“Dead Drift” by Dani Pettrey

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“Burning debris littering the ground . . . smoke pluming in the acrid air . . . this is just the beginning if he fails.

Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When Luke returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target’s latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core.

Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he’s back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster.

Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist’s next mark?”

I have eagerly anticipated this story since the first book in the series. Kate and Luke’s story has been a thread through each of the books, gaining momentum with each successive one, and I was so excited when they finally got their own book. All the questions of why Luke disappeared and what he’s been doing were answered, as well as a loose thread that had been hanging from the first book about Griffin McCray’s sister. So very satisfactory.

This book followed along in the same style I’ve come to expect and enjoy from Dani Pettrey…didn’t want to put it down!

The characters were well done, and Kate is one of my favorites! It’s always great to follow the stories of those from the previous books as well, and see the developing relationships.

The spiritual content was also good. Kate and Luke spoke of their relationship with Jesus Christ throughout, and prayed for guidance. Luke acknowledged that his relationship with the Lord had suffered through the years, but I appreciated that he recognized and repented of his wrong actions.

I only have a couple disclaimers to make. First of all, there’s a scene where two of the characters go to a tattoo parlor and get tattoos for the sake of making a necessary contact. I was disappointed because it was talked about as a very positive thing and something one of them had been wanting for a long time. There was quite a bit of romance, kissing, etc. and throughout the books, the two main characters will often stay in the same house and sometimes the same hotel room, even though they never sleep together. Not a very good testimony, in my opinion.                                                                      Lastly, there was another almost-torture-scene in this book that had me shuddering! It involved a lady in this case, and though nothing bad was happened, it was certainly hinted at.

Overall, I would still rate this 4 out of 5 stars! An thrilling conclusion to a great series!

*Disclaimer: I received this ebook from Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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