BOOK REVIEW: ‘Into the Crossfire’: Jack Haliday Returns in Debut Entry in ‘First Force’, Cindy McDonald’s New Series

  • Reviewed by David M. Kinchen 
BOOK REVIEW: 'Into the Crossfire': Jack Haliday Returns in Debut Entry in 'First Force', Cindy McDonald's New Series
When last we saw former Navy SEAL and current Rosemount, PA police officer Jack Haliday he was undercover in the criminal Nomads biker gang in Cindy McDonald’s third entry in the “Unbridled” series, “Dangerous Deception.” My review:

    Jack was successful, in a way, breaking up the Nomads and wounding the biker gang chief, Charles “Gunner” Rodriquez, who managed to escape.  

Four years have passed and Jack discovers that the escape of Gunner is very bad news in Cindy McDonald’s first entry in a new series, “First Force” titled “Into the Crossfire” (Acorn Book Services, 364 pages, paperback, available on, $13.99, also available in Kindle at $2.99)

Jack is married to the lovely Laura and they have an irrepressible four year old daughter, Lillian, called “Lil” by one and all. They have a nice home in a good section of Rosemount.

 Everything is perfect, including their relationship with their mysterious next-door neighbor Walt Wabash, called “Unca Walt” by Lil.

 Since just about everything is a spoiler in this gut-wrenching book, I’ll  avoid giving away plot points. Everything is not as it seems, including Jack’s fellow officer on the Rosemount force, Alicia, who’s assigned to desk duty after injuring her back in a motorcycle accident. Walt is a friendly but mysterious man, marvelously fit for a man of fifty. Nobody knows what he does.

 When Gunner rebuilds the Nomads and moves back to the area, everything turns upside down for Jack’s family — and for Walt Wabash and his equally mysterious associates.

 This is a very explicit novel with graphic scenes of sex and violence, unfortunately the norm for many small cities like the fictional Rosemount. Drugs, violence and sex trafficking are dealt with frankly by McDonald, so if you’re overly sensitive, consider this a warning!


About the Author

For twenty-six years Cindy’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005. She often notes: Don’t ask me what happened, but suddenly I felt drawn to my computer to write about things that I have experienced with my husband’s Thoroughbreds and happenings at the racetrack—greatly exaggerated upon of course—I’ve never been murdered. Viola! Cindy’s first book series, Unbridled, was born—there are four books to that series thus far. Cindy is a huge fan of romantic suspense series’, and although she isn’t one to make New Year’s resolutions, on New Year’s Day 2013 she made a commitment to write one, Into the Crossfire is the first book for her new series, First Force. People are always asking Cindy: Do you miss dance? With a bitter sweet smile on her lips she tells them: Sometimes I do. I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books, and I love sharing them with you. Cindy resides on her forty-five acre Thoroughbred farm with her husband near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, book trailers, and excerpts for all of Cindy’s books please visit her website:


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