Patricia Bradley has long been a favorite of mine for authentic, sure-fire suspense. The start to her new series is right on target with the mystique of the Natchez Trace. This one is unique because of the focus on the Park Ranger Service and its different branches.
Brooke Danvers has made a career change within the Ranger Service. She has passed her qualifications and is waiting to be sworn in as a Law Enforcement Ranger, following in her dad’s footsteps. Unfortunately, Ranger John Danvers is found dead in a remote place. Brooke is determined to find his killer, although she is not assigned to the case.
Luke Fereday is undercover to get close to a drug kingpin who is moving product up the Trace. He is equally determined to find out who killed John and see if there is any connection to his case.
Danger is ever present and so is the question of who to trust. Ms. Bradley has captured the atmosphere of the Trace and of Natchez and its residents. She keeps you guessing who the villains could be, leaving subtle clues along the way that culminate in a heart-stopping ending.
Drugs and murder are not the only things to discover in this book. Brooke and Luke learn how their faith can be strengthened through tough times. And if they can come to terms with their shared background and growing attraction. Each quandary is expertly summed up in this thrilling novel.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. 5 stars
Standoff by Patricia Bradley is book one of her new series, Natchez Trace Park Rangers. I’ve never read Patricia Bradley and thought this would be a good one to try because of the unusual setting, Natchez, Mississippi along the Natchez Trace National Parkway. I was also interested in the storyline due to the Park ranger aspect.
Sadly, this story just didn’t work for me. I had trouble keeping track of all of the characters. In my opinion, there were just too many. I was never able to really connect with Brooke. She was too bossy for me and she never really acted like a person who had just lost her dad. This really took me out of the story. I also felt like the way the story played out was too predictable.
That being said, there was some good action and the romance was satisfying.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book.
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The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for park ranger Luke Fereday, lately it's being used to move drugs. Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers.
John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder, but things are more complicated than they first appear, and Brooke soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her. Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?
Award-winning author Patricia Bradley introduces you to a new series set in the sultry South that will have you wiping your brow and looking over your shoulder.
Revell, May 2020
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