Emmy Curtis is a British author who has lived in Germany, France, the USA, and for the time being, back in the UK with her military husband. She loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, the serial comma, and Galaxy chocolate. And absolutely anything Aaron Sorkin has written. And naps.
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 4 of 8)by Emmy Curtis
Everyone has secrets. Everyone is vulnerable.
As tensions mount within the Crisis Management Unit, Special Agent Lara Grant’s relationships with her fellow agents fray as they race to find a hostage taken by the bomber. But as the next high-profile target rejects the bomber’s demands, it seems like nothing can save the innocent victim. A/b>
Everyone has secrets. Everyone is vulnerable.
As tensions mount within the Crisis Management Unit, Special Agent Lara Grant’s relationships with her fellow agents fray as they race to find a hostage taken by the bomber. But as the next high-profile target rejects the bomber’s demands, it seems like nothing can save the innocent victim. A chance bit of evidence leads the CMU to a warehouse Lara knows all too well from her last case. But will they arrive in time to prevent another murder?
Part 4 of 8: an explosive new installment in the thrilling FBI serial from New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy and Tyler Anne Snell, Emmy Curtis and Janie Crouch.
Praise for Pushing the Limit by Emmy Curtis:
"Curtis doesn’t shy away from emotion…complex balance of grief and desire is deeply compelling, as is the military-grade mystery that keeps the story moving." —The Washington Post
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Favorite Quotes: Look. We can’t both be pessimistic at the same time. One of us has to be a glass-half-full, otherwise we’ll both just spend the day in the bar lamenting all the wrongs in the world. Secrets don’t hurt people. Everyone has secrets…It’s the guilt that kills you, not really the secrets. If you’ve got a conscience, of course. Too many people don’t have a conscience… It’d certainly make our job easier if murderers just dropped dead of their own accord, wouldn’t it? Everyone in the world has secrets they don’t want people to know. They don’t have to be earth-shattering secrets, just things that could cause a divorce, or being ostracized from your family, or losing your job. Just little things that can escalate. We all have to be careful. What was wrong with her? She wanted to be friends, but it had been so long since she’d had one, she didn’t recognize any signs of friendship. I have no friends. The thought echoed around her head as if she’d said the words out loud… She wondered who she’d call if she was in trouble. My Review: The level of tension and excitement continues to climb as the team finally catches a break and makes a bit of headway. I was riveted by the gripping storyline. The writing for this section was first-rate. The story was cleverly cunning, well-paced, observantly detailed, and emotive. The new victim was identified and researched while the team was racing the clock find him and save his life. Old and new secrets, memories, and epiphanies were weighing heavily on several members. Part 4 has been the best installment yet and I am dancing in my chair with eagerness to devour Part 5 as the deadline has ticked down to mere minutes with hope insight.
In part six the Crisis Management Unit inner relationships are crumbling down. The stress of the long, desperate days of the endless search for the bomber is getting to them both mentally and physically. And now Special Agent Lara Grant let her temper flare, acted recklessly, and put everyone on the team in dire straits with their secrets and their future lives. The confrontations are ugly and hurtful, the tension is palpable. Lara feels misunderstood, she tries to continue to work against the clock, but the damage control of the latest revelations disperse the team and The Whisperer gets Lara's personal attention. The plot twist takes the story into new, unexpected direction as Lara truly goes rogue. The turmoil in the team, the betrayal and let down they feel from Lara's actions is filled with dismay and anger. Yet the team doesn't even know the dangerous and selfish extent of Lara's lies and secrets. While I am enthralled by the hunt for the culprit, and the thrill of the chase, the intriguing revelations of Lara's personality, her talent as an agent, and her inability to work with others are starting to take the main focus. She is infuriating, frustrating, incredibly smart and capable while lacking some basic social skills that dishearten her co-workers and gives a new perspective on her actions, decisions, and to the tale, giving me the chills. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side