Monday, September 26, 2016

Sybil Bates McCormack reviews AGAINST THE TIDE by Melody Carlson.

Sybil Bates McCormack reviews AGAINST THE TIDE by Melody Carlson.

The Publisher’s Summary: 

Returning home for her father's funeral, big-city reporter Megan McCallister is brutally attacked—confirming her suspicions that her father's mysterious death was no accident. But only her childhood friend, Garret Larsson, believes her theory. The teenager she once knew has grown into a brave, honorable man…but can he keep her alive long enough to find the truth? Garret needs Megan to leave town, but he wants her to stay. He knows about the secrets her newspaperman father uncovered and the dangerous exposé he was writing. And now Megan has vowed to finish her father's final article. Someone's determined to kill the story—and Megan along with it—but he'll have to go through Garret first.

 My Take: 

Author Melody Carlson—the award-winning writer of more than 200 inspirational and teen fiction books—has got a way with story. That statement will come as no surprise to the legions of readers who have purchased, devoured and ruminated over tales transcribed by that prolific pen of hers. And here’s what’s even more astonishing: Mrs. Carlson continues to create and deliver books that intrigue, that entertain, that inform and that delight her most ardent fans. “Against the Tide” proves no exception.

Though set in fictional Cape Perpetua on the picturesque Oregon coast, there’s nothing sleepy or tranquil about this novel. From the moment bereaved journalist Megan McAllister sets foot in the seaside tourist town, she’s in for the challenge of her life. One moment, she’s wondering into her father’s old-fashioned newspaper operation, and the next she’s fighting off a would-be killer. The attacks quickly escalate, and Megan adapts. She outwits home invaders, dodges gunfire and even engages in a high-speed car chase fit for a Hollywood spy thriller—all the while planning a bittersweet memorial service for dear old Dad.

Fortunately for Megan, she’s got the perfect companion at her side throughout the two-day series of jarring twists and turns that populate the story. Garret Larrson is an old acquaintance from high school who’s managed to turn into Mr. Small-Town Wonderful during the 10 years Megan’s been away making a name for herself in the Big City. When Megan’s in trouble, Garret’s there on the double. It just works out that way—in the beginning. By the time it’s become clear the attacks on Megan’s life are neither random nor likely to abate, Garrett’s in deep. He’s sincerely concerned about her safety, of course, but he’s also found himself increasingly attracted to her. With all the craziness swirling around them, is there any hope for a stab at romance? The reader can’t help but root for these two as the author engineers a not-so-subtle shift in the narrative. “Against the Tide” isn’t the story of one woman’s fight against a nefarious, cold-blooded villain. It’s the heartwarming, gut-clenching tale of two against the world, and the masterful Melody Carlson makes it well worth the read.

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About the Reviewer:

A licensed Georgia attorney since 1998, Sybil Bates McCormack now writes responses to state and Federal contract solicitations during the day while lurching haltingly toward a career as an inspirational romantic suspense author at night. She's also the crazed wife of a bi-vocational pastor and mom to two bright, talented kids. They don't call her BizzySyb for nothing! You can visit Sybil at her blog, Christian Romance/Pulsating Suspense, follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter, friend her on Goodreads, connect with her on LinkedIn, and add her to your circles on Google+.

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