Saturday, May 16, 2015

Taken by Dee Henderson

Finally, another Dee Henderson book is out!  The description intrigued me and it sounded more like the Dee Henderson books I like.  Taken is intriguing and it's amazing how carefully planned and prepared Shannon is.

To fully grasp the characters in Taken, because there isn't much of an introduction, you will want to have read Dee's previous books Full Disclosure and Unspoken.  There's also a small presence from one of the O'Malleys.

I thought Taken was a little long, but thankfully shorter than the last three books Dee Henderson has written.  The suspense was very tense at certain times and tight through most of the book, but the suspense overall wasn't that strong.  I thought Shannon was a very interesting character, and younger than most of Dee Henderson's characters! 

I liked this part about training warriors:
p. 263 (chapter 20)
   He [Matthew] nodded and handed it [her Bible] back.  "I'm glad your faith survived, Shannon."

   "It was something that was mine, that faith, something they couldn't take away from me.  I wasn't going to let them take it away.  Long before this happened, I used to write out a prayer I found once in a devotional book:  'Give me endurance, Lord, and help me to go the distance for your kingdom.'  I liked Paul's analogy of running a race, a soldier serving on duty."
   "I like that comparison too," Matthew agreed.
   "You don't train warriors by keeping them out of the dirt and out of the fights," she went on, turning thoughtful.  "You train warriors by giving them what they can handle, then giving them progressively bigger assignments.  You develop the best warriors by training them the hardest.  God used what came to answer that prayer I had repeatedly written.  He would have found a different way to train me if this terrible evil hadn't intruded, but once it did, God was able to create a useful outcome.  A solid faith is one of those outcomes. . . ."

I liked Taken better than the last few Dee Henderson books.  So I feel like Dee is starting towards writing in a style closer to how she used to write but isn't there yet.  4 out of 5 stars

Thanks to Bethany House for giving me this book to review.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”