Monday, August 21, 2017

Blog Tour/Review: Double Eagle, Double Cross by M.R. Durbin

Double Eagle, Double Cross, by M.R. Durbin
2017, 272p, Clean Contemporary Suspense
My Rating=4.5 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

After an unexpectedly thrilling summer with his grandfather, Oregon State student Charley Sawyer is ready to catch his breath at his late parents' Oregon beach home. Hoping for some rest and relaxation, Charley is met instead by devastation: the house has been ransacked. In his inventory of the damage, Charley stumbles across the item the trespasser must have been after, the only thing that seems out of place: a mysterious key. And when he learns what it unlocks, Charley is drawn into yet another adventure with a ragtag group more than willing to help.

Mac Bowman, the brainy and beautiful anthropology student who joined Charley in his summer escapade, is thrilled when she is presented with the opportunity to conduct research in Oregon. Maybe a little time together will allow the pair to explore their feelings for one another. But when she arrives, she is disturbed by what she finds: Charley has disappeared without a trace.

As Charley and Mac each work to unravel their mysteries, their searches collide dramatically. Only one thing is clear: the moment he found the key, Charley unwittingly opened the door to a long-held secret—one that could cost him his life. . . .

I read the first book in this series, Beyond the Narrows, and was mixed on it (you can learn more about it and read my review here). I had a couple of issues with the first book which I didn't have with this one. I thought the first book started fast but I got bogged down in the details and descriptions at times. This book started more slowly for me but once the story picked up, I was hooked and couldn't finish reading it fast enough. Charley and Mac's relationship in the first book was awkward (which everyone acknowledges in this one, haha). Without giving anything away, all I'll say is that they weren't awkward in this book.

There are four older men who have been friends for a long time and they are reunited in this book. I love the way they interact with each other, as well as Mac and Charley. They made me laugh out loud several times. It didn't seem too hard to figure out who the villain was, but didn't know why that person behaved as they did until the end.

This is the kind of story I enjoy reading! There's lots of history included, and in the "Author's Notes" at the end, Mr. Durbin shares what is fact and what is fiction. I'm glad the author gave us more of these characters. It's hard to say whether this is the end of Mac and Charley. I'm definitely interested in reading more!

About the Author:

Martin Richard Durbin was born in Fort Ord, California, in 1951. He grew up in Parowan, Utah. He served a mission to England in 1971 and graduated from Brigham Young University in 1976 with a degree in education. He later received a master’s degree in education from Utah State University. Mr. Durbin retired from education after thirty years as a teacher, coach, and principal before beginning a second career writing about the things he loves: scriptures, history, and people.

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