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Double Cross [Kindle Edition]

James David Jordan
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Double Cross continues the story of Taylor Pasbury, a heroic young woman introduced in James David Jordan’s novel, Forsaken (“highly readable . . . Taylor is a character worth another visit” —BookPage).

Raised by a father who was a former Special Forces officer, Taylor is beautiful and brilliant and knows how to take care of herself. But she is haunted by her past and the sacrifice her father made to save her from a brutal rape when she was seventeen. After a controversial stint in the Secret Service, she has become the most prominent private security specialist in America. When she discovers the body of a former client’s top assistant, all the evidence points to embezzlement and suicide. But Taylor has no way of knowing that her mother, who ran out when Taylor was nine, is about to reappear and lead her down a twisting path of danger and deceit. It’s a road that won’t end until they reach the spot where Taylor’s father died—where Taylor learns some sacrifices can never be earned.

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About the Author

James David Jordan is a business attorney in Texas and was named by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the most influential leaders in that legal community. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri as well as a law degree and MBA from the University of Illinois and lives with his wife and two children in the Dallas suburbs.

Product Details

  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0805447547
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (December 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HKIP4W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting read February 13, 2010
Taylor is a former Secret Service agent. At the beginning of the book her and Kacey(prominent televangelist Simon Mason's daughter) go to Simon's top assistant to confront her about embezzling money from the ministry. When they arrive at the woman's house they discover her dead in her car with the engine running. An apparent suicide.

Taylor hasn't seen her mother in 20 years. She walked out on her and her father when she was 9. Her mother arrives on her doorstep out of the blue. Taylor is wanting a relationship with her mother, but her mother really doesn't know how to be a mom.

Amidst trying to find out who actually embezzled the money Taylor meets up with a reporter that is working on a case involving a prostitution ring that may actually hit a little bit too close to home.

Double Cross is full of action and suspense that kept me turning the pages. I'm a little confused about why it would be considered a Christian book. Was it clean? Yes, there was no foul language. There was a brief mention of sex. Was there redemption? I think that it was vaguely implied but a salvation message was not clear. James David Jordan writes a very fast-paced story that is very entertaining and one that I would recommend to other readers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I forgot this book was written by a guy! December 28, 2009
I had a blast reading the first book featuring Taylor's character, Forsaken, and was eager to read more about her adventures. I had really liked Jordan's style of writing in the first book and how he had managed to create a female character who was both strong and vulnerable at the same time. I was not disappointed when picking up the sequel and continuing Taylor's story. Once again, Jordan is able to write convincingly as a first person female. Too many times, other male authors try to write in the same tone and fail because they cannot seem to grasp how females actually think. In this book, I actually forgot that the book had been written by a male, as Taylor is able to both kick butt yet feel like a woman at the same time.

The story tackles tough subjects normally not seen in Christian fiction such as prostitution and embezzling among other Christians. Taylor's tactics at finding out the truth about the situation were quite clever. She's very level headed and does not allow emotion to come between her line of work. Something that I found extremely refreshing was a lack of a romantic storyline. I say this because usually when a male writes in first person female, there always has to be a romantic subplot to show that even the tough as nails female secret agent has a softsensitive side and turns to jelly at the sight of a man. Jordan, thankfully, does not resort to this stereotype to make Taylor's character well rounded. The situation with her mother fulfills this need, which I felt was a much better way at making her character more dimensional. While there are hints at possible relationships, it's not a main focus of the story and therefore not a distraction.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Double Cross" by James David Jordan December 2, 2009
Simon Mason, of Simon Mason World Ministries, had been murdered. Shortly thereafter, nearly a half million dollars was reported missing from the ministry. The question was who and why.

Taylor Pasbury, the daughter of a former Special Forces officer, had been hired to protect Simon for reasons unknown to Taylor, although she was highly qualified and owned her own security agency. Kacey Mason, Simon's daughter, was in college and living with Taylor in Simon's home.

On this foggy December day, Kacey and Taylor were on their way to question Elise Hovden, top assistant to Simon Mason, about the embezzled money and came upon her apparent suicide.

In the late afternoon of that same day, a woman showed up at Taylor and Kacey's residence. The woman took out her camera and said to Taylor, "Smile, baby, I'm your mother." That was her initial reunion after 20 years of silence from her mother, who abandoned her at age 9. The relationship was strange, to put it mildly. It brought turmoil to Taylor over her mother's strange behaviors, abandonment, sudden reappearance, the truth about her past, and the death of her father as he protected her from being raped.

Taylor and her mother manage to get themselves entangled in the mystery of the embezzlement through her mother's husband, and they find themselves mixed up in a twisted, fast-paced kidnapping.

This is a book of many twists to keep you guessing to the end. I enjoyed it tremendously.

An advanced readers copy was supplied by The B & B Media Group, Inc. for my review, which is my own personal opinion of the book. I receive no compensation. I review books for the pure pleasure of encouraging others to read good Christian books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars In This Case, 3 Stars Is Better Than 1 October 31, 2009
Former Secret Service agent, Taylor Pasbury has lost her father and the man she was tasked to protect. Now, in Double Cross she discovers someone has been stealing and blackmailing.

This is James Jordan's second book about Taylor and he doesn't let her off the hook.

Someone tries to kill a reporter Taylor meets with at a Starbucks, an accountant for her dead client is found dead - supposed suicide, and to top it all off, Taylor's eccentric mother is back in her life and married to her third husband.

I haven't read the first Taylor Pasbury novel so I was a little lost coming in to this book. It feels like your typical Law & Order episode: with twists and turns and "double crosses".

The "Christian-message" theme isn't too heavy until the very last couple pages and then you get the gist and moral of the story full blast.

Plus he leaves the mother/daughter relationship open as is true in real life.

It's fun to read books by people who do it on the side, Jordan is a business attorney in Dallas - of course he would do well with this genre.

This book was provided for review by BH Publishing Group.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I enjoyed Forsaken a lot, and this sequel was just as good. The author worked the characters very well in this book. A refreshing read.
Published 1 month ago by Patty B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
Eclectic characters, lots of twists and turns. A beautiful story of Jesus unconditional love for each and every one of us.
Published 1 month ago by Lyn P
5.0 out of 5 stars Double cross
Good book...had suspense in it and a story that helps you understand the mentally ill better. It also illustrates how anyone can help show God's grace to people.
Published 1 month ago by Lori
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, but interesting. Worth the read.
A very unusual series, and it kept me interested and engaged. I enjoyed it enough to read the companion book, and I will read him again!
Published 8 months ago by Detail Diva
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy about Taylor
Must read! Good story, and great ties to Christianity and Faith. I absolutely loved it! Very creative writer that does not give away the story until the very end
Published 14 months ago by Christian Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
Jordan is a very talented writer and I enjoyed his story. I would recommend it as a very good read.
Published 18 months ago by Shirley Straub
5.0 out of 5 stars i love both books
I read both books and enjoyed them very much. I hope he has another installment of these characters coming.
I was happy to see a book with strong females as the leading role.
Published 18 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Holds your interest
All comes down to who you can trust. The most unlikely person may disappoint you and blood is supposed to be thicker than water
Published 18 months ago by Anne-Marie Duncan-Mynhardt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed both of the books. I hope there will be a third but James didn't leave the story open for it. Can't wait for another book to come out.
Published 18 months ago by Donna Teters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is not a soft, clean Christian fiction. This is more of real life struggles and failures. Very well written and very entertaining. Read more
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