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Nazareth Child (Del Shannon, Book 1) Paperback – September 8, 2011
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"The fast-flowing story line will engage readers. It's nice to see James present a woman in control in the leading role." --Kirkus
"Del Shannon has the makings of a solid series character." --Publishers Weekly
"A compelling, psychological journey and powerful debut. Filled with strong, realistic characters, biting dialogue and tense, turbulent action." --Stephen Jay Schwartz, LA Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat
"James cranks up the tension while spinning a classic tale of good versus evil. Here's hoping for lots more from this powerful new voice on the thriller scene." --Paul Levine, author of Lassiter
About the Author
Darrell James’ short stories have appeared in numerous mystery magazines and book anthologies, and have garnered a number of awards, including finalist in the 2009 Derringer Awards. Nazareth Child won the 2012 Left Coast Crime Eureka Award for Best First Novel, and is a finalist for the 2012 Anthony Awards for Best First Novel and for the 2012 Macavity Awards for Best First Mystery Novel. In addition, his personal odyssey to publication appears in the Writer’s Digest book How I Got Published, along with J.A. Jance, David Morrell, Clive Cussler, and many other notable authors. James splits his time between Pasadena, California, and Tucson, Arizona. Visit him online at DarrellJames.com.
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But the middle and most of the book felt ordinary, things I’ve heard before. Silas is the preacher-leader. His son Cullen is the spoiled rich kid doing nothing impressive and beating up others. Nigel the dwarf-yes-man carrying out Silas’ orders. All three of these characters left me with questions. It would have been better to see inside them, to see flaws, strengths, push, pull, and conflicts within. Instead they just do predictably bad things to others. It felt like TV show quality - ok but not special.
Frank Falconet is a government agent assigned to go undercover to investigate the religious group. Del is asked to be his pretend wife since her parents had a connection to the group. There is a romantic pull between Del and Falconet. Not much is done with that. I would have liked more interesting development between them.
There are a few sex scenes in this book. They are vaguely referred to or described without much detail.
I really enjoyed this author’s short story “Even a Blind Man” which appeared in Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance. And I’ve been waiting for him to do a full length novel. I believe Nazareth Child is his first.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 350 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: about four. Setting: 1981 and 2011 Kentucky and Arizona. Copyright: 2011. Genre: mystery suspense.