Irene Hannon is one of my favorite authors. If you have never read her suspense and mystery books, you are really missing something. I read her books in 2-3 days. They are very hard to put down. When I'm finished reading the book I can hardly wait for her next book to come out. Don't miss out on this great book.
FATAL JUDGMENT by Irene Hannon is an action packed inspirational romantic suspense set in present day St. Louis. It is the first in the new series "Guardians of Justice". It is well written with depth,details,twists,turns,action packed, and fast paced. It has romance, faith, healing, murder,danger, justice, guilt, survival,mystery,suspense, second chances, love, FBI, special tactual forces, U.S. Marshalls, and redemption. The hero, Jake, is handsome, a U.S. Marshal,assigned to protect a judge,who just happens to have been his best friend's widow. The heroine, Liz, is a federal judge, just had her sister murdered in her house, is assigned to protective custody,in danger, has an unknown enemy and must keep her feeling in check. The police,FBI, U.S.Marshals and other law enforcement agency detail is amazing and adds authenticity to the story.This is a fast paced, page turning story of second chances, changing opinions, high stakes, life or death situation, finding peace with ones own actions and finding faith again during times of turmoil and trouble.This author has done it again with this story packed full of suspense and romance.
A must read and a keeper.This book was received for the purpose of review and details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.
**Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group**
From the publisher: U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels, former wife of his late best friend.
Hannon's story about a US Marshal and a federal judge whose life is in danger is a well-done story. Widow and widowers with secrets always make for sympathetic characters, and when you put them together, add guns and a body count along with special touches of the dark side of reality, Fatal Judgment unfolds with the bet of the romantic thrillers. But for a bit of a slow mo before the assassin gets directly involved with the judge, I loved this story. Hannon did an excellent job with her characters whose inevitable romance unfolds with all the depth of emotion and self-examination, alibis, and patriotic dedication to making life better a reader could want.
Contemporary, up-to-date, tasteful on the technology and terms without overloading or trying to impress the reader, Fatal Judgment will satisfy both the romantic and the suspense-seeking reader. We grieve from the start when an assassination attempt on Judge Michaels goes very wrong, and are pulled into the professionalism of the US Marshal Taylor who must keep his past impressions and exhaustion in check when he is called to duty. As the marshal realizes how ill his best friend has been before his apparent suicide, he is able to see how much Liz suffered at his hands. When the judge, Liz, has no choice but to submit to round-the-clock surveillance, she works with the marshals to uncover her mysterious threat while questioning the wisdom of letting anyone close to her heart again. A real tear-jerking scene is Taylor's revelation of the day of his wife's death and how it affected him.
We rejoice when Taylor overcomes his prejudice against Liz and when Michaels forgives those who wrong her.
Hannon shows the soft side of professionals who realize that faith is the ultimate motivation for any action, be it for selfishness or for good. Her touches of prayer and reasons to return to faith never preach and are a subtle presence throughout this story.
Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
What a ride this book is!! If you love Dee Henderson, you will love Irene Hannon. She is awesome at bringing the reader in and bringing life to a story. Jake Taylor is someone I would love to meet. He is a U.S Marshal. He has been through war and knows the pain of loss. Jake was widowed by his young wife and has struggled to move forward. He has returned to St. Louis and is now watching over, Liz Michaels, a federal judge, who is in danger. Liz is a workaholic who has kept much of her life a secret. Her sister has been murdered and now the killer might be after Liz. The Marshall's are on a hunt to find the killer and Jake is ready to protect Liz at all costs. But, a few short years before she was married to his best friend. A friend who has died and Jake isn't sure of the details of his death. He is harboring resentful feelings toward Liz, but that is because of what his best friend has shared over the years. Does she have another story to tell? As Jake is protecting Liz, he too is protecting his heart. He is beginning to see her beauty and is questioning all that resides in his heart. This book is filled with suspense and romance. This book holds so much!! Forgiveness, letting go and moving forward. As both these characters try to release themselves of yesterday's pain we get the front row seat in watching God move in their lives bringing peace and new beginnings.
Hannon's Crime Drama is back and BETTER than ever!
January 24, 2011
Willow Spring, NC
Warning! This book is fatally hazardous to ones sleep! True to the description on the back of the book, the book keeps the reader turning the pages long, long, long into the night. Each turn of the page brings fast paced suspenseful crime blended with tender romance. It lasts through out the book (starting immediately from the first sentence!) until the very last page. Thus, the fatal hazard to the readers sleep. You will NOT be able to, or even want to, put it down. And, the good thing is, this is book 1 in Hannon's newest series, Guardians of Justice, so we will get more of this awesome crime drama!
The characters in this book are all unique in their own way, each with their own struggles, and I fell in love with each one of them. This book, and it's wonderfully molded characters, absolutely gripped me and pulled me directly into the plot. I felt on many occasions that I, myself, was Judge Michaels, and it was I whom the killer was intent on killing! My heart pounded with all the action and each new twist in the case of fatal judgement was definitely edge-of-seat, breath gasping material!
While I connected with Liz, it was Jake Taylor that really stood out and pulled me in. His devotion to his cases, his love for those around him, really stood out. His meaningful character was the depth of this awesome story, especially as he learned to rely on God wholly once again!
I definitely, hands down, recommend this better-than-TV-crime-dramas book. Five stars and then some, you'll fall in love with Hannon's faith-filled, romantic, action packed novels. And, if you're already a Hannon fan, this is a MUST, MUST, MUST read to add to your shelves!