Monday, November 11, 2013

"torn blood" by david j. bain

About the book: One man pursues a question left unanswered for four thousand years. His search takes him to the gates of Hell.
—Will it bring him back?

Three weeks before officially reporting for duty at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Addison Deverell arrives in Israel to unearth an enigma.

Bound to an escort by the embassy, and unable to begin his search, time is running out. With mere days before he must report for duty Addison is freed from his escort’s bondage. Racing to find answers that promise to establish a career—and facing danger from those he seeks to understand—he finds himself in a fight to the death for a nation’s life.

Nearly seven thousand miles away, Dr. Janelle Henning confronts a peril that threatens to destroy her deepest soul. A search for understanding thrusts her into a world long buried to confront a heritage abandoned by the passage of time.

Brought together by events, Janelle and Addison discover identities hidden from them both in a relationship they have shared for a lifetime.

My take: Now that I've finished reading Torn Blood, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, the book feels incredibly realistic, and the events surrounding Addison are quite intense and captivating. On the other hand, I felt that the first 100 or so pages were extraneous. A large number of characters are introduced in those pages, but not much happens. I really had to force myself to keep reading. (And I seriously considered making myself a cheat sheet to keep track of all of the characters!)

That said, once the action picked up, things moved along at a rapid pace (at times, perhaps a little too rapidly). I enjoyed learning how the multitude of characters were connected to one another, and, as I said before, I really liked Addison's story line.

I think it boils down to what style of book you enjoy reading—I prefer books that are tightly written without much description, but if you like politically charged thrillers that thoroughly detail events, then you should check out Torn Blood.

Content note: I do have to mention that there is mild swearing throughout the book. It's less than you would hear in an hour of primetime TV, but it is more than is usually present in Christian fiction.

My rating: 3 stars

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About the author: David J. Bain is the author of Torn Blood, an adventure novel which celebrates the triumph of the Jewish spirit, their love of Eretz Yisra’el, the land of Israel, and how close the world’s ties are to the Jewish people.

He is one of the founders of Bo Iti Press, a niche publisher focused on stories
about the Jewish experience as well as the rights of Israel as a sovereign nation.

After attending the University of Oregon and University of Nevada Las Vegas, Bain worked in the business world for more than 30 years before turning his hand to writing. It was his collaboration on two screenplays that were made into movies, End of the Harvest and Time Changer, which revived his interest in Israel. After finishing the screenplays, Bain began to notice patterns that surfaced in country after country over the millennia. Familiar with Israel’s history, politics, military, and the habit modern Israel had for coming out on top in any conflict with neighboring countries, he determined to understand why the Jewish race consistently seemed to land in the middle of world events. He worked with research assistants from the United States and Israel for seven years to understand the truth behind what the world learns about Israel.

His desire is that Torn Blood will help readers discover the reason Jewish people around the globe are committed to their tiny nation floating in a sea of enemies—and it’s not what one is often led to believe.

David lives with his wife, Doris, in Oregon.

More information on David can be found at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for review from Side Door Communications.  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.”

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