Thursday, November 15, 2012

All Fall Down by Julie Bellon

From the back cover:

Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . .

That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden---with the potential to attack America. Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security?

Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?
My review:
Multi-published author, Julie Bellon, has written another great international suspense!
If you enjoy suspense, romance, and twists and turns, then you'll enjoy All Fall Down. Bellon is masterful at writing suspense. From the first page until the last, and I mean the very last (because there is a twist I didn't expect and I actually said out loud, "Are you serious? How can this get any worse?") it is a roller coaster.
The book starts with a hostage situation--I will never sing "Ring Around the Rosy" again without thinking about this book--and turns into an international suspense with lots of surprises.
I really liked the natural romance that developed, and I especially enjoyed some tender scenes.
I also liked how realistic the setting felt. Bellon must have traveled to these remote areas to be able to make it feel so authentic.
The characters are well-developed and the story is exciting. I recommend this book--just don't read it at night because you might stay up too late reading it!
You can learn more about Julie Bellon and all of her other published books here.
I did receive a review copy of this book, but it in no way influenced my review. My opinion is my own.

1 comment:

CTW said...

Sounds like a good book. The cover freaks me out!