I recently became a reviewer for Tyndale House Blog Network, which I'm really excited about. I mean, I love to read, I love to write, and I love to share my opinion! Perfect! Heh.
The first book I chose to review was Inside Threat, the fourth novel in Jason Elam's and Steve Yohn's collaborative Riley Covington series. Now, normally, I'm a chick lit, historical fiction kind of girl. I love to relax and escape into a Christian romance where the guy always gets the girl in the end. This book goes into the heart of terrorism, counterterrorism, and the lives involved in both. Not something I'd normally chose as a lighthearted read. You can read the Amazon synopsis here.
Not having read any in the series before, I wasn’t sure if I would like jumping in to the story. I’m a reader who loves to start a series at the beginning, eating up each novel in the order they were written; but Inside Threat builds each character efficiently, giving just enough background on each one so that the reader wants to know more about them. It also leaves the reader wanting to know the stories of the other three novels…before I had read half the book I was already planning on reading the other three.
I’m not an action-shoot-em-up-thriller kind of reader. I read to relax and enjoy my time away from reality. Inside Threat is NOT that kind of book! In the first half, the plot formed at a good pace, developing characters and the scenario for the crisis in the story so that I wasn’t desperate to find out what happened next, but by the middle of the book and the crisis took hold, I couldn’t put it down. Nervously biting my lip, I read until I absolutely HAD to turn the light out and go to sleep. Even then the plot played in my mind. That’s how I know a book has me hook, line, and sinker. Which, by the way, would have just cost me a couple of dollars in the “Oh no you di’in’t” jar in the office of the Special Operations Group Bravo, the counterterrorism division where each of the main characters either work or have worked.
Even though the book ended in a way I didn’t expect, it was a great read and I would recommend it to those who enjoy fast paced, thrilling stories.
Tyndale House Publishers provided me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review was not influenced by them and is my own opinion.
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