The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It's the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for park ranger Luke Fereday, lately it's being used to move drugs. Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers.
John's daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father's murder, but things are more complicated than they first appear, and Brooke soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her. Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who's going to keep him safe when he realizes he's falling--hard--for the daughter of the man he failed to save?
Award-winning author Patricia Bradley introduces you to a new series set in the sultry South that will have you wiping your brow and looking over your shoulder.
CLOSE TO HOME!
Patricia Bradley’s newest release STANDOFF (Natchez Trace Park Rangers Book #1) hits close to home! The setting of the Natchez Trace Parkway is near and dear to me as part of the Parkway runs about two miles from my home. Also, I’m very familiar with the city of Natchez and other surrounding areas as I spent a Summer serving as a Youth Minister in Natchez. (Students make the BEST Tour Guides!). As I read this book, I had no problem visualizing exactly where the events took place.
This book centers around a problem all to common to most places - narcotics and the cartels that control them, Brooke Danvers is starting her first tour as newly minted Park Ranger. She is the the daughter of well respected Ranger John Danvers. John has been investigating a drug ring for quite some time and has had the aid of a joint task force of law enforcement officers and an undercover Ranger. When Ranger John Danvers is killed on Brooke’s first day at work, she finds herself fighting to work on the case. Her best friend from childhood happens to be home checking on his grandmother. Luke Fereday proves to be much more of a friend than Brooke could ever have imagined she needed. The action is non-stop in this this novel! Readers quickly realize they have no idea who can be trusted in this game of cat-and-mouse.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Revell and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
Good, could be much better
Interesting premise, investigations of park rangers, an under-appreciated group. Goid suspense writing and character development. But it is way too political for me. There is plenty of politics in newspapers & news magazines. We are inundated with politics seeping into sports, sitcoms, churches. Some of us read to ESCAPE politics. Disappointing, and I wish that I had my money back.
Couldn’t put it down
This was such an intense read. I can’t wait to read all the author’s work. From the first page I was drawn into the lives of the characters. I felt so bad for the main character losing her dad. Even though the book was suspenseful and had tragedy, it was still inspirational without being preachy for those who are reluctant to pick up any book close to that. I loved how the author wrote the characters and surrounding where you feel like you’re there. I was on pins and needles at times, feeling like I was hiding out undercover. I just can’t say enough. There were twists and turns and I was so torn on who to trust, especially the two men wanting to court Brooke.