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Texas Ranger Wade Hamilton has been reduced to desk work, and when one case comes up, he asks his partner Slate Thompson at Company B to do the leg work for him, so Wade doesn’t land himself in hot water. Vivian Watt’s brother is due to stand trial in a week for a murder Vivian is sure he didn’t commit, and Wade’s intuition tells him that something doesn’t compute in the case; he sent Slate to ask Vivian literally one question. Vivian has done everything for her brother Victor in the past eleven months, she has nothing left, but one last chance at getting her brother acquitted. Vivian’s answer to the question is precisely what Wade needed, so Slate needs to do what it takes to prove Victor’s innocence, and he will. As for the rest, read the blurb, read my review, but most of all read RANGER DEFENDER because it is one of the most outstanding suspense novels I have read in a long time, and I read a lot of them.
I have been a fan of Angi Morgan’s for a long time, and RANGER DEFENDER is the best book she has ever written. Stylistically, my review will leave much to be desired because there is one word and all its variations that will come up way too often: perfect. Because RANGER DEFENDER is just that: perfect from the first page to the last; for the extremely tightly written plot; and for a romance that is flawlessly woven into one of the most exciting suspense stories I have read since The Bourne Identity or Silence of the Lambs. Told in the third person, we also get to experience the point of view of the killer, a psychopath with debilitating OCD, which the author has obviously extensively researched, because it is impeccable. The pace is lightning-quick and never lets off for one minute, and I wish I could have “absorbed” RANGER DEFENDER, because reading as quickly as I could wasn’t nearly fast enough.
Slate is so cool! He is friendly, open, level-headed, and irresistibly naturally charming; he is also dedicated to justice. Vivian is a fabulous heroine; an army veteran – who doesn’t suffer from PTSD for once; she is rational, and even though she can take care of herself, she does what is best for her brother, even if doesn’t always please her. They make a fantastic team and an even better couple; and yes, the romance is entirely believable because nothing goes either too quickly or too slowly. The dialogue is amazing, and the banter between Wade and Slate – and also with Heath, another Ranger, a secondary character– is fabulous. RANGER DEFENDER is the perfect length, there is not one word of filler, the story is as good as it gets, the action scenes are superb, and every moment of the romance is perfectly timed. The psychopath is chillingly realistic, nothing is over the top; the year is young, but I know that I will not have forgotten the outstanding RANGER DEFENDER at this time, next year.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Vivian Watts is an amazing hero. An army vet who grew up in the system and went to college after the service, then had a great internship in one of the top companies in Miami - and she left everything behind and went to serve tables at the 'chicken wing' restaurant with a half a t-shirt on to support her brother while falsely accused of murder. She is tough, independent, yet resilient. She is smart, capable, and able to defend herself and carry her load of responsibility. She has been dealt a rough hand but she is handling it, and I admired her, liked her, and respected her immensely.
Texas Ranger Slate Thompson is the true deal, a cowboy with a sense of honor and serve deep in his blood. He is kind, caring, and protective, yet not overbearing. What I like most about the Company B Rangers is that they are not perfect. They actually are in quite a trouble with their intuitions and action out of order, like they are walking the tightrope with no security net. They have each other's backs and when the bush comes to shove, the company ultimately has theirs.
The disturbing crimes that they are investigating, the false murder case against Vivian's brother, and the alarming troubles with the local vets who are being treated at the sleep clinic were all together so frighteningly ghoulish that I still don't what to think. Can minds be manipulated like that? Can we be programmed to act against our loved ones by a hypnotism or some kind of drugs? The indications of these terrifying crimes against the vulnerable vets coming to seek help from those who they should be able to trust gave me chills.
Action, investigation, battles of minds and assaults by strangers, life and death situations, and sweet, ardent romance that has a spark and passion, I enjoyed the story, each moment of it, so smoothly flowing and tightening everything so well together it was impossible to put down. I am telling you, the Rangers have started the year with a bang, and I am loving it. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
~ Five Spoons
I can always count on Ms. Morgan to deliver a fast paced plot with a descriptive narrative that keeps me in the action throughout the story. Vivian and Slate were two people that I would love to meet. Slate is dedicated to his job, friendly and absolutely smitten with Vivian from the first meeting. Vivian was one of the strongest women that I have met this year. She is dedicated to freeing her brother from the murder charges. Together Slate and Vivian made an awesome team. Ms. Morgan provided a glimpse into the psychopath's mind during the story, which made it quite chilling at times. The plot was tightly woven, the characters and dialogue were realistic, the action scenes were believable and the romance was timed to perfection. I hope to see more of the Texas Brothers of Company B #2 in the near future.
I was given a print copy of this book by a friend and I am so grateful for her generosity.