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Suzanne Hartmann writes Christian suspense with a twist of the unexpected. She is the editorial director for Castle Gate Press and shares easy-to-understand writing lessons on her blog, Write This Way. She is a veteran homeschool mom from the St. Louis area who enjoys a good read, scrapbooking, and studying the Bible. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: OakTara (February 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602903069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602903067
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,849,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For what it's worth, if I had the ability to give Peril 3 1/2 stars, I would...

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.
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Joanne's husband is losing a battle with cancer. Joanne herself has recovered from paralysis, because of an adult-stem-cell treatment. She tries to trust God in the uncertainty.

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.
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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. A NASCAR champion, a beautiful operative, a King in need of protection: just the elements of a juicy suspense. But Peril surprised me. The characters, beneath the surface, show amazing depth and encounter the same type of life-altering situations that normal people deal with.

I found the theme of fear ironic for a story where the main character acts as a body guard. I know better than to assume anything with the excellence in Christian Fiction that we have today. Yet I still bought into a lure into shallow waters. On the face of it, Lady Anne appeared amazing, complete, having it all together. Yet within, she shook with worry, discussed things with the Lord, and insisted on her own control.

The sort-of hero, stock car champion Stuart Jackson, also offered an ingenious irony: the emptiness of a Lord-less life. Money, popularity, power, physical pleasure, none of it is enough to satisfy the man and fill the hole he feels in his life. He believes the beauty of Lady Anne will take care of everything, but it's really the peace she has that he craves.

I thoroughly enjoyed Peril. It proved exactly the type of read I needed for a relaxing weekend trip! If you enjoy twisted suspense, like NASCAR, (loved all of the references!) or are looking for a tightly-written, satisfying read, Peril should delight you as well!
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This story starts out with Lady Anne a woman with enhanced abilities including amazing strength protecting the first Arab leader who has converted to Christianity. My first thought, "Are you serious?!? You expect me to believe an Arab leader becoming a Christian!" Actually what I thought was what an amazing idea. What would our world be like if an Arab leader became a Christ follower. Something to think about and pray about for sure.

This was a very entertaining story. It leans over into a fantasy, but that's okay. The characters have traits that are familiar to most, if not all of us. Stuart is on top of the world with everything he could dream of having won the NASCAR highest honor, yet he still felt an emptiness. He meets Lady Anne, the beautiful and mysterious escort for the world's first Christian Arab leader who happens to be a big fan of NASCAR. Lady Ann has her own struggles as she leads a secret life raising her children and being the wife to her wonderful husband.

I found myself laughing at some of the things that happened but I also felt myself being drawn into the struggles for the characters. Jo Anne and her husband, Neil face one of life's ultimate struggles, Neil has lung cancer. The author does a great job of drawing you into the family's pain and fear. Yet through it all their faith is steadfast in God. Something Stuart recognizes as different and he wants to know more.

If you don't mind stories that delve into a somewhat unrealistic scenario you'll love the story. The author keeps the story moving but also allows you to see some "real" life family times. This story doesn't have a strong antagonist but I did not see a need for one.
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