Saturday, October 24, 2009

Double Cross - A Review

From Suicide to Sacrifice
In James David Jordan’s new thriller,
Double Cross,
an ex-Secret Service agent deals with the truth about her past

“The day my mother came back into my life began with a low December fog and a suicide.” So begins James David Jordan’s latest novel, Double Cross, which follows the exploits of Taylor Pasbury, a young ex-Secret Service agent with a checkered past and a penchant for finding trouble. Even as a high school kid, Taylor knew she was not like most other girls. Raised by her father, a retired Special Forces officer, she learned to camp, shoot, and most of all, take care of herself. Now a young adult, Pasbury opens her own security agency and finds herself in the middle of a mysterious case full of danger and intrigue.

When the top assistant of her former client turns up dead, all signs point to embezzlement and suicide. But in the world of Taylor Pasbury, nothing is as it seems. A trail of clues leads to Taylor’s mother, who abandoned her when she was nine. What begins as a suicide investigation becomes a personal quest to find the truth about her past.

Double Cross is an action-packed story that provides thrilling twists and turns as well as a thought-provoking look at the personal and spiritual struggles of characters who are as complex as they are flawed. Ultimately, it’s a story of self-examination that describes Taylor’s journey toward the conclusion that some sacrifices can never be earned.

James David Jordan is a successful business attorney in Dallas, Texas, and was named by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the most influential leaders in that legal community. Jordan followed his aspirations of becoming an author, taking five years to create his first book, Something That Lasts, which was well-received by both critics and the public. His second book, Forsaken, won the Reader’s Choice award from RelzReviews and The Suspense Zone.

Jordan writes with a commitment to tell page-turning stories that challenge readers to
explore and grow in their faith. With gripping authenticity, Jordan examines subjects of family and faith and skillfully draws readers into the crisis faced by Taylor Pasbury. Along the way, readers will find ample opportunity to re-assess their own life situations and wrestle with their own thoughts about forgiveness and grace.

Double Cross by James David Jordan
B&H Publishing Group October 2009
ISBN: 978-08054-4754-5/softcover/302 pages/$14.99

What did I think? Well, first of all, I jumped into this book before I realized it was a sequel to another book, Forsaken. It wasn't until I finished this book and looked at the back that I realized it was a sequel. This tells me that this book stands alone just fine on its own. Since I haven't read Forsaken, I don't know how much was repeated from the previous book. I expect we'll see more from this author with these characters in the future.

I enjoyed this novel. I will say that sometimes there is such a thing as too much description, which is what I thought to myself a couple times while I was reading it. However, the pace was good. The characters believable, fairly original and interesting. It was uplifting without being sappy. Christian without being too preachy. A good, clean suspense.

This book was provided to me for an impartial review

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