Sunday, February 01, 2009
VENGEANCE, by Donna Dawson
It's time for VENGEANCE, no not the action, the book by Donna Dawson. All this week CFRB will be touring this book. Today I'd like to set the stage for you. Imagine a boy who watches his father die slowly of a terrible sickness. Imagine thirty years later an FBI agent on his first vacation in a long time. Imagine this vacation is in part a cruise to and from his destination of Hawaii. Now imagine that the little boy who has grown up decides to avenge himself of his father's death. Let's take this a step further, the people he wants to have revenge on just happen to be aboard the same ship as our FBI agent. Who writes like this? Donna Dawson does. She tantalizes you with a couple small chapters to set the stage, then goes to the agent's vacation cruise and launches you into a world of suspense, intregue and so many other things I'm surprised she managed it at all. Tom Clancy was once asked what is the difference between fiction and real life. He said, "Fiction has to make sense." Now as much as I admire Clancy I'd have to say Dawson comes as close to not making a lot of sense because there are so many things all going on all at once, just like real life. Yet this is fiction...or is it? Perhaps there's a story out there that she got her teeth into and decided to fictionalize it, but however she did it, she did it with gusto.
I hope she won't get mad at me for a couple mild spoilers in that paragraph, but you just have to understand the complexity of this story, and I haven't even mentioned Dr. Holding or Cassandra yet. This is a totally different story running along side the main story. In fact, when you begin to break things down you find that there is the boy's story, the agent's story (in about 2 or 3 different trails), Cassandra's story, Dr. Julia Holding's story, Special Agent in Charge St. Kitt's story, and more. More meaning, Tip and Nam and a few others you'll meet along the way. These are people who have their own reason for being between the covers of this book and they don't always coincide with the others. Some have nothing to do with any of the others, and yet Donna Dawson makes it all seem so natural, so real, so incredibly normal...even if it is abnormally complex. When you read VENGEANCE you are going to be submerged into a world that will stimulate all your senses.
After reading a lot of fantasy and science fiction of late it felt good to get back to the mystery/suspense genre, especially when it was done so well. Check out the following CFRB places. Chances are you'll find out more than I'm giving you here.
Now that you have all those links, some of which may not have current information, but you'll enjoy them just the same, it's time to get out some important information.
First I bet you'd like to visit Donna's site. You can find that HERE
To purchase her book you can go to:
Barnes & Noble
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Marilynn Griffith is wife to a deacon, mom to a tribe and proof that God gives second chances. Her novels include Made of Honor (Steeple Hill, Jan. 2006), Pink (Revell, Feb. 2006), Jade (Revell, June 2006), and If the Shoe Fits (Revell, 2007). Her other credits include Chicken Soup for the Christian Woman’s Soul, Cup of Comfort Devotionals and her Shades of Style series (Revell, 2006). She lives in Florida with her husband and children. To book speaking engagements or just say hello, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tangerine is the third book in the Shades of Style Novels.
Fans of Pink and Jade will eat up Tangerine, the third book in the cutting-edge Shades of Style series. Jean Guerra, a designer at Garments of Praise design firm, doesn't like surprises. These days though, the unexpected meets her everywhere. Since Jean's return to the church a year ago, her God-encounters occur with increasing frequency, along with thoughts of her husband-the one she vowed to divorce and gave up on long ago. The one nobody at work knows about, not even her best friend, Lily, or her boss, Chenille. But when the designer assigned to work with Jean on a line of men's suits shows up, her heart flips. It's her husband, Nigel Salvador. Jean is finally rendered speechless. Can her bruised heart become whole enough to love again? Or will she remain in the trenches of loneliness forever?
The book link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0800730429
Marilynn's website link: http://marilynngriffith.typepad.com/rhythmsofgrace/
THE 3RD COVENANT - a Comparison
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Judge and Jury
The 3rd Covenant
The Camel Club
Web of Lies
The 12th Card
Words of Silk
Above and Beyond
No Second Chance