My usual review books and personal reading choices are marketed to either educators, parents, or both (and most often about autism), or novels of fiction written for a Christian audience. Fallen Lotus Petals is a novel for adults written for a general audience. This one's different in another way: I know the author. We worked for the same big-red-flash company when my husband and I lived in the Los Angeles area in the '90's. I recently discovered Jordon Papanier on facebook via another co-worker and am delighted to read that he's written and published a book (and did the artwork for the book cover, too) - impressive!
Fallen Lotus Petals, by Jordon Papanier, is a novel of crime and suspense, about FBI agent Tom Larson's personal and professional life, as he encounters drug and human trafficking, murder, domestic abuse, a cross country move, and the discovery of a new type of gun, made from plastic that isn't detected on scans coming into or leaving the country.
When I pick up a novel that I can't get into right away, I have a difficult time finishing it. If the plot and characters in the first chapter or two don't pull me in, I put the book down and don't pick it up again.
When I picked up "Fallen Lotus Petals", I read eight or nine chapters without stopping. Papanier hooked me from the beginning; I went to New York with FBI Agent Tom Larson, and then to Los Angeles with him. The storyline is engaging; Papanier's vivid descriptions take me to some places I've not been before, and some I have, and I can see them all in my mind. (I hadn't thought about Tony's Restaurant in years - what a fun memory. And I could see in my mind the spot where Tom was involved in a car accident. I haven't been to either place in years.)
In "Fallen Lotus Petals", Papanier writes about real-life events that members of our law enforcement encounter every day, including mental illness and murder, and including abuse of one human being by another. Papanier's main character, FBI Agent Tom Larson has a soft heart and a solid sense of right and wrong when it comes to tracking down criminals. Larson is is one of the good guys, protective of the weak, aggressive with the bad guys, a righter of wrongs, a man who is willing to risk his career and break the rules in a creative way in order to give girls imprisoned in human trafficking a chance to return home and start over. (That part of the story had me thinking about a ministry from one of our church organizations that's aim is to fight human trafficking.)
(I wish I were on the beach reading it, though.)
I enjoyed the story.
Jordon's a fantastic writer.
Here's a trailer about the book:
"Fallen Lotus Petals" is a novel for adults. It contains adult themes, a little bit of adult language (not much) and two brief but descriptive scenes of intimacy between the FBI agent and a woman he has just met. (There are a few misspellings and some misplaced quotation marks in the self-published book - Jordon, I'll proofread your next novel if you would like for me to--you *are* writing another one, I hope. And I think you should blog more. Your facebook updates either crack me up or send me pondering, and either way, I suspect you'd develop a big blog following if you blog more often.)
Fallen Lotus Petals is available from Amazon in either paperback or electronic format, ranging from $10 - $16 in price.
Disclosure: Jordon Papanier sent me a copy of his first book, Fallen Lotus Petals, to review. I am not financially compensated for my reviews and am not obligated to provide a positive review.