Thin Ice: A Novel: 2 (Men of Valor)

by Irene Hannon

Paperback, 2016

Status

Available

Call number

813.54

Publication

Revell (2016), 400 pages

Original publication date

2016

Description

Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. HTML: After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mailaddressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alivewho is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse gameor the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda. Bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist Irene Hannon warms readers' hearts as they root for a romance between Lance and Christy, but she pulls out all the stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish..… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

400 p.; 8.5 inches

ISBN

0800724534 / 9780800724535

User reviews

LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Thin Ice (Men of Valor #2)
Author: Irene Hannon
Pages: 394
Year: 2016
Publisher: Revell
Lance MacGregor is a rookie FBI agent assigned his first case. He has joined the FBI after retiring from the Special Forces. His first case is a possible kidnapping of a woman named Ginny Reed. The woman’s
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sister, Christy Reed, received a letter from her sister dated two months after her death. Then she receives another and another. Lance must investigate to find out if this is in fact a kidnapping or a cruel hoax. He also has moved to the same town as his older brother Mac, so he is adjusting to a new city, a new job and his first case. He has strayed from his relationship with God, but with Christy’s encouragement renews his faith. He also learns of a very serious accident involving his younger brother and rushes to the hospital 900 miles away where he has been transferred. Lance and Christy immediately feel a spark between them, but agree they must keep things professional until Christy’s case is solved.
Christy Reed is a former Olympic figure skating team member, who in the span of nine months lost her parents in a car accident and then a few months later she lost her sister in a house fire. Then she receives a letter in her sister’s handwriting two months after her alleged death. The letter warns her not to contact the authorities, but Christy knows she is out of her depth. She discreetly contacts the FBI and meets the agent in charge of her case, Lance MacGregor. She immediately feels confident in his abilities and that she can trust him. As the case gets more mysteriously and threatening for Christy, the bond she feels toward Lance and vice versa strengthens. Can this bond outlast a killer out for his next victim, which just happens to be Christy?
The pace of this story was quick and kept me turning the pages quickly to find out what was going to happen next. There was suspense, mystery, romance, grief, and tension throughout the story. The faith these two main characters display, especially Christy after enduring so much loss in her life, made the story so enjoyable for me. I thought the criminal’s character very realistic and believable. I can’t wait for Finn’s story in book three of the series!
My rating is 5 stars.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
If you are looking for a novel with non-stop action, a bad guy with a case of serious creepiness and two main characters that make the sparks fly, then you need to get Irene Hannon’s latest romantic suspense, Thin Ice, book 2 in her Men of Valor series. Returning to St. Louis and the exploits of
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the hunky McGregor brothers, Hannon has written an outstanding novel that keep the pages turning. Make sure you have enough time and energy when you start this book, because it is one you just can’t put down.

Christy Reed is a former Olympic caliber ice skater who has faced more than her own share of tragedy in the last six months. Her parents’ death in a car accident and then the house fire that took her sister’s life were almost unbearable. But her faith in a loving God kept her moving, until a letter arrives turning her world upside down once again. FBI Rookie Lance McGregor may be new on the job, but his career as a Delta Force operator has prepared him for tough situations. But whoever is stalking Christy has prepared well and it’s a race against a pre-set agenda to find him before it’s too late.

Thin Ice combines great plotting and characterization to create a novel that has few, if any flaws. Even though the crimes unfold with the reader having more information than the characters, Hannon’s villain will still keep you guessing and cringing with his desire for power through fear and intimidation. The main characters have definite chemistry or electricity as they note, so there is a great balance between the suspenseful and romantic aspects of the story. As always, Hannon weaves a strong faith message throughout the novel. Christy’s faith is strong, but is stretched in the story. Lance returns to his childhood faith after realizing God’s hand is in all circumstances. Lance is a good example of the struggle between being independent and strong in life and allowing God to control our will. And while we don’t all have the super-egos, swagger, or expertise of a Navy SEAL or Delta Force operator, we all have to depend on God instead of ourselves.

Thin Ice is the second book of a series, but is easily read as a standalone. Characters from the previous book make appearances, but the story is all Christy and Lance. Another McGregor brother is introduced, and I look forward to more from him in book 3. So grab a hot beverage, turn up the fire and settle in for an engrossing read.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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LibraryThing member Robin661
Thin Ice
Irene Hannon

Book Summary: After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail--addressed in her sister's handwriting. And the note inside claims
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she is still alive. FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he's coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive--who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game--or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

Review: This mystery was intense!!!! I prefer a ‘who done it’ more than a ‘cat and mouse’ suspense. The story had a lot of sub plots that at times distracted from the main plot it is possible to keep the story rolling. The psycho that was the murder was overwhelmingly well written. I have to say that I was uncomfortable with the detail of the storyline. The very sad circumstances the murder’s grandmother was in made the entire plot depressing and seemingly hopeless. The ending helps lift some of the depressing circumstances. I think that I really enjoyed the first 1/3rd of the story because of how intelligent Christy was and yet near the end she failed to live up to that intelligence. For me that was sad. The average woman could not fend off the average male. I thought her plan and getting the cell phone back on was back on track with who Christy is.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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LibraryThing member Kris_Anderson
Thin Ice by Irene Hannon is the second book in the Men of Valor series. Christy Reed lives in St. Louis, Missouri and she is the Director of Youth Programs for a municipal recreation program in St Louis County. Christy is going to visit her sister, Ginny (a wildlife biologist). Christy has not been
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able to reach her and is worried. As she approaches her sister’s house she notices a police officer blocking the road. Her sister’s house in on fire. The fire progresses quickly and no one escaped. Christy had lost her parents just eight months prior in a car accident. Christy no longer has any family left. Two months later Christy receives a letter in her sister’s handwriting. Ginny states that she has been kidnapped. Christy is shocked. Christy calls the FBI and reaches Lance McGregor (a brand new FBI Agent). Christy and Lance will need to work together to locate Ginny.

Thin Ice is a good suspense novel, but it was not great. I felt that the author tried to put too much into one book (Lance’s injured brother, another brother and his lady friend, Lance’s guilty conscience over an incident that happened oversees). I only gave you a summary of the main part of the story. And why does every book have to have a romance? Is it really necessary. The one thing that really turned me off in this book was the killer torturing mice and animals. The descriptions were just awful (and upsetting for an animal lover). I give Thin Ice 4 out of 5 stars. Thin Ice is nicely written and it had a pretty good flow. Thin Ice, though, is a disturbing book (be prepared). I think with a little editing, Thin Ice would be a great book. Though Thin Ice is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone (I did not read the first book in the series).

I received a complimentary copy of Thin Ice from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
A very suspenseful book that leaves you guessing to the truth and what will occur next. Christy is trying to get back to a normal life after losing her family in a series of tragic accidents that are looking like they are not accidents after all. She winds up working with FBI Special Agent Lance
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McGregor to sort it all out and to keep herself safe as well.
I great book that had me wanting to find out what would happen and why it was happening.
I received a copy of this book free to review from the publisher.
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
I've read other books by this author and liked them well enough to put her previous titles on my TBR list. This is one of those titles.

3 McGregor brothers; 3 books in the series--you do the math.

This book's main male character is Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator who is now with the
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FBI (and just happens to get assigned to St. Louis Field Office, near where his older brother (and other Hannon characters) live.

Lance's first real FBI assignment has him investigating whether former competitive ice skater Christy Reed's sister died in a fire when Christy gets an envelope months later addressed in her sister's handwriting.

I do appreciate that Hannon's heroes do try to keep their interest on a professional level until the case is solved and there's not tons of belaboring of the point that there is attraction "but she's a client".

I don't like that Hannon's characters end up in serious relationships (engagements and sometimes marriages) after knowing each other for only short periods of time. Also, after 8 books, I'm tiring of the female main character always ending up in the clutches of the villain and having to wait for the male main character and his cronies to come rescue her.
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LibraryThing member RoSands
I enjoyed the book. Well written story.

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