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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Dangerous Stage by Camy Tang

Tessa Lancaster worked for her uncle in the Japanese mafia until she was sent to prison for a murder she didn't commit. Now, after finding God behind bars, she takes odd jobs as a bodyguard to keep her distance from the family business.
In A Dangerous Stage, the second book in Camy Tang's Protection for Hire series, Tessa gets caught up in the web of lies surrounding a shady singing competition. Hired by one of the contestants, she works with Charles Britton---the lawyer who sent her to prison---to discover the dark figures manipulating the contest from behind the scenes.
Tessa's abilities will be tested like never before as she's forced to balance the safety of her client's family and her deepening relationship with Charles. In the midst of the chaos, she holds on to her faith to keep her safe and bring down the shadowy organization.

A Dangerous Stage (Mystery/Action/Suspense)
Book #2 in the Protection For Hire Series
By Camy Tang
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN #978-0310320340
333 Pages
Price $11.51
Rating 5-Stars

 “An Action Hero With A Christian Attitude.”

Tessa Lancaster has a history. Half Japanese, she was an enforcer for her uncle’s yakuza until she went to prison for someone else’s crime. There she was led to the Lord, and wants to change her life when she’s released. Working part time for a women’s abuse shelter, she takes on jobs as bodyguard when they come available. She is highly trained in martial arts and MMA. In the second novel in the Protection For Hire series, a contestant on a singing contest hires her when his daughter mistakenly discovers the contest is rigged. Gangsters want their secret back, and her dead. When they discover Tessa is their bodyguard, they hire a female Thai assassin to take her out. Who – or what – is the Double Zodiac?

There is a lot of backstory that continues from the first story in the series. There is plenty of action, and a good plot that unfolds slowly, revealing the deep insides of the criminal activity that even reaches into her Japanese yakuza family background. The story isn’t preachy, so readers of action novels can enjoy the book along with Christians. Tessa has trouble forgiving, and must call on her newfound Faith in God to help her organize her path in this new life. Nor is the romance overly pursued in the story, leaving room for the plot and action to move smoothly without interference. The gangsters’ hired Thai assassin and Tessa have several fights in the story.

I found the story, and the author’s writing smooth and a lot of fun, and was pleased to see no sex or profanity in a good action series. It shows that it’s not needed to tell an action-packed adventure. I was kept turning the pages. Highly recommended to all readers of action. 

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

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