Donna Dawson's Vengeance is a crisply written, fast-paced thriller weaving threads
of the FBI, the Vietnam War, the Bible, and a cruise ship. Curiosity piqued yet?
The Canadian Christian Writing Award winning novel centers around an FBI agent,
James Kirk Benedict, who is supposed to be on a vacation cruise but is thrust
back into job mode when people on the ship start dying.
The intrigue builds and the plot twists and turns like a roller coaster as we get to know the characters, including Benedict and his girlfriend, Dr. Julie Holding, a psychologist with clients referred by the FBI, as well as the FBI's chief and computer research specialists. A sub-plot that softens the harsh crimes is the love story between Benedict and Holding. Theirs is a relationship to admire and emulate. Though they're not married or even engaged yet, the way they express themselves and their Christian faith is real and endearing.
Without giving too much away, the book's ending covers "vengeance" using Scriptural truth vs. worldly tendencies. The result is a thoughtful conclusion that keeps the reader ultimately considering more important things than how the novel concludes.
Pros: The chapters were short and easy to digest in small segments of free time (a valuable commodity for a homeschool mom!). The writing was clean, clear, and a bit like candy--addicting! I very much enjoyed this safe, Christian-slanted entertainment. The bibliography includes resources where readers can find out more about the FBI, the military and its vets, etc.
Cons: Although it was initially disconcerting to read about the U.S. FBI written in Canadian English, by the end I was left wanting more!