About the Book
Book: Death Valley Hideout
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Christian fiction
Release date: April 26, 2022
Running from a murderer
with only the desert as refuge…
Placed in WITSEC while his brother testifies against a terrifying criminal, Tony Ortega must guard his young niece and nephew from the hit man hunting for them. Death Valley local Willow Duke’s hideout might just be the difference between the little family’s life or death. When bullets start flying, can they thwart a killer long enough to survive and become a family for real?
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About the Author
Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)
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Wooty woo! We’re back in Death Valley again! So excited about this fourth book in the series because Papa Bear and I have actually returned to this amazing place. (Our previous return trip was stalled for a while due to the virus that shall not be named!) People have asked me, “Why do you love Death Valley so much?” I can only respond that you just have to go there to understand. Is it the vastness of the place? The enormous topographical variety? Maybe it’s the profound quietness that permeates the national park and environs. Then again, it might be the panorama of nighttime stars. (Death Valley National Park is a certified International Dark Sky Park due to its limited light pollution.) Could it be the tenacity of people who live there and survive the one hundred twenty plus degree temperatures in the summer? And how about those animals? The Death Valley pupfish is a teeny little endangered fish that lives in precisely one spot on the globe (Death Valley) and only two places within that range, Salt Creek and Cottonball Marsh. Imagine that! So why set a six book series in Death Valley? Because there’s no more hostile and incredible place I can think of. I hope you will enjoy taking a fictional trip with me there too. Enjoy the adventure, reader friends!
I love being back in Death Valley overlooking the desert in this heart pounding book. The beginning is an adrenaline rush with a helicopter, bullets flying and a child that has been abducted. I held my breath as the chase scene played out. What an opening for a story that promises to give us a ride into danger at every stop.
Willow steps into a web of deceit when she tries to surprise her friend Tony on his birthday. Everything she knew about him is a lie and now she isn’t sure if she is safe or not. I can’t imagine being in the WITSEC program but it looks like Tony and his brother’s children are in it. I could feel chills going down my arms as Willow discovers that she is now a part of whatever Tony is mixed up in. Can you hear her heart pounding? Mine would be as I realized that my life would never be the same again. Willow is a very brave woman and I loved her determination to keep the children safe.
Tony is in a big mess thanks to his brother Ron. What is going to happen now that Ron has disappeared and left his children in Tony’s care? The author does an amazing job of letting us witness the turmoil Tony goes through as his anger surfaces. I would be upset too if a family member left me high and dry. This wasn’t suppose to be Tony’s fight but thanks to his brother he now has to get out of a mess that is dangerous.
I’m not sure when I started breathing again but this story has all the boxes checked off for an exceptionally well written suspenseful adventure. Along the journey we get to witness the struggles that each character faces. Willow has a deep scar of betrayal from someone which keeps her from trusting. We all carry scars but the important lesson is to let God heal those scars and show you that He can always be trusted. Tony has always been there to bail his brother out of trouble. I liked how Tony’s heart opened to love his niece and nephew and give them stability. Tony starts to wonder if he can trust his brother or his uncle that shows up unexpectedly.
This story is special to me because it helped me remember that when we face challenges God is right there with a plan. When we go through a trial it makes us stronger and helps us grow in our faith. Tony and Willow both faced decisions in their lives that took them through danger. In the midst of their battle they found love, trust and the importance of family.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of the first four books in the series-Framed in Death Valley, Missing in the Desert, Death Valley Doublecross and Death Valley Hideout (Paperback for U.S. Only) and a $50 Amazon gift card!!
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