Thursday, February 5, 2009

Book Review: Vengeance by Donna Dawson

This week, the Christian Fiction Review Blog is featuring

Vengeance by Donna Dawson.

About the book:

FBI agent James Benedict thought he was going on vacation. He thought he would have two weeks of relaxation and rest aboard the cruise ship bound for Hawaii. But he was wrong. Within hours of setting sail, a passenger dies, covered in horrendous boils that have eaten deep into flesh and bone. When more and more of the ship's inhabitants die of the same strange condition, it is feared that a virus has been let loose. James is the only one who can find out if there is a connection between the select victims--if he doesn't fall prey to the illness himself.

Dr. Julie Holding struggles to focus on her own FBI appointed tasks while the man she loves is stuck in the Pacific aboard a floating time bomb. Little does she know that she too will become embroiled in the conspiracy and intrigue that has taken hold of the ship and its passengers.

Vengeance will keep you on the edge of your seat as you discover the atrocities hidden in the pages of history and the struggle to keep faith and focus in a crazy world.

My review:

Wow, what a heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat, don't-you-dare-put-me-down book! It only took me all of one day to read this awesome book because I literally could not put it down. I thought the characters were solid, the suspense was amazing, and the ending was something I never could have predicted. It was evident that a LOT of research went into this book. While most of the terminology went straight over my head (and most of it I couldn't even pronounce), I appreciated the time and effort the author took to include it in the book.

The Christian aspect of this book was not in your face. However, the message was not something that could be ignored. I easily got the point that vengeance belongs to no one but God even though popular opinion says otherwise. It is not our place, certainly as Christians, to try to get revenge when someone has done us wrong. Those who have done wrong will be held accountable when they stand before God, and that is all we need to worry about.

On a side note, it is always fun when a personal connection can be made to any book. That's not something that happens too often. So, when I read that Dr. Holding was a stamp collector on the side, I couldn't help but smile. I've been collecting stamps since I was in high school, and it was a hobby passed down by my brother. Also, I got a little chuckle that James Benedict liked knitting! Personally, I abhor anything to do with yarn, but there's plenty of other crafts that can take it's place. :o)

(Back to the point here...) Reading Vengeance has whetted my appetite for more from this talented author. I'm very eager to read more of her books in the future! Be sure to visit some of the other pages of those participating on this blog tour!

4 Stars

Southern?  No
Sass?  No


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  1. Great Review Christy! I to got a laugh out of James liking to knit! I don't knit, but I do crochet. I too collect Stamps to an extent...I just like getting different kinds. Again Great Review!

    Rae Byuel

  2. What an incredible review! I didn't pick up on the knitting thing - how did I miss that? I guess I was getting a chuckle out of the Star Trek name the main character had - James Kirk Benedict.

  3. Wow! Thank you so much for the awesome review. You guys have done such a great job and I know the amount of work that goes into reading to review. I am overwhelmed. Many blessings as you continue to promote Christian writing.

  4. This is a really terrific review. It has all the right ingredients, mentions the major story points, and characters, mentions your personal "need to read" and your added personal account was the icing on the "cake" so to speak. Thank you, thank all of you.


  5. Fascinating! I'm going to add this book to my list immediately!


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