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Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . .
That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden---with the potential to attack America. Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security?
Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?
This book was a quick and entertaining read. The suspense was palpable from the very beginning and continued to build as the story unfolded. Claire and Rafe's ominous adventures kept coming and that made for an action packed journey to the end. The surprising twists were fun to get to as well.
I really liked the storyline. I also liked the many themes to grasp (aside from the obvious, terrorist and romance) such as father-child relationship, placing more importance on work than family time, dealing with loss, lasting friendship, drug addiction, loyalty, trust, and so on. But because there were much explored, I felt that overall depth was in shortage. I also felt that the ending was wrapped up too quickly and neatly. Still, this is a good, clean romantic thriller go-to book. One that might spice up the usual beach read experience.
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