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Web of Shadows

Web of Shadows

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by Susan Sleeman

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"Web of Deceit is a must read for any fan of suspense." --Seattle Examiner

Ms. Sleeman batted a thousand on this one. I highly recommend it."--TheSuspenseZone.com

A killer is lurking in the shadows . . .

FBI agent Nina Brandt loves her job. Sure, she's made some enemies, but she knows she's making the world a better place.


"Web of Deceit is a must read for any fan of suspense." --Seattle Examiner

Ms. Sleeman batted a thousand on this one. I highly recommend it."--TheSuspenseZone.com

A killer is lurking in the shadows . . .

FBI agent Nina Brandt loves her job. Sure, she's made some enemies, but she knows she's making the world a better place. It's lonely at times, but she has good friends to get her through. It's a good life.

Little does she guess that her past is about to come back and haunt her . . . in more ways than one.

When Navy SEAL Quinn Stone learns that his geeky younger brother, Ty, hacked into the TSA's No Fly List, he would rather take a bullet than go to his former fiancée, Nina Brandt, for help. Five years ago, she resented his commitment to his SEAL team and gave him an ultimatum--her or the team. He chose the team. But now, he and his brother have no other choice . . . not if he doesn't want to see the kid behind bars.

Nina has finally moved on, but she can't resist Ty's plea for help . . . especially when he drops a bomb that could rock national security. The laptop he'd used to hack the TSA has been stolen. Fearing terrorists would do just about anything to get their hands on this list, Nina agrees to take the case to her team. After all, this will become an FBI matter and Quinn's help won't be needed . . . as much as she's starting to want it.

But the thief has more on his mind than just the list. He's been waiting for a chance to get back at the woman who sent him to prison two years ago. And he intends to make her pay--in the most painful way possible . . .

Susan Sleeman is a bestselling author of clean-read and inspirational romantic suspense books. Awards include Thread of Suspicion-- 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Best Book Award; and No Way Out and The Christmas Witness-- Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence finalists. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website TheSuspenseZone.com. She currently lives in Oregon with her husband. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson. To learn more about Susan stop by any of these locations on the web.




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BelleBooks Inc.
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Agents Under Fire , #2
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Web of Shadows 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
An absolutely incredible romantic suspense novel! The characters in this book are fantastic! Both Nina Brandt and Quinn Stone have been extremely well developed and their family backgrounds are slowly revealed. This really to make me feel like I was getting to know people I have just met. I really enjoyed seeing how things, from each of their family’s worked to shape who they are and how they dealt with different situations throughout the story. The fact that we met the bad guy from the beginning and knew what he was trying to accomplish all along added an extra level of excitement for me. The plot was so well presented that I was kept on my toes trying to see how the good guys were going to figure things out. I’m looking forward to the next book in this series. I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Web of Shadows, the second in the Agents Under Fire series by Susan Sleeman, was terrific. Ms. Sleeman has a way of hitting the ground running with her stories, letting me up for air occasionally, but keeping me in suspense until the last page. She does a wonderful job of subtly weaving the next book’s storyline into the present book as well as keeping me updated about the characters I grew to love from the previous book. She is a writer who knows how to spin a great mystery, yet adding comic relief and romance as well. I fell in love with both Quinn and Nina, not to mention Ty and even Hamid. Ms. Sleeman paints a very realistic picture of the villains, creating characters who have depth and while I can’t say I actually like them, I do feel sorry for them and what they have been through to bring them to where they are now. I also love how she puts us in the mind of the villains, so that I can actually experience how they feel and why they think they are doing the heinous acts that they are performing. To get into the mind of the villain is an added layer of depth to her books while also seeing the storyline from the heroes perspective. I love how Ms. Sleeman portrays the relationship Nina and Quinn had previously, the fierce loyalty of her “sisters” and the dysfunctional relationships woven together - from Nina’s family to Ty and Quinn. I felt like I stepped into the heart of Hamid’s mother as well despite the fact she was a secondary character. This was a wonderful book that kept me reading long past bedtime because I didn’t want to leave Nina or the others. I’m excited to read the last in the series. I can’t wait to find out more about Becca’s history which I think I will be rewarded with in the third book. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for my honest review.
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Susan Sleeman. I was very excited to see the sequel, Web of shadows released. In the first book in the sequel, Web of Deceit, we had a very creepy villain. This villain although not creepy in the same way , is still frightening over what he can do in the cyber-crimes arena. I have been waiting for Quinn’s story and he did not disappoint. We met him when he helped out on the last case and it was enough to know I was going to love their story line. She was also a great character and you understood her fear of having a relationship with him since he had such a dangerous job. The little brother Tyler I was not quite as sympathetic to. I think I'm leaning a little more toward Quinn's reactions than her reactions to Tyler and his antics. I also found it very realistic that as much as Quinn didn't want to be like his dad sometimes you wake up and realize you have some of the same mannerisms. For me one of the best attributes of the series is the absolute loyalty and friendship between the three women. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be intense. Lots of action filled nearly every page. The relationship between Quinn and Nina was a bit confusing at times, and frustrating, but I think that's true to real life. :) I enjoyed the story. I'm giving four stars because I did have to put it down at times due to something I can't quite put my finger on. I wanted to get back to it, so it wasn't the plot or any writing infraction. Maybe just the darkness of the antagonist? I'm not quite sure. I received this book from the author/publisher free in exchange for an honest review.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
First thoughts: What I like best about a Susan Sleeman novel is the amount of research she puts into the story so the investigations and FBI side of the story is accurate. Her stories always feel so real to me. I love how she uses the dialog between characters to share the technical sides of things in everyday terms for the reader. As always, Web of Shadows is a great blend of romance, danger and page turning suspense. Plot: As a member of the Cyber Crime Unit of the FBI, Nina Brandt knows a thing or two about computers, so when her ex-boyfriend and Navy SEAL Quinn Stone's brother gets into trouble, Quinn turns to Nina for help. The problem is little brother Ty hacked the No-Fly-List, then had his computer stolen. The computer that contains the steps of how he hacked it. Having that information out there could be a huge terrorist threat, so they must work quickly to find it. And if things weren't complicated enough, Nina has an enemy out there that's determined to ruin her life just as she ruined his. Quinn will have to use all his resources to keep his brother and the woman he's realizing he still loves from going to jail. Characters: The story is told from the perspectives of Nina, Quinn and the man that's trying to set Nina up for a big fall. I really enjoy how having the bad guy's perspective make for a well rounded story. I always love Sleeman's heroines, as they are tough woman doing a difficult job who aren't afraid to show some weakness, too. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this story to those who enjoy clean romantic suspense. While it's a general market story, it's free of any foul language or inappropriate content. It is the second book of the Agents Under Fire series and will stand alone, but you'll get a little preview of Nina and Quinn's relationship in Web of Deceit, so I'd suggest reading both books. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series! Rating: 4.5/5 stars
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book two in the Agents Under Fire series. However, it is also a stand alone book. You will get to know most of the characters in the first book, Web of Deceit, plus it is a great read too, so I would suggest you read it first, but it is not necessary. Susan Sleeman always does a great job at keeping your interest, keeping the mystery and suspense plus all the romance thrown into one great novel. Her characters are well defined and their dialogue is great. I love all the different personality types and how they all add dimension to the story. FBI agent Nina Brandt is a very dedicated, planned out agent. She has some fears of her own and loves her job. Even though it is with the FBI being an agent dealing with computer issues she is usually in a safe environment. When she is faced with the one man she never expected to see again, Navy SEAL Quinn Stone, will she be able to put her hurt behind her and rely on him again? Will they be able to solve this mystery before it is to late for Nina and others she loves. Navy SEAL Quinn Stone is an adrenaline junkie. When he is called home to help his little brother, he knows there is only one person he can turn too, yet is it asking to much? Quinn must learn what he truly desires and face some fears he never thought possible. I was given a copy of this novel from the author for my honest opinion.
LauraJo1 More than 1 year ago
"Web of Shadows” is Sleeman’s second book in the Agents Under Fire series. It serves well as a stand-alone so you do not have to have read the first book (although you will want to)! It is evident that Susan did a ton of research to back up all of her facts related to Navy Seals and the FBI. Both agencies are represented in this thriller which surrounds our nation’s security. A teen prank goes awry and ends in murder. It is only a matter of time before secure information will fall into the hands of terrorists. The villain (Wiley) could care less and only wants FBI agent, Nina, to suffer for sending him to prison years ago. Wiley is obsessed and anyone who stands in his way is dispensable. Sleeman's novels are always easy to read and full of suspense. Every chapter grew my anticipation of the next criminal (and romantic) development. The only downside was reaching the end of the book. You will not be disappointed in his novel…so enjoyable!
Amigagal More than 1 year ago
Once again, Susan, has delivered a fantastic thriller! This is the second book of her series on female FBI agents but you don't have to have read the first one. This one stands alone as does the first one. I love the way I am grabbed into the book from the beginning and can't put it down until I'm finished! The characters are so real and they run the gamut of emotions so you connect with them right away. Another thing I love about Susan's books is that she writes the villain's thoughts and feelings, along with the hero's and heroine's! It's great to get inside that twisted mind and see how it works! The story is so much better that way! Susan does SO much research too and as you read, you can see that! In this book, Nina, is the FBI agent. It's just a normal day for her when out of the blue, her ex-boyfriend shows up with his brother in tow and demands to see her! She doesn't really want to see him as they didn't part on the best of terms and she's been trying to get over him ever since! Why is he demanding to see her? He's a SEAL and his brother is in high school! Little does she know that the reason is going to start a threat to national security! Quinn, her ex, just got off a secret mission, and found out his brother, Ty, did some serious computer hacking that caused a possible threat to national security! He has to go to Nina for help, even though he knows she doesn't want to see him! When it's discovered that the computer Ty used to hack the "No Fly List" of the government was stolen and winds up in the hands of a demented guy Nina put in prison (but is now out), chaos ensues and Nina is framed for the crime.....a game of cat & mouse with deadly consequences begins. You will be so involved in this book that you'll be lucky if you go to bed at night! I, for one, couldn't put this book down! I had to see how it ended as fast as possible! I highly recommend it!
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Ms Sleeman’s series Agents Under Fire. This time the story centers around agent Nina Brandt and Navy Seal Quinn Stone. They have a history that didn’t end well, due to Quinn’s dedication to the Seal’s. Quinn’s brother Ty, has gotten into trouble due to hacking the No Fly List and Quinn is desperate enough in trying to help Ty, that he contacts Nina. Unbeknown to both, the troubles are deeper than the hacking. A person from Nina’s past is in the midst of this and is out for revenge. Needless to say, Ms Sleeman has us on the edge of out seats . She not only keeps the mystery and intrigue going at full throttle, but she also brings in the human element. We are dealing with trust, past hurts, fears, self doubt and last but not least love of family and a significant other. All complex feelings. So buckle up and get ready for another great book by Susan Sleeman.
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
Some authors write books so engaging, they’re difficult to put down even though you want to story to last. Susan Sleeman is one of those authors and readers get to pick up book two in her Agents Under Fire series, Web of Shadows. From the first page, I was drawn into the suspense and mystery as well as the romance. Nina Brandt’s job as an FBI agent working in the cyber division allows her to make the world safer for everyone. With her two agent friends, Kait and Becca, Nina’s life is good. When ex-boyfriend and Navy SEAL Quinn Stone shows up at her office with his teenage brother, Nina’s world is suddenly shifted. Ty Stone has hacked the TSA’s No Fly List and the computer he did it on was stolen and now missing. The threat of someone getting their hands on the hack and Nina’s love for Ty pushes her to work with Quinn to keep Ty out of jail. But someone else is using the computer and the hack to make Nina pay for sending him to prison and he has a calculated plan how to make it as painful as possible. I’m always a sucker for stories of lost love renewed but when you add to it the jam-packed action of an investigation for not only possible terrorists but also hackers, it gets even better. And Nina and Quinn may have shoved their feelings for each other aside, but put them together and everything is bound to come to the surface. Nina’s sweet southern upbringing and attention to detail are the perfect contrast to Quinn’s hard-core, macho (almost egotistical but not quite) SEAL mentality and desire to act. Together, they make a perfect team. Sleeman’s ability to portray the twisted workings of the mind of criminals is both harrowing and intriguing. Getting the villain’s point of view allows readers to see the whole picture while others are piecing it together. If you’re ready for a read full of action, suspense, and police procedure, this is one not to miss.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Give yourself a Susan Sleeman book, a coke or coffee, a little quiet. You will emerge for air in a couple of hours, thoroughly entertained, totally terrified, and amazed at the writing prowess of Sleeman, who can control your emotions through the power of her pen. Indeed, in this second book of the Agents Under Fire series, Web of Shadows,Ms. Sleeman again has produced a likable couple at odds (Navy Seal Quinn Stone and FBI agent Nina Brandt, his ex-girlfriend). They must work together to keep Quinn's younger brother out of jail, while trying to locate his computer that hacked the TSA's national security DO NOT FLY list. As in her first book, Web of Deceit, Ms. Sleeman is adept at showing the mind of a deranged killer, this one who possesses a paranoia that drives much of his actions. Reading the book was like watching two chess players (If chess excited me) pit their keen minds against each other. Both protagonists, good and bad, were brilliant. The question is, which one will be able to outwit the other and in both cases, those around them, in order to avoid unthinkable disaster? Sleeman's novels are always well-written, tightly wrapping tentacles of fear around the reader's heart. You feel the emotions of the characters as if they were your own. Her writing is tight, and no time is spared throwing the reading into the psychotic,shadowy underworld awaiting. As others have mentioned, I quickly thumbed pages to reach the end, only to be disappointed to have the adventure finally over. Don't miss this fantastic romantic suspense by Susan Sleeman! I was gratefully gifted an advance copy from the author through Netgalley for an honest review, which I have given.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Agents Under Fire series. It serves well as a stand-alone. If you like strong female protagonists, you will certainly like this book. Nina Brandt is an FBI Agent, as well as her two closest female friends. Nina is still trying to get over her last broken relationship with Navy SEAL Quinn Stone. Quinn's teenage brother, Ty , is a hacker .... a very good one. He has hacked into the federal government's No Fly List and added a friend's name .. who happens to be an American Muslim. Immediately, chatter begins about a possible terrorist attack. Quinn drags his brother to Nina for help in keeping his brother out of jail. Both calling a truce, they join to help Ty and keep the country safe at the same time. Nina finds herself skating on very thin ice when it comes to her boss and her job. What follows is a desperate search for Ty's computer, which also has directions on how to hack into the government's data base. An ex-con that Nina helped put away years ago is out of prison and he has Ty's computer. He puts in place a plan to make Nina pay for his perceived persecution and make a lot of money selling the info to a terrorist group. There is plenty of action, practically non-stop. The characters are well drawn. Quinn is your typical macho SEAL ... he serves to save .. and he's willing to go to any lengths to protect Nina and his brother. He's not about to lose her again. Nina is strong, self-sufficient, and does her job without crossing the boundaries ... until now. The sub-story I really enjoyed were the issues that had kept Quinn and Nina part. She's still dealing with the death of her younger brother when she was a child. Quinn is dealing with trying to figure out where he fits in this world if he is no longer a SEAL. He also has commitment phobia ... afraid that he is more like his emotionally distant father than he would like to be. This book has a sub-classification of Romantic Suspense. There are no explicit intimate situations. A kiss here and there. Clean reading. Many thanks to the author / BelleBooks / Bell Bridge Books / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.