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While You Were Dead (Black Fire Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

CJ Snyder
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Book Description

WINNER: Readers' Crown contest for Best Romantic Suspense. To be qualified to earn the coveted prize, a book (published in 2011), must score higher than 8.0 on twenty questions provided to six randomly selected reader judges. This year's winners were the best of the best!

NEW FORMATTING!

Lies have consequences…

Twelve years ago, Max Crayton had no choices. Honor bound to hunt a traitor, the government declared him dead to the outside world. He completed his mission, but lost the only woman he ever loved and a child he never knew existed.

And so does breaking a woman’s heart…

Max was her life, her very heartbeat. After his death, alone and haunted by a dangerous past, Kat Jannsen made the ultimate sacrifice to keep their daughter safe.

When Kat discovers Max is alive her carefully constructed jigsaw puzzle life is torn to pieces. But an old enemy has been watching…waiting to strike. As the danger mounts, she has nowhere to turn but to Max. She can trust him with her life, but does she dare trust him with her heart?


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About the Author

CJ received her first Nancy Drew book for Christmas the year she turned six. Before the next Christmas, she’d finished every Nancy Drew book written. At 11, she discovered Daphne du Maurier and the die was stamped in titanium. At 13, she penned plays starring her friends and their favorite Tiger Beat magazine crushes, a 500 page (unfinished) blatantly graphic novel (blush!) and countless story starts and stops. Her parents (pastors) were thrilled when she settled into suspense salted with romance and left the all-sex-all-the-time behind. She’s won numerous awards, finalled in dozens of contests and before her husband passed away was very involved with Colorado Romance Writers, Kiss of Death Mystery Chapter and RWfA. She lost the love of her life to an aggressive prostate cancer and avidly supports cancer prevention research and men who take saw palmetto every day. When she’s not writing, she dotes on (and loves to embarrass) her eight wonderful grandchildren: Nick, Josiah, Joshua, Naomi, Nathaniel, Rebekah, Samuel, and Timothy. She lives in a four-generation household, which gives her much insight into familial relationships. She’s a member of We Are Scripsi, where she blogs with members of her awesome and amazing critique group.

Product Details

  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146812689X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PTW9WW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,943 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promising start to new series February 5, 2012
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The story weaves a very complex plot into a chilling and compelling multidimesional thriller. There are romantic elements, spy thriller elements, murder mystery elements and more - all tied together in a credible, yet fantastic tale. It's a real page turner - keeping the reader guessing the entire way. Lots of action, lots of tension and still the characters are developed solidly, drawing the reader into this fantastic story. This is the first book of a series and every indication is that it's going to be a great one. I'll definitely be picking up the next installment in the Black Fire series as soon as it appears. Great reading!
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Only so so May 16, 2012
By laverne
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I don't believe I read the same book as the other reviewers. The plot was completely unbelievable. This theme is very popular so I imagine authors without a clue will keep writing about undercover operations they know nothing about. The writing is only mediocre which could be blamed on the fact that my Kindle Fire was jamming words together and putting paragraphs in the wrong place. Hopefully this is a first book for this author as she/he seems to have promise.
For a couple of dollars more I could have purchased a book by one of my favorite authors. This book should have been on the $.99 shelf.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cover to cover non stop February 4, 2012
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Well, I stopped long enough to fix some food. Great story! The characters were well defined, the plot thickened and then twisted and then thickened again. The descriptions were just enough so you could picture everything, but not overbearing. Lizzie and Kat were perfect and Max was an amazing hero. The villain's were beyond the worst of bad guys. This would make a great movie! I'll be watching for more books by this author, I'm hooked :-}
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Proofread! Please! Words jammed together make reading difficult. I do not recommend this until it is edited thoroughly. Don't ruin digital publishing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable. April 11, 2012
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At the time of writing this review, this novel has 15 five star ratings. While I generally agree with what has been written by these reviewers, it is not the best I have read due to a few frustrations with the plot (see spoiler below), hence the 4 star rating.

I would still read the next instalment of the series.

SPOILERS:
1. Ice called for Viper's help: Viper came, but they never met to co-ordinate their searches.
2. When Ice was freeing Kat from the hostages, his quick acceptance of the presence of his former team mates/smisunderstanding of why they were there just did not ring true to me.
3. Even though soldiers are trained to follow orders, I have difficulty believing they would knowingly take a child hostage.
4. If the soldiers were so elite, how did Liz get to leave the compound and get so far away (yes, I know Kat created a diversion, but for it to actually work.....!)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Sleeping Here March 30, 2012
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Expect to be hooked almost immediately. This was a Kindle Freebie that I got because I found the title amusing. Inside is an outstanding story with great characters and an intriguing plot.

A man who works for a government organization dies, his girlfriend is pregnant, her mother is in jail for killing her father, the dead man's sister and husband adopt baby, dead man returns years later not knowing his sister's child is his. The sister becomes very ill, her adopted child is kidnapped and the girlfriend returns. And that is just the beginning.

While there is a bit more romance than I usually like, it doesn't interfere with the mystery/thriller. Paying no attention to previous reviewers, I began this book in the evening. Learn from my mistake. While reading this book, one more page becomes a mantra until the book is finished and it is very early in the morning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh... June 20, 2012
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Well, I do think the author has a poetic style, and while it took me a few pages to adjust to the "cadence," as it were, I did find myself getting sucked into the book. I'm giving it only 3 stars because, while I'm not usually the one to take a feminist stand point in books such as these, I was a bit frustrated with the female protagonist's lack of control and complete loss of self to a slightly womanizing, machismo-embodiment of a male protagonist (come on, what decent, self-respecting man uses "baby" that much and in that way?) It was a bit hard to swallow, but not a terrible book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nice, comfortable, get chilled, read May 24, 2012
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I would have loved to give this book, at least, another star, but I have one complaint and it is not against the author. For some reason, on my Kindle, the words ran together, as well as the chapters. There were a couple of times that I had to go back and re-read, because the way everything was typed badly.
Now as for the book, really enjoyed it, pretty good action, clean fun, although just a little predictable, but I highly enjoyed the characters, especially the daughter; she was sassy and funny. I can't wait to get the next book and further read about these interesting and inviting characters.
If you are looking for something with some good excitement, this is the book for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story really enjoyed
Published 18 days ago by Thesia Iaccio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I always like to find an enjoyable series that I can stay ...
Wow, I always like to find an enjoyable series that I can stay intrigued with. This book kept things moving along and did not have the normal predictable ending. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bret D Boysen
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This was a wonderful and fast paced book. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next. I do enjoy reading about snipers.
Published 13 months ago by Andria Zamora
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book in this genre.
Well developed characters, unusual for this genre. Violence used as required but not allowed to become the story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by M L Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book.
I really had a hard time putting this book down. All the twists and turns were exciting and I just needed to know what happened next. Read more
Published 13 months ago by J Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Ice & Kat Will keep you on your toes.
I've never been a big fan of love stories. Unrealistic expectations is usually how love stories go in books but in this thrilling book it's like a real relationship and you are... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lisa M. Jero
5.0 out of 5 stars good story loved it
Liked the story line and the charecters... one of my favorite books I've read this year.... 5 stars from me!!!
Published 18 months ago by samanthaangelica
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved this book. Could not put it down. ready to putyou on my favorite list. LOved loved loved it. thanks
Published 18 months ago by adsmith1967
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read!
What a great read! The characters were well-developed, likeable, intelligent and with some unexpected twists in the plot toward the end - everything you need for a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Robinread
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CJ received her first Nancy Drew book for Christmas the year she turned six. Before the next Christmas, she'd finished every Nancy Drew book written. At 11, she discovered Daphne du Maurier and the die was stamped in titanium. At 13, she penned plays starring her friends and their favorite Tiger Beat magazine crushes, a 500 page (unfinished) blatantly graphic novel (blush!) and countless story starts and stops. Her parents (pastors) were thrilled when she settled into suspense salted with romance and left the all-sex-all-the-time behind. She's won numerous awards, finalled in dozens of contests and before her husband passed away was very involved with Colorado Romance Writers, Kiss of Death Mystery Chapter and RWA. She lost the love of her life to an aggressive prostate cancer and avidly supports cancer prevention research and men who take saw palmetto every day. When she's not writing, she dotes on (and loves to embarrass) her eight wonderful grandchildren: Nick, Josiah, Joshua, Naomi, Nathaniel, Rebekah, Samuel, and Timothy. She lives in a four-generation household, which gives her much insight into familial relationships. She's a member of We Are Scripsi, where she blogs with members of her awesome and amazing critique group.

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