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Double Cross continues the story of Taylor Pasbury, a heroic young woman introduced in James David Jordan?s novel, Forsaken (?highly readable . . . Taylor is a character worth another visit? ?BookPage).
Raised by a father who was a former Special Forces officer, Taylor is beautiful and brilliant and knows how to take care of herself. But she is haunted by her past and the sacrifice her father made to save her from a brutal rape when she was seventeen. After a controversial stint...
Double Cross continues the story of Taylor Pasbury, a heroic young woman introduced in James David Jordan’s novel, Forsaken (“highly readable . . . Taylor is a character worth another visit” —BookPage).
Raised by a father who was a former Special Forces officer, Taylor is beautiful and brilliant and knows how to take care of herself. But she is haunted by her past and the sacrifice her father made to save her from a brutal rape when she was seventeen. After a controversial stint in the Secret Service, she has become the most prominent private security specialist in America. When she discovers the body of a former client’s top assistant, all the evidence points to embezzlement and suicide. But Taylor has no way of knowing that her mother, who ran out when Taylor was nine, is about to reappear and lead her down a twisting path of danger and deceit. It’s a road that won’t end until they reach the spot where Taylor’s father died—where Taylor learns some sacrifices can never be earned.
Posted December 29, 2009
I had a blast reading the first book featuring Taylor's character, Forsaken, and was eager to read more about her adventures. I had really liked Jordan's style of writing in the first book and how he had managed to create a female character who was both strong and vulnerable at the same time. I was not disappointed when picking up the sequel and continuing Taylor's story. Once again, Jordan is able to write convincingly as a first person female. Too many times, other male authors try to write in the same tone and fail because they cannot seem to grasp how females actually think. In this book, I actually forgot that the book had been written by a male, as Taylor is able to both kick butt yet feel like a woman at the same time.
The story tackles tough subjects normally not seen in Christian fiction such as prostitution and embezzling among other Christians. Taylor's tactics at finding out the truth about the situation were quite clever. She's very level headed and does not allow emotion to come between her line of work. Something that I found extremely refreshing was a lack of a romantic storyline. I say this because usually when a male writes in first person female, there always has to be a romantic subplot to show that even the tough as nails female secret agent has a soft sensitive side and turns to jelly at the sight of a man. Jordan, thankfully, does not resort to this stereotype to make Taylor's character well rounded. The situation with her mother fulfills this need, which I felt was a much better way at making her character more dimensional. While there are hints at possible relationships, it's not a main focus of the story and therefore not a distraction.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I will admit it wasn't as fast paced as the first novel had been, but it's still an adventure story and quite suspenseful. The plot is relevant in today's age and one that could be seen on the nightly news. I really liked seeing Taylor and Kacey work together especially with that interesting bond that ties them together. I really hope we'll hear more from them in a future book.
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Posted November 12, 2009
After finishing the first book "Forsaken", I was eager to read the sequel "Double Cross" and I was not disappointed. It is good to note, that this book could easily be enjoyed read as a stand alone as well. The suspense and the action in this book was on a level up from Forsaken and the pages were turned even faster. I was astonished at how fast I read the book, but I just wanted to get to the next scene.
This novel reunites a mother and child in a unique way and takes a reader through a gambit of emotions on whether or not they will appreciate the mother. The depth of character is realistic and invites a reader to delve into their own relationships looking at joys and woes. I recommend the reading of books by James David Jordan and look forward to more in the future myself.
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Posted October 18, 2009
Double Cross by James David Jordan is the sequel to Forsaken and continues the story of Taylor Pasbury, a brave twenty-nine year old woman who runs her own security company. Taylor is living with Kacey, daughter of a good friend who was murdered in the Forsaken. She promised to watch out for Kacey and the two have become as close as sisters. When the two women go to confront a former worker of Kacey's father who appeared to have been embezzling from the business, they instead find her dead of an apparent suicide. The pieces just don't add up to Taylor who can't let the investigation go, especially when it seems to involve her newly returned mother, Hillary. Hillary and Taylor have been estranged for over twenty years, and their reunion is more than bumpy. Taylor is a fabulous character who is just learning what it means to be a Christian. Her faith has helped her beat her addiction to alcohol, but she still struggles with understanding just what being a Christian means. She's enormously fun to read; her interior dialogue keeps the reader smiling, and wait until you see how she takes one bad guy down! When her friend Michael says, "They didn't know what they were getting into" referring to messing with Taylor, he's right on the money. Taylor is smart, funny, and tough, and I can't wait to read what she does next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2009
Taylor Pasbury gained her experience from her late Special Forces dad who raised her as a single parent starting when she was nine as her mom deserted both of them. She gained bureaucratic experience working for the Secret Service and now as she is closing in on thirty runs her own personal protection service firm in Dallas.
She and her client twenty years old Kacey Mason are meeting the personal assistant of the latter's recently murdered father to discuss with Elise Howden what happened to a half million dollars missing from the Simon Mason World Ministries. Kacey is more than just a client as her dad the famous late televangelist Simon stopped Taylor's destructive freefall; she owes him and is paying him by being a big sister to his daughter. The pair find Elise dead inside her running car in what looks like a suicide by a FORSAKEN person caught embezzling. With the Lewisville police, FBI Agent Michael Harrison, and the return of mom, Taylor's efforts to investigate Elise's carbon monoxide death is crowded though her taking a thumb drive serendipitously from the vehicle goes a long way to clear the fog even if the laptop is missing. The real crowding comes from someone who wants Taylor and Kacey to end their inquiry.
Double Cross is an exhilarating inspirational investigative thriller starring a kick butt born again heroine who seeks redemption by being there for Kacey; just like their fathers were there for her when she most needed guidance, love and salvation. Ironically, the return of mom is a new test for Taylor as she struggles to forgive. The investigation is super with several terrific twists as James David Jordan cleverly wraps his message of to forgive is the divine path to redemption inside the inquiry.
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