US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends, and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He and his team are experts at shielding others, but now the protectors are in the need of protection.
FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she's assigned. She's been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke's life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it's hard to know how to fight back when you don't know who the enemy is.
Luke has teamed up with Faith before, but he's not convinced she's up for the job and she's not convinced he's telling her everything he knows. As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to learn to trust each other and work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor.
Snort! I didn't know what to make of Faith at first. She's channeled her inner snark to near perfection. Sometimes it's funny (hence the snort laughter) but other times I was, "wait, whatttt? Did she just think/say....?!" Definitely a heroine with porcupine quills and walled up defenses. And definitely not of the all soft and fluffy variety. :-) Here's a glimpse into her mindset:
"...she had limited exposure to baby humans. Or little humans. Or pretty much any human who didn't have a fully formed prefrontal cortex. Although, come to think of it, she strongly suspected a few guys she'd dated in college had still been growing their brains..." (p 75)
Meanwhile Luke is definitely all brain...and brawn. Swoony hero material in fact. He's the suffer-in-silence, stoic, protective type. Drives Faith a little bit crazy because she can't always corral random wisps of attraction that keep surfacing the more she spends time with him. And they are clocking a lot of hours trying to chase down leads to stop a killer, all while being targets themselves. 'Cause somebody seems to be determined to wipe out Luke's entire unit.
I've never been a huge Secret Service devotee, but, until I read this book, I had a very narrow view of what exactly these agents do. Turns out there's a whole lot more to their job description than just protective detail so now my interest is piqued. And Blackburn has created a dynamic team with hints at intriguing back stories of future heroes and heroines to come. Super excited to read more of this series.
And...BONUS...insert high-pitched fan girl squealing...there are some fun nods to the author's Dive Team Investigations series!!!!!
An intense page-turner that kept me reading at a frenetic pace until I devoured the very last word.
Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
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