Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guest Book Review ~ "Drop Zone" by Traci Hunter Abramson

Drop Zone by Traci Hunter Abramson

Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: mystery/suspense
Reviewed by Whitney

Book Description:  Paige Vickers needs a new life, so she’s relieved when she’s given an assignment that takes her away from her stressful position as a psychiatric nurse with the CIA and puts her in a job as administrative assistant for Vanessa Johnson, an instructor for undercover operatives at the CIA’s training facility. 

At the same time, Damian Schmitt has been transferred to become a part of the Saint Squad—an elite group of Navy SEALs. However, on his first training mission with the team, he is almost killed, and the team suspects that the nearly fatal exercise was no accident. Then tensions accelerate when the rest of the squad is deployed on a secret mission—only to come up missing.

When the Saint Squad’s disappearance endangers Paige’s boss, it is up to Paige and Damian to discover what has happened by going undercover to Maracaibo, Venezuela, the city of Damian’s childhood. The shocking twists and turns keep all the members of the team guessing as they push to find out who is responsible for the attacks on the tightly knit Saint Squad.

Whitney's thoughts:   Paige gets a new job as the assistant to a CIA administrator; Damien finishes SEAL school and gets assigned to the elite “Saint Squad,” a squadron of Navy SEALs who are all LDS and who tackle the toughest assignments. Next thing Paige and Damien know, they’re traveling to Venezuela together to rescue the squad and the administrator, battling South American drug lords and corruption within the Agency…and of course falling in love on the side.
            I had a fun time reading this book—lots of suspense, romance, exotic locations, and excitement. It asks the reader to suspend quite a bit of disbelief—would an administrative assistant and a new SEAL really get assigned to go in as spies on a rescue mission? Oh, well, I finally decided: the author’s bio says she worked for the CIA, and I never have, so let’s assume she knows what she’s talking about and go along for the ride.
This is the author’s fourth book about the “Saint Squad.” Even having read one of the previous books, I got a little tangled up in the relationships and the references to past books. But if you like a fun, heart-pounding suspense-romance, you’ll want to read all these books anyway.

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