Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Tyndale House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Special Agent Tori Templeton is tied up in a case involving the murder of oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore and a bombing at one of his oil rigs. Add the fact that Nathan’s widow is Tori’s best friend, and that Tori is beginning to fall for her new partner on the task force, a deputy US marshal, and the stakes of this dangerous case rise in Deep Extraction, a novel by author DiAnn Mills.

Months ago, I read this author for the first time with (what is, technically) the first book in this FBI Task Force series, Trial By Fire. I thought that novella was great and admittedly expected as much with this novel. No disappointments, here.

I sank my teeth into this romantic suspense story, a pretty dense one. The action is unpretentious in the way it breaks out, and the intricate plot held my attention throughout–no “yawn” time.

A conversion to faith felt a tad routine to me, perhaps because I knew the story would call for it but I wasn’t sure if it dug deeply enough. Also, one character’s choice on behalf of her family didn’t seem fully justifiable to me. I’d think, if you truly feared for the very lives of yourself and your children, and you were presented with an offer of greater protection, you’d take it.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this read from cover to cover, and I’ve every intention of revisiting this author in the not-so-distant future.

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Click here for a Deep Extraction giveaway from author DiAnn Mills (giveaway ends April 13, 2017) and also to take an FBI quiz!

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Deep Extraction is Book 2 in the FBI Task Force series. Here’s my review of Book 0.5, Trial By Fire.

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The Davidson Case by Julie C. Gilbert

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Four Silver Stars

The Davidson Case by Julie C. Gilbert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Joy Davidson is just trying to do her job at an animal clinic when she uncovers evidence of a treacherous conspiracy. Her discovery makes her a threat to the operation and a target for the conspirators. The fact that Special Agent Ann Duncan is Joy’s sister may keep Joy safe or put her in more danger in The Davidson Case by author Julie C. Gilbert.

I jumped into this third book of the Heartfelt Cases series after having liked the first two books. I found this one somewhat more difficult to follow than its predecessors, as a few parts seemed disjointed, and I had some trouble keeping track of all the different criminals’ names, associations, and motives.

Still, I enjoyed Ann and Patrick’s “married people” banter and how they encourage each other in their faith and work as a team in precarious situations. Once the action really picked up, it kept me engrossed and guessing—albeit there wasn’t really a whole lot of time for guessing, since sharp turns I didn’t see coming, came. And they came in thrilling fashion.

While the first three books in the series have each given me a rather short and sweet “primetime crime drama” fix, the next book may be more of a movie than a television episode.

Bring it.

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Here’s my review of the first book in the Heartfelt Cases series, The Collins Case.

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The Kiverson Case by Julie C. Gilbert

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
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Four Silver Stars

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“It’s only a matter of time.”
“I don’t doubt that, Patrick. I just wonder how long it will take, and how many will die before this is over.”

Kevin Kiverson is just one dangerous malefactor in a family notorious for crime. He’s out for revenge when he goes after Julie Ann and Patrick Duncan of the FBI. The married pair of special agents are reluctantly drawn into Kiverson’s game, but the stakes heighten when the Duncans’ baby becomes a target in The Kiverson Case by author Julie C. Gilbert.

I’ll maintain that reading the books in the Heartfelt Cases series is good when I’m in an evening-crime-drama-like mood. The books are more like television episodes than movies, length wise, so they’re perfect when I’m looking for suspense but am short on time.

Although this second book in the series can likely stand alone, I might have felt a little at sea at the beginning if I hadn’t read the first book. There’s some head-hopping in the story, and I had a bit of trouble keeping track of who exactly was doing or saying what, a couple times. The villain might’ve needed another side to make him a more believable character, and I found the story’s climax to be a fairly tame one.

Still, I like how the series makes a place for faith without trying to wrap everything up in a perfect bow, and I’ll certainly be going on to read Book Three.

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Here’s my review of Book Three in the Heartfelt Cases series, The Davidson Case.

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Unveiling Love: Episode IV by Vanessa Riley

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Five Gold Stars

Unveiling Love: A Regency Romance by Vanessa Riley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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My goodness. This series about Barrington Norton, a barrister of color, and his wife, Amora, put me through so much that I’m rather speechless by now. But I enjoyed every winding, pulsing minute along the way to this fitting ending–an imperfect and glorious ending to a tale of suspense and searching, doubt and faith, darkness and light, anguish and love.

Its minor flaws aside, the series is such a must-read for fans of Regency ChristFic. I look forward to reading this author again.

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Unveiling Love in all four episodes

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