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Divine Intervention Paperback – July 24, 2004
"Great imagination, fabulous imagery...This chilling page-turner is a genuine Canadian crime novel...Tardif gives her readers plenty of twists and turns before reaching a satisfying ending." --Midwest Book Review
"An exciting book from start to finish. The futuristic elements are believable...plenty of surprising twists and turns. Good writing, good book! Sci-fi and mystery fans will love this book." --Writer's Digest
From the Author
Divine Intervention is the first in a 'psi-fi' suspense thriller mystery series that is truly ALL-Canadian. My characters reveal Canadian pride, my locales reflect the beauty of Canada's scenic wonders and the undercurrents reinforce Canadian issues. Yet, when all is said, this series can cross infinite borders, and capture any culture. I am honored to be compared in any way to J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts, Lisa Jackson or Patricia Cornwell, some of the best writers in the USA, and I sincerely strive to make Canada proud!
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The team is led by Agent Jasmine McLellan, a psychic with the ability to 'read' the mind of the fire, and it's starter the killer.
This book was truly interesting but I was kind of feeling bemused by the 'romance' somewhat thrown in. We don't truly get to 'know' any of the main characters or how they grew as a team. Perhaps in the next volume as this is book one in a trilogy.
The specialty of this team is the investigation of serial arsonists/murderers. The psychopath they are hunting on this case has killed three people horribly, with every indication that there are more fires and deaths to follow. Even with their paranormal gifts, the team members have a difficult time fitting the information retrieved to a viable suspect. The case keeps them, and the reader, guessing until the dramatic conclusion.
The drawbacks of this excellent story are twofold. The ending is disappointing; it just stops, leaving several important characters hanging. Candice, the investigative reporter, helps the investigation by giving Jasi vital information. She also turns out to have more personal involvement in the case than either one of them suspects. At the end of the book, however, she has faded into the ozone and that thread is left dangling. Walsh, the arson investigator who works the case with the team and who forges a relationship with Jasi is another piece of unfinished business. While I realize this book is one in a series, it is my opinion that each one needs to be able to stand alone as a complete work. I resent enjoying a story only to be left hanging on the last page.
The other problem is the formatting for the Kindle. The type set does not adjust in size, which makes it difficult to read.
That said, I really didn't care for either of the romance subplots. I enjoy romance in books, everything from the main plot being romance to it being subplots. But in this one it seemed forced and out of place. I think the story would have been better without it, if it had just focused on the crime and investigation. Even having the AI Chief as a big part of the story would have been fine outside the romance, but he would have been more likable if he hadn't been so rude and condescending.
Maybe if the romance had developed more out of mutual respect and from working together and getting to know each other. Instead it was more he was a complete jerk but he was hot. And though he seemed to think she was an incompetent charlatan, she was hot, so okay. Though they claimed to have feelings for each other, they never really get to know anything about each other.
In spite of the romance issues I still think overall it's a good book. I'm on the fence about buying the next one. I may have to try it and see how it goes.