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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Turbulence is the kind of story that defies logic - how can so much plot be packed into such a short novel? The story opens with Maddie Lambert boarding the plane that will take a life-saving mechanical heart to her father. Also on board are her father's rival (Dr. Wrigley) a mystery man who claims to work for the company that makes the mechanical heart (Tai Jaden), and Maddie's ex-fiance, Dr. Paul Ford. Then the plane crashes - on page 14. Nothing like diving into the action right away! (or perhaps it's a nose-dive into action - LOL) The bulk of the story is what happens in the 24 hours following the crash. The surviving passengers must find shelter from the frigid mountain winter weather. And somehow escape a gunman bent on killing them all. The tension in this part of the book comes from wondering how Maddie and Paul will survive. Will they get the heart to Mr. Lambert in time? Who sabotauged their plane? Why is someone trying to kill them? And who is the mysterious Tai Jaden? Throughout the action is the undercurrent of Maddie's and Paul's past. One year earlier, Maddie's nieces were killed in a car accident involving Paul's brother. Paul was not able to save the little girls but his brother lived. Maddie believes Paul gave up on her nieces so he could focus on his brother. Paul is haunted by his failure - Maddie's condemnation adds to his feelings of guilt. Can they work it out, get past it and move on? All the characters in this story are fully fleshed and real. Dr. Wrigley is steadfast in his behavior - he's not a good man, and doesn't suddenly become a hero. Maddie and Paul have such believable emotions that it was easy to become entangled in their lives - rooting for them to work things out. The only two characters that I could find fault with would be Tai Jaden and Bruce Lambert, Maddie's father. With Jaden, I think his character should've been stronger in survival skills (following the crash). Otherwise, he is well-written. Bruce Lambert is well-written but I think he is the one character who would've benefited from a longer manuscript. His overprotectiveness, Maddie's feeling that he has kept her in the dark, how he feels about his former son-in-law, Roger, and Paul - all these would have been stronger emotions with a few thousand more words. Even so, the reader is able to see his stubborn tenacity and his love for Maddie and her sister. I have to admit that I figured out who the bad guy is about two chapters before the hero does. Still, Ms. Mentink set it up so smoothly with enough red herrings that I wasn't 100% sure until the climax. Then I got the pleasure of saying, "I knew it!" That's a good suspense story, in my eyes.

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  • Posted February 26, 2011

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    Faced paced, great story

    Maddie Lambert has faced sorrow, heartbreak, and rage. Her father is a powerful man with a job that makes him a hated man. His investigation into a local hospitals books, makes him a target for someone to hurt him. Maddie never dreamed that it would be the brother of her fiance' that would crash into her father, and that the accident would claim the lives of her darling nieces. The rage and anger she feels comes between her and her beloved, ending their relationship. She is sure that he saved his own brother sacrificing the lives of her nieces to do so, at the hospital after the accident. The relationship is over, the anger however still hovers. fed by the fact that her father has declared he will receive vengeance.

    Now Maddie finds herself on an airplane with him and another doctor from the same hospital. They are delivering an artificial heart to her father, it is the last hope for saving his life. Someone is determined to stop the heart from arriving. Even if it means killing them all. An airplane crash, and a crazy man shooting at them in the ice cave they had taken refuge in, is enough to convince them all that someone wants them dead. Suspicions arise between them all, Maddie suspects the two doctors and the doctors are sure it is the artificial heart representative. Who is behind all this? Do the doctors want to keep her father from surviving, and having this surgery? Who wants to keep the artificial heart from saving her father's life?

    This book was great, face paced, great writing!! You will not want to put it down until you finish it. This was the first book I have read from this author, but definitely not my last! Reading group discussion included 215 pages, $5.50 US 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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