About the Book
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Christian fiction
Release date: April 26, 2022
Running from a murderer
with only the desert as refuge…
Placed in WITSEC while his brother testifies against a terrifying criminal, Tony Ortega must guard his young niece and nephew from the hit man hunting for them. Death Valley local Willow Duke’s hideout might just be the difference between the little family’s life or death. When bullets start flying, can they thwart a killer long enough to survive and become a family for real?
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This is the latest in an ongoing series but can easily be read as a stand alone. Duke family members from previous novels are part of this one but only as support and not as main characters. Mentink again does a good job of establishing the setting in Death Valley.
There is a great deal of suspense in the novel but it is a bit repetitive and caused by missteps by characters. At times Tony and Willow venture out without proper protection. At other times those assigned to protect Tony and Willow are not savvy enough to do their job well. The US Marshal says after being outflanked by the villain yet again, “I'm getting sick and tired of this.” (1777/2878) There seems to be a mole in the operation. Mentink does a good job of presenting readers with plenty of suspects but the culprit was no surprise in the end.
This is a good novel for readers who like lots of suspense and a little romance and are not too concerned about the ease with which the villain outsmarts the good guys.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
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More from Dana
Wooty woo! We’re back in Death Valley again! So excited about this fourth book in the series because Papa Bear and I have actually returned to this amazing place. (Our previous return trip was stalled for a while due to the virus that shall not be named!) People have asked me, “Why do you love Death Valley so much?” I can only respond that you just have to go there to understand. Is it the vastness of the place? The enormous topographical variety? Maybe it’s the profound quietness that permeates the national park and environs. Then again, it might be the panorama of nighttime stars. (Death Valley National Park is a certified International Dark Sky Park due to its limited light pollution.) Could it be the tenacity of people who live there and survive the one hundred twenty plus degree temperatures in the summer? And how about those animals? The Death Valley pupfish is a teeny little endangered fish that lives in precisely one spot on the globe (Death Valley) and only two places within that range, Salt Creek and Cottonball Marsh. Imagine that! So why set a six book series in Death Valley? Because there’s no more hostile and incredible place I can think of. I hope you will enjoy taking a fictional trip with me there too. Enjoy the adventure, reader friends!
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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.)