Phantom in the Night (Bureau of American Defense Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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In New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's thrilling novel of romantic suspense, a gutsy female agent from the Bureau of American Defense encounters an elusive killer who isn't at all what he seems.

After losing her mother to a vigilante killer, Terri Mitchell has dedicated her life to justice. Working covertly as a new agent for the Bureau of American Defense agency, she's consulting with the New Orleans Police Department to ...
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Phantom in the Night (Bureau of American Defense Series #2)

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Overview

In New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon's thrilling novel of romantic suspense, a gutsy female agent from the Bureau of American Defense encounters an elusive killer who isn't at all what he seems.

After losing her mother to a vigilante killer, Terri Mitchell has dedicated her life to justice. Working covertly as a new agent for the Bureau of American Defense agency, she's consulting with the New Orleans Police Department to bust an organized crime ring suspected of funding terrorism. But when rumors surface of a phantom ghost terrorizing and killing the very people she's investigating, she's suspicious.

Nathan Drake has spent his life protecting his family, the only thing that matters to him...until the most feared drug lord in the southeast takes everything Nathan holds dear. Now he's a man on a mission with nothing to lose. He figures he only needs to stay alive long enough to protect the innocent lives the killers are out to destroy.

As the two of them seek a similar goal by different means, Terri and Nathan are drawn deep into an evil underbelly that cuts through all levels of society. Now two people who have no reason to trust must trust in each other or die. And if they die, a deadly attack will be unleashed on thousands of innocent people.
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Publishers Weekly

All hell breaks loose in this over-the-top romantic thriller from bestseller Kenyon (BAD Attitude) and Love (aka Dianna Love Snell, Worth Every Risk). Terri Mitchell, a beautiful blonde agent with the Bureau of American Defense (aka BAD), saw her last partner killed while pursuing Anton Marseaux, a New Orleans gangster. A mysterious U.S. operative goes MIA while on a government mission and resurfaces two years later to help Terri with her investigation. But is he Jamie Drake, a newly released jailbird, or the phantom of Jamie's brother, Nathan, found murdered while working as a mole within Marseaux's organization? Whoever he is, he's hot, really buff—and he wants to protect Terri and make love to her until her toes curl. Da Vinci Code—derivative components tweaked with a bioterrorism twist add extra punch. (June)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416538929
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Series: Bureau of American Defense Series , #2
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 93,271
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author

Sherrilyn Kenyon
Sherrilyn Kenyon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several series, including the Bureau of American Defense novels BAD Attitude, Phantom in the Night, Whispered Lies, and Silent Truth and the Belador series that includes Blood Trinity, Alterant, and The Curse. There are more than 25 million copies of her books in print in over one hundred countries. She lives with her family near Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her website at SherrilynKenyon.com.
Dianna Love is the New York Times bestselling coauthor of Blood Trinity, Alterant, and The Curse in the Belador series. She is a national speaker who started writing while working over a hundred feet in the air, creating marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. When not plotting out her latest action-adventure, she travels the country on a motorcycle to meet fans and research new locations. She and her husband live near Atlanta, Georgia. Visit her website at AuthorDiannaLove.com.
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The intruder had underestimated the power needed to hold her, but he'd shifted her purse to her back out of easy reach.

Terri made a two-punch move. Right. Left. Arms now free, she swung around fast, guessing at the position of his head. Her whole body jarred when her elbow smacked his jaw.

His head snapped back with a nasty cracking sound. He cursed, stumbled backward, but quickly caught his balance and blocked her exit.

Crap. This one wasn't going down easy. And she couldn't reach for her weapon without lowering her defense.

She couldn't make out his face in the dark, but had no problem discerning his size. Moonlight threw shadows past his massive silhouette.

Options ran through her mind. She'd taken her instructor down and he wasn't exactly a weakling at over two hundred pounds. Not this big, though.

The man shook his head and stood very still, watching her.

Blood pumped furiously through her chest. She licked her lips, hoping the adrenaline charge would give her enough of an edge to beat him.

No matter what, she would make him pay for anything he got.

"You're a surprising little thing."

The disbelief in his muttered words stroked her ego until she picked up the underlying anger.

"No, I'm a dangerous little thing." She positioned her feet and feinted to his right. Her bluff worked to draw him out of position. She gritted her teeth against the inevitable pain, took a step, and threw her weight onto her injured leg.

Then shoved her left knee up hard. Big mistake.

The bastard blocked his groin with both hands faster than she'd ever seen a man move.

Terri lost her balance, hopping to stay off her right leg, but pain knifed up her side.

She sucked in her breath. The white-hot burning in her thigh caused her to hesitate to attack again.

And cost her what little edge she'd just gained.

Quick as a whip, he caught her by one arm and spun her back against his chest. His arms wrapped her like giant manacles, immobilizing her.

Shit!

Terri struggled but knew when she'd been beat. This was the downside of refusing to work with a partner again.

"What do you want?" she demanded and damn if she didn't sound mad enough to back up the fury in her tone. Her pulse kicked into hyperspeed. She struggled. Panic would not help her, but the fear of being a victim again after the knife attack hid just beneath the surface under a thin veneer of confidence.

He said nothing. His chest expanded with each breath, but she hadn't been a real challenge for this guy. No one with his lightning reflexes would be winded. In fact, he'd contained her without roughing her up, which took effort.

Hope blossomed in her chest. He might not kill her.

Maybe he was just a thief.

"You find anything good here?" she asked, trying to prod him to confirm his presence.

Still no reply. Great impression of a statue.

She had to calm down and think. Calm equaled control. Her handbag was still intact and had moved back to her hip, but still out of reach while he held her. She glanced around for a weapon or something she could use as one.

The papers and open drawer snagged her gaze. Why go through the drawers of this house? What did people hide of value in drawers?

Jewelry, cash, checkbooks, credit cards...

The possibility of him being a thief was beginning to sound pretty plausible. Maybe he read obits, knew how to locate the houses and hit the ones that looked like easy pickings. She wanted to slap her head for not taking the unlocked door more seriously.

"Guess you've combed this place pretty good." She tried to turn her head. Not going to happen until he gave up this intimidation routine.

She knew the stay silent tactic. Let the other person babble. No problem. She'd play along and talk if that gave her any chance of weaseling her way out of this.

Terri took a breath, feeling back on her game, even if she was in a compromised position. Her best bet would be to convince him she'd also come here for a heist.

"Hey, buddy, I had no idea we were casing the same house. My bad. If you'll let me go, I'll stay off your turf." She tried to flex her arms, but she'd have an easier time flexing against a tree limb. This guy must spend his days as a gym rat.

A lock of her wavy hair tumbled into her eyes. She huffed the curl back and waited for him to make a move. Preferably, not an aggressive one.

"What are you doing here?" The softly spoken words were delivered in a voice as chilling as a block of ice.

She would not let him intimidate her. Her palms were slick, but everyone got sweaty palms, even undercover agents. She'd dealt with dangerous perps back when she was with the DEA.

"Same as you, just looking for something to pawn." Terri prayed she was right. He didn't act like someone on crack so maybe he'd just been sifting through the house for loose cash, credit cards, and jewelry. A smart thief wouldn't want to add assault to the charges if he ever got caught.

An encouraging thought... if he was sharp.

"Right." He made a sound that was a cross between a scoff and a grunt.

What? He didn't think she was capable of B&E, just got lucky with the door being open. If he only knew. She could pick a lock faster than he could sneeze. Just ask the judge who sentenced her to a year in juvie when she was sixteen.

"Hey, I can get into anything." She scoffed right back. "And had I broken in first I wouldn't have left the door unlocked. So what are you after? Jewelry?" Play along and keep him talking even if he did act as though he was being charged by the word to speak. He'd lower his guard at some point.

"Nothing here to pawn," he said.

Just as she'd thought. A thief. He hadn't tried to peel her clothes off. If she acted cool and casual about all this, she might just walk away unscathed.

Unfortunately, she'd never been cool in her life so friendly was the best to expect from her acting repertoire.

"What do you want?" His blunt question made her jump.

She clenched her fingers to keep from snapping at him. "Nothing, really. Just making a quick hit and moving on. I've already told you this place is all yours. You're right, there's not a thing I can make a dime on."

"You left a desk job in a suit and put on sneakers to hit a house you hadn't even cased properly?"

The teasing curl of his voice insulted her, but she was beginning to feel better about getting out of this little mess she didn't want Brady or anyone in the NOPD to find out about. If this guy had been a serious whacko he probably would have hurt her by now or said something creepy.

"Okay, I admit I suck at B and E." Not really, but he might take pity on a novice. "And, yes, it's obvious I haven't been cracking houses long. I may just give it up after tonight. I'm embarrassed enough. Can I go... please?" She smiled, working the whole blonde act to the hilt.

"Not yet. You owe me for stepping on my turf."

Copyright © 2008 by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love Snell

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    Kenyon impresses me again

    I am an avid reader and have read many books. They tend to meld together with similar plots and characters. but this one took me by surprise. How the twin switched places with his brother to do his time and is not out for revenge after learning when he left prison that his brother was murdered. now its a conspiracy and not knowing who to trust. Terri is in the same boat as Nathan, after almost being killed in a confrontation with an informant. they end up learning from each other and end up falling in love. --- the story kept me on the edge, It was suspenseful and held a story that wasn't far fetched. I recommend this book to someone who wants a good read, that likes action story's with a bit of romance.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fans will appreciate this over the top thriller

    Her partner was dead and she entered rehab to recover from the injuries, but Terri Mitchell also quit the DEA to join the Bureau of American Defense. Nathan Drake walked away as a field operative after learning his mom was undergoing chemo and his brother Jamie murdered after joining the Marseaux mob. This pair has never met, but shares much negativity in common as both fight internal demons and external foes.----------------- Using guerilla tactics in New Orleans Nathan stalks the Marseaux mob focusing on leaders especially of the drug ring. This PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT and Terri meet as she is working a personal case that takes a terrorist attack spin she hopes to prevent. They need each other to achieve their mission objectives and though neither will admit it even to themselves to mend their broken souls.------------ Both lead characters are bad to the bone as neither care one iota about law when doing field work involving deadly gangsters and deadlier terrorists. Whereas Nathan is an avenging assassin, Terri has her need for vengeance too. Fans will appreciate this over the top thriller and look forward to more works from this dynamic duo.------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted July 16, 2009

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    Not what I expected

    I have literally read everything Sherrilyn Kenyon has written and until I read this book loved them all. In this book however, the writing goes from a lovely flow that pulls you along (expected in Kenyon's books) to a very stilted English teacher's writing and back again -- which is very disconcerting. The plot wasn't as well explored as I am used to expecting in SK's books and the characters left you asking a multitude of questions; one of which is "Why did I waste my money and time reading this?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    Perfect Summer Read!

    This was my first Sherrilyn Kenyon book or Diana Love book. I know where have I been! Together they have created a fun, fast read. Not your typical romantic suspense with it's over the top James Bond action, but what an incredible read. The humor. Charming and subtle. The pacing. Fast-moving and exciting. The characters. Vividly realistic. Nathan Drake is a hero with a dark side. He moves from a prison cell to the streets of New Orleans to avenge his brother's death. Terri Mitchell is a kick butt heroine with issues of her own. Not the least of which is saving Nathan from himself. Their romance sizzles. The plot's a page turner with twists and turns you'll never predict as Nathan and Terri work to stop a world threat that could take the lives of thousands of innocent people. Phantom is intriguing and emotional. I can't wait for the next B.A.D. adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

    Fast Paced Winner!

    I thoroughly enjoyed Dianna Love Snell's debut, RITA Award winning book, WORTH EVERY RISK!! How cool to find that she's now writing as Diana Love in collaboration with Sherrilyn Kenyon. If you're in the mood for a fast paced, page turning suspense, you won't want to miss PHANTOM IN THE NIGHT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    If you are a Sherrilyn Kenyon fan, you will love this elite agency series. They are just as additive as her other books! I hope she continues with the BAD series - it is an interesting twist and I love the covert operations. Makes you wonder what is really going on behind the scenes here in the US!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2011

    Another great series by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    After DH series, nice to see her talent put to work on regular mortals.

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    Adrenaline pumping

    Wow! A MIA Special Ops ranger, DEA, Feds, biologial weapons, murder and secret societies. Not to mention to throw in a little romance and you've got a hell of a book. Once again - didn't realize this was part of a series - see its #2 so I guess I'll need to find out what #1 is.

    I am a fan of Kenyon's, her books holds a similar layout of the plot. Even though it is similar, the story is still good. I like how she can go from supernatural to sci-fi and now with this series to a special ops/murder mystery. She also does a good nice showing multiple angles of the story and then merges them together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2009

    catches you!

    i really enjoyed this book..the only thing i didn't like was the kind of cliff-hanger ending. leaves you wanting MORE!

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