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Honor Redeemed: First Responders Book #2

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Highly skilled Search and Rescue(SAR) team leader, Honor Mackenzie, works almost as hardat guarding the dark secrets of her pastas she does when training SAR dogs. As forwidowedSun reporter Matt Phillips, not even his former SAR workis as importantas protecting his ten-year-old twin boys.

Whenajumbo jetcrashes outsideBaltimore one cold night,their respective jobs put them face-to-face at the grisly scene--andforce Matt and Honorto reconsiderthe...

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Overview

Highly skilled Search and Rescue(SAR) team leader, Honor Mackenzie, works almost as hardat guarding the dark secrets of her pastas she does when training SAR dogs. As forwidowedSun reporter Matt Phillips, not even his former SAR workis as importantas protecting his ten-year-old twin boys.

Whenajumbo jetcrashes outsideBaltimore one cold night,their respective jobs put them face-to-face at the grisly scene--andforce Matt and Honorto reconsiderthe difficult decisionsthatresulted in theirlong-standing "single forever" status.

As Matt tries to come to terms with his feelings for Honor, he gets word thatshehasn’t reported in since starting the searchfor a missing child. Reverting to his SAR training, Mattleads the search team as avicious winter stormbears down on the area.Will he find her in time? And if he does, will they find their way back to each other or go back to living life alone?

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One November evening when a jet crashes along Baltimore's Patapsco River, Honor Mackenzie and her search-and-rescue dog Rowdy are called to the scene where she meets reporter Matt Phillips, who is hoping to file his next big story. Though their relationship is chilly at first, the two grow closer as Matt reveals that he once worked search and rescue and they discover that they both had lost spouses on 9/11. Then, on a weekend trip with his sons, Matt learns that Honor has gone missing during one of her missions. Frantic, he leads the team to find her before it is too late. VERDICT Lough's second series title (after From Ashes to Honor) is laced with fast-paced suspense and just enough romantic tension to satisfy Dee Henderson's many fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426713163
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Series: First Responders Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,291,780
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

With nearly 4,500,000 books in circulation, award-winning author Loree Lough has 99 books on the shelves (mostly faith-based fiction & non-fiction for children & adults that earned dozens of 4- & 5-star reviews & 5 movie options), including reader favorites such as the First Responders series & For Love of Eli (Abingdon Press). With the publication of Guarding Alyssa in February of 2014 (#3 in the “A Child to Love” series for Harlequin Heartwarming), the total will reach 100.

Loree's articles have appeared in dozens of international & national newspapers & magazines. In addition to nearly 2,500 feature stories (writing as L.A. Lough), she "ghosted" hundreds more that appeared in trade & technical publications.

A firm believer in the "what goes around, comes around" theory, Loree developed & taught numerous fiction & nonfiction writing courses for area colleges, writers' organizations, & the prestigious Writer's Digest Writing School. Through these efforts, she has mentored hundreds of students, & the list of those now published has passed 100. She also believes in dedicating a generous portion of her annual income to favorite charities & organizations. See the "Giving Back" page at her web site www.loreelough.com for a complete list.

Loree & her husband split their time between a humble home in the Baltimore suburbs & a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she takes great pride in her "identify the critter tracks" skills.

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Honor Redeemed

Book 2 of the First Responders Series


By Loree Lough

Abingdon Press

Copyright © 2012 Loree Lough
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4267-1316-3



CHAPTER 1

2:00 November 1 Patapsco State Park, near Baltimore, Maryland


Honor Mackenzie shivered, and not just because the temperature had dipped to near-freezing. The far-off wail of a coyote harmonized with the moaning wind, and the creak of leafless trees only intensified the ghostly atmosphere.

Crisscrossing beams of high-powered flashlights sliced through the sleety black haze and shimmered from the river's surface. The Patapsco River seemed alive tonight, pulsing and undulating like a monstrous turbid snake. From deep in the woods, Honor felt the cagey stares of a thousand unblinking eyes and shivered again as she panned a wide arc, walking backward every few steps; the crash had probably sent every critter scurrying ... but that's what she'd told herself those scary hours with Uncle Mike, and the night a feral dog bulleted from the underbrush, teeth bared and snarling and—

"Is it just me," Elton huffed, jogging up beside her, "or do I smell gas?"

She jumped, then jumped again to make the first one look like an attempt to maneuver around a tree root. "Maybe it's that swill you claim takes off the chill." Elton was a good guy but got way too much pleasure from scaring her out of her shoes.

A puckish grin warned her to brace herself, but before he could deliver a biting comeback, a frantic baritone blasted through the fog: "Over here!"

"Sending up a flare," hollered another.

Most of the Boeing 747 that plummeted from the mid-November sky during rush hour had landed square in the middle of I-95. The cops shut down all lanes in both directions to enable the two available medevac copters to airlift passengers of the airliner—and those in the vehicles it had crushed—to Baltimore's shock trauma. And because eyewitnesses reported seeing fiery bits of the plane falling due north of the explosion, Honor's search and rescue squad was sent into Patapsco State Park. Her unit included a couple of young guys just returning from Texas, where they'd earned wilderness certifications. Like thoroughbreds at the gate, both chomped at the bit to prove they could keep up with more experienced personnel. With any luck, they hadn't yet heard the rumors about her past and wouldn't pummel her with the usual acerbic questions when the mission ended.

The scent of jet fuel grew stronger with every step, and she thanked God for the sleet. Yes, it added to their physical discomforts, but it would douse any embers hiding in the wreckage. Helped her focus on the task, instead of potential taunts, too. Elton stopped walking so fast that his boots sent up a spray of damp leaves. His voice was barely a whisper when he grated, "Oh, my God!"

Honor followed his line of vision. "Oh, my God" was right.

There, in the clearing a few yards to their left, was the tail section of the airliner. Like a beached whale, it teetered belly up on the bank, one mangled wing pointing skyward, the top half of the airline's logo submerged in riverbed muck. Twin witch-finger pillars of smoke spiraled upward, as if reaching for the treetops in a last-ditch attempt to pull itself free of the sludge.

A nanosecond later, they were on the move again, hopping over rivulets carved into the earth by rushing rainwater, ducking under low-lying pine boughs as they picked their way closer. Two pink palms slapped against a window, and between them, the bloodied and terrified face of a boy no more than ten. The sight startled Elton so badly that he lost his footing in the slimy mud. Arms windmilling, he staggered backward a step or two before regaining his balance. "Donaldson!" he bellowed.

"Kent? That you?"

"No," Elton snarled, "it's your old maid auntie." He muttered something under his breath, then added, "Fire up the radio. Let 'em know we need more boots on the ground. And equipment, on the double. We've got survivors!"

Well, at least one survivor, Honor thought, closing in on the craft. She hopped onto the rain-slicked wing and inched nearer the window, then lay her palm against the glass and matched the kid's handprint, finger for finger. "You're okay," she said, trying to look like she believed it. Not an easy feat, now that she'd aimed her flashlight's beam over his shoulder. Only God knew what he'd seen, or which of his family members lay motionless at his feet. She'd seen that frantic expression before, and it reminded her of the day when the Susquehanna overflowed its banks and slammed through a Boy Scout camp. After hours of searching for one still-missing kid, something made her look up, and she found him, clinging to a tree. Though the water had receded, he'd been too frantic to climb down. She'd probably said "Don't be scared" a dozen times before he found his voice. "Why do grown-ups always say dumb things like that?" he'd demanded.

And she'd never uttered the words again.

"You're okay," she repeated now. "Help is on the way."

"Mackenzie, get down from there."

The poor kid's pleading, teary eyes locked with hers, seeking reassurance and hope, and she couldn't look away. Wouldn't walk away, either.

In the window's reflection, she saw Elton behind her, pointing toward the biggest column of smoke. "I'm dead serious, Mack. Get down from there," he repeated, this time through clenched teeth.

A second later, the heat of yellow and orange flames flared on her right. The boy saw it, too, as evidenced by a pitiful wail that, because of the thick, double-paned window, no one outside the airplane could hear. "Help is coming," she said again.

And please God, she prayed, let it get here fast.
(Continues...)


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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    Omgosh, what a captivating read! This author is awesome in desc

    Omgosh, what a captivating read! This author is awesome in descriptions of characters' feelings, emotions, and situations taking place as they unfold. I enjoyed meeting all the dogs in the story-esp. since I am, a dog lover. I loved Rowdy and Rerun! It was interesting to learn about how dogs were trained to be first responders search and rescue team partners.
    Do have some tissues ready-just in case, I won't say anything more about this.
    Honor and Matt have been through a lot in their lives, and then they fall in love. Love happens, no matter what. Yet,they still have a few issues in their lives that still need to be resolved. Matt seems to have hope that with a little more time, things will work out between them.I am not so sure of Honor.
    I like that this author carries the story onto the next book in the series, while at the same time, a new story is unfolding.
    Super job-wonderful story, Loree! I highly recommend this book, you just gotta read it!@

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Honor Redeemed

    I was charged for this book even though it said it was free on my nook. NOT A BOOK I WOUGH PAY FOR. I wough have choosen a different book. It will be awhile be fore i will buy any moore books on my nook.Jk

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Good read.

    Very Good Story! I grew up in Cincinnati and found a couple of "oops-es" in the geography, but still enjoyed the tale,.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2012

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    A First Responders Story with a cliffhanger

    Book Two in the First Responders Series, Honor Redeemed by Loree Lough, takes up from where Ashes to Honor left off, resolving the dilemma with Austin and Faith at the end of Ashes to Honor.
    This one is a story about woman named Honor who lost her fiance to rescue operations after the towers collapsed. and hasn't been able to dig herself out of that constant soul-eating grief. Until Matt.
    Matt is an investigative reporter, her worst favorite type of person. He has a set of mischievous and delightful ten-year-old twin boys that capture her heart, but Matt doesn't know that. All he knows for sure is Honor seems to be his other half--she knows what is in his mind before he does. She speaks his thoughts and completes his actions. But does she love his sons?
    He loves his sons more than anyone or anything other than God. He won't allow them to be hurt by a woman who doesn't love them enough. So he...
    But wait--I don't want to tell you too much. You might not get the book if I tell you the end. Let me just say this: I just bought A Man of Honor, the third book in the series, and it is fudging in front of some others on my "to read" pile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    good writing

    Loved the story! Didn't enjoy the ending. Hope they are featured in another book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2012

    MORE TO LIFE THAN SEARCH AND RESCUE

    Holly is happy doing search and rescue with her dogs that she trains, but
    she is not complete. Matt, a reporter and father of twin boys, is finding
    his life full but still empty. Will life put these two together, only
    time and circumstances will tell.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    This book was good, but it bothered me that it didn't line up wi

    This book was good, but it bothered me that it didn't line up with the first book of the series. The first book had Austin and Mercy taking a trip to Ground Zero on the tenth anniversary of 9-11. This book had Austin and Mercy further along in their relationship at the tenth anniversary of 9-11. If you're going to write a series of books that include the same characters, the time line should add up. Also,the questions I had from the abrupt ending of From Ashes to Honor weren't really resolved. Now I read this book, get to liking Honor and Matt and then this book just ends. Honor and Matt get to the point where we think they might talk about things and then the chapter ends and the epilogue is two years down the road with no answers. Hopefully A Man of Honor doesn't end like the first two.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    The people were so real! Strong story line, good people but not

    The people were so real! Strong story line, good people but not perfect. I would liked to have this book ties up at the end; I don't mind paying for the third book in the series, I would have anyway, but I don't want to wait to see how the story works out. While the book is not a 'twist and turn" kind of story, it not too predictable either . Thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Will read others of Lori Lough now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2013

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    Ahhhhh! The ending of the books in this series break my heart.

    Ahhhhh! The ending of the books in this series break my heart. I am going to need time to recover...

    What upsets me about this book is that there was little plot. Most everything that happened was only conversation. I understand that this book was more about working through the mental and emotional issues of being a first responder, but I wish there had been more responding. If there had been, I definitely would have rated it higher.

    Lough has this way of making her characters real, like I could sit down and have coffee with them or bump into them at the grocery store. I liked that and it kept me reading even though I often wanted the characters to stop talking and do something.

    Also, there was something (I wont tell you what) that was finally resolved from the first book. It was a nice turn of events. Still, I have yet to decide if I am going to read the next book. I might.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Good read....

    Good read... a little slow but enjoyed the content! Can't wait to read Book # 3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Sigh...

    Loree Lough always has such great premises for her books, but she can't seem to pull it all together. The whole time I read this book I kept asking myself "Why am I still reading this?" Sorry, but not worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Cloud 9

    Nods* Right.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Rogue

    "Meetings over." Returns

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Slash

    I still think u and kyro would have beauyiful babies..... just saying....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Winter

    Rinses him off smiling softly drying him and going back after Flicka tucked himself in her arms.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Wolverine

    Shame.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Hate the end

    The book was ok... i have read better would have liked so muxh better if the endinf wre better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Ugh

    Hated the ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Good Book

    Read this one before I found out it was the second in the series. Reading the first now. Think Lough is a little long in the story sometimes but all in all a good book. Great for bing free.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Not my cup of tea

    The storyline was a bit choppy and hard to follow. I think a little more explanation and transitions would have helped. Then the ending, though realistic, didn't seem to redemptive (and that was the title, after all). I wouldn't recommend this one.

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