Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor)

by Dani Pettrey

Paperback, 2016



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Bethany House Publishers (2016), 336 pages


Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. When modern skeletal remains are discovered at Gettysburg, park ranger and former sniper Griffin McCray must confront his past if he, his friends, and charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott are going to escape this web of murder alive.


Original language


Physical description

336 p.; 8.5 inches


0764211978 / 9780764211973

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LibraryThing member Nise
After loving the Alaskan Courage series I knew her next series would be on my TBR list!. We are introduced to a new set of interesting characters - all friends for a long time. This first book introduces the characters and focuses on Griffin and Finley. Griffin likes his solitary job as a park
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ranger, it helps to keep the past where he wants it. When Finley starts spending time in the park on a dig, his heart begins to thaw. When a body is uncovered and determined to be recent his solitary life is a thing of the past, especially when his friends show up to help. Once the identity of the body is determined the suspense picks up with many trying to keep everything buried. Griffin and Finley's romance, while a part of the story, did not overtake it. There are hints to what the other characters will be dealing with in future books. A clean read with some faith elements. A great start to this new series.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor #1)
Author: Dani Pettrey
Pages: 336
Year: 2016
Publisher: Bethany House
Wow! What an exciting start to this great new suspense series by Dani Pettrey! Griffin McCray is a former sniper with the Baltimore Police Department SWAT team, but now is serving as a park ranger
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at Gettysburg. He is trying to forget a hostage situation a few years ago that he was involved in that went bad. He holds himself responsible for the outcome and is still struggling with guilt. While out on patrol in the park he interrupts a couple of men digging for Civil War artifacts. They make a grisly discovery. Griffin calls in Finley Scott a forensic anthropologist to investigate.
Finley Scott is a forensic pathologist who does her job to seek justice for those victims who can no longer gain it for themselves. She is also struggling with fear from a prior case that went wrong causing her to be abducted by a psychopathic killer. She has trouble trusting and has panic attacks. A grumpy park ranger is not her cup of tea, but she wants to find a murderer. She and Griffin work together using their unique skill sets to uncover much more than a murder. As attempts are made on their lives, Griffin vows not to let Finley get hurt. His protective nature comes into play and soon they are spending lots of time together. Finley discovers there is much more to Griffin than she thought.
Boy, this is one that will hold your attention from beginning to end with great suspense, tension and excitement! I loved that the main characters as well as their friends lived their faith daily and weren’t ashamed of being Christians. They prayed together and individually for God’s protection, guidance and wisdom. I’m already looking forward to book two in the series and watching the characters develop. I very much enjoyed Dani’s Alaskan Courage series and this new series has started out really well. This is definitely one that is not to be missed!
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 Robin661
Cold Shot
Dani Pettrey

Book Summary: In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then
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Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled. Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he's living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top--and they aren't Civil War-era. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

Review: Great start to this new series. This was an exciting story with some great twists along the way. This was a well written and exciting story. Griffin and Finley were fun and I am looking forward to future stories. This was an interesting story with a lot of loose ends with is Luke alive and who will Kate end up with. The new characters are exciting. I do hope that the next story are going to go to have the twists and turns this one did. There was so much going on and yet there was down time to regroup and give the reader a break. The storyline was very interesting with lots of surprises. There were several things going on that with the men’s youth connections and the murder they were trying to solve. For me it is always a hesitation to start a new series especially if the previous series was so good.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House 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 MandaT
I was thrilled to be able to get my hands on Dani Pettrey's newest book. I loved her Alaskan Courage series and was looking forward to reading Cold Shot. This newest series is just as exciting and is a thrilling adventure from cover to cover. I like how she gradually introduces you to each
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character not telling their whole story right up front. It's like pieces of a puzzle that come together gradually and finally at the end you see the whole picture. Although, this book has surely added mysteries that aren't solved in this first book and will lead to the next 3 books. I appreciated the way the author communicated the faith of her characters. It was not forced, but seemed very natural throughout the book. I enjoyed reading about the characters in this first book, and look forward to continuing their stories in the books to come.

***I received this free book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member vintagebeckie
Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey was By The Book’s June selection. My book club gave it a unanimous thumbs up for likable characters, non-stop action and an unpredictable plot. A great book for beach or poolside reading, this one gets our unequivocal recommendation.

A cold case soon becomes almost too
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hot too handle when a body is discovered on Little Round Top at the Gettysburg National Battleground site. Ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott join forces to determine the identity of the victim and bring to justice those who killed her. But with a slew of bad guys, tension between old friends and past trauma, this case is neither straightforward nor easy.

My group loved the main characters in Cold Shot, but also those secondary characters we are hoping will get novels of their own. Most are Christians who struggle with trust in a Father they know is good, but lets them experience pain and tragedy and exhibits His strength through their weakness. Both Griffin and Finley turn to God in prayer to guide their lives and discover the truth. Short chapters keep the action going, making this a page-turner with enough twists and turns to keep the characters and the reader off-balance. The depravity of the bad guys is discussed, but never graphically. You get chills, but no nightmare-inducing images. There was only one complaint expressed by all in our group — we have to wait 7 more months for book 2, Still Life, to come out!

Cold Shot is a winner from our new favorite author, Dani Pettrey. Grab your copy for your next weekend getaway.


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the copy I received through their book club coordinator program. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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LibraryThing member Cherylk
For the first book in a series, this book starts out good. I like the dynamics involving Griffin and his friends, Declan and Parker. I could tell that there was a lot of history between them all that helped to connect them for life. Each guy and his profession was an asset to the story. I can't
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wait to get to know more about Declan and Parker.

With all of the male testosterone, Finley could have easily fallen into the background but she didn't. In fact, she stood toe to toe with Griffin. Nothing wrong with a strong female lead. There is a romantic connection between Griffin and Finley but it is slow and kind. It does not distract from the mystery at hand. This book is a quick read. If you like mysteries but not all of the blood and gore than you should check out this book.
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LibraryThing member alekee
Four best friends, but at this time it is only three, are called together when a body is found at Gettysburg National Park, and it is not from the Civil War.
Once the body is discovered, danger begins to follow all involved in identifying the victim, why? Well as we follow this dangerous trail the
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wake of bodies begin to pile up, and old relationships become strained.
I loved the fact that these individuals have a strong relationship with God and although it is hard, and human nature, they follow their faith.
There are such strong characters here, whether they are the good or bad guys, they all are talented in what they do. We do get a bit of romance here, and we meet Winston, a great character in his own right. Through out the book there is a person missing and he is mentioned several times, Luke, we all begin to miss him, and wonder where he has gone for this time, seven years. Kate has never given up on him and at the end there is a hope that he will be returned to this group.
I enjoyed how all of the characters worked so well together, and hope they all make it to the end of the book, the danger is so strong, and the evil comes from all over the world.
I cannot wait for the next book in this Chesapeake Valor series. Enjoy!
I received this book from the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
Cold Shot is a great start to a new series. I liked how it opened up and showed us just who the characters were and how they would react to the situations they were in. Finley Scott is an anthropologist who is doing some work in the Gettysburg National Park when she gets an after hours call to come
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out and look at a body, while she thinks it a bit strange, she leaves from her date and comes to see what is going on without question. She gets there and Griffin shows her to the body and the story begins.
This book keeps you looking to see why the body is so important and who is concerned that the body was found. I also liked seeing how the three men who were once great friends work at connecting again to do their part in this case. I am looking forward to see where their adventures continue next and to see more of what in their past got them to this point.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review.
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LibraryThing member SarahGraceGrzy
2.5 stars.

Interesting story, but not really a fan of the romancecontent and writing. Probably won't be reading the rest of the series.
LibraryThing member drmom62
Good but frequent introspection of romantic undercurrent seems forced. Took off point for that.
It only gets worse. Yes, we have more than one early desperate romance, the Bosnian War cover up, a Gettysburg reenactment sniper and prayers to God to solve the murder and solidify the romances. Cheesy
LibraryThing member drmom62
Good but frequent introspection of romantic undercurrent seems forced. Took off point for that.
It only gets worse. Yes, we have more than one early desperate romance, the Bosnian War cover up, a Gettysburg reenactment sniper and prayers to God to solve the murder and solidify the romances. Cheesy

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