[CFBA Tour&Review] Judgement Day:A Novel by Wanda L. Dyson

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Judgment Day
WaterBrook Press (September 21, 2010)

by
Wanda Dyson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Wanda Dyson – “a shining example of what Christian fiction is becoming…” (Christian Fiction Review). She’s been called a “natural” and a “master of pacing,” but her fans know that whether it’s police thrillers, suspense, or bringing a true story to life, Wanda knows how to take her readers on a journey they’ll never forget.

Wanda is a multipublished suspense author, currently writing for Random House/Waterbrook. Her one attempt at a nonfiction book was picked for an exclusive release on Oprah. In addition to writing full time, she is also the appointment coordinator for the CCWC, Great Philadelphia Christian Writers, and ACFW conferences.

Wanda lives in Western Maryland on a 125 acre farm with a menagerie of animals and when she’s not writing critically acclaimed suspense, or away at conferences, you can find her zipping across the fields on a 4-wheeler with Maya, her German Shepherd, or plodding along at a more leisurely pace on her horse, Nanza.

With the release of her newest hit, Judgment Day, Wanda is heading back to the keyboard to start on her next high-octane thriller, The Vigilante.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Sensational journalism has never been so deadly.

The weekly cable news show Judgment Day with Suzanne Kidwell promises to expose businessmen, religious leaders, and politicians for the lies they tell. Suzanne positions herself as a champion of ethics and morality with a backbone of steel—until a revelation of her shoddy investigation tactics and creative fact embellishing put her in hot water with her employers, putting her credibility in question and threatening her professional ambitions.

Bitter and angry, Suzanne returns home one day to find an entrepreneur she is investigating, John Edward Sterling, unconscious on her living room floor. Before the night is over, Sterling is dead, she has his blood on her hands, and the police are arresting her for murder. She needs help to prove her innocence, but her only hope, private investigator Marcus Crisp, is also her ex-fiancé–the man she betrayed in college.

Marcus and his partner Alexandria Fisher-Hawthorne reluctantly agree to take the case, but they won’t cut Suzanne any slack. Exposing her lack of ethics and the lives she’s destroyed in her fight for ratings does little to make them think Suzanne is innocent. But as Marcus digs into the mire of secrets surrounding her enemies, he unveils an alliance well-worth killing for. Now all he has to do is keep Suzanne and Alex alive long enough to prove it.

Watch the book trailer:

If you would like to read the Prologue and first chapter of Judgment Day, go HERE.

My Review:
This novel, while not my favorite by any means, was a good one, for the most part. Wanda L. Dyson shows obvious talent in her writing, however, I wasn’t easily captured by the plot or the characters, like I usually am with a crime or mystery novel.

With that being said, Wanda shows enough talent to be a skilled author. As she writes Susanne Kidwell’s story of life as a cable news host, she uses wonderful research to create a story that has true-to-life experiences. After the first 5 chapters and the action filled suspense really picked up speed, I finally felt the pull of an adrenaline rush as the crime unfolded and clues started unraveling. It was at this point that I became fully engrossed in the center of the story, to help Marcus and Alex as they fought to unveil the truth for Susanne’s judgement day.

I recommend this book if you are an established Wanda Dyson fan. If you aren’t already a fan, then I do, despite my troubles getting engrossed in the novel, suggest that you give her a try……she does pull together wonderful research and scenes to give it a fast paced thrill. This is a 3 star book written by an author who shows obvious passion for writing a crime novel.

27 September, 2010
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