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  • Posted October 6, 2010

    Pursuit of Justice - a thriller with many twists!

    Like everyone else I am sure, I check the cover and resume before I decide to read a book. In this instance I must admit I was intrigued by both as I had not heard of the author but the resume started with the following: "For centuries, the legend of the Spider Rock treasure has lured people to West Texas with promises of unimaginable wealth. And it just claimed three more victims." Pursuit of Justice promised to be a thriller, filled with all sorts of twists with faith and romance to boot. I was hooked! Special Agent Bella Jordan is called to investigate the murders on High Butte ranch near Ballinger, Texas. Carr Sullivan the rancher, is in fact a suspect because he threatened the men who wanted to dig on his land. Carr wants to run a ranch for troubled teens and murders could ruin his plans. According to the legend of Spider Rock Spanish gold is believed to be buried there and someone in Bella's past she has tried very hard to forget might just resurface. This is a story about treasure, the men who are obsessed with a legend that will make them rich. It is also the story of a young woman who finds the strength to face her past with a father who actually sold her to his partner, a man on the FBI Wanted list, and ultimately will discover love and faith. Pursuit of Justice is the kind of suspense novel you just want to pass on to family and friends. This is also a story about love and faith the whole family will enjoy reading! This Christian novel has many twists and characters you just cannot quite figure out. Deception, redemption, suspense, inspiration and excitement in a fast paced action packed novel yet also a story of faith that will climax and leave you breathless. This is my first DiAnn Mills novel and it definitively will not be my last! I give it a resounding 5 stars!

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    You won't be able to put it down!

    One thing I really enjoy about reviewing books for publishers is that I have the opportunity to expand and read outside the normal genres that I'm usually drawn to. A few months ago, I reviewed two of DiAnn Mills books and quickly added her to my favorite authors list. DiAnn Mills' Call to Duty series has just the right touch of romance, mystery, suspense and Christian faith to ensure a great reading experience. The newest book, Pursuit of Justice is the third book in this series and it is great! The twist and turns of the plot as well as the suspense of the story just pulled me in. I couldn't put it down till I had read the last word of the last sentence of this book. Yep, the story is THAT GOOD! Want a great weekend afternoon? Read this book! Many thanks to Kim M. at Nancy Berland Public Relations, Inc for the opportunity to review this book.

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

    Great choice!

    In her third installment in the Call of Dusty series, DiAnn Mills introduces us to Special Agent Bella Jordan. Bella has traveled from Houston to West Texas to investigate the murders of three treasure hunters. To perform this investigation, Bella must return to the home she fled fourteen years earlier and the memories held there.

    The murders occurred at a ranch owned by Carr Sullivan, a man who had escaped his own troubled past in Dallas. This makes Carr the prime suspect, a position that he is none-too-happy about. Carr has given his lift to Christ and has moved to West Texas to try to start fresh.

    Together, Bella and Carr must work together to find the killer (or killers) and will also find redemption in each other.

    I will be honest, this is the first book of Mills' that I have read. I had not read the other books in her series. However, the books have more of a common theme (law enforcement as the background) as opposed to a connection to one another, so this book was able to stand alone.

    There are many things that I liked about this novel. First, it really did keep me guessing until the end. I am not the type of person who tries to work out the details. I like to follow where the author takes me and watch the story unfold. Mills does an amazing job of keeping the story in place while giving just enough in the area of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

    Secondly, with regards to the faith aspect, Mills doesn't make life perfect for the Christians and difficult for those who have not yet followed Christ. She realistically depicts the struggles that come both as a person is seeking Christ and those that can occur even after a person comes to a saving knowledge of Him. She gives the reader characters to whom a person can relate.

    Which brings me to the third thing I liked about this novel: a strong lead female character. Sometimes, women in Christian novels are seen in situations where they are almost whithering under pressure and stress. Not in Mills' novel. Bella is a character who is strong and determined (and a little stubborn). She and Carr work through their feelings for one another the way it really happens: slowly, methodically.

    The only issue I can really say I have with the novel is that it does drag along at some points. There is a lot of back story and action going on throughout the novel. Once the peak of the novel hits, the novel runs out of steam. There are 339 pages until the pieces fall into place, and then the novel ends at 368. That is essentially just under 30 pages to tie up all of the loose ends that are inevitably created in a novel like this one.

    All in all, though, I really did enjoy reading this novel. I am certainly going to see about getting the first two, so that I can enjoy more of DiAnn Mills' writing. I would certainly recommend taking the time out to read this novel. You won't be disappointed.

    This book was provided free of charge as a review copy. The publisher had no editorial rights or claims over the content or the conclusions made in this review. No payment was provided in return for this review.

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  • Posted August 23, 2010

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    a wonderful whodunit

    In the Ballinger area of Runnels County in West Texas, three bodies were found on a High Butte Ranch owned by Carr Sullivan. Houston FBI Bureau Chief Swartzer explains to Special Agent Bella Jordan the case is hers as she comes from the area and there is a link to Brandt Richardson on the fugitive list. The corpses (Professor Forrest Miller, geologist Daniel Kegley and retired oilman Walt Higgins) were seeking the Spider Rock treasure; Jordan remarks that the location was not even remotely considered an option.

    The two suspects are obviously the rancher with a criminal past who refused access to the treasure seekers and Richardson. Ambitious for a promotion, Bella conceals her connection to the latter from her boss as she heads to West Texas. However, as Bella digs for clues, she soon receives threats to back off or else. The warnings seem too personal so she concludes whoever this individual is he or she knows her.

    The third Call of Duty police procedural (see Breach of Trust and Sworn To Protect) is a wonderful whodunit. The heroine trusts no one before she arrives and affirms her feelings of depending on herself only after she begins her inquiry though she is attracted to Carr and has family nearby as the culprit obviously knows her. The story line is fast-paced from start to finish as an unknown adversary plays a game of cat and mouse with the returning home FBI agent.

    Harriet Klausner

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