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No Shelter [NOOK Book]



Holly Lin is living two lives. To her friends and family, she's a pleasant, hardworking nanny. To her boss and colleagues, she's one of the best non-sanctioned government assassins in the world.

But when a recent mission goes wrong causing one of her team ...
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No Shelter

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Holly Lin is living two lives. To her friends and family, she's a pleasant, hardworking nanny. To her boss and colleagues, she's one of the best non-sanctioned government assassins in the world.

But when a recent mission goes wrong causing one of her team members to die, she realizes she might no longer be cut out for the work — except the mission, as it turns out, is only half over, and to complete it will take her halfway across the world and bring her face to face with a ghost from her past.

Things are about to get personal. And as Holly Lin's enemies are about to find out, she is not a nanny they want to piss off.

Praise for NO SHELTER:

"Excellent—memorable and something I’ll read more than once."

— Roxane Gay, author of AN UNTAMED STATE

"NO SHELTER is part mystery, part thriller suspense, and all kinds kick ass!"

— The Man Eating Bookworm
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011956485
  • Publisher: RMS Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Holly Lin , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 9,108
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Swartwood is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Chizine, Space and Time, Postscripts, and PANK. He created the term "hint fiction" and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. He lives with his wife in Pennsylvania. Visit him at
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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    Fast-paced exciting read!

    Review of No Shelter by Z. Constance Frost by Steve Umstead This was one of the first novels I downloaded for Kindle, as I'm slowly integrating myself into the wonderful world of e-readers. I saw Frost's name mentioned on a message forum, so I thought I'd take a look. Very eye-catching cover, intriguing blurb, so I decided to grab a sample. I burned through it in one night, got to the end of the sample section, and immediately clicked to buy the entire was that gripping. Holly Lin is a nanny by day, and assassin by night. Frost takes the character around the world, from Vegas to Paris, from shootouts in the desert to a frantic tractor trailer chase scene, and never takes her foot off the gas (pardon the pun). From page one, the story, the action, simply grab a hold of the reader and doesn't let go until the breathless end. Holly is part action hero, part innocent young woman, and Frost brings an incredible range of emotion to the character. She writes excellent dialogue and uses the first person perspective very well in bringing Holly's thoughts and feelings to life. It's very easy for the reader to get inside her head, and feel the rage, sorrow, excitement, and more. It's not all gloom and doom, however; Frost weaves humor and one liners into the story well (one I remember, without giving any spoilers, was when introduced to the Russian guard named Boris, she stops dead and says, "Is his name really Boris?", and later refers to Natasha - all without ruining the pace or plot line, like many other authors I've read have done when trying to integrate humor). All in all, an excellent read. Fast-paced, hard to put down, full of characters the reader can truly feel for. I understand Frost is working on a sequel; I'll be watching for that, no doubt. For a debut work by an independent author, No Shelter is an enjoyable, emotional thriller well worth the reader's time (and small amount of money). Highly recommended - much better value than a latte!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2011

    Definitely worth the read!

    No Shelter
    By Z. Constance Frost

    Review by A.M. Donovan

    This is a fast paced story that gets you right into the action.
    Starts with the first mission, and shows you the characters through their actions, instead of trying to describe everything in minute detail. This is something I very much like.
    This is the type of Nanny (or Parent) every child should have. Willing to do whatever it takes to keep the children safe.
    The main character, Holly Lin, is not one dimensional, but has complex relationships with the family she works for, the children she cares for, her co-workers, her own family (Mother, sister) and her real job.
    The action is fast and realistic. Holly gets hurt, and it shows.
    But, like most of us, the greatest pain comes from betrayal by the ones we trust the most.
    There are, of course, twists to the story, but (congratulations!) not all of them are predictable.
    The main complications (just like in real life) come when Holly tries to do the right thing, and the unintended consequences come up to bite her.
    Definitely worth the time to read.
    I look forward to having another visit with Holly Lin.
    If you like very strong females, then you will enjoy this.
    If you prefer your females to wait for rescue, then go somewhere else.

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