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Velocity (Karen Vail Series #3)

Velocity (Karen Vail Series #3)

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by Alan Jacobson, Deanna Hurst (Read by)

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A missing detective. A bold serial killer. Evidence that makes FBI profiler Karen Vail question the loyalty of those she has entrusted with her life.

After a colleague connects Vail with covert Department of Defense operative Hector DeSantos, who has a knack for uncovering difficult-to-locate information, the pair pries loose long-buried secrets and


A missing detective. A bold serial killer. Evidence that makes FBI profiler Karen Vail question the loyalty of those she has entrusted with her life.

After a colleague connects Vail with covert Department of Defense operative Hector DeSantos, who has a knack for uncovering difficult-to-locate information, the pair pries loose long-buried secrets and deceptions that reveal a much-larger criminal enterprise at work. As Vail squares off against foes more dangerous than any she has yet encountered, shocking personal and professional truths emerge—truths that may be more than she can handle.

In keeping with Alan Jacobson’s page-turning style, Velocity is a high-octane thriller, a memorable work rich in believable characters and an intricately plotted story that’s well-researched and ripped from today’s headlines. Velocity was named one of the Strand Magazine’s top ten books for 2010, Suspense Magazine’s top five thrillers of 2010, Library Journal’s top five thrillers of the year, and the Los Angeles Times’ top picks of the year.
Velocity is the second installment of a two-part story that begins with Crush, book two of the Karen Vail Series.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jacobson’s third thriller featuring FBI profiler Karen Vail (after Crush) sizzles with nonstop action and startling details about drug trafficking. When Karen’s lover, Det. Robby Hernandez, disappears in California’s Napa Valley while she’s busy catching John Wayne Mayfield, the notorious “Crush Killer,” Karen is horrified to learn that she may have blown Robby’s cover. As part of a DEA operation, Robby was investigating drug cartel kingpin Carlos Cortez and his associates, including the CFO of a mobile wine bottling company, César Guevara. Guevara was funneling drugs for Cortez and using Mayfield to eliminate anyone opposing the drug lord. For years the DEA has wanted to take down Cortez, and now Karen does, too. Refreshingly real, Karen doesn’t let her tough “take no prisoners” attitude stand in the way of following her heart. While this dizzy nail-biter is a direct sequel to Crush, enough backstory will keep new readers up to speed. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

“From the first page, Velocity is as relentless as a bullet. Karen Vail is my kind of hero and Alan Jacobson is my kind of writer!” —Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times–bestselling author

“Jacobson captures the complexity of the mission faced by DEA, the threat posed to our country, and the constant danger our agents face battling members of international drug trafficking organizations. As someone who devoted his career to carrying out that mission, I can say first-hand that Velocity hits the target. Jacobson’s acquired a new fan.” —Supervisory Special Agent Michael Upchurch, Drug Enforcement Administration

“Jacobson writes for suspense junkies and gets the monkey off their backs; he’s that good.” —New York Journal of Books
Library Journal
In this sequel to Crush, FBI profiler Karen Vail and the Napa County Major Crimes Task Force have captured the Napa Crush Killer. Vail's lover, Detective Robby Hernandez, has gone missing, a suspected victim of foul play. As Vail and her colleagues launch a frantic search for Robby, a new murder points to someone operating under the same M.O. as the Crush Killer. Is an accomplice still on the loose? Is there more to Robby's disappearance than meets the eye? Is this the case that causes Vail to come unhinged? Joined by mysterious operative Hector De Santos, a desperate Vail repeatedly throws scruples and regulations to the wind in her attempts to find Robby before it's too late. VERDICT Velocity plunges readers into a nail-biting, heart-pounding chase through the dark world of serial killers, drug cartels, and DEA busts and exposes an edgier, more vulnerable Vail. Jacobson's best to date; essential for anyone who craves nonstop action, danger, and a gutsy heroine.—Mary Todd Chesnut, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

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Karen Vail Series , #3
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Meet the Author

Alan Jacobson is the national bestselling author of several critically acclaimed novels. In order to take readers behind the scenes to places they might never go, Jacobson has embedded himself in many federal agencies, including spending several years working with two senior profilers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s vaunted Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico. During that time, Jacobson edited four published FBI research papers on serial offenders, attended numerous FBI training courses, worked with the head firearms instructor at the academy, and received ongoing personalized instruction on serial killers—which continues to this day. He has also worked with high-ranking members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Marshals Service, the New York Police Department, SWAT teams, local bomb squads, branches of the US military, chief superintendents and detective sergeants at Scotland Yard, criminals, armorers, helicopter pilots, chief executive officers, historians, and Special Forces operators. These experiences have helped him to create gripping, realistic stories and characters. His series protagonist, FBI profiler Karen Vail, resonates with both female and male readers, and writers such as Nelson DeMille, James Patterson, and Michael Connelly have called Vail one of the most compelling heroes in suspense fiction.

Jacobson’s books have been published internationally, and several have been optioned for film and television. A number have been named to Best of the Year lists.

Jacobson has been interviewed extensively on television and radio, including on CNN, NPR, and multiple ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox network affiliates.

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Velocity 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 296 reviews.
Jillybean226 More than 1 year ago
I've read all 3 books in this series, and liked this one the best. Make sure you read them in order, and you won't be disappointed!
Msmustang96 More than 1 year ago
I was waiting for this to come out. This book kept me wanting more. Just when I believed I had the answer, there was another plot twist. I look forward to more books by this author.
Capri7204 More than 1 year ago
It all started when I purchased a Nook. I found the 7th Victim and was able to download it for free. From then on I was hooked. I will have to say I also read Crush which I found out later was the first part of Velocity. Out of all of those books I'd have to say Velocity was the best. I was not able to put my nook down. If I got up in the middle of the night I just found myself turning it on and needing to read more. Those are the kind of books I enjoy and I don't find them that often. I am hooked on the Karen Vail storyline. Mr. Jacobson if you read your ratings and reviews pleeeeeaaaaasssse continue the Vail story line. Hey Robby Hernandez just got the opportunity to become a DEA. Hope it doesn't end there!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Velocity is non-stop, heart-pumping suspense. I found Alan's writing to be similar to James Patterson (this is a huge compliment because James Patterson is one of my favorite authors). The story has a flow about it that makes you unable to sit it down. Karen Vail is going right up there with Alex Cross on my list! Velocity is a really great book!
Russ_Ilg More than 1 year ago
Velocity reviewed by Russ Ilg Velocity, the third novel in the Karen Vail series, ends the long wait for followers of the superb new talent, Alan Jacobson. Jacobson's last book, Crush-one of the best thrillers I have read to date-sported a cliffhanger ending involving the disposition of one of its main characters. Velocity has finally arrived and it not only provides answers, but much, much more. It takes off like a rocket from page one and never lets up. When last seen in Crush, FBI profiler Karen Vail had been on vacation in Napa Valley with her boyfriend, Detective Robby Hernandez, when she gets caught up in the hunt for a local serial killer. As Crush reaches its heart-stopping climax, Robby suddenly goes missing, which makes Vail and the task force question everything they had assumed to be true about the killer as well as key facets of their investigation. When Velocity opens, the questions that pulled you right to the edge of Crush come roaring forward. What's happened to Robby? What had the task force missed in the Crush serial killer case? As Karen pushes for answers, she discovers she may have been the one who inadvertently caused Robby to be killed. There are so many twists and turns in Velocity-at times you are slammed right into a wall-that this stunning story takes on a life of its own and just will not let go. As a result, I found that I could not put Velocity down. With so many things in play, and with one huge surprise following another, there was no way to stop reading because I had to know how it was going to all come together. As I kept reading, I found that I was even picking up the pace, trying to stay up with the non-stop action of the story. Jacobson has made the events in Velocity feel so real that it seems like you are right there, looking over Karen Vail's shoulder as things develop. I may have even shouted "LOOK OUT!" on more than one occasion. But Velocity isn't just about deep characters and terrific action. Velocity feels "ripped from the headlines." I don't want to give anything away, but suffice it to say that there are disturbing events going on in the world today that Jacobson has researched and brought to the pages in startling detail. He weaves it seamlessly into the plot in a way that it's part of the very fabric of the larger story that arcs across Crush and Velocity. I cannot remember an author who has been able to string together a series of novels (The 7th Victim, Crush, Velocity) that were so compelling that I had to remember to breathe at times because I was so caught up in the story. Velocity is, by far, the thriller of the year. If you have not yet read Crush, you now have two novels that will keep you awake till you finish the story. Alan Jacobson has cut a path that few authors will ever be able to achieve, and in so doing, has proven that he is the writer of the future in the thriller genre. Velocity is the greatest ride I have had in many years; I can't imagine what Jacobson can write next that would top it. Then again, I felt that way about Crush-and he gave us Velocity, so he's clearly up to the challenge. Jacobson has done his homework, having spent years working with the FBI to make sure that he has gotten it right. And it shows on every page. Velocity is a 5-star novel and the must-read of the year. It's also a prime example of why I have given up on TV and movies and would much rather be reading a gre
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Napa Valley, undercover Police Detective Robby Hernandez vanishes as he was closing in on John Wayne "Crush Killer" Mayfield. Robby's lover FBI profiler Karen Vail fears she may have unwittingly caused the disappearance. Robby was part of a DEA team investigating drug kingpin Carlos Cortez and his cartel. Part of the operation involved close scrutiny of Cesar Guevara, the CFO of a wine bottling company. Evidence pointed to Guevara drug trafficking with the Crush Killer as his hit man. Knowing at a minimum she owes Robby and praying her beloved is alive, kick butt Karen targets Cortez, Cesar and Crush. Alan Jacobson does a remarkable job to tell the direct prequel (see Crush) without slowing down this exhilarating Karen Vail police procedural (see 7th Victim). The story line is action-packed from the moment a guilt laden Vail believes what she wrought to her lover and never slows down yet the story line shows another side of the heroine; she has a heart. The intense profound look at drug trafficking enhances a powerful California thriller as Mr. Jacobson scores big time with this super detective tale. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought all three books in this series. The fist book had it's faults, but decided to read the second one so I could see what happened. The second book somewhat redeemed itself, but this book I almost couldn't finish reading. It was long and drawn out, plus the main character was, well annoying. Don't think I will be reading anymore books by this author.
grayhairreader More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this as it keep me in suspence till the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent whodunit. I kept waiting for a hint of whodunit, but surprised at the ending.
seniorchief More than 1 year ago
Alan J does it again with a very hard hitting, action packed thriller. I just love Karen Vail. This was bet I hope he continues ter than the first book. this as a series, I;ll read them all.
lynn roffman More than 1 year ago
According to the author's website, the fourth book in the series is due to be released next week.
Mandy Alderman More than 1 year ago
Very good conclusion to the 'Crush' cliffhanger & a lot more exciting than James Patterson books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I enjoyed the first 2 books in the series, I don't know why anyone would pay $14.27 for the Nook version when you can buy the paperback for less than half
tennisjep More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. I felt satisfied that it tied up loose ends, which the first volume left hanging. It kept me engaged and trying to predict the solution to the mystery.
MsTink More than 1 year ago
This was my first download Nookbook and unlike the previous books "The 7 th Victim" and " Crush" this novel went stale with a drawn out plot about drug Cartels. The previous novels were suspenseful. However,the third book in the Karen Vail series left me skipping pages just to get to the ending. "Velocity" clearly refers to how quickly you'll wish you could get to the end this story.
Peggy Wellman More than 1 year ago
llkCA More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommended
SAHARATEA More than 1 year ago
Velocity by Alan Jacobson (crime) A Karen Vail novel Velocity is the latest in a series that revolves around Karen Vail, an FBI profiler, and in this case she's in Napa Valley trying to catch a serial killer. Jacobson captures wine country perfectly, with the descriptions of winery operations, the rural countryside, and the personalities of the nouveau riche jumping into the wine industry. He clearly knows the region. Vail is not a 'chick' cop, and fortunately, there are no descriptions of her designer purse or what fashions she may be wearing. She's a clever detective and works well as a consultant with the jurisdictional police; she doesn't pull rank or play mind games. As the story begins, several key events have already taken place. Vail's boyfriend is missing, a suspect has been shot and is critically injured, and the police are trying to solve a string of murders and abductions. Vail is called away just as things start to look promising. But the search continues and leads across the country and creates a compelling mystery to be solved. I hated it. No. "Hate" is too strong a word. In fact, I didn't really dislike it either. I was annoyed by it. I might have actually liked it a lot if it weren't for some distractions in the narrative. These made the story very hard to become fully involved in, despite the clever plot twists. "Got a laptop," Vail said. "It's unplugged." As Dixon joined her, she lifted the lid. The screen remained black. "Looks like it's off." Brilliant deduction! This happens more than once. "She plucked the disc from the plastic spindle, then placed the DVD in the laptop tray and watched as Windows Media Player loaded." Seriously, I am too wordy, I know it. But I'm also not a published author! Why does the reader have to plod through all that detail? A page later we read that "Windows Media Player closed." Hardly exciting, and it detracted from the pace. Additionally, maybe because my mind was already distracted, there seemed to be a lot of product placement-the brand name of just about everything was noted. Instead of making it more true-to-life, it felt like filler. It occurred to me that fifty years from now-when a reader wouldn't care about a Blackberry-that the book would either feel dated or campy. The most annoying thing of all, however, was the inclusion of two rather boring characters: "the SIG" and "the Glock". Vail and her partner Dixon carry guns, no surprise. But every time they enter a building, chase a suspect, or sit in their car, we are told the status of their gun. In virtually any scene Dixon appears in, we are told "her SIG drawn" or "SIG in hand". Vail's Glock is similarly noted. Having read other detective stories and seen countless episodes of Law & Order, I don't think I need to be told that as they chase a suspected killer that they'll have their guns out. It's a given. And in this novel, it becomes a huge distraction. Maybe if I had read the previous books in the series I would know the characters better and not be inclined to notice these things. I do think if someone was familiar with the character of Karen Vail, they'd be pleased with this newest novel.
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ytaylor More than 1 year ago
The third book in the Karen Vail Series, and this book was AMAZING!!! Karen finds herself in more trouble, but always seems to get herself out of it with some major help..... Karen and Robby leave for California for a much needed vacation. When Karen gets involved with a local case, that leaves Robby to venture around. Robby ends up missing and Karen is not sure if he is dead or alive but she will not stop until she finds him. This book is loaded with action. So fast paced it is so hard to put down..... On to the next Karen Vail adventure...
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