Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Reviews of The Vengeance Squad

Reviews for my latest book, The Vengeance Squad, are now available on and elsewhere. Plus, a number of people have promised to read it and review it soon. Here's what we have so far:

Another Winner – Dr. Rollo K. Newsom (Austin, TX)

The Vengeance Squad, is a one sitting read. I've warned you, don't start it until you have time to finish it! It is an emotional tear-jerking roller coaster, moving the reader rapidly through delight, tragedy, anger, hope, frustration, fear, gratification and if not vengeance at least comfortably satisfying resolution.

The characters, particularly the four main characters are not only physically described, but are most effectively developed as personalities through what they do and what they say. This technique creates a remarkable affinity between the reader and the characters. Very quickly and very emphatically I came to identify with these characters and suffer or thrill, bleed and heal right along with them and enthusiastically root for them.

In an earlier book Where Love Once Lived, Frost created believability in part by using real places for settings even though it is clearly fiction. I suspect the use of places he knows helps him write with confidence - it is real and so it reads real. The setting for most of the action in this book is several cities in Texas and New Mexico, but one episode takes place in Rowe, Massachusetts a place I had never heard of but now not only believe in but even feel as if I sort of know the place. And I'd bet a bundle that he has been there! In this book Frost uses real towns, restaurants, hotels, highways and specific locations like named malls, the down town Houston tunnel, the Galveston docks and so on. Even drive times are accurate and vehicles are appropriate. All these things are in fact real and real is believable.

In a similar manner emotions and values are so appropriate to the circumstances and action that the you just know it is all true. This aspect of the book is very important to me because I believe this emotional authenticity is what keeps this Christian novel from being too "preachy."

The careful attention given to the development of the main characters and the fact that they are all still functioning at the end of the book along with a little cliff hanger suggest that this maybe the first of a series. I sure hope so.

I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. I was not obligated to provide a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Will not want to put this book down. – B.B. Hill

The Vengeance Squad by Sidney W. Frost is action packed, full of thrills, suspense and romance. When you get ready to read this suspenseful story make sure you have time to read without stopping because you will not want to put this book down. The title of this book intrigued me and after reading reviews I knew I wanted to read Chris and Sarah's story.

Sarah and Chris's love for one another is felt from the first chapter. You can understand why Chris is so devastated after her death and determined to search for and find her killers.

After Sarah's death, Chris thinks that God has let him down and want nothing more to do with God and church. Sarah's parents accept her death and know she is in Heaven but Chris is losing his faith fast. He keeps remembering the scripture, "Vengeance is mine saith the Lord" but he feels that it is up to him to search and find the killers. He had been unable to protect Sarah, it was his fault she was dead.

Chris, a PhD computer science professor, Percy "Tex" Thompson, a 40-year-old wheelchair bound ex-con student at the community college where Chris teaches, and Liz Siedo, the 65-year-old head librarian at the city library where Tex works become The Vengeance Squad. The three of them start researching the robbery and find information on their Internet searches that help them to start their journey.

Their journey to find the killers becomes very active and the adventure is filled with suspense and mystery. In Galveston, Chris re-discovers his faith and says his first prayer since Sarah's death. He also realizes God wants him to search for and find the killers. This is an action packed thriller and I loved the ending.

I do hope there will be another book to continue this adventure with another crime to solve. I have "Where Love Once Lived" on my wish list and can't wait to read Sid's first book.

You'll Want To Cheer For This Book – Inspirational Books (Orlando, FL)

You'll want to cheer the love-driven determination, sigh at the protagonist tender way he holds on to her memories. And you'll take notice how God weaves His plans that go beyond our own. The story leaves one wanting the next sequel to find out how once again, love wins, the love that goes beyond justice or vengeance."--Janet Perez Eckles, author.

Good book -- W. Marple "crochet addicted" (delano, mn)

This is the first book I have read by Sidney Frost. It is a good story with a unique take on the situation for the main character, Chris. For some reason the style of writing didn't grab me and I was not able to pinpoint why. That doesn't take away from the story line. It was refreshing to read a book that is different from the other Christian books out there that can have the same 'canned' type of path in their story.

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