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Author: James David Jordan
Publisher B & H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tenn.,
 970-0-8054-4749-1 (2008), 387 pp.,  $14.99.
James David Jordan is a Dallas attorney who writes a mean thriller and does the unusual by making the hero---a heroine. Creating the character Taylor Pasbury, then having her background that of the Secret Service, Jordan gives us a person with military training, skilled in weapons, and owning her own security consultant company. Here is someone with flaws, who is trying to cope where religion doesn’t have a foothold. This is the premise of “Forsaken,” the debut novel for the Pasbury character and one in which religion does play a major role. We get a backseat glimpse into the world of the modern-age evangelist and security measures.
The story begins with some background of Taylor and how she became Secret Service material. It involves a shooting while she was a girl and then specific training, enabling her to travel around the world. Alcohol becomes a problem, and soon Taylor drops the Secret Service to form her own security company. She is hired by Simon Mason, a world-famous evangelist who knows more about Taylor than she thinks. Simon’s daughter, Kacey, is kidnapped and Taylor is soon in the midst of this situation, which involves the Muslim community both in the U.S. and abroad. There is brutality here, and thugs are shown to be radicals. We do get some background on the Muslim community and Taylor becomes involved in the lives of Mason and his family. All the while, things like prayer and being willing to listen to prayer are slowly weaving their way into her life. Can she accept this or will there be problems?
Jordan gives us the viewpoint of the story from Taylor. We are the person behind her shoulder as she journey’s through life and we hear the comments in her mind as she processes what is happening. Jordan sustains this through the book, and you would not like to meet Taylor in a dark alley. The situations she is placed in are realistic for the story and vivid, short descriptions bring you into her life. Suspense tightens and soon the only alternative is to say a prayer---and mean it.
I found the book to be gripping from page one where Taylor and her father are going on a camping trip. That is the springboard for Taylor’s life and though she may think she is in control, sometimes the unexpected can pack a wallop. “Forsaken” is definitely a page-turner and a fast read. Every 5-7 pages, there was a new development. The book is designed to be a two-parter, so two characters, Elise and Meg, are lightly dealt with. Book Two, as yet untitled, will come in fall 2009. James David Jordan is also the author of “Something That Lasts.”
Reviewed by Marie Asner


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