Monday, September 23, 2013

Peril by Jordyn Redwood - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Kregel)
 Dr. Thomas Reeves is at the pinnacle of his career. The Department of Defense has awarded him a lucrative contract for his new research into superior autobiographical memory, which promises the ability to create combat troops able to quickly learn complex battle plans and enact them perfectly under the most demanding battlefield scenarios.

An elite unit has received neural grafts from fetal cadavers of genetically altered brain cells with enhanced NMDA receptors. The results are remarkable . . . until the recipients begin suffering hallucinations, nightmares, paralysis, . . . and death. Dr. Reeves searches for answers, but DOD insiders want him to stop the search.

The situation becomes public when pediatric ICU nurse Morgan Adams, Dr. Reeves’s daughter, is taken hostage by three research subjects in an attempt to force Dr. Reeves into disclosing why they are sick. If answers aren’t revealed within twenty-four hours, patients in the pediatric ICU will be killed.

This spine-tingling conclusion to the Bloodline Trilogy raises spiritual and ethical dilemmas torn directly out of today’s headlines. When does life begin? How far does commitment to family go? And can the sins of the father ever be forgiven?

My Thoughts:
“Was it, in the end, beneficial to sell your soul to the devil for benefits delivered to the flesh?”    (Chapter 21)

The loss of a child, by whatever means, is brutal on those left behind.  Jordyn  Redwood, approaches this loss from several different angles in her latest book, Peril.  At first, the reader is led to assume the traumatic event at the beginning of the story will be the focus.  Then, you are introduced to Morgan and Tyler, and you can almost physically feel the pain of their loss reflected in their marriage.  Next, you are introduced to another physician dealing in the field of neuroscience and you are allowed to witness a totally different type of loss.  None of these losses or tragic events seem related on the surface, but Jordyn Redwood ties these threads of story together in such a way that you will be gasping for air by the end of the story!

It’s been a while since I read such a masterfully told suspense tale!! As the reader, I was drawn into the lives of this cast of characters in such a way that at times, this story was almost too painful to read!  The residual emotional and spiritual fallout in the lives of each family represented in the story is brutal at times!  The clincher is the neuroscience angle!!  You will know fear indeed when you consider that our society is playing on the edge of this field in ways that make Redwood’s story almost plausible!!  Google it!  You’ll see what I’m talking about!!

Peril releases October 1, 2013, so I don’t want to spoil a moment of this terrific book!! Suffice it to say this is a thriller that will keep you up at night!! The relationships are fragile and very real in their struggles.  The scenario that is played out toward the end is very plausible and quite terrifying! Peril is a very taut and satisfying read, and you have much to look forward to!!

About the Author:
Jordyn Redwood has specialized in critical care and emergency nursing for seventeen years. A member of both the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the American Christian Fiction Writers association, Jordyn lives in Colorado. 

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