Posted on August 2, 2016 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in 4 stars, Alex Troutt series, Beck Valley Books, John W. Mefford, mystery, Review, thriller / 0 Comments

New Release….

Alex Troutt Thriller, Book #4

AT Dawn

FBI Special Agent Alex Troutt returns in a twisting, heart-pounding thriller. 

Three flashes of light illuminate a dark sky. An unspeakable evil devours its prey.

The shimmering view of the sun-drenched ocean can often be nothing more than a mirage. For Alex Troutt, a trip back home for a much-needed summer vacation proves only one thing: greed rules. But how it takes root could destroy her world.

Fueled by the lust of power and money, the shadow of death envelopes her seaside hometown, including those closest to Alex. But as disconnected investigations converge into one focal point, Alex will stop at nothing to blow the entire crime ring straight to hell—even if she has to make the ultimate sacrifice…her life.

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“Alex Troutt is quickly becoming one of my favorite fictional characters. I love how she’s constantly having to balance her family life and her job, even though her job is continually threatening to take over.” – Sonya N
“I simply love every single one of John Mefford’s novels. They keep you on the edge of your seat reading late into the night.” – Michele B
“Intrigue and attempts at revenge for long held grudges – the twists and turns keeps your adrenalin pumping.” – Tracy C

above reviews from the Alex Trout Series

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Received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

At Dawn by John W. Mefford is the fourth installment in the Alex Troutt thriller series and like the previous books can be read as a stand-alone.  In this installment, Alex has returned to her hometown to visit her dad. The purpose of the visit was to re-establish her relationship with her dad, spend quality time with her children and re-connect with old friends.  She also wanted to use this time to contemplate her growing attraction to her team member, Brad, who was eleven years her junior.  Unfortunately, what was meant to be a vacation was slowly turning into something unpredictable and dangerous when she found herself caught up in the midst of chaotic events.

The story started out on an adrenaline high. I was expecting this pace to last throughout the entire story. Alas, this was not the case. The pace fluctuated. One moment there was action and suspense and then the story switches to the everyday drama of a single mother and her children.  It was about 60 to 70% that things really picked and from then on it was non-stop action.

Alex has found herself in the middle of a drug war. There are many players and she has no idea who she could trust. When the matter hits close to home, she knew she had to get involved before things escalated out of hand. What appeared to be unrelated events was indeed related to what Alex was facing. As the story progressed, the dots connected and everything became that much clearer.

I have to admit that figuring out who was involved and what was going to happen next was not that difficult. This, however, did not stop me from enjoying the story. If anything, it made it more exciting as I was eager to find out if I guessed right.

I found Alex to be a strong and memorable character. She has been through a lot both physically and emotionally, but she does not allow those events to hold her back from being a loving mother and a hard-working FBI Agent. I admire her ability to balance her role as a single parent to a pre-teen and a teenager with that of her job.  This installment revealed more about Alex in her role as a mother. It demonstrated the lengths she would go to protect her children.

Verdict: This is a great addition to the series. It’s filled with action, suspense, drama and comedy. If you enjoy a good mystery/thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat, then you will love this series. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

About the Author

A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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