Book Review and Giveaway – Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1) #LoneStarLit

August 12, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★½

(FBI: Task Force)
DiAnn Mills
Genre: Romance / Suspense / Christian
Publisher: Tyndale House
Date of Publication: August 1, 2016
Number of Pages: 376
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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.

Praise for the FBI: Houston novels

Deadlock: “This is a fast moving crime story with several interesting twists and turns. [Deadlock] is a page turner.” — Online Reviewer

“Mills does a superb job of character and plot development in this faith-filled series.”Christian Library Journal
“Mills’ writing is transparently crisp, backed up with solid research, filled with believable characters and sparks of romantic chemistry.” Novel Crossing
“Christy Award–winning Mills skillfully builds a menacing overall tone, and the tension level rises as layers of lies are peeled away in multiple plot twists. This novel, which takes off at a breakneck pace with a narrative arc that could have been ripped from today’s headlines, will greatly appeal to fans of James Patterson’s “Alex Cross” series and readers who enjoy psychological thrillers.” — Library Journal starred review
“Mills takes readers on an explosive ride. The terror is all the more chilling because it
could easily be a headline story on the nightly news, and Mills’ characters spring to life
through their fears, strengths, and quirks. A story as romantic as it is exciting, Fi
will appeal to fans of Dee Henderson’s romantic suspense stories.” —


I thoroughly enjoyed reading Deadly Encounter. It was more suspense than romance. Or at least not the normal type of romance that I read. The suspenseful plot drove forward; and kept me reading to find out who murdered the victim, who poisoned the water supply, would Stacy gain custody of Whitt. And then on the periphery, would Stacy and Alex fall in love. I appreciated how Ms. Mills intertwined the different plot lines and presented the conclusion. Like the F.B.I. agents, I was laying out the facts, replaying them in my mind, and trying to not jump to any conclusions. Like Stacy, I was worried for the animals in her care, and was especially worried for Whitt. 

All of the characters in Deadly Encounter are well-developed. Stacy is living and working in an impoverished neighborhood. She volunteers in her community. She nurtures the animals in her care. I empathized with her. And appreciate her straight-forward nature. Alex, the F.B.I. agent, is dedicated to his job first and foremost. And has trust issues from a previous case.  If I were in need of the FBI, I’d hope for agents like Alex and his partner Ric. I loved Whitt, the precocious 12 year old who Stacy is trying to adopt. He’s highly intelligent, with an astounding vocabulary. And also a difficult home life. Some of the things he says had me cracking up!

Deadly Encounter is set in Houston. Which in case you don’t know, is where I live. It was totally neat to be reading a book with a local setting! Roads I’ve driven. Parks I’ve visited. I don’t spend a lot of time by the airport, though. And now, I’m really curious where the local FBI office is located. Might need to research that! 

I struggled with the language occasionally while reading Deadly Encounter. Not just the dialog. But the actual words in the paragraphs. Everything seemed very formal and stilted. And then, out of the blue are very informal text messages between Stacy and Alex. The flips between the two styles were distracting, causing me to loose focus while reading. 

Come for the suspense and adventure; stay for the romance. An overall enjoyable read. And I’ll be looking into other books by Ms. Mills. My Rating: 3 1/2 Stars.

I received Deadly Encounter free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

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 ReadersChoice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal 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, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Author Roadmap with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. 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




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