Avenged (Pacific Coast Justice)

by Janice Cantore

Paperback, 2013



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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2013), 400 pages


Fiction. Mystery. Romance. Suspense. HTML:When Officer Carly Edwards finds three young gangbangers shot execution style, she and her husband, Sergeant Nick Anderson, head of the gang unit, fear Las Playas may be on the verge of a gang war. The Las Playas PD is put on high alert as tensions escalate between rival gangs, especially after Carly confiscates weapons from a gang leader and learns they were stolen from a military base along with explosive devices. But something isn't adding up, and Carly suspects there might be more going on. As she prepares to testify at a major trial, Carly's reputation is shredded by a reporter apparently trying to discredit her professionally. Facing pressure on all fronts, Carly must rely on faith and trust God in a deeper way during one of the biggest struggles of her career.… (more)


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400 p.; 8.25 inches



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LibraryThing member deanna13
Avenged by Janice Cantore is a well written, extremely suspenseful, and just an all around very good book. As Office Carly Edwards is beginning her graveyard shift with the Las Playas Police Department, she finds three young gang bangers that have been shot execution style. Her husband, Sergeant
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Nick Anderson, who is head of the gang unit for the LPPD, agrees with Carley that the city may be on the verge of a gang war. Carley is involved in a high speed chase and when she finally stops the car being driven by a gang leader, she finds the car is loaded with weapons that have been stolen from a military base. To make matters even worse, the thieves have also stolen several explosive devices. This incident and the heightened tensions between rival gangs puts the LPPD on high alert.

While Carly is preparing to testify at a major murder trial, a very militant reporter is trying to discredit Carley and destroy her professionally. This problem along with the threat of a gang war causes Carley to rely even more on her faith and trust in God. She has had problems before in her career but this one is more serious than any of the others. During the search of an abandoned building, Carley comes face to face with one of the men who wants her dead and he causes her to fall about fifteen feet from the balcony where they are standing. When the paramedics arrive they find the man dead on the balcony and Carley’s gun in her hand with two missing bullets.

The author does a fantastic job with the development of the plot, characters, and dialogue. The action scenes were so real that I was holding my breath part of the time and thinking that maybe I should hide to be safe. There were several sub plots in the story and each had a few twists and turns in the plot line and when I would think I had the puzzle solved, there would be another twist to the story. The author definitely knows how to hold the interest of the reader and keep them guessing how the story will end. The story had a great ending but you will have to read the book to learn all the solutions to all the problems that the police had to solve. Janice Cantore is a retired police officer and her twenty-two years of experience add greatly to the authenticity of the story. For me this makes the story more enjoyable and definitely believable. I also like the way the author had the two main characters seeking God’s guidance in their work and all parts of their lives.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a great police drama with lots of suspense, a little romance, characters with a strong faith in God, and a happy ending.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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LibraryThing member judyg54
Janice Cantore writes "suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired". I couldn't say it better. Her background in law enforcement makes her books come alive and you can understand and get a feel for what it is like for those who are putting their lives on the line for
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us. I liked the way Carly Edwards explains what she does to her husband, Nick, ". . . we are the good guys. We catch bad guys like . . . . and save lives of innocent people. . . . And even if there's never a thank-you or it's dangerous and scary, we'd do it again and again, because it's what we do."

This is a story filled with suspense and drama and trying to figure out what is going on in Las Playas with murder, bombings and gang fights. Carly and Nick Edwards work for the police force and you will know them well if you read this series in the order they were written (this is book 3). Something isn't adding up and someone wants Carly's name smeared and to discredit her as a good police officer. Both Carly and Nick must rely on their faith and trust in God throughout this story. Another exciting and action packed story by Janice Cantore.

I highly recommend you read these books in the order they were written, so you can understand and know the characters and their background. But you could read this as a stand alone and still enjoy it very much!
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LibraryThing member kburne1
Excellent final book in this series! I love the evolution of Nick and Carly throughout the series!

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