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Book review: Ace Samson is back from the dead in ‘Sanctuary’

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"SANCTUARY," by Traci Hunter Abramson, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 302 pages (f)

Kristi Hartinger is still grieving the loss of her high school boyfriend who died more than a decade ago, and has still never found love. But all of that changes when she finds out Ace Samson never actually died.

Author Traci Hunter Abramson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, brings mystery, suspense and a little romance to the pages of her new novel "Sanctuary."

Traci Hunter Abramson is author of "Sanctuary."

Traci Hunter Abramson is author of “Sanctuary.”

Provided by Covenant Communications

Ace is actually a member of an organization called the Guardians, a secret organization that Ace claims is helping the world. But every member of that organization is technically listed as "dead," and is also in danger if people find out that they are actually alive. He gets sent to disrupt Kristi's simple life on an island in Maine to ask if she'll join the group as their newest recruit.

However, Kristi still thinks Ace is dead, and her life turns upside down as soon as he arrives at her door.

Not only this, but other people are trying to take the island that has been in her family for decades. The fight to keep her land, and have Ace back in her life, could turn deadly.

Abramson is excellent at engaging the reader from the first pages, using multiple storylines to weave together an engaging plot. The perspectives of both Kristi and Ace are told throughout the novel.

This is Abramson's 25th full-length novel. She actually worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, as stated in her biography at the end of the book, and her knowledge of this world comes through strongly throughout "Sanctuary."

"Sanctuary" does not contain any foul language, sex or sexual innuendo. However, it does contain some described violence including fighting and gunshot wounds.