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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2000
That's right, you caught me reading a...gulp, dare I say it?...romantic mystery. First, let me say I originally purchased Henderson's novel for my wife. No, really. Second, I must tell you, this book is more mystery than romance. At least from this male's point of view. Oh, sure, Kate meets Dave, Kate falls in love with Dave, Kate and Dave face obstacles, and...well, I shouldn't tell you the end. But romance is in the air, no doubt.
A true mystery is also at work here. Dee Henderson lays out the groundwork of her story with spartan efficiency--sometimes lacking a definitive narrative style-and tosses in enough details to make you buy into it. She's done her research. The dialogue, in particular, flows naturally and breathes life and personality into these characters. Though the assortment of minor characters might be confusing to some, I assume Henderson was fleshing out the story for this and future books in the O'Malley series.
My wife, not an avid reader, finished the book a day before me. That's a good indication of "The Negotiator"s intrigue. The mystery is resolved, the roma--I mean, relationships come to satisfactory conclusions, and the lessons learned are Biblically sound and relevant.
I've since purchased Henderson's "Danger in the Shadows"--for my wife, of course. But if you read my review here later, don't say I didn't warn you.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2000
Kate O'Malley faces the insanities of the world on a daily bases. As Hostage Negotiator Kate is legendary, her courage, wit and talent in her field has brought her to the top.... but nothing has been able to cure age old wounds. Dave Richman, an FBI special agent has spent his life protecting people, his courage, wit...and belief in God has led him to the top. When these two meet it is under a dangerous and stressful situation, but nothing can disguise the instant attraction they feel for each other. But can Kate open her heart enough to believe? And can Dave love a woman who has shut God out of her life? Soon secrets and old time enemies threaten both parties and both Kate and Dave will learn that God certainly does work in mysterious ways. The Negotiator is a wonderful read. Dee Henderson spins a beautiful love story and a suspenseful thriller. Only moderately predictable, Ms.Henderson sometimes relies on the cliched to pull her out of a rough spot. Such predictability can be overlooked in the wake of strong characters and a moving story line. The "inspirational" aspect is just that, inspirational, never "preachy" or high handed, God is softly intertwined with the characters and emotional plots and subplots. Satisfying to the end The Negotiator will have a place on my library shelf.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2000
What is a family? For the O'Malleys it has nothing to do with blood, who as orphans decide to become a family. Each one has a unique talent that serves mankind but their loyalty is to the family. So when one hurts they all do, especially Kate when she learns her sister's secret. Dee Henderson running high on the triumphant success of DANGERS IN THE SHADOWS has returned with her promised THE NEGOTIATOR; delicious Dave's story.
FBI agent Dave Richman finds himself trapped in hostage situation, hidden from the captor but not the police negotiator. All becomes quite complex however, when the negotiator is a woman which terrifies Dave. Yet, Kate is like no other negotiator or woman he was seen before and quickly takes command of the captor with no help from him. What he can't understand is his sudden attraction to her and why that bothers him?
Kate O'Malley. as a police negotiator, had thought that she had seen it all. Of course who would have thought that a cocksure FBI agent would find himself a hidden element in this scenario. Now she has to keep her captor cool and the agent from doing anything stupid. But Dave is not stupid as he quickly realizes that Kate is one exceptional negotiator let alone woman. A woman he wants to get to know more, something that has always eluded him as he cared for his sister. Yet, as he later meets her family he senses that making time with Kate is going to be no easy task. But there are other even bigger hurdles to jump for both Kate and Dave.
Ms Henderson has crafted a vividly intense story of a young woman's search for answers to a child's strange past, accept without fear the love of a man she has come to cherish and how it is all possible when one accepts God's love. This story takes the reader on a incredibly plotted roller coaster ride full of suspense sure to keep the reader's heart in their throat as an especially evil element surfaces from Kate's past. THE NEGOTIATOR is the first of a number of planned O'Malley books; save keeper space because the men and woman of the O'Malley's are sure to learn what being wrapped in God's love means for each of them. Ms. Henderson's work has always been considered gourmet Inspirational Romance, but those who read other romance genre' need only to tantalize their palates with any of her wonderful offerings to learn what a truly gifted storyteller she is.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
If I could give 2.5 stars I would.

First, the pros. The book starts out very interestingly, good action, and incredibly, unlike other reviewers, I didn't think about how unrealistically perfect the o'malley family is. I simply liked the unique structure, and their commitment to each other. Its a "clean" book. It has a unique plot, and offers interesting views into police and airport work. It seemed to have everything for a great story, at first, but then it took a turn for the worse because of

the cons

Dave is a) a professional, highly-trained FBI agent. b) He is a strong and dedicated Christian. Given a and b, it seems highly implausible that he would invite a strange woman whom he is protecting (as part of his job) to live in his house. Not only that, at home and on the job, he is constantly touching her. Granted, in a brotherly plantonic fashion--but really, a top FBI man cotinually hugging, stroking hair, cheek, etc. someone on the job? Sitting on the couch hugging her? Where is his respect for her as a woman and as a fellow officer? His professionalism, though stated, is inevident. And this brings us to

Kate. At first a strong, intriguing, professional, described as enigmatic--someone with years and years work behind her--she changes to showing almost exclusively a weak, commonplace side, as though convieniently her expertise and professionalism, like Dave's disintegrates. Granted she is a dynamic character, and change would be expected. However, the change should be in tune with who she is in the beginning of the book. Yes, she's going through a tough time, but she should respond to it as the Kate we first meet. So one of the strongest cons is inconsistency in character development.

Also--would investiagors really permit family members of an officer to practically take over a branch of an investigation?

The book did keep my attention (I read 95/ in one afternoon), but at the end I felt like you do when you've had too much chocolate. Too much, to "sticky", wrong, somehow, somewhere. Its a pity. Especially because she seems to be laying groundwork for a story on each of them, which could be attractive, but I'm afraid the "something sticky, sweet, and wrong" would attain near fatal levels if read in close succession. Oh, one more thing--for writing style, think faintly Karen Kingsbury.

Give it a try...just don't expect it to be entirely plausible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2012
I almost gave this three stars, but I'm going with two because I don't think I'm going to finish it. I'm about 2/3 the way through this story, and the negotiation scene was great, the dialogue is cute, but the hero and heroine have been in each other's company for seemingly EVER and they haven't even freaking kissed yet. And the hero has decided he can't marry somebody unless they believe in God/Jesus. And he talks to God in italics, pretty regularly now. First time I've seen this in a book, and honestly I can't stomach it.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2001
Now I'm not normally into romance, whether it be in book or movie format. (At least that's what I tell myself and loudly proclaim to my friends). But with the Negotiator, Dee Henderson managed to grip me with the action side of the story early enough to take me beyond my prejudice. I'll have to get my sisters' reactions before issuing a final judgment, but for now I'll say it's got great appeal.
This is the first in a series on the O'Malley clan, a group of orphans that all adopted each other, changed their names, and became their own family of seven. Kate O'Malley is a top negotiator in hostage situations. During one such incident, she runs into FBI Special Agent Dave Richman. As they begin to come closer through many tough crises, Kate continues to struggle with her faith, ultimately leaning on Dave and her younger sister Jennifer.
I often struggle with those types of books where the woman is dependent on the man to "show her the way." Here, however, Dee Henderson has created a strong heroine, who (like my sisters) could whop any man who says otherwise. She's tough, yet knows where to go for help when it's called for. And the book is all the stronger for it.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2000
Get two copies, one to keep and re-read and one to share with friends! Have read it twice already and enjoyed it both times! Dee Henderson has the wonderful ability to combine friendship, family, caring and crisis in this can't put it down story. Find her web page and read her other stuff also - you won't be disappointed! I may need to start a support group for "fans waiting for the next Dee Henderson book"..........keep up the great work Dee!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
#1 HALL OF FAMEon February 17, 2000
The O'Malley family is a tight group bound by love for one another. They met as orphans and formed a unity so strong each one changed their surname to O'Malley. Kate was the one who was at the orphanage the longest, having been taken out of a bad environment when she was nine. She serves as a loving, surrogate mother to her brood even as she works as a hostage negotiator for the Chicago police force.

Kate does not readily trust people so her life turns complex when she meets FBI agent Dave Richman during a hostage situation and finds herself attracted to him. He reciprocates her feelings even though both know there is no hope for a relationship to form. He strongly believes in God while she rejects the thought of an omnipotent being. When someone blows up a plane killing two hundred people, the perpetrator links Kate to the vicious crime. Kate and Dave work closely together trying to uncover a nasty felon even as their attraction blossoms into love.

Dee Henderson has written a triumphant inspirational fiction tale that has wider appeal than just to genre fans that will cherish this superb novel. The O'Malley clan is a dynamic family who to the elation of readers will each have their own story told. Kate's exciting tale is a woman's search for faith and love that is so beautifully narrated that the audience will place this on the O'Malley keeper shelf.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
At first I thought the author was doing a fairly good job of developing the characters. However about 2/3 of the way through it I just got bored. The connection between hero and heroine seemed tenuous to me and I did not really care who had done it or why which is to say the plot development was lacking. The family connections did nto seem to hold water and got too melodramtaic. I also found the religious conversion overtones very distracting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
Story line was good for a crime novel, I just wasn't expecting the author to preach Christianity at me, and I found that I started skimming over parts of the story because I didn't want to read it.
Thanks, but no thanks.
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