Friday, February 16, 2018

Book Review: 'Deadly Alliance' by Kathleen Rowland

California author Kathleen Rowland has taught elementary school, worked as a programmer/analyst, beginning her writing career writing computer programs and perhaps that has contributed to her success in her now popular venue of writing sizzling romantic suspense novels. As she has stated, ‘I’ve learned to keep the reader guessing about both the romance and the mystery until the end. I learned to hold back information. The love story is more important than the crime which may have been the reason the couple came together. Readers who are mostly women need to fall in love with the hero through the viewpoint of the heroine.’

Kathleen manages to pace her novel to seduce the reader to almost unwittingly surrender to the complex twists and turns of what is a very solid adventure while peppering the plot with enough erotica to please the curiosity of the reader.

From her interviews she offers the foundation for this story: ‘After applying for a bookkeeping position in hopes of keeping her floundering fashion business alive, Amy Ranger discovers a secret bank account linked to one of the company’s owners. She brings this information to light but has no idea the dark secrets it will unearth. Finbar Donahue, former Army Ranger, walked on the wild side in Iraq, but now he lives in the shadows. After his evasive partner, Les, was shot in a random drive-by, Finn discovers cash is siphoned monthly. He fights to keep his investment company afloat. When the late partner’s girlfriend, Amy Kintyre, applies for his bookkeeping job, Finn suspects she knows about his company drain and hires her. Amy needs a nine-to-five with free evenings and weekends to get her fashion design business back on track. She unearths Les’ secret bank account and alerts Finn. Freezing of the money laundering account sets off havoc within an Irish gang. Amy witnesses a gang fight between a brutal ISIS fundraising organization and the Irish. Desperate to escape a stalker’s crosshairs, she seeks refuge with Finn. As danger heats up, sparks fly hotter. Les is alive. After cheating the Irish mob, he became their target. Mistaken identity took the life of his disabled twin brother. Now Les makes another deal—trading Amy and stolen drugs for their forgiveness. Stakes are high as Finn tracks assassins across the San Bernardino Mountains. If he gets her back, can he trust her?’

As an addendum to her plot design Kathleen offers the following: ‘Although our Muslim communities in the US and around the world condemn the Islamic State, the group already rules an area larger than the UK. ISIS rejects peace, hungers for genocide, and its radical religious views are incapable of change. DEADLY ALLIANCE focuses on a fictitious fundraising arm of ISIS, Takbir, but will shake up anyone who thinks we are safe from the inflow of jihadists. The story unfolds like a tricky fan, and layers of intrigue seep though the pages.’

Well said and a very solid read, this. Kathleen has tackled complicated theses and makes them work like a pro! Grady Harp, February 16

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