DANGER ON THE MOUNTAIN
When Heather Jacobs climbs a Montana mountain to pay respects to her late father, the last thing she expects is to be running for her life. But she's living a real-life cat-and-mouse chase, trying to escape a punishing foe from her guide Zane Scofield's past. How can a California city girl help outwit a ruthless criminal dead set on scouring the wilderness to kill them?
Though Zane knows their pursuer and his nefarious motives far too well, he's not sure why the man is after him now. Only his witsand an unlikely partner in the determined woman fighting beside himcan save them. But Zane's also battling a past that's threatening to swallow him wholeand take Heather along with him.
Wildly and violently intense non-stop action with twists in the plot that kept me on the edge through the book, not being able to put the kindle down until at the very end.
If you are a fan of Hunger Games type of hunting like battles not only against the unpredictable nature but the evil nature of a man and their greed, culprits that are willing to do anything to achieve their goals, you are going to love this story.
The action starts from the very beginning of the tale and it just keeps going. It is bloody, violent, and cruel and both Zane and Heather will be tested to their very limits, emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually until they can only draw their strength from the Lord, and pray that they will survive.
While running for their lives, Zane and Heather has to face their past and their relationships with their fathers. The reason they are on the Montana mountain is Heather's father. The reason they are hunted is the former father-figure of Zane's life. The web of relationships between Heather and Zane, their past, their connection, and their future was interesting and well played in the tale, giving it more human interest amongst the assaults and violence. The twist that it was Heather's father who taught Zane about God and salvation was a beaut. It really brought it home to Heather that her father was not the man she thought he was, and that he was a worth getting to know, even if only through the stories Zane told. The influence a person can have on other, a father figure to a young mind, was gracefully underlined throughout the story.
While the romantic side of the story had to stay in the background through most of the tale, as Zane and Heather are struggling on all the fronts, mainly to stay alive, the growing feelings of admiration and adoration between them was easy to spot. They were forced to work as a team by the situation, yet they chose to do it as a seamless duo, not leaving the other behind even at the risk of their own life.
Simply said, I love this story. The combination of physical, mental, and spiritual melee was well united, giving each of the issues enough space to built a believable case, yet at the same time bringing the story into levels of intensity rarely experienced. The characters with their struggles were lifelike and real, it was easy not only to like them but to relate to them. The family ties are an intriguing addition, and this story left me gasping at the end, feeling like I had held my breath through the tale, just praying for survival and redemption. Amazing way to end this year, truly with a bang of a tale!
~ Five Spoons