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Book 1 of 3 in the Damaged Series

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July 2012   "Damaged in Service" is currently undergoing revisions and will be re-released as a 2nd Edition soon.  --Barrett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Bedazzled Ink Publishing Company (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934452998
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934452998
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,813,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought this book was predictable and pretty boring.
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It's a great book and I look forward to what's next from Barrett.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Salem West on October 26, 2011
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Book: Damaged in Service
Author: Barrett
Publisher: Affinity E-Book Press

PTSD is a tawdry, insidious, undiscerning little bitch.

She doesn't care who you are or how finely tuned your sense of logic or emotional balance is. It doesn't matter to her if you've survived a war zone, walked away from a car crash, been physically or sexually assaulted, faced a devastating illness, said goodbye to a lover, friend, child, or parent, or even if you tried like Hell to keep someone else's business from going up in flames.

She's a trickster for sure. She knows how to find your secret backdoor, piggybacks her way into your internal control room, then resets all your psychological, rational, and coping dipswitches until up is down, right is wrong, and haywire is your new steady state.

You can't sleep, but you're exhausted. You're angry about things that have never bothered you before. Your heart races, your head throbs, your hands shake, and your left eye twitches wildly with any sudden noise. Parts of your body suddenly start hurting, and nothing makes it feel better. You isolate yourself from family and friends, and it takes all day to screw up the courage to dial a phone or write an email. Maybe even, you're afraid to drive over a patched pothole on your street, or you order your groceries over the Internet because the dairy section is too much commitment for any given Sunday. Some days are definitely better than others. Then again, some days are worse, much worse.

Yeah, she's a sadistic bitch - the stronger you are, the harder you fall. Just the way she likes it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Biblio Beth on January 30, 2012
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Damaged in Service is a wonderful debut by Barrett and the 1st of a series. The opening is gripping and keeps the reader turning pages to follow the action. Barrett brings the Southwest into the story and makes it another character. Zeke Cabot and Anne Reynolds are the main characters and ones that I can hardly wait to meet up with again. The second book in the series "Defying Gravity" is due to be released in March 2012 by Affinity ebooks, NZ, Ltd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By OC on November 16, 2011
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A gripping first novel by Barrett. A combination of romance and suspense with the romance getting top billing, Damaged in Service will keep the reader turning the pages as Zene and Anne wend their way toward one another.

The writing and psychological complexity in this novel is superior and though several threads were not resolved it might be best to think of this as the first installment of a lengthy multi-part novel. I'll be looking forward to book 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna on January 13, 2013
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I was fortunate to win Barrett's book "Damaged in Service" through a contest on Women and Words. I read the book in 2 nights, just couldn't put it down. I enjoyed learning and seeing the struggle Zeke had with PTSD and how it emerged at any given time. The characters were well developed making me turn the pages to find out more.. Her descriptions of New Mexico were magical making me want to explore the state more then just what I've seen via Route 40 going cross country. I love thrillers and I can't wait to see where this all goes, there are so many options....I'm invested, can't wait to see where she takes Zeke and Anne...Just don't make me wait too long. What a great piece of work for her first book..Ok what are you waiting for buy it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brenda on May 19, 2013
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I don't normally write reviews but I felt compelled to write one for this. Barrett did a terrific job with this book! From the time I started it I did not want to put it down. Her characters were very well defined, I feel like I know them personally. Put that with the fact the story is realistic and suspenseful, all while also being a blooming love relationship.

I have never been to New Mexico and now I want to go. As the plot is unraveling within this book, I was also feeling that I could see where it was taking place. Barrett did a great job describing the environment throughout the book. Which for me, is important. It helps put everything together when I feel like I know the characters and their surroundings. This book appealed to all my senses.

I will not give any of the book away - but I wanted to take the time to tell others how much I enjoyed this read and so cannot wait to read the second book (which I will be starting today). Thank you Barrett you rocked this one.....and many more to come I am sure!!!! The ending of this book is a perfect place to pick up another one!!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Telstar on July 31, 2011
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FBI Special Agent Zeke Cabot is suffering from PTSD. She had just finished a gruelling undercover job, had a car accident causing a head injury and was at the end of her rope. Enough really was enough and she set off for a much earned extended vacation to New Mexico. Unfortunately, Zeke isn't going to get the rest and relaxation she so badly needs.

When Zeke arrived in New Mexico she bumped into an intriguing blond nurse, Anne Reynolds, not once but twice. As fate would have it, there was a third time when Zeke and Anne met. This time while Anne was out riding her horse, she came across Zeke after she had been involved in a hiking accident and she found herself looking down the barrel of Zeke's gun. After Anne gets over the shock she arranges to take Zeke to the hospital and then home with her to look after her. The two women begin to get to know one another. Anne finds herself struggling with her feelings towards Zeke. She has not long been through a nasty divorce with a man and has never been attracted to a woman before, until now. What can be happening to her? Zeke is also struggling with her feelings towards Anne. Anne is straight and therefore unavailable, isn't she?

Meanwhile, on Zeke's job front, all is not well. There are questions unanswered from her previous assignment. Enquiries are being made about Zeke's whereabouts by persons unknown. She is called into the local FBI office, but can't shed any light as to who is trying to locate her or why she is being sought out.

Anne and Zeke continue to get to know each other better and to begin to pursue the possibilities of having a relationship. They go away for a romantic weekend in Taos and are attacked by two men and Zeke is assaulted.
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