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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: OakTara (February 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602903069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602903067
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,344,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suzanne Hartmann is a homeschool mom of three and lives in the St. Louis area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition & Linguistics from Western Illinois University. On the editorial side, she is a contributing editor with Port Yonder Press and operates the Write This Way Critique Service. To relax, she enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and Bible study. PERIL: Fast Track Thriller Bk. #1 is her debut novel. She has also written a book on the craft of writing titled Write This Way.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By imladrisnine on November 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
For what it's worth, if I had the ability to give Peril 3 1/2 stars, I would...

Debut author, Suzanne Hartman, brings a little bit of romance, a little bit of suspense, a little bit NASCAR and a little bit of sci-fi to play in her new book, Peril. But what could be a tale unsure of what it wants to be, brings the different elements together in one cohesive piece. The author does very well at this as well as piecing together the scenes between the three different lives in the tale.

The best way to describe this tale though is to label it as a softer version of the American techno-thriller. The entire plot is dependent upon the technological (or sci-fi) aspect, yet the tale is mercifully never encumbered by over-explanation of the technology itself. And despite the importance of the technology, it is really only the frame that supports the character relationships.

The relationship between Lady Anne and NASCAR champion, Stuart Jackson proved to be the most interesting of the lot, and is the thing that kept me reading at times when I had other things that needed to be done. But turn the pages I did. Their last scene really does tie things up on a nice note, *spoiler alert* leaving lots of room for development in book two when it releases next year. It really is done very well and it is difficult not to like Stuart and feel for him just a bit (And let me say I hope things work out for the two of them by the end of the series... morbid, I admit).

There is an issue in this though, or rather, a potential one for some readers. I found myself wholly reading for the Stuart/LA relationship and little interested in the actual terrorist danger which is supposed to be the ticking time bomb of the tale. There just wasn't a lot of suspense in that aspect.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis H. Wheeler on November 17, 2011
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Joanne's husband is losing a battle with cancer. Joanne herself has recovered from paralysis, because of an adult-stem-cell treatment. She tries to trust God in the uncertainty.

Superwoman Lady Anne works as a secret service bodyguard. She has amazing strength but keeps her life private, showing up only once in a long while to special assignments. She saves the day for the king of a tiny Muslim country visiting America, not once but twice.

Stuart Jackson is a successful NASCAR champion who takes a shine to Lady Anne. But he can't find her.

Meanwhile, the Muslim extremists decide they want to kill Lady Anne too. But where is she?

I especially liked the unpredictability of this story and its believable characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MCUSH on November 17, 2011
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Not being a NASCAR follower, I was pleasently entertained by this novel. It was hard to put down. All of the character's details create an engaging and interesting reading experience. In the beginning, I thought it would be a typical fast-read novel, but as I read further, I realized that there were more layers to the character's lives and individual stories. It really covers so many interest areas such as NASCAR, special agent and security forces, and family life.

I would recommend it for teens through adults.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Fulcher VINE VOICE on February 10, 2012
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Peril combined two of my favorite things suspense and NASCAR and Ms. Hartmann did it in such a way that I was enthralled from the first page until the very last. But it wasn't just the suspense and the racing that hooked me on this book, it was the characters as well. I was drawn to Lady Anne and Stuart and the rest of the cast of characters.

Ms. Hartmann did great research on NASCAR and combined it with the story in a way to keep it as a sideline to the story and make it interesting. For those of you not into racing, don't worry, this story is for you as well. The racing is really a sideline. It's Stuart's career and factors into the story from time-to-time but is not the focus of the book. I loved it though and thought the author did a great job incorporating it into the story.
The characters were amazing. I really liked Lady Anne, Stuart, Joanne, Neil and the children. Each character had something to add to the story and each character was really well defined. I felt I got to know each one and I liked that. I loved the faith that Joanne and Neil shared. It was amazing to see. I won't give away too much because this really is a book you need to read for yourself, but the characters really shine in Peril and I hope to see more of them in the next book.

The plot was great as well. It kept the book moving. I loved how Ms. Hartmann let the reader learn something a little bit at a time. It was really great. There was suspense through the whole book and just when you thought you knew what was going to happen, something else would happen. The author definitely kept me guessing and that was great. The book held my interest the whole time I read it and I had a hard time putting it down.

Over all I found this to be a very entertaining book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Wagner on February 14, 2012
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Peril, by Suzanne Hartmann, is a fast-paced thriller, with terrorists trying to destroy King Ahmad because he is a Muslim who recently converted to the Christian faith. He's been in the U.S. twice and almost taken out twice by bombs. Despite the threats, King Ahmad, an avid NASCAR race follower, is determined to attend a NASCAR race when he returns to the U.S. Lady Anne has been appointed to escort the King to the race.

Lady Anne is one of the most top-secret operatives for the OJL, a secret agency of the American Government's covert intelligence organizations. She is the most likely agent because of her extra-sensory abilities. Her super-human power exerted to protect King Ahmad during the two bombings has the OJL agency trying to quash any mention of her abilities and identity to protect her and the agency.

Stewart Jackson is the reigning Cup Champion of NASCAR. Despite his wealth, fame and success, he is discontent and empty inside. His involvement in one of the bombings has ignited his attraction to Lady Anne because of her beauty and her sense of contentment, which eludes him. It's this attraction that stirs him to track her down to find her source of peace and contentment, but it also becomes detrimental to both parties.

I am not a NASCAR enthusiast, but I found the racetrack and racing information related by Suzanne to be intricate and interesting. She is thorough in her descriptions-obviously knowing her way around the racetrack. The action is thrilling and full of suspense as the threats have now included Lady Anne and Stuart. The security issues are handled expertly. Although Lady Anne's keen instincts are always on the alert for danger and attacks, another bombing does occur at the racetrack.
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