Fatal Trust by Todd M. Johnson

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. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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Fatal Trust by Todd M. Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Ian is a young attorney with bills piling up at his law practice and a mother dealing with early Alzheimer’s. A new case involving a nine-million-dollar trust fund, and an incredibly high lawyer’s payout, may be just what Ian needs. But as the case pulls him into a mystery involving a major unsolved crime from decades ago, his career—and his life—are put on the line in Fatal Trust, a legal thriller by author Todd M. Johnson.

I’ll admit this is one of those times when it’s not easy for me to explain why I enjoyed a book as much as I ultimately did.

The story wasn’t a gripping page-turner for me, though it did pick up more than halfway through. I didn’t make much of a connection with the characters, and Ian bordered on being too weak to me, not knowing what to do with himself in various areas. (It was nice when he’d finally show a little fire, even if it stemmed from anger.) And while I appreciate twists in a thriller, this one almost started to feel too twisty. With such a mix of different schemes and characters’ motives coming to light, it was hard to maintain a sense of the purpose(s) of it all.

Nevertheless, the story was interesting enough to keep me curious, and, yes, I enjoyed seeing how it would turn out. Aside from its Christian publisher, I wasn’t sure why it’s Christian Fiction, but as the story ends with room for more problems, there’s room for a sequel. I find that sometimes the overall moral of a story isn’t contained in just one novel.

Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

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Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“If you run from a lifetime chance just because the price is high, you’ll drown in shadows or cynicism or both. You grab hold with both hands. And you get ready for the fight of your life.”

Charlie Hazard, a security expert, has little idea what he may be in for when he joins a secret psychological project at the request of Dr. Gabriella Speciale. The project could have untold implications on human consciousness itself, but a conspiracy against the project could mean deadly consequences in Fault Lines, a novel by author Thomas Locke.

Before reading this book, it took me a while to figure out that it’s the entirety of the story that began in Double Edge, the prequel short to the Fault Lines techno-thriller series. I figure that Fault Lines, as a prequel novel, must read differently to those who’ve already read the series. In my case, the prequel has certainly whet my appetite for the next novel.

I won’t pretend that I totally followed what was going on from the get-go. I had to be patient, which wasn’t hard because I trust this author. (Davis Bunn, really—one of my longtime ChristFic faves, who’s got a batch of novels under his Locke pseudonym.) My patience was rewarded excellently with this well-woven storyline full of intrigue, danger, and a mix of human connection and disconnect. I can’t say that I got too attached to the core characters (well, maybe to one and a half of them), but the extent to which the story got my mental wheels turning makes up for that.

I’m looking forward to going further into this still-new-to-me techno-thriller realm.

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Fault Lines (and its. well, introduction, Double Edge) is the prequel to the Fault Lines series.

  

No Pit So Deep by James Nathaniel Miller II

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. Online Book Club provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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No Pit So Deep: The Cody Musket Story, Book 1 by James Nathaniel Miller II

Christian Thriller

An attack on Brandi Barnes, a journalist, brings Cody Musket, a star athlete and former Medal of Honor winner, into her path–and love may become their greatest weapon to combat the darkness. This first book in the Cody Musket series brings thrilling action, stirring human connection, and a multicultural cast of characters. With themes ranging from human trafficking, racism, and military veterans dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, this novel is sure to reach fans of ChristFic thrillers and romantic suspense.

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with 3 out of 4 stars. Take a look!

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Note to my blog readers: though it’s not out of keeping with this book’s gritty subject matter, it contains a bit of language I wouldn’t use.

Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

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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Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The president of the United States, Harrison Taylor, is about to deliver the State of the Union address, all set to assure the American people that their greatest foreign threat is being squelched. New York Times national security correspondent J.B. Collins adamantly disagrees, beginning to fear that the president won’t take necessary action before it’s too late in Without Warning, a novel by author Joel C. Rosenberg.

Well. Even as riveted as I was to the J.B. Collins novel that precedes this one, The First Hostage, I don’t think a thriller has ever left me at such a level of shaken speechlessness when it finished. Not a thriller–not until now. And though I don’t altogether like having to snap out of speechlessness to come up with words for a book review, I can’t say I’d have it any other way, after being punched in the soul by this novel.

No, I’m not much of a political or doomsday kind of person, but this fiction lover appreciates being stretched by this type of reading. I’m not a big fan of sermons in novels or when a character seems to adopt some “church speak” at an unnatural speed, as I feel happens in this book. And I found J.B.’s thoughts to be redundant in places, as if he didn’t fully trust me to remember or understand the magnitude of what was happening.

But his story had me inhaling the pages in notably fewer sittings than I’d normally take for a novel of this length. And I’d highly recommend it to any other fans of ChristFic thrillers who can stand a solid punch in the soul.

Gee. Nothing like being punched in the soul by love.

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Here’s my review of the preceding novel, The First Hostage.