Thin Ice is the second book in Irene Hannon’s Men of Valor series. While this book mentions events and characters from the first book, it works well as a stand-alone read. This book features FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator as its man of valor. Rookie agent McGregor is thrilled to be released from reviewing files as he takes on his first case, even more so when he meets the lady who had sounded so cautious over the phone. Christy Reed’s life was being turned upside down; without the physical evidence she presented, her claims would have been difficult to believe. As Lance delves into Christy’s case the situation goes from bizarre to sinister, and he cannot allow anything to happen to the lady with whom he is quickly falling in love.
The theme of this book deals with the hope that comes from holding onto faith in times of great trouble and sorrow. We see the impact of this in our protagonist’s life as she truly finds her strength in the Lord. Because she is able to give the reason for her hope (1 Peter 3:15), Christy is able to help Lance rediscover the faith he had set aside as he encountered the atrocities of war. Through our antagonist we see the extremes of a life with no faith and no hope.
Irene Hannon continues to show her readers why she is a three-time RITA Award winner and how she earned her place in the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. Her writing is crisp, and action packed. Romance and mystery are well balanced, well paced, and intense without walking too close to the edge of what readers of Christian fiction expect from trusted authors. Hannon’s dialogue is natural and believable, avoiding clichés and over use of trendy phrases. I especially appreciate that she uses vocabulary above that of your local newspaper.
I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Thin Ice for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.