Thursday, September 4, 2014

Julie Coulter Bellon's RING AROUND THE ROSIE Book Tour


I'm happy to be participating in Julie Coulter Bellon's blog tour of her latest book, RING AROUND THE ROSIE, the fourth and final book in her hostage negotiation series. 

My review: 

Captain Ron Reed thinks getting a bit to eat with his hostage negotiation team at the end of the day will be a great way of celebrating a good outcome to a case, but also because Claire Michaels, is best negotiator, is getting married the next day. What he doesn't know is a bomb-happy criminal with a grudge against Reed has targeted him and his team.

I first met Captain Reed in ALL FALL DOWN, book 1 of the series. Julie Coulter Bellon chose to tell us Reed’s story for the final book in the series, and I’m glad. Over the past couple of years, he’s been a solid secondary character. Not this time. Ron Reed is a hero who discovers he never fell out of love with his ex-wife. Sarah Reed might be my favorite in this story. Her spunk and determination shines through her fear, even with all the dirt and concrete blowing up around her.

You don’t have to read all of the other three negotiation series to totally enjoy RING AROUND THE ROSIE, but to understand why Reed has such deep emotion for his team, I’d suggest that after you finish this story, go back and start from the beginning. You’ll have an exciting, action-packed journey written by a talented storyteller.

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Julie is married with eight children and eleven published books. She loves to travel and her favorite cities she's visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She would love to visit Hawaii, Australia, Ireland, and Scotland someday. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.  


Her words were cut off by a blast of hot air and fire, an explosion so large it blew them all backward. Ron hit the floor hard and lay there dazed and groggy. Glass and debris rained down. Confetti-sized menus and napkins floated like snowflakes in slow motion all around him. For a second the entire world was a silent tunnel with him at the end of it. It would be so easy to just close his eyes and let the blackness suck him down into unconsciousness. But he couldn’t. Not yet. Get up. Get everyone out.

“Sarah?” he croaked. He tried again. “Sarah?” His legs felt like lead and the urge to just lie back was stronger than ever. No. Keep moving. “Claire?” He coughed and tried to catch a breath, but couldn’t get the oxygen to his lungs. With a shallow intake of air, he turned over on his stomach and used his arms to raise himself to a sitting position. The inside of the diner looked like a destructive madman had rearranged it. The booths were toppled or stacked on top of each other. The hostess station was next to him now. The only thing that was still standing where it had before the blast was the four walls, the ceiling, and the antique counter.  “Sarah,” he called again. “Bart? Colby?” The little girl. Was she still in the back with her mother?

No one answered.  ”Where is everyone?”  He crawled forward. Sarah had been nearly right beside him. Now there was no sign of her. He rubbed his eyes and coughed. Moving slowly, he prayed she was alive. It didn’t take long to find her sandwiched between an overturned booth bench and the podium for the hostess station. With some effort he managed to maneuver close to her, the adrenaline kicking in as his blood pounded through his system. Don’t let her be dead. Not like this.


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1 comment:

Marsha Ward said...

Nice review, Debra! Thanks for taking the time.

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