Justified Means by author Chautona Havig is a contemporary Christian suspense, crime, action, intrigue novel. Is there anything this author cannot write? She successfully tackles most all genres. This contemporary suspense book was a pleasant, page turning surprise.
This is the story of Erika. She is a barista and manager of a coffee shop as well as a part time house sitter. One day her normal, not so exciting life is turned upside down when she is kidnapped. It is also the story of good guy Keith. He is a Christian with a heart for the underdog. Keith is a hero that wants to help. He is tall, muscular, and handsome. There were a lot of characters to like or dislike.
I was immediately invested in this story. Normally I am not a fan of contemporary fiction, but this one had me turning pages and mesmerized. The plot was interesting and had twists and turns galore. A few times I thought the book was over, and then it would take off in another direction.
Unfortunately, there were a few things that bothered me. The conversations were difficult to follow. Many times I had to reread a section to identify the talker. This happened often. The language bothered me in this book. The use of the coarse word for “passing gas” had me shaking my head. (I was raised that a lady did not say that word.) Other words were left to the imagination, but I didn’t even like that. The last thing is that this had a lot less spiritual and life lessons than I have come to expect in a Chautona Havig book. Some lessons were included in this novel, but not as in depth as her other ones.
I would recommend this, but not to younger readers. There is mention of human trafficking and drugs. I am glad this is part of a series. This book ended without resolution of one thing. It receives a 4 out of 5 stars from me. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my true words.
About the Book
Book: Justified Means
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian Suspense
Release date: January 7, 2013
How could she not be terrified?
When Erika Polowski is abducted from her bed and held captive without explanation, she has one goal. Get away before they kill her.
Keith Auger’s job as an agent is to keep Erika safe—even if it means keeping her locked in an abandoned cabin in the middle of nowhere. At gunpoint.
What should be a routine “involuntary extraction” goes south when someone finds out where they’re hiding. Add to that a coworker with a chip on her shoulder and too many unexplained “accidents,” and it all adds up to one unlikely, terrifying explanation.
There’s a mole in The Agency.
He’s promised to protect her, but can Erika trust a man whose job it is to hold people against their wills? Does his deep faith make it any better or just a whole lot creepier.
And just who wants Erika dead anyway?
The Agency Files: They’ll do whatever it takes to keep their clients safe. Period.
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About the Author
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
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Isn’t That Idea a Bit Crazy and Farfetched?
Black ops teams. They’re the stuff of TV shows and movies. I have no doubt such things exist—military groups that have to exist and work outside the normal scheme of things to give those who answer to the public plausible deniability or some such thing.
Then one of those “what if?” questions hit me. They’re an occupational hazard, those “what if?” questions. They appear out of nowhere and start crazy thoughts in your head. Ones like, “What if a private company existed to do things that couldn’t be tied to the government in any way—no money exchanged?”
What if sometimes a protection company had to work outside the law in order to do the job they needed to do? What if that meant they might just have to abduct someone to save his or her life?
Those of course led to the granddaddy of all questions. What if that someone didn’t appreciate being saved?
The Agency was born and with it their motto: Whatever it takes.
That’s what they’ll do to keep their clients safe. Only the wealthy can afford their services. Some of the poorest of the poor receive them. But it always boils down to one primary goal. Protect their clients at all costs.
Even if the client doesn’t want protection.
Is the idea a bit crazy and far-fetched? Yeah… probably. But I wouldn’t be surprised to discover there are similar agencies out there, and if there are, I hope they save lives with the sort of compassion my guys have.
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