A Saudi Prince, A Determined Assassin

Deb’s Dozen: A Saudi Prince, A Determined Assassin—Will the FBI Keep Prince Safe?

I love, love, love DiAnn Mills’ writing. High Treason was a surprise. Not that I didn’t love the story, I did—five stars worth. But DiAnn wrote in a different style which totally suited her characters and the story—more formal than I’m used to, and more precise.

Saudi Prince Omar Bin Talal is in Houston to bring his ailing mother to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in hopes she’ll qualify for a clinical trial which might keep her alive longer (and to work on an oil deal). Cord Davidson is an FBI agent assigned to the prince’s protection detail at the prince’s request because they are close friends. En route to his home, the prince decides to stop at one of his favorite places, the Frozen Rock ice cream store. Two of his protectors, Kord and Zain (dressed like the prince) get out of the limos to check the store first—Zain is shot and killed at the front door.

Because of the severity of the crime, and because the prince and Saudi are so important to the US, CIA Agent Monica Alden is brought in on the team over Kord’s strong objections. So far, the story is vintage Mills. But with the entrance of Monica, given the relationships of women and men in Saudi, the style changes. Monica is one of the strongest women characters Mills has written. She is highly intelligent, capable, and empathetic. Kord, needless to say, has his hands full. The story is full of twists and turns and surprises, but written in this new, respectful style. You’ll love Kord and Monica—I’d love to see them in other novels as a team.

You’ll want this latest DiAnn Mills’ novel. You will want to preorder the book here: High Treason, so you’ll be able to read this great suspense story when the book releases in February 2018.

High Treason-AssassinDiAnn Mills is a much-awarded author, who writes action/suspense/romance novels. She’s won two Christy Awards and been on numerous best-seller lists. High Treason is the latest in her FBI Task Force novels. DiAnn lives near Houston where she crafts her highly researched yarns.

Tyndale House Publishers gave me an Advance Reader Copy of High Treason, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.

Contemporary Romance Unites Two Broken People

Deb’s Dozen: Contemporary romance brings two people together despite their brokenness and childhood traumas.

Francine Rivers has written a clever contemporary romance, The Masterpiece. She moves between the pasts and presents of her two main characters in almost every chapter. The device, however, allows us to learn in much more detail the backgrounds of the characters than a normal flashback would. Once I’d read a few chapters, I was hooked and read the book straight through.

Grace Moore, a divorced unwed mom, desperately needs a job. Roman Velasco, a moody but talented artist, needs a personal assistant. Despite some fits and starts, Grace ends up working for Velasco. She needs the income so she can find a place of her own for herself and her son, Samuel. Grace represents many women today-both those who married too young and for the wrong reasons, and those who became pregnant out of wedlock. Grace is not perfect, but she’s been forgiven by God and is trying to walk the right path.

Roman Velasco, aka Bobby Dean Bird, came out of the foster system a bitter man determined to survive. In his alter-ego, BDB, he paints graffiti on walls and buildings in the city-daring the danger of heights and capture. As Velasco, he paints contemporary art that sells but does not fulfill him. He is searching for something to fill the hunger within.

As they work together, Grace and Roman fall in love, but the path to true love is rocky. And therein lies the cleverness of Rivers’ story. By bringing us chapters of their pasts, Grace and Roman live for us, and we understand and care for them much more deeply than if she’d written their story as a straight romance. I could not put the book down-five stars. That said, the book is extremely long (494 pages), but The Masterpiece, a story of love, redemption, and grace you’ll find well worth the time to read.

The MasterpieceFrancine Rivers is a New York Times best-selling author who has won lifetime achievement awards from several literary associations. Some of her bestsellers are Redeeming Love, the Bridge to Haven, and The Mark of the Lion series. Francine and her husband live in Northern California and enjoy time with their three children and five grandchildren.

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. gave me an advance reader copy of The Masterpiece, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.

Is Genesis History? Watch and Learn.

Due to Popular Demand, “IS GENESIS HISTORY?” Returns for Special One-Year Anniversary Event in Cinemas Nationwide on February 22 Only

Deb’s Dozen: What Do You Believe? The Natural Paradigm or the Biblical Paradigm? Watch!

I rarely review films, but I had the opportunity to preview Is Genesis History? with Dr. Del Tackett as the narrator. I was enthralled and impressed. You will be too.

The film synopsis:

Traveling across the continent, Dr. Del Tackett teams with experts in geology, biology, astronomy, archaeology, the Bible and more. Together they seek answers to longstanding questions surrounding the book of Genesis:
■ Was the universe created in six literal days?
■ Did humans evolve?
■ Were Adam and Eve real?
■ Was there a global flood?
■ What happened to the dinosaurs?
From the immense body of available evidence, two histories about our origins arise. The question is: Which is correct? IS GENESIS HISTORY? is a positive, evidence-based argument for the reliability of the Bible as history.

As I watched, I followed the clear and concise explanations of the Biblical paradigm or worldview. I was reassured that my belief in the Bible as history was not only founded on faith but on science and reasonable logic. The experts Dr. Tackett interviewed were knowledgeable in their fields and convincing. This is a film everyone should view-regardless of your worldview. You’ll learn how to answer some of the hard questions of creation vs. evolution. Five Stars.

GenesisTo quote his bio, “Dr. Del Tackett is a former president of the Focus on the Family Institute and a former senior vice president of Focus on the Family. He created Focus on the Family’s The Truth Project-a nationwide project to bring the Christian worldview to the body of Christ. Tackett served more than 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and was appointed by President George H.W. Bush as the director of technical planning for the National Security Council. Tackett’s degrees are from Colorado Technical University, DM; Auburn University, MS; and Kansas State University, BS. His many published works include pieces on worldview and cultural issues. A popular conference speaker, Tackett speaks on topics such as American Christian heritage, Christian worldview, technical subjects, and management.”

To purchase tickets or for more information on the encore anniversary Fathom Event, click here.