Friday, November 15, 2013

Peril by Jordyn Redwood

Peril
by Jordyn Redwood
Bloodline Trilogy, Book 3
Christian Fiction / Contemporary / Suspense
Available September 2013
Kregel Publications
288 pages
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About the Book
Dr. Thomas Reeves is at the pinnacle of his career. The Department of Defense has awarded him a lucrative contract for his new research into superior autobiographical memory, which promises the ability to create combat troops able to quickly learn complex battle plans and enact them perfectly under the most demanding battlefield scenarios.

An elite unit has received neural grafts from fetal cadavers of genetically altered brain cells with enhanced NMDA receptors. The results are remarkable . . . until the recipients begin suffering hallucinations, nightmares, paralysis, . . . and death. Dr. Reeves searches for answers, but DOD insiders want him to stop the search.

The situation becomes public when pediatric ICU nurse Morgan Adams, Dr. Reeves’s daughter, is taken hostage by three research subjects in an attempt to force Dr. Reeves into disclosing why they are sick. If answers aren’t revealed within twenty-four hours, patients in the pediatric ICU will be killed.

This spine-tingling conclusion to the Bloodline Trilogy raises spiritual and ethical dilemmas torn directly out of today’s headlines. When does life begin? How far does commitment to family go? And can the sins of the father ever be forgiven?

My Thoughts
After reading the first two books in this series, I thought I knew what to expect from Jordyn Redwood. While Peril was (still) a great book, Redwood delivered a story that is definitely distinct from the rest of the series.

Peril started out a bit slow for me. However, once the pace picked up, it was pretty much non-stop from there! As each scene changed, I felt so pulled ... wanting to keep reading about the current set, but also wanting to go back to see what was happening elsewhere. There were a couple of really late nights as I stayed up way too late to read "just one more page." I felt the two story arcs were absolutely amazing. There were a few confusing moments as I tried to see if/how they even fit together, but the ending totally made up for any confusion that I had along the way. So good!

Through the whole book, I LOVED the pro-life theme. Redwood did a fantastic job showing some of the risks with showing apathy toward the unborn. And while heartbreaking, I was so grateful she included some of the "regrets" that people experienced after choosing to abort their babies. Even Morgan's grief over the death of her daughter showed how beautiful life is.

Peril is an intense read and one I highly recommend!  [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Jordyn Redwood has served patients and their families for nearly twenty years and currently works as a pediatric ER nurse. As a self-professed medical nerd and trauma junkie, she was drawn to the controlled chaotic environments of critical care and emergency nursing. Her love of teaching developed early and she was among the youngest CPR instructors for the American Red Cross at the age of seventeen. Since then, she has continued to teach advanced resuscitation classes to participants ranging from first responders to MD’s.

Her discovery that she also had a fondness for answering medical questions for authors led to the creation of Redwood’s Medical Edge. This blog is devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction.

Jordyn lives in Colorado with her husband, two daughters, and one crazy hound dog. In her spare time she also enjoys reading her favorite authors, quilting, and cross-stitching.

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