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Defender (Berkley Sensation) Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 2009
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When I first read the excerpt I giggled. The nicknames seemed silly. Pulling a USO entertainer out of the water and falling for her? I dunno. We meet Jimmy 'hotwire' who is in the middle of searching for his friend/team member when he is distracted by orders to help keep the USO entertainers safe. One of those, is classical musician prodigy Chloe.
They suffer several attacks, Jimmy and his team continue the quest for the missing man, and of course Jimmy and Chloe feel growing attraction. The plot takes many twists and turns and I was impressed with how the author satisfied me while leaving the door open for me to enjoy the next book in this series.
The heroine is one of the best heroines I've read in a long time. She has some physical limitations (medical issues) but that does NOT make her weak, simpering, cowering behind her big tough military man, or lame. NO! This heroine kicks villain A$$ and doesn't apologize for living her life the way she wants. She doesn't cower in the corner and take orders - and I respected her and this talented writer all the more.
The ending is very satisfying, and I was so thrilled to see something that doesn't wrap it all up and spell out 'happily ever after' that insults the characters intelligence. Instead the author gives us a pleasing and happy end to the adventure without buckling to 'insta-marriage' and so many other plot clichés enjoyed by romance authors especially in suspense.
Agent Mike Nunez is in charge of finding Chuck Tanaka. During his mission he meets Anya Surac who is somehow involved in the disappearance of the service personnel. But how much involved is she?
This book started off really enthralling. The descriptions after Jimmy's crash landing were absolutely great! The romance between Jimmy and Chloe was interesting, especially after gaining more insight and background information on both main characters. However, their love story remained shallow and didn't offer anything beyond the typical developments of this genre.
Jimmy and Chloe's story had definitely the potential for something interesting. However, there were so many sub-characters involved that there was simply no space to take their story to a more interesting level. At several points I had the impression that this book served as introduction for books to follow. What a pity!
When the book opens, Mann hits us right between the eyes. As former military, that scene brought me to my knees. She is one of the few writers out there that does military right in her stories. It could be because she has great resources...lol! The detail in which she described each action in it, created a tangible tapestry of the kind of hell Gage went through. The emotions that scene evoked let me know that I was in for a roller coaster ride. Mann then followed it up with another high impact scene. It was very hard to put the book down. Let me just state now...Read more ›
Three years later, Jimmy, who escaped from the enemy, is escorting a boat filled with USO performers when the vessel explodes. Jimmy rescues several survivors including beautiful Chloe Nelson. She had joined the troupe to pay homage to the late soldier who donated a kidney that saved her life. As their respective hearts hotwire love, the pair finds themselves struggling to survive while on a dangerous mission.
This exciting first Darks Ops military thriller hooks the audience from the opening suspense laden scene and never loosens the tension until the end. The key to this taut story line is the lead couple whose attraction can light up the country, but keep their romantic inclinations in check as survival and mission come first. Fans who relish an exciting military thriller with a romantic subplot will want to fly with Jimmy and Chloe.
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Contrary to the impression the back of the book left me with, Chloe is hardly your stereotypical scantily-clad sequin-bedecked dancer (thankfully!). Read morePublished 17 months ago by H. Grove (errantdreams)
I found the story telling to be hard to follow. I think this is more the fault of the editor than the writer. Read morePublished 23 months ago by tcasa
I have been in a military type romantic suspense mood for a while now, and have several favorite authors ( Maya Banks, Kaylea Cross, Christy Reece, Cindy Gerard, Natasza Waters,... Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Sparkymom
I enjoy reading Catherine Mann books. All her books are well worth reading. Keeps you in suspense. Recommend her books and look forward to reading her future books.Published on May 31, 2014 by kmc
I borrowed this book from the library. Before I started buying Mann's books, I thought I would check one out for free.
I was not impressed. Read more
The military protocols, tech info on arms,toys and spy stuff is awesome in this story. Catherine Mann makes it very hard to stop reading. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Susan J. Ross
Main characters, pilot Jimmy Gage, & USO performer Chloe Nelson. She's on a boat that's blown up & he rescues her & becomes her bodyguard. Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by Linda Langford at Chatting About Cozies
I hate to give any author a bad review because I know how hard they work to get their manuscript published. For some reason, I could not get into this book at all. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by debbiejo