Possession by Rene Gutteridge is a fast paced action thriller with a subtle bent towards Christianity. The D.C. sniper case becomes an excellent background as the lead character Vance Graegan, a former detective sells everything to move his family across the nation to California to start over. However, in the process of the movers decide to hold the Graegan’s possessions for ransom. enraged, Vance puts his background as a detective to work to reclaim his family’s belongings. However, everything soon gets complicated as secrets about Vance’s past come to light.
I was very drawn into reading this book. The author has an excellent knack for timing and setting the hook of a story. I found myself very engrossed in the drama and dialogue. The first two-thirds of the book were very well-developed. However, the last third of the book, though still a good read, seemed somewhat pressed. I felt as though more could have been done to flesh out the character of the villan and some of Vance’s past secrets. I sense that if the author were to add 100 pages of refined plot development along these lines that the book would read much better all the way through.
Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to read clean action oriented fiction with a Christian sub-text. The retail price of Possession is $12.99 (Paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $9.87. I gave it three stars.
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