The Contract: between heaven and earth by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano #bookreview #thriller #suspense

The earth is under the threat of a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.

Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits of the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped. 

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires.

I especially enjoyed the blending of genres in this book – suspense, political intrigue, and romance (but not overdone).  This novel reminded me a bit of the little known movie from years ago, Made in Heaven, when two romantically involved people are sent to Earth from heaven and have a certain amount of time to find each other after being ‘reborn’.  It was nerve-wracking watching how their paths came so close to crossing, until they finally did.  Admittedly, their circumstances were much better than the characters in this book, and their assignment wasn’t nearly as important.

Both Brad and Sarah have endured hardships in their lives, and made it through to the other side because of their strength and determination, qualities they certainly need to survive the threats they’re facing.  They’re instantly likable and well-developed characters.  This action-packed story moves along at a brisk pace, and the trustworthiness of certain characters comes into question, leading to some surprising twists along the way.

If you’re a fan of thrillers and suspense intertwined with a bit of romance, I highly recommend this novel.

I received an ARC of this book from the authors.

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