realistic, but in the real world, friends of a murder victim would not be able to be involved in the investigation. But, it was refreshing to read about friends taking a stand for the victims (their friends). I think they did what many of us would try to do, and that is do whatever they had to do to find the killer.
Diann Mills is one author that I plan to read every book she comes out with. I like her writing style that much!
Thank you to NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
"… in Your book all my days were recorded, even those which were purposed before they had come into being." —Psalm 139:16
Cameron Vaux’s mind is slipping. Memories of his wife, killed two years
earlier in a car accident, are vanishing just as his dad predicted they
would. Memories he knows he has to remember.
His father tells
Cameron that to save his mind he must find "the book with all days in
it" —the past and future record of every soul on earth.
obscure clue leads Cameron to a small central Oregon town, he meets
enigmatic Taylor Stone, a possible guide to finding the book who seems
to carry secrets far deeper than anyone imagines. Local hotshot TV
personality Ann Bannister thinks the legend of the book is a farce, but
she has her reasons to join Cameron’s search anyway. Finally, there is
fanatical New Age guru Jason Judah, who will stop at nothing to find the
book of days before Cameron does.
I really, really wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did, and I when I read the afterword I liked it a little more. It was nice to know that James L. Rubart felt led to write this book when his own father's memory was failing, and that Psalm 139:16 comforted him.
Before knowing about the personal connection to the story, I felt like it was another well-written book full of mystery, secrets, and suspense. It is classified as a Fiction/Christian/Suspense genre, and it is written in such a way that the Christian part of the book is not rammed down your throat. You certainly do not feel preached while reading this book.
I liked the book, just didn't love it as much as I have James L. Rubart's other books. I did like that at the end of the story it seemed to focus on the fact that God knows and cares about all the details of our lives. The rest of the ending just seemed a little too far out there for me.
I was not given a complimentary copy of this book, and the above review is only my opinion. I am moving on to James L. Rubart's book Soul's Gate, review soon to follow.
On a rainy spring day in
Seattle, young software tycoon Micah Taylor receives a cryptic,
twenty-five-year-old letter from a great uncle he never knew. It claims a
home awaits him on the Oregon coast that will turn his world inside
out. Suspecting a prank, Micah arrives at Cannon Beach to discover a
stunning brand new nine-thousand square foot house. And after meeting
Sarah Sabin at a nearby ice cream shop, he has two reasons to visit the
beach every weekend.
When bizarre things start happening in the rooms of
the home, Micah suspects they have some connection to his enigmatic new
friend, Rick, the town mechanic. But Rick will only say the house is
spiritual. This unnerves Micah because his faith slipped away like the
tide years ago, and he wants to keep it that way. But as he slowly
discovers, the home isn’t just spiritual, it’s a physical manifestation
of his soul, which God uses to heal Micah’s darkest wounds and lead him
into an astonishing new destiny.
When writing book reviews on any website, such as goodreads or amazon, you are given five stars to rate a book, and I need at least ten stars for this one!! The cover itself is worthy of a full five stars!!
I loved this book! Loved. It.
One problem with reviewing a book that I loved is that I want to just ramble on and on, and by the end of the review you would probably not even need to read the book. So I am trying to rein myself in on this one.
Micah, the main character, wasn't a religious person/believer and honestly, if you are not a believer than this book might not be for you. If you are on the edge, or a sure-enough believer, then you will love this book. You may just devour it like I did.
Chaos might not be a strong enough description of Micah's life after he received the twenty-five-year-old letter from his great-uncle. He planned on going to Cannon Beach to see the house that his great-uncle had built just for him, and then put it on the market. He wanted nothing to do with Cannon Beach; there were nothing but bad memories there. He had the perfect life, until he realized it was changing.
There was certainly a Team Julie vs. Team Sarah vibe going on as I read through this book. I was on Team Sarah, I'm just sayin'.
James L. Rubart has written a great story of good versus evil, one that you just can't get out of your head. There are twists, turns, and lessons to be learned.
I have become a James L. Rubart fan, and will warn you now, I will be reviewing the rest of his works.
I was given the opportunity to read this title for free via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Darbury, England, 1814
Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.
Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies
family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby.
She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing
to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.
child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at
her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of
their love for this little one.
Amelia’s detailed plans would
normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s
forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.
strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much
respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own
discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.
Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book!
I have been on a historical fiction kick of late, and this might just be the best that I've read in a long time. I would recommend it to everyone!
Sarah E. Ladd was able to write a story with a goulash of genres. First off, it is a historical fiction with a little bit of romance, adventure, suspense, and faith mixed in. The characters were realistic, and most were very likable. Ladd was able to paint very vivid scenes with her words, which made me feel like I could've been there.
Beware, I am still trying to catch up on sleep after reading this book. Once you start, you will not want to put it down. In fact, this is the first in a series to be written by Ms. Ladd, and I cannot wait for the next book to come out.
I was given a copy from Thomas Nelson via booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.