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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Shepherd's Fall by Wanda Dyson is up on CFBA with bonus review!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Shepherd's Fall

WaterBrook Press (April 14, 2009)


Wanda Dyson


Wanda Dyson lives with her severely autistic teenager on a busy farm with horses, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits, and the occasional fox, deer, groundhog, and snake. She could seriously live without the snakes, but that's life in the country.

After writing three critically acclaimed suspense novels, she was asked to write the true story of Tina Zahn (Why I Jumped), which was featured on Oprah. Readers characterize her books as "riviting" and "Packed with twists and turns."

Wanda serves on the board of several writers conferences across the country including the Colorado Christian Writers Conference, and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

Wanda has finished the second in this series called Shepherd's Run,that will come out in 2010. And she's hard at work on the third and final installment of the Prodigal Recovery Series - Marti's story -- tentatively called Shepherd's Quest.


Bounty hunter Nick Shepherd is fearless when it comes to chasing down criminals. It's his difficult ex-wife, rebellious teenage daughter, and dysfunctional siblings that keep him awake at night. In charge of the family business, the Prodigal Recovery Agency, he thinks of himself as a shepherd of sorts. When his "flock" is out of his control, Nick's well-ordered universe falls into chaos.

Prodigal Recovery's search for Zeena, a prostitute on the run, leads to a faulty arrest, complicating Nick's business. He is thrown together with Zeena's twin, the beautiful Annie, and the two find themselves on a desperate search. The stakes significantly increase when Nick's daughter is kidnapped. Now, to save someone he loves, Nick must risk everything.but will it be enough

If you would like to read a Prologue excerpt from Shepherd's Fall, go HERE

My review:

Shepherd's Fall was one of those gripping books that holds on tight and doesn't let you go until the conclusion at the end. The author is skilled when it comes to torturing her characters. She does this just enough to make you crazy and want to keep reading. I know it sounds cliche, but it was hard to put down. Seriously.

I don't care much for supense books, but this one had my attention. I cared about the characters and the situations they found themselves in. The spiritual thread was present but not overpowering or contrived. I liked how the author brought things together in a way that made sense. And it's tough to say much without giving away anything, but things aren't always as they appear. In this case, the author made that very believable.

Most often I figure things out in advance or the twist doesn't make sense to me due to lack of foundation. But Shepherd's Fall is a complex and plausable tale that will delight male and female audiences alike. Highly suspenseful, but not highly romantic, there is just enough blood and violence to keep suspense lovers happy and enough angst to keep the story moving along. Great read. I highly recommend it.

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