Written In Blood (The Foley Chronicles) by Nathan Bush
**I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. **
Genre: Crime, Christian
Publication Date: July 17, 2016
Join Detective Kennedy Collins and his partner, Senior Detective John Filcher, as they attempt to track down a killer with an insatiable appetite for destruction. Read along as John, a devout Christian, seeks to lead Ken to a lasting relationship with his Creator. Feel the anguish as Ken struggles with his dad’s recurring illness, as well as his own mental and physical issues, and burgeoning questions regarding his Eternal security.
Throw in a budding romance between Ken and a beautiful coffee house cashier, a bureaucratic watchdog known as the “Special Crimes Division” established by the Governor, and some insight in the mind of Eddie, a serial killer bent on revenge, and you just might have a book worth reading.
Will Ken and John find the killer before more victims die? Will Eddie make good on his vow to destroy Ken? Will the “Special Crimes Division” make a move to take the case away from the detectives from the 8th District? Will Ken accept the Truth that can change his life forever?
The story starts off at a crime scene: a brutal murder at the Starlight, Starbright Motel, where we are introduced to Ken and his partner. Ken is a rookie Detective in Homicide who quickly discovers his father’s illness has turned for the worse. As Ken struggles with his personal problems, his Partner John who is like a father figure, tries to help him find peace through God.
When I was told this was a Christian-based genre, I was intrigued at how Christianity would be incorporated into the story. However, I also had my reservations. I was worried it might come off preachy, but surprisingly it wasn’t. It was more crime-based with some twists and turns. It was very well-written and told in first person from two very different characters.
From the get-go, Eddie was my favourite character.
Bad memories were followed by even worse memories. Then he came to mind: Ken, the cause for my current state.
He was introduced in such a manner that it was like leaving a trail of delicious cookie crumbs. I kept wanting to know more each time he appeared.
Bush is clearly a talented writer who managed to create some very authentic characters the reader could connect to.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s in the mood for crime fiction.
Purchase Link: Amazon
Nathan is a God-fearing husband to a wonderful wife and father to 5 great kids (ages 25, 23, 21, 19, 2), SS school teacher and Youth Leader.
He loves to read (when time permits – which is rarely) and write. He has published one book, but is in the process of rewriting/editing #2, and writing #3, for his series, The Foley Chronicles: Files from the 8th District.
He has lived in several US states, but has called AL his home for the past 20 years, after leaving the Army to pursue other duties.
He found the Lord in 2001 after spending the first 32 years of his life fruitlessly searching for meaning in countless other endeavors, and has been passionately “working” as a youth leader for the past 10 years.