Thursday, February 26, 2009
Brandt Dodson's Daniel's Den ~ Reviewed
By Brandt Dodson
Published by Harvest House Publishers
Daniel Borden and Laura Traynor live two different lives…Daniel is a successful stock analyst in New Orleans.
Laura operates a bed and breakfast in Shenandoah Valley.
He is wealthy, enjoys racquetball and lives with Elvis, a black lab.
She is a struggling single mother, works two jobs and lives with her young son, Andy.
But, when unseen forces send hit men after each of them, a twist of fate drives them together as they are forced to flee their common enemy.
In high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, they learn just how big the cat can be.
And that it's no game.
Daniel Borden is a stock broker with all the latest and greatest technical toys available to him. When he is asked to audit a file, he discovers one of the partners has been embezzling money. What does he do? We're not talking about a few nickels or dimes here; he found that millions were being skimmed off the top. Suddenly Daniel doesn't know who to trust and weighs his options carefully before deciding on a plan of action. His next decision will change his life forever.
Laura Traynor on the other hand, was dealing with life as a single mother. She was also living out her husband's dream of owning and running a bed and breakfast Inn with her son Andy. She is very disillusioned with life and God. How could he have let all these things happen to her? She was angry! "Is there nothing more to life than pain, and loss, and then death? Is this all there is?" She couldn't take life as she knew it one more day, she had to know if there was more.
An explosion happens when Laura and Daniel's lives collide. This most unlikely duo becomes a team fighting against a common enemy. The stakes are high -- it's a matter of life and death. It's unsure who will win in this struggle. Brandt Dodson's story is full of action, suspense and intrigue as these two characters struggle with life, God and how the bad guys seem to follow them, no matter where they hide. How or would they shake them? You'll have to read this story to find out.
Reviewed by: Nora StLaurent
Daniel's Den is a tense, terse read. Told in multiple almost narrative voice the story unfolds in New Orleans and the Shenandoah Valley. Daniel lives in a controlled environment, from the truth of the numbers he deals with as a stockbroker to the regimented life he's created for himself, everything is defined and in place. Until he is given the files of a dead co-worker and stumbles onto a big mess.
Laura is hanging on to a dying dream and has run out of hope and faith. When a bizarre and frightening man begins to hound her to sell her property fear and despair take hold.
Daniel and Laura unite in the worst of situations and end up running for their lives. Andy and Elvis, a young boy and a dog complicate matters.
I read the advanced copy and hope that several typos were taken care of in the final edit. One secondary plot thread threw me a bit but only briefly. The story is the driving force in this novel, so the characters, though rich enough, took a back seat to the action and plot.
If you like page turners, or Dodson, you need to look further into Daniel's Den.
Reviewed by: Kelly Klepfer