Kill Devil

Kill DevilKill Devil by Mike Dellosso
Series: Jed Patrick
Genres: Political, Suspense, Thriller
Published by Tyndale Publishing on June 1, 2016
Pages: 425
Also in this series: Centralia
Also by this author: Centralia

 

About Kill Devil (from the back cover):
Jed Patrick is convinced he’s doing all it takes to keep his family safe―new names, new location, new identity. But just when he thinks he finally has his life back, trained men claiming to be CIA agents break in and threaten his wife and daughter, proving once and for all his family will never truly be safe until he eliminates the agency dead set on hunting him down.

Not knowing if Karen and Lilly are better off by his side or in hiding, Jed is determined to protect them while finding a way to use the classified information that he possesses to dismantle the Centralia Project. But he soon learns that eliminating Centralia may require compromising his own values. As danger escalates, Jed isn’t sure whether there’s anyone or anything he can trust―including his own senses.

Often times a second book in a series is slow getting started.  That is not the case with Kill Devil.  There is very little backtracking and not a lot of buildup.  Things get moving almost immediately and rarely slow down.  However, that’s not to say that those who didn’t read the first book, Centralia, will be lost.  Quite the opposite actually.  The background information is interspersed throughout the book, but not enough information is really given to spoil the first book.  Overall, this is well written book that’s friendly for the first time reader and rewarding for the returning fan.

Often times a second book in a series is slow getting started.  That is not the case with Kill Devil.

I am really liking Jed’s character.  He has a very tender heart, but a tough exterior.  However, extensive experiments have left his mind fractured, making him a vulnerable and endearing character.  Because of how much I have become attached to Jed’s character, parts of this book were difficult to read as I understood how horribly he was being manipulated.  It’s scary to think about the technology described in this book and the absolute evil that could be achieved if it were in the wrong hands.

As with all of Mike’s books, Kill Devil has some wonderful spiritual themes.  The themes aren’t referenced as frequently in this book as in prior novels, but they’re still present and still relevant.  I’ve always appreciated how Mike includes strong Christian content without overwhelming the reader.  The themes enhance the story rather than derail it.  I always know that no matter how difficult the characters might have it in the story, I’ll walk away encouraged.

I’ve always appreciated how Mike includes strong Christian content without overwhelming the reader.

Another aspect to Mike’s writing that I always look forward to is his presentation of family.  Most of his books positively feature families.  That’s not to say they aren’t without quirks and faults, but overall the children love their parents and their parents guard and protect their children.  I enjoyed watching this play out in Kill Devil.  Jed’s wife and daughter are considered his weakness and are used to exploit and manipulate him.  However, they’re also his greatest strength and motivator to keep going.  The love that’s displayed between these three is truly refreshing and it’s encouraging to watch them grow together with each new obstacle.

The strong suspense combined with relevant themes and scary technology makes Kill Devil a great summer read.

As a fan of suspense and thrillers, Kill Devil is quite satisfying.  There is some nice suspense in terms of actions, but also prevalent is strong psychological suspense.  At times this book does get into the reader’s mind and takes them into the depths of evil.  However, Kill Devil is not just suspense, it’s also political, thriller, criminal, military (awesome flashbacks), and a few other genres.  It’s has a lot to offer to a wide variety of readers.

I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed Kill Devil.  I’ve come to expect highly entertaining novels from Mike Dellosso.  The strong suspense combined with relevant themes and scary technology makes this book a great summer read.

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