Thursday, January 18, 2018

Silent Threat (Mission Recovery #1)

Silent Threat (Mission Recovery #1)
by Dana Marton

Wow as I set down to write this I go back and reflect on what stood out, what grabbed my attention. The first things that always comes to mind bring a BIG smile to my face is when Cole goes searching the offices and comes across one office stepping back when he sees needles hanging. At this time I am laughing out loud and I cannot get that picture out of my head. It is well worth the read just to read this part of the book.  If that isn’t enough it is fast pace with a little action, a touch of romance, danger, mystery of deaths and why they are dying, along with some heart break of losing a solider along with going through trying time to find yourself and wanting to be back with your team. Cole has lost part of his feeling in his one arm, deaf and has major flash backs. He has trouble dealing with day to day life. What better person to go to a rehab center for Vets where someone is leaking sensitive military information to the enemy. His boss thinks he is the best man for the job, poor Cole would rather be anywhere but here with these tree hugs. NO way NO how is he hugging any trees to get this job done. Cole was the perfect person for this mission he was in real need as he even pointed out that maybe his boss sent him here to help him work through his problems. I think it was a mixture of both.  His handicaps are real, which makes him a believable person to be there. His hearing loss was an eye opener which made it hard to do the job he was given but not impossible.

Annie is the tree hugger who does amazing things for wound soldiers getting them back to nature finding their enter self and letting them find some peace to take the next step in life. She has some wonderful point that even us who read it should be able to enjoy setting ourselves a little freer getting away from our stressful lives. It doesn’t take long for her to find out Cole is going to be a handful in so many ways. There is a very strong draw to Cole even though they do not get off to a good start she gives it her all hoping she can help him find his way to a more stress free life and less nightmares.  She does play a big part in the plot with her ex stalking her could he be the one who keeps leaving things for her?

I really love the tree hugging issue Cole has he has a wonderful personality, a little off humor which is good, easy to like and oh so easy to laugh with. I enjoyed watching Annie turn the tables on him bring him out a little getting him to do things her way and how she did that is amazing and fun. I liked the budding romance the easy way it flows. The mystery of who the killer is holds your attention and keeps you guessing. The way the book opens up you are left guessing if there was a murder or just an accident. The mystery of the codes getting out I try hard to work it out but I never really made it, the author had to give me a few more clues. It was really fun watching these two run in circles around each other, their misunderstanding and watching them fall over each other but keeping their distance.  Suspense is wonderful filled with a few heart stopping moments. The danger of the unknown with bodies starting to add up keeping the reader guessing. One needs to remember this plot is about finding the person who is sending the codes not so much about healing the wounded. No not everyone is helped which makes it a more believable story. Some you see getting better and leaving, others it will take more time. No Cole didn’t get all better but he was better and it did help him being there. What is important is the giving of classify information and that person being taken down along with it we learn a little more about military issues of our troops of their mind and body after going through all they have. Being a military supporter and spending time with him online I can tell the author has done her home work. The way she lays the story out with their issues of coming home, starting over, wishing it was you and not your buddy that was lost, feeling helpless and alone, from the flashbacks to the nightmares she has it to a T.  

The ending leaves you with your heart in your throat waiting to see the outcome.  What it boils down to is the excitement, holding you on the edge, the danger, the fear, the unknown, the mystery, humor that makes this a page turner and a wonderful start to a wonderful new series.

I can’t wait to listen to this on Audible

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A former Navy SEAL, Cole Makani Hunter has returned home from a disastrous black ops mission without his best friend, his hearing, or the use of his right arm. So when his ex–commanding officer assigns him to an undercover mission at a rehab center for vets to discover who leaked sensitive military information to an enemy, he’d rather be anywhere but there. Almost immediately, Cole finds himself at odds with Annie Murray—a peace-loving ecotherapist whose dream is to open an animal sanctuary out of her home. While the two seemingly have nothing in common, their spirited arguments soon fuel a passion for each other.
But just as things begin to heat up between therapist and patient, dangerous complications arise. So does the past—and a shocking revelation that puts Cole and everything he now holds dear in the path of a murderous traitor.

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