Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Deadly Ties - 2nd in the Crossroads Crisis Center series
Author: Vicki Hinze
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Suspense
Year/Setting: Present, Present/Seagrove Village, Florida
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Vicki's Website/Blog: www.vickihinze.com
This wonderful author first hit the scene - at least, my scene - with a fantastic novel called Forget Me Not. I was so taken aback by that wonderful plot that when this landed in my hands I was extremely excited. And, I must say, Ms. Hinze delivered yet again.
In this book we begin briefly in 1987 in the small town of Seagrove Village. Annie Harper has just had the worst news of her entire life. Her beloved husband and child, Lisa, had gone on a road trip leaving her behind because of an event she had to plan. Last night, Lisa talked to her on the phone and while Annie was on the line, Lisa spoke of a man knocking on the door with a spider web tattoo on his hand. She said he was shouting. Annie tells Lisa to go into the shower and get her father…but it’s too late. Annie hears the gun explode, a child scream…and her life falls apart.
In 2007, we meet a man by the name of Mark Taylor who is in Iraq doing the hideously frightening job of taking out terrorist cells. He and his buddies - special ops - have currently had success this night but a band of rebels is slithering their way across the sand…weaving between the scorpions and firing a shot that ruins Mark’s life by taking away the woman he loves.
Readers also meet a man by the name of Karl Masson. This is a man that you never want to see at your front door. He is referred to as the "Lone Wolf" and he’s sent on missions to destroy/assassinate at will. His boss is named Raven and his company is called NINA. NINA is what you would refer to as hired thugs. Governments, people, terrorists…they hire the specialists at NINA to launder money, take out countries, solve their problems, and Karl is the go-to-guy. He does have a heart, of course. He has a beloved wife at home whose health is deteriorating and children he loves more than life. This is just a job, and it’s beginning to be a real hassle.
Characters come together in the picturesque Seagrove Village, and we soon find out that after Lisa’s father was brutally shot and killed in a hotel room, Annie Harper almost lost her life to a heart attack. She also became so frightened that her daughter wouldn’t have a home or food that she up and married Dutch Hauk - who raced in like a white knight on horseback when Annie had nothing left. Dutch is a monster, to say the least. He’s hated Lisa her whole life because she wants to get her hooks into her mother and pull her away from his clutches, and Dutch won’t have any of that. Annie Harper is under his control and all he needs is for her daughter to disappear.
Mark Taylor works with Lisa Harper at the crisis center - she has just received her medical license and they team together to teach self-defense classes to the men and women of Seagrove. Not only do they like to help others, but they slowly find themselves finding a soul mate in each other. Who knew that Mark was about to go back to his old ways and need to save the woman he loves…again?
This story is filled with various paths that all lead together to form one solid plot. Between the spies, the cartels, the mother and daughter who are fighting for their lives, and the men who stand in the darkness ready to destroy everything they see - this book has something for everybody. The suspense and mystery are heart-stopping, with a romance built in that makes the reader feel good. Enjoy!
Until next time,
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