Saturday, June 01, 2013
A computer security breach within a US defense contractor’s firewalls leads investigators, Lee Brandt and beautiful, brilliant Jennifer Akihara, onto the cyber-turf of terrorists, where they are detected and targeted for elimination. Lee leads them on a desperate and prayer-filled flight for survival into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Will Jennifer’s pursuit of truth about the conspiracy, and the deepest issues of life, lead her into the clutches of terrorists, into the arms of Lee Brandt, or into the arms of the God she deems untrustworthy?
This book was fun and a bit of a thrill ride for the first half. Then it morphed into a romance in the second half with a short spurt of danger toward the end. The use of the term goons to describe the terrorists did take some terror out of the plot, though. It didn't sound as dangerous to me. What I liked best was the dynamics between characters including the quick wit and sense of humor they had with each other. The dialog was great.
What wasn't as believable to me was the speed in which they developed feelings for each other. Even if they felt that way I don't think they would say it quite so soon. I'm sure it happens at times. The author just didn't convince me even though the hero became breathless over her beauty a hundred times. I liked the characterization overall and the way the author delved into technology. I feel like I got a mini-lesson on cyber security. That was fun. I enjoyed the spiritual part of the story, though some of it seemed a bit forced. At the same time some great points were made. Overall it was an enjoyable story and I would recommend it.
Hide and Seek was published by Harborlight Books and released in Feb. 2013.