Firewall is another hit from DiAnn Mills! While DiAnn has written books across many genres, her romantic suspense novels are my favorites! Firewall is the first in a new series featuring Houston-based FBI detectives. I loved that the intensity began in the first few pages, so I knew I needed to strap in for a wild ride!
The primary characters were likeable and interesting. At times I felt so sorry for Taryn and wondered if it was really necessary for so many bad things to keep happening to her. However, in the end, it did make for a great story, so I suppose its alright. [wink!] I admired the way she fought through adversity and realized she absolutely had to trust someone besides herself! Grayson was a fantastic hero, and his uncle added a lot to the book. Perhaps hell be featured again in future books or even get one of his own?
What makes DiAnns books stand apart from many of the suspense novels Ive read is the accuracy. Theres nothing cheesy in these books, and she gets policies and procedures right! I think this helped the book come alive for meas it sometimes felt more like I was watching a movie than reading a book!
As Ive come to expect from DiAnn, Firewall was fast-paced, filled with intriguing characters, and every single detail was thoroughly researched! [5 stars]
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review, which I have given.
This was the first book by DiAnn Mills that I have read. I enjoyed the plot, and especially the twist at the end that was completely a surprise. Although the writing is a little choppy, and some of the happenings/feelings are too unrealistic to make this a 5 star book, it piqued my interest to see what will follow in the next book in the series.
Firewall by Diann Mills was an addictive, fast paced read. I have read her historical fiction before, but this was the first suspense of hers I have read and I was not disappointed. Can you imagine just getting married to the man you love, starting out on your honeymoon, and boom a terrorist attack takes place at the airport where you are departing from? Not only that, but waking up in the hospital and realizing your husband is missing and the FBI are questioning who he really is and now you are a suspect? You were supposed to be on your way to your honeymoon! Well this is what happens to brilliant software developer Taryn Young. Mills creates such an intricate web of deceit and sabotage that, Taryn, nor the reader, knows who to trust. I really felt for Taryn and was quickly turning the pages to see how all this was going to turn out. The book took some interesting turns that I did not see coming and I really look forward to the next novel in this series. This book was better than most series on TV and I could tell that the author did her research. I highly recommend it. I received this book from The Book Club Network (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
If you love fast-paced intrigue that involves high tech software affecting international trade, terrorist plots, FBI investigations, tight deadlines, assassins, greedy Wall Street players, software developers, betrayal, and threats to national security, you will enjoy Firewall. The pace is relentless and will definitely keep you awake.
Taryn Young is head developer for Gated Labs Technology, a software development company that is involved in handling top-secret government contracts. The project she's been working on most recently is a program that protects the delivery system that transports liquid natural gas (LNG) for export. She designed the firewall that prevents hackers from taking control of the pipeline. Should the software get into the wrong hands, the controlled temperature could be tampered with, causing an explosion of the volatile gas, threatening lives, causing prices to rise in the market. Two buyers have already purchased the new technology, and the date of export was drawing near.
Taryn has just gotten married; she and her new husband were on their way to San Juan, a rare vacation for her. While waiting near one of the airport's gates, an explosion ripped through the building. Taryn woke up in the hospital with a head injury hours later, her husband missing, and two FBI agents were eyeing her coldly.
Special Agent Grayson Hall was an FBI agent experienced with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and was called in because of his expertise. He was assigned to Taryn Young and her husband Francis Shepherd to explore a possible connection between her software and the bombing incident. Shepherd's disappearance with all Taryn's gadgets, including her iPhone which held the key to a back door to the new program called Nehemiah only implicated them further. Grayson and his partner were of the opinion that Shepherd and Young were part of the airport bombing. In just a matter of hours, Taryn has gone from newlywed to fugitive and she doesn't know who to trust.
The deeper the book gets into the plot, the greater are the complications, twists and turns that take the reader away from earlier assumptions. Even when Taryn teams up with Agent Grayson, the earliest bits and pieces of information being accumulated by countless agents on the job didn't make sense. The action, however, keeps us guessing and reading on.
In spite of the intense, suspenseful action, the author uses temporary lulls to give the main characters an opportunity for reflection. Such introspection fleshes out the individuals we are learning to care for in all the fracas. Throughout the many betrayals, the captures, the shocking revelations, the horror of lives lost, and loss of trust, Taryn remembers her friend Claire encouraging her to place her problems in God's hands. What did she have to lose? She calls out to God for help and eventually through the horrendous events, Taryn learns to trust Him.
Another tactic the author used when the tension ramped up was to bring in Joe, Agent Hall's uncle who was himself a retired FBI agent. I loved how Joe brought to the mix a break in intensity because of his personality, his wit and wisdom, and his relationship with his nephew. The two men worked with each other like a well-oiled machine. Their quips added levity at just the right moments, yet Joe was also a good agent and when the chips were down, he played an important role in solving the many questions posed by things that were baffling other agents. He even assisted in finding the mole within the Agency itself.
There's a lot to like in this suspenseful story. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fast-paced intrigue.
I am reading and reviewing this book for the Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. summer reading program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
This was a hang-on-to-the-edge-of-your-seats kind of book. I loved it. Yes, I knew that that two main characters were going to come out alive because that is what always happens in fiction books, right, but the plot was not all what I expected and the last couple chapterswhere you knew everything was going to come together and turn out threw a few twists that I wasn't expecting. This is the first book I've read by DiAnn and I was very impressed. I thought it was well-written and a very good plot.