Breaking Creed

Breaking Creed

by Alex Kava

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Maggie O’Dell novels comes the first novel in a thrilling series featuring an ex-marine turned K9 rescue dog trainer…

Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention.

When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel off the coast of Pensacola Beach, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartel’s latest shipment isn’t drugs. It’s human...

Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders she suspects to be the work of a brutal assassin. By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late to help him. For someone is already on the way...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698160675
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Series: Ryder Creed Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 17,487
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alex Kava is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed series featuring former Marine Ryder Creed and his K9 dogs, and the international bestselling Maggie O'Dell series. Her novels have been published in more than thirty countries around the world. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers and divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida.

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1
 

BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA

 

Sweat slid down Amanda’s back. Her stringy hair stuck to her forehead. The room was stifling and reeked of greasy fried pork. She felt nauseated, and the smell wouldn’t let her forget the slimy soup she had been given to coat her throat. A small dish of the golden liquid sat in front of her, its surface beaded with oil. The soup was for her benefit, Leandro had reminded her.


“It contains a special medicine.” His tone was always so gentle and reassuring. “It will be good for your throat and make your task much easier.”


Amanda knew he was right. Last week, when she did this for the first time, she didn’t even feel what she was swallowing. It was as if her entire mouth had gone numb, just like in the dentist’s office.


Still, she stared at the remaining balloons piled up on the scarred wooden tabletop, and she couldn’t shake the sick feeling in her stomach.

Last time she had swallowed fifty-one balloons. Leandro had been so proud of her. And every single one had come out without any problems—well, no problems meaning none had ruptured. The coming-out part had not been pain-free as Leandro had promised. But Amanda had been so relieved that she didn’t mind the pain.


This time she had downed only thirty-six before the nausea hit her.


Leandro would be disappointed. How could she disappoint him when he had given her so much? When he had been so good to her.


She watched him fill the last of the balloons. He had explained to her that he used only the strongest condoms available. He told her he did it for her benefit, because he cared so much about her and because this would eliminate the risk of a balloon rupturing while inside her stomach.


Amanda had asked what would happen if one of the balloons did break, but Leandro had waved his hand at her as if he were swatting flies. It was a gesture that was becoming familiar, and it was usually accompanied by his favorite phrase: “This is something you do not ask. This is something you leave to Leandro.”


But now, as Amanda watched his slender fingers stretch the condom over the top of a glass vial, she wondered what would happen if one of the balloons broke inside her. Is that why she was feeling sick now? The thought made her shiver, and she forced herself to sit up straight, as if that would give the balloons in her stomach more room.


She tried not to think about it. Instead, she continued to watch Leandro as he carefully spooned the cocaine into each condom. When the latex tip bulged out a half inch to an inch in diameter, Leandro tied a knot, keeping it small and tight. Then he trimmed it close and neat, so there was less to swallow. When she’d watched him last week, he had explained that this, too, was another detail he did out of concern for her.

She glanced around the room. The three swallowers and Leandro’s partner, the old woman they called Zapata, paid no attention to Leandro. They all were focused on their own tasks in front of them. But Amanda watched how his muscles bulged under his T-shirt and yet how gentle his fingers were. He was focused on making everything easier on her, and it made her love him even more. He would never let any harm come to her. And certainly she could ignore a little stomachache.


She licked her lips and realized she couldn’t feel them. Instead of panicking, she quickly reminded herself that it was only the special medicine in the soup. She must have gotten some on her lips. She tried not to think about it. She needed to calm herself. Her stomach probably wouldn’t be upset at all if it weren’t for the new girl. And now Amanda realized that her discomfort was definitely the girl’s fault.


She’d been crying since they brought her into the room, even while she ate the greasy soup. Pathetic sobs, all soft and quiet except for that irritating hitch to her breathing.


The girl was a year older than Amanda. She’d heard Zapata tell Leandro that the girl was fifteen. She sure didn’t act like it. She was probably just faking to get Leandro’s attention, because now suddenly he left his work of filling the balloons and went over to her.


“Lucía,” he said gently.


Then he put his hand on the girl’s back, almost a caress. Amanda stopped breathing, straining to listen as Leandro bent over and whispered something to the girl. His lips almost touched her ear. Amanda couldn’t make out the words. She didn’t know enough Spanish, but she couldn’t help noticing that Leandro’s tone sounded soothing, as if he were coaxing and persuading Lucía that everything would be okay. It was the same tone he used with Amanda.


Amanda grabbed another balloon from the pile. She dropped it into the small dish in front of her and rolled it around in the greasy liquid, using her fingers and not caring that they became slick, too. Then, still watching Leandro, she put it quickly into her mouth. Her throat was still numb, and she swallowed it with no problem.


She took another and followed the same process, just as Leandro had taught her. Then she did another and another, letting her anger sweep them down. Already her nausea started to leave. Before poor Lucía had cried and choked down two balloons, Amanda had added a half dozen. And her reward was Leandro looking over. He raised his eyebrows in surprise, then a smile transformed his entire face. By the time they were ready to leave for the airport, Amanda had swallowed two more than last week, while Lucía—still crying and now grasping her stomach—had managed to get down only twenty-five.


Amanda found herself silently telling the girl that she would never win over Leandro with such a pathetic performance. Although the older girl was so very pretty, with long, silky black hair and rich brown skin. By comparison, Amanda’s hair was stringy and dirty blond, her face spattered with freckles that she wished she could scrub away. No matter how many balloons she swallowed, she was still jealous of the new girl. Jealous and worried that Leandro might find her more suitable because Lucía was Colombian while Amanda was just poor white American trash. That’s what Zapata called her despite Leandro’s scolding the old woman.


When Amanda had first met her, she thought Zapata was Leandro’s mother. But there was something so cold about the old woman that Amanda didn’t think she was capable of being a mother. Not like Amanda had much to go on. Her own mother had thrown her out of the house, told her never to come back. All because she couldn’t keep her own boyfriend off her daughter. Her mother had caught the asshole slam-dancing Amanda against their kitchen

counter.

Instead of asking if Amanda was okay, instead of kicking the asshole out, she made Amanda leave.


It ended up for the better. She needed to get out of that house. And she would never have met Leandro if she hadn’t left home. He treated her so much better. He appreciated her. And maybe after today, Zapata would also realize that Amanda was worthy of her respect.


At least today Zapata was screeching at Lucía. More Spanish, but Amanda didn’t need to understand it to know that the old woman had become impatient with the new girl. Franco had come to tell them he had the van out front, and the others were already grabbing their backpacks, heading for the door.


Except for Lucía. She was crying even harder now, her arms wrapped tight around her stomach. Her face was streaked with sweat, not just tears. She looked as if she were in pain.


Amanda shuffled toward the door, watching and waiting, wanting to sit next to Leandro in the van. But his attention was focused on Lucía.


And then suddenly the girl collapsed, falling to the floor. Her head slammed against the heavy wooden table leg.


Amanda couldn’t believe it. Was she faking it?


Zapata was shaking her head and saying something to Leandro, only the old woman’s voice was eerily calm and quiet. And it was Leandro who was cursing under his breath.


Amanda couldn’t take her eyes off Lucía. She couldn’t look away. She was waiting for the girl to move, but Lucía didn’t flinch when Leandro shoved her. There was nothing gentle about his touch now. When Lucía didn’t respond, it only made him angrier, and Zapata grabbed his arm before he could shove at Lucía again.


“She’s done,” Zapata said. “Get it out.”


Then she noticed Amanda. Her eyes widened, and Amanda thought she saw a flash of panic before the cold black eyes returned to their usual hard stare. Zapata walked toward Amanda, gesturing for her to leave, but Amanda couldn’t stop watching Lucía and Leandro standing over her.


“We must go,” Zapata told her in a calm, steady voice as she took Amanda by the elbow. “We can’t miss our flight.”


The old woman squeezed and pulled at Amanda’s arm to turn her toward the door, but not before Amanda saw Leandro pull a knife from his boot. He was still muttering to himself or cursing Lucía. Amanda didn’t know which. She had never seen him like this. He didn’t seem to notice that she was still in the room. He started cutting Lucía’s clothing with the knife, ripping at it with urgency and anger. Was he helping her? Could he save her? Maybe it wasn’t too late.


“What’s he doing?” Amanda asked.


“It is none of your concern,” Zapata said as her fingernails dug into Amanda’s arm and she dragged her along.


The old woman pushed her out the doorway, but not before Amanda saw Leandro plunge the knife again. This time into Lucía. And now Amanda knew what happened if a balloon ruptured inside her stomach.




 

2
 

OFF PENSACOLA BEACH, FLORIDA

OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO
 

The Coast Guard helicopter pitched to one side, sending Ryder Creed sliding. He tightened his grip on Grace. His other hand white-knuckled the leather strap that kept him anchored to the inside wall. Grace was tethered to him, one end of the nylon restraint secured to her vest and the other end wrapped around Creed’s waist. Despite never having flown in a helicopter before, she didn’t appear stressed at all.


Creed, however, didn’t have a good feeling about this trip. In fact, he was beginning to regret taking the assignment. None of his dogs had ever been in a helicopter before. He couldn’t help thinking the sixteen-pound Jack Russell terrier felt even smaller cradled next to him.


But Grace was taking it in stride, already used to the thumping of the rotors and treating the roller-coaster ride as if it were just a part of the adventure. She watched and sniffed at the unfamiliar surroundings, anxious to get to work, because as soon as her vest went on, she knew they were headed for a job, and this girl loved her work. That was what made her such an excellent air-scent dog. She possessed a natural curiosity. The tougher the puzzle, the more

excited she became.


“She’s not exactly what I expected” was the first thing Commander Wilson had said when he met Grace and Creed on the helipad before takeoff.


While Wilson handed Creed his own “mustang”—the aircrew’s term of endearment for the orange flight suits they wore—he stared at Grace as though perhaps Creed might have brought the wrong dog. Even the rest of the crew—copilot Tommy Ellis, flight mechanic Pete Kesnick, and rescue swimmer Liz Bailey—looked at the terrier as if they weren’t sure what to do with her.


But it was actually Grace whom the Coast Guard had requested. Last week she’d made the national news when she managed to sniff out two kilos of cocaine at Hartsfield’s international terminal in Atlanta. A Colombian woman had creatively found a way to make chocolate bars with cocaine centers. She had made it through customs and was headed out of the area when Grace pulled Creed off the line they were working and raced after the woman.


Two weeks before, Grace had stopped a duffel bag filled with a case of peanut butter. It was coming down the conveyor belt out of the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight from Iquitos, Peru. They had already spent a morning going over checked luggage from incoming international flights when Grace alerted Creed to the red-and-black duffel that looked brand-new. Sure enough, in the gooey middle of each jar was a triple-bagged stash of cocaine. Each

sixteen-ounce jar of extra-crunchy contained almost a kilo. Creed was told that the twelve-pack carton had a street value of nearly a million dollars.


Suddenly they were becoming celebrities. Just two days ago, Creed and Grace had traveled to prerecord an appearance on The View that was scheduled to air this week. Creed’s partner, Hannah, was fielding calls for more appearances, on Good Morning America and Fox&Friends. Grace, of course, was taking the attention the same way she reacted to everything else—as if it were just another part of her daily adventure.


Creed not so much.


He’d worked hard to carve out a mostly private life for himself despite building a nationally known K9 business. At first he bristled at the media attention, until Hannah convinced him it could be a way for his sister, Brodie, to find him.


“Rye,” Hannah told him when he groaned at another photo of him and Grace, this time on the front page of USA Today. “What if Brodie is still alive? She might see you. She’ll recognize the name, if not the face. Maybe all this is a blessing.”


That was Hannah, always finding a positive spin, seeing blessings where Creed saw only chaos. That’s how she had saved him in the first place. Seven years ago she’d seen promise in the drunk and belligerent marine who had taken on three guys in a bar fight. It happened at the end of her shift at Walter’s Canteen on Pensacola Beach.


In all his life, Creed had never had to deal with an angry black woman, especially one whose anger came in a calm and measured sermon that had sobered him more than any drill sergeant ever had. Somehow he ended up with a mop in his hands, cleaning up broken glass and sticky beer, instead of in an alley with a busted skull or broken ribs.


It was Hannah who’d convinced Creed to use the skills he’d learned as a K9 handler in his marine unit to start his own business. And since that night she’d managed to become his business partner, his confidante, his counselor, his family. She was usually right, even about the things he didn’t want to admit. And maybe she’d be right about this.


Fifteen years ago his sister, Brodie, had disappeared, taken from an interstate rest stop. She was only eleven. Creed was fourteen. Brodie’s body had never been found. It ripped apart his parents and forced Creed to grow up too soon, haunted and forever burdened by that autumn day when suddenly Brodie wasn’t in the restroom anymore. She wasn’t anywhere to be found.


His search for her inspired Creed to start K9 CrimeScents. The company had grown into a multimillion-dollar operation with a dozen employees, a training facility on fifty acres, with a waiting list for their services as well as for the dogs Creed trained.


Every cadaver search got his hopes up, because even though Brodie had disappeared as a little girl, there was always the possibility that she had lived on for any part of the fifteen years she’d been missing. So every time Creed’s searches discovered a body—whether it was that of a child, a teenager, or a young woman—there was always a chance, always the slightest possibility, that it could be Brodie. And each time the body was identified as someone else, Creed felt the same overwhelming mixture of relief and misery. Relief that maybe, just maybe, his sister could still be alive. And misery, because

if she was, what kind of a life was it?


Initially, when the despair from searching for dead bodies almost did him in, Hannah insisted Creed start training some of their dogs for search and rescue, and then she added bombs and drugs to the list. That was why she had him doing drug searches these past several weeks. When she found him passed out in his loft apartment or saw too many women coming and going, she knew he needed a break from tracking dead bodies. Otherwise the stench of death and the false hopes would suck the life right out of him.


So Creed told Hannah that he’d tolerate the media attention as long as it didn’t bother Grace. And he would do a few more drug searches. But this helicopter ride was bringing back other memories that Creed had not expected, and now he wished he’d said no to Hannah and to this assignment.


Grace licked his hand. She was staring at him. An intense stare was supposed to be her cue to him that she had found what they were searching for. Grace was one of his few multitask dogs. All Creed had to do was put a different vest or harness on her and Grace knew what he wanted her to sniff out. But this stare was different. Dogs could detect their handlers’ emotions, too, and Grace knew that something was wrong. She was an amazing little dog. He had found her half-starved and hiding underneath one of the doublewide trailers he kept for hired help. Hard to believe that someone had discarded her like trash. But then that was how Creed had gotten most of his dogs.


Hannah shook her head at him when he brought in another stray.


“Folks just taking advantage of your soft heart,” she’d tell Creed.


What no one understood, not even Hannah, was that the dogs he rescued—those abandoned mutts that were worthless to someone else—had flourished into some of his best search dogs. There was a loyalty, a bond between Creed and the dogs. He’d given them a purpose, a second chance. In a sense it was exactly what they’d given him.


But now, for Grace’s sake, he needed to shove aside those memories that had jolted him with the simple smell of diesel and the sound of the rotors. It was Grace’s first helicopter ride, but it was hardly Creed’s. Almost as soon as he’d boarded, the vibration had drummed out a rhythm that threatened to swallow his heartbeat. Without warning, his chest felt as if it might explode. He craned his neck so he could look out and down at the emerald-green water

below. He took deep breaths and calmed his nerves. He tried to remind himself that it was the Gulf of Mexico under his feet and not the suffocating dust and rock of Afghanistan.


Times like this, it surprised him how much he could still feel that place. And yet, he had no one to blame but himself.


His mistake.


He’d been looking for an escape from his life and thought the marines would take him far away from his troubles, but instead he discovered that there were worse versions of hell than the one inside you.


“We’re almost there.” Commander Wilson’s voice blasted through Creed’s helmet, startling him a bit.


Creed scratched behind Grace’s ears—their signal that everything was okay. Finally she put her head down on his leg, but her ears were still pitched forward, letting him know that he wasn’t fooling her.

What People are Saying About This

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“Bristling with unrelenting suspense, Breaking Creed by Alex Kava hurls retired Marine Ryder Creed on a harrowing search for smugglers who’ve been using children as drug mules.  Creed is special, a memorable character  – he trains homeless dogs to sniff out contraband and hunt criminals.  When he teams up with Kava’s iconic FBI forensics specialist Maggie O’Dell, you’ll discover the most exciting crime-solving duo of the year.”—Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins

“I’m always first in line for the next Maggie O’Dell novel, but Alex Kava’s latest, BREAKING CREED, simply blew me away, mostly with the introduction of a character who can finally and truly stand toe-to-toe with O’Dell. Ryder Creed—along with his dogs!— is a true inspiration:  tough, smart, dynamic.  The pairing of Creed and O’Dell elevates this thriller to the next level.  It left me both breathless and awed.  For any dog lover, it’s a must-read.  For any lover of nail-biting suspense, it’s a book you’ll not be able to put down. Get it now!”James Rollins, New York Times best-selling author of The Sixth Extinction     

“Bestseller Kava introduces Ryder Creed, who has started his own search-dog business after serving in a K9 unit in the Marines, in this superior introduction to a new thriller series. In the Gulf of Mexico, off Pensacola, Fla., Creed and his team inspect a commercial fishing vessel, which the authorities suspect is being used to smuggle drugs. Unexpectedly, one of Creed’s dogs uncovers human cargo hidden in the hold—five filthy children who appear to be Americans. Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell, the star of the author’s other series (Stranded, etc.), tries to identify a floater found in the Potomac with marks of torture. O’Dell and Creed later unite in Alabama to search the property of another murder victim, who may have been tied to stakes in the ground atop a mound of fire ants. Romance fans will enjoy following how the attraction between O’Dell and Creed plays out. Dog lovers will also find a lot to like.”—Publishers  Weekly
 

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Breaking Creed 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! I just need to say upfront that I have been a fan of Alex Kava for quite some time. I don't even remember how many years it has been since I first pick up a Maggie O'Dell book but it was very early on. Every time a new book is released in the series I have been eager to get my hands on it. I have enjoyed some books better than others. When I saw that there was going to be a new series from this author, I knew that I would be reading just as soon as I could. This book is the first in the new Ryder Creed series according to everything that I have seen. Readers of the Maggie O'Dell series should remember Ryder Creed from the most recent book in that series, Stranded. I would say that this could also easily be labeled as part of the Maggie O'Dell series since Maggie is featured throughout the book. I am not sure if the plan is to phase Maggie out of this series but I do like how this book featured both Maggie and Ryder. Ryder Creed is a dog trainer. His dogs have become famous for their search and rescue skill. Ryder uses different dogs for different situations but we see a lot of Grace, a Jack Russell Terrier, in this book. Depending on the commands given, his dogs can find human remains, drugs, or just track a scent. While looking for drugs on a cargo ship, Grace discovers children that have been hidden. Maggie is an FBI profiler that gets put on the case of a body found in the Potomac River. After forensic testing, it appears the body was dumped there so Maggie goes to check out the victim's home and asks for dogs to search the grounds. Ryder and Grace end up discovering much more than they were looking for on victim's property. This was a mystery that kept me guessing the whole time. There were so many different things going on that I did wonder how everything would end up fitting together. The supporting characters in the book were wonderful and I hope to see more of them in future Ryder Creed books. I loved Jason and his veteran friends and Hannah was wonderful. The story came together so well with so much suspense that I simply could not put the book down. Towards the very end, I did figure out who the villain of the story was but I never expected the excitement of the final few chapters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good twist and turn mystery and it will also appeal to animal lovers. I know that fans of the Maggie O'Dell series will want to be sure to pick this one up. I received a advance reader copy of this book from Putnam Adult via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Alex Kava, and it won't be my last.  Breaking Creed is the first novel in the new Ryder Creed series.  Kava's Maggie O'Dell (from the series with the same name) is also in this book.  Even though I haven't read the other series, there was no problem with reading this new book.  Ryder, however, does appear in one of Maggie's stories, ending not long before this one begins. The star of this series is Ryder, a former Marine turned dog handler.  As an Army veteran and Army wife, I love novels with a military theme that are done well.  While the military itself wasn't at the center of this book, it's touch is felt throughout and it was done well. Ryder and Maggie were facsinating main characters.  Although this series centers on Ryder, their individual stories were equally important and they wove together nicely.  The two characters came at the central plot from different angles and it made for a truly engrossing story with so many twists and turns.  Just as important to the story were the supporting characters, especially Jason and his friends.  They were former military and, as such, I related to their stories in different ways.  I thought that the nod to veterans and the problems they often face was extremely well-handled and done so in a way that not only shined a bit of a light on it, but also gave hope. What I also found interesting was that Ryder's dogs were almost as fully created characters as were the humans, with personalities and stories of their own.  Grace is the main dog and she reminded me of my Noelani, so I had a special love for her! Things to love...    --The subplots that really added depth to the story.    --The veterans and their stories.    --The dogs with individual personalities. My Recommendation:  I love action novels with a military/government theme and this book fit the bill.  So much intrigue and mystery and I loved that I was kept guessing!  Great read!
PJ16 More than 1 year ago
I was so excited when I found out about this new series and Alex Kava did not disappoint. I originally didn't want Maggie in the story but she had a great mix of just the right amount of her character into the story while building up the story line for Creed, his dogs, employees and what evolves around them. I loved the character of Jason and can't wait to see more of him. Gracie is back with Creed and I found it hard to put the book down. I love the character of Creed and his dogs and I can't wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I will definitely be reading more of this series. A must for any dog lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Discovered this author by accident (where have I been?), instantly ordered everything she has written before and after. Highly recommend this book and I'm sure the same will be said about all her other novels.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great+read
Reader4Life612 More than 1 year ago
I love when I find books that have been around awhile, and find out there are sequels and other books by the same author, so now I have about 8 months worth of reading....Since I can't seem to put this book down, it's only fitting that I devour them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to reading more the characters are all interesting and the dogs fantastic you can tell the he loves dogs mystery suspence and action loved ir T
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some familiar characters, and some new. Same good writing and wonderful dogs. A good mystery all in all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story moved along and kept me interested in what would happen next. Short chapters made it a great vacation read between activities. Loved the dog personalities!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love reading the O'Dell series but am very frustrated. The plots are excellent and well executed but all of the characters are one dementional. It's a long series and the romantic/emotional side of stories seem to have been written by a man or a gay woman. There are no healthy relationships in any of the books. By healthy I mean married or in a loving relationship. Everyone has or had issues with their parents. Come on, Maggie is in her mid to late thirties and all she's had are a couple of kisses! I had hoped for some spice by now. Four stars for the story but the dogs actions were a little over the top.
HunterInHI More than 1 year ago
This is my first Alex Kava book and I enjoyed it so much I purchased the next one in the series. I also pre-ordered the third book. That's just something I don't do often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Well weitten. I loved it.
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As usual he writes the best books!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of her best bet a good read all the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were times I really liked the book, but the end came far too quickly, characters were poorly developed and the end was a lot of deus ex machina problem solving like pits that magically appear and dogs that perform complex tasks. All of these things could have been made believable if the author had taken the time, but this book strikes me as one that was shoved out the door to glean a quick buck from rabid fans. It's a shame because the new protagonist she introduces could have been a winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Long time fan of Alex Kava's. Her books never disappoint.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Author Alex Kava’s love of animals, especially dogs, comes through in her latest thriller, BREAKING CREED. You don’t have to be an animal lover to enjoy the intrigue in this first installment of Kava’s new series, A Ryder Creed Novel. Narrator Graham Winton does an excellent job giving distinct voice to each of the characters. His cadence and pace enhances the characters’ emotions and tone of the story. Ryder Creed, a K9 search-and-rescue dog trainer, has gained national attendance after he and his dogs helped in several major drug busts. When Creed and one of his dogs are called to search a commercial fishing vessel, the illegal cargo they discover is unexpected – young children being smuggled. Days later working an airport detail looking for drugs, Creed finds himself helping a young girl who is being used by the cartel as a drug mule. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Maggie O’Dell is dealing with a series of brutal murders that are leading to the drug cartel. As her investigation continues, it leads her to Creed and his discoveries. They have to work fast to discover who is giving the orders before everyone close to Creed is eliminated. Kava masterfully blends the two stories together for an action-packed conclusion. She takes listeners/readers on a trip to various locations and places them in the center of the action. The characters are realistic likable and well-developed. They are given strengths and weakness that listeners/readers can related to. The dogs are a vivid part of the story with unique personalities of their own. The story flows smooth and at a quick pace that will hold you spellbound until the end. With twists and turns, this thriller is suspended yet blended with a good mix of humor and a touch of romance for a well-balanced story. BREAKING CREED is the beginning of a fascinating new series that takes suspense to a new level. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Breaking Creed was excellent. I really enjoy Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell. So when the two were combined, it was great! I look forward to more stories about the dogs and the work they do.
BuckeyeSam More than 1 year ago
Another great one by Alex Kava.
blueminad More than 1 year ago
Alex Kava has done it again! It was very hard for me to put this book down. Dog handler Ryder Creed was introduced in Stranded and now he has his own book series. As always the supporting characters are just as fleshed out as the main character. Hannah is Creed' s busy partner and friend. She is strong, to the point and keeps Creed in check. Jason is an ex-soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan, who Hannah wants Creed to train as a handler. And least not forgot the talented and incredible dogs that are the anchor of this wonderful new book series. While Maggie O'Dell shows up in the book, this is a stand alone series. I would recommend this book to anyone.