Jordan is the fast-paced, riveting story that answers the question - how would human nature react to a modern-day miracle in a viral social media world?
"A compelling story that reveals the many sides of human nature." - Charles Todd, NY Times Best Selling Author
"We call it a page turner!" - The Conch Republic Coconut Telegraph
When Petra Simmons and her brother, Andy, help a seemingly homeless woman, it changes their lives forever. Within days, it's clear the woman, Jordan Crissman, possesses an amazing ability - perhaps the most miraculous ability of all.
They realize in the current world of viral social media, they must be careful. How best to employ the miracle without causing havoc? They plot a strategy.
Despite their plans, words gets out too fast, and the world comes running - invading and overwhelming South Florida - along with serious danger.
Television talking heads pontificate. Pundits opine. Some claim she's a messiah. Others insist she's a devil. Massive crowds gather, demanding to see Jordan. Everyone wants her. There seems to be nowhere to hide. Horrible rumors take hold. Protest groups march and riot. Mass hysteria reigns. And people are dying.
"In Jordan, Victoria Landis takes her skill for developing characters and relationships to a new level. This work portrays a new view of an age-old question. How do people react when confronted with things they don't understand? A compelling story that reveals the many sides of human nature told in Victoria Landis' talented manner." - Charles Todd, NY Times Best Selling Author & Mary Higgins Clark Award Winner
"We call it a page turner! The characters are so real, you feel as though you know them personally. The setting is in opulent Boca Raton where the rich get richer and there appears to be nothing that money can't buy. It's love vs. greed, who will succeed? I couldn't put it down and can't wait for the sequel!" - The Conch Republic Coconut Telegraph
"Victoria Landis has masterfully combined great elements into a highly-charged, compelling story with an explosive ending. Read Jordan! It's good for what ails you." - Don Bruns, USA Today Best Selling Author
"What would happen if a young woman appeared with mysterious healing powers, a woman intent on using her newfound talents to improve the world? How would the public react? What about the media? The government? would both welcome her with open arms? Or, would there be slanderous articles and broadcasts speculating on the source of her powers, perhaps accusing her of witchcraft or being Satan's offspring? Jordan lives these questions and many more. Follow her as she wends her way through friendship, love, and evil, only wishing to bring healing to those who need and deserve it." - Randy Rawls, Author of the Beth Bowman PI series & the Ace Edwards PI series.
"If you're looking for a story that's truly original, here it is." - Vincent H. O'Neil, Author of The Sim War series
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Out of the blue, a woman appears in the park across from Petra Simmons’ chocolate shop. She seems to be in distress, so Petra and her brother Andy rush to her, only to discover she doesn’t have a clue to her own identity. Luckily, Petra’s boyfriend Ben is a Sheriff’s Deputy. When she calls him in to help the mysterious woman that is now in her apartment, he quickly finds out her identity. She is Jordan Crissman, a very wealthy young woman that disappeared without a trace three years ago. Jordan’s family wants to bring the media into the situation, but she is not willing to cooperate. She leaves the attention grabbing family to go stay with Petra. Her family doesn’t really care that she is gone, and they still are searching for their five minutes of fame, with or without her. Unfortunately, Jordan unwittingly becomes the object of every media outlet around when it appears she has healed a little girl who could not walk. With the ever present press hounding her, people swarm to see her to be cured from whatever ails them. But on the darker side, a contingent of religious zealots and civil instigators begin to protest. The three groups gather outside the apartment building that houses Jordan and Petra demanding healing, interviews and most disturbing, Jordan’s presence to “find the truth”. The only thing Jordan wants to do is help people, but now that violence has come to their front door, the four of them have gone into hiding. Could they be running away from danger or into the lion’s den? Landis’ characters leap from the pages into the reader’s heart. Jordan is sweet, but strong in the abilities and conviction that she is doing the right thing by helping others no matter what. Petra is strong, but still mourning the death of her parents several years ago. Andy is her little brother, but doesn’t need her mothering him anymore. They are close and will always be a big part of each other’s lives. Lastly, Ben agrees to put his life on hold to help Jordan and Petra. Jordan is a fast paced, engaging novel. I needed to know what happened next. The story is deep, yet easily read and extremely interesting. While Jordan is a standalone novel, I feel as though the last chapter gave the author room for a sequel. I, for one, will be first in line if and when one is written. Ms. Landis writes, edits and is an artist. Jordan is her third novel, following Blink It Away and Alias: Mitzi & Mack. She also writes a humor column entitled A Little Bit Sideways. This is the first book I’ve read by Landis, but definitely will not be the last. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman
Reviewed by Dan M. Kalin for Readers' Favorite Victoria Landis has written a wonderful story about the titular character Jordan, who is discovered to have special powers seldom seen in humans. The book relates her reemergence into the world after having been missing for three years. Her limited memories of the past complicate even the simplest of questions: Where has she been? How did she get back? Is there a larger purpose to her new powers? Who can she fully trust? Why is she here? The secondary characters have their own reasons to discover the same answers. Jordan finds people she can trust and begins to work the task she has been given as best she can. But for every miracle there is an equal and opposite backlash. Can Jordan win through the gathering darkness into a better world? I found Victoria Landis' story to be simply superb. She very accurately (although optimistically in my opinion) predicts society's reaction to someone like Jordan. I very much enjoyed the parallels drawn from religion and mythology, right down to the names of the participants. The text is tightly edited and without wasted exposition, i.e. nothing structural will prevent readers from turning the pages to the very end. The characters assumed their own life and breathed, along with this reader. I could smell the smoke and feel the heat. Jordan's story doesn't answer all of the questions I had about her and those close to her, but hopefully they will be addressed in a sequel. I know I will be one of those eagerly lining up to see what's next!