And your name is a mythical creature?

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Dragon Security
Glenna Sinclair
Crime, Thriller & Mystery,
Kindle

BOOK 1
I went to his sister because that’s what he told me to do. But when his brother, Cole, accused me of being a gold digger, I knew I couldn’t trust them. I didn’t realize she would send Cole to watch over me. Or that he would carry me out of my trailer when he saw how bad it really was. Who was he to tell me where I could live or how I managed my own business? I mean, he might be my kid’s uncle, but I’d been on my own for a long time. I didn’t need his help. And I really didn’t need the confusion that rushed through me whenever he stood too close.

BOOK 2
I do the best I can. I have to make a living, right? And this industry…it pays very well. And when you’re on the streets with a kid to take care of, you do what you have to do. But I took pains to hide my face in the movies I acted in. For seven years, I’d kept my identity anonymous. But someone figured it out and now I have this big, silent man following me around, demanding I do everything he says.

BOOK 3
I didn’t want him in my life, didn’t want him anywhere near me, but on the worst day of my life he comes walking down the street, a gun in his hand, and throws me over his shoulder like some sort of Neanderthal taking possession of what was his. But I wasn’t his anymore. That ended when I caught him kissing my sister in one of the most romantic cities in the world. My sister, who’d just been killed saying his name. How did I know he didn’t kill her? How did I know that he didn’t intend to kill me?

BOOK 4
I’m a nurse. I help people. I’ve done it all my life, even before I embraced my profession. So when I heard Blake Zimmerman explaining how he and his wife were desperate to have a baby, I couldn’t help but offer myself. I’d never thought about being a surrogate before, but I wanted to help and it wasn’t like I had any romantic prospects at that moment. Hell, I hadn’t had romantic prospects in a long time. And Blake…he was over the moon at the suggestion. So was his wife, Annie. But then, almost the moment we signed the contract, someone tried to run me down.

BOOK 5
We fought like cats and dogs. He made fun of my mode of dress and I…well, I usually just blushed and hit his arm, telling him to shut up. But I hated it, hated feeling like I was in high school again. So when Megan, my best friend and my boss, told me that we were to go on an undercover operation together, pretend to be a young, married couple, I thought she was insane. Or trying to play match maker.

BOOK 6
Megan's story. That's all I'm saying 😉

No this is NOT a book about shifters – not at all… just ex-SEALS, ex-cops, ex-marines and allover ‘ripped’ human males, now all being presided over by a female ex-marine who owns the company.

This is a series of 6 shortish novels each of which features one of the members of the firm and their romances, but with an underlying story running through of investigating just how Peter died. Peter, being the brother of the female CEO. The FBI/CIA and Police all get involved, and it becomes a complicated plot which has apparently many different solutions – until finally the true one is discovered in the final book.

There is a lot of detective work, spying, suspense, some terrorists, murders plus steamy romances.

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No Fire without Smoke

Forged in Smoke Book Cover Forged in Smoke
Red Hot SEALs
Trish McCallan
romance, contemporary, women's fiction, military, mystery, suspense
Montlake Romance
July 19, 2016
382

Faith Ansell could never be mistaken for an action hero. The scientist is content in her lab, working with her team on life-changing discoveries. But when a mysterious organization captures her colleagues, she s forced to flee for her life with SEAL Team 7. Lieutenant Seth Rawls Rawlings, ST7 s corpsman, hasn t been himself since a near-death experience in the Sierra Nevadas. He s tense and distracted, and the team caught him arguing with himself loudly. Despite his erratic behavior, Rawls is the only one Faith feels comfortable confiding her life-threatening secret in. But Rawls has a secret of his own: his wasn t the only spirit to return to the physical plane when he was resuscitated. At first, Rawls assumed the ghost he saw and heard meant he was having a complete mental breakdown. But the apparition soon becomes convincingly real, and what s more, he may be the key to the conspiracy looming over them. Rawls had better act quickly because ST7 s race to save their reputations and Faith s life is on."

The 3rd book in this series for me. So far no others have been published but there is plenty of potential that is hinted at – and the story has not been competed as this book finishes – in fact a new conspiracy is discovered at the very end which leaves ST7 in a very strange place indeed.

We do find out who is behind the first conspiracy and also some of their justifications – all to do with the special project that the 7 scientists had been working on and its potential uses. It can clearly be used for good but it seems that it has other possible uses, more indeed than is originally thought of.

We learn what has happened to Embray, the person responsible for the project being worked on, and it is worse than originally thought – again, the conspiracy behaves in a way you would not thought possible.

Some new mental and physical abilities are demonstrated and a ghost appears. And a romance is begun.

All the members of the ST7 will be hitched by the time this series ends of course. It’s just who they will fall for and why.

We learn more of each characters’ family and their lives before they joined up which explains a lot of their behaviour and thought processes. We also learn gradually about their hang-ups and their their strengths.  Centring each book on a particular pair means that we are continually given a new perspective on what is happening.

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Fire Creates Ash

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Red Hot SEALs #2
Trish McCallan
Fiction, military, romance, mystery
Montlake Romance
2014
428

He's denied her healing touch . . . until his enemies mark her for death.Thanks to her Arapaho heritage, Kait Winchester can heal with her touch. But the one man she wants to get her hands on — super-sexy Navy SEAL Marcus “Cosky” Simcosky — avoids her like the plague. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she's determined to make him acknowledge their off-the-charts chemistry.Cosky is no stranger to trouble. SEAL Team 7 is under investigation for a hostage rescue gone wrong, a bullet has shattered his knee, and a female stalker is dogging his every painful step. On top of it all, the one woman who can help him get back on his feet — his teammate's sister — has haunted his fantasies for years. Keeping his hands off Kait, as she puts hers on him, may be a battle he's destined to lose. And when his stalker targets Kait, there's nothing he won't do to keep her safe . . . even if it means letting go of his legendary self-control.

This continues with the same cast of characters as book 1 but with new ones added for romance and conspiracy reasons.

Yes, we begin to learn why the plane was to be hijacked but not for ransom for the passengers as originally thought. The terrorists were only interested in 7 first class passengers, who were all scientists, working for the same company and on the same project.

Then the scientists’ lab blows up and 7 bodies are found – all are declared dead. And so the bodies pile up in this conspiracy.

A strange woman begins to follow ST7 and there are other people also following them about – are they the police – who don’t seem to believe the stories about how they knew about the terror plot – well you could hardly saw ‘I saw it in a dream’; or the FBI or indeed, people pretending to be police or FBI. No-one quite knows.

And meanwhile the Department of Justice is also examining just how ST7 knew about the plot. And is this an end to their careers if they find their stories unbelievable?

As the story unfolds we have another romance and another person with powers beyond the norm.

The story is told at the same breathless pace as book 1 but somehow just falls a little sort but still a 4 – just.

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And then there was Fire

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Red Hot SEALs #1
Trish McCallan
suspense, romance, contemporary, military
Montlake Romance
4/9/12

Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions. But her recent dream feels too real to ignore: a commercial airliner is hijacked, and a handsome passenger is shot dead. Beth hasn’t met the mystery man in her dream; she would never forget a gorgeous face like his. But she can’t deny the bizarre connection she feels. Now awake, and unable to allow for the violence she’s convinced is impending, she races to the airport…and comes face to face with the man of her dreams.

Zane Winters lives for his job, using his uncanny psychic powers to carry out missions for elite SEAL Team 7. Yet the constant adrenaline highs can’t drown out the numbness seeping into his life as he yearns to find a woman he can trust. All that changes when he meets a beautiful stranger who sets his soul on fire—and somehow knows he’s about to die.

To thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash, Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny?

So this is book 1 of a triple – I have been reading but I can see that there may well be more of them – set of books about Seal Team 7.

Now we all know that SEALs are the sexiest of the Special Forces units so we can expect some serious males with attitude to be written about – several of whom, of course, are somewhat unloving, to put it politely, of the female gender. And one appears in this book as the chief of the team. But it is not him that is central to this story.

So starting at the beginning there are 3 members of ST7 waiting at the airport to go to Hawaii for a wedding – but they never make as terrorists try to blow up the very plane they were about to board. But the terrorists are foiled by the ST7 because Zane has a premonition and this premonition is confirmed by a member of the airport admin staff who comes hotfoot to the airport because of a dream she had. Meeting the SEALs she tells all and they stop the terrorists. But this is far from the end of the story – their boss who believes in Zane’s premonitions had to get permission from an Admiral, who mysteriously dies soon after, and then everyone who appears to be involved with the plot or foiling it either dies or has members of their family kidnapped so that they will do as they are told.

There are car chases, lots of guns, bullets and bullet holes, not to mention romance between those with premonitions.

We have a conspiracy theory behind this hijack plot that seems to be linked to every law enforcement agency and it becomes very difficult to know who to trust – except for other SEALS.

An excellent start to the trilogy.

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A War for the Female Gender?

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Front Lines
Michael Grant
YA, military, fantasy, action and adventure
Electric Monkey
February 9, 2017
496

Sequel to Front Lines, the epic new young adult series by the author of GONE set in an alternate World War II. Summer 1943. The enemy has been bloodied, but Nazi Germany is very far from beaten. Now the American army is moving on to their next target: the Italian island of Sicily. With heavy memories of combat, the three young soldier girls - Rio, Frangie and Rainy - now know what they are willing to do to save themselves, and understand the consequences of those actions. On the front lines, they will again come face to face with the brutality of war until they win or die, while simultaneously fighting their own personal battles. No one will emerge unscathed.

 

A book that immediately engages your mind and emotions.

As this book begins we read a letter from someone who is in hospital recovering from being shot in the chest.

It is WW2 in an alternate Earth where there are women soldiers fighting on the front line. The letter’s author tells us about the experiences of 3 of the women who each have different roles. There is a white girl from small ‘c’ conservative USA heartlands, who is in the infantry; there is a New York Jewish girl who works for Army intelligence; and there is a coloured girl from Oklahoma working as a medic. They had met before 1943 – which is where this story is set, but this fact only comes to light late in the book, unless you have read the first book in this series. The series has a short novella that follows and a further book not yet published which tells of the war from where this book finishes.

The war, as it is told in this story, is very similar to the one we know from our Earth, with just a few changes, but not enough to notice unless you happen to be an expert.

In this world’s army – if the men did it, then the women did also. From digging trenches and latrines, to shooting to kill, even sharing their accommodation with the men in their unit. Your gender is relevant here – only your army role counts – unless you are coloured in which case you will be I  a special unit and have your own tents and so on. Just as we did in our version of WW2.

So we hear about each girl and how their war unfolds.

The white girl goes through the infantry hell of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. The Jewish girl becomes a spy ina complicated sub-plot which involves the Mafia and the Gestapo. And the coloured girl demonstrates her heroism in the trenches and how she treats those under her charge.

The book is frank about sexism, racism and the brutalities of war and how it hardens the mentions of those who go through it. It tells how human comfort is offered and accepted at unlikely times and how friendships are formed under conditions of duress. Torture is not missed but not in every bloody d3tail but much is told often in remembrances which make it a little less stark which must help the audience at which this series is targeted – the older YA including 6th forms. There is plenty of swearing but whilst there is no bowdlerisation the sear words are change to make them acceptable to libraries etc.

As a reflection for the YA audience on how fighting a war is less than heroism but more about dirt; disease; the randomness of death and injury and sheer bloodiness; trench foot; cold; wet; and awful food,  it gets its message across.

 

 

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