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Untraceable (Nature of Grace Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S. R. Johannes
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Book Description

A critically-acclaimed teen thriller series!

"A Modern Day Katniss..." Reel Life with Janearticle.

Award-winning books and young adult author! Untraceable and Uncontrollable have been teen best sellers, making many of the top young adult best seller lists including: Best Debut, Movers and Shakers, Top 100 in Thrillers, and the Top 100 in Teen Action Adventure books.

Nature girl, Grace, has lived in the Smoky Mountains all her life, patrolling the wilderness with her father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and survival.

When her forest ranger father goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.

One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating English accent and a deep-seeded secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to find her missing father. She must use her survival instincts to survive, find her father, and - hopefully - return home.

Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever her new teen romance, her family relationships, and the lives of many that live in her small town. She finds herself questioning who to trust, even questioning those closest to her.

Soon, she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

Kirkus Reviews called this teen book "a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance." While Reader's Favorite loved the action adventure mixed with "a message of wildlife conservation".

This teen series for girls has it all: teen romance, action adventure, and mystery all backdropped by the Smoky Mountains. The twists and turns will create mystery and suspense that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Editorial Reviews


"This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance.  The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page."
Kirkus Review

"Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn't need a boy to save her. With wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page--and still begging for more!" - Kimberly Derting (author of the popular Body Finder series)  

Johannes has done a marvelous job of creating a suspense-filled mystery with surprises that keep you guessing all the way to the end. Untraceable is a thoroughly engrossing and riveting page-turner."- IndieReader

"This story is action-packed and very funny in some parts. There is even a bit of young romance...There is a strong message of wildlife conservation, so it is somewhat educational in that aspect." Reviewed by Molly Burkemper for "Readers Favorite"

2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Quarterfinalist (under the original title of Grace Under Fire) - Judges Reviews:

"This story starts out with a reads like the young woman were narrating it to a friend, and had the ring of a young person's style and intensity. Original in premise and style, and good use of background...Good story!" - Sue Grafton, author of bestselling Kinsey Milhone series

"This murder mystery .. moves along at a brisk clip, and it feels as if we already have some important clues. We look forward to seeing what's in the case file and what Grace and her motorbike, Luci, will be up to next." - Sue Monk Kidd, author of Secret Life of Bees

From the Author

Dear Reader:

This book has been a long time coming.
When I started it a couple years back, I had no idea if this teen thriller would ever see the light of day. After many ups and downs in publishing, it came down to just me. I believed in this book when no one else did.
The idea for Untraceable first came to me one day when my hubby came back from a camping trip. He said (in a British accent!), "I was so far out in the wilderness that crazy people could do anything and easily get away with it." 
At the time, I noted it but put the comment away.  It was the seed that got planted in my imagination, only to bloom later. 
A year later, I visited Cherokee, North Carolina with my family. Amidst the beauty and peaceful setting of the Smoky Mountains, I came across something that deeply disturbed me. Something I could not fathom or understand. Something that I never expected to still exist in today's world.
That gave me an idea and passion for this book. It inspired me to create a suspenseful thriller that still holds a splash of romance, while addressing some concerns I have with how some choose to treat nature and animals. Even today.
I created Grace because I felt I wasn't seeing someone like her in today's books. I love all of the paranormal and dystopic books out there, but I noticed a trend.  There were tons of strong, bada$$ girls - but they were always placed in imaginary words with special magical powers that made them strong.
I set out to create a character who is strong, yet feminine and funny. Someone who is independent in today's world. Our world. A girl who could take care of herself in real life and whose life does NOT revolve around mean boys or bad hair days. Grace's life revolves around something more. Something deep that she cares for. Because I think we don't give these real girls enough air time or enough credit in our books. 
is my way of making a small difference while somehow, just maybe, shedding a ray of light on a very dark spot in this world. Don't get me wrong, this book is fun, thrilling, and mysterious - oh yeah - and there are also two hot boys and some great kissing. :) But underneath all of that is a hint of something horrible replaced with a small thread of hope.

Finally, I have a favor. As you know it is very hard to stand out and get reviews. The reader now has the power to help a book stand out! I would really appreciate hearing from you and seeing your reviews - whether you loved it or hated it! :)

I hope you like it and I would love to hear from you anytime! You can email me at or visit me online at

Thank you for spending your time reading Untraceable! It means a lot to me because I know there are a million or more books you could have chosen!


Product Details

  • File Size: 1827 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Coleman and Stott (January 10, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069Z9A74
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,939 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read. November 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Untraceable starts off with Grace looking for clues about her father after everyone else gave up. She refuses to believe she will never see him again and to the annoyance of the town sheriff she is keeping the investigation alive.

I have to admit, it is not very often I read a book that isn't fantasy or paranormal. Most stories that don't have some sort of supernatural entity do not interest me. This book definitely is the exception and I really enjoyed it. Grace is brave in ways I could only dream of being. She's a gutsy person and an extremely likable character. While out in the woods looking for clues she meets super cute Mo. It wasn't long before I was wanting to see a relationship between them unfold.

The descriptions given to us makes Grace's world very easy to picture. It made me want to grab a fishing pole (to bad I don't actually fish) and run out into the wilderness and enjoy all it's glory. The story is fast paced and the way it all tied together in the end was a whirl wind ride I never saw coming.

Shelli is a terrific writer. What makes me like the story so much is that it made me feel real emotions. I really cared about Grace and those surrounding her.

Untraceable is a wilderness thriller in every sense and I recommend you read this book.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Letters Inside Out November 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I had been eyeing Untraceable for awhile. Look at the cover, it's lovely in a subtle sort of way. When the author emailed me about reviewing it, I immediately jumped on the chance and managed to fit it in right away.

Grace's father has been missing for other 3 months and she's convinced he's still alive, despite everyone around her saying he isn't. She knows that he knows the mountains so well that something is obviously wrong. To the point of obsession and at the risk of alienating everyone around her, she keeps looking for him.

Grace is such a strong-willed character, I hope to think that in the same situations I would be as determined to believe that my loved one was still alive out there somewhere. And then there is Mo - hot with an English/Australian accent. YUM. There is a bit of mystery surrounding him and that adds to make it even more fun.

The entire premise had me fascinated, but horrified. As more and more is discovered though about just what is happening in the Smokies, I found myself gasping during the intense scenes. And there are some pretty intense scenes. Untraceable covers some issues that I am planning on looking into further as an animal lover and I'm sure it'll stick with me for a long time to come.

I need the second book immediately. The ending has a bit of a cliffhanger that has me really curious to see where Johannes takes the series.

I received the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Untracable is Amazing! November 22, 2011
By LeeLee
Format:Kindle Edition
Sixteen year old Grace is the daughter of a local wild life officer who taught her all the survival skills she would ever need, despite her tendency to trip over branches. What her father hadn't bargained for was how badly she would need those skills once he went missing.

Grace isn't the kind of girl to give up easily. Even when he is officially presumed dead, and everyone including the local sheriff, her mother and the town shrink, are telling her to move on with her life, something tells Grace that they're wrong.

The only person who will help her is Wyn, her childhood friend and recent ex-boyfriend. He's not exactly at home in the woods and so his support is of the moral kind.

Then there's Mo, the mysterious boy who rescues Grace from a dangerous encounter in the woods. He likes her and willingly helps her look for her father and track down bear poachers. But who is he, really? Can he be trusted?

Untraceable starts off with a comfortable pace, drawing us into the life of the town and the characters within, building tension with every chapter. And don't think you will be able to stop reading at the end of one. SR is the queen of chapter cliff hangers!

And oh, the ending! You'll have to read it to decide what you think.

I highly recommend Untraceable giving it a strong 4.5 stars out of 5. This is a book that has stayed with me long after I finished reading it, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow - who knew?? September 10, 2012
By Vicki L
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I'm starting to realize that some of the better books are in the YA category - more plot, less reliance on romance and sex! What a refreshing approach.
This book kept me guessing almost the whole time. I appreciated the fact that the "good guys" have flaws. Grace isn't perfect, but she is strong. Her relationship with her mother rings true, and so does her unwillingness to accept the fact of her father's death.
The author certainly did a lot of research to make this a good read. I am eagerly anticipating the next installment!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story with a few strange errors September 10, 2012
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Grace is a great character and I enjoyed her story. However, in five decades of riding motorcycles I've never found one with a gas pedal. I haven't seen a kick start bike in almost that long either, although some do exist. Bullets, or rounds (cartridge case, bullet, powder and primer) only come apart by extracting the bullet from the case-never saw one with a split down the side. Shotgun shells use a wad to push the shot balls down the barrel-not loose with the powder. Dum-dums, as I recall-never actually used one-are rounds with a couple of splits started in the end of a lead bullet. This to cause it to break up and cause more damage when it hits its target.

In spite of these jarring errors, I enjoyed the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grace is an amazing girl. Even when all evidence points to her ...
Grace is an amazing girl. Even when all evidence points to her father being dead, she trusts her guy and refuses to give up her search. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jacqueline Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Must a read book! just amazing!
It's was an amazing experience reading this book of SR Johannes! I could literally imagine Smoky mountains is north Carolina in front of my eyes because the author has described it... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sahana
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing
Totally dug this book. It was intriguing and kept me guessing. I loved the mystery. Most books are so predictable, but this one kept me wondering and changing my accusations. Read more
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Amazing loved the book! An amazing write! Keeps you captivated throughout the whole book and couldn't ask for a better book to keep me reading the whole day! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Rhonda Welch
4.0 out of 5 stars A touching, well-written story
Disclosure - I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Grace puzzled me from the start, and despite reading that the author wanted to create... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Briony Lewis
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This is an amazingly well written book! Its been a long time since I've read something that kept me on the edge and i couldnt put it down until it was finished! Read more
Published 12 days ago by robin babbie
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I was given an electronic copy of Untraceable through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. The first thing that I noticed about the book is the cover art, which is both... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Lupine Smile
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready to buy the next two in this series!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great pacing, action, and believable characters. Bravo! I will buy the next two in this series, for sure!
Published 18 days ago by Madhatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Action and Suspense
Grace's father, a wildlife enforcement officer has been missing for three months. He seems to have vanished without a trace near a river. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kathryn svendsen
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Read
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S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling Nature of Grace thriller series (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable). She is a winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award in YA, an IPPY a Silver Medalist for YA Fiction, a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review's Best Young Adult Fiction, and a Finalist in US Book News Best YA Book.

Since leaving Corporate America, she has followed her passion for writing and conservation by working with The Dolphin Project, the Atlanta Zoo, other animal rescue organizations, and by weaving conservation themes into her books.

Currently, she lives in Atlanta, GA with her two Doodles, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

If you post an honest review of one of her books on Amazon and email her a link at, she will send you a free ebook! :)

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