Tuesday, November 29, 2016


  Fatal Frost (Defenders of Justice Book #1) by [Mehl, Nancy]


Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.
When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety. 
Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?     AMAZON  4.5 STARS

I really liked it.  Intense with lots of action, and some tight friendships.  Mercy and  Tally, her childhood friend, who also was in law enforcement was just one of those family like friendships.  Mercy was one tough, determined woman, who had her walls up when it came to letting other people in close to her.  The last time her friend Tally knew she had cried was when she was 10 years old.  He knew why, but he worried about her.  He was the closest person to her but even their friendship had limits and he knew when not to push.   Mercy might have been walled up but emotions did flow in the story, because of the struggles that Mercy, Tally, and Mark went through.  They were fighting some clever, evil people who had snaked their way into positions of power even in deeper than anyone knew yet.  You want twists and turns?  This story has it.  I had my suspicions about one person, I'm not going to say why or who because that would spoil it for others.   But when Mercy was getting ready to share some vital information where he was present, I was going, "don't do it, don't do it." Well, she did.  And when the man showed his true colors, I went, "No.  I knew it."  I might even have said that out loud.
As you can see, I did get pulled into the story and cared about the 3 main characters.  I kept thinking, "please don't kill off Tally."  You'll have to read the story to find out if he makes it out alive or not.
Mark was also a great character to get to know,  and to see his interactions with Mercy and Tally.  I really liked him.  He was smart, good at his job and he had a caring heart.

I felt that the elements of belief in God was done beautifully.  And even if a non-Christian were to read the book, they wouldn't feel like God was being crammed down their throat in a poorly written book.  Don't misunderstand, God is a part of the story but the story also shows the struggle for some whether to believe or not.  How can  say that it gives glory to God without taking over the whole story?  I guess, I just did.
I ended up feeling like this was a really well written story and I enjoyed it.
By the way, the tribute poem by  Shaen Layle in the front of the book almost brought tears to my eyes.  It's called, "TO MY SON, THE OFFICER".  Wow, just wow.

I was given a copy of this book via Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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