When it comes to books and movies, one favorite category of mine is crime drama. If the back cover mentions CIA, FBI, or any other government agency, you can bet Id give it a try. I was quite excited when I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Lis Wiehls book Hand of Fate and review it on my blog. The book centers on 3 friends, (one a crime reporter, one a federal prosecutor, and the other an FBI agent) as they work together to solve the death of radio talk show personality, Jim Fate. His death prompted panic in the city of Portland, OR, as terrorism was suspected. This type of book is right up my alley. The book was a quick read. I easily read it in two evenings. It wasnt overly captivating, and I must confess I did not find myself staying awake all night to finish it, like I have with some other crime dramas. Though I will say that I didnt expect the ending. I love when books have a surprise twist at the end and it didnt disappoint with that. To be honest, Id give it a 4 out of 10. Not bad for a night or two of entertainment, but not in my top 5 of fiction crime novels either. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers 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.
The loud mouthed shock radio journalist, a terrorist attack and three determined professional women take you on a twisting and turning tale of life, mystery and fanaticism. The beautiful and hardworking news journalist, Cassidy, the stoic yet methodical F.B.I. agent, Nicole and the up and coming federal attorney, Allison all work together to get to the bottom of a terrorist attack, or was it?I love a good mystery so I sat myself down and went to reading. Immediately several points stood out. Lis Wiehl could have taken the events right out of today s headlines. She is that pretty blond who is an attorney as well as a television and radio commentator for the Fox News Network and National Public Radio. When not appearing on OReilly she is winding her way through intrigue with her co-author mystery writer, April Henry.They have penned a previous mystery together called Face of Betrayal which was the first of what they call The Triple Threat series. Hand of Fate, takes the fear of terrorism and mixes it with the trials and tribulations of three career women. They blend them together into a tale of mystery and intrigue with a life lesson woven into the storyline. I read over 100 books a year which sometimes makes it difficult for me to find new and interesting writers. I believe that I have found a new series to keep me interested as it was well written. In fact it kept it going enough that I will seek out and read Face of Betrayal another Nelson Thomas publication by the same authors. Oh and for those of you who are into electronic books it is available on Kindle but not on EBooks for the new IPad yet.
Have you ever had a book that you just didnt want to put down until you knew how it ended? If you like that type of book then Hand of Fate is just the one for you. Hand of fate is a murder mystery by Lis Wiehl and April Henry that leads you on the journey to find out who killed Jim Fate. This is the second book in the Triple threat club series. The Triple threat club is a group of three women, Nicole is an FBI Agent, Cassidy is a TV Crime Reporter and Allison is a Federal Prosecutor. The beginning of the novel jumps around a bit if you are not familiar with the triple threat club, as you need to learn who each lady is and what they do. Once you get your bearings straight on the characters, you start to weave your way through the tale, trying to find the murderer. The ladies in this novel face real dilemmas and that alone makes you feel as if they are real people that you can relate too. I definitely would recommend Hand of Fate to anyone who likes murder mystery novels. I read the whole book in one weekend and it would have been a lot faster if not for work and sleep getting in the way. It should be pointed out that this is a book written from a Christian perspective but is more of a general fiction novel. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers 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.
I received the book, Hand of Fate; a Triple Threat Novel, free to review. This is my opinions of this book. This is the 2nd book by Lis Wiehl with April Henry. Hand of Fate is an awesome book. I couldn't put it down. We again see our 3 friends: Allison, a DA, Nicole, FBI Agent, and Cassidy, a TV reporter. We meet Jim Fate in this book. He has a radio show called "hand of fate". He is a friend of Cassidy's and had contacted Allison and Nicole about threats he was receiving on his life. He receives a package and opens it. When it is opened a "gas" of some kind is released. This starts a whole chain of events...chaos...unsure of what was released it begins investigations. So begins a case to figure out who wanted Jim Fate dead and the list is HUGE. Could be his co host, his Nuts of the Day, or even a Politician. Intertwined in these events we see our 3 friends going through their own personal crisis. A miscarriage, a drug addiction, and also admission of rape that happened 10 yrs ago. We see the friends relying on their faith to get through these trials. Just as Face of Betrayal, this book kept you on the edge of your seat and in the end the suspect is NOT who you would think it was. I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to read this book and now have another favorite author! Can't wait for another Triple Threat book to come out!! Lis Weihl is a very talented writer and knows how to keep her readers wanting more.
Hand of Fate is the second novel in this well-written, fast-paced detective mystery/suspense series. The novel is perfectly understandable without reading the first novel in the series, but it will probably still be more enjoyable if you start with the first book, The Face of Betrayal.The characters were realistic and interesting, and they struggled with realistic personal troubles even as they worked to solve the case. The world-building about the city and the jobs was excellent. It felt like this story really was happening somewhere--or, at least, that it could happen. The level of detail never slowed the fast pacing.It was a clever mystery. I was a bit surprised that they overlooked an obvious odd point to the crime until the end, but noting it earlier probably wouldn't have changed their course of investigation. The only downside to the mystery was that the authors are already following a pattern, so I knew what to expect and figured out the killer (though not why) before they did. On the other hand, the suspense was handled better than in the first novel, and that kept me turning the pages with interest.One of the main characters (and a few minor ones) were Christian. Their faith affected how they lived their lives and dealt with a crisis, but they weren't pushy about it with others. I wouldn't really label this a "Christian book." I think both Christians and non-Christians would really enjoy it.There is no sex, and I don't recall any bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this novel as well-written, clean reading.I received this book as a review copy from Thomas Nelson.