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When Officer Carly Edwards finds three young gangbangers shot execution style, she and her husband, Sergeant Nick Anderson, head of the gang unit, fear Las Playas may be on the verge of a gang war. The Las Playas PD is put on high alert as tensions escalate between rival gan... Read More

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When Officer Carly Edwards finds three young gangbangers shot execution style, she and her husband, Sergeant Nick Anderson, head of the gang unit, fear Las Playas may be on the verge of a gang war. The Las Playas PD is put on high alert as tensions escalate between rival gangs, especially after Carly confiscates weapons from a gang leader and learns they were stolen from a military base along with explosive devices.

But something isn't adding up, and Carly suspects there might be more going on. As she prepares to testify at a major trial, Carly's reputation is shredded by a reporter apparently trying to discredit her professionally. Facing pressure on all fronts, Carly must rely on faith and trust God in a deeper way during one of the biggest struggles of her career.

Avenged, the third book in author Janice Cantore's Pacific Coast Justice series, is filled with action and suspense, centered on the strong female lead.

Product Details:

Page Count: 400
Released: 03/2013

Additional Information

  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2013
  • UPC: 9781414358499
  • Height: 0
  • Width: 0
  • Length: 0
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Publish Date: Mar 22, 2013
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 1414358490

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Great story by dgottreu on 4/29/2013

Avenged by Janice Cantore is a well written, extremely suspenseful, and just an all around very good book. As Office Carly Edwards is beginning her graveyard shift with the Las Playas Police Department, she finds three young gang bangers that have been shot execution style. Her husband, Sergeant Nick Anderson, who is head of the gang unit for the LPPD, agrees with Carley that the city may be on the verge of a gang war. Carley is involved in a high speed chase and when she finally stops the car being driven by a gang leader, she finds the car is loaded with weapons that have been stolen from a military base. To make matters even worse, the thieves have also stolen several explosive devices. This incident and the heightened tensions between rival gangs puts the LPPD on high alert.

While Carly is preparing to testify at a major murder trial, a very militant reporter is trying to discredit Carley and destroy her professionally. This problem along with the threat of a gang war causes Carley to rely even more on her faith and trust in God. She has had problems before in her career but this one is more serious than any of the others. During the search of an abandoned building, Carley comes face to face with one of the men who wants her dead and he causes her to fall about fifteen feet from the balcony where they are standing. When the paramedics arrive they find the man dead on the balcony and Carley’s gun in her hand with two missing bullets.

The author does a fantastic job with the development of the plot, characters, and dialogue. The action scenes were so real that I was holding my breath part of the time and thinking that maybe I should hide to be safe. There were several sub plots in the story and each had a few twists and turns in the plot line and when I would think I had the puzzle solved, there would be another twist to the story. The author definitely knows how to hold the interest of the reader and keep them guessing how the story will end. The story had a great ending but you will have to read the book to learn all the solutions to all the problems that the police had to solve. Janice Cantore is a retired police officer and her twenty-two years of experience add greatly to the authenticity of the story. For me this makes the story more enjoyable and definitely believable. I also like the way the author had the two main characters seeking God’s guidance in their work and all parts of their lives.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a great police drama with lots of suspense, a little romance, characters with a strong faith in God, and a happy ending.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Excellent, descriptive paragraphs but some confusing phrases/lingo by Stacelito on 3/28/2013

For example, I LOVED the section on page 36 which described Dean's entrance into the coffee shop and the plot. "The front door opened, and Carly looked that way from reflex. When she was the man entering, Andrea's voice faded into the background and every alarm bell in Carly's head went off. His stride, the way he carried himself, said trouble, and Carly feared she was about to witness a robbery...he was fresh out of prison-- of that Carly was certain. Ex-cons had an air about them, and it was strongest right when they got out. Their posture, how they wore their hair, even how they dressed gave them away." It was so easy to visualize this scenario!!! I loved the word picture it provided!

I love CSI and Law and Order. My brother is also a police officer. So, I was surprised and disappointed with some of the lingo provided without explanation as it made me pause while reading. Short hand terminology like CP, I understood as "concerned person", GSR is "gunshot residue" and PD is "police department". Janice Cantore explained some terminology like 9SN (9th Street Ningas) and DMZ ("buffer zone between the construction and the protestors"). Other lingo like RNB, EOW, and IOD were left unexplained and still confused me when I saw them later in the novel...

Janice Cantore wrote a fast paced novel that drew me in by page 10 and kept me connected throughout the ENTIRE story! I also love the way the marriage of Carly and Nick was restored by God's grace and hard work! There were a few times where previous plots from book #1 and book #2 were mentioned and instead of helping me, it confused me... but I did expect that when I just jumped into book #3 without reading the first two of the series.

And, of course, I LOVE reading novels which weave in applicable scripture! Psalm 62 -- "My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me." That preaches by itself but what a blessing to get a word picture via Avenged by Janice Cantore.
I received this free book from Tyndale House Publishers for my fair and unbiased review.

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