Friday, June 5, 2015

Book Review: The Pact by CN Bring

The Pact, by CN Bring
2013, 323p, Clean Christian Mystery/Suspense
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Commander Celia Kelly is a perceptive Naval Intelligence Officer rebuilding her life after the tragic loss of her husband. Newly assigned a mission planning Intel for a SEAL Team...The suspicious suicide of a fellow Officer has Kelly questioning everything.

With the help of a one of a kind secretary, by the book assistant, and a Navy SEAL, Kelly discovers she's been set up. Digging relentlessly, nothing is as it seems. Someone is after twenty million dollars that disappeared when Kelly's husband went MIA and now that someone is after her!

With surprises at the turn of every page, the original characters and three dimensional plot lines keep the suspense going until the very end.

This book hooked me from the beginning and kept my attention the entire time! Celia Kelly is a Naval Intelligence Officer who is assigned to a new case. It involves locating a group known as The Pact and recovering 20 million dollars. Through the course of her investigation, she learns that her husband, who has been missing for four years, was somehow involved but it takes a while for her to figure out how he fit in.

Celia is likable from the beginning. She's coping with a husband who went missing and wonders if she should move on in life. She's hard-working, loyal and gives others the benefit of the doubt. She's also a Christian and she relies on God without coming across as preachy. The other members of her team are split--some believe and some don't. They always show respect to each other and protect one another. 

There are quite a few characters and I liked how they came together and felt like more of a team as the story progressed. I also needed to focus to keep everyone straight. It was hard to know exactly who to trust and there were twists and turns which kept it exciting!

I wasn't surprised to learn that the author is from a military family. This book is well-written and feels authentic. I appreciate the fact that this is a clean read and I would feel comfortable recommending it to anyone who enjoys military/mystery/suspense. The ending left me wanting more, so you will be hearing from me on the rest of this series soon!

Get the collection on Kindle for only $5.49!

Listed in USA Book News, The Celia Kelly Series has won the International Book Award, ABA Literary Excellence Award for Mystery/Suspense, Wise Bear Books Award for Military/Mystery, and CN Bring was listed as one the 50 Writers you Should Be Reading.

CN Bring was born to Frances and Arthur Nelson Jr. in Helena, Montana in February 1961. Her father Arthur was an E-4 56-229 Specialist Arthur G. Nelson Jr. who served in the United States Army from 1954-1962. He served active duty in Germany and was stationed at Army Base Garrison Stuttgart from 1954-1956. Nelson served in the reserves until 1962. After serving in the Army he then went to work as an editor for Helena Montana's newspaper The Independent Record. Her mother was a homemaker and an avid reader of mysteries.

CN married a logger, Glen Bring, in 1981. Originally CN wanted eight children but instead they raised four children and now have four grandchildren. She was a homemaker until the children were in High School and then she was a Dispatcher for the local PD and also worked in Central Sterile in the local Hospital's OR. In 1998 she went back to school and received an Associates Degree in Criminal Investigation as well as hand gun training.

When Bring is not writing she is visiting children and grandchildren which takes her to various Army Bases, Los Angeles CA, and Portland OR. Bring spent several years as a Motocross mom and is a football and hockey fan. During football season you can find her trying to catch every game of The Green Bay Packers. The Hockey team she cheers for is the Detroit Red Wings. Once summer hits, Bring connects with the Christian Motorcyclists Association.

CN Bring gravitated toward military intrigue and suspense coming from a military family and a mother who read nothing but mysteries. Many of her family members served in the Army and Navy and some are still serving today. The Celia Kelly Series has four books and counting; The Pact, The Lie, The Truth and The Disappearance. Bring's extensive research and life experience lend an authentic feel to her Celia Kelly Series (Military/Mystery/Thriller). Bring is also a member of Christian Motorcyclist Association, Military Writers Society of America, Toastmasters International, Women's National Book Association and part of Authors Supporting Troops.

CN Bring and her husband now make their home in Oregon.


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