Genesis 5020

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Airborne by DiAnn Mills September 9, 2020

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Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living—but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released.

While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field . . . and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out.

As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.

My thoughts:

I used to read a lot of DiAnn’s books but I started to not really enjoy her style so I stopped. But when I saw this book come out I had to read it because of everything going on in our world today and how close to home it hit.

It really is a good idea but I still struggle with DiAnn’s writing style. I can’t even pinpoint why. I know many people love her. It think she doesn’t get into the characters mind enough. There were things the characters did that I didn’t see any motivation for in their thoughts or feelings. I guess it seemed superficial.

Even though the story was interesting, I wasn’t really surprised buy who released the virus, I got that almost immediately, yet I did read until the end, but I think if it wasn’t for living through our pandemic I might not have finished this one.

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Review and Giveaway: Deep Extractions by DiAnn Mills May 30, 2017

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A SUSPICIOUS DEATH, A SECRET PLOT, A BUDDING ROMANCE. A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore’s life. Instead, it provided his killer with a perfect means of execution. Special Agent Tori Templeton teams up with US Marshall Cole Jeffers to investigate Nathan’s murder and whether it’s connected to a recent bombing at one of Nathan’s oil rigs. The closer they get to finding the killer, and to each other, the more intent someone is in silencing them for good.

My thoughts:

DiAnn Mills is great at coming up with plots and characters that are very interesting. This one opens with a scene that will definitely grab you.

I loved how faith and questioning faith was woven into this book. Tori really questions whether there is any validity to Christianity, I like it when I character is real with their struggle.

I also liked the question of who was behind the murder. Things didn’t add up and there was so many possibilities that my mind kept going back and forth, never sure.

Although I found the plot interesting there was a lot in the book I did struggle with. Some things didn’t make sense and the reasoning behind the characters actions didn’t always add up for me. Some of the dialogue felt really strange, I think because it was sometimes scattered, more like real life but reading real life dialogue isn’t easy to do and made me confused and had me rereading somethings over again.

But, aside from some of the chunkiness of thoughts and dialogue it was a very entertaining read.

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Review and Giveaway: Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills September 2, 2016

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Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man’s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

My thoughts and giveaway:

You just can’t go wrong with a book written by DiAnn Mills and this one stays true to that thought.

Deadly Encounter opens with a scene your won’t soon forget and keeps things rolling from there.

You are introduced to some great characters. Stacy is a strong woman with a very kind heart, just doing her job.

Alex is great hero but very distrusting of Stacy and there seems to be a reason for that but it isn’t revealed right away.

I loved Whit, what a wonderful young man who is working to overcome some very bad odds.

There are so many pieces to this story you won’t get bored, you just know something bad is going to happen but what will it be exactly?

If you enjoy suspense and romance this is a book you will want to pick up.

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Deadlock by DiAnn Mills October 1, 2015

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Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?

That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.

When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it.

My thoughts:

DiAnn Mill’s never fails at writing a page turner. This book is definitely that.

From the beginning I had my suspicions about who could be involved in the murders but there are some surprises at the end that I didn’t see coming.

So many layers to this story that will all get revealed at the end.

I loved both of the main characters. Bethany likes to play by the rules but she starts to see the benefits of thinking outside the box thanks to her partner, Thatcher.

He is a multi-layered character that makes him very interesting. He is fresh in his faith and trying to shake the image that Bethany has of him.

A theme prevalent in this book is family. Sometimes our families are in turmoil but when it boils down to it they are still our family and we still love them.

Overall, I wonderful read that will keep you up at night.

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Double Cross by DiAnn Mills April 20, 2015

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Double Cross
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
Diann Mills


DiAnn Mills is a bestselling
author who believes her readers
should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with
unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two
Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier,
Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library
presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction
award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction
Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith,
Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers
Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various
groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her
husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and
would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms
listed at her website.


FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead.

Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon.

As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Double Cross, go HERE.


My thoughts:

This is the third book by DiAnn I have read. I really loved the other two. Although I ended up enjoying this one it took me a while.

I took note that it was at page seventy-seven that I felt like the book finally hooked me. I loved the situation that Laurel ended up in with having to work with the man she once put in prison, Morton. I also hoped that his Christianity was real and that he would use his story of redemption to reach into Laurel and Daniel’s lives.

Morton himself was an interesting character and definitely had a great Genesis 5020 story.

The beginning was a bit slow for me and for some reason I felt like some situations didn’t happen naturally. When Daniel asked Laurel out the first time I was kind of like “That came out of no where.” And I guess I felt like that happened a lot. Characters said or did things but it seemed to lack a natural motivation.

With that being said, once I got into the story I really did enjoy it and wanted to know more about the characters wounds and back story. DiAnn did a great job dropping hints but not giving too much away too soon.

In the end I did enjoy this book and think if you like DiAnn Mills you will enjoy this one as well. This can be read as a stand-alone novel even though it is the second book in the series.

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Review and Giveaway: Firewall by DiAnn Mills July 11, 2014

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After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Well, DiAnn has done it again. If you have read anything by DiAnn Mills you know you are in for a thrill ride when you open the pages of her book. Firewall is no different.

The beginning pages start so peaceful and full of hope and then Taryn’s perfect world is rocked, literally. From that moment forward the reader is catapulted into a mess that only seems to get worse.

I kept waiting for the action to let up but it really doesn’t. Each chapter takes you deeper and deeper into this mess that has become Taryn’s, and then Grayson’s, life.

Some of the verbage was a bit technical for me, I am not a techie person at all, and it might be for you too, but don’t let that stop you from reading. If you push through you will grasp the meaning, so don’t over think it just go with it and enjoy the story because it’s a good one.

The only other thing that kind of stopped me was some of the dialogue seemed forced, not natural, but again the overall plot is so engaging it really didn’t stop me for long.

This is a book I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a fast paced suspense with a touch of romance.

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Review and Giveaway: The Survivor by DiAnn Mills April 8, 2013

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The Survivor by DiAnn Mills

From the back cover of The Survivor:

Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into a viper’s pit of danger.

Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. Instead, he concentrates on solving a car bombing and bringing the killer to justice. As Kariss’s new story attracts an onslaught of danger that she never expected, can Tigo save the woman he loves and find who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold-case?

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is the first book I have ever read by DiAnn Mills, but I have to say it won’t be my last.

Wow. What a fantastic author. This book will keep you up at night both with wanting to read more and with heart pumping fright. I know a suspense book is good if I want to get to the end because I need closure and The Survivor is such a book.

I did not read the first book in the series and didn’t feel at all lost, you can read this book and still enjoy it. But after reading this book I want to read the first and see what happened with the characters earlier.

DiAnn has two crimes that need to be solved and I kept thinking there has to be a connection, but what is it? Oh, you’ll have to read to find out. And there are so many suspects you will be guessing until the end.

Okay, I don’t want to say too much so I will stop with that. I highly recommend this book. I have heard wonderful things about DiAnn and now I know why.

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