When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?
Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.
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PRESENT DAY THURSDAY, 11:00 AM NOVEMBER
Officer Chloe St. John pulled her SUV to a stop on the Gervais Street Bridge behind the teeming chaos just ahead. A cargo van had crossed the double yellow line and gone headlight to headlight with an eighteen-wheeler, causing a minivan to slam into the rear left corner of the trailer. All in all, the fifteen-car pileup had caused multiple injuries and fatalities.
She climbed out and the rain hit her in the face. Chloe shuddered. The torrential downpours that had hit Columbia over the last seventy-two hours had caused the water under the bridge to turn into a raging, turbulent force to be reckoned with. At least today only a light drizzle fell from the still-swollen gray clouds.
And then the victims' terror reached her. As did an explosive splash.
"A second car just went over!"
Sirens screamed. Rescuers shouted orders. Chloe raced to the edge of the bridge and looked over. Divers were already in the water. One of them was probably her brother, Brady. She sent up a silent prayer for his safety and the others'.
She returned to her vehicle and released Hank, her Dutch shepherd K-9, from his special area, and he hopped down beside her, quivering with energy and ready to work. She scratched his silky ears. "Hold tight, boy. Let's get our bearings."
EMS was already on the scene as well as multiple fire trucks and police cars. A helicopter hovered overhead. Chloe spotted a familiar face. Right where she said she'd be. "Izzy!"
Her sister turned, tension lining her features. "Chloe, glad you're here. Bring Hank."
Chloe and Hank trotted over to Izzy, who stood next to a woman holding an infant wrapped in a blue blanket. A paramedic rummaged through the bag on the ground. Chloe recognized the medic. Alice Johnson. The EMT looked at Izzy. "Can you bandage this?" A gash over the victim's left eye looked like it needed stitches.
"Yes. Go." She took the bandage.
Alice paused, then headed for her ambulance. "She needs a blanket. Hang on."
"Is your baby hurt?" Chloe asked the woman.
"No." The victim's jaw trembled and shivers wracked her. "She's fine, I think." Shock. Alice passed Izzy a blanket and she wrapped it around the woman, who hunched under it, checking to make sure her baby was covered as well.
"I've got to go." She spun.
"Hey, I need tape," Izzy called.
The woman tossed her a roll. "I'll be back."
"What's going on besides the obvious?" Chloe asked.
"We found drugs," Izzy said. She held the white bandage to the woman's head. "This thing is way too big. I need some scissors, and of course, she didn't leave me any."
"Hold on." Chloe reached behind her service weapon into a small pocket on her holster and pulled out a Swiss army knife.
Izzy took it and used the scissors to cut the bandage to size. She handed the knife back to Chloe, then taped the bandage to the woman's head. With a soft pat to the bowed shoulder, she said, "Sit tight, okay? They'll get you to the hospital as soon as they can."
Izzy stood and directed Chloe to the side of the road. "The drugs came from one of the vehicles and we need you and Hank to figure out which one. We suspect it's the eighteen-wheeler sitting over there, but a cursory search hasn't turned up any more and we're too busy trying to help keep people alive to do a more thorough search." Izzy was a detective, but she was also trained as a first responder.
"The critical ones are being transported to the hospital immediately, of course, but we're matching patients with cars, so we need Hank to do his thing. When we know which vehicle the drugs came from, we'll know who to arrest. If the person's still alive. So far we've got four DOAs and a couple of others who looked close to joining them."
"Where did you find the drugs?"
Chloe followed Izzy through the ruckus. She sidestepped two paramedics rushing past her and pushing a stretcher. Izzy stopped beside the vehicle that had slammed into the back of the eighteen-wheeler.
White powder from a couple plastic bags lay in the middle of the lane. Which meant there was probably more where that had come from. Question was, where had it come from? The truck or the van or the SUV that had T-boned the van? Or had someone thrown it out when they realized cops were going to be covering the area?
"You're sure it's drugs?"
Izzy shrugged. "Figured Hank would tell us."
He took one whiff and sat. "There's your answer."
"I'm stunned." Izzy rolled her eyes. "Want to see if he can find any more?"
"We're on it." Chloe led Hank to the damaged vehicle behind the tractor trailer. "Hank, find the dope." Most commands were given in Dutch, but not this one. Hank went to work, sniffing the seats, the tires, the trunk.
And got nothing.
"This one's clean," Chloe said.
She led him toward the cab of the eighteen-wheeler to have the trailer doors opened. Officers Josiah Henry and Olivia Nash had the driver out of the cab and were questioning him. The man looked to be unhurt, but it was obvious he wasn't happy. "I'm going to be late making my delivery and I'm going to get fired. I need to get out of here now!"
"Where do you think you're going to go? You're trapped right now."
"I can push through with the truck if you'll just get everyone out of the way."
Chloe shook her head. What an idiot.
He spotted Hank and Chloe heading his way and his eyes went wide. He shoved Olivia into Josiah, climbed back into the seat of the cab, quick as a monkey up a tree.
Olivia grabbed the door handle and yanked. It was locked. She jumped up onto the step board and yelled that the passenger had scrambled out of the other side.
Chloe crouched to see the man's legs underneath the trailer, then she and Hank sprinted back toward the minivan to cut him off.
"Hank, apport!" The command to get him. Chloe pulled her weapon.
Hank shot away from her, his sleek brown-and-black body a blur as he easily caught up with the fleeing man, who held a pistol in one hand. The dog lunged and latched onto the arm with the weapon, and the two of them went to the ground, with the man screaming his agony. "Get him off me! Get him off!" And yet he still clutched the gun. Victims screamed and ducked.
"Drop the weapon!" Chloe raced toward them. She was joined by two other cops, Greg and Sharon. All three of their voices blended as one. "Let go of the weapon and I'll call him off! Drop it! Now!"
Their perp stilled and Chloe slammed her foot down on the hand that held the gun. Sharon dropped a knee into his upper back and grabbed his left arm.
He let out another howl as Chloe leaned over and yanked the weapon from his now slack fingers. "You broke my hand!"
"Hank, los, laat los!" The order to let go.
Hank released his bite and moved back to sit, tongue lolling as he watched the action.
Greg shook his head. "We've got a genius on our hands. Thought he was going to outrun Hank. Who really thinks that's possible?
What a dumb ..." He continued to mutter his poor opinion of the idiot on the ground while he held him there.
Sharon removed her knee and jerked the man's wounded arm behind him.
He screamed again. "I need a doctor! That dog nearly killed me! I'm going to sue you. I'm going to sue the whole department!
I'll have your badges. I'll ..."
Chloe turned a deaf ear to the threats and the stream of curses that spilled from him while she and Greg held him down. Sharon fastened her cuffs around his wrists.
And then a gunshot rang out.
Chloe ducked and spun. More screams rang out around her.
"Go," Chloe told them. "I'll hold on to this joker until you can put him in the back of your car." She didn't have room to transport a prisoner.
They took off. She pulled her charge to the back of the trailer and shoved him next to the large tire. Pulling her cuffs from the case on her belt, she attached one cuff to the pair around his wrists and the other cuff to a metal rail running along the bottom of the trailer. "Stay there unless you want to get shot." She glanced at Hank, who hadn't taken his gaze from the prisoner. "Or bit."
The man planted his back up against the rubber and glared at her as he yanked on the cuffs. "Where do you think I'm going to go?"
She ignored him when she caught movement in the passenger side mirror and her heart thudded. He hadn't been there only moments before when her prisoner had scrambled out of that very door. So, a third one had been somewhere inside the cab? Chloe grabbed her radio.
Pop. Another shot. Then two more. Chloe flinched, even though none of the bullets came near her. But she couldn't help wondering whom they might have hit. Saying a prayer for her fellow officers, she kept watch, her senses on hyperalert and her gaze never resting.
Another loud crack.
The bullets were fired from the truck. Chloe glared at her prisoner.
"You know who's shooting?"
"No." He scowled, his expression conveying his disgust for her and anyone who wore the same uniform she did. "This is ridiculous. I need a doctor. Take me over to that ambulance." He jerked his chin toward the vehicle sitting ten yards away on the side of the highway. The paramedics were bent over a patient and still working in spite of the gunfire, and using the ambulance as a shield.
Chloe kept her weapon ready and her head down. "We've got a live shooter and you want to cross that wide-open expanse?
How stupid are you?" Big-time stupid. She mentally dubbed him Stupid Man.
He winced. "At least put my hands in front of me. My arm is killing me. That beast about took it off. I need stitches. Probably gonna bleed to death."
"I'm really worried about that," she muttered as she scanned the area. She kept up the running dialogue absently, while most of her attention was focused on the action going on around her.
He called her a name she didn't consider flattering, and she flicked a glance at him. Still secure and not trying to get away, in spite of his mouthiness. Good. Maybe he was slightly less stupid than she originally thought.
Chloe peered around the edge of the truck again, letting her gaze take in the scene before pulling back. People hiding, cops planted with guns aimed at the cab of the truck. Her radio crackled with rapid-fire calls and codes. She kept one ear on it while she kept an eye on the man attached to the truck. "Who else is in there?"
His nostrils flared. "No one."
"Of course not." Liar.
As if to prove her right, the truck's engine rumbled to life. Where did they think they were going? With the front tucked into the headlights of a cargo van and a minivan slammed into the rear left corner, they couldn't go anywhere.
However, Chloe released Stupid Man from the truck and hauled him to his feet by his non-wounded arm. She led him around to the back of the trailer, away from the side mirror, wondering if the occupants of the truck's cab realized she and their accomplice were right there. If they did, they didn't care. If they didn't, she'd feel much better out of sight of that side mirror.
Once at the back of the trailer near the two large doors, her prisoner tried to run. Chloe tackled him, and she didn't even have to give the order for Hank to jump at the man's face, snapping and snarling.
Stupid Man curled into a fetal position. "Get him away! Don't let him bite me again!"
"Hank, stil." The dog backed away, his eyes still on the quivering man. "Get up and try to engage your brain," she ordered.
He complied and she refastened the cuffs to the handle of the trailer's door while she listened for more shots. And although she still heard screams and cries and harsh orders from law enforcement, she hadn't heard any more pops of gunfire.
The truck inched forward. Chloe stayed with the truck, using it as cover. Screams sounded. More shots rang out. None in danger of hitting her or Stupid Man, though, since the bullets came from the truck's cab.
The truck surged and rolled forward a good three feet.
With horror, Chloe knew the cab had to be pushing the vehicle in front of it. Along with any victims in its path. "Stop!"
Another lurch and the trailer separated from the minivan crunched into its rear. Chloe ordered Hank to guard Stupid Man, then raced to the front of the cab on the passenger side, away from any bullets that had been flying on the other side. "Police! Stop!"
The passenger looked at her and yelled something to the driver. And then she heard, "Shoot her!"
The man in the passenger seat turned and met her gaze. She held her gun on him. "Tell him to stop right now!" In one fluid motion, he lifted his weapon, aimed it at her ...
... and pulled the trigger.
* * *
Through the high-powered scope on his Colt M4 carbine, Derek St. John saw the passenger in the cab fire his weapon right at his sister's head.
And Chloe had dropped like a rock. Or had she dropped before the crack? He couldn't be sure.
Terror beat at him, his finger hovering over the trigger. Just before Chloe had appeared in his line of sight behind his target, a cop trying to get into position had run across his line of fire, causing Derek to miss his chance to pull the trigger. He wanted to punch something. Instead, he ordered his heart to slow and his mind to focus.
He'd been given the green light. The call had gone out over the radios and no one was supposed to move. And now Chloe might be dead because an officer had blown the shot for Derek. Had the man not heard the order?
At the moment, it didn't matter.
What mattered was Chloe.
Derek wasn't exactly in the most ideal position to make the shots, but it was the only one he had.
He drew in a steadying breath. He had to focus, to be cool, be steady, and return to the zone.
Looking through the scope once more, he saw the driver raise his weapon and aim it at an innocent victim. A woman not quite hidden behind her car.
Derek pulled his trigger and a nanosecond later the bullet hit its mark. The driver's body went slack. The passenger next to him jerked and turned, aiming his weapon at the cop now hovering at the edge of the driver's door, hand on the handle, ready to yank the door open in a heroic, if dangerous, possibly stupid, move.
Derek could see the cop's plan as clearly as if he'd written it out with full illustrations. He was going to open the door, pull out the dead driver, and shoot the remaining passenger.
Fortunately, the passenger moved and Derek had a clear shot.
A second pull on the trigger and the threat was over. The officer dove out of sight, hopefully appreciating how stupid it was to get into the line of fire from a sniper. Idiot.
Derek lowered his rifle and swiped a hand across his eyes. Two lives. He'd ended two lives. Two more faces he'd see in his dreams.
But they'd made their choices, and if Derek hadn't made his, innocents would be dead instead of the two men bent on destruction.
And now ...
"Chloe," he whispered.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "Called to Protect"
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Lynette Eason became one of my favorite Christian romantic suspense authors after the first book I read by her. She only gets better with each book. Action packed, suspense, fast paced and a touch of romance. If you love all of these then "Called to Protect" is for you. Chloe St. John has sworn off romance and only Hank, her K-9 German Shephard has her heart and affections. Folow this duo as they try to stop a human trafficking ring. Deputy U.S. Marshall Blake MacCallum makes it worse by insisting he be a part of the investigation. After all, his daughter has been abducted and all clues point to her as a pawn to get to the judge Blake is guarding. This is a little gritty and your heart will be touched by what these young girls go through. You will be turning pages, have tears and hate it when you reach the last page. I received this book from the author & publisher (Revell) for my honest opinion and review. All opinions are my own & I have been a big fan of Lynette Eason for years. Her books are always page turners, and she only gets better with each book published. Highly recommend this book and author.
Deb’s Dozen: Charmed, then Captured for Sex Trafficking—Will She Be Rescued in Time? Lynette Eason continues her streak of excellent, high-action suspense with a dash of romance tossed in for good measure. Called to Protect does not disappoint. Chloe St. John decides her K-9 partner, Hank, is the only man she wants in her life. Then they get a case involving not only sex trafficking, which may have a connection to her missing cousin, but also close contact with a handsome US Marshal. Deputy US Marshal Blake MacCallum is not the best man for this job—he’s emotionally involved—the kidnapped girl is his daughter! Chloe’s not sure she can trust this guy, and she’s more woman than he’s comfortable being around. But Rachel, his daughter, is his life, he’ll do anything to get her back safely. His world is challenged when the kidnappers call and threaten to kill Rachel unless Blake kills a judge. The FBI, the US Marshals, and the local police are in a race against time to find the kidnappers, protect the judge, and stop the sex trafficking ring. Action abounds on every page, yet Eason develops her characters so strongly we care about them, their problems, and their case. Chloe and Hank the K-9 are my faves. You’ll love the story and the way Eason weaves in characters from other novels to build continuity. Called to Protect rates five stars. Lynette Eason is an award-winning author and prolific writer. She has several law enforcement-oriented series and has won two American Christian Fiction Writers Carol awards, a Selah award from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and a Golden Scroll award from the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association to name a few. Lynette holds a master’s degree in education and lives in South Carolina with her husband and family. She often teaches at writers conferences and sometimes travels as “flat Lynette”—you’ll have to ask her about that one! Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, gave me a copy of Called to Protect, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
This is book two in the Blue Justice Series. Since this is the first in the series I have read and had no trouble understanding what was going on, I would say it is a stand alone book. However, now I want to go back and read book one. I fell in love with the St. John family and want to learn more about them. I love the writing style of Lynette Eason. It is full of suspense, mystery, family and romance. Chloe St. John is a beautiful K-9 cop. When she starts helping Blake MacCallum,, a handsome US Marshal, the sparks that follow are great. Chloe and Blake must put their feelings aside till they can figure out the human trafficking ring that effects both families. I look forward to reading book three.
My thoughts: Lynette Eason is one of those authors I just can't put down. CALLED TO PROTECT is the second book in this series, but it stands alone so readers do not have to read the first book (Oath of Honor) in order to understand this one. Having teenage daughters this book was kind of hard to read since it is about the sex-trafficking ring and shows how easy it is to lure girls in. While Rachel may not have trusted the man who took her and her friend, she did go with them, and that is where she ended up in trouble. I would have like to have known how they found one missing girl, but I guess that is left up to my (active) imagination. Chloe and Blake are racing against the clock and desperate times call for desperate measures. Blake is savvy enough to realize that even if he does meet the kidnappers demands he would never see Rachel again--without a miracle. But time is against them and everything seems to lead to a dead end. As Ms. Eason warns: "buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have your hearts pumping from the beginning." I was given a copy free on netgalley. All opinions are my own.
Called to Protect is book two in the Blue Justice series and focuses on Chloe St. John and her canine, Hank. I found the story to be intriguing as Chloe and Deputy US Marshal Blake MacCallum work together to rescue his daughter from human traffickers. The pacing was quick and there was definitely no lapse in suspense all the way through. I especially loved Chloe and Hank’s relationship. The German Shepherd’s intelligence and training was so well written I felt like I could see him working. Figuring out the villain was hard to do in this story and the who-done-it kept me turning pages right to the very end. I give Called to Protect four stars and look forward to the next book in the series.
Called to Protect, the second book in the Blue Justice series, is another great piece of romantic suspense from Lynette Eason. If you have read the first book in the series, you will recognize members of the crime-fighting St. John family who get involved to varying degrees in a complex fight against human trafficking. Chloe St. John, her K-9 partner Hank, and Deputy US Marshall Blake MacCallum lead out in the action. The suspense level is high throughout the story, and there is a nice thread of romance working its way through as well. Called to Protect could work well as a stand-alone, but I would recommend you read Oath of Honor as well. Both are great page-turners sure to be enjoyed by suspense fans. Thanks to Lynette and her publisher for providing a copy of Called to Protect. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
This is Book 2 in the Blue Justice series. I always love the books written by this author and have never been disappointed. I love a hole and Blake. They are so good together. It would be hard to be part of a cop family. I think everyone would expect so much from you. This topic of human trafficking is a very scary topic. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
utshell: Chloe St. John and her sidekick K-9 dog, Hank, are inseparable. After a hard breakup, she has decided Hank is the only guy for her. When she finds herself working with her old crush, Blake MacCallum, her heart isn't sure what to think. Considering the circumstances surrounding their job, they find that they work together pretty well as a team. Tensions rise when the human trafficking case they are working on heats up and they find themselves tracking Blake's kidnapped daughter. The race is on and time is of the essence of finding Blake's daughter and the others who are in danger of never being found again. What I thought: This is the 2nd book in the Blue Justice Series. What a great book this was! The second book picked up right where the first one left off. Eason did a spectacular job weaving the story into a suspenseful, fast paced story that you will not want to put this book down. She masterfully creates characters who would do anything to protect the country they love as well as those they love around them. You won't want to put this book down and may even stay up in to the wee hours of the morning to finish it. Would you like it: If you enjoy suspense, action and page-turning thrills, this is the book for you. I would suggest reading the 1st book in the series (which is equally good) as it gives you more of an overview of the St. John family. Revell Reads sent me this complimentary book to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.
Wow! Author Eason really had me on the edge of my seat with her newest story in Called to Protect. This book actually had my emotions all over the place: Anger, shock and horror, and some more anger. This book deals with human trafficking-young girls as the targeted merchandise. And let me tell you, these bad guys really had me fuming. It is so hard to understand, especially in this day and age, that these people can be this cocky and sure of themselves when they sell another human to their new master. The grief and shock these girls’ parents go through is indescribable. Author Eason does a great job in telling this story. It was nonstop from the beginning and I had to keep reading just to get to the resolution at the end. This is the second book in the Blue Justice series about a family of six siblings, their close relationships with one another, and their parents. I have a feeling their just might be an overarching storyline running through them, I just haven’t quite put my finger on it yet. Next story is Blake’s and his sounds like another doozy. This was a fast action thrill ride. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Lynette Eason rarely disappoints and she definitely did not with this book. This story has so many twists, turns, and unexpected moments that you will be the edge of your seating as you read. The romantic portion of this book was very small, which I thought was perfect. I think if it had been played up more it would have taken away from the story. The romance between our two main characters was only dabbled in until the end and it worked perfectly. This book reminded me a lot of Taken, a movie that deals with human trafficking and I really enjoyed. If you like fast-paced on the edge of your seat books you will enjoy this one! A copy of this book was given to my through the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Called to Protect is definitely a book for our times. I have been hearing more and more about human trafficking on the news and this book brought it home to me. I can understand now how it can happen and how I can become more aware. It might happen to someone you know of, no matter where you are from. I was impressed with all the charactors but Blake's daughter stood out. She was so brave, in spite of the scary circumstances. She cared so deeply about her friend. The main focus was on the good and evil but God's salvation plan is mentioned. Sometimes a book just speaks Christian without mentioning it too much and this was one of those times for me. The romance was there but it took a back seat to the suspense and mystery of who and why. What a page turner! This book was given to me by Revell. I was not required to write a positive review.
If you read the first book in the Blue Justice series, you were probably as excited as I was to get my hands on this one. Eason has a way of drawing me in, and holding me captive until the very last page. I try to tell myself not to read the teaser for the next book, a.k.a. the torturer, but I can’t seem to obey. So here I am yet again anxiously awaiting the next Blue Justice book. This series follows the St. John family as they fight for justice and watch out for each other. Called to Protect focuses on Chloe and her amazing dog Hank. Working as a team they are unstoppable, too bad they can’t be everywhere at once. When a case hits close to home they will do everything in their power to find those responsible. Blake doesn’t know if life will ever get back to normal. Having a teenager is never easy, but he would take that any day over worrying if he can find his daughter before it’s too late. Someone is taking young girls and Blake will stop at nothing to put an end to this nightmare. Knowing he can’t do it alone, his best friend creates a task force of experts in all different areas, which luckily happens to include Chloe and Hank. Will the team be enough to rescue the newest batch of missing girls? This book was so unique. Having human trafficking be such a huge part of the story was hard sometimes. Having two girls of my own, it hit close to home. I loved reading about the bravery these girls displayed in the face of what would have been terrifying. Eason transported me there and had me biting my nails several times. I enjoyed getting to know Chloe and Blake more, and can’t wait to see everyone again. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Suspense. I had the hardest time putting this book down, and know you will as well. I was kept on the edge of my seat having no clue what could possibly happen next. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own. If you read the first book in the Blue Justice series, you were probably as excited as I was to get my hands on this one. Eason has a way of drawing me in, and holding me captive until the very last page. I try to tell myself not to read the teaser for the next book, a.k.a. the torturer, but I can’t seem to obey. So here I am yet again anxiously awaiting the next Blue Justice book. This series follows the St. John family as they fight for justice and watch out for each other. Called to Protect focuses on Chloe and her amazing dog Hank. Working as a team they are unstoppable, too bad they can’t be everywhere at once. When a case hits close to home they will do everything in their power to find those responsible. Blake doesn’t know if life will ever get back to normal. Having a teenager is never easy, but he would take that any day over worrying if he can find his daughter before it’s too late. Someone is taking young girls and Blake will stop at nothing to put an end to this nightmare. Knowing he can’t do it alone, his best friend creates a task force of experts in all different areas, which luckily happens to include Chloe and Hank. Will the team be enough to rescue the newest batch of missing girls? This book was so unique. Having human trafficking be such a huge part of the story was hard sometimes. Having two girls of my own, it hit close to home. I loved reading about the bravery these girls displayed in the face of what would have been terrif
Lynnette Eason just keeps writing great books. This series follows the St John family, most of whom are in law enforcement. This is Chloe's story with Hank, her K-9 partner who takes commands in Dutch. She teams up with US Marshall Blake MacCallum to find his missing daughter. I have to admit the subject of human trafficking is tough to read about, but Ms Eason does a really good job handling this difficult issue. This is a great read, and one that was hard to put down.
Called to Protect focuses on Chloe St. John, a K-9 cop, and Blake McCallum, a US Marshall. Both are personally invested in solving a human trafficking case since they have loved ones who've gone missing. Having grown up together, they worked very well together as a team, but I especially enjoyed the scenes with Hank, Chloe's K-9 partner. I'm a dog lover, and I enjoyed reading about Chloe and Hank's work and their special bond. This story gave me a lot of emotions. As I was reading, I was excited, frustrated, and eager to see how everything turned out! I really wanted to see those criminals brought to justice! This story felt extremely relevant to our current society as human trafficking is a huge problem not just in foreign countries but in the United States as well. I appreciate Lynette Eason shedding light onto such a complex issue. I'm hoping that those who read this book will become aware of the signs and dangers of human trafficking and will learn how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. As with the first story in the Blue Justice series, I would have been happy if there had been some more faith-building moments for Chloe and Blake. There were certainly some situations for it that seemed to go mostly unnoticed. I also could've done with a little more romance, but that's just my personal preference. This story is still an excellent read, and I'm excited to read Brady's story next! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Eason delights readers with great characterization and an engaging plot in her latest romantic suspense. I really enjoy the St. John family dynamic and their law enforcement endeavors. In this second book of the Blue Justice series, a case of human trafficking has Chloe and her canine partner Hank racing against the clock in a pulse-pounding pursuit. Brimming with intrigue, Called to Protect left me eager for more of this exciting series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
This is the second book in the Blue Justice series that revolves around the St. John family. This book focuses on Chloe. This suspense-filled book will keep you up all night to determine how the story finishes! The reader will get an update on Izzy from Book 1 as well as other characters. The book examines human trafficking and Chloe must unravel clues to a ring of human traffickers in her area. Not only are they snatching girls, but they also took her cousin a few months prior. Together with the help of U.S. Marshall, Blake MacCallum, they search for Blake’s daughter. The search is intense and Ms. Eason pulls the reader in to where they want to find Rachel as well. After reading both books in this series, I cannot wait for the next book to come out. Ms. Eason’s books are always so good, but I really am thinking this series is my favorite so far. I highly recommend this book and the previous one in the series! You will not be disappointed!!! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.
You catch the under tone feeling from the beginning, anticipation of what the author is bringing us, to another ride, of grief, and a chase. A pile up accident, reveals drugs, and human trafficking . We meet the Marshall, on assignment to protect a judge, with orders to kill, if he wants to see his daughter again. A cousin of the St John’s was one of the girls found. She makes a bad decisions and is recaptured. Chloe and Hank, feeling he is her best boy friend to have. Their lives and decisions are on the line, with the closeness of their families they do there job. Human trafficking is a nightmare for the victims as well as families. Even the judge who wants a stiffer penalty for them. A story one won’t forget, and looking forward to the next one, Given ARC by Net Galley and Revell for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Oh, my! Lynette Eason’s second book in the Blue Justice series, Called to Protect, is even better that the first one. How does she keep doing that? From gut wrenching kidnap of Penny St. John to the huge pileup where Hank shows all his K-9 skills to the wrap it up, tie it with a bow ending, I was totally engrossed in this book. As in all Eason’s books, the pace is fast and the storyline complex. Tug on the heart-strings, grip you by the feels action and characters. Some of the scenes were so intense, I almost (I said almost) busted out my tissues. I only stopped reading for work and church. The heart-breaking subject of human trafficking is dealt with sensitively, without being graphic. The subject matter was depicted realistically without using offensive language or descriptions. But, it wasn’t sugarcoated either. Eason shows how cheaply traffickers hold human life and even the relationships between themselves. To them, everyone is expendable. Everyone. Eason handled this tough subject with honesty and compassion, without sacrificing any of the reality. Her skill and expertise truly shine here. Something that Eason does better that almost any author I’ve read, is family dynamics. This book has several going on. The main family, the St. Johns, is such a loving, fun family, but still real and believable. Blake’s relationship with his daughter is complex, as is his relationship with his brother and father. The family dynamics of the other characters provide the fulcrum on which this novel turns. So, um, yeah… you’ll have to read it to find out about that! Another dynamic that Eason brings to this novel is the one between Chloe and Hank. What a duo they are! Called to Protect shows us a depth in the relationship between an officer and their K-9 that I had never understood. The mention of the draft horse style collar was a great touch. At the start of the book, Chloe has sworn off of all males, except Hank. Eason develops the relationship between Chloe and Blake slowly and sweetly throughout the novel. Eason’s teens are always so well done and Rachel, Blake’s daughter, is no exception. She is so strong and brave and incredibly smart under pressure. And, yet she’s so very vulnerable. Some of the parts written with her actions were almost (Remember, when I said “almost”?) tissue moments for me. The presence of God in the lives of each of the characters was drawn with a delicate touch. No preaching; no miraculous revelations; just the acknowledgement that God was needed, was present and did care. I highly recommend this book along with the first book in the series, Oath of Honor. It could be read as a standalone, however characters and events from the first book do appear. It is a series about a family. Plus, it was a neat touch to have Daniel Matthews from Eason’s Without Warning appear in this book. I can barely wait for the next book (Novella? Did I hear something about a novella coming soon?) I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the publisher in return for my honest review. This is that review. Now, go read the book!
The St. John family is once again forefront in the Blue Justice series, and this book focuses on K-9 cop, Chloe St. John. When US Marshal Blake Mac Callum's daughter goes missing, he and Chloe join forces as her cousin is also missing under similar circumstances. The theme focus of this book is human trafficking which is a difficult subject to read about, yet it is in the forefront of today's news. Eason handles it beautifully showing how easy it is to abduct a girl in today's society. She describes the treatment and handling of the girls without so much detail that it is gruesome; but at the same time, making it obvious what a horrible situation sex trafficking is. Hank the K-9 was one of my favorite characters. It was obvious how well trained he was and how much he wanted to do the job he was being asked to do. Chloe and Blake had a great never give up attitude and were determined to find Blake's daughter and Chloe's cousin. The slowly developing romance between Blake and Chloe was sweet and did not take away from the main focus of the human trafficking. Riveting and compelling from beginning to end, Eason does an excellent job with a horrible and sensitive subject.
Lynette Eason continues the story of the St. John siblings, all who work in the law enforcement or medical field, in “Called to Protect,” an action-packed tale with a tinge of romance that also tackles human trafficking. Chloe St. John and her K-9 partner, Hank, respond to a horrific accident. Hank leads officers to discover not only drugs in one of the vehicles involved, but hidden girls that were set to be trafficked. Blake MacCallum, a good friend of the St. John family, is a Deputy U.S. Marshal guarding a judge looking to harden the penalty against traffickers when his daughter Rachel is kidnapped with the threat of “kill the judge or we will kill your daughter.” As Chloe and Blake come together to solve their cases, and determine the connection between the two, they begin to grow closer on a personal level. Will Blake ever be able to rescue Rachel before it’s too late? Will he be able to repair the relationship with his missing daughter? And will Chloe be able to stop the trafficking ring, as well as find her cousin Penny who also disappeared six months ago? “Called to Protect” is another awesome suspense thriller from Lynette Eason, with lots of great characters, like the strong and brave Chloe and Blake, her loyal yet adorable dog Hank, the incredibly supportive and sometimes wacky St. John clan, and the amazingly brave Rachel. I love how she always writes such strong female leads, especially. And Eason does a great job of moving the plot along, keeping readers guessing as to who is involved in the horrific criminal enterprise. Eason also does a fantastic job of bringing awareness to a very real and very difficult reality that we face today — human trafficking and how easy it is for people to get sucked into it, and how difficult it is to end it. Even though this is the second novel in her “Blue Justice” series, you could read “Called to Protect” as a standalone, although I’d highly recommend reading the series’ first novel “Oath of Honor,” which features sister Izzy, a detective and first responder, just because it’s a great novel. Fans of Irene Hannon, Patricia Bradley and Sandra Orchard will love this series. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Called To Protect is the second book in the Blue Justice series that takes place in Columbia, South Carolina. The series revolves around the St. Johns family of law enforcement and the medical profession. It is a large family and I am happy to think that maybe that means a long series is in store. The matriarch of the family is the Chief of Police and the siblings work in the same police department as well as the FBI. This is the story of Chloe and her K-9 Partner, Hank, and a family friend, Blake MacCallum, a US Marshall. Blake's daughter, Rachel, goes missing and someone is threatening to kill Rachel if Blake doesn't kill the Federal Judge that he is protecting. The judge is sponsoring a bill to make a heavier sentence to those convicted of human trafficking and someone wants to stop him. A semi trailer truck was involved in a wreck and was found to have drugs and girls that have been missing. The girls appear to part of human trafficking ring involving drugs. It becomes apparent that everything is tied together. A task force is put in place to pool resources from different federal agencies to find the culprits. This is a fast paced and action packed story that is typical Lynette Eason. Ms. Eason knows how to tell a tale full of great likable characters, danger and suspense. It is edgy and stressful as law enforcement works to find the bad guys and thus the victims as quickly as possible. A little faith and romance rounds the story out for a great Christian suspense. We see appearances of characters from other series as well. I received a complimentary ARC from Revell through NetGalley for an honest review. The opinions stated are mine only.
Called to Protect is the second book in Eason's Blue Justice series featuring the St. John family comprised mostly of law enforcement personnel. This book focuses on the tragedy related to human trafficking, both the tragedy that leads to it and the tragedy that results from it. Eason graces her readers with cameo appearances by two characters from her Elite Guardians series. For six months Penny St. John, teenage cousin to Officer Chloe St. John, had been missing. Law enforcement, including most of the St. John family, had been actively searching for her. Unlike Rachel MacCullum whose disappearance had gone unreported. Unreported because she was being held as a means of forcing her father, Deputy US Marshal Blake MacCullum, into killing the judge he was assigned to protect. The only place Blake had to turn was to his best friend, FBI Special Agent Linc St. John, and consequently Linc's sister, Chloe. Would the three of them be able to use their available resources in time to save Rachel and to find Penny? Human trafficking is becoming a growing problem in our world today. According to the Polaris website, the International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally, and that it is a $150 billion industry worldwide. Force 4 Compassion's site says that 3,287 people are sold or kidnapped and forced into slavery every day, and that is just the reported cases. I appreciate Lynette Eason using her platform as a novelist to keep this issue in the public eye. Let us all seek to be informed of ways we can be part of the solution. In addition to raising our social consciousness, Called to Protect is a good read. The characters are engaging the plot captivating and well-paced, and the dialogue believable. I highly recommend this book and this author. I thank NetGalley and Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
I just finished the second book in the Blue Justice series, and a warning, once you turn that first page the nonstop action is going to make you keep turning and gasping, as the shoes start to drop. This one is just as good as the first, and we are with the St. John family, and mainly Chloe and her K-9 Hank, but other members of this police family are here. The book deals with the tough subject of human trafficking and we meet it first hand when a member of their family goes up missing. While the author is giving us different family relationships here, and there is more than one, we deal with murder as a way of shutting someone up, there doesn’t seem to be any regard for human life, and when the final move is shown it holds many surprises. A don’t miss book, with a final tease at the end! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell and was not required to give a positive review.
Did you ever read a suspense novel and sense a fleeting suspicion about a particular character? Maybe before the end of the book, you have realized that character is above suspicion. Yeah, I felt that just briefly somewhere midway through the book but it had subsided as I neared the end. Then suddenly the bad guy was revealed. What a surprise as it all unfolded! I especially enjoyed the role that Hank played in the story. This K-9 German shepherd was either loved or hated, depending on which side of the law a person was. The St. John siblings and their parents were introduced in the first book. Chloe is the leading lady in this story and Blake MacCallum is the leading man. If I was a criminal, I would not want either one of them coming after me. To have them and Hank working together against me would put terror in my heart for sure. The action and suspense in the story will make your heart pound while the subject matter will almost break your heart. Human trafficking is a terrible crime against primarily young teenage girls who should be protected and nurtured. The criminals who prey on them are among the most depraved beings who walk the earth. Fortunately for the reader, this is a Christian romantic suspense so the worst aspects of human trafficking do not find their way into the story. However, just realizing that the story only scratches the surface of this horrible enterprise is enough to make one shudder. I appreciate a story like this that will hopefully bring some people to their senses and cause them to look at what is going on in the world. Parents need to be aware of what is going on in the lives of their children and teens in order to give them the love and guidance that is so desperately needed. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Whew! Let me catch my breath as I try to gather the words to describe this adrenaline pumping, heart-racing new release about a law enforcement family set in my own hometown of Columbia, SC! The stark reality of human trafficking broke my heart and Ms. Eason has done a jam up job of exposing the horror of this ever-growing crime. My heart remained in my throat throughout the better part of this novel as the heroic, Chloe St. John, and her canine partner, Hank, work side-by-side to bust up a human trafficking ring. Although there is just a smidgen of a courtship at the end, I really wouldn't categorize this as a romance novel per se. But definitely a gripping read you don't want to mess! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.