Pursuit of Justice (Call of Duty)
Tyndale House (2010)
Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views (10/10)
“Pursuit of Justice” is a suspenseful and action-packed adventure that unfolds in the wide-open spaces of Abilene, Texas. FBI Special Agent Bella Jordan is assigned the case, but she knows something her superiors don’t. Abilene holds secrets about her past; a past that still haunts her.
Three men in pursuit of the legendary Spider Rock Treasure have been found dead, and it looks like businessman-turned-rancher, Carr Sullivan, might be guilty of the crime. Bella definitely sees him as a suspect but her gut tells her the evidence stacked against him is a little too obvious. Her investigation brings her closer to Carr, and she eventually finds herself in the awkward position of being attracted to a man that might be guilty of murder. Bella’s instincts tell her there’s more to this case than meets the eye, and her suspicions are confirmed when the past she’s tried to avoid meets her head-on in the form of Brandt Richardson, a cold and ruthless madman who’s as obsessed with Bella as he is with the mysterious treasure. Can Carr be trusted to help Bella stand against Brandt or is he another pawn in an intricate game?
I really enjoyed “Pursuit of Justice” and thought it was a great thriller with plenty of twists and turns in the plot that kept me guessing until the end. Carr Sullivan is a nice guy with a tarnished past and one can’t help but wonder if that past makes him vulnerable to the machinations of obsessed treasure-hunter, Brandt Richardson. Richardson is a chillingly heartless guy who will let nothing stand in his way. What Brandt wants, Brandt gets. He’s a cold-blooded schemer with a knack for weaving intricate webs of lies and subterfuge, and you’ll be shocked at the actions he takes to prove to others that he believes himself to be untouchable. Special Agent Bella Jordan is an intricate character with plenty of depth. She’s not portrayed as a perfect, bulletproof hero, but neither is she seen as weak or lost. Instead, she’s a real woman; a woman that anyone can relate to. Her inner demons are strong, but no stronger than any of the demons we each carry inside ourselves, and she is able to stand against them when she’s finally able to let go of the past.
If “Pursuit of Justice” is what DiAnn Mills’ new ‘Call of Duty’ series delivers, then I look forward to answering the call whenever I can, and I’m looking forward to the second book in the series.