Policed

Policed

by Alana Terry

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ISBN-13: 9781941735268
Publisher: Alana Terry
Publication date: 11/18/2016
Series: Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Series , #3
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Alana is a pastor's wife, homeschooling mom, self-diagnosed chicken lady, and Christian suspense author. Her novels have won awards from Women of Faith, Book Club Network, Grace Awards, Readers' Favorite, and more. Alana's passion for social justice, human rights, and religious freedom shines through her writing, and her books are known for raising tough questions without preaching. She and her family live in rural Alaska where the northern lights in the winter and midnight sun in the summer make hauling water, surviving the annual mosquito apocalypse, and cleaning goat stalls in negative forty degrees worth every second.

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Policed 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
In Policed, the third book in the Kennedy Stern’s series by Alana Terry, Kennedy and her friend, Reuben travel innocently on their way to a concert and are pulled over by a lone police officer. What occurs next will leave long term ramifications for both of them. The themes throughout the book center around racism, police brutality, profiling, and the public trust. Alana Terry again gives the reader options and differing viewpoints on these hot topics in America today. I received a copy from the author. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Racism, faith struggles, and several other issues are addressed by author Alana Terry in this book. Kennedy, from previous books, is a missionary kid studying at Harvard. Her father, a businessman in China, uses his business as a cover for his missionary work. Although, she spent many years surrounded by young people studying under her father, she has always seemed to be a bit insecure and unsteady in her faith. The current turn of events in her life has her wondering if God even cares, or if He is just far off and too distant to be concerned with the hurting people of our world. How do all these tragedies fit into His plan? A random stop by a hostile cop on the roadside as Kennedy and her friend Reuben were headed to a play off campus, took a turn for the worse. As both of them are accused of things they didn't do, to cover up the bad cop picture by the police forth, Kennedy has to decide whether she lets the issue go for the sake of peace or does she rise up and take a stand? It's a tough decision, with multiple people encouraging her to just let it go, while others think she should speak out against the wrong done. If vengeance is the Lord's, does that mean He will fix this? And how long will she have to wait while doing nothing? Alana keeps it stimulating as she draws in the reader with the emotional turmoil going on in Kennedy's mind. You almost feel like it's you going through the inner unrest of the choices that need to be made. There is a ton of food for thought in this book, which is what I like about Alana's writings. She is not afraid to tackle the issues, but kind of leaves it somewhat open to readers point of view too, mostly giving you something to chew on as you read. Is our God big enough to handle the hurts of the world? The book takes place over a matter of days, most of it consisting of the battle going on in Kennedy's mind about what she should do, how her choices will affect those she loves, and whether she is ready to face the consequences of the choice she makes, when either choice will have repercussions. The last few minutes of the book kind of wrap up the story rather suddenly, and wasn't quite the ending I expected, yet the plot will keep you pondering for days to come. I was provided with a free audiobook by the author to listen to. All opinions are my own and I was not asked to review this book positively.
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Third in the Kennedy Stern series, ‘Policed’ brings fresh insight to a very real concern of non-Caucasian people in our society as well as looking at law enforcement officers. Kennedy has survived much in the recent past, and as a pre-med student at Harvard, struggles with PTSD while keeping her near-perfect GPA. Kennedy has lived in China for the past ten years where her parents are undercover Christian missionaries, leaving her to be unfamiliar with social issues. Kennedy is going to see Aida with her close friend Rueben, a student from Kenya. Rueben, also pre-med, has been Kennedy’s ‘Barnabas’, encouraging her in their mutual studies and her challenges. They have been discussing if the instructor for her American racist divide class makes a huge deal out of recent events when it comes to racial profiling. At least they were until she is pulled over by a police officer. The cop seemed to be looking for an excuse to haul them in. He became angrier as Kennedy questioned him, and the unthinkable occurs. When they regain consciousness, there is no cop in sight, only a Good Samaritan who tries to assist them. Thanks to a video taken by a passer-by that has gone viral, they are now hounded by the press. Kennedy and Reuben, however, respond in very different ways to the event. The characters are very likable. Kennedy and Reuben are more mature than many students their age, making this a great novel for young and new adults. We see the difference, between an unlikable rogue cop and a responsible officer. Kennedy’s pastor and his wife provide invaluable insight, support, and love. Kennedy questions her faith and God’s love and dominion through what has occurred to and around her since arriving back in the United States. At times those questions might seem over-the-top for a daughter of missionaries, but they really aren’t. This reader recalls her own times of struggling through life-changing events and considers Kennedy’s age. It is in sincerely searching that most of us find our answers, and the Lord blesses those wrestling in their faith with people to help. I loved the powerful, unashamed prayers by the police officer at the hospital and the rally, as well as his concern for her throughout the case. At times I want to say, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if Kennedy were to have a break from trouble, instead getting to help someone else going through these challenges with what she has learned’. The plot twists try her faith and take her to a place where she is has the choice ‘to grow or to go’ through these hard experiences. The author courageously addresses challenges that are current events in America, events that demand for us to look within ourselves and to our God for help understanding and learning how He would have us respond. How I wish that Christian fiction novelists had addressed current issues when I was young to challenge my beliefs and responses! Many thanks to Ms. Terry for doing so in this generation, a time when university students face a very different ideology and touting of Judeo-Christian values! I highly recommend ‘Policed’ to adults of all ages, particularly older teens and college-age students. From a grateful heart: I was given this eBook by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
I just finished Policed (Kennedy Stern #3) by Alana Terry and the one word that comes to mind is "wow"! Each book in this series deals with a hot-button issue that is relevant to our world today. The author skillfully delves into the many layers, thoughts, feelings and opinions relating to the main subject of the book, causing the reader to see that issues are not always "black" or "white", but often somewhere in between. The subject of faith is also woven throughout the book, letting the reader know that it's not always easy to blindly trust God, especially when we don't understand why He "allows" events and circumstances to happen the way they do. Kennedy and Reuben are first year pre-med students at Harvard University. They are lab partners and friends, but it seems that their friendship is turning into something much deeper. What starts out as a fun night with so much promise ends in a way that neither of them ever considered it could. Secrets are exposed and unintended consequences of "doing right" are revealed. I give this book a 5 star rating. It held my attention from the very first page and did not let go until the end. I did not expect the book to end the way it did. I'm still pondering what I read, which definitely makes this a good book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I received a copy from the author, but was not required to leave a review. All opinions are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this amazing series. I don't use that term lightly. Every book I have read has captured me and had me on edge until the last page. This book is rather timely with some of the issues we have faced in the United States over the last few years. Alana isn't afraid to deal with tough topics and give you some different perspectives to look at things. I still really like Kennedy and her journey in her faith. She gets to be part of an amazing prayer from a police officer. It is a prayer like none she has experienced before. I loved how Alana dealt with that. I know often times I pray and feel so good, at peace. Kennedy felt that too but soon after she falls back into how she felt before. Sometimes I feel guilty that I had this awesome prayer time and the next thing I know I am worried about life again. Kennedy is a character we can all relate too. Another home run from Alana Terry. A copy of this book was given to me through TBCN. All opinions are my own.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Policed started out a little boring to me but once I got into the story, I liked it. The ending was unexpected which I always like! Alana Terry does not shy away from difficult subjects. I would recommend Policed to people who like contemporary fiction dealing with today's problems. I received my e-book of Policed from the author through Book Fun. This is my honest opinion.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Policed by Alana Terry is the third in the Kennedy Stern series, focusing on a bright, young Harvard student whose parents are missionaries in China. Policed continues the story begun in Unplanned and Paralyzed. Each novel focuses on an important sensitive issue and delivers a gospel message too. Kennedy and her best college friend and lab partner, Reuben, a young man from Kenya, were taking a much-needed break from the pressures of college by attending the musical, Aida. Kennedy’s feelings for Reuben have grown stronger, and she wonders what important something he has to tell her that night. On their way to the musical in Kennedy’s roommate’s car, they are stopped without provocation by a police officer. The situation escalates, and Kennedy’s “date” with Reuben takes a horrible turn. She struggles with how to help Reuben without doing more harm in the situation. Yet, she wants justice for both of them against unfair odds. I recommend this thrilling series and look forward to the rest of the titles in the series. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This book had racial profiling and can be hard to read about. It is a sad world we live in when that happens. Kennedy and her friend have a very hard time after they are accused of trying to hurt a policeman when he pulls them over for no reason. Many things happen during this book and there are twists and turns. I received an ebook copy for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Alana Terry has written another suspense-filled book centered around Kennedy Stern. In this book, Policed, Kennedy and her friend Reuben decide to take a night and go to the opera. On the way they are pulled over by a officer who seems to have hatred issues. Soon he is beating on the two friends, and due to Reuben's dark skin, it is reported as a hate crime. As they become the investigated, all truths are uncovered. I chose this book because of Alana Terry's reputation with books that I have read of hers in the past. I have discovered that the Kennedy Stern series pulls me in within the first few pages and then does not let me go until the end. Policed took the story line from some of today's headlines and made them personal, as I was able to relate to the characters deeply. I highly recommend this book and all others to anyone that enjoys suspense books with a Christian undertone. I was given this book by the author in exchange for my honest review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
“Policed” by Alana Terry got my attention from the first page! This was a novel that I didn’t want to put down. I was able to read it within a couple of days. This is the 3rd novel in the series. They don’t have to be read in order to understand the storyline. This novel follows Kennedy Stern and her friend, Reuben, who is of color. While on their way to a night off campus, they are pulled over by a cop. The cop is abusive and degrading to both, but mainly Reuben. Kennedy has to decide whether to push this issue or let it go. Even though this novel is fiction, this is a real life issue that is facing our nation today. I definitely recommend all of Alana Terry’s novels. They are interesting and thought provoking. I received this book from the author for my honest opinion.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
As a white mother of 3 boys, I can honestly say I never worried that my boys would be stopped by the police while simply minding their own business. I have NO CONCEPT of what minority parents deal with every single day. In Policed by Alana Terry, this discrepancy in treatment is glaring and pretty chilling. Ms. Terry does not shy away from tough questions. I liked that she challenges complacency. Kennedy Stern is a pre-med student at Harvard. A missionary child who spent most of her life in China, Kennedy believes in the freedoms afforded to her by living in the United States. Her best friend, Rueben Murungu (sp.?) is also in pre-med but he is from Kenya. Rueben's country has experienced great turmoil and corruption so when the two of them are stopped by a cop on their way to a musical, Rueben's reaction is to call as little attention to himself as he can. Kennedy's reaction is to question, rightly so, why they were stopped. As the traffic stop escalates to assault by the cop on both Rueben and Kennedy, they begin to wonder if survival is even possible. When it's all over and accusations begin to fly, who is going to believe a black man and a college girl over the word of a police officer with years on the force? Can Kennedy find proof of their innocence before Rueben is deported? I know this kind of thing happens and I also know that the news media doesn't always "get it right". It was scary to me how easily people believed the worst of two kids when it was the police who were accusing them. I know most of us have been trained from early on to respect the authority of the police but what happens when THEY step over the line? This book had enough suspense to keep me reading. The themes of loyalty, perseverance and reliance on God shine through in many of the characters. If you are interested in a primer on race relations, this book would be a good place to start. The story will draw you in and make you look at BOTH sides of the race debate. You may not like what you see! Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I had heard about the Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Series by Alana Terry and had wanted to read them for quite a while now. During the Thanksgiving holiday, I was able to read four of the five books, only because the 5th wasn’t available yet. That one is on my Christmas list. There really are two sides to every story. There are a few characters in this series that I think make the entire series: First of all, Kennedy, the main character, who is a young adult (college age) and she struggles in her faith. She has questions. She questions whether she needs more “works” and what exactly grace means in her life when relating to her Heavenly Father. She questions how “deep” of a relationship with God she has… all questions that each of us need to answer in our own lives, in our own time, in our own way with God Himself in order to grow the strong roots needed to withstand life’s challenges. As I was reading this book, I could already envision my children who are fast approaching this age and thinking… they will soon be having these types of internal dialogue (if not already) and that’s a good thing. Policed dealt with a few surprise twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting. I won’t name them because I don’t want to ruin the suspense of the novel, but just know you won’t want to put the book down until the last page. This book however left me sad… grieving. Sometimes life is like that, isn’t it? Sometimes books with sad endings mirror life that has sad endings, because the war really isn’t won until we reach Heaven. Therefore, intermixed with all the “happy” and blessings God gives us, there are still elements of sad.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the day does just get worse... Wow, once gain Alana Terry takes on the tough, and definitely controversial issues facing us today. And once again through her character Kennedy Stern we get to see the different sides of these issues. We also see the often gut-wrenching thoughts and struggles that we, as Christians, often try to hide away because we don't want people to think we don't have it all together and all figured out. Policed takes on two of today absolutely hottest topics; racism and police brutality. But Alana Terry does so with sensitivity and the realistic and very different viewpoints of her characters. There are extremes on both sides and there are those quietly doing their jobs, fighting against these extremes. Policed doesn't give the answers but it asks the hard questions and makes you look inside yourself and evaluate what you find. If you are looking for fluffy clouds and wildflowers you might want to look elsewhere, but if you are looking for a very real and sometimes gritty look at the world we live in you should really check out Policed and Alana Terry's other books in this series. (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)