After ten years, FBI Agent Mick Kline thought he had put his past behind him. But when mysterious letters start arriving at his house, Mick finds himself drawn back to a case that had been solved ten years agoa murder case in which Mick had once been the prime suspect. Mick's investigation leads him to a man on death row for a crime he claims he didn't commit and the homicide detective who handled the case. As Mick gets close to discovering the truth, a woman he cares about is kidnapped and held hostage. It's a race against time as Mick rushes to stop a murderer before he kills again.
Storm Surge is a novel about Hurricane Katrina and the multiple ways that this natural disaster impacted its victims. Daniel Trahan, a hydrologist, and Rachel Breland, a teacher, are thrust into the heart of this overwhelming turmoil, in addition to trying to solve a racist murder that took place almost four decades earlier. They must combine forces to survive the hurricane as well as solve the long-standing murder mystery, which forces Trahan to delve into his own past.
The beginning of the novel gives a fascinating account of the murder of a young man in the late 1960s. However, this diminishes the sense of urgency that Hurricane Katrina should bring and, instead, has the reader more focused on the reasons behind the crime. It would have been better if the story had focused on the imminent dangers that this storm threatened to bring. The writing itself is solid, although the love story feels forced and somewhat trite in places.
Nevertheless, the physical impacts of Hurricane Katrina are vividly described and create a realistic picture of this historic natural disaster. Having lived through this devastation, the author gives powerful examples of personal losses and tragedies.
The biblical applications are consistent throughout the book, especially as the author compares the hurricane to Jesus calming the raging storm as told in the New Testament. As the characters struggle through the storys conflicts, they demonstrate the need for God as all else continues to fail. So, too, does the reader understand this after the last page is turned. He will be able to walk away with a new perception of Hurricane Katrina and of God. Heather Schultz, Christian Book Previews.com
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