Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard ~ Book Review

August 11, 2022


About the Book

Book: Critical Alliance
Author: Elizabeth Goddard
Series: Rocky Mountain Courage, Book 3
Genre: Christian Mystery Suspense
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: July 5, 2022

Mackenzie Hanson's special set of skills opened the door to a successful career as a professor of cybersecurity at a Michigan university, allowing her to put her criminal past behind her. But when a long-ago partner in crime delivers a cryptic message about her father's tech company being under cyberattack, she heads for Montana to secure exposed assets, close security breaches, and hopefully save lives.

Diplomatic Security Services special agent Alex Knight is back home in Montana to decompress from a mission gone wrong. But even as he's trying to relax, he's drawn into another mystery, complete with suspicious deaths, lethal threats, and whispers of espionage that all have one thing in common--a beautiful cybersecurity expert with a dark past.

When the situation turns deadly, Alex and Mackenzie will have to work together to find the answers they need--before someone silences Mackenzie for good.

USA Today bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard weaves a tangled web of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping romance in this fast-paced conclusion to her Rocky Mountain Courage series.

My Thoughts

I was super excited to return to this series and all the characters that have been interwoven since the first book. The storyline was definitely very good and I really enjoyed learning more about Alex Knight and how he fit into the overall storyline. We have seen him since Book 1 so it was nice to finally see him fully developed and with his own story. We are also introduced to Mackenzie Hanson, whose cyber exploits as she was younger sent her away from her family and somewhat alienated her as well. 

This book certainly hit the ground running from the first page. It had twists and turns and plenty of suspense. I must admit that I totally had no clue who the "bad guy" was. My guess was completely off. The author definitely did her research with all the technology/cyber jargon. It's crazy to think that some of these things can actually occur in the world we live today. 

The author also does a great job weaving in a faith thread throughout the story. There was also romance which I think moved at a good pace especially since this was not the first time they had encountered each other. I do feel like there could've been more resolution between Alex and his stepfather and also the introduction of a new character towards the end I felt like it was a bit sudden and somewhat abrupt as once again there was no real resolution to it. 

Overall I thought this story was pretty good. I was glad to have been able to complete the series and enjoy each of the books. I do think this series should be read in order so that you can understand the personal story between the characters and also get to know some of the characters that appear through the series.

My Rating: 4 Stars/Liked it

I received a copy of this from the publisher Revell. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

With over one million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES--a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to home school her children and fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

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