Thursday, July 20, 2017

Random Review: Crossfire by Jon Keys #Review #Giveaway

Author: Jon Keys
Book: Crossfire 3rd edition
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Publication date: July 18, 2017
Length: 120 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Murder, kidnapping and a disappearance. Trooper Rick Anthis could use a break. But he hopes it isn't too late in coming.

Rick Anthis, a forty-five-year-old veteran of the Colorado State Police and his husband, Gabriel Thorkelson, a deputy sheriff in a nearby county, enjoy the peace of their suburban Boulder home, but the neighborhood's tranquility is shattered by three rapid-fire gunshots. The pair’s quick reaction allows Rick to witness the abduction of his eight-year-old buddy, Jacob, by his father.

In their quest to find the boy, the clues are sparse and time is of the essence since Jacob is diabetic, a condition Gabriel is far too familiar with. A search of the father's apartment yields nothing more than an old hiking map that narrows the search down to a few hundred square miles. Rick and his CSI team are on the hunt, but with every bit of progress they make, they are thwarted, especially when Gabriel turns up missing.

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Sometimes a short story really hits the spot. One that's just long enough to let you escape for a little while, that has characters and a plot that keeps you completely engaged. Jon Keys' Crossfire was just such a book. Fun, well written, and a story line that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was my first book to read by him but it won't be the last. 

Set in picturesque Boulder, Colorado, Crossfire is the story of two men who have been together a long time, Gabe and Rick. Both men are older, work in law enforcement, and are happily married. How awesome is that? I don't know about you, but I REALLY enjoy a story about a couple who have have been together for a long time, that have history, and a strong relationship. Gabe and Rick like their quiet life, their home and their neighborhood. Rick especially likes his nine year old next door neighbor Jacob. The play football in the front yard, have him over for barbecue, and it's obvious the boy needs a male role model. Jacob's parents fight constantly and their screaming matches can be heard up and down their otherwise quiet street. One night Rick and Gabe are enjoying a nice evening together only to be interrupted by the sounds of gunshots coming from next door. Both men are skilled officers of the law so they jump into action and arrive just in time to see Jacob's father stuff him into a car and disappear. 

Rick is beside himself with worry and vows to do whatever it takes to find Jacob and return him to safety. He's in charge of the investigation and the search to find Jacob, which turns frantic as more time passes because Jacob is diabetic and has to have his medication. The search takes Rick and his team through mountains, on horses, and into caves. The story moves quickly, as it must because it's not a long book, but it's not too fast. I was frantically turning pages hoping Rick makes it in time to save Jacob. When Gabe also turns up missing, things get even more fraught with danger and excitement. I really liked how Jon Keys kept the story flowing and the action moving. 

This was a really fun, at times sexy, exciting book. If you've never given Jon Keys a try, Crossfire is definitely a great place to start! 


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