Against All Odds (Heroes of Quantico Series #1)

Against All Odds (Heroes of Quantico Series #1)

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by Irene Hannon
     
 

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For FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Evan Cooper and his partner, dignitary protection duty should have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately, Monica Callahan isn't making it easy. Estranged from her diplomat father--who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East--she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States. That is,

Overview

For FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Evan Cooper and his partner, dignitary protection duty should have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately, Monica Callahan isn't making it easy. Estranged from her diplomat father--who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East--she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States. That is, until a chilling warning convinces her that the danger is very real--and escalating.

As Coop and his partner do their best to keep her safe, Monica's father triggers an abduction that puts his daughter's life at risk. And with every second that ticks by, Coop knows that the odds of saving the only woman who has ever breached the walls around his heart are dropping. After all, terrorists aren't known for their patience--or their mercy.

Book one in the Heroes of Quantico series, this suspense-filled novel will whisk readers along for the thrilling ride.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441203724
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Series:
Heroes of Quantico Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
35,366
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Irene Hannon is the author of more than 35 novels, including the bestselling Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. Booklist also included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.

For more information about her and her books, Irene invites you to visit her web site at www.irenehannon.com.
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, and Sea Rose Lane, as well as the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, two Carol Awards, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, two Booksellers' Best Awards, and a National Readers' Choice Award. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com.

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Against All Odds 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 447 reviews.
avidreaderEB More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and would recommend it to just about everyone- of all ages and experiences. I thought it had a lot to offer, wand while I'm not usually into the religiously-themed novels, they can be moving if done right, in a way that makes you feel something trully significant through the characters, and this one does that.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
I love that this book spotlighted something I had never thought of before - the Hostage Rescue Team division of the FBI. The HRT is responsible for rescuing people that have been kidnapped or taken hostage - or in this case - been threatened.

Monica is in danger through no fault of her own, but her estranged dad deals with terrorists and they don't like him. Since he doesn't take threats to himself seriously they decide to threaten his daughter. By pulling some strings he gets the HRT involved to proactively protect his daughter, but what if she doesn't love that idea? Well, she doesn't but finally relents. Even with her cooperation can Evan and his partner actually protect Monica?

This is a great start to a new series that even Dee Henderson compares to Dee Henderson!
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. For some reason, I feel that romantic suspense in Christian fiction, while enjoyable, is usually pretty weak compared with general fiction. I think the reason lies with the stories tending to focus more on the relationship and then throw in a kidnapping or two. Also the romance part is usually very rushed and not really convincing. This book however went off in a totally different direction. This story was jam packed with suspense. In fact, I felt that this was a big highlight of the book, the fact that it focused more on the suspense than the romance. There were some really tense situations throughout the book and times where I wanted to flip to the end to find out if these people made it out alive. This book however expertly blends the two together but gives an added kick to the suspense level which is greatly appreciated. The romance bit though is done very well and was realistic. I thought the chemistry between Coop and Monica was great and it made their relationship seem genuine. While the book focuses on Middle Eastern terrorists, there is nothing here that could be considered prejudiced or stereotyping. I really felt that I was reading something straight out of the news. The details were very realistic and the story dares to show the fear and terror that comes from being held as a hostage. There's a endorsement on the cover from Dee Henderson, who is the all time leader in Christian romantic suspense, that says this book is better than hers. I totally agree with her. I really think this is probably THE best Christian romantic suspense book I have ever read and I am going to be looking forward to reading more books from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fans of Dee Henderson's Uncommon Heroes and/or O'Malley series will love "Against All Odds", book # 1 of the Heroes of Quantico Series by Irene Hannon. Fast paced, romantic suspense, centered around the FBI, with a plot that hits close to home with a terrorist twist. Highly recommended reading. I've already read book #2 - An Eye for an Eye and I am anxiously awaiting the relese of book #3 "In Harms Way" in February.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This was a Great Suspense/Romance. I love that it is clean and still keeps you turning pages. It is full of action and good character development. You even get some of the terrorist's perspective. It had everything that makes a good story for me. It is a Christian book that is not too preachy, mostly just lives it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing story line and characters. Very well written and tough to put down! A suspenseful romance without the gratuitous language so it is enjoyable to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I was initially hesitant but at the time it was a free NookBook. I enjoy David Baldacci books so I thought - "sure why not?" Boy am I glad I did! The suspense tied in with faith in God was amazing. I'm delighted I've found an author who can write to keep me on the edge of my seat but keep in mind the importance of God in any relationship and profession. I have since bought the other books and can't wait to dig into them. You won't put this down!
BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this story. Coop (FBI agent) and his partner are assigned to protect Monica, the daughter of a diplomat in this thriller by Irene Hannon. This first book of the new Quantico series deals with danger from terrorists, a young woman's refusal to accept help from her estranged father and romance. If you liked Dee Henderson's O'Malley series, you'll like this story.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
Do you know of anyone who has trouble relating to a family member? Most of us have or have had problems in this area. Monica, one of the characters in this tale, won't even take her father's phone calls! Communication and the lack of it is one of the themes in this suspense-driven novel. As Monica says, "As important as it is for people to talk the walk, it's just as important to learn to listen with the heart as well as the ears." Sometimes people communicate by doing, rather than by talking.

Another theme is forgiveness, and the damage involved when a person refuses to forgive. Another character states, "Forgiveness is hard, honey. But it's what God calls us to. Besides, as some wise person once said, holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. It hurts you a lot more than it hurts them."

I can't say much about the compelling plot because I don't want to ruin it for you. Romance, terrorism, Middle East, Afghanistan, FBI, kidnapping, hostage rescue team, diplomat, murder, relationships, women in distress, safe house, and bombs are all included in this Christian Fiction. This will keep any reader's attention.

I do not agree with the theology that has one person asking God for forgiveness for someone else. Other than that, it is an exciting book to read.
Sassy777 More than 1 year ago
and I was not disappointed. In fact, I read the next 2 books in the series. I really loved the suspense, romance and above all the faith in God. I like that she explored emerging faith as well as strong established faith in the characters. I also enjoyed learning about the HRT unit - what an incredible bunch of guys! They have the same skills as mercenaries but work within the law (my description, not hers). And not to spoil anything for the reader, but not everything ends in a fairytale way.
Appaloosa More than 1 year ago
Aside from this being a romantic-suspense novel it also tackles relationships and how our past affects our present and possibly our future and even our faith in God. The hero and heroine in the story have had strained relationships with their fathers that affected them in more ways than one and I loved that the author used this as a jumping point for them to understand each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story! As a military brat, I can relate to these characters and loved the fact that religion was presented in a positive light. I will be buying the other two in the series!
MARY Southward More than 1 year ago
This is how books should be written. I couldn't put it down. Best of all it told a story without explicit sex and vulgar language. Will look for more books by Irene Hannon!!
LoveMyBoys More than 1 year ago
Against All Odds is full of suspense and action with a good love story thrown in to make it even better. I could not put it down. As soon as I finished it I began to look for more Irene Hannon books. If you like Dee Henderson's books, you will enjoy the Heroes of Quantico series by Hannon. The characters do turn to God for help and comfort, but the storyline is never "preachy" or too religious. I haven't had a lot of luck with the free books for my Nook, but this one is an exception. In fact, it caused me to purchase another Hannon book, "In Harm's Way." I loved it, too.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Thoroughly enjoyable read that ended well. Faith and spirituality narratives were refreshing to say the least.
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davisbarker More than 1 year ago
I've read other books by this author. It did have a lot of suspense in it. It's been awhile since I read it.
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StellaPotts77 More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is well written and the hero and heroine are both believable. You can tell the facts and situations are well researched and you feel as if you are there with them through the tough times. Irene Hannon has done a superb job on her first suspense novel.
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Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Callahan is Kabul to negotiate the release of 3 Americans being held hostage by radical factions in Afghanistan. He has made a career of handling the tough problems with no regard to his personal safety or the cost to his personal life. Now he is facing a new problem – he is not the one being threatened – his daughter Monica is the one being threatened. Evan Cooper, “Coop”, is called in to protect Monica, along with his partner on this Hostage Rescue Team assignment Mark Sanders. The problem with that is that Monica doesn’t want their protection. At first she refuses to believe that she is in danger and that she really needs to follow the advice of these men. Tariq al-Hashemi is responsible for the kidnapping of the hostages in Afghanistan. He hates the Americans and their involvement in his country. He is willing to do anything to exact his revenge on those he feels owe him. He is ruthless and lacking of a conscience. He demands absolute obedience from his subordinates. His nephew Nouri oversees his attempt on the life of David Callahan’s daughter Monica. Nouri uses all the tools available to see his uncle’s plan against Monica to succeed. His skills and plans make it seem as though he has eyes inside the loop that is charged with the protection of Monica. Coop and the rest of the FBI HRT scramble to protect Monica from an unknown assailant who seems to know all of their secrets. Agents put their lives on the line to get the job done. The strain takes its toll on them all as the attacks continue and escalate until the final showdown. David Callahan and Monica both face the ultimate test as the crisis reaches its climax. This is a riveting story of intrigue played out on an international stage. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes suspense and international locations. Irene Hannon delivers another wonderfully crafted story.