***My wife received a complimentary digital download to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.***
Tandem is the second novel (sequel to Thirsty) by Tracey Bateman that is situated in a small Ozark town- Abbey Hills- which was rocked by a series of brutal murders six months prior. In Tandem, Lauryn McBride’s family auction house assumes responsibility for the sale and dispersal of one of the victim’s, Markus Chisom, estates.
As Lauryn becomes more engaged in Markus Chisom’s things, and thereby in his strangely beautiful world, she is given a reprieve from the emotional devastation of watching her father decline with Alzheimer’s.
Lauryn discovered a series of letters in Chisom’s belongings, and mailed them to Amede Dastillon, from whose family the letters originated. Amede hopes the letters will help her track down her sister, who has long since been estranged from the family. Amede decides to pay Abbey Hills a visit.
Shortly after her arrival, mutilated carcasses begin turning up (again) in the small community. The community is aghast at the terror, and is force to wonder if they are being faced with the familiar evil that previously rocked the town, or with a new one.
As Lauryn searches for answers in her life, and Amede searches for her sister, can the two women overcome the darkness that threatens to surround them?
I have to admit, I had seen this title more than once in local stores and picked it up, and thought, “Really? A Christian Vampire Novel?” I have always wondered how a novelist would reconcile a Christian theme within paranormal fiction, and had a morbid curiosity about the story if for no other reason than the cover of the book. That being said, I typically don’t read paranormal fiction, and repeatedly returned the book to the shelf at the store.
Tracey Bateman does an admirable job of meshing paranormal fiction with Christian fiction. That being said, this novel is still a bit dark. The book embodies the classic struggle of good verses evil. It gives page space to murder and voodoo curses, as well as page space to Christian roots. At one point, Bateman details the death of Amede’s father, when he chose to abstain from his vampire tendencies because of faith. The last chapter gives a weak exposition of the Gospel message. I’m not sure whether Tandem should be classified as Christian fiction with vampire overtones or as a vampire novel with Christian overtones. Semantics? Perhaps. Can a vampire be redeemed? Perhaps.
All in all, I did enjoy Lauryn’s character, and think I would have found more “take away value” had I read the first novel in the series.
Tandem is available in print at Christian retailers nationwide, at christianbook.com, at barnesandnoble.com, as well as on Amazon.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review through their Blogging for Books Program. All opinions are my own.***
One of the first books I read on my brand new Kindle Fire was The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir. In the second installment of the Nightwatchman series, the first being The Night Watchman (Ray Quinn Series, Book 1), Mark Mynheir grabs the reader and pulls him into the pages of this fictional crime drama and holds him there with characters that are likeable and uncannily familiar.
About The Corruptible…
How much money would it take for you to betray the truth?
Ex-homicide detective Ray Quinn never had glamorous thoughts of the life of a private investigator-but being cornered in a bathroom stall by the enraged philandering husband of a client? That’s something he could live without. Retired from homicide and living with a painful disability, Ray’s options are limited. Stick to the job, keep impetuous sidekick Crevis alive, and spend quiet evenings with trusted pal Jim Beam, that’s about the best he can hope for.
As a new client emerges, Ray finds himself in an impossibly large boardroom holding a check with enough zeros to finally lift him from his financial pit. The job seems easy enough: find Logan Ramsey, an ex-cop turned security officer who’s taken off with sensitive corporate information. But few things are easy in Ray’s world, regardless of the amount of zeros in the check.
In what should be an open-and-shut case, Ray stumbles across Logan Ramsey in a seedy motel room. Only Ray wasn’t the first to find him. Now Logan’s dead, the client’s information is nowhere to be found, and Ray’s employer is less than forthcoming with the details. Suddenly the line between the good guys and bad guys isn’t so clear. With a foot in both worlds and an illuminating look at an unhappy ending that could well be his own, which will Ray choose?
The Corruptible is compelling and witty, a thoroughly enjoyable novel.
Although I had not read the first book in the series, I had no trouble relating to the characters and understanding the history established with the first book. With a background in law enforcement, Mark Mynheir has taken care to weave his knowledge into the novel, yielding an authentic detective story that is life-like and an enjoyable read.
While some of the dialogue is a bit awkward, the overall plot and characters are well developed and believable.
I really enjoyed reading this e-book and look forward to more titles from Mark Mynheir.
***I received a courtesy digital copy of this book to facilitate an honest review. I am not required to give a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.***