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The Path to Freedom (Task Force 125) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Pietsch , Tina Gerow
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Book Description

Book 1 in the Task Force 125 Series
In the war on terror...sometimes the best weapon is a woman...
Sarah Stevens is a washed-up military cop whose life is a shambles until she is offered a position as an agent with the CIA.
The thirty-year-old, overweight, down-on-her-luck Stevens goes to a secret training camp where she is transformed into a sexy and deadly agent whose mission is to stop, by any means possible, the financiers of terrorism against the United States and its allies.
Sarah soon discovers that this is an exciting new life loaded with adventure, danger and undeniable temptations…


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About the Author

Lisa Pietsch is a USAF veteran, a multi-published novelist and freelance writer, a social media marketing consultant, the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of SAXtreme Magazine, an aspiring figure competitor and the mother of two boys. She has a passion for foreign languages, has traveled the world and looks forward to every adventure life promises. Lisa currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. You can follow her real-life adventures at www.LisaPietsch.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Lisa Pietsch (December 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006L0RRW2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genuinely impressive read April 23, 2009
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Sarah Stevens's life has completely fallen apart. Within hours she's booted from the military because of her failure to maintain an idle weight, discovers her boyfriend is cheating on her - with another man, and has no clue what she's going to do next. Sarah opts to follow up on a suggestion from her Commander and calls the number on a card he gave her for a boot camp specializing in weight loss. It's a weight loss program like she's never known before and turns out to be exactly what she needs to turn her life around.

Vince served for many years as a U.S. Marine before taking up a position as an agent for the CIA. He takes his duty and the wellbeing of his fellow agents very seriously and is very disheartened by the recent death of one of his operatives. There's no doubt that they need another female to replace the one they lost but finding another `swallow' for another Honey Pot mission is going to be a difficult task.

Sarah doesn't know very many details about the `fat camp' she's attending besides that it's free and could possibly help reestablish her self esteem - something she'd lost during her time in the military. Everything about the camp is extremely secretive but she thrives on the exercises and the sense of purpose she feels at just making it through each day. As long as she's successfully losing weight and abiding by the camp's rules she'll be allowed to stay but she questions why this program is free - there has to be some sort of catch, right?

As the pounds drop off and Sarah's self confidence grows she's moved up the steps of the weight loss program and discovers that there's far more to this program than she ever would have imagined.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read... July 19, 2009
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This book is about a young female officer who gains too much weight in military and then is discharged because of this issue. She then is lured into a government program that transforms her into a high profile spy that purges the wicked ways of some very high profile terrorists to obstruct plans that could lead to disastrous situations. She also falls in love in the process.

I love the fact that this book takes the reader into a world beyond what happens with people who live their lives as spies. I like that the adventures of the careful preparation of these spies and the line crossing into worlds of some very dangerous people to blend in with them and muzzle their efforts of corruption. These efforts range from being Religious to personal financial gain that leads to espionage. This book pricks your concern about where we would be if those on our side and what's being reported from our enemies here in our country.

There was not much I can say that I didn't like about this book except that I am not an avid love story reader and the love that develops between Sarah and Vince was nice. I am sure that in their situation it is hard to be devoid of feelings. I did wish that they could have entertained their feeling sooner, maybe it could have help them handle their predicament a lot better or maybe not!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Things I Learned... March 13, 2013
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Things I Learned Reading "The Path to Freedom"

1. The path to freedom is paved with hot people. We should all feel safe and secure because they are protecting our freedom by virtue of their hotness.

2. Losing extreme amounts of weight makes you hot. It also cures you of any and all self esteem issues you may have had prior to achieving your hotness.

3. Hot people want for nothing. They don't have to engage in the social niceties that non-hot people must endure. They don't have to wait in lines or pay their own way. The world owes them things because they grace the world with their sexiness.

4. Hot people can smoke cigarettes and drink copious amounts of tequila and still maintain their hotness. They are so lucky!

5. Sleeping with a terrorist can be fun if the terrorist is hot and you haven't been laid in a while.

6. Las Vegas loves hot people! If you're hot, you can call the front desk and ask for a dress to be delivered. They will sense your hotness over the phone and deliver a Versace dress!

7. Men will give you money as long as you let them orbit within the sphere of your hotness. Let's refer to that as your Hotmosphere.

8. No amount of money on earth could entice me to read the other installments in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Few Thrills June 7, 2013
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This is definitely a 'chick flick' in novel form. The main character, a strong female, is constantly lusting after someone on her anti-terror team. The team's mission doesn't start until we're 2/3 through the book. Oh, there is a momentary thrill before then, but the first 2/3 of the book is consumed by self-pity, personality change, then male bonding from a female perspective. Too many words are used discussing the trivia of life and too few are used for the adventures.

There are too many discrepancies. How can people who's lives depend on their level of fitness and stamina smoke like chimneys and drink (alcohol) like fish? The sex is glossed over while the violence is described in detail. Why do we as a society find excitement in a gun shot or knife stabbing yet cower from the sight of a butt or female breast?

I won't be looking for the other books in this series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book
I read this great book over the holiday weekend. Great story line. Loved every page of it. Best read I have had in a while.
Published 3 months ago by JeanTownsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, brilliant
What can I say about this book? It was so good I purchased all the others. Talk about one kick-ass female. Sarah is fantastic. And the boys in the team? Read more
Published 4 months ago by BevHarro
2.0 out of 5 stars This was no thriller
Unrealistic as a thriller/mystery. If you like to read about a girl who lusts after everyone of the male persuasion, this is the book for you. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jbsilverspring
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I was a little skeptical about reading this, but I easily fell in love and couldn't put it down. How Sarah goes from an overweight girl to a major hottie was so inspiring! Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. Frost
5.0 out of 5 stars Path to freedom
A riveting read about a woman who has lost her self-esteem, then turns her life around and becomes a covert anti-terrorist operative. I can say I read it at a sitting. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa Pietsch
I purchased all three books that were easily available and I'm glad. You get caught with the first book and then want to keep going to the end.
Published 17 months ago by E. Stolpman
5.0 out of 5 stars The path to freedom
I enjoyed the development of Sara as she grew from a troubled person to someone with lots of confidence. I am interested in her future escapades.
Published 18 months ago by Herb Gorder
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different heroine
The Path to Freedom (Task Force 125)
Sarah was a very different kind of heroine. You either loved her or hated her. Read more
Published 19 months ago by phoenix2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I got the first of this series as a free read and couldn't put it down. Hope there is more soon.
Published 20 months ago by BH
5.0 out of 5 stars The Path to Freedom ( Task Force 125)
Like the other books in this set of books The Path to Freedom will keep you reading until you get to the end.
Published 21 months ago by james
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More About the Author

Lisa Pietsch was born Lisa Thibault in Lewiston, Maine. Her father was a carpenter and her mother a homemaker. It was a modest, middle-class world for this 3rd generation American whose family still spoke a mish-mash of French and English at home. Her grandparents were the first of her family born in the U.S. while her Thibault and Gravel forefathers were counted among the early few French settlers in Quebec.

Lisa has enjoyed many adventures in her lifetime and is still racking up more. A significant amount of time in the United States Air Force yielded far more adventures than she'd ever imagined. Though the photo at right is in dress blues, Lisa preferred combat boots, BDUs and a bandana for headgear (see below). She was most happy carrying machine guns and heavy packs of ammunition. But that was a long time ago.

Lisa traded in her combat boots for wedded bliss and motherhood. Little did she know, "Wedded" and "Bliss" didn't always go together. The bliss part would come later though.

Escaping into an alternate future, Lisa wrote several novels based around the character Sarah Stevens. The were well received and her experience in promoting them gave her the confidence to seek a life of her own as a novelist and marketing consultant.

She achieved considerable success in bringing in results for her clients but wondered if she might prefer to write full time. Finally, circumstances allowed her to explore it and she discovered that her passion really was in marketing but would continue to write on the side.

With such a strong writing and marketing background, publishing was a natural next step. She partnered with John Knotts, a fellow veteran, on a local startup called SAXtreme. SAXtreme was a lifestyle magazine for San Antonio, Texas, that featured exercise, outdoor and healthy living choices for the greater San Antonio area. SAXtreme enjoyed strong growth and great success in its first six months. Unfortunately, with Knotts taking on a new corporate position, moving to a new home and marrying - as well as Lisa also moving to a new home and taking on more marketing clients, SAXtreme was set aside.

New adventures, new skills, and finally buying a home of her own helped Lisa to find a direction that was the perfect for her. She partnered with Alexander Perez and Mike Morales of Tequila Aficionado. They had the knowledge of tequila, tequila culture and its community and she brought her passion for fine tequilas and social media and digital marketing skills. Tequila Aficionado embarked on a new direction with Mike Morales as CEO and Lisa as COO. Tequila Aficionado Media found great success as it realized it's 15th year as a direct to consumer multimedia publication for agave spirits.

Then something else happened. Lisa and Mike discovered they were just as good together personally as they were professionally.

Lisa now enjoys her work as COO of Tequila Aficionado Media as well as a Digital Media Marketing Consultant. In her marketing work, Lisa creates websites, interlinks clients' social networks in a delightful web of efficiency, advises them on marketing strategies for their books and brands, and much more. She also writes extensively for Yahoo in the area of Author Marketing while unschooling her two amazing boys.

Her passion for foreign languages and fine tequilas and mezcals has launched her into a deeper study of the Spanish language which consists of binge-watching telenovelas at home whenever possible. This inevitably leads to inspiration for more fiction writing so don't expect to stop seeing her books at Amazon.com anytime soon she's still writing!

Lisa currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her darling companion Mike, sons Teddy & Markie, two cats, and a three-legged dog.

She expects her next adventure to involve an extended stay in Mexico very soon. (For research, of course!)

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