Thursday, January 26, 2017

Review: Made Safe by Francis Sparks

Made Safe
by Francis Sparks
Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Crime
Pandamoon Publishing

"Francis Sparks' MADE SAFE is a gripping, fast-paced and hard hitting thriller. Sparks' depiction of the gritty underbelly of the heartland will grab you by the throat and not let go. Hold on tight for a wild ride." Heather Gudenkauf ~ NYT bestselling author of The Weight of Silence

For Private Investigator, Moses Winter, the job just got more complicated. His adultery case has taken a violent turn landing the subject of his investigation, Fred Dunsmore, in the hospital and Moses in jail. Moses is held for questioning along with his erratic client, Sharon Dunsmore, and Fred’s mistress, a Bosnian refugee who just happens to be related to the DCI agent investigating the case, Raif Rakić.

After Rakić secures their release, Fred goes missing, and Moses Winter finds himself compelled to find him. With the assistance of Rakic, Moses unravels Fred's ties to Des Moines's underworld and is forced to confront the most heinous crimes of his career.


I thought I knew what Made Safe was going to be about, and then it did a total 180 on me (in a good way!). This was one of the few thrillers I have read that kept one step ahead of me the entire time I read it. As soon as I thought I knew what was going to happen, it took a surprise turn. I never thought of Iowa as a place of crime. 

I have never read about Bosnians before but Raif Rakić was one of my favorite characters that I have read. Raif was an alpha male but didn't have the snarky attitude. I found him really likable. I also enjoyed Moses Winter, he seemed like a very typical normal guy who got himself into a heap of strange situations. I never really stopped to think how refugees come over to America, and all that they have to encounter and adjust to. 

I give Made Safe 5 out of 5 stars, and recommend it to you, especially if you like a story that will keep you on the edge, and up for many hours. You can't put this one down! I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I received a copy of Made Safe from the author for my honest review. 


Francis Sparks grew up on a farm in Iowa where he spent his days avoiding bulls and other livestock as he created castles in the pasture with odds and ends from the machine shed and his imagination.

In middle school, he fell in love with reading when he discovered TSR/Wizard of the Coast’s treasure trove of fantasy novels and he began to dream of one day becoming a writer. Working as a librarian’s assistant in college, he stumbled upon The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and quickly devoured all of his novels and Francis’s love of the mystery/detective story was born.

In his early thirties, Francis began chasing his dream of becoming an author and began writing seriously. That dream came true when his debut novel Made Safe was signed by Pandamoon Publishing in late 2015. Francis Sparks currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his amazing wife, Kelly. If he’s not working on his next novel or short story, you can find him teaching his children about dragons.

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