A frantic but predictable foray into the war on terrorism.

Hunt For God's Chosen

In his debut novel, Fairfield blends breakneck action, romance, and mystical predestination.

The action in this novel was apparently “foretold” in the secret Dead Sea Scroll No. 973, discovered by a pair of Israeli and Egyptian archaeologists in 1955. The scroll predicted that the tribes of Jacob and Esau would be reunited and that peace would return to the Middle East by the joining of the Chosen—a man and woman, each with distinctive birthmarks, who would be married in Jerusalem. The Chosen’s Protectors are Ari and Sarah, who team up with their attack dog, Rock, in a commando team called Rock ONE. An evil Iranian man named Saeed, the agent of Satan, threatens the Chosen and their Protectors. The novel’s wild card is an Israeli man called Yoman, who’s been guided by visions from God as he develops a plan to protect the Chosen and defeat Saeed: “My role is to instruct and equip you, but even I cannot fire a single shot to protect the Chosen,” Yoman explains. The bulk of the novel details the training of the Chosen and Protectors, and Fairfield liberally weaves in budding romances and brutal violence. With the end result already preordained, readers will find few surprises. Saeed is cartoonishly evil; his first words are, “Don’t worry. I am not going to kill you until you see me perform my surgical skills on your dog.” Things are in black and white in this novel, from the faceless, brutal terrorists to the orphaned heroes, and the dialogue reflects that: “The first objective is protecting the Chosen and getting them to Jerusalem to be married….Our second priority is to kill those bastards and any other Muslim terrorist who dares to challenge Rock ONE.” Fairfield interviewed several veterans for the book, and his research is obvious, as he overlays the story with a great deal of technical detail regarding military hardware. As with most action movies, readers will enjoy the momentum of Fairfield’s thriller as long as they’re not seeking reasoned global perspective.

A frantic but predictable foray into the war on terrorism.

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Publisher: 27th Street Publishing

Review Posted Online: Aug. 12, 2015

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The emotions run high, the conversations run deep, and the relationships ebb and flow with grace.


When tragedy strikes, a mother and daughter forge a new life.

Morgan felt obligated to marry her high school sweetheart, Chris, when she got pregnant with their daughter, Clara. But she secretly got along much better with Chris’ thoughtful best friend, Jonah, who was dating her sister, Jenny. Now her life as a stay-at-home parent has left her feeling empty but not ungrateful for what she has. Jonah and Jenny eventually broke up, but years later they had a one-night stand and Jenny got pregnant with their son, Elijah. Now Jonah is back in town, engaged to Jenny, and working at the local high school as Clara’s teacher. Clara dreams of being an actress and has a crush on Miller, who plans to go to film school, but her father doesn't approve. It doesn’t help that Miller already has a jealous girlfriend who stalks him via text from college. But Clara and Morgan’s home life changes radically when Chris and Jenny are killed in an accident, revealing long-buried secrets and forcing Morgan to reevaluate the life she chose when early motherhood forced her hand. Feeling betrayed by the adults in her life, Clara marches forward, acting both responsible and rebellious as she navigates her teenage years without her father and her aunt, while Jonah and Morgan's relationship evolves in the wake of the accident. Front-loaded with drama, the story leaves plenty of room for the mother and daughter to unpack their feelings and decide what’s next.

The emotions run high, the conversations run deep, and the relationships ebb and flow with grace.

Pub Date: Dec. 10, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-5420-1642-1

Page Count: 400

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Review Posted Online: Oct. 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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Dark and unsettling, this novel’s end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed.


Ten years after her teenage daughter went missing, a mother begins a new relationship only to discover she can't truly move on until she answers lingering questions about the past.

Laurel Mack’s life stopped in many ways the day her 15-year-old daughter, Ellie, left the house to study at the library and never returned. She drifted away from her other two children, Hanna and Jake, and eventually she and her husband, Paul, divorced. Ten years later, Ellie’s remains and her backpack are found, though the police are unable to determine the reasons for her disappearance and death. After Ellie’s funeral, Laurel begins a relationship with Floyd, a man she meets in a cafe. She's disarmed by Floyd’s charm, but when she meets his young daughter, Poppy, Laurel is startled by her resemblance to Ellie. As the novel progresses, Laurel becomes increasingly determined to learn what happened to Ellie, especially after discovering an odd connection between Poppy’s mother and her daughter even as her relationship with Floyd is becoming more serious. Jewell’s (I Found You, 2017, etc.) latest thriller moves at a brisk pace even as she plays with narrative structure: The book is split into three sections, including a first one which alternates chapters between the time of Ellie’s disappearance and the present and a second section that begins as Laurel and Floyd meet. Both of these sections primarily focus on Laurel. In the third section, Jewell alternates narrators and moments in time: The narrator switches to alternating first-person points of view (told by Poppy’s mother and Floyd) interspersed with third-person narration of Ellie’s experiences and Laurel’s discoveries in the present. All of these devices serve to build palpable tension, but the structure also contributes to how deeply disturbing the story becomes. At times, the characters and the emotional core of the events are almost obscured by such quick maneuvering through the weighty plot.

Dark and unsettling, this novel’s end arrives abruptly even as readers are still moving at a breakneck speed.

Pub Date: April 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5011-5464-5

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Atria

Review Posted Online: Feb. 6, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2018

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