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    Fatal Strike, softcover
    DiAnn Mills
    Tyndale House / 2019 / Trade Paperback
    $11.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 20% ($3.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 13 Reviews Video
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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow Burn
    September 10, 2019
    Faye
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are tasked with bringing down the killer who is on the loose in Galveston, injecting their victims with poisonous venom.

    Their best lead runs cold when their main suspect goes into hiding, and the murders halt.

    Can they pick up the threads of a case that seems to have gone cold and bring the killer to justice.

    This engaging suspense is a slow burn, but don't let that fool you, this riveting read still packs a mighty punch. The arc of the story follows the steps of the investigation, as Leah and Jon work together to solve the mystery, learning about each other as they work the case. The reader is left to guess right along with Jon and Leah, as they interview suspects, follow leads, and learn to appreciate each other's strengths and weaknesses.

    Leah and Jon are both alpha types who are used to taking the lead, and don't put up with nonsense, with an unswerving dedication to their jobs. Leah has worked hard to earn the respect of her peers, and hates showing any vulnerabilities. Jon is a natural leader, confident and comfortable with listening to other ideas. As they work together they find a unique friendship, that lets them let down their guards in a way they never have before. Jon has been thinking more and more about his faith since a tragic accident that ended his previous career.

    Overall, an engaging read with great character development and excellent pacing. Even though they aren't dodging bullets every chapter, this book is no less riveting and captures the ups and downs of following a lead, all laying the groundwork for an explosive conclusion. Highly recommend this well crafted read, compelling, romantic, suspenseful, with great themes of faith and characters that you can cheer for!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Suspenseful crime drama with insightful storytelling!
    September 9, 2019
    That's What She's Reading
    Following a string of recent and prominent murders using snake venom that has the calling card of a local gang infiltration, a team of FBI agents, led by a highly trained sniper duo, descend on Galveston to deescalate the threat and bring justice to the victims. Tensely woven from the opening sequence, the story was incredibly fast-paced and set a desperate tone to find the answers to what has set a community on edge.

    "Her faith will be her strength or weakness."

    As Jon and Leah set out to seek the truth behind these horrible crimes, their detective work picks up the pace and so too does the mutual attraction felt between them. Despite their tough exteriors, both are fragile individuals, yet it is through their weaknesses that their strengths can shine. Each carries quite a bit of baggage, making them reluctant to get too close, yet as the circumstances unfold it becomes harder and harder to deny the feelings developing between them. I appreciate the light romance aspects of the story that take backstage to the importance of professionalism. Additionally, I am such a fan of how the author is able to balance the very real human characteristics of grit and grace in such a gentle and admirable way. Leah's job as a sniper doesn't make her any less feminine than her best friend who has a house full of children. Jon's questioning of faith doesn't make him a hypocrite. The author is able to masterfully showcase both spiritual and social messages throughout the story while also using them to make connections to the plot.

    "People aren't perfect. Just because they have faith doesn't mean they don't make mistakes."

    I love that these characters are so well developed and relatable. From the criminals committing the crimes to the high ranking officials within law enforcement seeking justice, everyone has something to hide. These secrets not only draw out the investigation, but also make it quite difficult to know who to actually trust! And as with any good mystery, you'll be led astray by the fantastically placed red herrings a few times along the way before the shocking truth is discovered.

    This suspenseful crime drama is action-packed with very little down time! Even the dialogue is short, sweet, and to the point! Insightful storytelling makes this an entertaining and engaging read that should not be missed! I can't wait for the next one!

    I received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Action packed
    September 8, 2019
    Tammy Sotela
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I just finished DiAnn Mills' latest book, FATAL STRIKE. An action packed story that keeps you guessing right up to the end. Make it the next book you read.
  4. Oklahoma
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    fatal strike
    September 5, 2019
    Julie Graves
    Oklahoma
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Several people have been murdered in Galveston, each one killed by a deadly injection of rattlesnake venom. FBI agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are snipers who team up to investigate the crimes. They are especially on the lookout for a young man seen dumping the latest body on the church steps. He has disappeared. A gang trying to takeover the Galveston area have claimed responsibility for the deaths. Leah and Jon have an instant attraction towards each other, but neither wants to act on their feelings because they both have baggage they would rather not share with anyone. Will their fears be overcome, or will they deter them from finding the murderer?

    I enjoyed Leah and Jon's characters. I found their profession as snipers interesting and wish that a bit more of that story would have come out on the pages. FATAL STRIKE had some exciting moments and some tense moments throughout and kept my attention. I did get a little lost trying to keep up with all of the names being thrown around, but I blame that on myself and not the writer. I have to admit I figured out who the bad guy was before the reveal, but that didn't deter from the excitement of the wrap up. As with all of the books I have read by this author there was an element of faith throughout the story with both characters searching for answers and wrestling with heart issues. I enjoy a good FBI story and this fit the bill very well.
  5. ME
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Full of twists and turns!
    September 3, 2019
    Jen
    ME
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    DiAnn Mills was one of the first suspense authors I read as a teenager, when I was developing my love of reading. I've always enjoyed her books, and her newest book, Fatal Strike, is no exception. First of all, I love the cover! The colors and the silhouette are striking, and the design is clean and modern. Not to judge a book by its cover, but this cover definitely drew me in!

    The story starts off with a bang when two FBI snipers, Leah and Jon, are called into a hostage situation, then paired together to investigate a string of murders. The story is full of action and takes so many twists and turns I never saw coming! It's definitely more plot-driven than character-driven; there is some romance that develops between Leah and Jon, but it takes a backseat to the suspense. One of my favorite characters turned out to be Silvia, the mother of the suspect Leah and Jon are searching for throughout the book. Parts of the story were told from her perspective, which I thought was an interesting twist. This book grabbed me from the first page and kept me hooked until the end! If you are a fan of the suspense genre, you don't want to miss this one.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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