Dark Justice is a fly by the seat of your pants thriller that focuses on the lives of three women who find themselves with the task of saving the United Stated from becoming a disaster scene centered on the collapse of the electrical grid from the West Coast to the Eastern Seaboard.
Beginning with the automobile accident that killed the CEO of large conglomerate to the hospital setting where Hannah Shire, her mother Carol, and daughter Emily would find themselves on the night the lights went out, this reader could not wait to see how they story would end. The Shire family were innocent bystanders caught up in a conspiracy that covered much of the North American continent. The excitement builds as the both the local sheriffs department and the FBI may be deep in the midst of the plot.
Though the Shires did not have the tools to break apart the conspiracy, it was their continued persistence that allowed those with the proper tools to bring the conspirators to justice. The story is well-woven story, partially told from Hannah Shires first person perspective, along with the transcripts of a Congressional investigation following the events of February 24th and 25th in 2013 and the third person description of the activities of the conspirators and the police. The three voices come together to make a believable story that might easily be found in tonights or tomorrows newspapers. One can only hope that the story remains just a story and not a New York Times headline in the near future.
The author has done a superb job of weaving faith into the story without drowning the plot in spirituality. Building a story with people that have real problems (e.g. alzheimer's disease) in the midst of their crisis takes talent - something this author has demonstrated in Dark Justice. Though this is not this authors first book, it is the first I had the opportunity to read. I was not disappointed.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Brandilyn Collins in her new book, Dark Justice published by B&H Publishing Group brings us into the life of Hannah Shire.
From the back cover: If Id had any idea what those words would mean to me, to my mother and daughter, Id have fled California without looking back.
While driving a rural road, Hannah Shire and her aging mother, who suffers from dementia, stop to help a man at the scene of a car accident. The man whispers mysterious words in Hannahs ear. Soon people want to kill Hannah and her mother for what they know. Even law enforcement may be involved.
The two women must flee for their lives. But how does Hannah hide her confused mother? Carol just wants to listen to her pop music, wear her favorite purple hat, and go home. And if they turn to Hannahs twenty seven- year-old daughter, Emily, for help, will she fall into danger as well?
Pressed on all sides, Hannah must keep all three generations of women in her family alive. Only then does she learn the threat is not just to her loved ones, but the entire country . . .
If the great director Alfred Hitchcock were still alive then he would seriously want to direct this as a movie. Ms. Collins has given us a story that ranks with the greats like, North By Northwest and The Man Who Knew Too Much. All Hannah did was stop to help when she saw a car accident. Now there are people who want to kill her for what the dying man told her for they feel she knows too much, even though she has no idea of what they are talking about. Bodies are beginning to pile up as Hannah is doing her best to keep herself, her mother and her daughter alive. On top of that if she doesnt figure everything out fast she will not be able to stop a terrorist attack against the U.S. that will plunge the country into darkness. Get ready for a page turner thriller that is just loaded with suspense. Ms. Collins grabs a hold of your nerves and squeezes until you think you cant be squeezed anymore and then she squeezes those nerves some more. What more can we ask for? Dark Justice gives us much, much more. This is a top-notch thriller and, I think, this is Ms. Collins best work yet and that is saying some. Ms. Collins takes us on a ride that leaves us breathless but extremely satisfied. Sort of like the way you feel after a roller coaster ride. I liked this book and recommend it highly!
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Hannah Shire, together with her elderly mother suffering from dementia, drives home from a weekend stay at a hotel. On their way back home they see a car on its side and a man lying on the ground next to it. As a doctor's assistant, Hannah rushes to his side. With his dying breath, the man is trying to tell her something and fumbles with her coat pocket. Back home she finds a flash stick in her pocket. When she is checking to see what's on it, there's a video that shows some sort of machine. It doesn't seem to make sense.
Shortly thereafter two FBI agents knock on Hannah's door and demand to know what the dying man has told her. Soon she learns that the FBI agents were fake, and when one of them returns at night, Hannah knows she must run for her life. Taking her mother with her, they drive for hoursâ€”not knowing where to go. Hannah's daughter gets involved too and also has to run for her life. Every time they seem to understand a bit more of what's going on, but also they don't understand anything at all.
Who are the Bad Guys chasing them? Who can be trusted? Where to go? Can three women save America from disaster?
As usual Brandilyn Collins penned a high suspenseful tale that kept me on the edge of my seat!
*Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy through NetGalley.*
Dark Justice is an entertaining story. This is only the second book I have read by Brandilyn Collins, and I will probably read more. I liked the main characters, and the plot seems like something that could really happen. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense.
More â€˜Seatbelt Suspenseâ€™ from Brandilyn Collins
November 4, 2013
Hannah Shire and her mother, Carol Ballard, are returning from a weekend away when they come across a car accident. The sole victim, Morton, is injured, mentions his daughter and tells the ladies not to tell anyoneâ€”but not to tell them what? Later at home, Hannah finds a flash drive in her pocket, and surmises Morton must have put it there. Later that evening, two FBI agents visit and interview herâ€”but are the really from the FBI? Who can they trust? What follows is a suspenseful chase as the two women, assisted by Hannah's daughter, Emily, try and find the solution to the puzzle while evading the FBI and the police before the deadline Emily discovers encrypted in the flash drive.
The story flips back and forth between the action in February 2013 (told in the first person by Hannah) and a subsequent Select Committee Investigation into the events of February 2013. This both adds and removes suspense. It adds suspense because it shows that Hannah, Carol and Emily have been caught up in a major event, but I did feel it also took away from some of the suspense because of the very fact it was in the future.
The scenario presented in Dark Justice isn't unique (Firestorm and Digital Winter each had a similar premise), but the approach is different. Hannah is an ordinary person. She's a widow with an adult daughter, and is the primary caregiver for her mother, who suffers from dementia. On the face of things, there is nothing special about her. But she is hard-working, intelligent and brave, and those qualities come to light as the novel progresses. Carol is a sad and stubborn woman who reminds us of how dementia steals people from us, and Emily is an intelligent and useful addition to the plot.
This is a very good read (although I personally preferred Double Blind), and not recommended for when you are alone in the house or have some pressing deadline that's going to stop you reading right through to the end.
Thanks to B&H Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.