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Monday, January 16, 2012

"Deadly Disclosures" Review & Giveaway

Win the Complete Dinah Harris Trilogy Here!

Have you ever been contacted by an author directly?  I haven't been - until a few months ago when Australian author Julie Cave wrote to me about her new trilogy, a series of books featuring Dinah Harris, FBI detective.  She offered me a set of books to keep and one to giveaway in exchange for a review.

Now, realize that at this point I was nearly bouncing out of my chair with excitement over hearing from a real, live author. (Actually, I may have bounced around the living room a few times - let's be honest.)  I was worried about the subject, though - a mystery/suspense book sounded right right up my alley, but one about apologetics?  I didn't know much about that subject, and just how exciting could it be?  Since that's a topic that I've been wanting to learn more about, I decided to go for it - and I'm so glad I did.

Here's why:

Dinah Harris is a down-and-out FBI agent who's survived a family tragedy - barely.  Once a rising star in the Bureau, she now struggles to get through each workday until she can drown in her favorite wine.  When her former partner pushes buttons and removes her from her day-to-day teaching job and gets her reinstated to agent status, can she keep it together to find the missing Secretary of the Smithsonian?

I love real characters.  You know the kind I mean - the kind with the sort of flaws that we've struggled with personally, the kind that the guy down the street has or that we see in the carpool line at school.  Dinah Harris is such a character.

Following a huge personal tragedy, she falls into a deep depression and tries to numb the pain with alcohol - which only adds an alcoholic's problems to her original ones.  It doesn't help that she's been demoted to a teacher at the FBI academy and lost her dream position of star agent.

The story opens as her partner returns, having gotten permission for her to work the case of the missing Smithsonian secretary, and you can feel Dinah's pain as you read.  Knowing that she was once totally different than she is now, you can't help but cheer her on through this rare second chance.  As she makes mistake after mistake and you learn more of her story, you just want to hand her a box of tissues and give her a big hug.

If Deadly Disclosures were only the story of Dinah Harris solving a high-profile case, it would be a good one.  What makes it even better is the other side of it - the shady political deals happening behind the scenes.  While I'm about as political as a slug, I found this fascinating, mainly because I learned so much from this part of the story.

Thomas Whitfield, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, was a devout evolutionist - until the day he became a Christian.  With Whitfield interested in Creationism before he disappeared, Dinah finds herself in a no-holds-barred search for the truth - as bodies begin to appear and her own downward spiral continues.

I feared that a story where the author had a distinct desire to teach something would be preachy, but Deadly Disclosures is anything but.  With politicians and heads of organizations interviewed throughout the book, the information is shared at just the right pace for a newbie to understand, and, better yet, both sides of the issue are explained.

Cave uses natural dialogue and the twists and turns of the case to educate the reader about creationism.  It is clear that she stands on a distinct side of this issue, but scientific information is shared to support all premises.  Both sides of the issues are very well explained and inherent to the story, making it come across as a really well-researched suspense novel.

Now, with that technical stuff out of the way, this is a really awesome start to a great trilogy.  It's fast-paced, action-packed, and a dramatic mystery that makes you feel for the main character even as you try to solve the mystery before she does.  (I liked it so much that I read the whole series in two days.  I can't wait for Cave's next book!)

What could be better - except winning it for yourself?

Julie Cave is giving away a copy of the complete series to one reader!  Here's how to win:
  • Mandatory entry:  Leave a comment on this post describing your favorite type of character.
  • Bonus entry:  Leave Cave a comment on her blog and let her know that you're stopping by from A Nest in the Rocks.  Leave a comment below telling me you did so. 
  • Bonus entries:  Follow A Nest in the Rocks on GFC or 'like' us - you know where.  Leave a comment for each - each one is a separate entry.
This giveaway will end on February 8th at noon.  Entrants without leaving a valid email address will be disqualified.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen.

Reviews of the other two books in the series, The Shadowed Mind  and Pieces of Light will follow in the next two weeks.  Stop back for more chances to win with each review!

And if you can't wait that long, here's a great deal on the ebook version, happening now:
"Meet Dinah Harris, the sarcastic and brilliant heroine of the Dinah Harris mystery trilogy, for only .99 cents this month!  From January 15th - 31st, you can get your copy of Deadly Disclosures at a promotional rate of .99 cents! This includes digital copies available for the Kindle, Nook, and iPad. To get your copy at this special price visit any of these fine retailers:
Amazon (Kindle)
Answers in Genesis Bookstore (any of the above!)

Remember, this promotion will last January 15-31 only, so make sure to act fast!"

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  1. My favorite charter is one that is a little sassy, full of life and humor. Has got to have a softer side hidden in his tough exterior. Julie Cave is one of my favorite authors. My next stop is her blog. inspiremichelle

  2. My favorite character is one that is willing to fight for what they believe in, will stand up for their convictions and will not fold when the going gets tough! Thanks for the chance to win! Would love to read these books! :)

  3. I follow via GFC and like you on fb

  4. My favorite kind of character is likeable, but not perfect.

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  5. Like you on Fb--Laura shops

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