The Agency Files: Whatever it takes: the motto of “The Agency.” It doesn’t exist–not legally speaking. However, its effect in the lives of those who benefit from their aid is incalculable. Lives saved, restored, guarded–protected from the side of life most never see. Their clients are usually wealthy, important–desperate. Their other clients–well, they don’t always appreciate the efforts expended on their behalf–not until they aren’t lying on a slab in the morgue.
Justified Means: Erika Polowski, in grave danger–danger she has no idea exists—finds herself captive, shackled, bound, gagged. Her captors have the most unbelievable story, yet as the enemy manages, time after time, to get too close, she has to decide who or what to trust. Can she believe the man who daily holds her at gunpoint? Does she trust her gut? She is certain that she knows nothing that could possibly matter to anyone–has done nothing that should put her in danger.
About the Author
Author of the Amazon bestselling Aggie and Past Forward Series, Chautona Havig lives and writes in California’s Mojave Desert. With dozens of books to her name, Chautona spends most of her time writing, but when she takes the rare break, she can be found reading, sewing, paper crafting, or sleeping and dreaming of finishing the dozens of books swirling in her overly-active imagination at any given moment.
Here is a well-paced story that grabs you from the very first paragraph and keeps you wondering along with Erika. Part psychological thriller, part spy drama and full of tension with a highly satisfying ending.
A REAL page-turner that takes the reader on a wild ride trying to figure out the who and why of one woman’s suddenly turned upside-down life. Great characters – the good guys are really good and the bad really bad! The story becomes increasingly plausible as the author provides sufficient breadcrumbs to entice the reader without revealing too much too soon.
The highly prolific and truly talented Chautona Havig has penned another winner in this first of The Agency Files series. Readers of her work have come to expect a high quality of plot, character and setting depth and breadth and this volume does not disappoint. Certainly another 5+ star winner and I’m looking forward to more to come in this series!
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.
Guest Post from Chautona Havig
“I want to make the implausible feel plausible.”
My friend gave me an odd look. “You can’t do that. It sounds great, but really… who can do that? It’ll just be more implausible than ever.”
And I suspected she was right. Still, I had to try. The recipe?
1 story trope + 1 different reason. Sprinkle with twists and turns to the story. Stir in a few unique and fun characters. Bake for the length of the story.
Bam. Plausible implausibility.
And it worked. Somehow. I still don’t know how. I had an inkling it might when I received a book to review… and thought it was my story! Kidnapping someone for her own good? No way… She wouldn’t! But she did.
And Liz Johnnson’s The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn was an awesome story… And totally different from mine. WHEW!
Why would you ever break the law when law and protection of people is your passion—your mission in life? I explored the idea of legalities clashing with Biblical principles, and I still don’t know where I personally stand. I’m a rule-follower. It’s what I do. I can be a rebel at heart, but when it comes down to breaking a law, I find it difficult if not impossible.
But if not for people who choose Biblical principles over the letter of the law, we would have lost many, many more Jews under Adolf Hitler than we already did. I’m grateful for them. I truly am.
In Justified Means, I tried to show a man whose heart is sold out to the Lord, someone who values law and could have been a Secret Service Agent. I wanted to demonstrate why a Christian like Keith might choose a job that could mean breaking that law he so values. I tested him, and in testing him, I tested my own understanding of Scripture.
Here’s what I found. I looked at how people in the Bible handled things and how God reacted to them. Rahab lied about the spies and God did not condemn her for those lies. Samson killed a ton of Philistines. God did not condemn him for that. David did not kill Saul when it would have been self-defense (in the grand scheme of things) and God blessed that mercy.
Peter cut off Malchus’ ear. Jesus healed Malchus. Jesus did much that could appear to break the “letter of the law” but called the self-righteous Pharisees on their ignoring of the spirit of the law. Jesus was merciful to sinners and harsh with the self-righteous. Paul came down hard and soft both depending on the situation and how he perceived it.
My conclusion? I think the Lord gives extra fortitude to those who fight against injustices and who protect the innocent. And I really think He blesses those who do not violate their consciences. In a word, James 4:17 seems perfect here.
“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
One person’s “right thing” might be focused on the law. It’s illegal to kidnap someone. Another person’s right thing might be protection. It’s imperative to protect against and prevent murder. Neither person would say the other thing is wrong! But where your conscience prohibits, you can’t violate that. So… I’ll probably be doing a lot of boring law-abiding stuff—until the law violates God’s Word.
Then things are going to be uncomfortable for me. Just sayin’.
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