The Silent Order by Melanie Dobson
November 2010 by Summerside Press
Paperback, 320 Pages
Rural America - 1928. After the murder of his partner, Detective Rollin Wells hides away in an Amish home near Sugarcreek, Ohio, to find out who in the police force is
collaborating with Cleveland’s notorious mob. While Rollin searches for answers to his partner’s death, he befriends an elusive young Amish woman named Katie and her young son. As Rollin learns about Katie’s past, he’s shocked at the secret Katie is hiding - a secret that has haunted Rollin for eight years. (cfba)
Could any two worlds be different…the Mafia and the Amish? In Silent Order worlds collide and the quiet folk of Sugarcreek will soon see the corrupt world visit their doorstep. Rollin a tough detective during the Prohibition Era is out to take down the Cardino family, a powerful mafia gang who makes and deals illegal alcohol. Katie lives a quiet life with her son Henry in Amish country, she’s hiding a past though and when Rollin turns up in a community barn shot, she winds up being the one to bring him back to health. With the gangsters still searching for Rollin and Katie terrified what Rollins presence will do for her future, the two live in a state of fear. Desperate to shield her son from the world and the past Katie will have to come to terms with her past, even if it means losing the man and the boy she loves.
Dobson certainly created likable characters and gave a very different feel to most Amish story’s out there. I must admit when I thought I had the mystery figured out because Katie really only could be one of two people, the author surprised me with the circumstances surrounding her. However even with the drama….I think Katie should have been honest with her “son” and all of the changing emotions and I’m not gonna tell you because this might change my life stuff had the tendency to turn the characters a bit wishy-washy.
Overall, I really enjoyed the suspense and drama this story offered, it reminded me of that 80’s movie Witness with Harrison Ford, well written and told with tension, mystery and romance.
The Silent Order is recommended to adult readers who love mystery's, the mob and Amish story's. Contains: Violence, murder, gangster activity, Amish, romance and suspense.
3.5/5- Amish Fiction-Gangsters
Thanks to Summerside Press via the CFBA for Review Copy
Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of The Black Cloister; Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana; and Together for Good.
Prior to launching Dobson Media Group in 1999, Melanie was the corporate publicity manager at Focus on the Family where she was responsible for the publicity of events, products, films, and TV specials. Melanie received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Liberty University and her master's degree in communication from Regent University. She has worked in the fields of publicity and journalism for fifteen years including two years as a publicist for The Family Channel. Melanie and her husband, Jon, met in Colorado Springs in 1997 and reside along with their two adopted daughters in the Pacific Northwest.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Silent Order, go HERE.