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Review: The Pursuit of Justice

Pursuit of Justice by DiAnn Mills is the third book in the Call of Duty Series. Pursuit of Justice tells the story of Special Agent Bella Jordan, and her pursuit of a killer who murdered three men hunting for the Spider Rock Treasure. What her superiors don’t know is her personal connection to the Spider Rock Treasure and the possible killer.

Pursuit of Justice is a fast moving, suspenseful read. Mills does a great job, as she did in her previous two novels in the series, of developing the characters. Bella seems normal and down to earth, and the interactions between characters are not unexpected. What is unexpected are the twists and turns connected to the mystery. Even at the end, when I think things are wrapped up, there is a twist.

There is a faith component in the series, and in Mills writing. Themes of grace and forgiveness are vividly present in this novel. In some ways, I think Bella’s struggle and her ultimate decisions regarding faith and forgiveness feel slightly…easy. While it was not completely unexpected, it did take away from things for me.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a simple and engaging read. 3 Stars.

Reviewing the Call of Duty Series by DiAnn Mills

All three books of the Call of Duty Series by DiAnn Mills, Breach of Trust, Sworn to Protect, & Pursuit of Justice appeared on my Summer Reading List and I’ve had the chance to read two of the three so far (if you note my Goodreads widget, I have started the third). For those unfamiliar with the work of DiAnn Mills, she is a Christian Fiction author that tends on the side of light and fluffy. She has written a few Christian Romance novels, but her best work seems to be her suspense. Unlike a lot of Christian fiction authors that I have encountered, Mills seems to be able to communicate the Bible and theology more solidly.

The Call of Duty series follows three women in three different branches of law enforcement as they wrestle with some aspect of what their job requires and their faith. In good formulaic fashion, there is also a life threatening danger, and a love interest…but I digress.

The first in the series, Breach of Trust, surprised me.  Although I would not wax poetic about Mills prose, the story is interesting, and she does a good job of giving depth to the characters. In this first volume, Paige is a former CIA agent who was forced out by an agent who turned. She assumes a new identity and comes to faith, but is reminded regularly of her past. She faces difficult choices as she struggles with her faith and the false identity she has taken on. Mills handles the issues thoughtfully, and gave me pause to think.

The second in the series is  Sworn to Protect which is about Border Agent Danika Morales. Her husband was killed the same day she discovered that they shared very different views regarding immigration, however, the same individuals that sought her husband now seek her to kill her.

There is an interesting discussion on immigration laws that takes place in the novel, touching on the many controversial views, as well as immigration from a biblical perspective. Although  Mills did not treat the topic as deeply as she could have, it again made me think, and honestly, want to learn more about the subject.

Both were decent stories and good light reads, and I look forward to completing the third in the series.

So far, I would give the series three stars.

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