Fatal Judgment (Guardians of Justice Series #1)

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"Extraordinary writing . . . a not-to-be-missed reading experience."—RT Book Reviews on Against All Odds (4½ stars, Top Pick)

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward the coldhearted workaholic haven't warmed in the five years since...

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Overview

"Extraordinary writing . . . a not-to-be-missed reading experience."—RT Book Reviews on Against All Odds (4½ stars, Top Pick)

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward the coldhearted workaholic haven't warmed in the five years since she drove her husband—and Jake's best friend—to despair . . . and possible suicide.

As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, he's forced to revise his opinion of her. And when it becomes clear that an unknown enemy may want her dead, the stakes are raised. Because now both her life—and his heart—are in danger.

Full of suspense and romance, Fatal Judgment launches a thrilling series featuring three siblings bound by blood and a passion for justice.

Praise for the books of Irene Hannon

"Fast-paced crime drama with an aside of romance . . . [and] an ever-climactic mystery. Hannon's tale is engagingly sure-footed."—Publishers Weekly

"Hannon is a master at character development."—Library Journal

"Superbly written."—Booklist

RITA®-award-winner (and four-time finalist) Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, including Against All Odds, An Eye for an Eye, and In Harm's Way. A former corporate communications executive with a Fortune 500 company, Irene now writes full time from her home in Missouri.

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When U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor returns from Iraq, he is assigned to protect federal judge Liz Michaels. It is an assignment he would rather not take. Liz is the wife of his deceased best friend, and there is no love lost between the pair. Jake blames Liz's workaholic ways for her husband's apparent suicide. But as the threats on Liz's life increase, their feelings begin to change. VERDICT Hannon (In Harm's Way) is a RITA Award winner with over 35 novels to her credit. Her popularity alone requires that libraries purchase this series launch, but the strong character development and story line here will appeal to T. Davis Bunn and Ted Dekker fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800734565
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Guardians of Justice Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 171,783
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 5.48 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Thanks B & N!

    Thank you Barnes & Noble for offering some Christian & inspirational choices for the free Friday selection! Just because this type of fiction isn't everybody's cup of tea, does not mean it "sucks" or is "boring", in the words of other posters. I appreciate that there are a variety of genres offered for the free Friday selections, offering something for everybody.

    38 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Great read

    I loved this book. After reading her last suspense series I thought her books couldn't get any better. I was wrong. I loved this book and can't wait for her next in this series. If you love christian suspense, don't miss this one.

    31 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Thank you,b&n

    Thanks for a wonderful freebook friday selection! This is great christian suspense.

    24 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Ugg...boring too much religion

    OMG!!! Too much religion....not a good read if ur no religion or one other than christian. Boring suspense. Free seems ro be terrible now.:(( boring

    20 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    FREE?????

    It is nice that BnN has free friday but i would like to see something recognizable. Some free books have been good but...... Also Free Friday should be separate for kids, teens and adults. Three choices.

    16 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    AN ACTION PACKED INSPIRATIONAL ROMANTIC SUSPENSE! A MUST READ!

    FATAL JUDGMENT by Irene Hannon is an action packed inspirational romantic suspense set in present day St. Louis. It is the first in the new series "Guardians of Justice". It is well written with depth,details,twists,turns,action packed, and fast paced. It has romance, faith, healing, murder,danger, justice, guilt, survival,mystery,suspense, second chances, love, FBI, special tactual forces, U.S. Marshalls, and redemption. The hero, Jake, is handsome, a U.S. Marshal,assigned to protect a judge,who just happens to have been his best friend's widow. The heroine, Liz, is a federal judge, just had her sister murdered in her house, is assigned to protective custody,in danger, has an unknown enemy and must keep her feeling in check. The police,FBI, U.S.Marshals and other law enforcement agency detail is amazing and adds authenticity to the story.This is a fast paced, page turning story of second chances, changing opinions, high stakes, life or death situation, finding peace with ones own actions and finding faith again during times of turmoil and trouble.This author has done it again with this story packed full of suspense and romance. A must read and a keeper.This book was received for the purpose of review and details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More. **Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group**

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Read the book

    I wish people would appreciate different genres and not be so judgmental. Try reading with an open mind. We had to do that in high school and they called it getting an education!

    11 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Great Read!

    Suspense, romance, and written with class. I have enjoyed all of Irene Hannon's books. Writing style is similar to Dee Henderson.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    Hannon's Crime Drama is back and BETTER than ever!

    Warning! This book is fatally hazardous to ones sleep! True to the description on the back of the book, the book keeps the reader turning the pages long, long, long into the night. Each turn of the page brings fast paced suspenseful crime blended with tender romance. It lasts through out the book (starting immediately from the first sentence!) until the very last page. Thus, the fatal hazard to the readers sleep. You will NOT be able to, or even want to, put it down. And, the good thing is, this is book 1 in Hannon's newest series, Guardians of Justice, so we will get more of this awesome crime drama!

    The characters in this book are all unique in their own way, each with their own struggles, and I fell in love with each one of them. This book, and it's wonderfully molded characters, absolutely gripped me and pulled me directly into the plot. I felt on many occasions that I, myself, was Judge Michaels, and it was I whom the killer was intent on killing! My heart pounded with all the action and each new twist in the case of fatal judgement was definitely edge-of-seat, breath gasping material!

    While I connected with Liz, it was Jake Taylor that really stood out and pulled me in. His devotion to his cases, his love for those around him, really stood out. His meaningful character was the depth of this awesome story, especially as he learned to rely on God wholly once again!

    I definitely, hands down, recommend this better-than-TV-crime-dramas book. Five stars and then some, you'll fall in love with Hannon's faith-filled, romantic, action packed novels. And, if you're already a Hannon fan, this is a MUST, MUST, MUST read to add to your shelves!

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Cute

    Its a really cute story. Not overly steamy but it developed nicely. Great potential in supporting characters too! I'd read another.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

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    Good Story

    Irene Hannon sure can write a compelling story! Her research impresses me, and her characters are quite believable. From cover to cover, this story demanded my full attention; I could not allow any interruptions.

    I have one complaint, however; the author writes in sentence fragments, which throws off this retired English teacher. I guess it's her style, but I prefer complete sentences.

    Nevertheless, this is a book worth reading, and I recommend it heartily.

    Thank you to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing Group for my copy. This is one Christian fiction that I think most readers will enjoy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Sweet

    This book, to me, was a nice change of pace. Its too bad the last few reviews seemed to target more to a disapointment in b&n than the author. This isnt super steamy which woul have been nice but i like the draw between the charachters.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    Just ok....

    Decent story but writing style a bit sophomoric and completely predictable.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Word wise

    This is an interesting book. The characters are well written, and traverse many backrounds. The good guys all had some type of poor choices in their past, which is true to life. Even the bad guy had some redeaming qualities, which made him more real. The plot is well thought out, though it could have been tweaked to be slightly shorter. I skipped some to get to the better parts in the last 50 or so pages. Mostly my interest was on the page I was reading and not projected into another part of the book. I found this CHRISTIAN SUSPENCE NOVEL quite enjoyable. I appreciate the chance to read a book without having to skip pages of trashy sexual scenes that add nothing pertinant to the plot. I did not feel as though the book was "preachy" in any way. In times of stress real people often turn to their God to bolster their strength. It seems logical that well written stressed book characters would do likewise. I likes that the author reinforced the theme that people change. Sometimes in one direction, sometimes in another. In some places its spelled out, in others it is understood, but it is a theme that was well developed. From my viewpoint the book was a success. It kept my interest. It had believable characters, and was written for an adult audience. The fact there wasn't a lot of sexual content also makes it a good read for adolecents.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    GOOD BOOK by Lynn

    Entertaining, suspensefull read with Christian elements. Not preachy. Will read this author again. Thanks B&N for offering different authors for free, I have found many new authors to read as a result.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    "Fatal Judgment" Superb writing and story

    I have just had the pleasure of reading a wonderful selection from The Crossing Book Club, entitled "Fatal Judgment", by Irene Hannon. Hannon has written a novel/story of intrigue, drama, hope, compassion and fear, all rolled up into one fantastic novel. The main characters in my opinion, are a U.S. Deputy Marshal by the name of Jake Taylor, who is charged with protecting a Federal judge, by the name of Liz Michaels, following the murder of the judge's sister. Was the murder intended to be that of Liz Michaels sister, or was there another intention. Until that question can be answered, Taylor must protect this Federal Judge at all costs.

    There is also another twist to the protective detail. This Federal Judge and the U.S. Marshal have a past. Michaels was married to a now dead friend of Taylor's and the reasons for his death are yet unclear to Taylor or Michaels. Jake must attempt to put his feelings aside in order to do his job and protect Liz Michaels from harm and possible death.

    Follow the characters as the story unfolds right through the conclusion. This story is riveting and as the reader, I have a feeling you won't be able to close this book until you have finished it completely.

    Irene Hannon is a wonderful writer and "Fatal Judgment" is a testament to her abilities and determination. Bravo Irene Hannon. I for one will most certainly be reading more of her work. Thank you so much.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Mediocre at best

    Not a bad book, but strictly formula mystery. Pretty ho-hum. I usually enjoy series books, but probably won't be following this one.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

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    misleading

    The description was TOTALLY misleading. This was a christian book that trying to make you believe in god. This should have been stated somewhere to let people know it a religious novel.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Some good points - but didn't work for me

    I love romantic suspense - as long as the story moves at a good pace.

    'Fatal Judgment' is a near miss. The writing was professional, but there wasn't enough conflict to keep me interested. I started skimming in the 6th chapter - and quit reading after Chapter 9.

    I did like the fact the hero had brothers and a sister. It was a refreshing change from the 'lone wolf' Alpha. I even liked the fact the characters talked about religion and going to church. That earned 2 stars.

    However, the story didn't work for me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    Great read

    Irene Hannon is a new author for me, I down loaded this simply because it was the free Friday book this week and the overview sounded like it would be something I would enjoy. This was a great read I was hooked from the first chapter could not put it down. It was fast passed and kept my interest the entire book. I can't wait to read the second book in The Guardians of Justice Series. I will be recommending her to all my friends. I also look forward to readimg the Quantico Series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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