Deep Extraction – DiAnn Mills

Deep Extraction DiAnn Mills
Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills
Also by this author: Airborne, Fatal Strike, Deadly Encounter, High Treason
Series: FBI Task Force #2
Published by Tyndale on April 4, 2017
Genres: Fiction, Christian, Romance, Suspense
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A pacemaker should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore's life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.A bombing at one of Nathan's oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional--the victim's wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI's prime suspects.
Clearing Sally's name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer--and to each other--the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

Deep Extraction is my favorite of DiAnn Mills’ FBI Task Force series. Hands down. The FBI tasks Special Agent Tori Templeton to investigate a suspicious death. Her friend’s husband, Nathan Moore, had a heart attack, his pacemaker failing. She’s determined to support her friend but also to stay objective. Emotions can distract her…and so can her unacknowledged hypochondria. Her partner sounds like he’s hacking up a lung every time he breathes. Two of her relatives have died of cancer; the “big C” looms at the back of her mind. God didn’t save her brother, who strongly believed in Him. But that’s besides the point–she has a crime to investigate.

In walks Cole Jeffers. A US Marshal-turned landscaper, he brushes off his badge to find out what happened to his friend. He and Tori must work together through the twists and turns of the investigation. On the surface, Nathan Moore seemed like a good man. He donated to charity and volunteered. Tori and Cole quickly discover that not everything is how it seems. The FBI pinpoints the wife as the main suspect, especially with the discovery of marital problems. Both Tori and Cole, though, believe in her innocence.

I could read Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills four or five times and learn new things every time. I’m convinced DiAnn Mills is a mastermind. She packs so much depth into every character that they almost weren’t fictional to me. I saw them as real people–like I met them at a coffee shop to interview them for a news story. Each meeting resulted in more information. About who they were. How their beliefs and pasts affected their work. Their hopes and fears.

Cole and Tori’s relationship developed naturally throughout the course of the novel. I loved that, and how the characters grew. All of them. So many novels’ characters are flat–like a flat-line on a heart rate monitor. In Deep Extraction, though, everyone’s heartbeat strengthens as the novel progresses. While the plot is great, the characters’ changes–all for the better–really help to build the book into the wonderful piece of literature it is.

DiAnn Mills explores difficult topics like cancer. How God can let people suffer and die. Infidelities. Incorrigible teenagers, struggling with anger, betrayal, and heartbreak. When I closed the final page of Deep Extraction, I didn’t want it to be over. When it comes to novels, I’m a hard person to please, but DiAnn Mills blew this one out of the water. She truly outdid herself with this one. I shove many books in my closet, never to pick them up again. But this one? Heart-racing, mind-bending, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, Deep Extraction will have a prominent place on my shelf to be picked up again and again. I will definitely be recommending this one to my friends…if I don’t literally throw the book at them first!

five-stars

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