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Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"Deadly Pursuit is Hannon's storytelling at its best."

Mitch Morgan, former Navy SEAL, who has recently joined the ranks of St. Louis detectives, finds one of his first cases highly personal. The potential victim in an “off-the-wall” harassment case is Alison Taylor, sister of fellow detective Cole Taylor. (We were first introduced to the Taylor siblings in Guardians of Justice #1, Fatal Judgment.)

Alison continues to care for and protect children as a social worker, even with a broken heart on the mend and a “less than functional” leg from an accident. When she starts getting annoying phone calls and dark "gifts" left at her house, it appears she may be in need of protection. Cole and Jake, her brothers, lean toward being too overprotective when it comes to their little sister. Mitch is beginning to fall quickly for Alison. His desire to keep her safe becomes his top priority.

Hannon’s interwoven connections and interplay between the cast of characters is penned well with character development one of her writing hallmarks. Experiencing empathy will not being difficult for the reader whether they be lead or supportive characters. The incredible power of a drug-influenced person is revealed within these pages yet not glorified.

Sometimes the story is predictable. The sappiness of the romance, at times, borders on fantasy’s edge more than real life. Adding to the silliness was the overuse of the phrase “claimed her lips.” Hannon’s heroes make the average male look rather ordinary.

The progression of Deadly Pursuit moves from developing romance to mystery/suspense where there is detective work including the task of following leads. The accelerated action begins feverishly from chapter 17 to the conclusion. It is a tale of the faith journey for two people spurred on by the events of life, both past and present.

Deadly Pursuit is Hannon's storytelling at its best. With a surefire mix of suspense, action and romance, it will appeal to both genders . . . including people like me, “the almost ready for primetime romantic.”

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.