I could not get into this book. I found it very uninteresting. I have an eighteen year old that read it. He said he did not enjoy it, but finished it any way.I never finished it. This is just my taste. Other people may love it. The world is made up of different personility types. If you have a chance to try the book before buying then do so because you might love it.
Dinah Harris is a down-and-out FBI agent who's survived a family tragedy - barely. Once a rising star in the Bureau, she now struggles to get through each workday until she can drown in her favorite wine. When her former partner pushes buttons and removes her from her day-to-day teaching job and gets her reinstated to agent status, can she keep it together to find the missing Secretary of the Smithsonian?
I love real characters. You know the kind I mean - the kind with the sort of flaws that we've struggled with personally, the kind that the guy down the street has or that we see in the carpool line at school. Dinah Harris is such a character.
Following a huge personal tragedy, she falls into a deep depression and tries to numb the pain with alcohol - which only adds an alcoholic's problems to her original ones. It doesn't help that she's been demoted to a teacher at the FBI academy and lost her dream position of star agent.
The story opens as her partner returns, having gotten permission for her to work the case of the missing Smithsonian secretary, and you can feel Dinah's pain as you read. Knowing that she was once totally different than she is now, you can't help but cheer her on through this rare second chance. As she makes mistake after mistake and you learn more of her story, you just want to hand her a box of tissues and give her a big hug.
If Deadly Disclosures were only the story of Dinah Harris solving a high-profile case, it would be a good one. What makes it even better is the other side of it - the shady political deals happening behind the scenes. While I'm about as political as a slug, I found this fascinating, mainly because I learned so much from this part of the story.
Thomas Whitfield, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, was a devout evolutionist - until the day he became a Christian. With Whitfield interested in Creationism before he disappeared, Dinah finds herself in a no-holds-barred search for the truth - as bodies begin to appear and her own downward spiral continues.
I feared that a story where the author had a distinct desire to teach something would be preachy, but Deadly Disclosures is anything but. With politicians and heads of organizations interviewed throughout the book, the information is shared at just the right pace for a newbie to understand, and, better yet, both sides of the issue are explained.
Cave uses natural dialogue and the twists and turns of the case to educate the reader about creationism. It is clear that she stands on a distinct side of this issue, but scientific information is shared to support all premises. Both sides of the issues are very well explained and inherent to the story, making it come across as a really well-researched suspense novel.
Now, with that technical stuff out of the way, this is a really awesome start to a great trilogy. It's fast-paced, action-packed, and a dramatic mystery that makes you feel for the main character even as you try to solve the mystery before she does. (I liked it so much that I read the whole series in two days. I can't wait for Cave's next book!)
Deadly Disclosures is the first book in the Dinah Harris Mystery series published by Master books. As you may surmise from the series name, the main character is Dinah Harris. When we first encounter her in the story, she is a mostly washed up FBI agent, who is struggling with depression, alcoholism and is on the verge of suicide. The one thing that keeps her going, the routine that gets her up in the morning is her job. At one time Dinah was a highly respected FBI field agent, but after one of her cases goes horribly wrong, Dinah was removed from active field duty and now spends her days instructing the fresh off the farm FBI recruits. For better or worse, this was her day to day existence until a mysterious abduction thrusts her back into active field duty.
The seemingly unlikely abduction victim is Thomas Whitfield, secretary of the Smithsonian. As Dinah and her partner Ferguson begin their investigation of the alleged crime, it seems that nobody is willing to admit to any conflicts with Thomas Whitfield or want of doing him harm. However, the deeper they dig, the higher the number of people who are getting threatened or harmed along the way to protect some unknown secret. Dinah and Ferguson are unable to catch a break in the case until they meet Andy Coleman, president of Genesis Legacy, a Christian apologetics organization. Andy shares with them the story of how he and Thomas Whitfield got to know each other on the debate circuit, Thomas making the case for evolution and Andy making the case for creation / intelligent design. Through an unlikely meeting in the aftermath of the horror of Columbine High School, the direction of their relationship begins to change and Andy is able to tell Thomas about the faith that underlies his belief in a creator and intelligent design. Through this and a series of follow up conversations, Andy shares the gospel with Thomas, who eventually repents and accepts Christ as his Lord and Savior. Along with this new found faith, comes a rejection of his former beliefs in evolution. While this would be highly unpopular within the circles Thomas runs in, Dinah and Ferguson struggle to come to terms with whether or not it'd be enough to get him murdered.
There are still many more exciting twists and turns in the story that I could share, but I'll end my spoilers for now as I want readers to be able to fully enjoy the story for themselves. All thing considered, Deadly Disclosures is a great piece of fictional writing. The book moves along at a fast pace, which made it really hard to put down. I actually finished the entire novel in about 48 hours. The story that unfolds around the creation / evolution debate felt like it was pulled from the headlines. The interchanges with Andy Coleman throughout the story provide an excellent summary of the case for creation / intelligent design over evolution. There are also several clear articulations of the gospel in the story that take place between Andy Coleman and Thomas Whitfield and eventually between the Colemans (Andy and Sandra) and Dinah. Although Deadly Disclosures is a work of fiction, it does a great job of taking on some raw life issues (tragic loss, depression, alcoholism, etc.) and showing that Jesus Christ is all sufficient, able to heal the deepest of wounds and deliver from even the deepest of hurts. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Deadly Disclosures and would highly recommend it, both as an excellent fictional story and for its presentation of the creation / evolution debate and its presentation of the gospel. Readers who enjoy Deadly Disclosures will also want to consider The Shadowed Mind (Master Books, 2010) and Pieces of Light (Master Books, 2011), books two and three in the Dinah Harris Mystery series.
Julie Cave credits her parents for introducing her to books at a young age, which fostered an enduring passion for reading and writing. As a child, her favorite authors were Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis and it wasn't long before she began copying them, writing short stories for anyone who would read them. At fifteen, two things happened which would shape her future: she heard a creation science speaker at her church which cemented her faith in God; and she finished her second novel-length story and realized she had fallen in love with writing novels. After school, she completed a health science degree, got married, and worked in banking and finance. All the while she wondered how she could combine her love of writing and her strong passion for Christian apologetics and evangelism. One weekend at a church camp, a friend asked, Ã¢â¬ËWhat if the guy in charge of the Smithsonian Institution went missing?' The result - and the answer to that question - is Julie's maiden published novel, Deadly Disclosures. Since then, Julie has written and released the other two books in this trilogy, The Shadowed Mind and Pieces of Light. Julie has two daughters and lives in Brisbane, Australia with her family. She divides her time between being a wife, a mother and an author.
This book was provided by Master Books for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.