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Dale Amidei lives and writes on the wind- and snow-swept Northern Plains of South Dakota. Novels about people and the perspectives that guide their decisions are the result. It features faith-based themes set in the real world, which is occasionally profane or violent. His characters are realistically portrayed as caught between heaven and earth, not always what they should be, nor what they used to be. In this way they are like all of us. As Dale says:
"A novel begins with having something to say. Everything that comes next, developing the characters, the plot, the first draft, the editing, the polishing, all follow this. First have something to say, and then start writing."
on Aug. 30, 2013 :
Border Patrol agents found a Quran dropped at an illegal border crossing...
In reviewing a suspense novel, I tend to judge according to the following factors:
1. Sympathetic protagonist(s) *****
2. Believable motivations for the antagonist(s) *****
3. Realistic 'threat' *****
4. Well developed supporting characters *****
5. Well researched background *****
6. A sense of a ticking clock *****
7. Some sort of 'twist' *****
8. Satisfying resolution *****
9. Other factors ****
Everything about this novel about a terror plot on home soil met or exceeded my expectations. Kameldorn from Book 1 is back with a new identity, while the mild-mannered Jon Anthony bravely stuck his neck out after surviving an attempt on his life. I loved Jon's new friend, Mary, ["What is it with American's and their obsession with guns!"] while Farrar is back and shone in a new light. Everyone, from the frustrated DHS agents to the motivations of the villain was satisfying, and even though I never have any TIME to read for pleasure, I ended up blowing off WORK to finish up this book because, dang it! The clock was ticking and I needed to know how it ended!
I always try to say something less-than glowing, so if I have one complaint, it is that I am a secular woman (my Facebook religion is listed as 'Mutt') and all of Dale Amidei's writing has a heavy Christian message. [*heretic eye-roll ... yes, mother, and I'll eat my broccoli, too*]
The next-to final scene where Jon comes face-to-face with the villain was particularly gratifying. Broccoli ... not so bad covered with cheese sauce :-P
This is the second book of this series I have read and I have already picked up the third.
(reviewed long after purchase)