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Posted March 9, 2011
Summary: Annie Harper remarries after her husband is killed. She later finds out her new husband has a disliking for her daughter so she arrange for trusted friends to raise her daughter. As her daughter, Lisa, grows up she becomes aware of her step father demonic ways and vows to get her mother away from him.
Mark Taylor a highly trained military veteran who worked as a Special Operatives Officer and has come to the aide of Annie to watch over her daughter.
The stepfather, Dutch, is involved with a very highly well known organized mob, and he has hired them to kidnap his stepdaughter and badly hurt or kill his wife, Annie.
The hitman, Keith, has just finished a job and is talking with his wife when he learns that she has cancer and a short time to live.
Now, the plot thickens as Annie is taken to the hospital after an attempt on her life is done, Lisa is kidnapped from the hospital while visiting her mom, straight from under Mark's and his highly trained team noses while Dutch continues to make plans that will haunt Lisa and her mother life for the rest of their lives.
My Review: This was a very good read. I was so disgruntled with the character of Annie for her vow to stay with a man that stripped her of every enjoyment she had and was a daily reminder of misery. The storyline involved a few elements of crime such as: Human trafficking, kidnapping, murder, physical abuse entwined with trust, faith, friends, and relationships. I liked how the author manipulated a child hood incident from the beginning of the story and repeated it later when the character became an adult, you never saw that coming. I don't know why I was a bit confused the first few chapters but soon it all came together for me. I enjoyed all the characters even if I didn't like what they did. It was a steady read up to the character of Annie meeting Keith while walking, then my reading pace picked up. I am looking forward to reading each book related to this one and will go back and read the first installment.
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Posted April 21, 2011
Review by Jill Williamson
Lisa is planning a birthday party, but to do so, she needs her bodyguards to be ready. But why does Lisa have bodyguards? Lisa's father-in-law is crazy and abusive. He will stop at nothing to make Lisa and her mother miserable. Even if that means hurting or killing them both. But he won't do it himself, of course, he'll hire a hit man-the best hit man-to get the job done.
This was one of the strangest books I've ever read. The last hundred pages were great. But I had trouble with the first part of the book. It was slow getting started. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, and by a hundred pages in, nothing had really happened to the main character. She wasn't proactive. And it frustrated me to read about these amazing bodyguard guys who were obviously going to fail.
I appreciate the caution for young girls that the story gives out. Young women should be careful who they trust, and it wouldn't hurt for every young woman to have some self-defense lessons. And I did like the story much better once the chase is on. I would have rather had the chase start a lot sooner.
Posted March 28, 2011
I very much enjoyed "Forget Me Not" by Vicki Hinze and was therefore really looking forward to reading the next book in the Crossroads Crisis Center, "Deadly Ties." I was not disappointed.
"Deadly Ties" is a different kind of sequel. Though there are some peripheral characters returning from the prior book, the main unifying "character" is the Center itself. Great technique for endless story opportunities, no? And the known characters serve to transition us seamlessly into us knowing and caring for the new.
The new characters in "Deadly Ties" are several. Their troubled pasts converge in horrific ways as we root for not only their physical safety, but for them to overcome their pasts and trust God. The book is fast-paced, suspense-filled and heart-wrenching. I can't wait to see what Ms. Hinze comes up with next from the Crossroads Crisis Center.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Posted March 18, 2011
I've never been a big fan of the horror stories. I like a little suspense, a little intrigue...just enough to wet my proverbial whistle. When I looked to see what books were available for review, I knew Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze would be a scary book. I thought, okay. I can do that. However, I didn't know how incredibly scary it would be. For me, it was too much. If you're into that heart pounding, pulse racing, sleeping with the light on kind of fright, then definitely read this. Otherwise, pass. Stick with something that won't haunt your thoughts and fill your dreams for weeks to come.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2011
I have just had the pleasure of reading one of Vicki Hinze's novel, "Deadly Ties". This story takes its' characters and brings them to life in the readers imagination, to the point of feeling as though you are right there in the story. It is filled with twists and turns throughout the story and as you follow Lisa Harper, one of the main characters, you can feel her emotions and desires through the story. Mark, her knight in shining armor, is part of an elite group of former Special Forces team.
This story lets the reader into Lisa's mind as a child, when her father dies and Lisa is abducted. She eventually escapes her captors only to find that her mother marries Dutch, a mean underhanded man.
Vicki Hinze paints perfect pictures of Human Trafficking, death and a multitude of those twists and turns which keeps the reader guessing with every turn of the page. Intrigue is only one way in which to describe this wonderful novel. You will not be able to put this novel down. Bravo Vicki, for a wonderful read.
Posted March 3, 2011
"A horrific crime shatters Lisa Harper's idyllic childhood. Her father is dead and her desperate mother, Annie, quickly marries Dutch Hauk, an abusive monster who soon reveals his hatred for Lisa.
Burdened by his own traumatic past, former Special Operations Officer Mark Taylor has loved Lisa from afar. Now, for Lisa and her mother to survive, Mark must risk his life - and even more difficult for him, he must trust God. Can Mark and Lisa untangle these deadly ties before it's too late?"
Little did I realize when I started this book was that it was book two in a series (the Crossroads Crises Center series). By the time I figured that little fact out, I was too far involved in the storyline to pause and search out the first book. Yes, having read the first book may have answered a few questions I had, but I was by no means lost without having read it. I quickly became enthralled with Mark and his "buds", learning their quirks and envying how they had "each others backs"! Just as easily, I felt welcomed in to Lisa's small circle of confidants, the few she allowed to get close and shared her feelings with. From the very beginning of sharing their special day together (his birthday, her "graduation"), to the very end of starting their dreams of the future, the ride with Mark and Lisa is one you will definitely want to journey with them along the way. And who knows...you may even find your special "seashell" story also!
Overall, I would give this book 5 stars. My only question is...can I wait for the next book, Not This Time, to be released in Spring of 2012? I can't wait to hear Joe and Beth's story!!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group and was not required to post a positive review
Posted March 1, 2011
Wow! Deadly Ties has earned a place on my top favorites list! The first book I've read by Vicki Hinze, and I was hooked - I found it nearly impossible to put the book down! The first few chapters build up the suspense and tension, and then when everything lets loose.the reader is left reeling and hanging onto the edge of her seat! I know I am reading a good book when I continually sneak off to my room every ten minutes!
Vicki's writing style is unique, but by the time I was introduced to the heroine, Lisa, I was intrigued and captivated by her style. She really grabs the reader's attention and puts them in the characters mind. I love it when I can actually feel and empathize with the characters-and that is exactly what Vicki has done. A few times I felt conversations or scenes were a little drawn out, but not much and it certainly didn't ruin the book for me. :-)
Lisa's bravery and determination was heroic and endeared me to her. Her protectiveness and desire to see her mother safe added to her charm. I was instantly able to connect with this character and sympathize with her. Mark was just awesome! Who wouldn't want a smart, good-looking special Ops nearby when a creep like Dutch hung around. :-) He was easy to grow attached to! Strangely enough, I also enjoyed getting into Karl's head as well. Even though he was the bad guy, he had a soft side to him. From the glimpse the reader got of his past, I got the impression he didn't choose his occupation in life, but he continued to roll with the punches. It's sad, and although I was secretly glad how his story ended in this book, I am curious if he will resurface later on. He was a complex character on the wrong side of the law.but I liked him. :-)
There is some violence in the book. Lisa uses self defense when trying to evade her abductors. There's also mild mention of torture when Lisa remembers back to when Mr. Phen had her. Besides this, Lisa was abducted with the intent of selling her to some sort of illegal operation where women would cock-fight, of sorts. It was rather sickening to hear that people are so deprave that they would stoop so low. But besides these issues, there was nothing questionable in the book.
I didn't realize until half way through the book that this is the middle to a series - the third book is coming out in the spring of 2012. I want to get my hands on the first book, Forget Me Not, now! Deadly Ties was such a captivating and suspenseful read! And the ending - when everything slowed down and finally came to a close - was sweet. I kept cheering for Lisa and Mark! They make such a cute couple! I can't wait to learn more about Beth and Joe in the next installment in the Crossroad Crisis Center series.
I received this book for Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
Posted February 28, 2011
Just when you thought you had read all the books that were you absolute favorites, here comes a new one. A book that leaves you yearning for more of the story. I loved the first book in the Crossroads Crisis Center series, but this one just topped it! Vicki Hinze is such an excellent author, and her way with suspense and mystery sets her high on my list of favorite authors.
Centered once again around the Crossroads Crisis Center, this story is more detailed about the people of the center, than the actual center. Lisa Harper, has had a rough life, her dad died of a supposed accident when she was young, her mom married a control freak with an evil streak, and eventually Lisa and her step-dad clashed so much that Annie sent Lisa away for her own protection. She sent her to live at the Towers apartments, with some of her trusted friends from the Center. Now twelve years later, Lisa is celebrating obtaining her license as a medical doctor, and her new job at the hospital. Now, Lisa will get her mother away from the evil Dutch Hauk, and they will live together peacefully. At least that is what she hopes, but Dutch has other plans, even if it means having Lisa's mother killed.
What should have been a happy occasion, is the beginning of a nightmare. An exciting series of events that will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow the horrors that could be. Discovering that her mother has been beaten and left for dead, Lisa rushes to her mom's side at the hospital, only to be abducted. As she realizes the dangers that she and the other two women in the truck with her are in, she begins re-living a nightmare. The only problem is that nightmare was real, it was what happened to her as a young child. All these years of believing her dad died while on a mission trip to Haiti, Lisa is horrified to have flashbacks of him being murdered, and her being abducted. Will she survive this time, or will she live long enough to be beat to death in a fight to the death match? The horrors she faces are real, and she has got to keep her wits about her, it is the only she will survive and be able to help the other women survive too?
Mark Taylor, the security chief for the Center, and for the owner of the center is on the job. He loves Lisa and the only person who doesn't know that is him. But he vows to Lisa's mom that he will find her and he will bring her back safe. How is he going to do this? He has no idea, but knows he has to trust in the Lord to keep her safe and to help him find her.
A face paced book, you can not put down. I laughed and cried through the entire book and it will go into my permanent library. Do not miss this book!! Readers guide included. 323 pages US $13.99 5 stars.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Posted February 27, 2011
This book took me a little bit to get into, as it jumps between characters, and one section was kind of boring to me, but once I got past that, the characters drew me in. Just when you think the books going to end a certain way, it takes you one more more twist. I like how they showed a start of a new love interest, that will be coming out in the next book by this author!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2011
Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze is a wonderful read. It is suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time that you are reading it. This book will keep you reading and each person that reads it will identify with the characters at some point. Parts of the book are very uplifting and others downright make you think. The characters in the book develop nicely and you aren't left wondering if something was missed. This is one of the books where the characters you like you love and the ones that you don't you can't stand. The villains in this book are certainly that way; by the end of the story you absolutely cannot stand them. In a lot of suspenseful novels, the villains are too fictional to be believable but not in Deadly Ties. Overall, a wonderful and exceptional read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 24, 2011
DEADLY TIES by Vicki Hinze is an exciting inspirational suspense/thriller set in present day Atlanta,Georgia.(Crossroads Crisis Center Series). It is the sequel to "Forget Me Not",but can be read as a stand alone. It is written with depth and details. It has romance,faith,adventure,love,friends,spousal abuse, human trafficking,forgiveness,trust,control,healing and second chances. The characters are believable,engaging and will capture your heart. This is a fast paced,action packed suspense,romantic adventure that will have you captured from the first page to the last. This is a powerful story of the beginning of love and trust entwined with a powerful drama of lost,human trafficking and pure evil. I would highly recommend this book to any one to enjoys suspense,thrillers,and romance. It does have faith entwined into the story but it is not preachy.This book was received for the purpose of review from Multnomah Book Group and details can be found at Doubleday Publishing and My Book Addiction and More. ** I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review**Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2011
I sat down to read this book a few times before really getting into it. I felt that the introduction of characters was very fast, and I was not sure who each of the people working for the NINA and Dark Shadow departments were. I would have liked to see more character development before more characters were introduced. I appreciated the author addressing such weighty issues as human trafficking with discretion and without too much detail. There seemed to be mixed messages in the story line between Annie and Dutch - I understand wanting to stay in a marriage and make it work despite differences, but I think the issue of staying in an abusive relationship/marriage was not addressed as it should have been. I had a hard time staying focused while reading the book, it didn't keep my attention as I hoped it would, but all in all, it was a nice love story woven into a suspenseful story line.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
Posted February 16, 2011
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Each year, nearly half-a-million women are trafficked around the world for the purpose of sexual slavery. Against this background, Vicki Hinze has fashioned a potpourri of depravity and trials of faith only she could juggle. DEADLY TIES, Book Two of her Crossroads Crisis Center series, is a roller-coaster thriller of violent twists and breakneck turns - from murder and abuse to human trafficking in an international conspiracy. DEADLY TIES is also a cross-over story that dares to examine a heinous crime most Christian fiction chooses to avoid because it is too horrible to think about. Not facing Americans forcing Americans into human bondage for servitude doesn't make it go away. Only a short time ago, a party of three was arrested in Chicago for human trafficking. Can we continue to pretend it doesn't happen any longer?
Vicki tackles this question by reeling us in to her novel like a patient fisherman with characters trapped in human dilemmas, thwarted love and quicksand adventure: a perfect formula for a riveting movie that, in the end, reveals the true drama of forgiveness in the pursuit of justice.
Of all Vicki's novels, I think DEADLY TIES is her most dramatic achievement. With her discussion questions at the back of the book, book clubs can enjoy a challenging discussion that will leave them with a much larger world view.
I'm not going to summarize the story because I don't want to spoil the reader's suspense. You have to read DEADLY TIES to experience its impact, but I think Publisher's Weekly sums up Vicki's gift best: She has a talent "for transforming the unlikely into something beautiful." Truly beautiful, I would say. And worthy of a Christy Award.
Posted February 15, 2011
Truly and unforgettable novel! Vicki Hinze has mastered the art of suspense and romance all in one book, Deadly Ties! This novel was a great reminder that even in those times when it seems like God has forgotten us, that is not the case! He has a wonderful plan for us and He can use events in our lives to make us into the person He wants us to be. We can rest in Him, even if we cannot see the big picture. We do not have to be "fumes-of-faith" Christians. He has more than "fumes" for us. We also get His blessings and His strength. Deadly Ties was such a great reminder of that!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Posted February 6, 2011
Lisa Harper is about to help her mom move away from her controlling husband, Dutch Hauk. The only thing is, Dutch isn't about to give up control of his wife, and his hatred of Lisa has never run deeper. Mark Turner is a former spy who has taken on the job of guarding Lisa and her mom. Both he and Lisa have feelings for each other, but trust and timing keep them apart.
Vicki Hinze does an excellent job of taking the reader on a suspenseful journey. She kept me turning the pages, not wanting to put the book down. Even before I was finished with the book, I was searching for more of her books. I am already planning on reading Forget Me Not, the first book in the Crossroads Crisis Center series, and am looking forward to the next book, Not This Time.
Posted February 4, 2011
I liked the suspense in Vicki Hinze's first Crossroads Crisis Center novel, Forget Me Not, and so decided to give Deadly Ties a shot. This second installment in the Crossroads Crisis Series focuses on the unfolding drama of Mark Taylor and Lisa Harper-two minor characters from the first novel-while the main characters from book one (Ben Brandt and Kelly Walker) fade to the background of the story.
My first impression is that Deadly Ties is a big step up from Forget Me Not. The plot was more complex and suspenseful, the history of the two main characters was more interesting, and I was up 'til 1AM trying to figure out what was going to happen next. That being said, I did have a few quibbles with the dialogue (particularly Mark's voice) and the sub-plot of his evolving relationship with Lisa.
Addressing the dialogue problem, I found some of Mark's dialogue with Lisa to be slightly off somehow. In love or not, I just couldn't picture a hardened former Special Ops officer speaking like melted cheese. Maybe that's just the norm in romance novels (this one is classified as romantic suspense by the publisher), but it felt a little contrived to me.
I was also a tad bit confused about the timeline of Mark and Lisa's relationship. I got the impression that they were both in love but not aware that the other person was in love too (that is until Lisa's party in chapter 8). But then as Mark is moping around the hospital in chapter 18 he remembers a walk-and-talk he and Lisa took on the beach a couple of years earlier. Judging from that scene, I find it hard to believe that either of them could not know the other person was in love. This seemed unrealistic, leaving me to wonder if this kind of romantic duplicity is normal for novels in the romance sub-genres.
On the positive side, and to put the previous two paragraphs in perspective, the primary focus of the plot-Lisa's unconventional warfare with her masochistic stepfather-is extremely compelling and there are plenty of exciting twists and turns to keep the reader super-glued to the pages. One of the reasons I like Deadly Ties is that the romantic element of the plot takes a backseat to the heart-stopping action.
Hinze also inserts the element of faith into the plot very well. Mark and Lisa grapple with the age-old questions, "Where is God when I'm surrounded by so much evil?" and "How do I keep a proper faith perspective of God when I can't see beyond my own dark tunnel of tribulation?" The faith-related dialogue and thoughts do not have that feeling of being "tacked on" just to slap a Christian label on the book, but are genuine expressions of the suffering believer. And the overarching message of the book is one more people need to take to heart-God is good, no matter what the circumstances, and He is faithful to work all things together for the good of those who love Him.
Posted February 3, 2011
Lisa Harper's father was killed. Feeling desperate Lisa's mother, Annie, marries Dutch Hauk who turns out to be an abusive monster. He has plans for Lisa that will be a fate worse than death. But before he can do anything, Annie gives over custody of Lisa to a trusted friend. Dutch has made it his mission to keep Lisa and Annie apart. He's successful for a lot of years. But now Lisa and Annie have an opportunity to be a family except they didn't anticipate how far Dutch would go. Mark Taylor is living with a burden he can't seem shake. Being a former Special Ops officer, he's been watching over Annie and Lisa. Mark has secretly loved Lisa from the time they met but he just doesn't feel he deserves her love. He has told her more about himself than anyone else. But her's afraid of failing her. When Lisa finds herself in trouble both Mark and Lisa need to muster all the strength they can and have trust in the One that will never leave them or forsake them. Great Story! This author pulled you into the story right from the start. I haven't read anything by this author so didn't know what to expect. But this tale had it all, romance, mystery, suspense, intrigue. I must say that the subject matter was difficult to read about although Human Trafficking is a very real problem. This author handled it honestly without being overly descriptive. I thoroughly the characters in the story. Mark was a great hero and I really liked the interplay between him and his old team. Sometimes intense but with a lot of humor interjected. The villains were written in such a way that you felt threatened by them. Some suspense stories don't really come across that way but you certainly hated these villains. Lisa was a great character. Though she had lots of hardships in her youth she hadn't completely lost her faith. She was still bubbly and sweet. I liked watching Mark and Lisa together. I also liked the way the author always brought the reader around to the fact that God walks with us through our darkest times, that He's always there and using that circumstance to make us stronger for some something that may come up in the future. To me that was uplifting. What was a little tough for me to grasp was Annie staying married to Dutch. Even if she didn't divorce him she needed to at least get to a safe place. Which Mark offered in the story. If you like Dee Henderson, Irene Hannon and Anne Patrick then you're sure to like Deadly Ties. It's Book 2 in the Crossroads Crisis Center Series but I must say I didn't feel lost in the story by not having read book one, Forget Me Not. Thank you goes to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for my review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2011
OMG this book is like so good and intense. I dont want to give too much away but man this is one hell of a mystery and I am glad that the mom and daughter rekindled their relationship. Dutch is just a plain evil guy and Mark is an amazing man Lisa is lucky to have him in her life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 1, 2011
Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze begins within the prologue when the author reveals the traumatic two-week abduction of Lisa, a small child. The story opens with Mark, Lisa's present day love interest, serving in Iraq as a Shadow Watcher, an elite, security group working for the Pentagon. Lisa is reintroduced as a physician when Mark, who has been admiring her from afar, attends a party hosted by Lisa.
Lisa's mother, Annie, who has been abused at the hands of Dutch Hauk, Lisa's step-father, since the murder of her father, is assaulted the night of the party. Annie believed that it was God's will for her to stay, but Lisa, never makes an effort to rescue her mother. When Lisa is abducted again, with the help of Mark, she learns why she was abducted as a child, Dutch's connection to her past through NINA, and if her mother will survive the latest abuse.
With the topic of spousal abuse and human trafficking woven throughout this book, I was disappointed that the author or publisher did not provide some sites, phone numbers, or agencies to contact for help. Although the author provides information on human trafficking on her website, clear ways to obtain help for someone are not provided. The author or publisher should have informed the reader that it is not God's will to remain with anyone who is abusing you to the brink of death.
Posted January 29, 2011
Deadly Ties by Vicki Hinze was a nice break from otherwise dreary fiction lit that I have been reading for the past month or so (yay for decent books!). Not that I read boring books intentionally. It just sort of happens. In any case, it is a story mainly about Lisa Harper, an emotionally scarred women that wants nothing more than to have a happy and easy life like the other Christians she knows. Things don't work out as planned when her psychopathic (well, I deem him psychopathic) stepfather does everything within his power to try and ruin her life so that she will be permanently separated from her mother. To help defend Lisa against the psychopath Dutch is her (handsome) friend, Mark Taylor.
It's a suspense story with a dose of romance, or maybe a romance story with suspense. I'm not quite sure. Either way, it is not straight-up romance, so it's good. What I loved most about the story is that neither Mark nor Lisa were nonbelievers at the beginning of the story that had to become a Christian by the end of the story so that they might marry each other and be happy. That plot is overdone quite a bit in the Christian romance drama.
Even though the plot is not something that would happen to your average Joe, the emotional struggles are something that other Christians can find themselves going through at different levels. This made the story more intimate for the reader. Instead of just reading about some crazy suspense story or some fantastical romance, we read about two Christians struggling to survive trials. It was nice that they were not super Christians who could handle anything without a single emotional response.
I also enjoyed the plot itself. It was fast-paced enough to keep me interested, but not so fast it was ridiculous. Hinze also made an effort to develop her characters, make them realistic, so that the reader could become emotionally invested in their story. My only problem was toward the ends things got a wee bit cheesy for me. That is to say, the overwhelming girl-power stuff at the end killed it for me. Men not being allowed to cuss without fear of getting hot sauce in their tea, people having weddings planned for them by moms and elderly women friends, wives/girlfriends manipulating their men into submission. It kind of killed it for me. It was only for the last few chapters that this became a problem though, so I wasn't completely turned off from the story. Just mildly.
All in all, it was a good story, and I look forward to reading more from Vicki Hinze.
*I acquired this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers