This is the first book of DiANN Mills' that I have read. I am a voracious reader and am always looking for a good new author. I bought the book based on the good reviews here. I was excited to read it because I am from Texas and I have a family member who works in law enforcement in Houston. The premise presented in the teaser sounded interesting and I looked forward to seeing how it would work out. I read the book as soon as it arrived.
To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. By page 11, I found the book totally unbelievable. In the next few pages, it became even more unbelievable. I read a lot of Christian fiction and many authors present situations or actions that are unbelievable. It is the author's job to convince the reader of their credibility and possibility. That does not happen in this book.
The dialog often does not make sense, is forced, abrupt and hard to follow. The romantic dialog is contrived and hokey. The book is not well fleshed out.
As far as this being a Christian novel, the book again disappoints. The only time Jesus' name is used is when the main character is talking to a strange dog. The characters do occasionally pray, trust God for their safety and future, and do try to recognize God as Lord. But along with the rest of the book, it is hard to believe, forced, abrupt, and sparse.
I hate to leave such a bad review. But in light of all of the good review on this book, I wanted to give prospective readers a chance to not waste their money. I wish someone had done the same for me.
"Firewall" is book 1 in DiAnn Mills FBI: Houston series and it is an exciting and captivating start! Taryn Young thinks she living the dream, she has married the man of her dreams after meeting and falling in love and marrying him in three short months. However, the morning they are to leave on her honeymoon, a bomb goes off at the airport while she is in the restroom before boarding her flight. When Taryn awakes in the hospital she learns that she is a suspect as her new husband whom the FBI believes is not whom Taryn believes him to be. What a start to this novel and believe the action and suspense does not let up! I did not want to stop reading this book until I reached the very end and with the twists and turns, I was kept guessing and my attention was held the entire time! I am looking forward to book 2 in this series! This is a must read for romantic suspense fans!
When you start reading this book be prepared for a roller coaster with lots of twist and turns. This book is a page turner about the main character, Taryn getting married after a very short engagement and finding out the man she married is not the real person she fell in love with. Just when you think the book is winding down something else happens in the story. I enjoyed the progression of Tarayn and Agent Grason's relationship. This is a well written christian suspense book by a great author.
Another marvelous and exciting book by Diann Mills.
Taryn Young a software developer who is tops in her field gives her heart to Francis Shepherd. As they wait in the airport to leave on their honeymoon a bomb explodes. Taryn wakes up in the hospital looking for her husband who she thinks was just in her room. He is no where to be found. He has just disappeared. But she heard his voice. FBI Agent Grayson Hall's number one priority is to catch whoever committed this horrible act that killed so many and inflicted injury to others. Another agent along with Grayson has been assigned to her case. One agent who has been with the agency for years thinks she is involved in this terrorist attack but Grayson has a gut feeling that she is innocent. They have been unable to locate Francis Shepherd and believes he is not the person he represents.
An intriguing, sometimes complex story with lots of non-stop action, fast paced, with twists and turns, love and faith. It is a book you won't want to put down and one that keeps you guessing. Who is Francis Shepherd? Who is behind the bombing and why? Is there a relationship evolving between Grayson and Taryn? I never guessed the mastermind of this crime until the end. What a surprise.
A well written story with strong and interesting characters. A winner. I recommend this book.
I received a copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.
Incredible! DiAnn Mills' latest novel Firewall is hard to describe with my limited vocabulary, but one thing I can say is that this is not a book to pick up to read when you are ready to go to sleep as you won't want to put it down! Firewall is that compelling of a read, and that excellent. It is far above and beyond the books of DiAnn Mills that I have read in the past!
What a nightmare for newlywed Taryn Young! Imagine awakening in the hospital with your new husband missing / possibly dead as the result of a bombing at the airport where you are waiting to board a plane for your honeymoon. Then imagine that the FBI thinks that you are part of the terrorist group who did the bombing. Not the Monday morning I would want to have! Of the two FBI agents assigned to Taryn's case, one had many years of experience and thought she was part of the terrorist attack at the airport terminal. After listening to her, the younger agent felt in his gut that she was an innocent victim of her new husband and of those behind the attack.
The characters are very well defined as needed by the story needs at any given time. Taryn and Special Agent Grayson Hall are both very likable, highly intelligent, and dedicated to their jobs. Taryn manages to take each crisis in stride, in spite of what she learns about her bridegroom, and seeks the Lord even when it seems that nothing is changing for the better. Grayson's uncle, Joe Hill, is retired from the FBI but takes on a vital investigative role to help them. Joe is also very likable and intelligent, with wisdom gained from many years in his career. Special Agent Vince Bradshaw is Grayson's partner, and has a wealth of experience on the job but a cynical outlook on life and crime in general. I just wasn't able to find Vince a likable character, in spite of his years with the bureau.
The plot is complex and the flow of the story increases in intensity with unexpected twists and multiple suspects, each who has an integral position from where they could steal or attempt to steal software designed by Taryn that is crucial to national security. Some of the suspects seem like logical choices, others come as a complete surprise. This kept me guessing until the bad guys are all revealed, including the stunning discovery of the man behind the mission.
I highly recommend this novel to adults of any age who appreciate Christian thrillers. Firewall is at the head of its genre for a non-stop, finely-woven plot with believable protagonists with whom the readers can identify. It is one of the most captivating thrillers that I've read this year. It has the added bonus that the author shares the message of Christianity through her characters without being "preachy".
I received a copy of this book through the "For Readers Only" group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review. Many thanks to Tyndale House, DiAnn Mills, and TBCN for this exhilarating new thriller!