In "Avenged" by Janice Cantore we are once again taken to Las Playas, California. Carly Edwards is a street cop for Las Playas PD and when she and her partner find three gangbangers shot execution style the whole department fears there will be another gang war. Carly's husband, Nick, is a sergeant and is head of the gang unit. Carly fears for her husband's safety but knows that he is ultimately in God's hands. As the two dig deeper they realize that someone is purposefully trying to start a war between the two gangs in Las Playas but things are not adding up. When a reporter starts making false accusations about Carly they soon discover that someone is out to get her and will do anything to bring her down.
This is the third book in the Pacific Coast Justice series and it is another page turner. This book is full of mystery and intrigue. In this book we see how Carly and Nick have to rely on God and trust that He will see them through no matter what the future may bring. We see how even strong Christians sometimes have difficulty putting our troubles in God's hands and keeping our faith when things are really bad, but like Carly and Nick we must always turn to God during those hard times. I highly recommend reading "Accused" and "Abducted" first in order to appreciate the relationship Carly and Nick have with each other and with God. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.
Officer Carly Edwards's life is once again thrown her a curve ball when she discovers three Las Playas gangbangers shot execution style. This puts the whole Las Playas PD on edge knowing a gang war may be around the corner. But everything isn't adding up and when Carly discovers a gang leader with weapons stolen from a military base thing become even more unclear. Making matters worse Carly loses her partner to a knee injury and is facing questions about her job when a reporter decides to ruin her professional reputation. Will Carly have enough faith to trust God when trials push at her from all sides?
Avenged by Janice Cantore is the third and last book in her debut series, Pacific Coast Justice. I loved, loved, LOVED this book! I had thought the first two books in the series were as good as it could get, but boy was I wrong. Avenged was a great conclusion to the Pacific Coast Justice series and I can't wait for Janice's next book to come out!
I think I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I had actually read the first two books in the series! The characters were well-developed and realistic. The story itself was interesting and took enough twists that I did not know exactly how it would end before I read that far.
"Avenged" continues the story of California police officer, Carly Edwards in this third book of the "Pacific Coast Justice Series". I read the first book, "Accused" but missed the second, "Abducted," and I did feel a little lost from time to time. So, for that reason, I would say this would not be a standalone book, but rather you need the background of the previous two to understand the story arc and conclusion of "Avenged."
That being said, Janice Cantore wrote another great, engaging novel here in "Avenged" and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a great action-packed storyline with the crime fighting going on, but also a good amount of spiritual lessons and Biblical application, which I love. As a reviewer of the book, I don't think I need to give another synopsis of the plot, but rather my takeaway from it, and I feel like a Scripture passage from Psalm 62 included halfway through the book really says it all: "My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in Him at all times. Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge." It's a lesson that the main characters, Carly and her husband Nick, along with a number of secondary characters, learn along the way in "Avenged." It doesn't mean that everything goes smoothly in the book or that everyone lives "happily ever after," but rather that in this life, learning to trust is vital and the only way to truly survive and live, whether that's a long life here on this earth or not, as true life is that of eternal life secure in Christ, which no man can snatch away.
Cantore writes so descriptively that your imagination is able to make the book come to life, to the extent that your heart rate will increase during the intense scenes as you struggle to survive. ;-) However, I also appreciate the fact that Ms. Cantore doesn't feel the need to be overly graphic in the more violent scenes, but gives you just enough info to know what's going on but not too much to make you sick (unlike one of the books by Mel Odom I reviewed recently).
Overall, I give "Avenged" 4 stars as I book I really enjoyed and would recommend to those looking for an action-packed story to captivate them. My hesitancy to give it a full 5 stars is just for the fact that its not a standalone book, and thus not necessarily for everyone.
Police officer Carly and her husband, a police sergeant, investigate what appears to be a gang war. As the evidence mounts, the police department realizes something more is going on than just gang related activity.
I thought this book was very good and a nice conclusion to the series. The story was fast paced and kept my attention. Looking forward to the author's next series.