Monday, January 4, 2021

Active Defense by Lynette Eason

About the Book:

She's used to life-or-death situations.

She just didn't expect them to follow her home.

When former field surgeon Heather Fontaine returns from a party to find that someone has broken into he house – and threatened her friends – she assumes it is the stalker who has been creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble follows her even there.

Luckily, a stalker isn't the only one observing Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it's what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead – and why – before it's too late.

You can read an excerpt here.

My Review:

I enjoyed this novel of suspense, the third in a series by Eason but one that reads well on its own. The strong aspect of this novel is the character study of Heather. She is a woman who served well as a surgeon in a dangerous overseas military assignment. She is quite independent, thinking she can take care of herself. Now back home, danger comes her way. She brushes off the help her friends offer her. She has to face her own limitations and decide to receive help from others. This is a spiritual decision for her as well.

There is plenty of action and suspense in this novel. There are a couple of aspects of the plot that troubled me, however. One of my pet peeves is a heroine getting into a suspenseful situation because of stupid action. In this novel, it happens on the part of Travis. He vows to protect her but then, near the end of the novel, leaves her alone. It was no surprise to me that danger and suspense immediately followed. I prefer suspense because of a smart villain and not because the villain takes advantage of irresponsibility on the part of the hero.

The second troubling aspect of the plot was its complexity. The villain managed to arranged a large number of events to occur in two countries. Near the end of the book when Travis and Heather review all of what the villain arranged to have happen, Heather says, “Unbelievable.” (4446/4905) If the heroine thought all the action was a bit too much to be believable, should I think any differently?

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the novel because I liked the character study and the lessons Heather learned through her suspenseful experiences. I recommend the novel to readers who appreciate insightful character development and are able to overlook an overly complex plot and a villain with more ability than is perhaps believable.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Lynette Eason is a bestselling author, the winner of thee ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. You can find out more at Photo: © Mary Denman.

Revell, 320 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the content of this post was provided by the publisher.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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