Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills: Review + Giveaway

DEADLY ENCOUNTER (FBI: Task Force)
by
DiAnn Mills
Genre: Romance / Suspense / Christian
Publisher: Tyndale House
Date of Publication: August 1, 2016
Number of Pages: 376
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Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man’s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.


Praise for the FBI: Houston novels

Deadlock: 
“This is a fast moving crime story with several interesting twists and turns. [Deadlock] is a page turner.” 
-- Online Reviewer

Double-Cross:  
“Mills does a superb job of character and plot development in this faith-filled series.” -- Christian Library Journal

“Mills’ writing is transparently crisp, backed up with solid research, filled with believable characters and sparks of romantic chemistry.” -- Novel Crossing


Firewall:  
“Christy Award–winning Mills skillfully builds a menacing overall tone, and the tension level rises as layers of lies are peeled away in multiple plot twists. This novel, which takes off at a breakneck pace with a narrative arc that could have been ripped from today’s headlines, will greatly appeal to fans of James Patterson’s “Alex Cross” series and readers who enjoy psychological thrillers.” -- Library Journal starred review

"Mills takes readers on an explosive ride. The terror is all the more chilling because it could easily be a headline story on the nightly news, and Mills' characters sprint to life through their fears, strengths, and quirks. A story as romantic as it is exciting, Firewall will appeal to fans of Dee Henderson's romantic suspense stories."  
--Booklist


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"Was Stacy a magnet for trouble? In the last week, she'd been hit with a boatload of grim encounters, and none had been resolved. He'd always heard troubles came in threes, and she'd met the max."

Deadly Encounter takes place right here in our very own Houston, Texas. As I started reading, I got excited excited as I recognized streets and areas I once grew up in. There was even mention of the Grand Parkway construction! I loved that. 

The main characters were great. I was annoyed with Alex at first but he was charming enough to get me on his side. Stacy was just a geniune good person who believes strongly in community which I love and respect. Whitt was my favorite. He has so much stacked against him and still keeps his eyes on the prize. 

The plot started off with a murder. Quickly, more and more mysteries popped up on top of the murder investigation. As I developed a groove for this mystery, DiAnn threw a curveball that really through me off for a bit. I understand now why it was so masterfully done. DiAnn Mills has a way with words and wove a very detailed mystery. Each character was wonderfully written and strong in their own ways. They sought to help solve the mystery at hand all the while seeking answers within themselves and God. Their strengths and weaknesses added to what turned out to be a great mystery. 

I recently met DiAnn Mills when she made an appearance at my public library. She is a sweet woman and I'm so glad that I get to read another of her books and review this one! Readers will enjoy Deadly Encounter. It's a mystery that is scary, funny, thought provoking, and engages readers until the end!  


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational ReadersChoice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.

DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.
 
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