Summary: “Freeze or I’ll shoot!” Aaron yelled and aimed the gun at Jordan’s chest.
“Angel, no, please.” Hacking fluid-filled coughs broke up Jordan’s words.
“Jordan?” Aaron whispered his name as recognition painted a mural of memories of their life together on his face.
“Yes.” He coughed red into his dirty hand. “Please help.”
So begins Angel’s Truth, the sequel to Angel’s Hero. Army Captain Jordan Collins arrives home, only to find the man responsible for his imprisonment, torture, and near-execution with his husband. Had his Angel moved on without him?
Aaron “Angel” Collins has driven his family and friends away in his quest to learn the truth of Jordan’s fate, leaving only Major General Troy Hart willing to help him. When Jordan miraculously returns, with a spirit more broken than his body, Aaron realizes Hart was really a liar with an agenda of his own. Aaron is unable to take time to heal his own emotional wounds, because he and Jordan learn Hart’s betrayal is even greater than they originally believed, threatening the entire nation. Now the reunited couple must race against time to keep a promise to Jordan’s savior and prevent Hart from bringing terrorism once again to American soil.
Review: Angel’s Truth contains the 64-page second chunk of a story about two men married to each other who are separated by the demands of their jobs. Because it picks up right where its 79-page prequel Angel’s Hero broke off, you will have to buy Angel’s Hero and read it first to know what is going on in Angel’s Truth. I have to wonder why the two chunks of story were not just combined to avoid cliffhangers and make one convenient, average size 143-page novel.
This book lacks the utterly preposterous plot holes of the first book that made me question if the author and editors bothered to do any basic research to support the military thriller plot. Aside from not being able to stand on its own as a separate book, Angel’s Truth is stronger than Angel’s Hero because it avoids the two-timeline story that made Angel’s Hero so weak: the flimsy chapters detailing Jordan and Aaron’s courtship in the past that alternated with the more compelling present-day chapters concerning Jordan’s dilemma. In Angel’s Truth, the plot reunites Jordan and Aaron in a quest to find proof of the villain’s evil deeds against Jordan. As in the prequel, the author’s writing style is smooth and competent.
However, smooth writing and a more streamlined plot still aren’t enough to make this book even a three-star read. Overall, the action unfolds in a lackluster, rushed way. There is no real suspense. The proof of the villain’s misdeeds is amazingly easy to obtain. The villain’s retaliation is predictable and obvious as is his swift and inevitable fate. There are no twists and setbacks in this plot. Even a rescue mission back to Afghanistan is glossed over in only two pages!