Brinna, Hero, Maggie and Jack... they're back!
My whole family gets excited about a new Janice Cantore release. We we so happy to open the package from Tyndale and find Visible Threat inside!
Chapter one, all nine pages of it, drop us right into Brinna's life. This savvy cop who never gives up on an abducted child and who never gives in when pursuing a perpetrator is in the middle of one of those pursuits. A previous offender on parole has lured away a fourteen year old girl over the internet, then kidnapped her at their meeting place in the park.
If you've never met Officer Brinna Caruso before, you'll know exactly what drives her by the end of these first pages. Saving kids, at any cost to herself, and even if it means disregarding and out-of-touch Lieutenant Harvey. That is her mission. When a child's future is on the line, nothing else matters.
If you met Brinna already in Critical Pursuit, you probably have a few pressing questions. Where is she at with God? How is her relationship with family? And what about her and Jack O'Reilly?
Well, no spoilers here, let me just assure you that it's all good.
Brinna's awareness of God is helping her see new dimensions in her world, and it's challenging her to spread her wings of faith.
You will be delighted to see her and her mom growing closer (her mom plays a critical part in this story!) Mother and daughter are finding ways to merge their lives and depend on each other.
And for her and Jack, they were on their way to a lasting friendship at the end of book one, and I'm really happy for the two of them at the end of book two!
Plus, you'll be glad to have Brinna's spunky friend Maggie back. This girl is a hoot. Constantly sizing up every single man she meets, usually trying to fix up her friends, Maggie has a heart of gold and is as loyal as can be.Maggie's character is developed more in this book, which was great. Brinna needs a friend like her.
Janice Cantore has hit it out of the park with this book. This can be a stand-alone, but it's even better when paired with Critical Pursuit, the first book about Brinna. It's a sure bet for mystery and police-procedural with strong human stories woven in.
The cops she writes about are not "Robocops." They do their best and they make mistakes and they struggle with their families and their work. They worry that they haven't done enough, they blame themselves when they shouldn't, and they support each other as partners and fellow officers.
The victims in the crime, in this case human trafficking, are also presented as people.
Thank you Tyndale for my review copy!
March 5, 2014
Reviews From A Man's Perspective
Nothing says Ã¢ÂÂWoo-Hoo! IÃ¢ÂÂm going out of town and will have time on my hands!Ã¢ÂÂ then to pick up a copy of the newest book in the Ã¢ÂÂHeart of JusticeÃ¢ÂÂ series by Janice Cantore.
After leaving Brinna with her K9 dog, Hero in Ã¢ÂÂCritical PursuitÃ¢ÂÂ, she is back and still working to save lost children. After a floater is found down by the river, Brinna is called in with Hero to see if they can track down where she came from. With no new leads, Brinna goes back to the daily routines of police work and being notified that her days with Hero may be numbered due to a cut in the Federal Grant that was paying for the program. As the weather turns violent with torrential rains, a call comes in of another body in the same river, but this time sheÃ¢ÂÂs still alive. Putting her life and another officerÃ¢ÂÂs on the line, they go in the water to get the young girl before sheÃ¢ÂÂs swept away. But their heroics come at a price as both Brinna and the other officer are pulled under themselves. Are they able to snag the girl? Will they survive the attempt? Who is she and what is her connection to the other body they found? Hang onto the edge of your seat and GO BUY THE BOOK!
In reality, I donÃ¢ÂÂt have many close friends. In my head, though, I get to have dozens of friends as I read some great books all of the time. A sign of a great writer, to me, is one that creates characters that you enjoy reading about and miss them when you close the book. Brinna and her friend Jack are two such characters that have been created by Janice Cantore. Brinna has such a drive and determination to be the best at her job and to make sure that no other children are abducted like she was as a child. Jack has lost his wife and still struggles with the day-to-day living of going on without her, but is finally on the road to allowing others to get close to him again. Both of these characters are ones that I will miss when this series comes to an end. This book did not disappoint as it continues with the smooth plotlines and character developments that I have seen in all of her earlier books.
Is this a "guy's book"? This book has chase scenes, daring rescues and complete police procedures. I canÃ¢ÂÂt imagine any guy not looking forward to picking up this book and the first book in the series as well.
March 2, 2014
Excellent police thriller
Visible Threat is the latest police thriller written by Janice Cantore, a veteran Long Beach police officer herself. This is book two in her latest series, which follows police officer Brinna Caruso. Brinna is a kidnap/abuse survivor herself, so she wants to make sure no other girl is kidnapped and abused like she was as a child. Along with her police dog Hero, she works to eliminate crime. In this book, she's caught up with former partner Jack O'Reilly into a dangerous mystery involving a murdered girl which leads to them uncovering a human trafficking ring. There is a bit of a romantic storyline between Brinna and Jack as well, which rounds out the suspense.
I absolutely loved this second book about Brinna. The first one, Critical Pursuit, was excellent; but this one managed to top even that. There is the perfect blend of suspense, drama, police work, and a bit of romance. This one will grab you from the first page and you'll have trouble putting it down! I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good Christian suspense and/or romance. Janice Cantore's experience as a police officer uniquely qualifies her to write very realistic police procedurals.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
February 28, 2014