Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice)

by Nancy Mehl (Contributor)

Paperback, 2018



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Bethany House Publishers (2018), 320 pages


Fiction. Romance. Suspense. U.S. Marshal Casey Sloane is tasked with escorting a reporter to testify before a grand jury regarding a missing environmentalist. At first, the assignment seems routine. But when it becomes dangerously clear that there's more to the story than anyone knows, Casey and two other marshalsâ??one a man from her pastâ??will have to do whatever it takes to su


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320 p.; 8.5 inches


0764217798 / 9780764217791

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LibraryThing member alekee
If you enjoy mystery with non-stop action, this read will give you all you want, most of the time your heart will be in your throat.
We are with the US Marshall, then with help for the FBI and local police, somehow, we are moving a witness to DC, but in reality, we are trying to save our Country,
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and you keep wondering whom will come out of this alive.
This is the third book in this series that the author has offered, and it is just as good as the first two, and each can be read alone, but you may want to peruse the previous books, you won’t be disappointed.
I am hoping for more in this series, guess I like being frightened, at least in a book!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice #3)
Author: Nancy Mehl
Pages: 320
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
The Defenders of Justice series begins with Fatal Frost followed by Dark Deception before ending with Blind Betrayal. In Blind Betrayal, we meet up with U. S.
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Marshals Casey Sloane and her partner who are tasked with getting a witness safely to Washington D.C. to provide evidence against a dangerous man who runs a drug cartel. Before Casey and her partner can even start their journey, a bomb goes off in the main marshal’s office. Now, without a way to contact her boss or know the status of the friends she has there who are also her co-workers, she must discipline herself to focus on her mission.
However, danger increases as miscommunication happens. People are found dead that weren’t near the bomb site and the boss is in surgery fighting for his life. Without secure phones, Casey isn’t sure who to trust and her partner feels they are on their own when a FBI agent and former friend of Casey’s shows up to help.
Like the other books in the series this one is a riveting and suspense-filled tale with characters who are almost lifelike as the author has crafted them with such personalities and life choices that haunt them. Casey is a good U.S. Marshal and a tough lady, but here she also comes face-to-face with her past and must decide whether to face it or pretend she is fine. Their witness puts them at great risk when she does something that allows others to track or find them without the marshals’ knowledge.
There is also a budding romance, and one character who truly seemed like an anomaly to me as I couldn’t tell if he was a protagonist or antagonist. A couple of the action scenes really put my heart in my throat as I felt like I was there as a witness. I loved how Nancy showed in the book the impact of people videotaping, posting, texting and how that can help or hinder what is happening with law enforcement and people in action.
I wonder if Nancy will write another installment in this series or if she is starting a new one, either way her books are such a delight to read and time flies quickly!
Enjoy her Defenders of Justice series! I did!
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 Becky_L
“As Martin Avery waited to be murdered, he was surprised to find that, more than anything else, he felt offended.” What an amazing, “draw-you-in-immediately” first sentence! You know it’s going to be a great suspense book when the first sentence is so intriguing you can’t help but be
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blown away.

Valerie Bennett is a newspaper reporter who has been questioning the famous environmentalist Martin Avery. Suddenly, Bennett happens upon a dangerous secret. Now her life is in danger.

Casey Sloane and Doug Howard, St. Louis US Marshalls assigned to protect Valerie, quickly have a bigger job on their hands than they expect. When their home office is bombed, they are uncertain about the security of their plans.

EJ Queen from another office joins the team, bringing unpleasant memories from the past to the surface for both himself and Casey.

What a suspenseful ride! Mehl does a great job of making the terror so real that the reader can easily believe he/she is living (hopefully) through it along with the protagonists.

I loved the way that Mehl brings to question whether duty should come before family in a disaster. I liked her conclusion, although I suspect some might differ.

This is a great thrill ride that lovers of Christian romantic suspense will not want to miss. Although Nancy Mehl’s Blind Betrayal is Book Three in her Defenders of Justice series, it also works great as a stand-alone, so no disappointing cliffhangers that make you wait for another year.

I gratefully received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher and NetGalley. No positive review was required and the opinions herein are solely my own.
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LibraryThing member Harley0326
Every time I read a book from this author I am always amazed at how she can weave a story that captures your full attention. The action is non stop and the characters are exceptional. I loved how the author made it hard to determine who was the good guys and who wasn't. Just when I thought a
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character was trust worthy they fool me. There is definitely something strange going on when the FBI makes me question their integrity. It becomes clear that not everyone is on the same page.

Casey is a fierce character who is determined to protect a witness that has been slated to testify. Her partner E.J. is well trained and has a keen sense of reading people. The action starts when a bomb explodes in the marshals office. The goal is to get the witness to a safe place, but obstacles get in the way. I was starting to mistrust the witness Valerie when she seems to help the bad guys find her. It's a race against the clock in this explosive and powerful cat and mouse game. Can Casey and E.J. keep Valerie alive to testify? Who is really behind all the danger that puts Casey and E.J. in danger? I love the complexity of the story and how the author puts the pieces together in an intense way that keeps you guessing till the end. The ending is masterfully written with surprises that lead to a closure that will make you cheer.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers. The review is my own opinion.
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LibraryThing member Virginia51
This has so many twists and turns and you don’t know what might happen next. This is another book in the Defended of Justice series an$ as always I don’t want to put this book down. I love the characters and hope there will be another in the series. I was on the edge of my seat through most of
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the story. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice #3)
Author: Nancy Mehl
Pages: 317
Year: 2018
Publisher: Bethany House
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
Casey Sloane has been in St. Louis as a federal marshal for two years. Her new assignment is to escort a reporter to Washington, D.C. to testify to information
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she received from an environmentalist who has gone missing. Someone from D.C. has been sent to accompany her and her partner on the transfer. Unfortunately, it is someone she hoped to never see again, E.J. Queen. They used to work together in D.C., but she hasn’t seen him for two years. She left D.C. on bad terms with him. But before they can talk about the past or leave town with their witness, the local federal marshals office is bombed with many casualties. Casey’s boss tells her to leave town immediately and check in later.
E.J. Queen is sent to St. Louis to help in the transportation of a reporter to the D.C. office. He used to work with Casey before she left suddenly for St. Louis. He had romantic feelings for her but kept them to himself as she was dating his best friend. Her sudden departure without explanation rankled. Now, he must work with her, and they both would rather not be near each other. Their attempts to keep their witness safe will have to crank up to their top performance ever as she is under attack. They will have to use all of their skills and work together if they intend to get her to D.C. alive.
This third and final book in this series is filled with plenty of action and suspense. The pages quickly turned as I delved into the story, waiting anxiously to see what happened next. The tension between E.J. and Casey was palpable and believable. The chase scenes were edge-of-your-seat action and there even was a bit of romance. Nancy’s stories always have a faith element, and I like that she thanks God for giving her the talent to write at the end of the book.
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LibraryThing member KimPotter
Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl is the third book in her Defenders of Justice series. Wow, what a story! I’m not sure that there are enough adjectives to describe it. From the explosive first page all the way to the spell-binding end you are kept on the edge of your seat, waiting for what will
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happen next. U.S Marshal Casey Sloane has to escort a reporter to Washington to testify. What seems like an easy assignment turns into a life or death struggle. Not only for Casey but also for the reporter. Trying to stay one step ahead is their only hope of survival. I really enjoyed this story. It was one of those books that you have to stay up way too late so you can finish. I would highly recommend it to any one who loves a lot of action in their stories.

I received this book from Bethany House Publisher’s in exchange for my honest review.
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Media reviews

This one is good! Casey left her job at the U.S. Marshal's office in DC for reasons no one really knows except her. When she and her new partner are set to transport a witness, DC sends none other than her old friend EJ to help. I was confused (along with EJ) about Casey's reactions to him. The
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back story was both sad and infuriating. The author did a great job with that.

This was an intricate tale. There wasn't just one storyline going and I really liked all the players. The way the characters each apprroached the problems was realistic and you could tell the author did her research. I had an emotional roller coaster of emotions through the book. Their was action, betrayal, love, suspense and more.

It was a 5/5 for me. I truly loved it.

Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.
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