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About this book
Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a points-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he found forgiveness and faith and earned his law degree. Now he longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth. Be careful what you ask for.
Harry McNaughton is one of the founding partners of McNaughton & Clay—and the only lawyer willing to take a chance employing an ex-con-turned-lawyer. Though Landon initially questions Harry’s ethics and methods, it’s clear the crusty old lawyer has one of the most brilliant legal minds Landon has ever encountered. The two dive into preparing a defense for one of the highest-profile murder trials Virginia Beach has seen in decades when Harry is gunned down in what appears to be a random mugging. Then two more lawyers are killed when the firm’s private jet crashes. Authorities suspect someone has a vendetta against McNaughton & Clay, leaving Landon and the remaining partner as the final targets.
As Landon struggles to keep the firm together, he can’t help but wonder, is the plot related to a shady case from McNaughton & Clay’s past, or to the murder trial he’s neck-deep in now? And will he survive long enough to find out?
Review Summary: Strong characters, Landon, his wife, Harry McNaughton and even the minor characters had great personalities that added to the complexity of the story. The story was excellent in that it had a primary plot along with a couple of secondary plots that fed the primary plot. The one thing I found interesting is even though the back cover indicates that Harry will be gunned down it happened much later in the story than I expected. The story also provided several twists that gave me that “oh wow!” moments.
Digger Deeper: The first thing that got my attention was the title of the book. Having been a Disneyland passholder for over 20 years Pirates of the Caribbean was my favorite slow ride and my favorite line, “Dead men tell no tales.”
This book did not disappoint. From the opening pages Landon Reed is a character you want to cheer for. He made mistakes, he took responsibilities for those mistakes and left prison a better man than he was when he went in. I loved Landon’s wife, Kerri, as well. As his girlfriend, she stood by him during the tough years while he was in prison, she had his baby girl and gave up her relationship with her family to marry him once he left prison. Both Landon and Kerri had strong personalities but were strongly committed to one other and their faith.
The story was excellent. The author did take awhile to set things up, but the development of the relationship between Harry and Landon played an important role in Landon’s development not only as a lawyer as a Christian. The author also kept me guessing on who was really involved, even though he did drop some subtle hints along the way.
Mystery, espionage, lawyers, and some deceit can be found in this story. There is not a boy meets girl romance in this story, but you do get to see how Landon and Kerri work at developing their relationship and build trust in difficult circumstances.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1414375581
- ISBN-13: 978-1414375588
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Author’s Website: http://www.randysinger.net/
The Give Away
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About this Book
“But we have no enemies!”… Why would a young mother, happily married and safely nestled amongst the cornfields of small town Illinois suddenly start finding murder attempts around every corner? A fireman, Jim thrives on danger, that is until, coming in a different form, it creeps closer than he ever expected – not for him, but for the one he loves more than life itself – his wife. Who and why? How can the “protector” keep his most cherished possession from this unseen killer? Totally innocent – untouched by evil, Jess cannot explain nor understand the incidents threatening her very existence. Holding on to her husband and clinging to her knowledge of a powerful God, she can only strive to keep trust in her soul and a smile in her heart, as the icy fingers of death lurk, coiled behind every corner. Safe in innocence, secure in love – marked for murder! God bless our home – if it doesn’t blow up!
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Mackenzie: The Apostle Paul. I admire his strength, courage, endurance, and great faith and closeness to the Lord.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Mackenzie: Hmmm… How ‘bout, “Would you tell me your most exciting story?”
FCB: When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
Mackenzie: …a teacher…or a vet…a nurse… or a fireman… a restaurant owner… or a mom with 12 kids….
FCB: What author dead or alive has been most influential in your life?
Mackenzie: My Heavenly Father, author of His letter of instruction, encouragement, history, love, and understanding that He generously and freely gives to all of us. Life would be utter hopelessness without a Bible.
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Mackenzie: As an author, I enjoy reading detailed (even long) reviews that clearly have been given a lot of thought. I like to hear how the book affected the specific individual, what parts the individual found special (or annoying), lessons learned, or spots that were found reminiscent. More than just an overview of the plot, I would rather know how the story evoked emotion or raised personal questions or encouraged change. (And of course, I always love suggestions whether through email or review.)
FCB: Thank Mackenzie. I appreciate you taking the time for the interview and giving us a glimpse into your heart.
I enjoyed this story a great deal. The characters were enjoyable to follow and the story moved at a fast pace. Jess and Jim were a fun loving couple who cared deeply for one another as well as having a strong faith. There was also a realness in their characters. The secondary characters added to the story both in intensity and laughs. Loved the running theme with Wade.
One of the best things about the story is the author kept me guessing on who the antagonist was until she opted to reveal it. This story is action packed from the opening pages. The author also uses multiple points of view that added to my enjoyment of the story. The author also gives us a character who finishes the story a better person than he or she was at the beginning.
There were a couple of scenes in the book that I felt were a little “far-fetched” for me. But overall, it was an enjoyable read and would recommend this book for those who enjoy action, mystery, and a line of redemption.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the author, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
Mackenzie is graciously offering to give away an e-copy of this wonderful book. To enter please leave a comment including what state you are from. I’ll pick a winner on June 30th. I will email the winner and you will have 5 days to respond or I will pick a new winner.
About this book
This turned out to be a very good book. It started kind of slow and appeared it was going to be very predictable. However, once again, this author added some twists to the story that kept it engaging and me wanting more.
I liked the main character, Abby, a lot. She’s new in her faith and trying her best to grow in faith and trust of God. Past mistakes hurt her credibility with her family and causes her a great deal of pain. Her grandfather was a great teacher and mentor for her, though he even questioned what she really saw. I struggled a lot with the mom. Of course, if I were in her shoes having gone through the heart ache she had I might be the same way or even worse.
This author and publisher brings readers a strong message in their stories and Not By Sight is no exception. This story touched my heart and I could feel for the characters and the pain they were experiencing. Not my favorite Kathy Herman book, but it was definitely worth the time to read it and I look forward to see what develops in this trilogy.
Disclaimer: I did receive this book from the publisher, through NetGalley.Com but was under no obligation to do anything but give my honest opinion.
I will give away a copy of this book, either a Kindle book or the paperback on May 31st. Just leave a comment include what state you are from.