This book is a fast paced and action packed thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. One that you don't want to stop reading until you get to the end of the story. There is a lot of suspense with some romance and much more. I loved how the author included inspirational and spiritual aspects in the story. Donn is a very talented writer and I love to read his books.
Jocelyn's father is a very rich and controlling man and has been controlling her life since she was born. She is forced to go on a dangerous mission to Columbia with journalist Kristin Halvorsen. After witnessing a brutal massacre and being captured their lives are in mortal danger. Jeb Sledge is a soldier of fortune who wants to leave his old life behind and become a new person. However his plans change when he s forced by billionaire Steve Spinner to go to Columbia to rescue his daughter. A thrilling rescue. You have to read this book to get the full impact of the story and the danger that surrounds the characters.
If you love mature action thrillers you will love this story. I highly recommend this book.
I was given a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my opinion and review.
Deadly Additive by Donn Taylor is a fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader riveted to the plot. It embraces plenty of action and suspense to entertain while presenting an underlying spiritual journey of the main characters. Jeb Sledge is an Army reservist, decorated for Special Forces work in Afghanistan and just recuperated from an assassins hit gained in one of his many perilous duties undertaken for noble causes. He is pressured into rescuing a billionaires daughter from Colombian guerillas who kidnapped her and a college friend for ransom.
Spirited, strong-willed journalist, Kristin Halvorsen, college friend of Steve Spinners daughter, has traded identities with Jocelyn Spinner. And she has stumbled upon an atrocity that could result in the story of a lifetimeif she can secure her proof and if she can escape with her life.
The lives of Sledge and Kristin intersect, and each finds hope again after years of emptiness and being spiritually adrift. Both characters are well developed and appealing. Their challenging and harrowing fight for survival could be taken straight out of the headlines today.
No less satisfying is the supporting cast of colorful charactersthe Ramirez family; Brinkman, a retired CIA officer who is an expert on data on international crime; and even the villainous characters. I highly recommend this exciting novel and look forward to reading the other novels by Taylor. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Jeb Sledge, hoping to reinvent himself into "New Sledge", reluctantly takes on one last soldier of fortune assignment. Deadly Additive is an intriguing story of the rescue of two young women from Colombian guerrillas which leads to the uncovering of a sinister plot to unleash a munition filled with not one or two, but three, chemical agents. From one end of the United States to the other, from St Kitts to Colombia, the action just never stops. Just when the reader thinks things might be resolving, another twist to the plot sends Sledge barreling into another dangerous situation. The author, Donn Taylor, sweetens the storyline with a bit of romance, and a bit of humor as some of the quirky characters have "odd habits of speech" ("I am a sheep off the old black", "your job would be harder than passing a camel through the eye of a noodle.") The life-threatening adventures from start to finish keep the pages turning fast and furiously. Throughout the novel, the reader is reminded there is a God-shaped hole in one's life that can only be filled by God, not by money, or love, or an adrenaline filled adventure. Deadly Additive is definitely a recommended read for those who thrive on thrilling action-packed intrigue.
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
Review Title: Suspense Woven with Romance and Humor (review of Deadly Additive by Donn Taylor)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars
The author, Donn Taylor, expertly weaves together a complex tale of suspense involving characters under false identity, a hero type who wants to start a new life without all the excitement and life-threatening adventures, and international bad and good guys. The story worked for me on several levels, although I do not typically read this type novel.
The book is high on action for those who like plots to be action driven. The characters are well developed with their motives explored, but the reader does not get so much into their heads as to be distracted from the thickening plot. Romance seems probable between two main characters, but not without hesitations based on past experiences. They start out with low level respect for each other, but as the story puts them in difficult situations, respect and care develop naturally.
The characters start with only a little understanding of the Christian faith, but in time and under pressure, they learn how faith in God sustains through the worst of times. I liked the focus on both the individuals and the well-being of the masses who could be terribly damaged by chemical weapons. The self-sacrificial attitude which led to acts to save lives shows the spirit of Christianity in action.
My husband and I listened to the Audible audio book version and found it to be well read. I received the paperback book from bookfun.org and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I believe most mature Christian audiences will appreciate this story if they enjoy suspense. I also think those who are not Christian will enjoy the book because it is low key in its treatment of conversations about faith.