Monday, 20 April 2009

Review: Daniel's Den by Brandt Dodson

First of all, let me say that this review was delayed somewhat due to my mother's visit on the day the book arrived. She took it home and read it, and although she's not the reviewing type, I have her assurance that she enjoyed it very much. I believe she called it a page-turner. Anyway, last week I got it back and read it myself at last!

This is a very well executed and suspenseful novel. We are introduced to two different protagonists who face increasingly impossible odds before a common enemy throws them together. Then comes a series of life-and-death chess moves as they dodge the strategies plotted against them.

If you like romance with your suspense, you'll find both aplenty here along with a trail of corpses, financial intrigue, a personal look at diabetes, and interesting insights into the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on New Orleans.

It's a nice touch that novel-writing also features in the plot, with a cunning twist of the unexpected. Think road-movie plus on-the-run plus a boy and a dog and villainous framing, and that's a pretty good impression of this book. The suspense factors increase as the story goes on, so that the sense of danger is never absent. Not for the faint of heart!

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