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Nazareth Child (2011)

by Darrell James(Favorite Author)
3.44 of 5 Votes: 1
073872369X (ISBN13: 9780738723693)
Midnight Ink
Del Shannon
review 1: I wanted more depth to the characters, especially bad guys and victims. Things were not special or different enough.I really liked Del. She was a private investigator who always got her target. She was tough and smart. The first few chapters were excellent, setting up the mystery, showing how Del got her first PI job, her interaction with her father, and the mystery about her mother. The end where Del shows her stuff in the final conflict was good.But the middle and most of the book felt ordinary, things I’ve heard before. Silas is the preacher-leader. His son Cullen is the spoiled rich kid doing nothing impressive and beating up others. Nigel the dwarf-yes-man carrying out Silas’ orders. All three of these characters left me with questions. It would have bee... moren better to see inside them, to see flaws, strengths, push, pull, and conflicts within. Instead they just do predictably bad things to others. It felt like TV show quality - ok but not special.Frank Falconet is a government agent assigned to go undercover to investigate the religious group. Del is asked to be his pretend wife since her parents had a connection to the group. There is a romantic pull between Del and Falconet. Not much is done with that. I would have liked more interesting development between them.There are a few sex scenes in this book. They are vaguely referred to or described without much detail.I really enjoyed this author’s short story “Even a Blind Man” which appeared in Mystery Writers of America Presents Vengeance. And I’ve been waiting for him to do a full length novel. I believe Nazareth Child is his first.DATA:Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 350 pages. Swearing language: strong including religious swear words. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: about four. Setting: 1981 and 2011 Kentucky and Arizona. Copyright: 2011. Genre: mystery suspense.
review 2: Love this book. I couldn't put it down. A very fast paced novel about a young female investigator in Tucson, Arizona who when asked to join in an investigation of a religious cult in Nazareth Church, Kentucky can't imagine why, until she learns that she was born there. The mystery of her true identity and attraction to a fellow uncover agent and descriptions of the group's evil faith healer and his misdirected flock propel this story forward with a page-turning fever that will keep the reader involved until the very last sentence. Nazareth Child is an excellently written novel by Darrell James. I can't wait to read his next book. less
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This kept my interest to the end. Not my usual cup of tea, but not a bad read!
Fun to read but many of the plot lines were predictable.
Not bad.
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