Angels and Imperfections


Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
402 Pages
Reviewed on 02/07/2015
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Author Biography

Daniel Roland Banks was born in Bakersfield, California and abandoned by his parents in Seattle, Washington. After living in the foster care system for some years, he was eventually adopted. He’s traveled internationally, lived in Idaho, Washington, California, Virginia, and now makes his home in Texas with his wife Lora. They have four grown children, of whom they are justifiably proud, not because they are such good parents, but because God is good.
At one (brief) point he was one of the 3% of fine visual artists who earn their entire income from sales of their art. He’s a writer, a painter and a sculptor.
In 2013, after 40+ years of searching, he found and got reacquainted with his long lost half-brother and a host of relatives from his mother’s side of the family.
Daniel can’t sing or dance, but he’d like to think he’s considered an engaging public speaker and an excellent judge of single malt Scotch.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite

Angels and Imperfections by Daniel Roland Banks is the story of Private Detective John Wesley Tucker whose life revolves around fighting evil. From his neighbour to the streets of a small town in East Texas, it seems Tucker’s mission will be never-ending. What starts out as a routine assignment takes Tucker into a world it is hard to admit might exist in such a quiet, small town. His missions can be likened to that of an angel, trying to save those who have gone astray or those who have suffered at the hands of evil. As Tucker tries to bring home the lost, he puts his own life in danger in his quest to conquer the evil that seems to be all around him.

There are unforeseen twists and turns and an unexpected viewpoint in this fast-paced thriller that will have any reader on the edge of their seat. The author, Daniel Roland Banks, has really excelled with a superbly written story that will equal any crime thriller writer. The first chapter grips the reader and I found myself unable to stop reading as the pace increased. Captivating from the start, the story unfolds and moves in peaks and troughs, lulling the reader into a false sense of security until another twist yanks them out of their seats and compels them to keep reading. A truly excellent piece of writing that I enjoyed immensely. As a keen thriller reader, I find this book is up there with the likes of James Patterson. Highly recommended and I look forward to the next book by this author.

Jack Magnus

Angels and Imperfections is a Christian private investigator mystery written by Daniel Roland Banks. John Wesley Tucker is a veteran who now works as a private investigator. He helps track down missing children or family members, investigates suspected fraudulent claims for insurance companies, and does freelance investigative work for corporations. Ted Simpson, the CEO of Simpson Oil and Gas, a major independent oil company, has requested that Tucker perform a thorough background check on himself. Tucker was recommended by Simpson’s personal assistant, Walter Farley. Simpson is considering a campaign to become the next Texas state governor, and Tucker is expected to find out anything that could be considered detrimental to his success. As Tucker explained to Simpson, his daily fee does not entitle a client to his whole attention, and Tucker’s got a missing little girl to find.

Daniel Roland Banks’ Christian mystery, Angels and Imperfections, is well-written and entertaining. The author makes the reader feel as though he were watching a private investigator at his real work. It’s not all drama, and Tucker doesn’t drive a splashy convertible like the private eyes on television, as he explains to Christine. I enjoyed following Tucker as he interviews clients, follows suspects and teams up with his friend, Tony, a police lieutenant to solve crimes. Tucker is a self-styled Shepherd, whose home is not of this earth, and he works to help bring others into his faith. While I may not agree with some of the views Tucker shares, I appreciated the fact that his approach to spreading the word was not overly aggressive, nor did it interfere with what was an enjoyable read. This story is fast-paced and contained some well-plotted investigative puzzles. John Wesley Tucker is an intriguing addition to the private investigator genre, and I’m hoping to see more of him. Angels and Imperfections is recommended reading for Christian mystery buffs.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

The field of private investigation is never certain. There are times when it’s exciting and everything has a happy ending but other times it can be boring, unimaginative and even dangerous. For John Tucker, the business is all of the above. Being able to find a little girl alive over a week after she’s been kidnapped is a wonderful outcome for her loving parents. But the danger of being targeted by a killer when you’re not sure who they are or why they want you dead is something else entirely. Tucker isn’t sure what’s happening in his world but, just as everything seems to be looking up, some things seem to be pointing to more danger than he ever expected. With the help of Christine, Gary and Detective Tony, it’s definitely going to be an interesting time in Angels and Imperfections by Daniel Roland Banks.

This book was interesting and kept me reading for a long time. I couldn’t stop reading and wanting to find out what would happen next. There’s a lot going on but you feel like you can really keep pace with the characters. Each of the characters is flawed and that makes them easy to relate to. As they continue to work through their problems and through the crazy events of life, they face challenges that draw you further into the story and make you eager to find out what’s going to happen to them even after the story is over. I would love to read some more about the exploits of P.I. John Tucker from Angels and Imperfections.

Trudi LoPreto

Angels and Imperfections by Daniel Roland Banks is a mystery/sleuth story with a variety of crimes taking place and an ever present discussion of God amongst the characters. John Wesley Tucker is the private investigator hero having to solve several different kinds of crime. He helps to bring home a young girl and takes her away from a very bad man, and then is responsible for hiding and keeping her and her family safe from her captor. John gets into all sorts of trouble when he takes on a case to check the background of a company bigwig who is hopeful of becoming a politician. He is followed, threatened, and depends on the help of his friend Tony, a police detective, to stay out of trouble. John, his friends and the people he saves have many uplifting conversations on the pros and cons of believing in God that add to the flow of the story.

Angels and Imperfections is a very well written book with a perfect balance of excitement, mystery, sleuthing, friendship, and twists and turns that kept me reading as often as I could. Daniel Roland Banks has a bright future ahead of him, knowing how to combine all of the ingredients for a bestselling book. Angels and Imperfections is well worth reading and will appeal to all types of readers. Daniel Roland Banks writes so that it does not matter what type of genre you enjoy because there is something here for everyone. This is a WINNER; don’t pass it up.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Angels and Imperfections by Daniel Roland Banks is a murder mystery story. John Wesley Tucker is a private detective who is hired to check out the background of a would-be politician. Unfortunately for Tucker, he finds he has bitten off a bit more than he can chew when he finds himself being stalked by something or someone that can only be described as evil. Tyler is not exactly a thriving metropolis but something just isn’t right. Then again, there isn’t much normal or ordinary about John Tucker either. He’s no ordinary man nor is he an ordinary detective. What, or who, is John Tucker and what does he find in Tyler, East Texas?

Angels and Imperfections by Daniel Roland Banks is an interesting story. It's told from the perspective of the main character, a character that has been well developed and is strong. The story is a mixture of intrigue and suspense with some violence thrown in for good measure and it’s a strong storyline. The opening chapter was an attention-grabber that set the tone for the rest of the book, one that is well worth a read for people who like this kind of story. I can see that Mr. Banks has spent some time constructing this book and writes a well-formed story. I can honestly say I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it. I wonder if Mr. Banks has any other novels out because I wouldn’t mind a look at anything else he has written.