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Tribal police investigator Joe Youngblood had the heart of an ancient warrior and the raw beauty of the Navajo Nations land he called home. And to photojournalist Delaney Carson, he was more of a threat than the flashback-induced nightmares of Iraqi gunfire and dying colleagues that had ruled her life for the past two years--or the unknown assailant who wanted to silence her. Because Joe Youngblood made her believe in tomorrow. And forever. Most frightening of all, he made her ...
Tribal police investigator Joe Youngblood had the heart of an ancient warrior and the raw beauty of the Navajo Nations land he called home. And to photojournalist Delaney Carson, he was more of a threat than the flashback-induced nightmares of Iraqi gunfire and dying colleagues that had ruled her life for the past two years--or the unknown assailant who wanted to silence her. Because Joe Youngblood made her believe in tomorrow. And forever. Most frightening of all, he made her believe in love.
Posted September 22, 2006
The Navajo people are still rich in honor and traditions today. The magic and the beauty of the reservation land is second only to the Grand Canyon about fifty miles away. The Tribal Council has decided to have a book published about the area, a type of photo history project. Most of the local people disagree with the fact that a belagana, or outsider, was hired to take on the project rather than a native. So when someone begins shooting at Delaney Carson, a disgruntled local is their first thought. ............. Delaney has reported in various dangerous places. In fact, she has just gotten over the worst parts of post-stress trauma from being buried alive for more than two days with seventy-one corpses in Baghdad. When someone begins shooting at her, déjà vu crashes all over her. It is impossible for Delaney not to have flashbacks of mortar fire and shots from sniper rifles. Given the fact that her boyfriend was one of those killed, it is easy to understand her hesitation of letting anyone else close to her. .............. Enter Joe Youngblood. Joe is a criminal investigator with the Navajo Tribal Police. Though the office is busy dealing with investigating three execution-style murders, drug runners, and various other priorities, Navajo Nation President Frank Taos insists that Delaney be first priority. (Since this is the first book Delaney has accepted to do since her near death experience, the Tribal Council hopes her name on the cover will turn their book into a bestseller.) Joe has a strong connection with the land and the people that live upon it. Though he does not agree with his grandfather, Charley, that an outsider should do the book, he abides by the decision. In order to keep an eye on Delaney and still follow the leads on the murders and drug traffickers, he has her tag along whenever her local guide is not around. ............. That is enough trouble for anyone to deal with at one time however, Joe is also having trouble with his ex-wife, Heather. Currently Heather has their five-year-old son, Jonny, with her. Trial for custody is only a few weeks away and it looks like Heather is getting ready to run away with Jonny if things do not go the way she hopes. The LAST thing Joe wants is to get involved with another woman, especially an outsider. Yet the more time he spends with Delaney, the harder it gets to even imagine letting her go once the book is completed. .................. ***** Author Kylie Brant brings the Navajo Nation to vivid life for readers in this story of romance and suspense. More illegal activities are going on than I mention and as things got more and more tense, I often found myself biting my fingernails. This is one tale that readers will never forget! I am hoping to see more stories in the future about some of the secondary characters in this story. The story is so well written that I felt drawn to some of the other local characters, especially others on the police force. Outstanding! *****Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2010
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