About the Book
Author: Sara Davison
Release date: October 5, 2022
The one missing person he can’t find
is the one who matters the most.
Private Investigator Jax Rodriguez has been searching for his brother, Diego, for twenty years. When he stumbles upon another lead, he makes an agonizing decision—he will follow this last trail until it grows cold, and then he will marry the woman he loves and abandon his quest once and for all.
Artist Mikayla Grant is terrified of losing another person close to her, but she has to let Jax go after his brother. Given the secrecy surrounding Diego’s disappearance, clearly Jax is heading into danger. When all contact with him is abruptly cut off, can Mikayla trust that God’s promise to never leave or forsake Jax will be enough to bring him safely home, or does she need to take matters into her own hands?
As Jax attempts to survive the dangerous streets of Caracus, Venezuela and then face the myriad of unknown threats in the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico, he is not the only one following his brother’s trail.
A ruthless drug lord bent on revenge is using all his resources to hunt them down. If they can’t stay one step ahead of their pursuer, then, like his brother, he and Mikayla could disappear and never be heard from again.
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This is the fourth and final novel in a series but the first one I have read. Backstory is revealed in pieces as this novel progresses and what was revealed does help explain the complicated relationships between the characters. The necessary information comes late in the story, however, so this one will be much better understood and appreciated if the earlier books in the series are read first.
The characters and the relationships between them is the focus of this novel. The depth of the relationships is built from experiences in earlier novels. Even though I did not know all of the previous events, I could sense the strong commitments that resulted. Readers who have read the series will be deeply invested in these people and the adventures they experience.
I appreciated all the information on the flora and fauna of Puerto Rico. There is good suspense woven into the adventures there, especially revolving around the danger posed by drug lords. Because of that location, there is much Spanish in the text, some not translated. I found that a bit distracting.
There is a very strong faith message in the novel. It is a suitable book wrapping up this series.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
www.saradavison.org and @sarajdavison.
More from Sara
It’s never easy writing a book during a global pandemic. Writing one that is set in three different countries when traveling is either prohibited or, at best, extremely complicated, is an even greater challenge. Thankfully, the digital world is still very much accessible.
Through the wonders of modern technology, while writing Forged I was able to travel virtually to two places I had never been—Caracas, Venezuela and the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. I did a search for “driving down the street in Caracas” and suddenly found myself behind the wheel of a car, experiencing the sights and sounds of that city. The only things missing were the feel of the warm breezes against my skin and the smells of the food trucks lining the sidewalk. Which was unfortunate, since the research I did on Venezuelan food definitely had my mouth watering.
Next, I looked up “hiking in the El Yunque rainforest” and was able to share the experience of that lush, beautiful place with people who actually had their boots on the ground there. I could hear the singing of the tree frogs, or coqui, the soundtrack of Puerto Rican-Canadian private investigator Jax Rodriguez’s flight through the forest with a drug dealer in hot pursuit. I was treated to the sight and sound of La Mina Falls as well as the countless plants and trees growing there.
Virtual traveling might never offer the full experience that going somewhere in person can, but in times like these, I am thankful for those who have gone somewhere I would love to see and who were willing to offer me a glimpse into their experiences from the safety and comfort of my home.
Although, smelling one of the more than fifty kinds of orchids in the Puerto Rican rainforest or trying the cachapa Jax bought—pork, spices, and cheese wrapped in a corn pancake—from a street vendor in Caracas are now both high on my bucket list of things to do in person. Hopefully someday. Until then, I will continue to explore the planet through the eyes of others and at least attempt to capture the experience in my stories as effectively as they did through the lens of a camera.
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(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.)
Thank you for the review. Sounds like a great story.
Thank you for sharing your review of Forged, this sounds like an exciting book and series and I am looking forward to reading all of the stories
Thank you for the review.
This sounds like a very intriguing and good book.
This sounds exciting! I enjoyed the author's story of how she wrote the book.
This looks like great book. Thanks for your fantastic review!
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