Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Blog Tour: Shadowed Mind (Review)

How far will some go to silence an influential Christian voice?

After the deadly investigation into the Smithsonian murders, Dinah Harris is now facing a daily battle to keep her sobriety while struggling to form a new career from the ashes of her former job as an FBI agent. From the shadows will emerge a cunning and terrifying killer, who carefully and methodically will decide whose life has value to society and whose does not.

Using her profiling and security skills as a private consultant based in Washington, DC, Harris uncovers a connection to the shadowy world of neo-eugenics, and those who publicly denounce the killings but privately support a much different view.

Against this backdrop, Harris must come to terms with her own past, as those associated with the deepening mystery face their own personal demons, and struggle with the concept of God’s inexhaustible grace and forgiveness. Old secrets are revealed, tragedies unearthed, and the devastating legacy of science without compassion is finally brought to light.

What I Thought
When the publisher describes this book as powerful, I truly believe it has hit the "mark" concerning the descriptive nature of this novel.

This is not a warm and fuzzy book. Instead, using fiction, Julie Cave has crafted another book in her Dinah Harris trilogy that tackles tough, rough subjects from a Christian perspective.

This book is definitely not mind candy, and not one you want to read lightly. The topics of euthanasia, assisted suicide, along with the sub theme the value of human life may make you stop and think about things from a different perspective.

You may also finding yourself doing further research concerning forced sterilization and eugenics,

In my first review, I said "Dinah Harris was a good anti-hero...who is in desperate need of the redemptive love of Jesus." I think in Cave continues to develop Harris' as a woman struggling with her new found faith and sobriety in this novel.

In all, I give this novel at least a 3.5 to 4. As the follow up to a strong first novel, Cave continues to build on Harris' story. The final book in this trilogy is due out in 2011.


Digging Deeper
Want to read more about Cave's first novel, Deadly Disclosures?
You can find my review and an interview with Julie Cave following her release of Deadly Disclosures by clicking here.

About The Author
Julie Cave credits her parents for introducing her to books at a young age, which fostered an enduring passion for reading and writing. As a child, her favourite authors were Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis and it wasn’t long before she began copying them, writing short stories for anyone who would read them.

At 15, two things happened which would shape her future: she heard a creation science speaker at her church which cemented her faith in God; and she finished her second novel-length story and realised she had fallen in love with writing novels.

After school, she completed a health science degree, got married, and worked in banking and finance. All the while she wondered how she could combine her love of writing and her strong passion for Christian apologetics and evangelism. One weekend at a church camp, a friend asked, ‘What if the guy in charge of the Smithsonian Institution went missing?’

The result – and the answer to that question – is Cave's maiden published novel, Deadly Disclosures. Cave has one daughter and lives in Brisbane, Australia with her family. She divides her time between being a wife, a mother and an author.

Online Resources



Follow Julie Cave on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/julieacave
Find Julie Cave on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/julieacave
Follow Julie Cave's Blog: http://juliecave.com/
Read an Online Excerpt of Shadowed Minds
Find out more about the publisher: http://www.newleafpublishinggroup.com/MB.php

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by New Leaf Publishing Group. This review or interview was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  

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