Book Review : Seal Under Siege ***WINNER CHOSEN


Book Title: Seal Under Siege
Author: Liz Johnson
Publisher’s Synopsis: SHE’S NOT SAFE YET
When Staci Hayes is rescued from a Mideast prison by navy SEAL Tristan Sawyer, she thinks the ordeal is over. But back in San Diego, a new threat arises. Staci has information that could prevent a hit on U.S. soil, and the terrorist will stop at nothing to silence her. Tristan insists on being her bodyguard, but his constant presence makes her long for things beyond her reach. Protecting Staci is the second chance Tristan needs to put the past behind him. Yet with a spy on the naval base, anyone could be a threat. Can he offer her safety…and love? 

Men of Valor: These navy SEALS were born to excel….

I want to start off with saying something I’ve never said about Liz Johnson’s book.  She writes for “Love Inspired.”  I would normally never have picked up a book with this title on it.  However, I received one of her books to review years ago and loved it.  So, even had she not sent me this one for review, I would have purchased it.

And… I would not have regretted it.  In similar style to her previous books A Promise to Protect and the FBI Special Agent Series, Seal Under Siege is packed with suspense and not overdone romance.  Somehow, Liz Johnson manages to pack all the plot, characterization, and action of a full length novel into a 226 page mass market paperback.  That takes some serious skills.

What I liked:  This book is character driven, fast paced, action packed, and has a strong plot.  I love Tristan and Staci both as individuals and then as they become a couple.  I love that their relationship is believable and while you could argue that it was initially prompted by the stress and tension of their experiences, she gave it a concrete foundation too.

The plot is intriguing and involves elements we all hear of, but I’ve never actually read in a book.  Staci, a prisoner in a Middle Eastern prison, is rescued by a team of Navy Seals led by Tristan.  Having overheard much and with a scrap of paper indicating a looming plot to attack America, she fights to get people to listen to her–and no one will.  Even Tristan, when she brings the information to him, finds it difficult to believe but his innate desire to protect the woman he’s already saved, listens, investigates, and then things really get going.

And, from what I can tell, the book FEELS very well-researched.  I can’t verify her accuracy, but it seems to hold little nuances that show research time and attention to detail.

Because this is the “Inspired” genre, I have to address the faith issue.  It wasn’t peachy, it wasn’t “deep” but an underlying theme of “God’s got this” is there and it encourages.

What I didn’t like:  Honestly, there wasn’t much.  Would I have preferred it even more developed?  Definitely.  Did it fail not being?  Not on your life.  All of my “complaints” are like that.  She took the limitations of her project and made them work for her.

Do I recommend this book?  Definitely.  Just get it.  I can’t imagine how you’ll regret it.  And I want to thank her for giving me the opportunity to review again.  I really appreciate it.  She’s a lovely woman.  🙂

To win a copy, just leave a comment and tell me if you’ve ever read of one of Liz’ books and if so, which one is your favorite?  I’ll draw a name and you can choose between a Kindle, Nook, or paperback version!  Congratulations Mary!

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62 thoughts on “Book Review : Seal Under Siege ***WINNER CHOSEN

  1. Sounds like a great book! I have not read any of her books yet so therefore, i don’t have a favorite one as of yet. I been trying to find more books similar to your (Chautona’s) writing style that keeps me interested. I have found some, but not too many.

  2. I’ve never read any of her books, however, I’ve read most of yours. I scanned her books descriptions, they sound interesting, so I just bought and downloaded one. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recommendation.

  3. I haven’t heard of the author, (therefore, never read her books) but this kind of novel is right up my alley! Suspense, mystery, romance in it… 🙂 Sounds perfect.

  4. I have not read any of her books, never heard of her in fact, but the review makes me want to read this book! I love finding good authors/good books!

  5. Sounds like a good read. The library has _A Promise to Protect_ on hold for me. From your review, it sounds like I will enjoy getting to know the work of this new-to-me author.

  6. Sounds great! I agree, if you think it’s good, then it’s good!! I have read all of your books but 3. Working on that now.. Thank you

  7. I haven’t read any of Liz Johnson’s books. I love you as an author and I respect your opinion and your graciousness to recommend another author. I will try her books thanks to you. GOD BLESS YOU!!! 🙂

  8. I love your books. Plus I like love inspired books. So I am going to read Liz ‘s book. You are my favorite author . I will probably like her books.

  9. I haven’t read any of her books, but if they are anything like your Agency Files books, they are probably awesome and would love to win a free kindle copy to see if I can add her to my favorite authors……You, are however, #1 on my list!!!

  10. I haven’t read any of her books. I would love to sample her writing, I just might find another awesome author to keep my supply replenished while I wait on your next book 🙂

  11. I don’t think I’ve ever read any of this lady’s books….so headed to Amazon to find out more about what she’s written. 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!

  12. I haven’t read anything of hers yet; but, in reading about this one and others that she has written, they sound like they are right up my alley. I definitely will add Liz to my list of “must read”.

  13. Oh my word, Chautona! What a lovely, thoughtful review. Thank you so much for your kind words about SEAL Under Siege and my other books. Good luck to all the entrants! Thanks for entering.

  14. I have not read anything by Liz Johnson yet, but the review is great so would love to read this book and maybe other books she may have written. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Sounds like something I would enjoy. I don’t believe I’ve read any of her books, but if you enjoy them, I’m sure I would! I love, love, love your books!!

  16. You suggested her so I thought I’d try her books. Well, I just finished the 3rd in the series. She’s very good, thanks for sharing her with us.

  17. I haven’t read any of her books; but like so many others, since I love your books so much, I would definitely give it a try!!! I’m sure it’s to late for the contest, but I just wanted u to know!!!!!

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