Book Review: Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn (Defend and Protect #1)

Unknown Threat

About this Book-

US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He’s an expert at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection.

FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she’s assigned. She’s been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke’s life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it’s hard to know how to fight back when you don’t know who the enemy is.

As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.

My Review-

This was such a fun book! Over the past year or so, I’ve been really into reading suspense Christian fiction and exploring new authors that I haven’t read before. This was the first book I had read by Lynn Blackburn, and I was really excited for it. It was super fast paced and exciting, and I enjoyed it so much!

If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be fast. This book moved SO quickly! The entirety of the book takes place over the course of about a week, and it starts off with a bang, literally! It begins with an active gunman shooting at one of the protagonists (and his friends), and it does not slow down from there. (Not a spoiler since it’s in the blurb).

There were a ton of characters in the book, and while they were a little bit tricky to keep track of, it only took me a little bit to get the hang of who was who. The main characters were Luke and Faith (though future books promise the stories of other characters!), who were both such good characters! Most of the story was told from Luke’s perspective, though Faith also had intersecting chapters.

Faith was such a neat character, if albeit a little unrealistic. She was smart, witty, and hardworking, and the story covers her first major case. She felt a little unrealistic at times, but I think that was due to the writing of the character: her descriptions simply did not flow as well as Luke’s did, for some reason. Both she and Luke had deep and traumatizing backstories, and as the case unfolded, so did they.

The rest of the cast were super fun too: they bantered a lot with each other, and they did all the things friends did: banter with each other, have inside jokes, and have deep conversations. Several of the running jokes throughout the book were really amusing, and not overdone or cheesy, which I’ve not found in many books.

So much happened in this book, but the pacing was just right: it never felt too fast or too slow, and there were just enough things happening to keep the story moving, without being overwhelming. It was a lot more character based (though definitely not character-driven) than some other suspense novels that I’ve read, but overall, the story moved smoothly.

I definitely wasn’t expecting the ending, though through no fault of my own, I don’t think. The actual plot, motive, and cause were really strange to me: I didn’t quite expect or understand what the motive behind the killings were. I don’t really mind, because in suspense books a certain level of suspension of disbelief is needed, but for those who think this is ~the real deal~, I . . . would be a little wary.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book! The pacing and character banter made it really enjoyable, and I look forward to reading more books from the author.

My Rating-

8/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

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