Blind Betrayal - Book Review

Deputy U.S. Marshal Casey Sloane 
has worked at the St. Louis Marshals office for two years 
and is given a routine assignment to help transport a reporter to D.C. 
to testify before a grand jury. 
Valerie, the reporter, was writing a story about an up-and-coming environmentalist 
who suddenly disappeared and, she later discovered, 
whose backers purportedly have ties to a terrorist.
When the seemingly ordinary assignment suddenly takes a shocking turn, 
Casey is forced to put aside her own feelings 
about the unexpected reappearance of a man from her past as she 
and two other Marshals take Valerie on the run. 
And as it becomes dangerously clear 
Valerie's testimony has even bigger implications than they knew, 
they'll do whatever it takes to make it out alive.

My Thoughts
Blind Betrayal is book three
in the Defenders of Justice series.
You can find my reviews for the first two books
by clicking on the titles below:

While Blind Betrayal had some exciting moments,
I have to admit that just like the first book
I found this one to be predictable and at times slightly unbelievable.
I found the plots to be repetitive, for example:
twice the characters are captured,
twice they are bound in a vehicle with their captors,
and twice they try to figure out how to escape the confines of the car.
There are 312 pages in the story 
and I feel as though the author's imagination could run wild 
with different plots, scenarios, and ideas.

For the most part I enjoyed the characters.
Casey, the Deputy U. S. Marshal was a likable gal
with a tough exterior, but a tender heart.
She has a few demons that haunt her every day
and throughout the book her "weaknesses" are exposed,
but in a good way. . .they make her stronger and better.

E. J., the man that Casey hates but loves shows up just before things go awry.
She can either turn her back on him and let things crumble around them,
or she can open up for them to work as a team 
in order to get them out of the mess they are in.

And then there is Valerie. . .the reporter Casey and E. J. are trying to protect.
She was probably my least favorite character.
She wasn't completely honest 
and at times her immaturity and cowardliness
rubbed me the wrong way.

Yes, there is suspense and maybe a nail-biting moment or two,
but not enough for me to give this book 5 stars. . .or even 4 stars.
I'm going to have to give it 3 stars.
I have always enjoyed Nancy Mehl's work,
but Blind Betrayal just didn't hit me in the right spot.

While Blind Betrayal is the third book in this series
I think it could be read as a stand alone book.
There are a few characters mentioned in the story
that were in the first and second books, but they don't play a big part.

** I was given a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review.
All thoughts and opinions are my own. No other compensation was received. **

About the Author
Nancy Mehl is the author of 22 books, 
including the Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series. 
She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. 
She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. 
Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, 
where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. 
Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more.


Anne Payne said...

I enjoyed reading your thoughtful and kindly worded review, Stephanie. I have this one on my 'want to read' list but will probably pass on it since both you and my friend, Rebecca, rated it about the same. I do trust y'all's reviews! :-)

NanaDiana said...

That sounds like a decent book, but like you, I get a little tired of books with predictable scenarios and endings.
Hope you have a blessed Memorial Day with your family. xo Diana

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

LOL to go through all of those things TWICE in one book, that's pretty funny! I appreciate your honest review. I have to say I haven't had much time for reading lately!! In fact, I had five books signed out of the library and had to return all of them unread!

Lowcarb team member said...

Nice to read your review.
Happy Weekend to you and your family.

All the best Jan

Debbie Harris said...

Great review! I also appreciate your honest and gracious words.
By the way ~ I had to go to your actual blog to leave a comment, and,I have heard that some bloggers are coming up as a "no reply", is mine doing the same?
Love you~

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