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Judgment Day: A Novel

1 rating: 4.0
A book by Wanda Dyson

“High-octane straight from the start. With breakneck action, high-strung suspense and characters you can’t help but root for,Judgment Dayis an irresistible read.”  —Tosca Lee, author ofDemon: A Memoir    “The … see full wiki

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Author: Wanda Dyson
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
1 review about Judgment Day: A Novel

Great Characters and Entertaining Plot

  • Nov 27, 2010
Rating:
+4
Suzanne Kidwell was known for her sensationalized news show, Judgment Day. With minimal investigation and occasionally enhanced evidence, she had made a career of reporting half-truths, often times at the expense of innocent people. However, when her investigation of missing girls went too far she found herself framed for murder. With nowhere else to turn, Suzanne is forced to asked for help from an unlikely source--her former fiancé, Marcus, who she betrayed nearly twenty years earlier. While Marcus' investigative team searches for who set her up, Suzanne is forced to face her unscrupulous past. A combination of suspense, mystery, and thriller, Judgment Day is a highly engaging novel with great characters and exciting action.

I certainly hope this is just the first book in a series. Not that Judgment Day ended with a cliff hanger or anything, I just loved these characters. Marcus and Alex are a great combination and beautifully compliment each other. Add to them their computer assistant, Razz, and Dyson has created a trio of characters that I want to read more about. I loved their background, their actions and reactions as well as their wonderful silent communication that made this group truly feel like a team. With a bit of humor and interesting personality traits, Dyson did a wonderful job of making characters that are so easy to love and invest time following their lives.

Combined with the great characters is a highly engaging plot. The book had a couple of areas that were a little more predictable than I would have liked, but overall Dyson did a nice job of creating a fun story that kept me reading. Some pretty large pieces of information are given in the opening pages but there are also some very nice surprises saved for later. These little twists are delivered with great timing that keeps the story moving at a comfortable pace.

Nicely worked into the story is good spiritual food for thought. This isn't a heavy novel, but it does have spiritual elements that are well worth contemplating. Dyson does an admirable job of blending in the idea of judging others and looking at our own heart. In addition to spiritual elements, there is a strong social element which was wonderfully incorporated. Going into details would spoil a twist, but I will say it's a great part of this book even though it is somewhat unsettling.

There is an error on the back cover that's worth mentioning since it could be a bit confusing. The person who Suzanne finds dead in her apartment and is accused of murdering is not John Sterling. Additionally, while John is a character in the book, he is not an entrepreneur, but rather a powerful senator.

Overall, I really enjoyed Judgment Day. The characters are excellent and the storyline entertaining. Dyson has a very comfortable writing style that made the story fly by. Hopefully more books will follow that feature Marcus, Alex, and Razz. They were a great group of characters and certainly deserve a few more adventures.

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December 02, 2010
I enjoy character driven books. They make series worth reading. Very detailed review! I enjoyed it. :)
 
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