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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good futuristic suspense, November 4, 2011
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This review is from: The Gauntlet Assassin (An Action Thriller) (Kindle Edition)
The year is 2023, gas is $8 a gallon, medical insurance is hard to come by, and unemployment is in the double digits. Not much has changed. For Lara Evans, a former police detective and now a paramedic in her home state of Oregon, it is time to leave for Washington, D.C. to compete in The Gauntlet, a set of physical and mental games that are grueling and difficult. The person who wins this competition takes home grant money and jobs are awarded to their state. Lara has trained for a couple of years and is in tip-top condition and wants to win.

Right before the day she leaves, she receives a call to go to a man's house where there is an injury. As she races there and gets out of her car, a man runs from the home, firing a gun at Lara. When Lara goes into the house, she finds a man on the floor with a gunshot wound to his upper arm. At the same time, there is another story line going on concerning a man named Paul Madsen, who has been asked by his boss to set up a personnel replacement database. The two stories will eventually become linked with an astounding conclusion.

Lara is very much a loner and avoids socializing, preferring her apartment and the gym and a quiet life outside of work. Paul Madsen is the same type of person, always alone except for his dog, but the difference is that Paul doesn't want to be alone. Paul isn't handsome, and in order to attract the attention of Camille, a beautiful woman with whom he works, he decides to have a nose job and other cosmetic surgery done. Where he gets the money is at the heart of much of the trouble in the story.

I very much enjoyed this book, and this is the first by L.J. Sellers I've read. I'm interested in reading the rest of her thrillers and mysteries. Recommended for mystery lovers and for readers who like thrillers.
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