The one missing person he can’t find is the one who matters the most.
Private Investigator Jax Rodriguez has been searching for his brother, Diego, for twenty years. When he stumbles upon another lead, he makes an agonizing decision—he will follow this last trail until it grows cold, and then he will marry the woman he loves and abandon his quest once and for all.
Artist Mikayla Grant is terrified of losing another person close to her, but she has to let Jax go after his brother. Given the secrecy surrounding Diego’s disappearance, clearly Jax is heading into danger. When all contact with him is abruptly cut off, can Mikayla trust that God’s promise to never leave or forsake Jax will be enough to bring him safely home, or does she need to take matters into her own hands?
As Jax attempts to survive the dangerous streets of Caracas, Venezuela and then face the myriad of unknown threats in the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico, he is not the only one following his brother’s trail.
A ruthless drug lord bent on revenge is using all his resources to hunt them down. If they can’t stay one step ahead of their pursuer, then, like his brother, he and Mikayla could disappear and never be heard from again.
Forged is the third book I have read by Sara Davison. I think you could easily call me a fan of her writing! I was especially excited to learn that much of the storyline for Forged took place in Puerto Rico. I lived in Puerto Rico in the early 1990s. A quick glance at the book’s contents revealed I had been to many of the locations Sara mentioned. I even worked on the military base Fort Buchanan. So, I knew I had to read the book!
Like the other books I have read by Sara, the story was intense. However, Forged focused more on the action and suspense than on romance. Although the romance was present.
The author shared that private investigator Jax Rodriguez had not seen his brother Diego in 20 years. Jax desperately searches for him, and the search leads him into the dangerous streets of Caracas and the El Yunque Rainforest. Mikayla, Jax’s love interest, is concerned about Jax’s well-being when she does not hear from him after several days. Next thing you know, the two of them are reacquainted and have a ruthless drug lord on their tail.
The suspense is alive and well in Forged, and I wondered what would happen at various points in the book. Would Jax find his brother? Would Jax and Mikayla ever see each other again? Who’s dead? Who’s alive? How can that be? Oh, that’s how? Would anyone make it out alive? So many questions kept me turning the pages of Forged. Rest assured, Sara answered all my questions and more. Great story!
If you like reading action suspense from a Christian perspective on topics, including a missing person and a dangerous journey, this book is an excellent choice. As usual, Sara did not skirt important, time-relevant topics and wasn’t afraid to share God moments in a meaningful, thought-provoking way.
I highly recommend Forged. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Note: I reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, which I received through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write a positive review or be compensated for sharing my thoughts. I am disclosing this per FTC regulations.
About the Author
Sara Davison is the author of four romantic suspense series—The Seven Trilogy, The Night Guardians, The Rose Tattoo Trilogy, and two sparrows for a penny, as well as the standalone, The Watcher. A finalist for more than a dozen national writing awards, she is a Word, Cascade, and two-time Carol Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario with her husband, Michael, and their three mostly grown kids. Like every good Canadian, she loves coffee, hockey, poutine, and apologizing for no particular reason. Get to know Sara better at www.saradavison.org and @sarajdavison.
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It’s never easy writing a book during a global pandemic. Writing one that is set in three different countries when traveling is either prohibited or, at best, extremely complicated, is an even greater challenge. Thankfully, the digital world is still very much accessible.
Through the wonders of modern technology, while writing Forged I was able to travel virtually to two places I had never been—Caracas, Venezuela and the El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico. I did a search for “driving down the street in Caracas” and suddenly found myself behind the wheel of a car, experiencing the sights and sounds of that city. The only things missing were the feel of the warm breezes against my skin and the smells of the food trucks lining the sidewalk. Which was unfortunate, since the research I did on Venezuelan food definitely had my mouth watering.
Next, I looked up “hiking in the El Yunque rainforest” and was able to share the experience of that lush, beautiful place with people who actually had their boots on the ground there. I could hear the singing of the tree frogs, or coqui, the soundtrack of Puerto Rican-Canadian private investigator Jax Rodriguez’s flight through the forest with a drug dealer in hot pursuit. I was treated to the sight and sound of La Mina Falls as well as the countless plants and trees growing there.
Virtual traveling might never offer the full experience that going somewhere in person can, but in times like these, I am thankful for those who have gone somewhere I would love to see and who were willing to offer me a glimpse into their experiences from the safety and comfort of my home.
Although, smelling one of the more than fifty kinds of orchids in the Puerto Rican rainforest or trying the cachapa Jax bought—pork, spices, and cheese wrapped in a corn pancake—from a street vendor in Caracas are now both high on my bucket list of things to do in person. Hopefully someday. Until then, I will continue to explore the planet through the eyes of others and at least attempt to capture the experience in my stories as effectively as they did through the lens of a camera.
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