2015 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Reader's Choice Award for Best First Fiction in Mystery/Thriller
2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in Fiction/Action
2015 eLit Gold Medal Winner in Popular Fiction & Silver Medal Winner in Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
When a simple home invasion turns out to be not so simple, Ron Granger must put aside his quiet rural life and return to the Central Intelligence Agency to take on international arms dealers.Aided by his brilliant wife, Valerie, and resourceful teen daughter, Leecy, Ron must quickly decide who to believe among the calculating opportunists, shrewd criminals, and power-hungry rival agencies racing to possess the technology that will change modern warfare forever. But when Leecy is kidnapped, Ron and Val must choose between the mission and a rescue.With time quickly running out, Ron only knows one thing: When you can't trust anyone else, trust your family.
Believe the Hype...
"In this fast-paced new thriller, Blood Line, international enemies want a lovable family with a heroic past, dead, right now! Their teenage daughter knows nothing of her parents work as professional spies, but quickly finds herself fleeing the comfort and safety of her world on an explosive flight for survival, with new dangers at every turn. She begins to learn the truth about her parents and joins them in discovering which among their international enemies wants them dead.
Blood Line is compelling, with accelerating pace, surprising twists and a spectacular ending—readers will be eager for the sequel, coming soon!"
- Alan Rinzler, Consulting Editor
"This debut thriller finds an entire family on the run from those who would sell bleeding-edge technology to the highest bidder. Ron and Valerie feel like true partners and parents, and Leecy is a believable teen (“…my life is on that phone!”).
Clever scenes also have Ron playing with his legend as a one-man Native American kill squad who only used a knife and a tomahawk. Valerie’s past as a Mossad assassin is more explicitly referenced; readers learn that she helped get Boris Yeltsin elected.
Davis sets a solid foundation for more adventures. Sharply written, starring characters readers will be happy to meet again."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Blood Line's psychology is exquisitely wrought, its action is elegantly played out against the backdrop of political and criminal forces, and its ultimate results are satisfyingly unpredictable.
Add a surprise conclusion that skillfully ends the saga while leaving the door open for future developments and the end result is a thriller that proves haunting and unique, recommended for even the most seasoned thriller genre reader."
-D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviews
"For a thrill-a-page read, I think you’d have to search far and wide to find a book that surpasses Blood Line by John J. Davis. I received a free review copy, and once I started reading, I was as hooked as a big mouth bass on a June bug lure. Davis writes in terse, action-packed prose, without a wasted word. Action scenes are credible, detailed, and awesome, and characters are described in full color and are fully formed. The dialogue is pithy and appropriate to the genre. Stand back Ludlum, you’ve got competition."
-Charles A. Ray, Amazon Reviewer & www.charlesaray.blogspot.com
"Blood Line is a snazzy novel that clearly has gone the right direction for publication and professional edge in its production, from sharp editing to a hot cover that evokes the same fast-and-furious yet sleek-and-brutal design of the hottest Tom Clancy or Andy McNab. With glowing reviews littering the cover, it’s hard to keep your hopes from rising, and from the first page the book hits you with a hard-hitting slice of action with a chilling eye for detail." 5 out of 5 Stars!
-James Grimsby for Self-Publishing Review
"Blood Line is a fantastic piece of fun that hits the ground running and leaves you waiting for the next installment, which is planned for the spring of 2015."
"John J. Davis has written a thriller that is special in many ways, but for me the one that stands out among all the superlatives is that it crosses many genres. It can be read by adults, YA, and teens alike and all will love this book.
By the end of chapter one, I knew I was in for one heck of a ride. What followed was a fast-paced, well-written espionage thriller. The past lives of Ron and Valerie—CIA and Mossad—are soon brought to light and we find that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Leecy’s cognitive skills are a true blend of both parents.
I don’t want to give the plot of “Blood Line” away because it’s that good. If you are a fan of spy novels, espionage, and or suspense thrillers, you will love this book. If you have a teen looking for a great new series to dig their teeth into, this is the one.
I highly recommend “Blood Line” and the Granger Spy Series for the entire family."
-JM LeDuc, author of “Sin,” published by Suspense Publishing, an imprint of Suspense Magazine
"Blood Line is a quiet little gem of genius. I love espionage novels and I have read a lot of them, but I can assure you that I have never read a novel where the world of espionage is so smoothly blended with ordinary American family life. The genius of John J. Davis is that both facets of Ron and Valerie's characters are believable; the spy and the parent. Just as importantly for the reader, this family is very, very likable."
-Ray Simmons for Reader’s Favorite