Friday, June 23, 2017

Interlinking serials by Dave and Diane Munson

from Lisa Lickel

The concept of interlinking serial stories is a really fun way to write books that interest multiple audiences. Dave and Diane Munson, formerly involved in the US Federal Service as an agent and prosecutor, have created fiction based in part on what they know of how agencies like NCIS work, thereby adding a layer of authenticity to their family friendly fiction. So far they have created two adult series around a female and a male federal agents, both with families, and the Truth Seeker series for Young Adult readers (and those who like to read them!) featuring the kids of the agents.


Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2012 by Micah House Media
ISBN 9780983559023

$4.99 eBook

$9.99 Print

I met Dave and Diane at a conference and bought one of their books--this one. Hard to believe it's been five years. The Munsons have a fun, exciting background which makes them uniquely qualified to write these linked series of stories about federal agents and their families. Night Flight is the first of a young adult series linked to the "family friendly" adult series.

Agent Bo Rider's teenaged children accidentally become involved in a federal case of counterfeit money and go to hide out with their mother's parents in Florida. Naturally they find more adventure with smuggling and a homeless child.

It's been a while since I've had teens around, so I asked my high school teaching husband about the typical teen behavior and learned the Munsons were right on target. Junior high and teen readers up to fifteen or sixteen will like these stories flavored with enough danger and adventure, and the typical teen actions like getting a driver's permit. A retired working dog named Blaze plays a prominent role, so pet people will love reading about him. Faith talk also interweaves the narrative.

The story is told from both kids, Glenna and Gregg's, viewpoints, so the reader travels right along with them as they visit the beach and scary neighbors, airport, and ride in boats. One scene is from the crook's perspective. The book is a nice length, not too short to feel as though you're missing something, but not epic fantasy length for readers who may not have the patience to sit through a longer read.

I also recommend visiting the Munson's website for more background information and a look at the  interlinking series of books.
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