Deep Extraction by Diann Mills
Published by Tyndale House Publishers April 4, 2017
Genres: Suspense, Christian
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.
A bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional―the victim’s wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI’s prime suspects.
Clearing Sally’s name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan’s personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer―and to each other―the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.
Diann Mills non-stop second book in the FBI Task Force series will keep her readers guessing who is really guilty and who is just in the wrong place at the right time.
Although I have met Diann Mills before and know she attends my church as well, I had not had the opportunity to read one of her books before this story was offered to me for review. I was very impressed with the depth of her writing and will certainly be looking to read more of her past and future works. Ms. Mills’ story is not a new plot but her development of the characters and the story line was done in such a different way as to make it seem it was a new idea. The twists, turns and complications of the entire case kept me from guessing the ultimate culprit until he was discovered by the agent’s investigation. And choosing that particular culprit meant that Ms. Mills could spend the majority of the book telling the rest of the characters stories without revealing him before the end. She began with an oil mogul whose pacemaker was hacked remotely causing immediate heart failure. Add to this the bombing of one of his oil rigs days before, his out-of-the-blue request for divorce from his wife, condemning evidence of an affair with his administrative assistant and his recent purchase of oil rigs overseas and Ms. Mills created a story that had so many threads to unravel that I wasn’t sure she could manage them all. But manage she did, exceeding my expectations by not only answering all my questions but giving such total answers that I felt I had been the one investigating the case. I always enjoy a book that also employs a faith journey for one of the main characters, so Ms. Mills’ inclusion of Special Agent Tori Templeton’s “investigation” of the faith her deceased brother held close was a welcome subplot to this excellent story. Tori needed undeniable proof to satisfy her detective’s mind that God not only knew about her but cared what happened to her life. And Ms. Mills thoroughly answered that desire for proof by having her involved in a major fire fight that Tori and US Marshall Cole Jeffers should not have walked away from. Tori’s acceptance of God’s love brings her a peace she had searched for a long time and she will then seek to share it with those close to her. Cole had challenged her to test God and is very pleased when she finds Him to be as trustworthy as he has found Him to be in his life. But they still have a case to solve that will take every investigative skill they’ve ever developed to solve, especially as every answer they find begs 10 new questions. I truly enjoyed reading this story as if I was walking beside Tori and Cole every day of this case. To see their frustration when legalities stalled them, feel the hurt they felt over asking their friends intimate questions about relationships, and getting angry along with them at the pain selfish or vengeful people caused those thought responsible, these are just some of the emotions Ms. Mills helped me to feel while reading. She also included a really nice love relationship between Tori and Cole that was a perfect complement to the many relationships that were tearing apart all around them. Their careers, and later, faith brought them together, giving them a great basis to grow their friendship into a deeper relationship neither of them had actively been looking for. Deep Extraction is one book that I know I will reread and will certainly share with my friends and family. I’ve got a request in for several of her other works and am looking forward to going back to the first story in the FBI Task Force series – Deadly Encounter. Hope the next one in the series will be out soon!
I received this book free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from this company for this review.
Here’s a video link for the book if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-0h2iT3pQg&feature=youtu.be