What a suspense filled story! There is so much going on in the story that you will not want to put it down till you read the ending! I gave this book 4/5 stars. I liked the plot and thought it was very well written. It flowed from one scene to the next flawlessly. There were some issues with some of the characters. I just could not relate to all of them. Usually you can get a feel for characters and empathize with them but a few of the characters in this story did nothing for me. I think the plot could have done without a few of the extra characters and that would have made this a five star book!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
I can't remember the last time I didn't finish a book....but this book almost stopped that streak! It truly was painful for me to keep reading it. First of all, I have no idea why this is in the Christian market. There are only a few spiritual references, and to boot, there is a ton of coverage on the "cursed" car. I also thought the storyline was just too exaggerated. I mean truly...how many things could go wrong for one small town couple. This was the first story I've ever read by Ace Collins, but trust me, it will also be my last.
Buckle up for intrigue and adventure in scenic Depression-era America. George Hall, a draftsman, buys a 1936 Packard sedan from the estate of spinster Abigale Watling in Oakwood, Illinois. At first, the car brings George, his wife Jean, and their daughter Rose an unexpected boon. But tragedy follows when Rose is kidnapped. The auto then comes into the possession of salesman William Landers, FBI agent Helen Meeker, and serviceman James Coffman's family. As clues to the kidnapping caper come to light, more than one life is in jeopardy. Will Agent Meeker catch the culprit before it's too late?
It just seems like two months ago that I was nose-deep into a new Ace Collins book (so maybe it was more than two months, but who's counting). Today, excitedly so, I get to tell you about another book that he has published. There is another one that I saw on the bookshelves just this past weekend called "The Christmas Star", so we are definitely getting our fulfillment of Ace here at the end of the year!
Cursed, Possessed, Nothing but Trouble! These are just a few of the terms used to describe this beautiful 1936 Packard. The fact that it was Canary Yellow didn't help it go unnoticed either. George Hall is a proud new papa, so proud that he couldn't stand to think of taking his new princess home in his dilapidated old car. At a local auction he sees the Packard and knows that it's the perfect car for his family. Undeterred with all of the negative talk surrounding the car with those at the auction, George winds up being the high bidder for the car. A close collision with the car and a runaway dump truck puts George and his family on the road to the high life, so there can't be any truth to these rumors of the car. George is riding high with a promotion, his wife has just bought a floral shop and then the unthinkable happens. Their daughter is kidnapped! And so begins a wild ride with this Packard. FBI Agent Helen Meeker is hot on the trail of the car and the kidnappers. From the aluminum salesman who bought the car and saw his job prospects increase tenfold, to the airplane pilot with a daughter with an inoperable brain tumor who saves the life of a doctor who just so happens to be able to operate on his daughter. The car seems to run from good to bad and back again. What do all of these people have to do with the car? Will George and his wife ever find their daughter? What secret is Agent Helen Meeker keeping and will she ever find a resolution? Good luck getting those answers out of me or Ace, READ THE BOOK!
The thread that Ace has woven through this entire book is astonishing. For someone as simple as me, it's sometime difficult to remember what letter comes after "N" if I haven't sung the whole song first. Ace, though, can throw these characters together in such a way that you believe in them, you follow their every step because you don't want anything bad to happen. As each individual or couple interacts with this car, he brings into play scenarios that not only are realistic, but help with the overall plot of the story. There seem to be several mini-stories within this whole book and each of them is as exciting as the whole. I will readily admit that I'm more interested in books in the current era, but this book would not have been the same if it had been written that way. Having this set in the late 30's and early 40's made this story pop!
So is this a "man's book"? This book has cars, intrigue, police chases, airplane wrecks and more. This book would be on my list of "must be read" by anybody, not just men!
A brand new, specially ordered bright yellow 1936 Packard is at the center of this Depression era novel. Some are sure the car is cursed. Two people died because of that car before it was even delivered. And then the eccentric old woman who ordered the car dies under mysterious circumstances.
The next owners of the car at first experience great luck with the car. But then, their daughter is kidnapped and the car stolen with the ransom money in it.
Helen Meeker, a friend of the Roosevelt's, manages to get temporary assignment to the FBI. She is out to prove that women can be valuable assets to the FBI and to find the missing child.
Collins has written a well crafted novel. I loved Helen Meeker. She is tenacious. She has a sense of humor. She is smart. And she can catch bad guys, even when they've managed to elude all the men FBI agents.
The story is good too. The action slows a bit with each new owner of the car. But before long, the novel is zipping along to its climactic and heartwarming ending.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.