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About the Author

Brandt Dodson comes from a long line of police officers dating back more than seventy years on both sides of his family. In addition, he was employed with the Indianapolis office of the FBI. He has lived in Chicago and travels to the city annually.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sons of Jude Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (August 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857212052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857212054
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an author of crime-thrillers and the creator of the Indianapolis-based Colton Parker series, featuring hardboiled Private Eye, Colton Parker, as well as the stand-alone novels, White Soul and Daniel's Den.

My most recent novel, The Sons of Jude, will release in the UK in July 2012 and in the U.S. in September. It is the first in the Sons of Jude series, and is set in District 28 (The Castle) of the Chicago Police Department.

I come from a long line of police officer and was formerly employed with the Indianapolis office of the FBI. I am a former resident of the Chicago area and currently live in southern Indiana where I at am work on the next novel in the Sons of Jude series: Chicago Knights.

You can visit me at: BrandtDodson.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I first saw Brandt Dodson's upcoming release, The Sons of Jude, the cover instantly drew me to the book and the back cover description only confirmed that I had to read this book. While I typically enjoy more of a pulse-pounding, action-every-second, on-the-edge-of-your-seat-the-entire-time kind of read, this book was still really good read and suspenseful.

For some reason (and maybe I was just mistaken) I thought this book was a "Christian suspense", but besides the fact that Andy is a believer not much else is said. For me, this was slightly disappointing. However, I was happy to find that there were no curse words used in the book, or inappropriate scenes (as are often in a crime fiction novel like this). Andy and Frank do deal with murders and prostitution, so I would still advise caution for younger teens.

As I mentioned above, I wouldn't call The Sons of Jude a "page-turning suspense", but at the same time you won't easily loose interest in the story either. I think I read one reviewer who described the writing as "methodical", and that's a good description for it! Dodson is very thorough in the procedures that the police go through to solve a case. It's very eye-opening for those of you who want to know what it would really be like to be a detective in Chicago.

The way everything comes to a conclusion at the end was a bit convenient, in my opinion, and there are a few ends left loose, but I am expecting them to be answered in Chicago Knights, the next book in the series. :-) All in all, The Sons of Jude was a good read that dealt with murders, the life of a detective, the corruption in politics, and the (scary) way crime families can control everyone.

I reviewed this book for Kregel Publishing. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M & S Scales on October 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Sons of Jude is the first novel of a new series by Brandt Dodson dealing with Chicago's law enforcement. We are drawn into their lives & those around them. We follow the consequences of their choices and actions, whether good or bad. In this book, detectives Frank Campello and Andy Polanski and reporter Christy Lee form a very unlikely team against some very powerful foes. The hardest part is that they don't know who to trust and that uncertainty also applies to each other!

The back of the book states that Dodson comes from a long line of police officers. I know that authors can and should do a lot of research to make sure things line up in their story - with time periods, jobs, locations, etc. However, I was even more interested in this book because of Dodson's background. If you have lived in a law enforcement family, I believe there's a greater chance you'll be able to write even more authentically about reality of the job and lives of those involved.

I really enjoyed this crime thriller novel. It was easy to get into the story and the characters. It was a story that continued to hold my attention and had some good twists. The Sons of Jude is now on my law enforcement husband's reading list, and I'm looking forward to hearing his thoughts! However, I'm sure we'll be buying the next book in the series, Chicago Knights, soon!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on October 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Frank Campello has been with the Chicago Police Department for twenty years. His partner was killed in their last investigation and he's not looking forward to getting a new one anytime soon. However, his boss has other ideas and Frank finds himself partnered with Andy Polanski.

Andy had turned the tables on some cops from his previous precinct, so he's not making fast friends in his new one. But, he and Frank have been told that a girl's body has been found in a dumpster and to investigate. This leads them to another and before long, they have an organized crime on their hands majoring in sex trafficking.

As the story moves along at a steady pace, Frank begins to see Andy in a different light - forming his own opinion. Andy may be seen as a pariah by other cops, but it's important to him that he do his job well and that his partner trust him. It could be life or death.

With a rock-steady hand, Dodson lays the foundation for his new novel with precision. The story unfolds at a steadfast past, with intriguing characters and a solid plot. I really look forward to the next in this new series, I genuinely enjoyed every page!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danyelle0423 on October 15, 2012
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Detective Frank Campello just lost his partner in an ambush and is now trying to get things back to normal while trying to do his job. When he's paired with Detective Andy Polanski, a man who told of a crime involving two officers and a man whom he has no respect, he is just trying to keep his contempt for the man in check. Together they're assigned to the homicide of Trina Martinez and what seems like an open-shut case. An unfortunate girl at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Little do they know, nothing is as it seems. They start uncovering a huge secret and a determination to keep it a secret. A wall of silence formed by powerful interests halts their progress and makes their inquiries a lost cause. Not only does their investigation stir up trouble but it puts everyone involved lives in danger. A simple case with anew partner turns into a nightmare.

Enlisting the help of reporter Christy Lee, a stubborn journalist that refuses to give up on a story she knows is important, puts them under immediate fire. With Christy's help they hope to fight the system and hopefully smoke out the criminals. As they start to have a growing respect for each other, they start to find out that this secret is a lot bigger than they thought.

Will Frank ever be able to see why Andy did what he did to his fellow officers or will he forever view him as a snitch? Will the trio be able to catch the elusive killer or will they end up just another victim? How will the trio fight a system that wants to keep this secret buried as deep as it can get?
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I've never been a huge fan of police suspense. I feel like they're pretty much predictable and this book didn't change my opinion in that respect, but it did try.
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