FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.
Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.
About the Author
Read an Excerpt
Declan Grey started his day as he did every other. He showered, shaved, dressed, drank a strong cup of black coffee, ate two slices of cinnamon-and-sugar toast, and then headed out the door to work, calling his friend Griffin for a quick chat as he drove.
The office was humming when he arrived, and he was pleased he'd made it nearly half an hour early, despite 695's horrific morning commute.
Today was the meeting he'd been pushing for with his boss for nigh on a month. An attack was headed for U.S. soil, and no one was doing a thing to acknowledge it — let alone stop it.
He entered the meeting room, planning to have time to run back through his argument before Alan King showed, but his boss was already there, deep in conversation with a woman.
Both had their backs to him.
The woman was five foot seven, athletically lean and toned, her brown hair almost identical in shade to Tanner's. His gut sunk. Tanner.
It was Tanner. He knew her — knew the way she angled her head so her hair fell slightly over her right shoulder when she was deep in thought, knew the graceful curve of her neck, knew ... too much. He cleared his throat, and they both turned.
The black dress she wore fit well, falling mid-knee, a few inches of fabric caressing the subtle line across her shoulders, leaving him wanting to ... He shook off the thought, frustrated.
Something captivatingly drew him to her ... and yet strangled him at the same time — as if he were underwater in her presence. All sound evaporated, he couldn't breathe, his vision grew limited, until all he saw was her. It was surprisingly peaceful, albeit alarmingly disorienting.
It had begun the day she'd entered his life, nearly a year earlier, showing up in his hospital room, dressed like a nurse, bent on obtaining answers about her friend's murder.
The surprising sensation he experienced in her presence had steadily grown in intensity until it now engulfed all else. He wasn't sure if he liked the effect or if he was drowning in it. His heart said the first, his head the latter.
One plus was his certainty that he no longer felt anything but friendship for Kate Maxwell — hadn't for months now — and considering how deeply in love she was with Luke Gallagher, the man who'd been his best friend for years, before his disappearance over seven years ago ... it was a very good change. His crush on Kate was over, and in hindsight that's all it had been — a crush, along with genuine friendship, of course. But now ... now he was drowning in the middle of an unanticipated ocean and a part of him reveled in being surrounded by the unknown.
He had the decision before him: fight the undertow or give in to his feelings and see where the current pulled him.
"Agent Grey," Alan said, stealing back his attention, "I'd like you to meet the Bureau's newest crisis counselor."
Declan blinked. Had Alan seriously just said —?
"We're well acquainted," Tanner said, before he could finish his thought.
She settled into one of the conference room chairs, and he sat down beside her, his shoulders stiff. "Not sure I'd say well ..."
There was so much about her he didn't know, so much he longed to. What she liked and didn't like. How she spent her downtime. What scared her, if anything. What thrilled her, though he already knew rushes of adrenaline did. At least she spent most of the year finding it through healthy means via rock climbing, white-water rafting, kayaking, snowboarding, and the list went on. She was an all-weather and all-season athlete much like him.
She sighed. "Of course you'd say that."
He tucked his chin in. "Meaning?" He'd meant it as a compliment, an indication that he wanted to know more, but it didn't appear she was taking it as such.
She flipped open her folder, shaking her head. "Never mind."
"All right then." Moving on ... He opened his case folder, convinced he'd never understand women — Tanner Shaw least of all.
Griffin entered the offices of Grant & Brentwood Investments.
"Mr. McCray," the receptionist greeted him. "Mr. Grant said to head on back."
"Thanks, Jen." He walked the long, narrow, glass-walled hall.
Haywood Grant occupied the corner office at the end. He'd started the firm more than twenty years earlier, running it solo for the first dozen years before bringing on his partner, Lowell Brentwood, and, much more recently, Emmitt Powell, who had yet to earn his name as part of the firm's.
"Griff." Haywood smiled and stood as Griffin entered the office. "How are you, son?" He clapped Griffin on the back.
Haywood had coached his, Declan, Luke, and Parker's Little League team, the Chesapeake Pirates, for three seasons before moving from their hometown of Chesapeake Harbor. But after three key developmental years, the son stuck. As well as the bond of a boy and his first coach.
Their paths had crossed now and again over the years when Haywood visited his brother who'd still lived in Chesapeake Harbor, and then more recently when a mutual acquaintance recommended Haywood's accounting and investment firm. Griff had been visiting Haywood annually ever since, today being an exception to the otherwise yearly schedule.
"Come on in," Haywood said. "Let me shut the door."
Griff wondered what level of privacy the glass-walled office really provided.
Haywood returned to his seat as Griffin took his.
"So what brings you here today?"
Griffin exhaled, joy bursting inside. "I need to withdraw some funds from one of my accounts."
"Oh?" Haywood sat back, interlocking his fingers. "Another rehab project?"
Griff flipped houses — or, as he preferred to say, restored them — before putting them on the market. "Not this time. I put down a deposit on a plot of land in Sweet Air. I'm going to build Finley's and my home on it, and I want to pay for the land before I start construction." The farmhouse he'd been flipping when he'd met Finley was way up in Thurmont. He'd sold it to a very happy couple, and he and Finley were now renting a place in the Sweet Air area, which they'd fallen in love with.
Haywood leaned forward with a wide smile. "Well, that's great. Congratulations." He shook Griffin's hand, and Griff noticed the lack of wedding band on Haywood's. He prayed Haywood's ring was being fixed, sized, or forgotten on his nightstand, but a glance around the office revealed the pictures of Carol were gone.
"I hope to see that beautiful wife of yours at the retreat kickoff tonight." Haywood continued to smile.
"She'll be there." He wanted to say "And Carol?" but wasn't sure the best way to proceed. "Will your kids be there again?" he asked.
"I'm afraid not this year. Maggie and her husband moved to Denver six months back, and Jack can't get away from the hustle and bustle of New York."
"That's too bad."
"And since you always inquire about Carol, I'll save you some trouble. We called it quits a few months back."
"I'm sorry to hear that."
"Well, after Jack moved out and we shifted to an empty nest, we realized we had nothing else in common. It just wasn't working."
So you make it work. At least that was his commitment to Finley and their marriage. It was for life. They exchanged vows, and he'd honor them until the day God took him home. Finley deserved him to be the man he'd promised to be. She deserved the world.
"Well, let's get down to the nitty gritty and get you that land," Haywood said, rolling his chair to his computer.
A knock rapped on the door, and Haywood's jaw tightened along with his broad shoulders.
Griffin looked over his right shoulder at the doorway.
Lowell Brentwood stepped into the room. "Sorry to interrupt ..."
"Yes?" Haywood responded to Lowell, his tone tight.
"When you're finished here, we're going to congregate in the meeting room to finalize the retreat presentation."
Haywood nodded, but didn't look at his partner. "I'll be there."
He said it pleasantly, but the tension in the room was palpable — thicker than a Chesapeake Harbor fog rolling in across the dark water on a cold October night.
Lowell excused himself, shutting the door behind him but continuing to stare through the glass wall until he moved out of their line of sight. Weird.
Griffin had interacted with Lowell numerous times over the years, and always saw him at the firm's annual client retreat, but he had never noticed such a strain between the two. It would be interesting to see how the men interacted at the retreat.
He and Finley were looking forward to the time away to soak in the gorgeous Hunt Valley setting. There were plenty of places to hike between Oregon Ridge and Loch Raven, to watch the sunset over the fall foliage, and to ride horses less than half an hour from where he planned to build their home.
Typically, the retreat was for the firm's wealthiest clients, but because of Haywood's fondness for his Pirates, he always invited them and, graciously enough, their significant others. Now that he thought about it, Lowell never seemed a fan of their presence, so maybe that was the source of the partners' tension.
Haywood cleared his throat. "Where were we? Ah, money for your land. How much do you need?"
Griffin's gaze narrowed. Was that perspiration on Haywood's brow?
"Is everything all right?" he asked.
Haywood swiped his forehead and rubbed his fingers. "Fine."
The man sitting before Griffin was hardly fine, but he let it go and they proceeded. It wasn't until they were nearly finished with their business and Haywood appeared no more at ease that Griffin took a chance and asked again.
Again Haywood said he was fine, but this time, he scrawled something on a neon yellow sticky pad, pulled off the top slip, and handed it to Griffin.
Meet me at Le Scala restaurant at noon.
Griffin nodded once and slipped the note into his pocket, his mind racing through the endless possibilities.
"Always good to see you, son."
Apparently, he'd be seeing him again in three hours. About what, he had no idea, but from Haywood's appearance, it was far from good.
"As I've been saying since our discoveries on the Hiram two months ago, I believe there is credible evidence of an imminent terrorist threat against our country," Declan said, getting straight to the point. Alan indicated Tanner had insight to add to the meeting, but had not elaborated.
Curiosity nipped at Declan. What insight? Would she make his third plea to his boss that they continue strongly pursuing this investigation easier or more difficult? With Tanner, it usually fell somewhere in between — challenging yet helpful. He prayed that was the case in this situation because he needed all the help he could get.
Alan shifted, his hands balling into pale fists on the conference table's black top. "Agent Grey, what evidence are you basing this belief on?"
"Mr. Darmadi's dying words: 'The wrath is here.'"
Alan flicked his hand, dismissing Declan's greatest argument as if it were an annoying fly. "That is not evidence — you know that. Over the last two months, in all the hours and manpower you've dedicated to this pursuit, have you found a shred of evidence to substantiate Mr. Darmadi's declaration?" "There's been ... chatter." Declan exhaled, knowing his boss would dismiss this as casually as he had Darmadi's dying words.
Alan pushed back in his swivel chair, his long, slender fingers twitching on the armrests. He was losing his patience. "Chatter?"
Declan cleared his throat, stretched his shoulders until his muscles contracted in the center of his back, and took a deep breath before responding. Everything rode on this. "Yes, sir." He pulled out his notebook. "I've been listening for code words."
He flipped through the transcript pages until he found the one he wanted, highlighted and tabbed.
Tanner glanced over, curiosity dancing in her beautiful brown eyes, but she didn't say a word.
She was usually the first to speak and the one to protest or argue most vehemently, and she was good at it. It made for some of the best verbal sparring and deep discussions he'd ever had. He found her savvy wit and intelligence both impressive and sexy. Yes, much to his chagrin, he thought Tanner Shaw all those things and more. He admired the woman, and she'd come to mean a great deal to him.
When it had happened — when his feelings had shifted and become far, far deeper — he wasn't quite certain, but it had definitely happened.
"And?" Alan tapped his fingers.
Declan swallowed. He needed to focus, to speed this up. Get your head in the game, Grey. "I've heard chatter about the family expanding."
Alan cocked his head. "What family?"
Declan moved to the whiteboard, where he placed his surveillance photos. "A man from Malaysia immigrated four years ago and has been steadily bringing over an intriguing number of 'nephews.'"
Alan frowned. "Nephews?"
"Yes, sir. Supposed relatives. Young Southeast Asian men in their early twenties — all Muslim." He paused briefly but wanted, needed, to keep pounding the importance of this case into his boss's shortsighted mind. "Several are on student visas, pursuing degrees in biochemistry, chemical engineering, or biology.
The first young man he brought over now specializes in virology."
"All fourteen of them?"
"Have you checked if they really are his nephews? Some families are large."
"Documentation in that area is easily bought, but we're digging deeper, and we have the CIA regional department overseas digging as well. Mack's been a great help."
Michael "Mack" Jacobs was his main contact at the CIA, the agent who served as a liaison between Declan and whatever region he needed help from. Over the years, he'd become a friend, the two meeting occasionally for dinner or a cup of joe in Georgetown, where Mack resided, or he'd come up Declan's way for a pickup game of rugby with the guys.
Parker was leery of anybody in the CIA, but he too liked Mack as a person. He just didn't trust the agency as an entity, said he didn't like the read he got off most agents — said they were called "spooks" for a reason. But even he agreed they were a necessary agency, just not one he wanted any part of.
Alan exhaled, steepling his fingers. "This had better be worth it."
"It is. I'm telling you, I can feel it in my gut."
"Well, luckily for you, Miss Shaw believes she has something too, and I hope it is more concrete than her gut and some chatter."
Alan indicated for her to proceed.
"Thank you." Tanner nodded, and Declan found himself literally sitting on the edge of the swivel chair, scooting out from the conference table before his knees knocked the underside of it again.
"Over the last few months, I've been in regular contact with Mira," she said.
"The woman taken from the house where Anajay Darmadi was staying?" Declan asked.
"Yes. After your raid on the house, my former organization, the Intercultural Resource Center," she said, no doubt more for Alan's information than his, "safely placed her in a new location and have been working with her to make a new life for her here in America."
"That's wonderful," Alan said, "but its pertinence to the case ... ?"
That was rude. What Tanner did was beyond admirable, but that was Alan — always direct and focused on the case at hand.
"That's great," he said, truly admiring her work and compassion for those in need.
She tucked her hair behind her ear. "Thank you," she responded, clearly surprised. He hated that his respect and admiration for her work surprised her. He wanted her to know how genuinely he believed in what she did, in how she relentlessly fought for the rights of the marginalized and oppressed. It was just how she sometimes went about it — without any concern for her safety — that terrified him.
"Miss Shaw?" Alan grunted.
"Right," she said. "Mira confided in me that before the house was raided, men were coming through at a regular pace. From there they were moved to strategic locations to wait until they were called upon."
"Called upon by whom?" Alan asked, straightening.
She had him. Finally. He was reeled in, or at least interested.
"She didn't know. No names were used."
"What do you know of this woman? Can she be trusted?"
"I know she was brought over against her will on a ship from Malaysia. Her father sold her to a man who in turn handed her over to a different man after the ship docked in Baltimore's port."
"Did she say who bought her from her father?" Alan pressed. He wanted the facts and wanted them quickly.
Excerpted from "Blind Spot"
Copyright © 2017 Dani Pettrey.
Excerpted by permission of Baker Publishing Group.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Enjoy the suspenseful read and the teamwork between everyone.
The Chesapeake Valor series is an epic, binge-worthy romantic suspense brimming with perilous escapades and tender moments. Let your mind feast on intense investigations as simmering attraction and blossoming relationships set your reader heart aflutter. As former best friends, Griffin, Parker, Declan, and Luke, reunite through professional collaboration, they seek answers to not only their joint and tandem investigations but also vow to solve the mysteries which bind them together. Each man faces unique personal and professional challenges along the way, including matters of faith and love. Straight-laced Declan is a dedicated, by-the-book defender. His stark professionalism is matched and complemented by wild-card Tanner’s fierce compassion. As Tanner stands in for Declan’s partner, the time spent together ignites a spark of mutual respect, admiration, and attraction! Pettrey’s masterful storytelling weaves intricate investigations with complex intimate relationships in a delightfully complex multidirectional plot. I have already begun rereading this intense adventure and I highly recommend the Chesapeake Valor series. I am eagerly anticipating future works from this author! I borrowed book 1 through my local library and received a complimentary copy of books 2-4 from the publisher. I was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I'm almost, almost caught up on my reviews. This has been a real struggle to go back and review after the fact instead of immediately finishing the book. I felt more invested in this book, which I will share with you later but first I have to address something that is killin' me. Legit killin' me Smalls. Who ends a book and then makes you wait 9 months (OK not me because I'm slow and only have to wait a month but still 9 months) with this. "You did a great job." Everyone's attention swung to Luke standing in the doorway, a grim expression on his hardened face. "But we've got a far more lethal threat on our doorstep." In some ways this book pulled me in in ways that the previous two did not. In most ways I had the same hangups. I have to appreciate that there was less things resolved 'off screen' and that I was actually allowed to play in most of the action. However, some of that was not really believable. Tanner's background screams to mind, it was too pat, too easy just too. Tanner and Declan's romance doesn't feel natural either. Perhaps I'm just one too many romances in to the reading stack but why does the guy ALWAYS get the girl? I feel like this series is built around each of these guys getting the girl effectively doubling the head count. The faith falls flat for me as well, it doesn't feel authentic but more forced as a necessary write in instead of a natural expression of true faith. And we won't even mention the one person I won't mention so as not to ruin a story thread with massive spoiler. Just trust me, it's too smooth as well. You would think will all that I couldn't stand the book. The truth is, I was more invested in this one than all the others. I mean I know I said that before but it's really the truth. I care about these people, multiplying though they are. I am invested in the subterfuge that is weaving it's way through the series. I need to know what is coming to the doorstep in the next book. As much as I don't love glitter sparkly perfect bows I need to know how it all works out, cuz you know there's gonna be glitter sparkles everywhere. This series, this author, draws you into her worlds even when you go kicking and fighting. And I'm glad she does. I'm definitely interested in pursuing her other books in hopes that there's a true click for me there. But first. . .'Dead Drift'. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Awesome! Best one so far. Can't wait for the last one of the series
Dani Pettrey's Blind Spot is another terrific book in a series that are stand alone. Declan is a special agent with the FBI and T^anner joined the FBI but she's a crisis counselor. Be prepared for page turning suspense, murder, mayhem, romance and unexpected twists and turns. Dani Pettrey will keep your attention from the first few pages and won't let go. I had a hard time putting the book down to do errands for my family or to sleep at night. Finished it in three sittings. No one asked me to leave a review and all opinions are my own. I bought this book through a local bookstore that pre-orders all of my favorite authors so that I don't miss any of their books. Highly recommend this book is you love a good Christian romantic suspense with edge of the seat mystery and thrills.
Blind spot , Dani Pettrey’s 3rd installment in the Chesapeake Valor series does not disappoint and keeps the breakneck speed in tact , following the pace of the previous three. Yes, a seatbelt is required, as this novel is filled with twists, turns and down right “oh my gosh” moments. This is romantic suspense at it’s finest in my opinion. Two highly talented people in their own right- Declan Grey, a highly systematic and intelligent FBI agent is brought together to work with the enigmatic, ,beautiful and highly capable and intelligent Tanner Shaw, who has recently joined the FBI as a crisis counselor. Having worked with refugees and the displaced around the world in her past, she has a high level of compassion and with that compassion is able to communicate with folks where they trust her and in turn able to get information much needed as they are working together to try and keep the their heads above water as they learn more and more about terrorist goings on both on the weapons front as well as the horrific human trafficking that was occurring right in their own backyard. This novel was a pleasure to read as once again the key relationships of friends working together to bring justice, protect each other and true sacrificial love unfolds in this story in the relationships of Declan, Tanner, Griffen, Parker and Kate who will never give up her quest to find Luke , the missing member of this group. Pettrey does a masterful job of weaving the storylines together to make a fast paced novel where key people disappear while other key people re-appear to make it truly a pleasure to read. I truly care about these characters and utterly can’t wait for book 4- Dead Drift to be published. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.
What it's about: This is book three in the Chesapeake Valor series. This book highlights FBI agent Declan Grey and his hunt for a terrorist who has been running free on American soil. As the threat on America rises, so do the threats against Declan and his assigned partner Tanner Shaw. While they are chasing bullets and dodging cars, their trail leads across the country and back again as they seek not only the threat to America but the ties to a smuggling ring who is bringing refugees illegally. Will Declan and Tanner capture the person behind the threat in time or will it all be too late? And will their hearts survive the mounting tension that is building between them? What I thought: This may be a very difficult book to read on it's own. There is so much back story from the previous books and characters that to understand this one, reading the first two may be the best route to go. I did enjoy the pace of this book as it was intense. The story line was complex in regards to following the story line between the ties of the terrorist and the smuggler. One thing I do enjoy about this author is how she weaves in other story lines about previous characters to foreshadowing her next book with a storyline of its own. Would you read it: If you enjoy suspense fiction with a dash of romance, you will enjoy this book. Again, you'll want to read the first two books to completely understand where this one is picking up from. If you have a sensitive stomach, beware as this book can get a big graphic in places. Bethany House sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.
FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner. Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives. This book was intense, faith filled, action packed suspense filled with a wonderful romance woven through and incredibly difficult to put down. The suspense and the action never stopped. Even at the end, there was a wonderful cliffhanger, making it difficult to wait for the next installment of this series. The premise of this book is completely relevant in today’s headlines. Dealing with terrorists and drugs has become the norm now and the ease in which these “villains” were able to bring these into our country is terrifying. I’m just thankful there are wonderful people out there protecting us, as these detectives do is this series. This novel introduces a new mystery of an apparent murder-suicide involving a close friend and mentor of the group. But the on-going investigation of human trafficking and terrorism was what really captured my attention. The focus is on Declan and Tanner’s story, but fans of this series will be glad to hear that a loose thread that has been tangled up in each book is finally revealed. Is everything resolved? No, but that’s a plus because that means another book by Pettrey! I really loved this book and cannot wait for the next book to come out. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mystery with a little romance. Faith is an important part of their lives, and Blind Spot weaves the two main characters’ faith seamlessly into their lives — both the mundane and the out-of-the-ordinary aspects. There are several stories going on at the same time, so it keeps you on your toes following the characters. If you haven’t read the books in this series, you are missing out with stories that could be taken from today’s headlines. I received an eBook from Net Galley and Bethany House for my review
Usually the best book of the series is the first. The first book in this series, Cold Shot, was very good and the second book, Still Life, was good too but I think this third book is my favorite. I've been thinking about why and I have decided it is because I have come to know the characters better and the underlying story has developed to the point that I can't stand to put it down. I'm a fan of Dani Pettrey's writing so I knew the suspense element would be good but I believe she's taken her talent for leaving the reader wondering what's next to a whole new level. There is a cliff-hanger at the end of this book that is almost not fair. When I turned that final page I couldn't believe she would torture us so! But of course that's the sign of a good writer's ability to keep the reader wanting more. After reading Blind Spot I was wishing that I had the discipline to wait to start the series until it was entirely written. But of course I can't! The minute I know the book has been released I want it in my hands. If you enjoy a good dose of suspense sprinkled with some swoon-worthy romance then Dani Pettrey and this series particularly are worth your time. I can't wait for the next book and I think you'll feel the same way. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
As I close out 2017, I was excited to get a chance to read the third installment of the Chesapeake Valor series from Dani Pettrey. Blind Spot continues the story of best friends Griffin, Parker, and Declan. Back in April, I read book 2 from this series, Still Life and thoroughly enjoyed jumping into the storyline of these friends. Blind Spot focuses on Declan Grey, FBI Agent, and Tanner Shaw. In Blind Spot, Grey and Shaw work together to work towards solving a major terrorist attack in the Baltimore area. As their lives are literally under attack, they both also realize that they have feelings for each other that were beyond just friendship. Grey and Shaw must learn how to trust each other in crisis, even when it's difficult. The rest of the friends are also working to solve a murder mystery of their own. Griffin and Parker are unwittingly pulled into a complicated plot that is filled with lies and deceit. I'm not entirely sure if this plotline will mean something more when we get to book 4, or if it was just filler to help further along the stories of the other characters in our main friend group. I thoroughly enjoyed Blind Spot, finishing it in just a few hours. It was filled with suspense that for the most part kept me guessing! I did guess a few things as I was reading, but until they were confirmed on the pages of the book, I hadn't even realized I made the assumptions about people and outcomes. This review feels hard to write because of a rather large surprise I never saw coming when I opened the book to the first page. I fear I'd give away a major surprise and thrill for you if I even try to spell out what happens throughout the pages of this book. Definitely worth the read! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Confusing, Too Many Characters and Too Many Plots I was exciting at the opportunity to read Dani Pettrey’s newest book Blind Spot which is the third book in the Chesapeake Valor Series. Previously, I had read her book Submerged and found she did a really good job in writing about relationships. The plotline was interesting and intriguing and the characters were well developed. Blind Spot couldn’t be any more different. It was plot, plot, plot, lots of action and filled with many characters. This is the third book in her current series, but there was no recap to bring the readers up to speed on the characters who carried over from the first two books. I would have found it helpful to have a page at the beginning of the book with the names of the characters and a brief description about them and their history. A number of times, I came across a name, and I had to search back to see if that person’s name had previously been mentioned because I didn’t recall anything about them. As a side note, a number of the characters have names that are not immediately identifiable as male or female names. Names like Tanner Shaw, Declan Grey, Avery, Finley, Griffin and Parker. That made the confusion of too many characters even more confusing. I found myself very grateful for two characters name Kate and Luke. There are two main plots going on and subplot in the background. There’s storyline of embezzlement, murder and suicide and a second storyline of terrorism, smuggling of arms and people and human trafficking. The storylines didn’t merge in the end. The plots seemed to compete against each other. As I was reading the book, I was trying to figure out how they would relate, but they never did come together. Some of the scenes were rather implausible. The reasoning and deduction of the FBI agents to explain what had happened or what was going on seemed to be missing some in between steps or information. Overall, I found the book confusing because of so many characters that the reader knew nothing about unless they had read the earlier books in the series. Going back and forth between plotlines that had nothing to do with one another was not a good way to tell a story. I think it would have been better to focus on one plot and develop a fewer characters. The Christian faith was mention somewhat. It wasn’t a big part of the storyline. There a few prayers. But overall it was lacking depth and meaning. When I read a fiction book, I want to care about the characters. Even if they are not likeable, I want to know them and what makes them tick. I didn’t care about these characters. I really wanted to like Blind Spot because of Dani Pettrey’s earlier books. But I didn’t much care for it. If you like her writing, I would suggest starting with book one in this series, that way you will be better able to track with characters and storylines, some of which carryover from earlier books. I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey for free. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Deb’s Dozen: Declan’s After Dangerous Men. Tanner Prepares Their Profiles. The Chase Is On! Blind Spot, Dani Pettrey’s third book in the Chesapeake Valor Series, carries on the chase started in Book One, Cold Shot. I love Dani’s books, but this series requires you to read the books in order to even try to keep track of the characters. A Cast of Characters at the beginning of each book would have been helpful. However, this is great mystery/suspense/romance. The team is chasing both sex traffickers and a cabal attempting to cause major damage within the US. All the members of the team are involved, but Blind Spot focuses on Declan Grey, long attracted to his new, for this caper, partner, Tanner Shaw. Declan is an FBI agent and Tanner has been seconded to the FBI as a crisis counselor. And crises they have! Declan heard a suicide bomber say “The wrath is coming” as his last words. But what is the wrath and where is it coming? How are Baltimore and Houston tied together? What does the elusive Luke have to do with things? The trail is murky and fraught with danger. Dani has developed real-to-life characters as usual. I liked Declan and liked Tanner by the end of the book. She also has the location down pat. Having lived in the PA/MD area for years, I had fun recognizing the places used as settings for the action. The exploits were less than believable in this novel, but I enjoyed reading the ins and outs and twists and turns. Four stars. Dani Pettrey is an award-winning author for her Alaskan Courage series, which I loved. She writes mystery/suspense/romance novels and lives with her husband in Maryland, very close to the action in Blind Spot. Bethany House gave me a copy of Blind Spot, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
THRILL–RIDE! This Series has been excellent with the suspense and intensity continuing to build with each book! Declan Grey (FBI Agent) & Tanner Shaw (FBI Crisis Counselor) find themselves in the midst of most dangerous chase of their lives. They must rely on each other’s unique skill sets in order to survive. However, each time they they think they’ve found the individuals they were looking for, they discover they’ve become victims of of yet another misdirection! Who is behind the terror group that has infiltrated the US and what is their real target? Meanwhile, the rest of their friends that work out of CCI have been very involved in a complex case of murder and embezzlement. Is it possible that the two cases cross over some way? Another fantastic page–turner!
Blind Spot is a romantic thriller - with a touch too much romance for this reader. This book picks up where Cold Shot and Still Life began. The team of FBI and private investigators are onto the trail of human traffickers and a terrorist - it would take time to see the connection between the two cases and only one could be solved. The newest book again weaves in both the professional and personal lives of the characters. Though I enjoyed the book, it felt like there was a bit more romance - though nothing provocative or uncomfortable - in the telling of this story than needed. The author also, as in the earlier books, again focuses on faith issues - notably for this reader, “trust.” Trust of God, of others, and trust of ourselves. The author also prepares the reader for the next book in the series as she concludes this story with: ========================== “You did a great job.” Everyone’s attention swung to Luke standing in the doorway, a grim expression on his hardened face. “But we’ve got a far more lethal threat on our doorstep.” ========================== But for that, we will need to wait till next year. ______________ This review is based on a free copy provided by the author for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.
This book is about letting yourself love, protecting those you care for, defending those who can’t defend themselves, finding justice, and seeking the truth — even if you may not like what you find. Now, I should get this point out of the way. Once again, I’ve picked a book that is part of a series — book three in the Chesapeake Valor Series. So once again, there were a few confusing parts that mentioned things from earlier books, and I had to learn all the characters pretty fast. If you read the books in order, I’m sure you’ll have a smoother read than I did. This aside (or perhaps, because of this), I had to push myself to get about halfway through the book. Once I got there, things got interesting, and I wanted to keep reading. Part of the reason I had a hard time getting through the first half was because it seemed rather predictable — almost as if the author wanted to show us where the plot was going. And, in fact, she did. But there was a specific reason. So, if this nagging feeling that you know exactly where the story’s going bothers you as it did me, keep going. The characters of the book intrigued me. They all seem to have dynamic backgrounds that I’m sure anyone who has read the books in order would appreciate far more than I would. But the characters in themselves made me want to read the rest of the series, the books before and after this one. The author gives a lot of insight into the minds of a few characters in the story. If you enjoy reading characters’ thoughts, you’ll have no problem with this. But if you’d rather be shown than told or would prefer to read minimal internal dialogue, this may bother you. This book is very clean. Not graphic, explicit, or overtly sexual, even when the author had the opportunity to make it so. Take that for what you will. In summary, here’s a speedy review: Romance? Yes! Suspense? Yes, eventually ;) Believable characters? Yes Believable story line? Yes, but it didn’t compel me the way I like stories to compel me. However, this is a completely personal, subjective opinion, and others love the story line and its pace (discussed below). Steady plot pace? I can’t quite put my finger on why, but it seemed a bit jumpy at times and seemed to lag at others. The storytelling and flow weren’t consistently compelling to me. Easy to read? Yes Easy to follow? If you’ve read the books in order — probably. [I received a complimentary copy of this book to read and review it, so you could know exactly what to expect from this novel. Hopefully, after reading my honest notes on the story and writing style, you‘ll have a better idea about whether or not you’d enjoy this book.]
This is the third book in Dani Pettrey’s Chesapeake Valor series and I have been impatiently awaiting Declan and Tanner’s book! I have so enjoyed the other two books in the series, so of course, I had high expectations and I can happily say Blind Spot surpassed them all! One of my very favorite things about Ms. Pettrey’s books is how she weaves them together. Though this book technically could be read alone, it makes so much more sense if the others are read first, and I definitely have to read the last one, now! I love how the characters’ lives intertwine, continuing from the last book as though little time has passed. I love the camaraderie and relationship not only between the hero and heroine, but the others in the group as well. These four friends are always there for one another, regardless of the hour of day or what might be going on in their own lives. This also plays out in the dual mystery, something else I greatly enjoyed. I appreciated reading the story from several different perspectives and trying to piece together the answers with them. It also definitely increased the suspense, having it jump from one person and mystery to another. I do confess that there were a couple times I had a bit of trouble keeping up with everything that was going on and all of the new names! But the author did an excellent job of connecting the dots for me and reminding me who was who, without seeming repetitive. I definitely enjoyed getting to know Declan and Tanner better! Their story actually starts in the first book in the series, “Cold Shot,” and has continued through this one. I so enjoyed seeing these two stubborn people finally find their footing and decide that yes, a relationship was in the works. There are some sweet moments between them, a couple rather steamy ones, and for sure some crazy ones as they chased a terrorist plot across the country. Another thing I appreciate about Ms. Pettrey’s writing style is how she is able to weave a romance through a mystery plot, without having either feel neglected or overwhelmed by the other. She strikes a fine balance between the two that has me both smiling and cheering them on as they chase the bad guys. Overall, I greatly enjoyed this story and am anxiously awaiting the fourth (and by my understanding, last) book in the series! Especially after that cliff-hanger! *My thanks to Bethany House Publishing for my complimentary copy of this book! I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Here is my honest review. This is the third book in the Chesapeake Valor series which follows four childhood friends who reconnect and contribute their skills to solving crime. While each book has it's own mystery and romantic couple, I do recommend that you read this series in order in order to fully appreciate the mystery that weaves through the background across the first three books and will be tied up in the fourth book that is forthcoming. As with any typical romance in this genre, you have the dashing and devastingly handsome hero, the strong, yet soft heroine and some sort of suspense that throws them together. But that's all the cliche you are going to get from Pettrey in this book. Declan Grey is a confident FBI agent without the arrogance; his humility and faith in God to provide answers and protection give him more depth than you generally find in a hero. Tanner is a fairly strong heroine but I do feel like she was overshadowed by Declan a bit. One of the things Pettrey has done well in this series is get the couples together early on in the book; the focus seems more on the mystery than on the romance which is a winner for me. As for the suspense portion of this book: it was jam-packed with action. There was a great balance of physical action (car chases, dodging bullets, etc) and the analytical intrigue (clues in old mail, chasing down leads, etc). And that's just the main mystery that Declan and Tanner are focused on. As with the previous two books, there is a secondary mystery that the rest of the team is investigating and had me totally guessing and counter-guessing the entire time. This is my favorite book of the series, by far. Whether it's because the action and intrigue were so much greater or because I know the cast of characters more intimately...I can't say. I am really looking forward to the fourth book in which the big mystery (where has Luke been) will finally be answered.
I have never been disappointed with Dani's works. This book is no exception. I absolutely loved Blind Spot from beginning to end. I was quickly and completely wrapped up in the story and would have read it in one sitting if I didn't have a newborn to take care of! I absolutely loved jumping back into the lives of Declan and Tanner. Seeing their relationship change and grow in the first two books, I was certainly eager to find out what happened in their own story. The tension between the two characters is undeniable. I loved learning more about each character and was surprised by some of the things I learned. It definitely made for a more interesting story. Their faith, though, was inspiring. Both characters have a firm grasp on the role God plays in their lives. I wish, oh how I wish I had that kind of faith! The story is laid out masterfully. I was fully engaged throughout the entire story and hated getting to the end. I wanted more! I love how Dani also incorporates characters from her other stories in a way that allows us to stay connected to them, but still focuses on the main characters and plot. And talk about SHOCK FACTOR and CLIFF HANGER in the EXTREME! No, I won't tell you what happened.. I don't want to spoil it for you! But I honestly never saw it coming. Now, I have to patiently wait for the next book to come out! Overall, I loved this book, as I knew I would. Dani Pettrey books are full of suspense, romance, and a hefty dose of faith. If that's what you're looking for in a story, you can't go wrong with any of Dani's works. I highly recommend you add Blind Spot to your reading list!
Blind Spot is a great suspense! Dani Pettrey’s characterization is excellent, and the Chesapeake Valor series is brimming with characters readers will care about and root for. I really enjoyed Declan and Tanner’s story and welcomed the opportunity to revisit characters from earlier novels. While Blind Spot can stand alone, each book builds on the characters, their relationships, and their stories. As the drama, danger, and suspense continue to unfold, I’m eager for more and can’t wait for Book 4! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
This would be a great movie! This is book 3 in the Chesapeake Valor series, even though it is a somewhat stand a lone book you will miss a lot of the history and understanding by just jumping in with this one. Plus the entire series is amazing. So start with Cold Shot, then Still Life (the entire series just makes for better reading and understanding if read in order). If you are not one to like books that lead into another you may not like this one. But if you love Suspense, Mystery, handsome detective/marshals/PI etc... type books you will love this one. I fell in love with Declan Gray, and Griff, from book one and I love how all the characters are involved in the entire series. This novel focus is on Declan and Tanner. Their hunt for justice and maybe love. I hated the book coming to an end, yet can't wait of the next one to come out. Dani Pettrey always does a great job at keeping your interest with just enough action, drama, mystery, humor and romance.
What a thrill ride! From the very first page the plots keep you guessing, from Luke in the shipyard at the beginning, throughout, to the end page, this book delivers great suspense and intrigue. I love that it is a Christian novel, as I am a big fan of mystery and espionage stories, but without the explicit sex and cussing, and this book does have yearnings and love and friendships and relationships throughout, but in a clean way. I had previously been a fan of the Alaskan Courage series by Dani Pettrey and couldn't wait for more of her writings. I did miss the first two of this series, but there was no problem entering the story from series #3. You know, I wish this could be made into a movie! I read with a vivid imagination anyway and couldn't put the book down. It was another one that kept me up past my intended bedtime. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I highly recommend this book for mystery, suspense, romance story lovers.
Dani Pettrey packs a full load of suspense into her stories and this one is no different. The faith of the lead characters is evident as they go about their daily responsibilities. They have high moral standards and are not bashful about it. Romance enhances the story in a good clean manner. The main characters are a tight-knit group of friends, several of them having first met in college and developing a closer bond than many siblings have. We met most of them in the first two books of the series. Declan and Tanner are in the spotlight in this story as they are teamed together while Declan’s regular partner is on leave. They have had their fair share of clashes in the past because of their different backgrounds, personalities, experiences, and skills. The big question is whether they can work together to stop a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil that they have been warned is coming. The story includes multiple threads that keep the team all going in different directions. Do these individual threads have any connection? What is the main target? How can they gather the intel that is desperately needed to stop the threat before it materializes? As often happens in a series, the author has left us with some unanswered questions. I enjoyed this book and look forward to what will happen next.
Blind spot is a great intensive story. You have bullets flying and kissing planting. You have Declan finally tells his path and so does Tanner, so you find out why they are as good as they are. This book is intense, addictive, aggressive, combative, dangerous, erratic, exciting and full of following their faith in GOD. This book gets under your skin and you love it when you're done – you may even hate that it is over. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
I finally got to read Declan and Tanner's story and it was worth it. From the first page Dani grabbed my attention and I could not put this put down. The drama, tension, the love and the surprises had me at attention. Dani is a fabulous storyteller. She makes you feel like you are there in the story. I cannot wait for Luke and Kate's story. It was such a pleasure to be on this launch team. This review is entirely my choice to write. Reader need to check out Ms. Pettrey's books. I love how she writes characters that does not have perfect relationships with God but that they are dedicated to living lives that pleases him.
Blind Spot is the third book in the Chesapeake Valor series, and it's a page turner. For readers who love following characters over a series, Blind Spot is a delight because you revisit lead characters from earlier books, while Declan and Tanner take a step into center stage. Theirs is a relationship that has been building with sparks flying in earlier books. Add in a mystery for earlier couples to solve and a terrorist plot that is barreling toward a conclusion and this is a book that romantic suspense readers will thoroughly enjoy. I personally love the way that Dani has set us up for the fourth book. It's going to be a good one!