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TailSpin (An FBI Thriller) Mass Market Paperback – July 7, 2009

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Book 12 of 20 in the An FBI Thriller Series

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Dark secrets that can destroy lives propel bestseller Coulter's solid 12th FBI thriller (after Double Take). When a small plane carrying FBI Special Agent Jackson Jack Crowne makes a crash landing in mountainous Parlow, Ky., his friends FBI Special Agents Dillon Savitch and Lacey Sherlock fly by helicopter from Washington, D.C., to the scene. Jack survives the crash, aided by Rachael Abbott, a young woman who's returning to Parlow, her childhood home, after escaping an attempt to drown her in a Maryland lake. After Rachael reveals that she's the illegitimate daughter of the late Maryland senator John James Abbott, whose siblings she suspects are trying to kill her, the FBI agents agree to help. As further attempts on Rachael's life occur, the attraction grows between her and Jack. Despite a somewhat predictable plot, master of romantic suspense Coulter exposes the cost of obsessive regard for family honor and family shame with her usual flair. (June)
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Rachael Abbott is on the run after an attempted drowning, and she is heading to the only person she can trust, her uncle Gillette, in remote Slipper Hollow, Kentucky. Just outside of the nearest town, her car breaks down, and she witnesses a plane crash. Rachael helps rescue the pilot and passenger, who turn out to be FBI agent Jack Crowne and Dr. MacLean, a psychiatrist with influential patients who has escaped several murder attempts. The good doctor is suffering from a type of dementia that has him inadvertently divulging his clients’ secrets. After another attempt on Rachael’s life, she tells Jack, his boss Savich, and Savich’s wife and fellow agent, Sherlock, that she believes her would-be murders are her newly found relatives. Rachel only recently learned that she is the daughter of a slain senator. The twelfth romantic thriller featuring agents Savich and Sherlock is one of Coulter’s best, delivering her trademark quips and nonstop action as the heroes chase bad guys from Kentucky to Washington, D.C. --Patty Engelmann --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: An FBI Thriller (Book 12)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 051514648X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515146486
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Roberts on July 21, 2008
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I have read the entire FBI series and eagerly awaited Tailspin. As usual Savitch and Sherlock were superb and the storyline was good. However, I thought the story drug in places and for some reason I couldn't get into Rachael's character. There were no surprises to me. I early on figured on who was after Rachael and I also guessed early on what some indicate as a surprise at the end. I liked Jackson's character but Rachael at times seemed sort of smart mouth and you had the idea she didn't need the FBI; like she was going to take on any of the bad guys. At one point Jackson is concerned about her carrying a gun and she tells him to shut up-she can probably shoot better than him. Well he was in some special forces and then FBI and that was unlikely as was her getting out of the water after she had been tied up and a cement block tied to her. Okay it's fiction and though I rolled my eyes, I'll buy that for the sake of the story. She bothered me more when she was so sarcastic.

I got a little bored with all the conversations over the same thing. There is one whole chapter with Rachael walking around Jackson's apartment describing the walls, the floors, the decor and going through everything again. I found myself skimming some of the book and in fact put it down several times which I seldom do with one of the FBI series. IT seemed like it would flow along and then drag for awhile. It's not bad and there have been others in the series I have liked better than others. IF there is a 13th book in the series I would no doubt read it. I like Savitch and Sherlock enough to keep reading.

I appreciate the fact that CC doesn't have a lot of profanity in her books and explicit sexual situations. This series is not really romance but more thrillers.
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Dr. Timothy MacLean is a psychologist to all the movers and shakers in Washington, but when he is diagnosed with frontal lobe dementia and starts leaking confidential information about his patients someone tries to run him and keep him quiet permanently. After the second attempt on his life, FBI Special Agent Jack Crowne steps in and attempts to fly Dr. MacLean to safety. During the flight, a bomb goes off and sends Agent Crowne and Dr. MacLean to a fiery crash in Parlow, Kentucky. Luckily for both men, Rachael Abbott is there to witness the crash and assist both men in the rescue. Rachael has just discovered that she is the illegitimate daughter of a Senator, who she believes was murdered. Agent Crowe soon learns that Rachael is running away from people who are attempting to murder her as well. With Dr. McLean in a coma from the crash and Agent Crowe determined to protect Rachael from ferocious murderers he enlists the help of Agents Savich and Sherlock. With conspiracy theories, political secrets, dysfunctional families and assassins on the lose Catherine Coulter provides an excellent plot weaved with suspense, mystery and romance. Tailspin is a great addition to Coulter's FBI series. Written with superb attention to detail and excellent character dialogue Coulter returns after a long absence at the top of her game. The return of our favorite Agents Savich and Sherlock coupled with new highly likeable characters and villains, readers with definitely get their monies worth. High praises for Tailspin. Valerie Jones [...]
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I enjoyed this book. However, by the 12th book FBI book, they all start to merge together in my brain. Something bad happens to a 28 year old woman. She needs or finds a 34 year old male FBI agent to babysit and protect her. Said FBI agent calls in Savich and Sherlock (who have become stale characters, by now). Damsel in distress and FBI agent go through a great traumatic experience together and then get married. There you go, that sums up all the Catherine Coulter FBI thriller novels.

Plus, Catherine Coulter needs a new editor. Her books lack a great deal of continuity and the editing is terrible. Sherlock's real name is spelled differently in about every other book. At one time, Sherlock was a tall woman. Now, she's very petite. I guess CC never expected the first books to lead anywhere, so why bother continuing with what she had written in the first place.
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I am shocked that this book is getting any good reviews. I am a Catherine Coulter fan and looked forward to this book. I felt like the story never happened -- there was no development in the romance and the mystery was predictable. Even the interaction between Sherlock and Savich was stale and annoying! I thought the writing was terrible, which also surprised me. I am so disappointed!
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I've been a fan of Catherine's FBI series for quite some time now. I own every book of the series and have loved them all. However this newest edition to the series is lukewarm at best. I loved the interaction between Sherlock and Savich, as I always do, but the rest of the characters were boring and not developed enough. I couldn't stand the heroine, Rachel, and the most of the new characters. The plot was slow and I was disappointed to know I really didn't care to see how it ended. I did finish it though and it was as dull as I expected it to be. I felt like she stringed everything together too quickly at the end and there was little suspense.

What I love about Catherine's writing is she usually paints a vivid picture in each book of the beautiful scenery and the colorful locals. Such as San Francisco in "Point Blank". But in this book she did a poor job painting the background. Washington DC is a wonderful city and she could have used it a lot more in the story, as well as the small towns in Virginia and Kentucky.

I will continue to buy Catherine's FBI books because I can't get enough of Sherlock and Savich but here's to hoping the plots and characters in the next stories are more developed and entertaining!
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