About the Book
Book: Justice at Dawn
Author: Valerie Massey Goree
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Release date: July 3, 2021
Cooper Callahan has been an International Retrieval Organization operative for fifteen years. In all that time he has never worked with a trainee like Kitty Claire Briggs. Overflowing with energy, KC isn’t quiet long enough for Cooper to think. But when the boss assigns them a training mission, KC’s serious side emerges.
Former stunt double, KC Briggs wants to be an agent, but she also has an ulterior motive to be accepted by IRO—she wants access to their superior technology. Can she locate her quarry without Cooper finding out?
As Cooper shares the finer points of surveillance with KC, his waning faith is strengthened by her enthusiasm for the Lord and for the job. When the training exercise turns into a real abduction, will KC’s naivete lead to death or to a successful conclusion to the case?
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About the Author
American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner Valerie Massey Goree resides with her husband on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.
After serving as missionaries in her home country of Zimbabwe and raising two children, Glenn and Valerie moved to Texas. She worked in the public school system for many years, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, Valerie spends her time writing, and spoiling her grandchildren.
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Justice at Dawn is the third novel in the Stolen Lives Trilogy. I knew I wanted to tell Cooper Callahan’s story after his brief appearance in Day of Reckoning, the second novel. How did he get his scar? Why was he one-track minded in his work? Why was he single?
It is always exciting to invent a backstory for a character. To uncover his fears, his shattered dreams, his greatest desire for the future, and discover how those events shaped his personality and his present life. Cooper takes his role as the chief training officer for the San Diego branch of the International Retrieval Organization very seriously. He tells the newest recruit, “It’s my job to ascertain your skills, and to determine whether or not you’ll make an effective agent.”
Of course I had to create a heroine worthy of Cooper’s attention. No petite, helpless, always concerned about her perfect makeup partner for Coop. My heroine in Justice at Dawn is anything but petite or helpless. In Kitty Claire Briggs’s own words, she is not a run-of-the-mill gal, and after describing her unique backstory, she says, “That’s why I grab life by it’s pointy little ears, and I intend to make the most of every opportunity.”
Indeed. How will Cooper react if he discovers the real reason KC wants to become an IRO agent? Will the skills she used in her former job as a stunt double and the fact she is a sharp-shooter play a part in her training?
Now, don’t get me wrong, KC is vulnerable and has issues from her past she has to conquer, but she is the perfect foil for Cooper. She absorbs his advice, but also uses her initiative and even challenges Cooper at times. He might be teaching her the finer points of becoming a successful agent, but she teaches him how to overcome his past baggage and to live life to its fullest.
Justice at Dawn is a Christian Romantic Suspense that is written by Valerie Massey Goree. This is the second book that I have read by this author. This is book three in the Stolen Lives series. I have not read them all and they can be read as stand alones.
In this story, the author has created a fun fictional world where real world situations may have existed. Cooper has a lot of hurt and baggage. Because of this hurt, like sometimes we as humans do, he is angry with God. He does not want to hear of how great God is, and what God has done for anyone. He just wants to concentrate on his job. He gets paired with KC who is a trainee like none he has ever met. She is strong in her faith and does not stop talking.
KC has an ulterior motive. She wants to become an agent to get some closure in her own life. She is intrigued by Cooper. He is good at his job. She is a rookie that does not tell her partner everything and this results in some bad things unraveling. There are some places in the book that did not make sense with the plot, but I was able to look past that keep moving through the book. The book has well written characters, a great message of faith where KC does not give up on Cooper. Although KC has another reason for wanting to be a part of the IRO, she is a strong woman of God. The characters are well written, there is a lot of action and suspense. I enjoyed this story.
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own.
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