Is the President Above the Rule of Law?

Deb’s Dozen: A SEAL Team Died—Is the President above the Rule of Law?

Rule of Law by Randy Singer is one of those books you can’t put down. Page after page, you’re drawn into the web woven by the president, her staff, the CIA, and the State Department. But are they above the law or must they too follow the rules even in the area of foreign policy?

A SEAL team is dispatched on a rare presidential mission to rescue an American journalist and a Saudi prince who have been captured by the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The prisoners are scheduled to be executed on Easter Sunday. The team views the mission as a non-eventful in and out—dangerous, of course, but routine—or so they thought. The mission goes horribly wrong; they were expected, and they all are killed.

Those left behind are in deep mourning. Paige Chambers, an attorney courted by one of the SEALs, regrets she did not accept his proposal. Kerstin, one of the wives, cannot understand how she’s been left to raise their two boys alone. Then they are contacted by the PATRIOT, a faceless voice who has proof the CIA and the State Department colluded and knew the SEALs would be ambushed.

A crusty, crafty, and cantankerous lawyer, who has been retained by Kerstin, decides to sue the government and the president as well. Did she play political games with these young lives? The stakes are huge and the case goes all the way to the Supreme Court—is there equal justice under the law?

My husband read Rule of Law first and rated the story and the writing five stars. With believable, compelling characters you quickly care for, and an extremely plausible story, you too will be enthralled. Indeed, five stars!

Rrule of LawRandy Singer is a critically acclaimed writer and a seasoned trial attorney. He said he wrote Rule of Law to raise the questions, “Should the CIA be fighting shadow wars with drones and special forces in countries where we have not declared war? What happens when the lives of service members are sacrificed for political gain?” His debut novel, Directed Verdict, won the Christy Award and in 2015, The Advocate won the ECPA’s Christian Book Award for fiction.

Randy is an attorney, an author, and a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, VA. He also serves as Attorney in Residence and Director of the Singer Civil Litigation Practicum at Regent Law School. He and his wife live in Virginia Beach and have two adult children.

I was given an Advance Reader Copy of Rule of Law by Tyndale House, but I was under no obligation to write a favorable review.

WEAVER’S NEEDLE WEAVES ROMANCE, MYSTERY, AND SUSPENSE.

Deb’s Dozen: Each needing cash, Landry and Nicolai take an assignment fraught with danger.

Weaver’s Needle was an interesting book. Part adventure, part whodunit, part romance, the book leads the reader down a somewhat predictable path. The story starts slowly, with Landry and Nicolai needing money for different reasons—Landry to rescue her business; Nicolai to restore his sister to normal life.

Enter a murder and a widow determined to recover the property stolen from her dead husband. Landry and Nicolai both run property recovery businesses and Mrs. Winslet has decided to pit them against each other with the successful person earning a $50,000 fee. The property to be recovered? An ancient map to the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine.

And they’re off! Landry to Apache Junction, Arizona, with Stan Hauge, Mrs. Winslet’s representative, and Nicolai to research the murder trying to get info from his former partner, Chris. Of course, the trail leads him to Apache Junction as well.

I found the story very slow at the beginning—so slow I almost stopped reading the book, but I’m glad I continued. The character of Nicolai was more believable to me than Landry’s. I also found Stan Hauge well drawn. Landry is the Christian in the story, praying before every meal. Nicolai is the sceptic—how could God have allowed the death of his parents and the hospitalization of his sister? The Christian elements were more of a diversion than an asset to the plot.

Even with the sketchy character development and the distraction of the Christian elements, Caroll draws you into the story and makes you want to know the outcome. Add in the Apache Thundergod mystique and you’re entrapped—enticed to read the book to the ending. Three-plus stars.

Robin Caroll says she “loves to keep you on the edge of your seat with her Southern-style, romantic mysteries/suspense.” Her passion is storytelling and presenting the faith element to her readers. She’s married with three daughters, two grandsons, and a menagerie of pets. You can find out more at RobinCaroll.com.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Healing of the Heart Leads to Romance

Deb’s Dozen: Ruby Works to Repay Father’s Debts—Sheriff
Truett is Suspicious—Enter Romance.

Loree Lough has written another lovely romance. How she manages to come up with new and different characters and situations continually amazes me. Healing of the Heart is a delightful story of regret, reparations, and romance.

Ruby McCoy and her mother are new to Fairplay and immediately move into the newly renovated, biggest mansion in town. No one knows anything about them except their advance man has arranged for all the work and furnishings they require. Ruby knows she’s there to repay the debts her outlaw father incurred and to right the wrongs he did when he and his gang ravaged the town. Her mother, who fancies herself a society lady, still does not understand what drives Ruby to these actions. They both are relieved Fairplay is the last town they’ll have to visit/live in to fulfill their mission.

Sheriff Rex Truett is suspicious of the new folks in town. Since there is little information about the ladies, he is insatiably curious as to their background and reasons for moving to Fairplay. He is puzzled by Ruby. Why does a woman who can afford the biggest mansion in town do much of the work around the house? How does a society lady know how to get stains out of clothing for example, much less how to stack wood?

These two characters are fairly believable, but the most delightful character is Ruby’s mother, Cordelia. She’s so prim and proper, yet amusingly droll. To keep her in line, Ruby pays her an allowance so she can buy ribbons and hats and other fripperies. You can guess the ending at the beginning, but how things come about is an interesting read—not your usual romance. The book itself is attractive, with a glossy cover and lovely cream paper. I’d give Healing of the Heart 4 stars.

Healing of the HeartLoree Lough is an ultra-prolific writer with “nearly five million 4-and 5-star books in circulation.” Healing of the Heart is the third in the Secrets on Sterling Street series. Loree lives in Baltimore and enjoys her “grandorables” along with the rest of her family, She is as personable as her characters or more so, and she loves interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. She also answers every email sent to Loree@LoreeLough.com personally.

Loree and Whitaker House gave me a copy of Healing of the Heart, but I was in no way obligated to write a review. If you click on the link and purchase this book, I receive a small fee.