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Peril: A Novel (Bloodline Trilogy) Paperback – September 1, 2013
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A nail biting plot, colorful characters, and an inspirational message threaded through, Peril is a must-read. (Julie Cantrell, New York Times best-selling author 2013-09-01)
“Jordyn Redwood does it again . . . with fast-paced action, deft humor, psychological twists, and characters who find strength despite deep wounds. Don’t miss this novel―or this author.” (Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of On Distant Shores 2013-06-01)
“In this perfect combination of drama and suspense, novelist Jordyn Redwood sets medical research on a crash course against all that makes us human. . . . A high-voltage, non-stop tour-de-force of suspense.” (Sue Harrison, internationall best-selling author of Mother Earth Father Sky 2013-06-01)
“Gripping medical suspense from a writer who knows the profession.” (Richard L. Mabry, MD, award-winning author of Stress Test and the Prescription for Trouble series 2013-06-01)
About the Author
Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood's Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. Her first two novels, Proof and Poison, garnered starred reviews from Library Journal and have been endorsed by the likes of Dr. Richard Mabry, Lynette Eason, and Mike Dellosso to name a few. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at jordynredwood.net.
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This book puts the Bloodline in the Trilogy, because Morgan's father is none other than Dr. Thomas Reeves, also the father of Lilly Reeves (the protagonist of the first book). This time around, he's trying to create super soldiers via brain surgery--with covert approval from the Department of Defense. Beyond photographic memory, Reeves's neural graft blesses and curses his patients with flawless autobiographical recall (a definite plus for any spy). But some of these patients are strangely ill. When Reeves won't divulge why, three of them commandeer the PICU at gunpoint and threaten revenge on his daughter, as well as her staff and her young patients.
This is Ms. Redwood's best novel yet. Her prose is at its cleanest (despite too many similes, which oddly I don't remember in the previous books). Her author voice remains clinical and factual, but the reader isn't pushed to arm's length here. Also, as usual, an impressive amount of plot is jammed into this book. The murder mystery and the scientific mystery and the medical cases--everything is balanced so well. This story is a bumpy ride for the characters but never for the reader, as Redwood executes each twist with smooth skill.
And the pacing--the pacing! Stellar, really. The first half is a blur of buildup; the second deals with the hostage situation (and yes, I'd consider the hostages thing a spoiler, except the publisher included it in the blurb). In unskilled hands, the second half could have dragged a bit, but this author keeps tension high, and not in a static way. And just as I might have said, "I can't take any more--um--peril!" the climax exploded, then settled into a satisfying resolution for each character individually and the series as a whole.
Now, the characters. I loved seeing them all again. I expected more of Keelyn and Lee, but the book is brimming as it is, and they showed up long enough to play vital roles and for me to smile at their presence. Brett's perspective was unexpected and enjoyable. Nathan's action moment in the climax was cheer-worthy and perfect. And of all the recurring characters in this series, Lilly's arc is the most complete. She truly changes from the first book to the last, and the catalyst for that change is believable. I'm also grateful to Ms. Redwood for giving Nathan the closure he still needed at the end of POISON, though I didn't see him as often as I wanted to (but where would he have fit more often with everything else going on?).
As for the new characters. The loss of Morgan's child could have strayed into a cliche, but instead, she feels like a genuine, fractured person. Her motivations make sense, as do those of Tyler and Dr. Reeves and even the villains. And how I loved Morgan's perception of the characters I already knew--meeting and admiring Lilly, talking to Nathan and Lee on the phone and mentally contrasting them.
Which brings me to point of view, the ultimate make-or-break for any novel. This one is Redwood's deepest yet, showing us the world through the eyes and thoughts and even emotions of her characters.
The themes of the novel weave organically through the events. This time around, we're challenged to define a few elementals: memory, family, duty, guilt, and humanness itself. Thankfully, Jordyn Redwood is still a believer in wrestling evil, not whitewashing it. She doesn't shy away from poking her reader's soft spots (or ramming a hot poker into them).
At the end of POISON, I hoped the author would give all her damaged people an honest, non-formulaic dose of healing. She does. I can say goodbye to everyone, especially Nathan and Lilly (I mean, if I must), knowing they'll be okay in time. I can even imagine what's next in their lives together.
As a smart, suspenseful, hopeful, daring work of Christian fiction, I salute and recommend the Bloodline Trilogy.
Jordyn is a Christian writer who does not preach in any way, yet shows the strength or weakness of each antagonist's faith. She writes a medical thriller without bad language or gory details - my kind of writer! Among the ethics raised in this novel is when human life begins in the womb, how far medical science should go in studying and altering human cells and brains, and whether one life could be traded for another - and who should make that determination. It could also be a frightening view of the future should the line cease to be drawn, or at least blurred, when one life is considered more valuable than another and 'friendly fire' should ever be allowed when we are talking the value of lives. Also demonstrated is what happens when personal greed takes precedence over the lives who are in the hands of the one seeking goods and fame.
I knew it would be a very late night when, less than halfway into the novel, the pediatric ICU of a children's hospital is taken hostage by those whose brain chemistry had been altered in an experiment gone terribly wrong. To say the least, the reader is taken on the wild, adrenaline-flooded ride of the hostages and negotiators as they try to save the lives of the children.
This book, this series, is given high recommendation by this reader! If you like medical thrillers, this is a series you do not want to miss! And this reader is very hopeful of seeing more offerings from Jordyn Redwood!
Our lead character in Peril is a nurse struggling with her own personal issues and has pretty much given up on life. However, when she and others are taken hostage in her unit in the hospital she starts to realize that perhaps she isn't really ready to give up. There is a great mystery in the story as we figure out who these guys are and what they want. Some great plot twists. Characters from the previous books make appearances as well.
Ms. Redwood does a great job writing so that the reader cares about the characters and what happens to them. Her medical detail is involved enough to provide the information needed but not so overwhelming that one feels like they are reading a text book.
I highly recommend the entire series. I look forward to Ms. Redwood's next book and will purchase it as soon as it is available. I am sure it will be as excellent as these were. I'm also hoping to see some of these characters brought forward into additional works.
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