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Keith is the author of four novels: PRETENSES, Sugar & Spice, Little Black Girl Lost, and Fate's Redemption. He's also the former editor of Insight Magazine. He attained a top secret security clearance while serving in the United States Air Force. His duty stations included Texas, Mississippi, Nevada, California, Turkey, and various other places in his four years of service. Keith graduated with honors and holds a degree in electronics and general education. Excerpts of his work can be read at his website: www.keithleejohnson.com. His email address is email@example.com.
Portia Barrington, a fifteen-year-old from a prominent family, is missing. It's already been three days and Phoenix Perry and her partner, Kelly McPhearson, have been called to take point on the case. Jack Ryan, head of the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, was already involved and does not appreciate the intrusion.
As Portia's deepest and darkest secrets are revealed, the game and the key players, who all have something to lose, become suspects. This simple kidnapping is anything but, as there are many intricate trails that lead to suspects, reasoning and possibilities. As the clock is ticking on Portia's life, Phoenix is forced to deal with the fact that her husband's investigation firm is now part of the investigation as well as her withdrawn and moody daughter, Savannah. Will this be the case that finally destroys Phoenix's career?
FLESH by Keith Lee Johnson was a solid read. I love the way Keith spins a story, how he connects his characters in multiple stories and the history that comes along with it. Keith has a knack for pushing the envelope. While I appreciate Keith's acknowledgment of his editor, the editing cause a rift in the time line in Portia's past. Even with that said, I'm looking forward to the next episode!
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One of the things I love about Keith's writing is that he always skillfully infuses issues within his plot, social, moral, controversial or otherwise. "Flesh: The Disappearance of Portia Barrington" is no exception.
Special Agent Phoenix Perry is back! Despite having just concluded a case involving a family member, Phoenix is immediately thrust into another explosive case and time is of the essence. The teenage daughter of a famous lawyer, with connections as high as the White House, has been kidnapped. Nothing about this kidnapping is normal, the suspect list grows, and people are dying. Phoenix is given carte blanche to discover the identity of the kidnappers and bring the young lady home alive and well. Easier said than done.
Keith Lee Johnson knows how to give readers a story, that's for sure. There is a lot to like about "Flesh," but there are a few hang ups. The first hang up is the editing. I understand that finding a quality editor today is like the proverbial needle in a haystack. That said, I can't excuse the poor quality of editing and would strongly urge Johnson seek the assistance of another editor before his next release.
Second, the story is complex and layered, which is a good thing. But sometimes too much is too much. I would prefer if Johnson had pulled back some. The story was strong enough that it would still have the same impact.
"Flesh" is teeming with sex, secrets, betrayals and lies. It kept me turning the pages. Though I am anti-sequel/trilogy/series, Keith Lee Johnson is one of the few authors that has gotten it right. There will be a part two, to which I am looking forward to reading, but with part one, he gave a COMPLETE story, as he does with each of his books.Read more ›
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Under the direct order of the President of the United States, FBI agents Phoenix Perry and Kelly McPhearson have been summoned to assist the Child Abduction Rapid Deployment (CARD) team in the search of a missing teenager. Fifteen-year-old Portia Barrington isn't your ordinary teenager; she is the daughter and stepdaughter of two prominent and well respected attorneys. She's playing a dangerous game in an adult world and someone wants her gone. As Perry and McPhearson begin working on the case, they are met with opposition from the CARD team; however, for the moment they've agreed to put their differences aside and find the missing girl.
There aren't many authors' books I've read who can have many characters and several plots in a story and have those all intertwine with precision. Keith Lee Johnson's fast-moving, suspenseful book, FLESH: The Disappearance of Portia Barrington is all that and then some. First of all, the powerful characterization sets the tone. The strong presence of each character soars off the pages, luring me into an unscrupulous world of deceit, sex, betrayal and murder. Secondly, as I begin to draw my own conclusions, the plot breeds into subplots adding more spiciness and unadulterated mayhem. Lastly, the final page had me craving for more; therefore, I'll have to wait until the sequel.
For an author who has written many books, I was surprised to see numerous editorial errors present in the story. Although it didn't discourage me from enjoying the exciting and dangerous lives of the dynamic duo Perry and McPhearson, it could have easily warranted five stars.
Reviewed by Sharon Lewis of The RAWSISTAZ(tm) Reviewers
FBI Agent Phoenix, with her cool demeanor and no-nonsense work ethics is spectacular as she takes charge in a kidnapping case, but this is no typical kidnapping. Extenuating and unusual turns of events take readers into the underground world of money, greed, sexual abuse, and sex for hire. You'll be surprised at what pops up and falls out when Phoenix shakes things up. Be ready for a whirlwind ride so intense you may feel your hair blowing in the wind! Keith Lee Johnson has spun his magic once again with an exciting and suspenseful plot and the most colorful cast of characters. This one is a definite 'must read'. My name is Barbara Grovner...and I approve this message!
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