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Peril Paperback – February 12, 2014
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Debut author, Suzanne Hartman, brings a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense, a little bit NASCAR and a little bit of sci-fi to play in her new book, Peril. But what could be a tale unsure of what it wants to be, brings the different elements together in one cohesive piece. The author does very well at this as well as piecing together the scenes between the three different lives in the tale.
The best way to describe this tale though is to label it as a softer version of the American techno-thriller. The entire plot is dependent upon the technological (or sci-fi) aspect, yet the tale is mercifully never encumbered by over-explanation of the technology itself. And despite the importance of the technology, it is really only the frame that supports the character relationships.
The relationship between Lady Anne and NASCAR champion, Stuart Jackson proved to be the most interesting of the lot, and is the thing that kept me reading at times when I had other things that needed to be done. But turn the pages I did. Their last scene really does tie things up on a nice note, *spoiler alert* leaving lots of room for development in book two when it releases next year. It really is done very well and it is difficult not to like Stuart and feel for him just a bit (And let me say I hope things work out for the two of them by the end of the series... morbid, I admit).
There is an issue in this though, or rather, a potential one for some readers. I found myself wholly reading for the Stuart/LA relationship and little interested in the actual terrorist danger which is supposed to be the ticking time bomb of the tale. There just wasn't a lot of suspense in that aspect.Read more ›
Superwoman Lady Anne works as a secret service bodyguard. She has amazing strength but keeps her life private, showing up only once in a long while to special assignments. She saves the day for the king of a tiny Muslim country visiting America, not once but twice.
Stuart Jackson is a successful NASCAR champion who takes a shine to Lady Anne. But he can't find her.
Meanwhile, the Muslim extremists decide they want to kill Lady Anne too. But where is she?
I especially liked the unpredictability of this story and its believable characters.
I would recommend it for teens through adults.
Ms. Hartmann did great research on NASCAR and combined it with the story in a way to keep it as a sideline to the story and make it interesting. For those of you not into racing, don't worry, this story is for you as well. The racing is really a sideline. It's Stuart's career and factors into the story from time-to-time but is not the focus of the book. I loved it though and thought the author did a great job incorporating it into the story.
The characters were amazing. I really liked Lady Anne, Stuart, Joanne, Neil and the children. Each character had something to add to the story and each character was really well defined. I felt I got to know each one and I liked that. I loved the faith that Joanne and Neil shared. It was amazing to see. I won't give away too much because this really is a book you need to read for yourself, but the characters really shine in Peril and I hope to see more of them in the next book.
The plot was great as well. It kept the book moving. I loved how Ms. Hartmann let the reader learn something a little bit at a time. It was really great. There was suspense through the whole book and just when you thought you knew what was going to happen, something else would happen. The author definitely kept me guessing and that was great. The book held my interest the whole time I read it and I had a hard time putting it down.
Over all I found this to be a very entertaining book.Read more ›
Lady Anne is one of the most top-secret operatives for the OJL, a secret agency of the American Government's covert intelligence organizations. She is the most likely agent because of her extra-sensory abilities. Her super-human power exerted to protect King Ahmad during the two bombings has the OJL agency trying to quash any mention of her abilities and identity to protect her and the agency.
Stewart Jackson is the reigning Cup Champion of NASCAR. Despite his wealth, fame and success, he is discontent and empty inside. His involvement in one of the bombings has ignited his attraction to Lady Anne because of her beauty and her sense of contentment, which eludes him. It's this attraction that stirs him to track her down to find her source of peace and contentment, but it also becomes detrimental to both parties.
I am not a NASCAR enthusiast, but I found the racetrack and racing information related by Suzanne to be intricate and interesting. She is thorough in her descriptions-obviously knowing her way around the racetrack. The action is thrilling and full of suspense as the threats have now included Lady Anne and Stuart. The security issues are handled expertly. Although Lady Anne's keen instincts are always on the alert for danger and attacks, another bombing does occur at the racetrack.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was slow starting for me, as a reader, but once I got into it, I truly enjoyed the read. I have another one by Suzanne Harmann and will try to start it soon,\.Published 11 months ago by Deborah S. Craft
A thrilling tale of mystery and mayhem that pulls you along at NASCAR speeds. I was leery to pick it up since it wasn't my usual cup of tea, but once i did, I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kate, booklover
Very entertaining! A real quick read. The story line kept my interest through all the twists and turns. It was a great Sunday afternoon adventure.Published on June 9, 2013 by Stephen W. Tanneberg
Prepare yourself for a wild ride! Peril is one of the most exciting books I've ever read. With its combination of a king, a handsome NASCAR driver, a very ill husband and an... Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Bonnie Engstrom
Interesting to learn about NASCAR racing along with plot including some fantasy, mystery and romance. Also includes good family values and faith in God.Published on November 21, 2012 by BJWNM
I enjoyed Suzanne Hartman's book, Peril. The novel's tension kept my anticipation going chapter after chapter. What a concept for an undercover operation! Read morePublished on November 20, 2012 by Ann McCauley
I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was great to read a book that was Christian based but still an exciting read. Cant wait for the next in the series to come out.Published on November 19, 2012 by Michelle
Suzanne's blog has a tag-line of Fiction with a Twist. She mentions that most of her writing has unexpected twists in it. That's certainly the case with Peril. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Marji Laine
I'll be honest. While I'm with the majority in giving this book five stars, I'm surprised the reviews aren't more mixed (the lowest being a three star). Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by Jeffrey C. Reynolds