Monday, June 19, 2023

Jerusha Agen's HIDDEN DANGER and COVERT DANGER. Reviewed by Rebecca Maney


"Never get in . . . If you get in, you're dead."

Her training told her to avoid getting into the vehicle, her heart wouldn't allow innocent bystanders to be hurt. Which would it be?

A narcotics detection handler for the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency, Cora Isaksson's introduction to DEA Special Agent Kent Thomson had been under a certain measure of duress; she had gotten into that car. Fortunately the agent had keen observation skills and followed behind the blonde who was being hustled into his target's vehicle with her dog. To his utter astonishment, when he arrived at their destination, she was handling two dangerous criminals . . . with kind words?

Cora and Kent both want to fight the narcotics war for personal reasons; Cora over guilt that she had allowed her younger brother's life to be dismantled by his drug addiction, while Kent was seeking justice for the vicious destruction of his family. Their perspectives though . . . quite opposite. Cora chose compassion while Kent rarely showed mercy . . . yet both were about to undergo a change, for it seemed that there was a "hidden danger" in assuming that strength never allowed for weakness.

"He became weak for us so that He could do the most courageous thing ever. In choosing weakness, He was being stronger than we could ever dream of."

When reflecting back on this story and its numerous characters (plus their talented canines), it is Cora who stands out, her physical beauty eclipsed by an inner desire to share her faith with whomever and however she is given the opportunity. Does Kent take notice on both accounts? Absolutely!
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars 

" . . . and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

"You know there's right from wrong, you know there's real truth. If there wasn't, how would you know what to fight for?"

Her life was relatively safe if she lived in the shadows, even her name was a designed as a safeguard; the life that ex-CIA agent Amalia Perez had re-built for herself was dependent on remaining obscure, keeping her head down, simply doing her job as a Phoenix K-9 Security agent, distancing herself from emotional attachment . . . ensuring that no one had cause to remember Sofia. That is, until one of her clients stood to blow her cover wide open . . . Michael.

Michael Barratt could not believe that those cold, calculating eyes belonged to his best friend, or at least she had been. . . . . a number of years ago. He didn't know this woman, or what she was truly capable of, but she obviously had skills; lethal skills that she was quick to use while protecting him from an assassin bent on eliminating his testimony in a case he had blown wide open as an investigative journalist. What in the world had happened to Sofia?

Let me begin by saying that this was quite an impressive thriller! From beginning to end, readers literally, breathlessly, feel the pace; moving from safe house to safe house with Amalia, Michael, and other members of the Phoenix team, anticipating (and often finding) danger around every corner. Equally as compelling is the visceral desire for reconciliation between Michael and Amalia; will the paralyzing pain around Amalia's heart soften with the salve of truth or must she carry burdens to the end of her days? And Michael? He has some missteps of his own to absolve . . . things are never as easy as they seem.

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars


HIDDEN DANGER BackCover Blurb:
The greatest threat to this K-9 team is the one they don't see coming.

Cora Isaksson’s guilt has shadowed her life ever since drugs ensnared her brother and he disappeared. When Bradley suddenly returns, Cora and her narcotics detection K-9 are thrust into a battle against the drug cartel that wants him back.

DEA Special Agent Kent Thomson has his own personal reasons for bringing justice to the cartel. Cora and her drug-sniffing K-9 will only get in his way. Or are they assets that will enable him to right the wrongs of the past?

When the cartel targets Cora, she and Kent join forces with her teammates at the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency to end the cartel before it ends her. They’re prepared for danger, but when more lives than their own hang in the balance, can they trust God for the rescue that’s out of their reach?

Hidden Danger continues the thrilling story of the elite Phoenix K-9 Security and Protection Agency that began with prequel Rising Danger. (Each book can stand alone or be read as series installments.)

BackCover Blurb:
A K-9 protection team. An assassin. Only one can survive.

An assassin is on the loose in the Twin Cities, aiming to kill FBI witnesses the Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency is hired to protect. Rogue CIA agent Amalia PĂ©rez and her protection K-9 must get the edge on this deadly opponent before he kills her childhood best friend—the only man who knows her true identity.

Investigative journalist Michael Barrett can’t believe his eyes when the woman he’s spent years searching for walks back into his life. But he soon fears the woman he loved is lost forever beneath the secrets Amalia wears like armor.

As the assassin closes in, Amalia will risk anything to keep Michael safe—anything except believing in the God he trusts. When the layers of deception become as dangerous as bullets, can Amalia and Michael uncover the truth in time to stop the assassin from completing his lethal mission?

Covert Danger continues the thrilling story of the elite Phoenix K-9 Security and Detection Agency that began with Hidden Danger (Guardians Unleashed, #1). (Each book can stand alone or be read as series installments.)

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