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Critical Pursuit

Title: Critical Pursuit
Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-7553-3

“Don’t worry about me; I can take care of myself. My worry is always those who can’t. I need to protect kids from those maniacs. That’s why I do what I do, my friend. I want to feel useful, like I can help, you know?” Brinna explains in Janice Cantore’s novel, Critical Pursuit.

This three hundred and sixty-three page paperback book is written by a retired police officer who knows about abuse, tragedy and death working in law enforcement. With no profanity but some graphic descriptions of child kidnapping, abuse and murder, it is targeted toward mature adults. With discussions of Christianity, this reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

When Long Beach, California police officer Brinna Caruso was six years old, she became an abducted child. By God’s grace and protection, she was found and vowed to protect other children from predators when she joined the police force.

As a K-9 police officer, her four year old Labrador, “Hero,” has been her partner helping her track down missing children. Knowing that seventy-four percent of abducted children are dead within three hours, she is forced to relive her past over and over with every missing young victim.

When she is involved in a police altercation, she is separated from her beloved canine and put back on street patrol in the interim. There she is partnered with another officer, Jack O’Reilly, who is possibly teetering on a mental breakdown dealing with his own anger and grief of losing his wife to a drunk driver.

While both struggle with their pasts and refusal to believe God is in control of their paths in life, they race to track down the kidnapper of another young child with the same pattern as Brinna’s ordeal twenty years ago.

Wanting to maintain the Kevlar heart she has protected within herself all these years, Brinna refuses to listen to those around her when it comes to looking to God for the answers as she and Jack hunt down the perpetrator.

Although expected, this fast moving, suspenseful fiction keeps the reader on alert as the cops hone in on a possible killer through the streets of Long Beach to the San Bernardino Mountains, leaving plenty of options for future romance, action and intrigue.

This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers in lieu of an unbiased review.

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Title: Avenged
Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-5849-9

“Look what we have so far. Three kids shot made to look like a gang shooting and start a war. Gang leader gives guns to keep war going,” Carly tells Nick in Janice Cantore’s third book of the Pacific Coast Justice Series, Avenged.

This three hundred and ninety page paperback book has a photograph of a female police officer with a police gang supervisor standing next to her on the front cover. The book is targeted toward anyone who likes police, crime and suspense fiction with a Christian and romantic tone. At the end of the book, there is a page about the author, ten discussion questions for groups or book clubs and the first chapter of the author’s next book. This reader wishes all pronouns regarding God were capitalized for reverence.

Carly Edwards has been on the Las Playas Police Department in California for eleven years and has remarried her husband, Nick, who is works in the same force but as a gang supervisor. When three Nineth Street Ninjas are shot execution style, it is presumed the rival gang, Pine Avenue Playboyz, is responsible.

While taking down Trey, the leader of the Ninjas, a trunk load of weapons are found in his stolen car, leading the police to wonder if this is more than a turf war. When Dean Barton gets out of jail and confronts his brother Neil at his coffee shop, Carly encounters the ex-con, who possibly has connections to the guns. Since Carly is already involved in a court case involving a murder, Dean’s complaint to the department about her actions furthers her hate toward the man.

Now that Carly and Nick are Christians, they try to remember that God is in control as Carly tries to deal with her hatred toward Dean and growing resentment toward Ginny Masters, a cut-throat reporter who writes vehement blogs about Carly and the force.

One of the gang members shot is in the hospital while his young ten year old brother Victor wants revenge. Former gang member Loundy, teenager Mary Ellen and reporter Alex Trejo from the prior book in the series help Carly solve who is really behind the guns when it is determined they were stolen from a military base along with explosives.

With this being the third book in the series, it can stand alone but there are almost twenty characters to follow and remember, making it more confusing and disjointed. Not having read the prior books, this reader found too much information in the writing style with too many people to track to tie the story together well at the end.

This book was provided by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for review purposes.

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Thompson Twins Call the Cops

Thompson Twins Call the CopsTitle: Thompson Twins Call the Cops
Authors: Lesa Hammond, PhD and Garrett Croker
Illustrator: Tom Hall
Publisher: Achievement U, Inc
ISBN: 978-0-615665382

Getting children interested in learning is a challenge, getting children to learn responsibility in society is a great achievement. In this second book of “Everyday Role Model Series,” Lesa Hammond and Garrett Croker accomplish the goal in Thompson Twins Call the Cops.

This one hundred and thirty six page softbound book has a colored drawing of two twin ten year olds talking on a telephone on the front cover. The back cover has two paragraphs about the book contents, a few reviews, a note about its non-profit organization and website for contact. Inside there are a few black and white drawings by illustrator Tom Hall along with a photograph of Hayward Police Lieutenant Sheryl Boykins with her biography, parent/teacher activities, about the series and acknowledgements. With some bold words and misspellings for emphasis, the book is targeted toward eight to twelve year olds. With no blatant profanity, the word “hecka” is used perhaps because the book is geared for low-income inner city youth.

The story is about twins Letty and Carlos who live with their mother in Oakland, California. Due to their mother working more than full time, the two are on their own often, walking to school and back, doing homework and learning responsibilities.

As they walk to school one morning with some neighborhood kids, Hector, an older eighth grader who used to be their friend, taunts them in front of a convenience store as he hangs out with supposed gang members. One of their friends notices a white car speeding off that almost hits a cat. The group picks up the cat and takes it to school where their understanding teacher allows it to stay until after class.

Meanwhile, the teacher has a special guest who happens to be a police officer from nearby Hayward. The children explain to Lieutenant Boykins about finding the cat, seeing the car and Hector and his friends.

When the twins get home from school, they hear their mother’s car has been stolen. The children and their friends concoct a plan to secretly video tape questioning Hector about the fast car. As they plot their plan, one friend’s grandmother overhears it and suggests they call the police instead of taking matters into their own hands.

Without giving away the ending, not only do the children learn that the police can help on thefts, but also assist in protecting a community from potentially bad gang members. In the end, the police are helpful, friendships are solidified, and everyone understands that it is important to let professionals handle certain circumstances.

This is an excellent educational read for any young person, no matter his or her background or upbringing as it installs not only the importance of being responsible, but verifies to confide in adults about questionable situations. One will look forward to where the Thompson twins will go on their next adventure.


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The Breakthrough (Precinct 11)

The Breakthrough (Precinct 11)Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-3584-1

Jerry B. Jenkins, New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred and seventy-five books including the Left Behind Series, has written the conclusion to his Precinct Series II detective novel entitled, The Breakthrough.

This two hundred and ninety-four page softbound book has a black and blue Chicago street scene with red and white writing on the front cover and a paragraph about the book with one review and small biography with a photograph of the author on the back. Being an advance reader book copy, a couple of spacing and capitalization errors were noticed. Although there were no profanities or explicit sex scenes, the subject matter of human trafficking may not be acceptable for the preteen or younger.

In this series book, Boone Drake is now Chicago Police Department’s youngest bureau chief of the city’s Major Case Squad. Having recently married Haeley and adopted her son Max from a prior relationship, Boone is back on track with his relationship with God and life is good again since in the prior book he lost his family. Unbeknownst to Boone and Haeley, Max’s not-so-bright but opportunistic father, DeWayne, wants his biological son back, but for a different reason than the norm – to sell him to a wealthy family in China.

While Max is at the very-protective but unrelated Aunt Flo’s house, Boone and Haeley spend time at a friend’s house for a barbeque, only to have Haeley trip, fall and crack open her head, and is rushed to the hospital, quickly sinking in to a coma. At the same time, DeWayne’s suave and cunning accomplice befriends Max and Aunt Flo by pretending to be Haeley’s returning from Afghanistan soldier/brother, sneaking the unwittingly boy away. Once informed, the Chicago Police do not dare to put Boone in more stress by telling him his adoptive son has been kidnapped while he has to deal with his wife’s traumatic and newly discovered pregnant condition. When the police do tell their friend and comrade about the abduction, DeWayne’s involvement and his links to international human trafficking along with the people who run the sinister ring, Boone is adamant to fly to China undercover to rescue the boy. Once there and with the help of a broken-English speaking yet unobtrusive former army officer, the two set up an ornate sting to get Boone’s son back.

Jenkins does his usual excellent job of progressing the story and keeping the reader interested, transitioning from the streets of Chicago to Beijing’s hutong district and beyond. His references to God and Biblical undertones are not preachy or arrogant but show how a true believer can trust Him and find contentment and peace, even during difficult, tragic times. Another page-turner good read from Jenkins!

Posted July 2012:



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Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and The North Hollywood Shootout

Author: John Caprarelli with Lee Mindham
Publisher: End of Watch
ISBN: 978-0984916702

John Caprarelli has many life experiences to share about growing up in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles. His book Uniform Decisions is not only about the famous botched bank robbery of February 1997, where two armed assailants were killed and over eleven hundred rounds of ammunition were spent, but it is also about his personal life of how to accept and adapt as a husband, father, and police officer. The blend of these three aspects can be hard and complicated.

In this one hundred and eighty-seven page biographical story, John takes the reader from his childhood days in private school and marrying his high school sweetheart through the nuances and drills of the police academy and into the everyday life of one who “serves and protects.” With twenty-seven years in the LAPD, he covers both the banal and fascinating stories while in different law enforcement venues, from the beat on the streets and filling out endless paperwork to dealing with the first dead body or going undercover and snagging a drug dealer. However, the focal point of the book is the robbery itself and its toll on the officers involved. The book includes photographs of the famous shoot-out and of his parents, wife, and children.

Toward the end of the book, John blends how he personally dealt with the aftermath of the shooting and health-related issues that altered his lifestyle, which led to his retirement. In addition to taking a look at himself and changing areas of his life, he deals with his core beliefs and Christian values from his upbringing. He explains how the LAPD used to handle (or lack thereof) post-traumatic stress syndrome. Due to this particular shooting, many police departments across America have changed their follow-up practices and protocols involving attitudes and behaviors toward their officers.

If you want a deep perspective of how a policeman views his stressful job, co-workers, diversified work situations, and most of all, his faith and determination, this book covers it. It is easy to read and engaging, forcing the reader to want to know what will happen on the next page. By capturing historical events of the famous robbery, it is a helpful book to pass on to someone contemplating joining the police force by explaining realistically its perks and pitfalls. Kudos to John for writing his book personally “like it was and is” and how he grew up and matured, both mentally and spiritually, in law enforcement.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/30Y1cIi

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