Friday, May 02, 2008

Brandt Dodson's White Soul ~ Reviewed

White Soul
Brandt Dodson
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0736921419

Readers who devoured Brandt Dodsons four Colton Parker Mysteries will eagerly welcome this new novel from the suspense writer fans are comparing to Robert Parker, author of the megaselling Spenser series.

This provocative novel centers on police officer Ron Ortega, a cop caught in the middle:His wife and new baby want him home. His superiorsand his own naked ambitionwant him in Miami.
But when he infiltrates one of the city's most vicious gangs, someoneor someones want him dead. And theyll stop at nothing to achieve their goal. In a test of his faith, he must decide if he will succumb to the challenges and the temptations that surround him or live the life hes always proclaimed.
Or for that matter, whether hell live at all.

My Review:
This adrenaline soaked read kept me turning pages to the bittersweet end.

Fans of cop-lit should find much to like as they plunge into Ron Ortega's dual life as the undercover DEA agent becomes Ron Acuna, wannabe, and infiltrates the organization of a proud, suave and filthy rich drug Lord. What Ortega discovers will test everything he ever believed in.

Told in omniscient POV with plenty of juicy detail, the novel explores the underbelly of steamy, seamy Florida. However, in a step beyond secular cop-lit, the reader is able to experience the spiritual toll as the lure of money, glitz and power beckon Ron.

I would've liked to see a deeper relationship between Ron and Libby, his wife who is pregnant and alone, but I love character pieces. Those who consume plot-driven novels won't likely share my sentiments.

Warning to the sensitive -- Dodson peppers this work with grit. Squeamish souls may squirm.

Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer

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