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The Devil's Garden based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
There are several things that instantly drew me into the story of this book. When the author began with a verse from the Bible, I was greatly intrigued. And in spite of this being a "secular" book, there is no doubt in my mind that the author of this book subscribes to Christian principles. I was completely impressed with the way in which the author handled the majority of theology in the book. I am also very happy to report that the profanity in the book is extremely mild--I was honestly never offended. There were no sex scenes, but there was violence. But I will tell you that the violence was never senseless--at least on the part of the hero of the story. No sex scenes either. All of this was refreshing when you consider that this is a thriller novel. I have come to almost expect vulgarity in all three areas listed, but there was none of that. This thriller is probably about the cleanest thriller I have ever read. I found myself immersed in the story for the most part. Reading about a brave men who kills terrorists before they can kill us was truly humbling. I am glad I don't have to do the job, but my hat is off to those who do. I definitely owe them my lives and the lives of my family. Honestly there is only one reason I didn't give the book the highest rating. It is a long book--almost 400 pages. I don't fault the author for this, but sometimes I found my interest waning. Not having a military background and not being a man probably were two major reasons I found this happening at times. It is not a fast-paced novel, but I will tell you that it is exciting. I just prefer novels that move a little bit faster, but that is my personal preference. It was a worthwhile read, and I could certainly recommend this book to thriller enthusiasts. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers Favorite In "The Devil's Garden" by Brady Christianson, the reader finds retired Recon Marine Brandon Colson comfortably entrenched in suburbia in Southwest Florida. When a home evasion occurs putting Colson, his wife and three young daughters at death's door, Colson springs into action, using his substantial military training to quickly dispense of the threat. Unfortunately, this brings Colson and his family to the attention of the local authorities. Colson manages to form a unique bond with detective Sam Collier and Colson then manages to coax the detective into helping him retaliate against an ongoing threat due to Colson's past military actions. I generally detest novels which portray violence and themes of terrorism but this book stands out as unique. The author uses witty humor throughout the interactions of Colson and his companions and antagonists. It makes the more gory parts of the novel palatable and offers a good "breather" for those able to digest only small portions of violence at a time. Despite his propensity for violence, Colson is a rather loveable person and this in and of itself demonstrates substantial literary ability on the part of the author. I appreciated how the author moved the story along by interspersing current information with the military history which actually led to the current happenings. The relationship between the detective and Colson is highly enjoyable. It is a delight for the reader to see the detective move from anger to amusement and then, to a deep sense of loyalty. An enjoyable novel for anyone intrigued by ongoing terrorist threats to America.