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Burden of Proof – My Book Review

BURDEN OF PROOF
FBI Rapid Response, #1
by
DiANN MILLS
Genre: Inspirational /Mystery / Suspense / Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date of Publication: October 9, 2018
Number of Pages: 416

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Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder. 
 
As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.
 
PRAISE FOR DiANN MILLS:
“The tension level rises as layers of lies are peeled away in multiple plot twists.” —Library Journal

“DiAnn Mills is a master of fast-paced and intricately plotted romantic suspense.” —Colleen Coble, Bestselling author

“[A] fast-moving, intricately plotted thriller.” —Publishers Weekly
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Burden of Proof – My Review

“April hugged Isabella close to her. In her catharsis, she realized Jason trusted her. “Your daddy is a brave man,” she whispered. “I’m ready to help him find the proof of his innocence.”

First – flying squirrels do exist in Texas and feral hogs are numero uno bad.

Second – this is a livewire authoritative a story.

Third – you’ll walk away with more than you realize if you read this book.

Burden of Proof is an unpredictable, livewire story written with commanding prose. From the first few sentences to the very, very last words this story took me on a moving journey that deals with a murder and a couple of kidnappings. The story revolves around Jason and April. Jason’s daughter has been kidnapped and FBI Agent, April finds herself caught up in the middle of Jason’s problems. The story becomes complicated right from the start and it evolves into a love story.

“How spiritual.” Those who professed to be Christian while living hypocritical lives cemented her dissatisfaction with faith. “Looks like a solid front to the citizens.”

Mills weaves a story that makes you believe miracles can happen in real life. Character dialogue carries this story with resounding authenticity. Yes – life can be weird. Yes – life can take you down unexpected paths. Yes – life can bring people your world that can literally change the course you are on. Sadly, corruption does exist. What makes Burden of Proof so believable is that it’s a story written so real that it could be a true-life account of all the characters.

“Dad’s words resounded in his head. “A wild hog is the fourth most intelligent animal in the world.” 

Yes – wild hogs are bad and intelligent. Yes –flying squirrels do exist in East Texas. I did have to look up the flying squirrel reference and see indeed these mammals are distributed in east Texas. Just wish I’d seen one or two during my time there.

In closing with the book Mills offers great discussion questions. But the most important takeaway from reading Burden of Proof comes in the author’s note. Mills states it eloquently, “Life is unpredictable. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow and we don’t know what sorts of mountains and valleys we’ll experience along our journeys. The age-old question of why do bad things happen to good people can become our mantra. Or we can choose to ignore our bruises and travel the road of good and prioritize truth and justice above all things.”

Words for us to live by… Thank you, Diann for that beautiful reminder.

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
 
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award contests. Firewall, the first book in her Houston: FBI series, was listed by Library Journal as one of the best Christian fiction books of 2014.
 
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. 
 
DiAnn has been termed a coffee snob and roasts her own coffee beans. She’s an avid reader, loves to cook, and believes her grandchildren are the smartest kids in the universe. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers.
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High Treason – Guest Post 1

  
HIGH TREASON
An FBI Task Force Novel, #3
by
DiANN MILLS
  
Genre: Inspirational /Mystery / Suspense / Romance
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date of Publication: February 6, 2018
Number of Pages: 416

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When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised—and none too happy—when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.
Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit—plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince—or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?  

“Compelling characters and a riveting plot that fits seamlessly with current events make this novel impossible to put down. Readers can count on being glued to the pages late into the night – as “just one more chapter” turns into “can’t stop now.”” – RT Book Reviews


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Do You Have What It Takes to be in the FBI? – Questionnaire

GUEST POST by DiAnn Mills

We’ve all thought about what it would be like to have the title of special agent for the FBI. The lure happens every time we watch an exciting movie or read a book that features the FBI.

Leadership abilities are essential; then add courage, stamina, intelligence, and patriotism.

But what are the real requirements? Look and see if you can begin the rigorous training.

1. I am a US citizen.

2. I am between the ages of 24 and 37.

3. I have not been convicted of a felony.

4. I don’t use drugs. The FBI also doesn’t want those who fail a urinalysis drug test. Check online for specifics.

5. I have paid my student loan according to the agreement.

6. If I’m a guy, I registered for the Selective Service when I turned eighteen.

7. I have not devised a scheme to overthrow the US government.

8. I have paid any court-ordered child support.

9. I pay taxes, not evade them.

10. I can pass top security clearance.

Congratulations! If the above applies to you, move on to see if you can be part of the FBI’s selection process!

1. I possess a four-year college degree.

2. I am in great physical condition.

3. I have skills that would enhance my career in the FBI.

4. I am mentally and physically prepared for 13–20 weeks of academic and tactical training at the FBI Academy.

If you’re interested in pursuing further, this site offers more information.

I hope your book club has enjoyed this exercise. If you have any questions regarding the characters in the FBI Task Force series, please reach out to DiAnn online; she would love to hear from you!

What do you think? Do you have what it takes to be in the FBI?

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed.

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