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Book review: Clair M. Poulson's 'Vengeance' chills, but also inspires

By Lauri L. Egan

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Sept. 17 2011 5:00 a.m. MDT

"VENGEANCE," by Clair M. Poulson, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 261 pages (f)

Clair M. Poulson has nearly 40 years of criminal background. He served first in law enforcement, working his last 19 years on the bench as a justice court judge in Utah. He is a well-known LDS author who takes his experiences and binds them with the creativity of a dynamic writer taking his readers on a roller-coaster of emotions. Poulson’s novel, "Vengeance," shows a well-crafted combination of suspense and insight.

In "Vengeance," Stone Lansing has just served 10 years in prison for murder. His 8-year-old daughter Aubree’s testimony put him there. As the story opens, Lansing has just been released and is out for revenge. Aubree’s mother’s well-intentioned plans to keep her daughter safe far away on a Mediterranean cruise go awry, and 18-year-old Aubree finds herself on the ship alone with her younger brother and sister. She must keep them safe as well.

A police lieutenant in the United States and the cruise ship’s security officer in the Mediterranean befriend Aubree and are determined to protect her. Both men are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and through their example, Aubree finds herself on her knees for the very first time. As she prays, she hopes God will hear her the way he seems to hear them.

Poulson creates twists throughout the book. The story is interesting as a criminal suspense novel, and, as usual, Poulson adds his own personal flair — his testimony.

From an LDS perspective, this is a fabulous story of how to share the gospel with others by just being authentic and living the gospel openly. Poulson shows that people around us need and want what we have to offer them, and, as in Aubree’s case, they don’t even know it. Aubree didn’t know she could pray.

Periodic typographical errors in the text are somewhat distracting, but the story itself is well worth the read for teenagers and adults alike.

For more works by Poulson, go to his website at clairmpoulson.com.

Lauri L. Egan is a motivational freelance writer/speaker from Mesa, Ariz., where she lives with her husband, Mark. They have 10 children, four grandchildren and many experiences between them. She blogs at lauriegan.blogspot.com.

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