Kill Devil
By Mike Dellosso
Published by Tyndale
376 Pages

BACK COVER: Jed Patrick is convinced he’s doing all it takes to keep his family safe—new names, new location, and new identity. But just when he thinks he finally has his life back, trained men claiming to be CIA agents break in and threaten his wife and daughter, proving once and for all his family will never truly be safe until he eliminates the agency dead set on hunting him down.

Not knowing if Karen and Lilly are better off by his side or in hiding, Jed is determined to protect them while finding a way to use the classified information that he possesses to dismantle the Centralia Project. But he soon learns that eliminating Centralia may require compromising his own values. As danger escalates, Jed isn’t sure whether there’s anyone or anything he can trust—including his own senses.

REVIEW: I was instantly caught up into this fast paced mind-bending story. With the lead character I felt was similar to Jason Bourne except for the fact that this trained sniper, Jed Patrick has a wife Karen and an eight year old daughter named Lilly!

This is book two in the series. The first book was titled Centralia. I didn’t feel lost having only read book two. I liked how the faith element was naturally woven into this fast paced psychological thriller. The story unfolds as Jed goes into a convenient store he’s visited before and feels something odd. The clerk strikes up small talk and Jed notices a man reading the back of a cereal box.

Strange; the clerk has never talked to him before. A bearded man starts to stare at Jed. “He leaves the store with a bad feeling in his gut. Was he being paranoid or was something sinister going on? Had they been found? He went through the event, what was out of the ordinary? “A bearded forty something checking the label of a box of cereal at a convenient store was out of the ordinary…Something was wrong. Prickles danced on the back of Jed’s neck. His heart rate quickened. He drew in a deep breath. It could be nothing.” He hurried home. The door to their cabin was open. He pulled out his gun and slowly entered”

I cared for Jed and his family. Jed was a clever, capable, God fearing intelligent man who was a trained sniper, special ops guy willing to do what it takes to keep his family safe and gain control of his mind. Jed tries to sort out a never ending web of lies he’s been told. What was true? “He couldn’t trust his head – the implant had him hearing voices and hallucinations bombarding him.”

I liked how this author naturally wove a faith message into the action! Lilly is an eight year old mature little girl; she tells Jed, “have faith daddy.”

He tells his wife Karen, “Faith isn’t about your feelings or even your senses; it’s about the actions you take in light of what you know to be true. Putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward.” I’ve seen Lilly model this for me.”

What made the story fun and more dramatic for me was the character Tiffany Stockton who’s a single gal grieving the loss of her dad. She was going through her father’s things and discovered a thumb drive that is encrypted. She embarks on a mission to break the code. What she uncovers is unimaginable dangers material.

“Tiffany had to do something…she couldn’t just sit on this information and be yet another government Ostrich. Her dad used to tell her all the time that evil flourished when good men - and woman, he would add - did nothing. And he was a good man. He did something.” “She confides in Jack her dads close friend. He can’t believe what she found. He tells her they can trust no one.”

 Tiffany and Jack’s lives are turned upside down as they try to make sense of this deadly information that’s fallen into their laps and what their next step will be.

This was a fast paced, crazy, fun read I couldn’t put down. I think this would make a great book for a book club discussion and a great escape for summer reading. I look forward to reading the third book in the series.

ABOUT AUTHOR: MIKE DELLOSSO was born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mike now lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jen, and their three daughters. He is a regular columnist for, was a newspaper correspondent/columnist for over three years, has published several articles for The Candle of Prayer inspirational booklets, and has edited and contributed to numerous Christian-themed websites and e-newsletters. Mike is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers association, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, the Relief Writer's Network, and FaithWriters, and plans to join International Thriller Writers. He received his BA degree in sports exercise and medicine from Messiah College and his MBS degree in theology from Master's Graduate School of Divinity.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Book Club Network site and Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

Nora St. Laurent
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1 comment:

  1. Hey Nora! Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story.