[530]: Deadline by Sandra Brown

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Grand Central Publishing | Paperback, 496 pp. | September 24, 2014 | Adult Fiction | Suspense | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


Dawson Scott is a journalist recently back from a stint in Afghanistan. As most servicemen could attest to having these kind of assignments, a lot have come back a changed person.  Most of the time, they also bring back a souvenir no one wants: PTSD. Dawson is battling his own demons. Mostly a nightmare that wears heavily on him day in and day out.

When an assignment falls on his lap, he didn’t think too much of it. But when his own godfather sought him out for this specific case, he knew all bets are off. It was a story that carry so much on the person that he considers a father figure  when his own died. It had a lot of history; years of violence and misplaced political beliefs. It will also answer one question that had plagued the former agent for many years now: the fate of an infant whose DNA was found forty years ago during a botched shoot out between FBI agents and known domestic terrorists. Years later, a connection will be established between Jeremy Wesson, a former soldier believed to be dead, and the terrorists’ leader, Carl Wingert.

Once again, Sandra Brown knows exactly what to do to wrangle all my devoted attention right down to the last page.  It was one of those reads that had me wanting to flip the pages as fast as humanly possible. I don’t know how many times I need to reiterate how well versed this woman is for creating new and thrilling story lines, but she somehow keeps giving birth to stories that are impossible until you read them in her books. I just can’t get enough. It’s kind of disturbing too, to have all those insane plot bunnies hopping around in her head. But hey, Ms. Brown, you just keep churning those stories and I’ll keep buying them.

I always look forward to the romance in her books, but I think this is one of those instances when it really took a backseat to the mystery. Dawson, the journalist, have met his match with the widow of Jeremy Wesson. But I like that there was veritable dynamic between Dawson and Amelia’s children.

I was fascinated with her antagonists as well. I wanted to know how anyone can believe in something so badly that they’ve come to consider it to be true and righteous; when in reality, their principles were rooted to nothing more than greed. These are a group of people who were so devious and amoral, and who didn’t have any qualms about killing innocent people.

If there’s one thing you can expect from a Sandra Brown book is its unpredictability. Sandra knows plot twists, but I have to admit that this one has one of the best amongst all the books of hers that I’ve read so far.

In conclusion, I have yet to read a book by her that I didn’t like. That says a lot about this woman’s talent and her ability to get me to scour old books shops for some of her older novels.