Monday, April 14, 2014

Moving Target

Title: Moving Target
Author: JA Jance
Publisher: February 18th 2014 by Touchstone
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 352
Genre: Suspense
Series: Ali Reynolds #9

It is surprising how a book can start on an airplane heading to Europe and end in a junkyard in Texas with a gun battle involving a drug cartel. Such is Moving Target by JA Jance.

Ali Reynolds has volunteered to travel with Leland Brooks to England to help him reunite with his estranged family. There had been questions as to the death of Leland’s father many decades before and hopefully, there can finally be answers and Leland can put that part of his life to rest.

At the same time, B. Simpson, Ali’s fiancĂ©, is following the story of Lance Tucker, a boy that is gifted in computers and who is the recent victim of a vicious attack in a juvenile detention center. It was B’s testimony that put Lance in the facility, and with this attack, he feels responsible and is determined to get to the bottom of who is responsible and why this took place.

With Lance moved to a hospital, one of my favorite characters is reintroduced. Sister Anselm is appointed as Lance’s patient advocate. So, when a tech company starts nosing around to acquire a program called GHOST that Lance and his high school computer science teacher developed, Sister Anselm and B are right there to help Lance and his family. A tech company is not the only one that wants this program and there are no limits as to what others will do to get this application. If it were not for the insight and skill of a nun and a tech nerd, a 17-year-old and his family would be yet another causality.

This story does bounces around quite a bit. It was good to get more insight into Leland’s background, but at the same time, I think it took too much away from the main drama that was unfolding. JA Jance can build a good storyline, unfortunately, she wrote two books that she tried to combine into one and it took too much away from both.

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