Action packed! "Acceptable Risk" by Lynette Eason
For one journalist, the story of a lifetime is hitting too close to home
Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when she is taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander--Sarah's imposing father--to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully executes it.
Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she's discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother's suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest story of Sarah's career--if she can survive long enough to write it.
"Acceptable Risk" is Lynette Eason at her finest, a novel that thrills with action-packed scenes, mystery, and an edge-of-your seat ending that bursts across the palette of your mind like scenes from a movie.
Sarah Denning is one of those complex characters whose life experiences tug on your heartstrings, all while her kick-butt attitude cements your admiration for her. I have no doubt that many readers will relate to some of her difficult family experiences growing up, glimmers of which run through all of our human stories. Her history with her father colours many of her life decisions, and I appreciated how Eason explores this over the course of the story without any unrealistically quick resolutions that would have departed from reality. Gavin was an enjoyable co-hero alongside of Sarah, a character with flaws of his own who makes mistakes along the way in his quest to protect Sarah. The relationship that unfolds between them feels natural and right and will have you rooting for the type of outcome that one hopes for in Lynette Eason's novels. And most wonderfully, the novel reveals some deeper themes around forgiveness that you will cause you to pause in appreciation, in the midst of your frantic churning through the pages to see how everything resolves. The ending, while some may question how realistic pieces of this may be, is a thrill ride that will leave a smile on your face.
All in all, "Acceptable Risk" is an excellent addition to the "Danger Never Sleeps" series, one that will please Eason's large fan base. I award this novel a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.