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Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite
The ‘big scoop’ on a multi-million dollar lottery winner is supposed to be a ‘ten seconds in the spotlight’ type of break for journalist Francine Vega, but the last words the winner speaks to her are fraught with tension and promise, just enough to make it a good story. His letter to her a short time later is enough to prompt an entire following desperate to destroy something that could mean millions of lives. But could the words of one small-town pastor really inflame an entire nation into starting a third world war? With the backing of some powerful men that may just be the case in Fava by John Hazen.
Francine, Jonas and Farad are all extremely interesting characters. They are the type of characters that not only do you feel you know, but you feel you want to know them better. I was drawn into this story from the start. Even though Francine is working a job she doesn’t necessarily like (at least she doesn’t like the stories she covers), she’s determined to make the most of it until she can get where she wants to be, which is inspiring. Of course, the fact that she’s thrown into a new story full of adventure, danger and plenty of mystery definitely keeps the reader intrigued and guessing. You never know who you can trust and who’s actually hiding in the background and sabotaging progress. Fava is a book that I couldn’t put down until it was done.