Live Bait (Fearless FBI Series #2)

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The greatest weapon against a serial killer?
A girl with no fear.

There's been a murder.
And it isn't part of some FBI training exercise. Late one night, in the middle of a rainstorm, Gaia and her roommate stumbled upon an actual killing. Since they were the only ones to glimpse the perp, headquarters has granted Gaia and Catherine temporary...

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The greatest weapon against a serial killer?
A girl with no fear.

There's been a murder.
And it isn't part of some FBI training exercise. Late one night, in the middle of a rainstorm, Gaia and her roommate stumbled upon an actual killing. Since they were the only ones to glimpse the perp, headquarters has granted Gaia and Catherine temporary FBI badges to solve the case. Way to hit the ground running.
But the investigation is not like a TV show. It's gruesome. It's frustrating. It's real.
When the killer strikes again, they realize this isn't a one-shot deal either. Gaia tries to piece together some clues, but there's no real lead to go on. And without a profile, the next victim could be anyone. Anyone at all.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In this second entry in the series, Gaia is dismissed for not following procedures, but is then given a second chance by her supervisor: to solve the murder of a local woman. Gaia interrupted the crime and caught a glimpse of the killer, but she doesn't remember much and has to learn the ropes of investigation with her partner, Catherine. The rookie has also been flirting with another student, Will, whom she is attracted to but he feels threatened by her. Their competition has made it difficult for them to talk to one another. As the partners investigate the case, Gaia struggles with her own flaws. The intrigue intensifies when Catherine disappears and the FBI believes her to be dead. Modern phrases and references will soon date the story, and the contrived conversations detract from the action. The book leaves a lot of loose ends, thus setting the stage for the next installment.-Karen Hoth, Marathon Middle/High School, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689878220
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Series: Fearless FBI Series, #2
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 484,468
  • Age range: 16 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Francine Pascal

Francine Pascal is the creator of several bestselling series, including Fearless and Sweet Valley High, which was also made into a television series. She has written several novels, including My First Love and Other Disasters, My Mother Was Never a Kid, and Love & Betrayal & Hold the Mayo. She is also the author of Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later. She lives in New York and the South of France.

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Chapter One: Gaia

Have you ever noticed how the big decisions come to you in an instant? How when the serious questions roll around, the answers are right there at your fingertips? In the moment, you just know. And in that one moment, everything changes.

Don't believe me? Let's use an example that's close to home: my decision to move to California after high school graduation. It would be the understatement of the year to say that I did not overthink that choice. In fact, it was a pretty spur-of-the-moment thing. After all that had happened, I needed to start fresh. I stopped off to visit my brother in Ohio, and from there I just kept heading west. See? Split-second decision. I hopped on a Greyhound, and everything changed.

Now I have a choice again. And it's not something I get to ponder extensively. A few days ago I was dismissed from the FBI on the grounds of an inability to...well, there's some technical gobbledygook that I'm sure you could read if you pulled my file, but the gist was that I wasn't so much a "team player." I wasn't big on the rules. Nope, my weird, combative, superhero delusions that had essentially kept me alive for my entire high school career were in fact a huge detriment here at Quantico. Here there are procedures, policies, protocol — and I've never been much for protocol. Agent Malloy knew I'd have problems with the rules and regulations. He doubted my suitability for the program right from the get-go. But he gave me a chance anyway. And then, even when I proved him wrong, against the odds he gave me yet another opportunity at Quantico.

I thanked him, obviously, but there's no way that he knew how much this second chance meant to me. Actually, it was much more than a second chance. It was probably a third chance, to be honest.

Anyway, when the FBI asked me to apply for their training program, to officially become a lunatic-terrorist stopper, I accepted immediately. I made the decision in a heartbeat and my whole existence turned on a dime.

Agent Malloy is offering me another show of faith. He's telling me he's willing — no, maybe even eager — to have me investigate Ann's murder case. Because I was there, because I was in the room with the killer, because I adhered to procedure the moment I realized something, anything, was going down. It's not going to be easy, working her case while also training with the rest of the new agents in training — the NATs. But I've got to do it. There's no question about that.

Quantico is the closest thing I've got to a home. All of my skills, strengths, and talents — for once I don't have to downplay them or be embarrassed about them. For once they're an asset that others respond to and admire. And for once I'm not the only would-be superhero. The other NATs, they're not like me. They experience fear. But the flip side of that is, unlike me, they're endlessly brave. And with them I'm going to learn to experience courage, to push myself out of my comfort zone, to play nice with others. I want to catch Ann's murderer. I want to catch all the murderers. I want to fit in here. I want to be here.

It's that simple. It has to be. For starters, if I'm not here...then where the hell am I? What else do I have?

Things are different now. I'm different now. I'm fitting in. I'm even making friends. And Agent Malloy is offering me another chance. Am I going to take it?

Hell, yeah.

I'm going to take it. I'm going to take the case, and train, and I'm going to redirect the course of my life. It's a no-brainer.

See what I mean? The day-to-day BS may bog us down, but the big things? Those don't need much contemplation at all.

Copyright © 2005 by Francine Pascal

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2005

    the best

    i loved the entire first series, and the first book in this one, but this i think id have to say that this is my favorite fearless book of them all. i cant wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    pretty good

    I am in college and have been reading fearless books since junior high. I've read everyone and can't get enough of them! Can't wait for the next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2005

    Just as good as the first book!!

    This book, to me, was just as good as the first one although it lacked a little bit in some scenes but overall i totally enjoyed it. After discovering that someone was actually murdered in the first book, Gaia and her roomate are given temporary FBI badges in order to solve the murder. That is, until another person gets killed as well by the same unknown killer. As if that wasn't bad, things between Gaia and Will are heating up, besides figuring out who had committed the two homicides, Gaia must also balance her training as well without cracking under the intense pressure and stress she's in. More pressure is added when she discovers one of her closest friends at the academy disappears without a trace, leaving only a pool of blood...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2005


    i haven't read the new FBI books but i have read the fearless ones and they are incredible. does anyone agree that there should be some fearless films??? if so can we get a partition summit?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    awsome book

    so i thought this would be boring but its really not...quite entertaining actually.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005


    the fearless seires we GREAT i loved them and own them all. i have read the 1st fearless FBI and it was just as great, she knows how to bring you into the book and make it like you are right there. i love the other books she has wrote and i loved them! i HOPE SHE KEEPS UP AND KEEPS WRITING!

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