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Product Details

  • Series: Dept. 6 Hired Guns (Book 1)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469230577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469230573
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,432,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an employee of Department 6, a private security company, Rachel Jessop knew there would be difficult and dangerous assignments; but as far as Rachel is concerned, working with fellow operative Nate Ferrentino should qualify for hazard pay. Unfortunately, the only way into Paradise, the former Arizona ghost town and current residence of the Church of the Covenant and its charismatic leader Ethan Wycliff, is if Rachel and Nate are married. Rachel knows Ethan has to be stopped. Not only did the cult almost kill a woman by stoning her for her sins, there also seems to be some connection between the church and the recent disappearance of a teen. Given their own tangled romantic past, working with Nate is bound to be challenging; but then again, no one ever said working for Department 6 would be easy. Novak expertly blends romantic thrills, suspenseful chills, and realistically complicated characters together in a white-knuckle read that is certain to keep readers riveted to the last page. --John Charles --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Novak has penned over 45 novels. A two-time Rita nominee, she's won The National Reader's Choice, The Bookseller's Best, The Bookbuyer's Best and many other awards. She runs an annual online auction for diabetes research every May at www.brendanovak.com. To date, she’s raised over $2 million. Brenda considers herself lucky to be a mother of five and married to the love of her life. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Brenda Novak Bio

It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.

"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.

Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children--three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research--an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. Brenda has raised over $1.6 million to date.

Customer Reviews

This book kept me entertained from beginning to end.
Darla Mcgranaghan
It was good though, because there was a ton of tension building between the two main characters which made you want to keep reading.
Kris
Overall, this book was unsatisfying, like eating too much artificial sweetener.
Lakeway Reader

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brianna (The Book Vixen) on January 22, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Why I Read this Book: I have been reading quite of few romantic suspense novels lately and what I found out is that I really enjoy reading this sub-genre. I am also fascinated with CSI and forensics. So when I came across this book, it caught my interest. Though, I was a bit concerned about the religious cult element and I had hoped it wouldn't be too overbearing. So much for wishful thinking.

What I Liked: The plot was well thought out. The religious cult that the author created was scarily surreal. We hear about cults like these in the news from time to time and this author nailed it right on the head.

The infiltration process was interesting, exciting and felt like a dangerous thrill ride. I was turning page after page, on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out how things were going to end. Once the action started happening, there was no putting this book down.

What I Didn't Like: White Heat was heavy on the religious cult, and I mean lay it on thick heavy! Yes, I know that was the plot of the story before going in but it was a bit overwhelming.

I love tension, especially between the two main characters, but the characters also need have to chemistry. The air was filled with thick tension between Nate and Rachel but I wasn't feeling the chemistry. And the love scenes between them left more to be desired. They were short and not too telling. I was hoping for steamy love scenes and unfortunately it was more fizzle than sizzle. The back story of the awkward feelings between Nate and Rachel wasn't convincing, especially on Rachel's part.

Overall Impression: White Heat was an okay read. It was a bit too long for my taste, especially with the lack of "heat" between the two main characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Antigone Walsh VINE VOICE on September 17, 2010
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Brenda Nowak is one of the best authors of romantic suspense. Known for writing trilogies, she can usually be relied on to produce a highly readable engrossing series. White Heat is the first in her series featuring a secretive security agency, Department Six. This novel has former Navy SEAL Nate paired with former cop and security newbie Rachel. They have been tapped to infiltrate a mysterious cult lead by the handsome and charasimatic sociopath Ethan. Ethan and his followers have made an Arizona ghost town their base and are suspected of nefarious doings including the attempted stoning of a woman and the disappearance of another. The catch is that the cult only accepts married couples leading Nate and Rachel to address their undeniable attraction for each other.

Unfortunately this book is more fizzle than sizzle. The first two thirds is painfully slow and filled with juvenile banter between Nate and Rachel. Rachel, it seems, had a one night stand with her supervisoer,Nate. He of course was more than willing to jump her bones but freaked when she blurted out that she loved him. It appears that he had a lover who attempted to suicide after he broke off with her and since then has been afraid of "love". That Rachel, a woman who is supposedly intelligent and familiar with the sexual politics in law enforecement, would bed down her superior based on some subliminal cues is ridiculous. That Nate, as a superviser would be so stupid to bed a subordinate in these litigious days is equally unbelievable. Factor in Rachel's own fanatacal religioius upbringing, and the situation becomes even sillier. It would have been far more believeable that neither one would jump into bed and instead battle those grwowing feelings while attempting to maintain professional decorum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 1, 2014
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I liked the book. Great author with an opened mind. Love all Novak books thus far!!! Can't wait to read the next heat book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Lytle on January 11, 2014
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As usual Brenda wrote another interesting novel. This one is the first of the "Heat" trilogy and I am looking forward to reading the next. I love Brenda's books and her writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Alexander on February 24, 2013
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I really enjoy Brenda Novak's writing. This story is full of danger and has a really rotten and deranged bad guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ppbp on January 23, 2011
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I like a good romance as good as anyone, even the pretend ones in romance novels with tension derived from unlikely circumstances and behavior. In this way, White Heat delivered what started out to be a promising storyline for the main characters, that also had an interesting look into cults and infiltrating these groups.

Then, things just got a little too dark and disturbing for me. The actions of the cult were criminal, vulgar, and just not what I wanted to be reading about while two characters are falling in love. Then, the main drama line of the story has the female love interest be accepted into the cult, go through some strange rituals, and be at a point where at any moment gang rape was imminent. The climax of the story has her bound, gagged, and drugged in a nightie while men line up to do her.

It was unbelievable that she would ever be in that situation, but it was even more unbelievable that once she was that she could be rescued as easily as she was.

The most disturbing moment however, was her having sex with her real love interest while they were hiding from the ones who would hurt her - they just couldn't help themselves.....please...
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