Active Defense (Danger Never Sleeps)

by Lynette Eason

Paperback, 2021



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Revell (2021), 320 pages

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Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn't expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house-and threatened her friends-she assumes it is the stalker who has been following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her even there. Luckily, a stalker isn't the only one watching Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it's what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead-and why-before it's too late.… (more)


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320 p.


0800729366 / 9780800729363

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LibraryThing member CoverLoverBookReview
Fast-paced suspense. Great cover - great story.
LibraryThing member gincam
Continuing her thrilling "Danger Never Sleeps Series", author Lynette Eason offers readers another suspenseful read with "Active Defense". Months after returning from active duty as a field surgeon in Afghanistan, Dr. Heather Fountaine still has nightmares after witnessing a bomb explode while
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strapped to a teen boy walking through their military compound. Despite her best efforts as a surgeon, the young man died. Now that Heather was stateside, in Greenville, SC, she couldn't escape her dark memories or the feeling of being stalked. After an evening out spent with friends, Heather returns home to find her house vandalized and a chilling threat against her friends left behind. Hoping to put some distance between her and the stalker, Heather heads to a small-town hideaway with only a brief message to her friends, who are quite concerned. Travis Walker, who has his own security business, is a friend who hopes for something more with Heather, and now his protective instincts are on high alert. He tracks Heather down in time to save her life--barely escaping with his own. As the feelings between them begin to grow, the danger around them escalates as well. In order to dream of a safe and happy future with one another, they must work together to solve the mystery and end the deadly threat. Heather and Travis each have their own personal issues to overcome, but with love, faith, and care, they will find their way to a lifetime filled with promise. Lovers of well-written inspirational romantic suspense will greatly enjoy the "Danger Never Sleeps Series" from author Lynette Eason.

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LibraryThing member Julie2013
Active Defence is the third book in Lynette Eason’s Danger Never Sleeps series. It would read well as a stand alone, but if you have the opportunity, I
would recommend you read Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk first.

The characters are well-developed and by this point in the series feel like
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friends. This time it’s Heather Fontaine and Travis Walker whose story is featured. Ms. Eason is a master at creating strong, three-dimensional, slightly flawed characters who are learning to deal with their baggage while trusting the Lord to bring them through the hard things in life.

Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help - even when you really need it. For Heather, past experience makes it even harder. Yet she learns that not everyone who offers assistance has an ulterior motive.

Ryker is a new character I hope we see more of. His story is heartbreaking, yet filled with hope and reminds us that our past does not have to rule our future and that we always have a choice in how we respond to circumstances.

Active Defense has action, twists and drama tightly woven into a compelling, fast-paced plot that had me on the edge of my seat and up all night reading. Another fantastic read by one of the queens of Christian suspense. I’m already looking forward to book four and Caden’s story!
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LibraryThing member alekee
I have read many books by this author, and this one does not disappoint. It is the third book in the series with some recurring characters, but this can be read alone!
I can’t imagine coming home from a war zone, and then having a stalker, now Heather doesn’t even feel safe in her own country,
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never mind her home.
The character Heather is a strong woman who has pulled herself up from her bootstraps to become a surgeon, coming out of a rough background amid foster homes.
You will feel yourself ducking as bullets fly, and evil is lurking, along with a bit of tender romance.
This one will not disappoint, and I would love to go on with the lives of these characters.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member kaykwilts
I always jump at a chance to read a Lynette Eason but I can count on a book of hers to keep me in suspense and to keep me guessing. This one did not disappoint. I think it may be my favorite in the Danger Never Sleeps series. I did not see that end coming. Heather Fontaine is the main character in
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the book and serves for a time as a surgeon in Afghanistan. After she returns to the states she is being stalked. I could not put this book down. I was surprised by who the villain behind her stalking was. Once you find out who the stalker is by the end of the book the surprised don't end. I am looking forward to reading book 4 that will be released in a few months.
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LibraryThing member starbritejan
If you are looking for a tale of suspense, action, adventure and love, this is the book for you! Lynette Eason books never fail to disappoint me!
LibraryThing member medwards429
Thank you in advance to the publisher, Revell (a division of Baker Books), for providing an advanced review copy through Library Thing. A positive review was not required nor requested and all words are my own.

I won the second book Acceptable Risk from Library Thing last year, and knowing they were
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part of a series, I bought Collateral Damage (Brooke’s story) from Amazon. I have not read that book, but Acceptable Risk (Sarah’s story) was a non-stop action read. So, seeing that this one (Active Defense) was up on Library Thing … let’s just say … I AM SO GLAD I WON IT! WOW!

This is Heather Fontaine’s story.

Being that this is a series, favorites from the two previous books (guys and ladies) return – Travis, Caden, Asher, and Gavin; along with Brooke, Sarah, Ava, and Gina.

The plot, like the previous book I read … was exciting, action packed, and definitely not what I was expecting. Seriously … I … WAS ... NOT … EXPECTING … THAT!!

I also read Eason’s novella Protecting Tanner Hollow so it isn’t like I’m not familiar with her work – she’s just that good at keeping up the actionand keeping the reader surprised.

Let’s talk about that action! Really! Starting off with a reluctant suicide bomber, this also includes a kidnapping, murder, and blackmail. So, to say this was an addictive read is a GROSS UNDERSTANDMENT. Some of these can also act as a trigger for those dealing with such. Also, there is mention of child abuse and alcoholism.

Heather’s story starts off with a reluctant suicide bomber, but it doesn’t end there. As soon as she gets home – there’s a stalker. Who and why? She doesn’t know and isn’t sticking around to find out.

While her friends want to help, childhood trauma from foster homes prevents her from not just asking for help – accepting it as well. She trusts only herself. So, she handles things her way. And, that leads her friends to worry.

Thankfully, Travis is there in the shadows and not taking no for an answer.

After an accident, Travis is there to help her. And, the two find danger everywhere. Even with an innocent teen (Ryker) who is being abused. He too, despite what is going on, doesn’t hesitate to jump in to help.

Travis, Heather, and Ryker have to run from the bad guys who’ve found them. They’re also trying to figure out the “WHY”. Why is someone insistent on getting to Heather.

The plot gets even more exciting with a kidnapping and another bomb. And, did I say murder? We find out there is one which is definitely connected to the case, but how? Or is it? One thing that could be certain – it ties back to Kabul.

This is one moment where Ryker shines as an asset, and I truly hope Eason gives us more of him – if only to know how he’s doing.

A sweet and also sad moment is when Travis takes Heather to his family’s place. Two of the horses were named Herman (my late grandfather’s middle name) and Marie (my late grandmother’s middle name – incidentally married to Herman). And, like my grandfather – Herman was dying of cancer. My grandfather passed away in 1980 of lung cancer. So, the human/horse parallels were interesting.

Travis has good memories about his family – Heather has bad ones. She finally admits to Travis how she ended up in the system; as well as the lessons she learned in foster care that have a continued impact on her.

Eason hit the emotional heartstrings on this one, as well as the ones that get inflamed at any kind of injustice.

There was an interesting quip about the bad guys – “where’s the rule they have to be smart?” – I LOVED that! Thank you, Caden!

In addition to Heather’s problems, Ryker has his own. Eventually everything in his part of the story culminates but also leads to the “wanting to help people who don’t want our help” moments. This is truly a realistic part of the story that some might resonate with.

Despite the seriousness of the story, the opening paragraph of chapter 20 had me in a small fit of giggles. It’s one of those “laundry list” of things that “I’m glad we didn’t have any more of that on our way here” things. The way it was written provided the giggle.

But, it is a moment in which social media is used that gets Heather’s attention – a video – and this one nags at her because of an item the suicide bomber had – one that survived the bombing. And, it is that item that slowly connects everything. Once that starts – everything makes sense.

The climax was thrilling, devastating, shocking, and thrilling! I honestly didn’t see it coming, nor did I see the “who” coming.

This is definitely one of my favorite genres. While there were small moments with Heather and Travis’ romance, it was primarily a suspense read.

There are also moments of sadness and grief. And, Eason demonstrates what grief can do in the best cases and in the worst cases. That isn’t all she does – she full tackles, head-on, the realistic views of social media abuses, military bashing, mother-in-laws, as well as the dual serving couples.

Eason’s writing draws the reader in and, for me, the short chapters made this a SUPER quick and easy read. It is also easy to see the action in your mind. She also had multiple little plot points in it that made it hard to predict where it was going and “who” the villain was. I had ONE suspect on my list – and I was wrong. Usually not, but, I was. And, I’m still not sure how I feel about being wrong on that.

I also wanted to know who scored Heather’s signature on a document that could’ve impacted the kidnapping case. Oh, how I wish I could talk about that plot point! Let me add this – “OH MY GOODNESS!!”.

And, there were two people watching Heather after all. Readers will need to read it to see who the second person was … and why. And, it is a MAJOR plot point as well.

The terms “exciting, heart-stopping, pulse-pounding, head-spinning” are not adequate enough.

As this is an uncorrected ARC, there were a few typos in it, but nothing that affects the overall story.

While this can work as a standalone, I will state that it works so much better when series are read together.

This is NOT the final book in the series. Book #4 – Hostile Intent (Ava’s story) comes out later this year (August 2021).

I will definitely be reading Hostile Intent when it comes out (sooner if I get an ARC of it).

This is distributed by Revell which tends primarily to Christian fiction. This has some slight references to God along with short prayers. These are not central to the plot though.

Fans of the author and genre will more than likely enjoy this particular read. Those who’ve read the previous two books won’t want to miss out.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Active Defense (Danger Never Sleeps #3)
Author: Lynette Eason
Pages: 320
Year: 2021
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
In the third installment of the Danger Never Sleeps series, readers are thrust right into the action taking place in the story. The book centers around the character of
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Dr. Heather Fontaine who audiences met in the previous books Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk. The beginning scene is a flashback to Heather’s experience while serving in Afghanistan as a surgeon, working hard to save lives. Now she Is back in the states and is trying to reorient herself to life without the memories of her time overseas. While she is trying to adapt, her mind hasn’t been able to release the memories of things she has seen and experienced. In Heathers view, staying away from others would be the best thing so she isn’t a burden to them plus her past taught her to rely on only herself.
However, all that Heather believes will be challenged as her life comes into the crosshairs of someone who is bent on killing her. While Heather struggles to figure out who is after her, her friends come to aid and support her, especially Travis. Travis owns a security company with other vets, and he wants to help Heather as well as get to know her as more than just a friend. Will Heather drop her guard and let Travis and her friends help?
I was quickly caught up in the book from page one until the very end! The author does a masterful job of weaving a tale of suspense and thrills, without revealing too quickly the mastermind behind the attempts on Heather’s life. In fact, the ending took me by complete surprise! I enjoyed the elements of friendship, romance, faith and suspense. There were times I was reading where the description of the scenes literally took my breath away. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!
I hope you consider reading this story and while you can read each book in the series as a stand-alone, I found it helpful to read them in order. Join the fun and grab a book to read and share with family and friends!
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.
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LibraryThing member Robin661
As a former field surgeon in Afghanistan, Heather Fontaine is used to life-or-death situations. She just didn't expect them to follow her home. When she returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house--and threatened her friends--she assumes it is the stalker who has been
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following her and creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble has followed her even there.

Luckily, a stalker isn't the only one watching Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it's what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead--and why--before it's too late.

Lynette Eason never disappoints. She provides a roller coaster ride turning pages to get to the end with a small break in middle. That break was nerve racking like a cat and mouse game. Yet throughout the book the characters were developed even without reading the other books in the series. Heather’s friends and new characters were added and quickly folded into the situation. I enjoyed it so much that I tried to slow down reading it and could not do that, however just when I am waiting for the conclusion the speed of suspense explodes and suddenly it all gets sorted out. I always enjoy Ms. Eason’s writing style is excellent. She is a master of suspense - she always surprises. She develops her characters quickly with a few strokes of the keys they are genuine. I won this book on LibraryThing and wish to thank them for allowing me to read and review this book in return for the 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 SherylHendrix
Lynette Eason has produced another great page turner that keeps you guessing until the very end. Surgeon Heather Fontaine notices and helps foil a suicide bomber's attempts to blow up the hospital in Iraq where she serves, but then becomes convinced that the young boy who made the attempt did not
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really want to do it. Her futile attempt to save his life dogs her dreams as she returns home to the Carolinas and reconnects with her friends. But once home a stalker leads her to distance herself from them when she believes they will be in danger if they are near her. Travis Walker, who owns a security company and is somewhat smitten with Heather, makes it his responsibility to protect her, first tracking her down where she is hidden, and then enlisting the help of all her friends to find the stalker and eliminate the danger. Interwoven stories throughout the book keep one reading to find out just what threatens Heather and her friends. Couldn't put this one down.
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LibraryThing member eccl
Active Defense by Lynette Eason is book three in the Danger Never Sleeps series. This is a great story that can also be read as a stand alone story. Heather is back home after a tour in Afghanistan, but continues to struggle with a suicide bombing that took place at the hospital in Afghanistan. If
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that isn’t bad enough she has a stalker and now that she has gone into hiding, attacks on her life get worse.

Travis is a friend and owner of a security company. When he hears of her disappearance, he tracks her down and keeps an eye on her. But things are so much worse than even he can handle and other friends are called into help.

This is a great Christian suspense story with strong characters who care for others. The story is fast paced and the ending was not expected. I especially like how Heather is able to reach out to Ryker, a young man who is being abused by his father. I like the family aspect of the story with going to Travis’s family to keep Heather and Ryker safe as well as how he steps in to help Ryker. There is a fair amount of violence as well as topics such as abuse and murder in this story.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
Heather thinks she has left everything behind when she goes out of town, but it seems as though trouble followed her there. She realizes that she has stalker, but didn't think that he had followed her when she left town. Fortunately she has an ally in Travis. Travis is used to situations like the
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one Heather has and knows how to work around it. Together they put their heads together to try and figure out just who is going after her and how to stop them.

I received a copy to read, the review is mine.
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LibraryThing member MichelleSutton
I am not a typical suspense fan. I prefer a suspense novel with deeper issues included. Well-rounded and complex characters are a particular favorite. Oh, and if a book can make me cry it gets a higher rating from me. This book included all of the above. I felt stressed a few times over some
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characters' welfare. I found their issues and background believable (having been a social worker for 30+ years I can vouch for their dysfunctional way of thinking.) I haven't read all the prior books in this series so I was not able to get attached to some of the main character's friends, but that wasn't necessary in order to enjoy this book.

There was a particularly touching seen that got my tears going and it was toward the end. I won't post a spoiler but if you read it you will know what scene I am referring to. The hero was detained and unable to reach the heroine because he was needed to deal with a situation on the family farm. I still get choked up when I think about the conversation. Wow.

What I mean by complex characters is this... Heather, the heroine, was a former soldier and complex because of PTSD. Ryker, a young teen, was complex due to a history of abuse by his father. And the hero was just sweet and patient. Gotta love heroes with a soft heart. Anyway, Lynette is one of those authors that I enjoy reading because her characters seem like real people and aren't cardboard cutouts of what we think characters need to look like in Christian novels. That said, I hope you enjoy this book too.
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LibraryThing member sdbookhound
Active Defense by Lynette Eason was action packed. Heather is being targeted and no one can quite figure out why. Travis pledges to keep her safe and in doing so also makes his heart's intentions clear.

This is my first book by Lynette Eason. I was fully engaged in the story. I had my thoughts about
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what connected her to whomever what after her and I was right, but I still didn't figure it out completely until it was explained. I liked the side story of the boy from an abusive home who comes to Heather's rescue. It was a good story overall and I'm interested in the other books in this series.

My sincere thanks to Revell and Library Thing Early Reviewers for giving me the opportunity to read this book and give my unbiased opinion of it.
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LibraryThing member Harley0326
If you are not familiar with this author you are missing out on action, danger and inspiration. In this story she delivers characters that you care for and want to be there to help them.

Heather is someone who is fierce, determined and always aware of her surroundings. Coming home after a tour
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overseas she still thinks about the young boy who could have killed her. I held my breath as that boy stood there with a bomb strapped to him. His bravery is not lost on Heather.

Have you ever had a feeling that someone is watching you? Heather senses something is not quite right but withholds telling her friends. I think she thought she was protecting them but really she was placing them in danger.

Travis is a good character who tries to help Heather but at times she pushes him away. When danger gets too close Travis knows he needs to find a safe place for Heather. I couldn’t wait to find out who was behind the staking. It is an action packed run for your life thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat as I couldn’t read fast enough. Get ready for an adventure that rivals the best at suspense.

I received a copy of this book from the Librarything Early Reviewer Program. The review is my own opinion.
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LibraryThing member TeresaJorgensen
For fans of Nicholas Sparks and Colleen Coble - this is an excellent book to pick up, but only when you have the time to read it in one sitting. This is not the kind of book you can easily put down, because the action is non-stop as our beloved heroine races through the story.

Small town Carolina
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follows the main character as she comes home from a tour in Afghanistan. While I have never heard of this author before, the story reminded me of a fast-paced Nicholas Sparks book, where the female main character not only gets to play a role in the majority of the action, but she also plays a large role in the climax of the story. Excellent book for teenage girls who are looking for a healthy mix of mystery and drama in a clean fiction story.

Overall: fast-paced, non stop action, mixed with a bit of romance and a little drama. Realistic and refreshing to read. Now I'm off to find the rest of her books in my local library.
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LibraryThing member Melissa_O
Active Defense is the third in the Danger Never Sleeps series by Lynette Eason. If I had to sum up this book in one sentence, I would say hold onto your seats for an action-packed ride. I have been a fan of Lynette Eason for years and consider her books a must read in the romantic suspense genre.
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This story centers around Heather and Travis. Heather is a field surgeon and has returned home from Afghanistan and admits to having a stalker. Thankfully, she has Travis who is looking out for her. I really liked getting to know both of them and the development of their relationship. They just might be my favorite couple of the series so far.

If I am being honest, I pretty much figured out who was behind everything going on. However, I attribute that to having a lot of prior experience with Lynette Eason's writing style and methods and reading lots of books in this genre. The author threw in lots of twists and turns that continually made me doubt my suspicions throughout the book so I definitely enjoyed the read and was not disappointed at all that I had suspected what was going on from pretty early on.

Although this can be read as a standalone, I would highly recommend reading the others in the series first. I am very much looking forward to the next installment releasing later this year.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Lynette Eason never disappoints with her edge-of-the-seat romantic suspense. Active Defense, book 3 in her Danger Never Sleeps series is full of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. I really liked the military connection. The women in the ensemble cast, as well as some of the men,
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have served in Afghanistan in some capacity. In this novel, main character Heather Fontaine was a field surgeon who is haunted by some of harrowing experiences, namely the forced suicide bombing by a young Afghani boy. Now back in the United States, Heather senses danger from a watcher. She flees to an undisclosed location, but danger finds her. There are car chases, explosions, kidnappings, and multiple shootings — those who like a fast-paced, adrenaline-filled plot will love this book. Danger is around every corner, but so is romance as Heather and Travis unite to discover who is threatening Heather. I also liked the inclusion of a secondary plot line that fleshed out the backgrounds of the two main characters. One theme is the necessity to find someone to trust and depend upon. While Heather trusts God, she discovers that doing life alone is not ideal.

Active Defense can be read as a standalone novel, but I recommend starting at the beginning. All 4 books in the series are available. Binge-reading, anyone?


Audience: adults.

(Thank to LibraryThing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
Actual rating is between 3.5 and 4 stars--it was closer to a 4 than a 3 for me so I went with 4 stars, especially on sites that don't offer the half star rating option.

I've read other books in this series and many books by this author.

Heather: I related to her wanting to have control (even though
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in reality, we have very little control even when we think we do) and to her dislike of traditional exercising. I felt sad that some people called her out for trying to save a teenager's life (apparently because they thought someone who attempted to bomb others wasn't worth the effort). I was a little surprised that no one voiced the idea that God loves us all--and if we're honest, God should view all of us the way those people viewed Abdul.

Travis: I'd put him in the wish-fulfillment category--handsome, talented, polite, mannered, loyal, etc. with few apparent faults.

I liked the friendship group that makes up this series. The plot had quite a few twists and turns. I didn't guess who was behind things until the author revealed it--that's pretty much a norm for me so your experience with that may vary.

Ryker: I hope he persists with his plans for medicine. He's a teenager with a good heart who's survived a bad situation. I'm really glad he has Dr. Colson for a mentor--and perhaps Heather as well.

I think there was a good point made that you can only help people who want to be helped. You can't force someone else to change if they don't want to change.

I will most likely continue to read this series (Book 4 is already being teased.)

Warning: Spoilers may lie ahead. Read on at your own discretion:


Gina: Was it her own bitterness and guilt that caused her to take the actions she did or was it the blame her former mother-in-law kept heaping on her that pushed her over the edge or was it a combination of the two?

I can't imagine the pain of losing a spouse. Complicate that with the fact that Gina's spouse apparently wanted to leave the military while Gina didn't and Gina either apparently talked him into staying in or he chose to stay in to be near her--well, that's got to generate some guilt in Gina. The fact that he was killed by someone in his unit in a "friendly fire" incident probably didn't help matters for Gina's state-of-mind.

I was still unclear if it was Gina's mother-in-law really doing the postings on social media or if Gina made it look like it was her mother-in-law spewing the venom--or perhaps it was a bit of both. I do think the mother-in-law put some blame on Gina for keeping her son in the military when he wanted to get out and I'm sure she let Gina know that. Which is why I think some of the posts might have truly been from the mother-in-law. I'm just not sure why the mother-in-law thought posting the video of Heather operating on Abdul had anything to do with Gina's husband's death--that months after and the mother-in-law shouldn't have known that Abdul's bombing attempt had anything to do with her son's death. Which is why I wonder if Gina managed to spoof her mother-in-law's account and do some posting of her own.
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LibraryThing member coastandanchor
Books written by Lynette Eason are a guaranteed reading marathon! As with the previous two books, once you start you can't put it down. Active Defense is the third book in the Danger Never Sleeps series. The suspense and action will keep you on your toes from the opening scenes to the ending
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chapter. From kidnapping to murder, you don't know what is around the next corner (page). It has romance sprinkled in but not overwhelming. This series of books focuses on a group of independent, courageous, strong women. They don't need to be read in order, but I highly recommend it so you will be familiar with the characters. If you like Dee Henderson, Irene Hannon or Susan May Warren, then you will enjoy the Danger Never Sleeps series.
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