- File Size: 1632 KB
- Print Length: 266 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Three Strand Press (December 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N7LHPB7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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A Sense of Security: A Christian Romance (BlackThorpe Security Book 6) Kindle Edition
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-----Warning: Possible Spoiler Alert below-----------
My one qualm in the story, and it is a big one, is the BIG REVEAL of who the mastermind was behind all the attacks against the BlackThorpe Security company. Since the attack against this security company has been the major story arc of the series, there has been a lot of build-up as to who this mastermind is and what his vendetta is. Having a story arc span the six books, in my opinion, is one of the best part of a series and helps to tie all these character-stories together neatly, so I love that these books have a story arc. However, here's the qualm: when the mastermind is revealed, the motive is only hinted at in a very subdued way. Not only so, but the motive does not equal the extent of hurt that the mastermind has inflicted. In fact, the motive seems so minor compared to all that he has done, and having done it over such a long period of time, doing damage to so many individuals, etc, etc. He put a lot work into this!! I thought that the mastermind was victimized in some tremendous way, but he was not -- not really. So, suffice it to say, I was greatly aggravated by this ending. (If you have read this book, tell me what you think! Agree or disagree?)
Despite the let-down of the story arc ending, I would still recommend this book and the entire series, as it was a good read overall!
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4.5 -- Plot has many unique elements, no major holes, and a sense of focus. This was an enjoyable conclusion to the series. The relationship elements meshed well with the overarching background menace that followed through the whole series. Though things wrapped up with a little less detail than I'd prefer. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. At one point it says Alicia had worked for Marcus for less than 2 months, when by my count it was still less than 1 month. So the statement felt misleading, though perhaps not technically wrong. We're never given specific months or dates, just it's nearing Christmas at the very end; I worked back from there.
Characters: 4.5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. I definitely felt I could relate to both Alicia and Marcus in various ways, and they connect to each other in believable ways. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Many of the minor characters here were stars of their own books, and I got to known them there. I'm not sure how well-developed they would all seem based on just this book. Meredith and Derek are new characters, and they were fairly well-written, but I remained a bit confused as to who Eli was, so some more detail on him would've been nice. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters.
Mechanics and Writing: 4 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors, but nothing that seriously hinders understanding. Several actual typos (known where it should be know, bubble that should be bubbly, etc) and obviously missing or displaced punctuation marks. Also as a number of sentences that I would've added commas to or phrased differently for clarity’s sake. A few minor repetitions or contradictions, probable symptoms of shuffling scenes around while revising. Good use of POV (Alicia and Marcus). Generally skillful writing.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Both Marcus and Alicia skirt the edges of truth, and battle their consciences over not being perfectly honest -- and in the end find that the truth does set them free. This is particularly true for Alicia. Marcus has avoided forming a personal relationship with God since his family tragedy, but when confronted with the very real possibility of death, remembered Alex's lessons on the subject and came to faith. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, but weapons training, self-defense, and even offensive attacks are accepted parts of the daily lives of BlackThorpe employees. They do express regret at causing death, but seem to feel they have no choice in the circumstances.
Personal Enjoyment: 4 -- I liked it a lot. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining. I’d enjoy reading it again.
The books can be read in any order or independently, but I am glad I have read them in the order they have come out.