Saturday, October 17, 2009

Farraday Road & Swope's Ridge {Book Reviews}

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From Zondervan
Ace Collins is a prolific author, publishing over sixty non-fiction books, and has penned the next chapter in his literary career. The follow up to Farraday Road, Collins is releasing his second novel Swope's Ridge {Zondervan, Oct 2009}, the harrowing second book in a suspensful trilogy paralleled in plot with the twists and turns of its' settings ~ from the Ozark mountains of Arkansas to Germany to the Gulf of Mexico and back to the heartland of Kansas.
My Reviews

Farraday Road
by Ace Collins. During one of the worst storms the state of Arkansas had ever seen, Lije Evans and his wife were gunned down. Lije was discovered in time and saved, but his wife wasn't so fortunate. In his grief, Lije vows to find the people responsible for the murder of his wife ~ but his memory of the night is scattered and incomplete.

As the weeks progress and the blanks start filling in, the mystery of that night grows deeper and deeper. What seemed to be a completely random attack is tied to something much more sinister, but every step that brings Lije closer to an answer is filled with increasing danger.

Swope's Ridge by Ace Collins. The mystery of his wife's death led Lije to a man on death row ~ one who claims he is innocent of the charges brought against him. Lije and his team have only a short amount of time before the man is scheduled for execution. As the team searches for clues to the man's innocence, bizarre and sinister secrets are revealed that go back decades in time ~ and it all ties into the recent murder of his wife.

My Thoughts

Both of these books were so hard to put down! I received Farraday Road about a month ago, set it on my nightstand and a few days later picked it up to start reading. Several hours later, I realized that it was VERY late and I had been completely swept into the mystery on Farraday Road. I finished the book the next day and then {sadly} realized the story wasn't finished ~ it ended with a reader's worst fear:

'To be continued...'

Especially at 1 AM in the morning {not that I stayed up that late or anything!}. Really. It's just plain mean!

Fortunately for me, the sequel Swope's Ridge had just been released. Zondervan was wonderful and sent me the sequel to review as well! The chapters in the books are short, so you quickly find yourself justifying 'just one more chapter...' You'll grow to love the characters and get pulled into the many mysteries. While the books are faith-based, it isn't the primary focus of either, just an underlying theme throughout both.

I've set both of these books aside for my husband to read because they are two that he would love {mystery, suspense, conspiracies, adventure and so much more!}. Now I'm just waiting for the third book to be released...


Over the last few weeks I have managed to read a few of the books on my Fall into Reading list ~ some of them weren't on the original list either {like the sequel to Farraday Road}, but I'm definitely enjoying them. Here are the ones that I've recently finished:
  • Home to Harmony by Phillip Gulley ~ Finished this one and now I'm going to have to add the rest of the series onto my 'to read' list. That's more than likely going to mean I'll have to bump another series I'd been planning to read. Loved it!
  • Blue Like Playdough by Tricia Goyer ~ I've finished it up and have also been reading it along with a friend as part of our 'Bible study' time each week. I'll be reviewing this book next week!
  • Farraday Road and Swope's Ridge by Ace Collins.
Next week I have am planning to tackle at least one fiction book from the following two:

Dawn's Prelude by Tracie Peterson

The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller

Be sure to stop by and visit 5 Minutes for Books and their monthly meme called "What's on Your Nightstand?" and also the Saturday Review.

I was given these products to review by Zondervan. I do not have to return the products to the vendor.
I was not paid for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are mine.


  1. I'm glad you were able to finish the series out. I DO hate a cliffhanger, especially if you have to wait a year for a sequel!!

    I enjoyed Home to Harmony, and read one or two more, but I think I lost interest later in the series.

  2. I'm not familiar with these, but I enjoyed reading your reviews!

  3. I haven't heard of those, but you sure make them sound interesting. Maybe I should pick one up!

  4. I like suspense filled books. Will have to check out these picks!


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