Before The Dawn ~ The Grayson Trilogy #2

  • BeforeTheDawnAuthor: Georgia Rose
  • Published: September 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Category: Contemporary Fiction, Drama, Romance
  • five-stars

…he moved closer and slowly ran the point of his blade along my jaw line as he spoke softly, intimately, to me. “So, you are Trent’s woman. Now that is very…appealing.” I glared back at him silently.

There’s a marked increase in the action and pacing in the second of The Grayson Trilogy and I was hooked into the story from the beginning. Emma Grayson has survived the traumas life hurled at her in A Single Step and has gained in confidence and strength.  She and Trent are learning to trust in each other as their relationship deepens although Trent, by Emma’s reckoning, is still overly protective and possessive. Her emotions are complicated but the dawning acceptance of her feelings is more apparent. 

To all outside appearances Melton Manor is an agricultural farm, but the people who live and work there are involved in supporting Cavendish and Trent in their undercover operations for MI6. When Cavendish is targeted after he and Trent help to break up a Russian criminal organisation everyone is put on high alert. Circumstances, however , are about to throw them and the residents of Melton Manor into a perilous situation. When danger materializes Emma, Grace and the children are caught in the cross fire and Emma needs all her resources to protect those she holds dear.

Trent looked around the room again before he went on. “This is only an initial briefing, and I’m going to hand back to Cavendish shortly, but before I do, I want to be very clear. This type of situation is the reason why we’ve all been brought together. This is what we’ve planned for, this is what we’ve trained for and it is our expectation that you will support us in the actions we’re gong to be taking.” 

The suspense and tension begin to build almost immediately with the impending threat, and increase as events unfold, escalating into a totally action packed sequence which paints vivid (and scary) images. Emma really shows what she’s made of and the huge leaps she’s made in personality and spirit. I love the way Emma and Trent’s characters are evolving, he trying to lessen his vigilance where Emma is concerned, while she is becoming less focused on being self-reliant and stubborn and is therefore able to accept more from Trent. She’s faced and come to terms with past losses which has made her stronger and able to commit to another relationship. 

There are hints that all wasn’t quite as straight forward as first supposed with Emma’s childhood and adoptive parents, and an intriguing part of the attack on the manor is left unanswered, to be resolved in the third instalment of the trilogy. I can’t wait to see how it all plays out. 

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The Target ~ An Agent Dallas Thriller #2

  • TargetAuthor: L J Sellers
  • Published: April 2014 by Spellbinder Press
  • Category: Crime/Thriller/Mystery
  • four-stars

Agent Jamie Dallas loves undercover assignments that get her out of the Phoenix Bureau. But her new case is risky—an FBI agent is mysteriously dead, and a medical device company is targeting competitors with dangerous acts of sabotage. Dallas infiltrates TecLife, spies on her new bosses, and tries to steal a sample of their mutant bacteria. But soon her life is in danger when she’s caught in a battle between companies, each hoping to kill the competition while launching a billion-dollar blockbuster.

Meanwhile, a famous actor is found beaten and murdered in an abandoned cannery, and a young detective lands the case of a lifetime. Determined to bring justice to his favorite star, Detective Cortez follows a trail of evidence that leads to the medical-product war—but he has no idea how deadly it is. Can Dallas survive long enough to stop a researcher who’s gone over the edge and save millions of consumers from getting caught in the crossfire?

Agent Jamie Dallas’ new assignment involves investigating corporate intrigue, suspicious deaths and sabotage in the field of medical technology. She loves the excitement and even the danger, thriving on the thrill of undercover work. She still has problems with long-term relationships and is happy to sever any romantic ties when a job comes along.

The ins and outs of the Biotech industry are detailed and well researched. It’s interesting and quite scary to explore how far companies might go in the race to become the first to launch a product and how vulnerable the public can be when unscrupulous people are involved. The rewards and accolades are naturally very high and it’s a game where murder isn’t too high a price as Dallas finds out to her cost.

Lots of action and suspense and we get to meet Agent Carla (neé Carl) Rivers again. Dallas and Rivers are interesting characters, both had difficult formative years and are dealing, or trying to, with the consequences.

Another good read from L J Sellers. I like the way she incorporates two intertwining story lines which are always woven together well.

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The Trigger ~ An Agent Dallas Thriller

  • 18478358Author: L J Sellers
  • Published: August 2013 by Spellbinder Press
  • Category: Crime/Thriller
  • four-stars

 

Agent Jamie Dallas loves undercover assignments that get her out of the Phoenix Bureau. But when a woman and her baby disappear from an isolated community of survivalists in Northern California, she knows the risk of infiltrating the armed group is dangerously high. Once inside the compound, she discovers that the brothers who founded Destiny are scheming something far more devious than kidnapping or murder. Meanwhile, her local FBI contact, Agent McCullen, is pulled from her team and assigned to investigate the murder of a woman with phony ID, found at the bottom of a motel pool.

 

FBI Agent Jamie Dallas was first introduced in LJ Sellers’ Detective Jackson series and she’s proved to be an interesting and likeable, if complex, character. She’s smart, good at her job and likes living dangerously. Young and unattached, yet Dallas has issues stemming from her childhood which limit her ability and her wish to sustain relationships. She likes to move on when things start getting anything like serious. On the other hand those same issues mean she’s very good at playing a part, being someone else, which helps enormously with her undercover work. It’ll be interesting to see how her character develops, I think there may be a lot of personal challenges as well as job related ones in future stories.

Restless and desperately wanting an undercover assignment, Dallas prefers to move around and enjoys taking on a new persona to work a case. She soon gets her wish when she’s selected to access a survivalist community planning for a post apocalyptic world and gain their trust and confidence. What starts out as a missing persons search rapidly turns into a far more dangerous and sinister case. It’s frightening to see how much chaos and destruction a hacker could cause, not to mention self-serving, irrational and unbalanced individuals intent on bringing about their own vision of the future. It made me think about scenarios I hadn’t even imagined.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, it’s a good start to a new series and the hints dropped about Dallas’ past have left the field wide open and I’m interested to learn more about her as a person.

 

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