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Show No Mercy (Black Ops Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cindy Gerard
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The sexy heroes of Black Ops, Inc., a covert private security team, sizzle in New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard's electrifying new romantic suspense series.


Only two things can compel journalist Jenna McMillan back to Buenos Aires after terrorists held her captive there just months before: a rare interview with a shadowy billionaire and the memory of the dark and dangerous man who saved her....


Bad guys, bombs, and bullets are Gabriel Jones's way of life. But he'll never forget the brash redhead he rescued not so long ago...or the passionate kiss they shared before he sent her packing....


Now, forced together by a bombing at the National Congress, Jenna and Gabe confront the urgent longings that simmer between them. But this surprise meeting is no coincidence. A ruthless enemy stalks them with deadly precision. The question is...if they make it out alive, will Gabe turn his back on Jenna...again?

Editorial Reviews


"Cindy Gerard's roller-coaster ride of action and passion grabs you from page one." -- Karen Rose, USA Today bestselling author

About the Author

Cindy Gerard has won the RITA Award for Best Romantic Suspense novel. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Ops. Inc. series, the bestselling Bodyguards series, and more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She lives in the Midwest with her husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3370 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B003YCQ0S2
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (September 23, 2008)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0011UGM00
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series October 1, 2008
By Janet
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved Show No Mercy. Gerard just gets better with each book she writes. The characters in SNM had such great depth and Gerard really gave them excellent back stories to reveal their personalities and reasons for why they are who they are. Gabe was your great alpha, don't-want-to-love-again hero. But, he was so much more than just your typical alpha hero and wasn't just a cliche. Jenna was a tough, yet vulnerable, very likeable heroine and the two had great chemistry together.

What I especially liked was the balance of romance to suspense. It seems more and more romantic suspense books are leaning more to the suspense story and the romance is more of an afterthought or just a sub-plot. Some seem to think if there is the prerequisite sex scene or two that constitutes a romance. Not so, in my mind. Gerard knows how to write great romance and her suspense stories are taut and nail-biting. I can't wait to read the next in the series. The excerpt at the end of SNM was really a teaser - it didn't even reveal who the hero is in the story! But, it will surely be great whoever gets to be featured, as she laid out the groundwork for the next books well and she presented the characters well so that the reader will want to read more about them.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read! October 12, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book features two characters dealing with various emotional scars, who are forced to team up to combat not only external forces, but also their own inner demons.

Jenna is a hotshot, globe-trotting reporter who is struggling to come to terms with an event that left her questioning, on very fundamental levels, who is she and if she'll ever be able to reclaim her sense of self.

Gabriel is a man scarred both physically and emotionally. A true alpha male in every sense of the term, he is take charge and intensely focused and skilled in matters of combat. He is also dealing with a profound loss, and extreme guilt and anger that have left him closed off emotionally.

While less capable authors would take the aforementioned factors and use them to create a novel that is little more than unrelieved melancholy and characters who are (voluntarily or otherwise) self-centered, Gerard allows her characters to be very real, in terms of being simultaneously flawed and honorable, grief-stricken and truly funny and snarky.

As Jenna and Gabe grow closer (whether they like it or not), their romance does not in any way take away from the action and danger, and the almost palpable suspense, and the reverse holds true, as well. What the reader is left with, then, is a novel that is equal parts action and romance, which is a rarity this day and age, as all too often authors allow one aspect or the other to languish undeveloped or virtually ignored while the other receives most of the attention.

Fortunately, Cindy Gerard has proven that she is adept at handling everything from explosions and gunfights, to passionate love scenes and intensely emotional conversations. This is a very well-written book that is a truly great kickoff to what promises to be a fantastic new series.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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MERCY ME! - Make way on your keeper shelves for the next great romantic adventure series, Black Ops, Inc. by Cindy Gerard coming October 2008 for Pocket Star Books starting with Book #1, SHOW NO MERCY which is sheer reading pleasure from first page to last! In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Gabriel Jones and a team from Black Ops, Inc. have been hired to protect unpopular American business mogul Emilio Maxim, on his visit to the National Congress building. However, they're really watching Maxim for his connection to Rashman Hudin, who is a primary suspect in an international plot to wreak havoc between Western democracies and Jihadists and tied into their former MC6 op of destroying a Nazi mind control compound in Argentina. BOI is a special team of former Special Ops military men, who are now all mercenaries working privately with a lot less regulations than when they were on Uncle Sam's payroll. Gabriel is waiting on the street for Maxim disguised as a drunken peasant in a dirty poncho and scuffed boots which conceals his weapon of choice, a lethal Butterfly blade that he never leaves home without. However, instead of Maxim, Gabe is shocked to see the beautiful, redheaded, mouthy American journalist, Jenna McMillan he thought he said good-bye to for good after the MC6 mission 9 months ago. Jenna is again on assignment in Argentina for Newsday to interview, Maxim and to prove to herself she has the guts to go back into a dangerous situation for a story and because there's a certain mercenary she can't seem to forget. When Maxim finally arrives the mission is a total disaster! There's not only a car that arrives with a masked gunman firing an AK-47 but another car that drives right up onto the sidewalk obviously triggered with a bomb! Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would be 5 Stars but NOT THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES!! November 9, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
OK, to be fair, I really, really enjoyed most of this book. Probably still wouldn't give it 5 stars...not enough romance for me...but I would have given it a solid 4 1/2 for the suspense.

What stops me and drops it down to a 4 star is that I was so confused upon starting this book as it didn't appear to be a new series...I was told it was book ONE in the series...when really it just apparently picks up where the bodyguards series left off (which I have not yet read...). This really bothers me as I probably will not go back and read the other ones because I hate reading out of order...I mean I now know what happens to the couple & the bad guys!!

Therefore, yes I definitely recommend it but you should read the bodyguards series first...or at least the last book in that series I might make things easier that I had them!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Alpha Gabriel has met his match
gave me chills and tears when I read this book, it actually was such a lifelike story to me that as soon as I ended the book I sat at my computer and sent her an email for the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kelley G
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Black Ops Series is a great series about love of team, country, family and their complicated relationships.
Published 1 month ago by lindaq6025
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read. Held my attention from the start. This author is usually a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Francine
1.0 out of 5 stars BUMMER!
this is the worst thriller-romantic suspense book I've ever read, the mriting is childish with "fast as a guided missile" typical, the plot is overly predictable and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MacGeezer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This was my first book by this author, and I have already bought the second book in this series. Jenna was super brave and spunky and persistent. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sparkymom
2.0 out of 5 stars Was a bit disappointed...
First time I read this author. Do not believe I will read her again.. but I cannot swear that I will not.
Published 14 months ago by amygrossman
4.0 out of 5 stars ... went looking for a military romance novel as I loved the Maya...
I purposely went looking for a military romance novel as I loved the Maya Banks KGI series so much. Who knew there was a whole genre for this?! Read more
Published 14 months ago by mrs_goatman
5.0 out of 5 stars Black-Ops, Inc.
You can NEVER go wrong with a Cindy Gerard novel!!! Her romantic suspense stories are action packed and have hot romance!! This is book 1, Black Ops, Inc. (BOI). Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda Langford
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Cindy
I wanted to start reading Cindy Gerard's Black Ops Inc, so I found them cheap enough in used books on Amazon, or I would have bought them as an ebook. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pamela McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a thriller-romance and common sense. What a concept!
Show no Mercy has equal parts suspense and romance and Cindy Gerard has done what so many authors have failed to do...create a Heroine that is not too stupid to live. Read more
Published 16 months ago by AJ
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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Cindy Gerard has forty plus titles in print. In addition to 7 RITA nominations and 2 Rita wins, Cindy has numerous RT nominations and various awards to her credit. Each book of her single title romantic suspense series, Black Ops Inc, has appeared on the New York Times Bestseller top 20 list. Cindy writes sexy, heart-pounding romantic suspense and has had her work twice featured in COSMOPOLITAN Magazine as Red Hot Reads.

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