Harvest House Publishers
If something can go wrong, it will in Daniel’s Den by Brandt Dodson. This seems to be the book’s theme. Daniel Borden and Laura Traynor are individuals who, unbeknownst to them, are caught in a web of conspiracy involving money and property. Although they don’t know one another at the outset of the novel, they are forced into working together to evade the men who want to kill them. Along the way there develops a mutual respect, a budding romance, and a sense of teamwork.
The pace is hectic and fun in regard to plotting, but, regrettably the characters in this novel are not very three-dimensional. Their specific motives are undefined, and they have implausible lapses in judgment. Daniel and Laura make rookie mistake after rookie mistake in trying to elude the hit men. They both have unresolved relational issues and their romantic feelings seem based on little more than their current circumstance. Additionally, the hit men seem drawn to gratuitous violence for no reason other than violence itself. Even bad guys need to be developed as fictional characters in order to provide balance to a plot.
This book would likely be best suited for those who enjoy thrillers, based upon the chase-and-evade premise. However, the weaknesses in the character development will leave fans of character-driven stories unsatisfied. – Alyssa R. Guebert, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
In this fast–paced thriller by popular author Brandt Dodson, a young government accountant learns to trust God when his life begins to fall apart and unseen enemies pursue him with relentless zeal.
Daniel Borden is a thirty–year–old government accountant who lives a quiet life and plays by the rules. But when events transpire that shatter his orderly world and a team of assassins mark him for death, Daniel must flee for his life.
While on the run, Daniel encounters Laura Traynor. Carefree and easygoing, Laura is everything that Daniel isn’t. But when the killers assigned to eliminate Daniel find him at Laura’s bed–and–breakfast, gunfire erupts and the two set out on the run once again.
As they try to unravel the mystery that confronts them, they discover how tenuous life can be and how their very existence depends on the God who will never abandon them.