The Killing Game

The Killing Game

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by Toni Anderson

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2014 RITA and National Readers' Choice Award Finalist.

Wildlife biologist Axelle Dehn isn't about to let anyone harm her endangered snow leopards-not the poacher intent on killing them, nor the soldier who wants to use them as bait. But Axelle is unknowingly entangled in a conflict that stretches back three decades, a conflict that


2014 RITA and National Readers' Choice Award Finalist.

Wildlife biologist Axelle Dehn isn't about to let anyone harm her endangered snow leopards-not the poacher intent on killing them, nor the soldier who wants to use them as bait. But Axelle is unknowingly entangled in a conflict that stretches back three decades, a conflict that could spark a war between two of the world's great nations.

British SAS soldier, Ty Dempsey, is on a mission to hunt down an infamous Russian terrorist in a remote region of Afghanistan. Dempsey hasn't failed a mission yet, but when Axelle is kidnapped by the Russian, he is forced to choose between duty and his heart. He risks everything to save the determined, prickly woman he's fallen for, but in doing so sparks a deadly series of events that threaten to expose the most successful spy in history. A spy who will destroy anyone who gets in his way.

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"I enthusiastically recommend The Killing Game by Toni Anderson. If you enjoy tense romantic suspense, military heroes who are old enough to retire from the military (Ty Dempsey enlisted at seventeen and has served twenty-two years = a thirty-nine year-old hero) and heroines who are passionate about their work, then skip the rest of this review and start the book now." ~Smart Bitches Trashy Books.

"The Killing Game is an exhilarating, masterfully-crafted mix of life-and-death adventure and political intrigue. It's also a riveting romance, and with the author's trademark gritty and evocative prose, wily imagination and fierce respect for the plight of the snow leopard and the war-torn country it inhabits, this book is one unforgettable read." Kathy Altman 5-Star Goodreads Review.

"I'd recommend this to any romantic suspense reader looking for a unique, intricately woven story that will really touch you." Peaces of Me 5-Star review

"Realistic scene descriptions, endangered species, and plenty of spies made this a sure fire hit in my reading collection." SnSreviews 5-Star review.

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Toni Anderson is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense. A former marine biologist, Anderson traveled the world with her work. After living in six different countries, she finally settled down in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children. Combining her love of travel with her love of romantic suspense, Anderson writes stories based in some of the places she has been fortunate enough to visit.Toni donates 15% of her royalties from Edge of Survival to diabetes research--to find out why, read the book!She is the author of several novels including Dangerous Waters, Storm Warning, and The Killing Game. Her latest release is Dark Waters.

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The Killing Game 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
My_Peace More than 1 year ago
The Killing Game by Toni Anderson will take you on a wild adventure from Afghanistan to England, thrill you and keep you guessing! One of Dr. Axelle's big jobs as a wildlife biologist working for the Conservative Trust is studying the endangered Snow Leopards in Afghanistan. When Axelle discovers something is going on with her Snow Leopards that she tagged and is tracking, she heads back to the wild mountains of Hindu Kush to find out exactly what. Who she thinks is a poacher after her snow leopards soon turns into much more with the appearance of Ty Dempsey, one of Britain's SAS's troops, and his men. Ty is hunting his own 'prey' - a former Russian special forces operative turned terrorist who is supposed to have died a decade ago. In these frozen, deserted mountains, they soon discover the poacher and terrorist are one and the same...but what is he really after? No one can know for sure...because soon Axelle is the one being hunted. Before long, Ty finds himself not only hunting a terrorist, but fighting his attraction to the most stubborn woman he's known. At the same time, he's fighting to save Axelle from the enemy, he's on the verge of risking everything for her. Will he be successful in his pursuits? The who, what and why of The Killing Game will take you to unexpected places, and Toni will mix the past and present smoothly from continent to continent. I could tell that a lot of research must have gone into The Killing Game...Toni's descriptive of locations will take you there and have you breathing that cold air in the Hindu Kish then listening to the crowds in London. Axelle and Ty are both very strong, independent people. Although they are different, in so many ways they are alike also and it was fun being along with them as they got to know each other. Axelle took a few more pages to grow on me, but she sure did and I admired her loyalty. Both Ty and Axelle have had their difficult pasts, and they've both found a way that works for them to move on. There are also some strong secondary characters who I won't give away, but give The Killing Game so much more strength because of them. These people, thanks to Toni's writing, give us so much insight into past events that have shaped them, hence the story, and make us feel so much more for them. They enhance the plot, making you look at things a little differently each time. I love Toni's writing and The Killing Game was such a great thrill! Toni draws The Killing Game out very well. You'll never be bored, but will be taken to an unexpected, thought provoking conclusion because stuff like this could happen in real life! Toni draws The Killing Game out very well, taking you to an unexpected, but no less thrilling conclusion. I would say the suspense/mystery of The Killing Game far over powers the romance, but the romance is definitely there...just taking a bit of a back seat while Axelle and Ty sort things out. I'd recommend this to any romantic suspense reader looking for a unique, intricately woven story that will really touch you.
wkonsunshine More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of good romantic suspense books, but it is not always easy to find a GREAT story.  With the perfect balance of taut suspense and emotional tension, Toni Anderson delivers a truly fine read.  The writing is finely honed, so crisp and detailed that it makes the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan come alive. There are so many unexpected turns that I was literally clenching my Kindle.  The two main characters are smart, strong-willed, and admirable.  Each has a underlying strength of purpose to serve and protect so this attraction comes as a surprise.  Neither is expecting the growing, sizzling attraction:   "Somehow--inconceivably--he'd bonded with this fiercely independent woman.  They'd become partners in survival, and those feelings merged with desire in his head to create something mind-blowingly complex and yet utterly simple."  Both characters are married to their jobs and have shunned personal relationships as too risky and unwanted. This reluctant past serves to drive up the sexual tension between them: "He didn't know the last time he'd wanted a woman like this.  Like his brain was going to explode if he didn't have here, right her, right now. It was heart-pounding, skin-scorching, soul-blasting kiss, and he didn't wan't it to end." I particularly liked the change of pace from American bred special op characters to the British SAS.  The team has a slightly different flavor and I appreciated the backstory of Ty's Irish background. Through Axelle's work, I enjoyed learning about wildlife preservation and the benefits and drawbacks of endangered species study and protection.  IN A NUTSHELL: This is a smart story.  This is a sexy story.  This is a well written story.  This is one of my favorite romantic suspense stories I've read all year. I wish there was more!
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
An action packed romantic suspense Contemporary Axelle Dehn is a wildlife biologist that is determined to protect what she considers her snow leopards. No one will get in her way not the poachers that are intent on killing them or the soldier that wants to use them as bait. Then Axelle becomes entangled in a conflict that dates back three decades. A conflict that could easily spark a war between a couple of the world’s nations. Ty Dempsey is a British SAS soldier that was sent to hunt down a notorious Russian terrorist that is in a remote region of Afghanistan. As Ty has never failed on a mission he is determined to see to the success of this one also. Though things take a turn when Axelle is kidnapped by the Russian and Ty is forced to choose between his mission and his heart that wants only Axelle. Ty is wiling to risk everything for the woman he has fallen in love with but by saving her he puts a very successful spy in danger of being exposed. One that will do whatever it takes to make sure no one gets in his way. This is a story that starts off a little slow but once it takes off the action doesn’t stop and has a great many twists and turns that are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The plot is different and very intriguing. While this brings hints of the Cold War to life it is set very much in today’s time. This is a fantastic romantic suspense that builds to a very explosive and satisfying ending. The action continues to the very end. The characters are well rounded and engaging. This is a very interesting book that gives a glimpse into a region that isn’t in very many stories. It is also written in such a way that the reader will feel like there are right there with the characters and seeing and feeling what they are.