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Posted July 22, 2014
Degree of Risk
So much tension and action! An extremely heart warming and uplifting storyline and ending. Beautifully written sex scenes that made me want to chase my husband around the house!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2014
Another captivating book by an author who skillfully brings you
Another captivating book by an author who skillfully brings you into all of her stories and allows you to read, feel and sense the drama and humanity experienced by all of the protagonists. Each of McKenna's books are very special and are worth reading because when you finish the last page you are left with something precious that you will always remember...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 1, 2014
Degree of Risk is the conclusion to Lindsay McKenna¿s Risk Taker
Degree of Risk is the conclusion to Lindsay McKenna’s Risk Taker. We pick-up where Risk Taker left off with Medevac Pilot Sarah Benson and Navy SEAL Ethan Quinn engaged to be married and living in a war zone. We learned in Risk Taker that Sarah had been abused in the foster care system. Ethan, a Navy SEAL, through his dedication and patience, taught Sarah how to love. As with any military novel that Ms. McKenna writes, we encounter a tragedy of sorts. This time we see Sarah’s helicopter shot out of the sky while Ethan watched from afar. As we waited for the stinger missile to hit the helicopter, Ms. McKenna wrote in such detail the events that led up to and after the encounter from both characters perspective. I felt Ethan’s fear as he watched the missile approach the helicopter while you felt Sarah’s angst as she tried to evade the missile strike. True to Ms. McKenna’s form we are touched by the lives of characters previously written about in prior novels. This was a great conclusion to the series. I would highly recommend this book along with Ms. McKenna’s other series Black Jaguar Squadron.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 27, 2014
This is the much anticipated sequel to Risk Taker, HRS, Feb¿14.
This is the much anticipated sequel to Risk Taker, HRS, Feb’14. The saga of Chief Warrant Officer 4, Sarah Benson and Navy SEAL, Ethan Quinn continues. Sarah was called “Blue Eyes” but there are many more layers and much more depth to her. Ethan intuitively feels it. She has a Warrior Spirit just like SEALS. Due to abandonment and abuse at a tender young age she is a determined Medevac Pilot who pulls out all the stops in order to rescue the wounded. No one is deserted or left behind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
At age 12 Sarah was taken in by Hank and Mary Benson. They were aware of her years of abuse and tried to make up for it. They couldn’t love her enough to heal her invisible wounds. To create a safe bond with Sarah, Hank introduced her to the helicopter that he flew. Flying became her lifeline, her one constant that helped her survive and thrive.
Only with Ethan does Sarah feel free to open up and reveal that she feels dirty, unclean and undeserving of someone like Ethan. She sees herself as “Damaged Goods”, he most definitely does not. Ethan understands that she lived through darkness and survived with a splintered heart and fractured soul. She appears fearless but Ethan sees into her sensitive side. He affirms that her nurturing ability to care wasn’t harmed. It’s only been hidden. Her sense of mothering & love of all children is intact & strong.
Due to her budding relationship with Ethan, SEAL Master Chief Gil Hunter and the entire platoon treat Sarah with the respect she has earned and deserves. They prepare a room just for her at SEAL HQ. Although extremely wary of men she’s comfortable being surrounded by these warriors. One evening while she’s readying her Army survival Go Bag her SEAL brothers stepped in to tell “little sister, Sarah” that her supplies were pitiful. With Master Chief Hunter’s full support they assembled a 65lb SEAL E & E (Escape and Evasion) ruck to be used to keep her alive and ahead of the bad guys.
Sarah’s next assignment came while she was the standby pilot on duty. This mission entailed transporting a load of 105mm rounds to FOB Thunder. Things quickly deteriorate when her Black Hawk helicopter is shot down by a Stinger missile meant to blow them out of the sky. Co-pilot Tait doesn’t survive the hit but Sarah does. She’s able to escape taking her new life saving ruck with her. With Taliban surrounding the area she knows she has to outsmart them to in order to make it to safety. Upon hearing that the helicopter went down, the SEALs believe Sarah is alive and mount a direct-action mission to get her. This is personal for all of them. Besides being Ethan’s woman, she’s a gutsy pilot who saves lives and they will stop at nothing to rescue her.
Lessons of survival learned early on are deeply ingrained in her being. The supplies in her ruck allow Sarah to tend to her wounds and press on. Her hidden location is compromised when she fires shots in order to save a mother and daughter from a brutal Taliban attack. She took action in spite of the fact that no one had ever protected her. Sarah gets captured by Mustafa Khogani, Taliban Chief of the hill. While she is a prisoner, she offers to trade herself in order to spare a young boy from torture. This incident became a stellar moment as she deftly fended off Khogani’s attack. You can still hear me cheering for her!!! The SEALS invade the compound and liberate her.
Ultimately Sarah and Ethan are married surrounded by his SEAL platoon. Master Chief Hunter gave her away. If Sarah could have picked a father it would have been him and she reminds him of his spitfire oldest daughter. SEALS have had Ethan’s back and he now has the woman he loves at his side. A new chapter in their lives begins. They know that as long as they’re together, with their love flourishing everything is right with the world.