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Posted July 31, 2012
Attracted to Fire
Diann MillsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A well-crafted novel.
Attracted to Fire moved at a fast pace. The twists were unpredictable. I found it almost impossible to put it down. Meghan's character really keeps the story moving. After reading other books, I would not consider this book a romance because the story could have unfolded at the same rate without Ash and Meghan becoming involved, but it added some fun to the intensity of the story.
Attracted to Fire is about a man, a woman: their service to the Secret Service , to their country, and at all cost to protect the president's daughter (even when threats come from the inside). I fault this book for having so many characters killed off during the course of the story.
I grant Ms. Mills' excellent handling and understanding of mental illness/addiction. On p. 41, Ms. Mills uses a mix of B-vitimans as a solution to Lindsay's addiction problem. Ms. Mills also uses exposure to sunlight, limiting stress, physical excerise, and intensive couseling as ways to help Lindsey overcome. It seems so easy now days to simly prescribe a pill without other therapies in place. On p. 49, I found the mention of blood types intriguing as well.
I also grant Ms. Mills' outstanding development of Ash. On p. 230, she expresses his heart so well as Ash forgives himself. He explores his heart: on one hand, he fights and considers the competetion to challenge God and on the other hand he surrenders and embraces his inability to control his own destiny.
Well written and very powerful.
Posted July 24, 2012
A Mystery/Thriller, Sort of
Two secret agents assigned to the Vice President's daughter while she recovers from drug and alcohol abuse. They babysit, mentor, and protect her while discovering that her addictions are part of a conspiracy which threatens the heart of the nation.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The thriller part is pretty good. If you are willing to ignore some plot holes and other minor details, it even comes across as slightly suspenseful. The mystery fails pretty badly. I had most of the main characters nailed within the first couple of chapters. The romance aspect of this story was actually boring, executed as a side plot which seemed to distract from the momentum of everything else going on. I would have enjoyed the book more if that aspect had been removed and more emphasis was placed on developing the role minor characters played in the denouement.
Yes, this book is Christian, but barely so. While it is light on violence and innuendo, God only makes some passing appearances and is not a moving force in this story.
Honestly, I think this story could actually have been told better by someone else.
If you are looking for something entertaining to read, this is a fine choice and merits the three stars for allowing me to spend a few hours pleasantly diverted. If you are looking for something to deepen your faith, expand your horizons, or otherwise mentally challenge you, my advice would be to move on.