Author’s Note: We were provided with a free copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review. Plus, this post will introduce our new method of reviewing Christian novels that is based on our ten-point review scale.
Plot & Storyline Quality (3 points)
High Treason is DiAnn Mills’ latest novel and the final installment in the FBI Task Force series. While Mills has always written intriguing novels, this one took a different, positive turn. The novel tells the story of two people, Kord Davidson and Monica Alden. Kord works for the FBI and has recently been involved in a murder case that is connected with his friend, Saudi Prince Omar. Prince Omar came to the States to negotiate business dealings, and was met with the murder of one of his bodyguards, who was a close friend and comrade of Kord’s. Kord, angered by his friend’s murder and anxious to catch his killer, agrees to be part of the operation that will track down the hostile. Kord questions God’s reasoning in allowing tragedies to occur, and isn’t sure what religion to believe. He figures that his saving of other’s lives will be good enough for God in the end. Little does he know that his organized world is about to be disrupted by his new partner, a no-nonsense blonde who works for the CIA. Monica is working undercover at a local coffee shop when she is called away to work on the same murder case. Monica, a Christian, feels guilty about concealing her true identity from the friends she makes across the country, but knows that secrecy is the key to being a good agent. Upon meeting Kord, Monica is determined to remain indifferent to him because he reminds her of a past broken relationship that still haunts her dreams. However, both Kord and Monica will find that even the best laid plans will go awry. It is my opinion that Mills has made significant improvement in the area of plot and story line quality. Furthermore, unlike some of her earlier novels, this one is character-driven and has just enough action to keep things interesting.
Character Development (2 points)
In the past I have mentioned that if Mills spent a little more time on character development, her novels would be great. In High Treason, Mills does this by building a character-driven plot that is mostly unpredictable and holds the attention. One of the biggest positives to point out here is that Kord is not a straw-man agnostic, and Monica is not a perfect Christian stereotype. Rather, both of them are flawed and human, with real-life needs and weaknesses. In contrast, I feel that this novel could have been improved by a change from third person to first. However, this is a small flaw that does not disrupt the heart of the plot. Therefore, I think that Mills did a great job in this area.
Creativity & Originality (2 points)
Mills has also improved in the area of creativity and originality. While this novel contains some similar content to other crime/suspense novels, it is also stands out from its genre in some ways. Unlike many other crime/suspense novels, this novel focuses more on the lives and goings on of the people involved in the case. Rather than filling pages with corny action scenes, there is just enough action; not too much, not too little. Finally, I think that High Treason, and the other novels in the series, have ample potential to be a Christian miniseries. There is plenty of content for a writer/director to work with, and I think that they could play around with the three plot-lines to create a connection between the three novels. We here at Box Office Revolution continue to wait for the day when Christian movie-makers will look no further than Christian novels to find the quality content they need.
Wish List Rating: 7 out of 10 points