Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5 
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
Blood Line by John J. Davis opens with a heart-pounding scene. Ron, Val and daughter Leecy are abruptly jerked from sleep by a home invasion. Vivid descriptions of the action invite the reader’s anxiety level to rise along with the lead characters in this narrative. After one would be abductor is killed in the scuffle, Ron and Valerie are left to wonder if this event is random or connected to their past lives.
When morning comes, they traipse to the local police station to find federal cops involved. Accidentally Leecy overhears a conversation that sends the family scurrying to escape something from the past. Although Leecy is a teenager, she has been shielded from her parents history. As the family is on the run, those back-stories are revealed to Leecy and to the reader.
The book is gripping from start to finish. The protagonists are bright, clever, creative and all very likeable. It is fun to watch Leecy reveal that she also has the family talents and is ready and able to put them to good use.  The tale is one of espionage and counter espionage all taking place right here in the South. Blood Line is an enjoyable gripping read down to the very last words.
The book is well conceived and crafted. There are no particular errors of spelling or punctuation to distract. I would have enjoyed knowing a bit more about the author than is revealed in meager lines included.  The book should have broad appeal.  I will watch for others in the series.  I want to meet up with Ron, Val and Leecy again.
-Judge, 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards