Code of Valor

Code of Valor

by Lynette Eason

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Overview

What Detective Brady St. John really needs is a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, just as the sun is setting on his second day at a friend's cabin on Lake Henley, he hears a scream and races to rescue a woman from her would-be killer. When the killer escapes only to return to finish the job, Brady vows to utilize all of his many resources to keep her safe--and catch those who would see her dead.

Financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain doesn't trust many people. And even though she let the detective who saved her life in on a few pertinent facts about why she was being attacked, there are some things you just don't share with a stranger. Little does she suspect that the secret she is keeping just might get them both killed.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason sends readers on a race for the truth in this heart-stopping story of risk, regret, and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727048
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Series: Blue Justice Series , #3
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 55,161
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of Honor and Called to Protect, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

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CHAPTER 1

The broker rose from his chair and glared at the imbecile standing on the other side of the desk. "We paid you well to steal that boat. Where is it?"

Jeremy Hightower smirked. "Well now, that's the question of the night, isn't it? I went to a lot of trouble to get that boat for you. It took planning and cunning. Finding a marina worker uniform that fit and a couple of guys to help. Unfortunately, the measly twenty-five grand you forked over isn't going very far. I need more." He looked around. "And it's obvious you have plenty."

Rage pounded through him. He should have known better than to trust this worthless piece of an excuse for a human.

The broker rounded the desk and jabbed a finger at the greedy man. "Planning? Cunning? I planned it down to the last detail and simply told you what to do! Now tell me where that boat is and I might let you live!"

"Not until you wire another one million dollars to this account number." He tossed a piece of paper onto the desk. "I had to hire some help to get it done and they demanded payment up front. When I have confirmation the money's there, I'll tell you where the boat is."

"Do you know what happens to people like you? People who betray me? They die. Just ask Reuben Kingman. Oh wait." He laughed. "You can't ask him. Because he's dead!" He slammed a fist on the desk and leaned forward. "And I'll kill you just like I killed Reuben."

"Then you'll never get the location of the boat."

The fact that his outburst and threats didn't seem to faze Hightower didn't sit well. His blood churned faster. He needed those pictures in the boat's safe. Pictures that showed him wielding the knife and killing yet another who'd betrayed him. "You had help. I'll find them and get it from them."

"Good luck with that. They're dead." This time it was a picture he flung onto the desk.

The broker studied it. Two very dead men stared at him with sightless eyes. He returned to his chair behind the desk, pausing a moment to draw in a breath and consider his options. The picture told him a lot. "You planned this from the beginning," he said.

Hightower shrugged. "It was hard not to."

"I've killed men for less."

"So have I." Hightower's stare remained solid. Unwavering.

And the broker knew this latest traitor wouldn't back down. "So. It's come to this, has it?"

"I've been your go-to boy for a long time now," Hightower said. "It's time for me to branch out."

"Pay him."

The two men turned at the voice that came from the corner of the room. The broker scowled. "Stay out of this. It doesn't concern you."

"Of course it does. If it concerns you, it concerns me. Now, wire Jeremy the money."

He reluctantly considered his friend's advice, then opened his laptop with one hand. With the other, he pulled his weapon from the holder he kept attached to the underbelly of the desk. He raised the gun and aimed it at the man who would dare try to blackmail him. At the brief flash of fear in Hightower's eyes, satisfaction flowed. "Are you sure you don't want to tell me now?"

"If you pull that trigger, you'll never find it."

"Oh, I'll find it."

"Put the gun down." His friend rose to his feet. "Think about this."

"I have."

Hightower laughed. "You shoot me and you'll all go to prison."

"What are you talking about?" the broker asked.

"I was followed. She had a tracker on my car that I found later."

"And?"

"She took pictures of me on the boat. She'll report it and the location, the cops will go get it and return it to its rightful owner, who'll then have access to the contents of the safe — and the pictures — and you'll be done."

For a moment, he thought his blood pressure might actually do him in. His eyes closed for a moment. "I'll find it," he muttered.

"No, you won't. I disabled the GPS, as you've probably already discovered."

The broker turned to his friend, who sat still, hands clasped loosely between his knees. "What do you think?"

His friend's jaw tightened, the only indication that he was affected by the scene playing out before him. "Pay him. And he and I will work together to get rid of anyone who knows anything." His eyes studied Hightower. "Don't make me regret this."

"No regrets. I get my money, you get your boat." Jeremy nodded at the man. "But we'd both better make sure that nosey reporter dies. She's the one who can bring everything down for all of us."

"We'll take care of her," the broker's friend said.

"I have a guy who can get it done and he doesn't ask questions."

With a scowl, the broker picked up the paper with the account number on it and turned back to Hightower. "Seems like you need her dead as much as we do. When it's done, let me know and I'll transfer the money." He jabbed a finger at Hightower. "And so help me, if you betray me again, I'll take my chances and just kill you. Am I clear?"

"Clear."

"Get out of here."

Hightower smiled as he exited and closed the door behind him.

"I want him dead," the broker said. "No one crosses me like this and lives. Have him killed." He paused. "No, don't."

"Don't?"

The broker snapped his fingers. "New plan. Keep Jeremy away from that reporter until you can get the location of the boat from her, then let him get rid of her. Once she's dead and we have the boat, I want you to bring Hightower to me so I can take care of him myself."

(Continues…)


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Code of Valor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
BrittanyMc 7 days ago
I am really enjoying the Blue Justice series. Book one is my favorite of the series, so far, however, books two and three have both been very good, too. I really enjoyed how scuba diving was incorporataed into this story. There was, of course, lots of danger and intrigue, as well. The heroine had a very interesting back story that made me really feel for her. She had overcome a lot and even though she had overcome many things, she still struggled with her body image at times. It was refreshing to read about this character.
KimPotter 9 months ago
Code of Valor by Lynette Eason is the third book in her Blue Justice series. The story starts off with a bang and keeps you on the edge of your seat till the end. Detective Brady St. John just wants a few days of peace, quiet and rest. Instead he rescues a damsel in distress. Emily Chastain has no idea why someone is trying to kill her all she knows is that she must escape. Then Brady comes to her aid and she finally has someone she can trust. I liked how Emily was able to change her view of herself with help from her friends. It shows how surrounding yourself with the positive can affect our attitude. Lynette draws her readers in and doesn’t let them go; even after the book ends the characters linger with you. For lovers of romantic suspense, this is a must read! I received this book from the LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.
BethErin 10 months ago
Brady is a modern-day knight-in-shining-armor and I love that hardwired protective personality in a hero. His drive to rescue and shield makes him a successful detective/dive team member! Emily is a numbers gal, cautious, and crazy smart. Her painful past has taught her to muscle through difficulties in order to accomplish what is necessary. Emily is the kind of character readers hope and cheer for! The diving aspects of this story are completely fascinating but most of all, I am loving the St. John family dynamics! I highly recommend this entire series so far and encourage you to binge read them all! I borrowed an ebook of this title through a paid subscription service. The opinions expressed are my own.
Kathae 11 months ago
This book was can't-put-it-down amazing! The third of the Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason, Code of Valor told the story of Brady St. John as he rescued Emily Chastain from certain death many times, and then tried to figure out who was after her and why. It reads well as a stand-alone. As soon as the scene was set in Chapter One, the action began in earnest and did not let up until the end. In the midst of all that, Brady's and Emily's character and faith was able to shine though. They were both able to work through issues which eventually allowed them to open up to each other. If you're looking for plenty of suspense and police drama, this is a book you'll love. There is enough action and suspense in it to recommend this book to men as well as women. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
bsnksmom 11 months ago
Detective Brady St. John just needs some R&R. Staying at a friend's cottage on Lake Henley fills the bill. In fact, it's almost TOO peaceful. It's giving him far too much time to think. Sitting on the back deck, he's stunned to hear screams coming from the lake. He watches as a woman on a speedboat, struggles with a gun-toting man. Brady fires at the man, just as the woman breaks free, diving over the side into the icy lake waters. As the boat speeds away, Brady dives in to rescue the woman. Emily Chastain is a financial crimes investigator for a bank. When her current investigation lands her on a killer's radar, she is relieved - and a bit amazed - to be rescued by Brady St. John. His connections include the chief of police - his mother, an FBI agent - his brother, and various other police entities. Who better to keep her safe and protected from the people who have apparently already kidnapped and killed her best friend - or, at the very least, made her disappear. As Brady and Emily unravel the clues in the case she was investigating, can they figure out who, ultimately, is pulling the strings? As the body count continues to mount, can they keep Emily and her family off of that list long enough to put the people responsible behind bars? I liked these two characters. Brady is as honorable as they come, and recently completed a pretty strenuous case. Emily is confident in her job, but so very insecure otherwise. She has issues about her weight, and believes no one would find her attractive, especially not someone as handsome as Brady. When he tells her otherwise, she has trouble believing him. As they work together to find the evidence that will put a human trafficker out of business, can Emily find the strength to endure all of the shots to her self-confidence? Code of Valor is book 3 in the Blue Justice series by Lynette Eason, one of the best romantic suspense authors out there, in my opinion! Her books reach out of the pages and draw me into her characters' lives, taking me on a thrill ride every time! While Code of Valor is part of a series, it stands well on its own. You really don't have to read the books before to understand what's happening in this book. If you want to understand more of the family dynamics though, start at the beginning with Oath of Honor, and follow it with Called to Protect, read Code of Ethis (in Cost of Betrayal) and read about more St. John siblings. I highly recommend this to Christian romantic suspense fans. This is a keeper!
lsnlj 12 months ago
This is book three in the Blue Justice series. I believe it is a stand alone book, yet you do miss some history of the St. John family. The handsome detective Brady St. John must help and protect Emily Chastain. Yet Emily will help Brady in ways he never expected. Emily has a lot to overcome, will she be able to trust Brady and stay alive long enough to solve this mystery? This novel is full of mystery, loyalty, family, forgiveness, suspense, romance and so much more. I look forward to book four.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great suspense in the Blue Justice Series. This series just keeps getting better and better! There's not a dull moment in this brainy, yet fast moving thrill ride. Brady is one of the St John siblings who are all in one law enforcement branch or another. He is on a much needed vacation, but quickly becoming bored, when all hell breaks loose nearby ... and his vacation is boring no longer! I appreciated that Emily is not model beautiful and skinny too boot. She's much more average, but her warmth and intelligence add to her beauty. She, like many of us, is slow to realize that she has the many good qualities that she does. My only complaint with this story is that I quickly, and often, lost track of the many supporting characters and, in particular, the 'bad guys'. Who? What? I wish I'd been able to keep all of that straight. I did, however, love seeing the characters from Lynn Blackburn's Dive Team Investigations Series. Nicely done ladies! This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emily is a financial investigator at a bank. Imagine her surprise when one day she sees an old high school boyfriend (whom things ended very badly with) in her boss's office. She begins looking into his accounts and sees very suspicious activity, which she passes on to her best friend, Heather. Heather is a reporter for a newspaper. Heather is missing, following a frantic 911 call stating a man is approaching her car wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun. Heather cannot open her car doors to attempt to escape. This leads to the police not being able to locate Heather or her car. Then, Emily's life is in danger as she is kidnapped and taken out on a boat to die. Who saves her but Detective Brady who is at a friend's lake house on vacation. Emily begins working with detectives and FBI trying to locate her friend, Heather and determine what is going on. Meanwhile, Emily is being shot at every time she turns around, it would seems. This story is action packed. I was not able to predict the ending at all. While I did enjoy the story, there were so many characters that I had difficulty keeping them all straight. Emily also did many stupid things knowing full well that her life was in danger. It also seemed the police pretty much put her in the role of an officer involving her extensively in the case. If you can overlook those things, you're in for an adrenaline ride! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Intense! If you like suspense and aren't bothered breading about murder and blood, you will want to read Code of Valor! Emily is a brave female protagonist trying to find out what has happened to her close friend, Heather! Although estranged from her mother and sister, Emily will do anything to protect them when their lives are threatened. Brady is a detective who is angry with God and not looking for romance after his former girlfriend ended up being a drug addict. Code of Valor has lots of action and danger. Emily shows that everyone needs a chance to turn to God. I recommend Code of Valor to those who enjoy books involving police and detectives. I received an e-book through NetGalley. This is my honest opinion.
FHlady More than 1 year ago
Another start to finish riveting suspense read from Lynette Eason. I loved books 1 and 2 and book 3 did not disappoint. The St. John family have been awesome in all of the books, and I especially liked that this one focused on Brady. Mystery surrounds Emily Chastain, a bank investigator, who is being constantly stalked and kidnapped because she and her friend, Heather, a newspaper journalist, are trying to determine why money is going in and out of accounts at the bank Emily is employed by. When Brady rescues her from his lake retreat as she manages to get loose from a boat kidnapping, the St. John family all become involved with this case that appears to involve money laundering and human trafficking. Brady and Emily begin to trust and slowly develop feelings for one another as the story develops. Emily's background has kept her from being very trustful of others as well as giving her a terrible body image complex. Brady was wonderful at helping her develop more self-confidence and see the beautiful things about herself that he saw. With multiple villains and a variety of motivations, this is a gripping read that continues Eason's incredibly well written suspense series. ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Vacationing at the lake brings the rescue of a damsel in distress. Lynette Eason is one of my all-time favorite authors. I love the way she writes and her character development. She has done herself proud with Code of Valor, the third in the Blue Justice series demonstrates action/suspense at its finest. Detective Brady St. John, residing at a family friend’s lake cottage, desperately needs a vacation. However, he hears a piercing scream which disrupts his peaceful setting. Managing to rescue the woman from her would-be killer, Brady determines to keep her safe—no matter the cost. The rescued woman, Emily Chastain, trusts almost no one. She must go along with Brady, who saved her life, but what she doesn’t know about the killer and his rationale, may just yet kill her—and Brady. The St. John family, a law enforcement featured in the earlier action/suspense Blue Justice books, all pull together to solve the mystery of Emily and to attempt to bring down a nefarious criminal. This book captured me from the onset. I love diving and Brady is on the police dive team. Emily, a feisty heroine who knows her own mind, keeps herself involved, unwilling to let strangers care for her safety. Of course, romance follows. Brady is drawn to Emily and Emily to him. But he reels still from the betrayal of a former girlfriend. Because a man hurt her too in the past, Emily pushes away the feelings evoked by a total stranger. As a result, you’ll love this book–wanting to see the outcome. The twists and turns keep you guessing as to the outcomes. The ending, perfectly written, delighted both my romantic nature and my sense of justice. Five stars! Lynette Eason is a prolific, many times-awarded author with five series to her credit along with several standalone books. She’s won three Carol Awards, the Selah Award, the Golden Scroll Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award to name a few. She and her family live in South Carolina. She often travels (as a photograph) with her friends who call her “Flat Lynette” and take pictures of the picture as they travel to different places. Great sense of humor—great author. Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing gave me a copy of Code of Valor, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
TS1 More than 1 year ago
Lynette Eason is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. When she says she has a book coming out, I’m already looking for the release date and anticipating getting the book in my hand. That was no different with Code of Valor. From the opening scene, I was hooked. There was plenty of action in this novel, that kept me turning the pages and holding my breath. The romance was authentic and kept me enthralled as Emily and Brady tried to figure out if a relationship was worth the risk. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. My review was not required nor influenced.
dbtrueheart More than 1 year ago
Code of Valor, the latest installation Lynette Easton’s Blue Justice series, is the most exciting episode yet. Emily’s a financial investigator. Brady’s a police detective. She’s a solver. He’s a rescuer. Her best friend is missing. He’s on vacation. She’s been kidnapped. She escapes. He rescues her. And that’s just the beginning. It’s non-stop action and suspense from that point on. This novel is very complex. Many twists and turns. Lots of action, danger and bravery. Riveting. I got this book on a Thursday and started it right away. I seriously considered calling in sick on Friday so I could finish it. With one set of bad guys out to kill Emily and another out kidnap her, keeping the bad guys straight was pretty confusing for me. The cryptic conversations between the various bad guys kind of hurt my brain. In a good way. Even though I kind of had an idea of who the bad guys were, I really did not get the full picture until the climax of the story. Well done, Ms. Eason. One thing that really touched me throughout was how Brady treated Emily. Like she was precious. Even while determined not to fall in love with her (like that’s gonna work), he is still very gentle with her feelings, without diminishing her. Lynette Eason constantly surprises me with people who remind me of me. Emily is that character in this book. While not nearly as clever and resourceful as Emily, I could identify with her in several ways. I, too, have leftover body images from bullying and abuse in my youth and teen years. And having had no true father figure in the home, I struggled with seeing God as my heavenly Father. In addition to the crazy action, heart-stopping adventure and endearing romance, Ms. Eason includes her signature return to Jesus moments and a wonderful invitation to salvation scene that just brought me to tears. I admire Emily’s strong faith and that faith brought Brady back to his faith in Christ. It served to reminds me that my life needs to continue to become more and more like Christ. That’s just another plus of Lynette’s work, that she makes me want to be a better me. A Godlier me. Even though this book is part of the Blue Justice series, it could be read as a stand-alone. If you feel you need to read all the books in order, be sure to read the novella Code of Ethics for Ruthie’s story. It fits between this book and book 2, Called to Protect. I received a reader’s copy from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This is that review.
Nicole_C More than 1 year ago
Code of Valor is the third book in Lynette Eason's Blue Justice series, but it can be read as as stand alone novel. Lynette Eason does not disappoint in her latest book. She wows her readers with a thrilling, action-filled romantic suspense novel that keeps you guessing! I was totally surprised on who the mastermind was in the this novel. Detective Brady St. John is at a family friend's lake cabin for some time away to relax when he finds himself rescuing financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain from an attacker who is trying to take her life. Their search for answers of who is trying to kill her leads them both into danger, and even a chance at romance for Brady and Emily. The book reminded a lot of the TV show Blue Bloods, which is one of my favorite shows. The St. John family is large family in which 5 of the 6 St. John siblings are involved in law enforcement, and their mother is the chief of police. I love the family dynamic between the six St. John siblings and how they still get together for family dinners despite their busy schedules. This novel deals with criminals who are involved in human trafficking, but does not get into specifics like the second book in the series did. This book mainly focuses on the financial aspect of it as the hero and heroine are investigating the transferring of large sums of money to various accounts as it relates to the storyline. Once again, it was evident that Lynette Eason had done impeccable research when writing this novel. Code of Valor focused on the themes of forgiveness and redemption. The St. John family's strong belief in God helped them face the difficult situations they encounter in their daily lives. During the difficult situations, some of the characters questioned why God let certain things happen, but they came to the realization that people have free will and make their own choices, whether it be good or bad. I also liked the fact that the heroine of the story was not a size 2 blonde. She had chin length brown hair and was a couple sizes bigger than the typical heroine described in books. Her self-esteem issues throughout the book are issues that many of the readers can relate to. I know readers will fall in love with the St. John family just like I did. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when Linc St. John gets his own story! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Revell Publishing and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. (After reading the copy from NetGalley, I enjoyed the book so much that I also purchased my own paperback copy!)
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
I could not wait to read this book! I have fallen in love with the St. John family and couldn’t wait to hear Brady’s story. Eason has a way of drawing me in and making it impossible to do anything but keep reading to see what happens next. I absolutely loved Emily. She is so unique, and I could relate to her in a lot of ways. She is one of my favorite heroines ever, and I don’t say that lightly. This story drew me in from page one. Eason writes with the perfect ingredients; a spoonful of suspense, a pinch of romance, and a dash of faith. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and learn more about who they were created to be. Code of Valor follows Brady and Emily as they fight to stay one step ahead of an unknown enemy. Just when Brady thinks he might actually get to relax, trouble appears right outside of his door. Cabin in the woods or not, he is still on guard. When he sees something suspicious his training kicks in. Emily couldn’t have hand picked a better hero, not only is he handsome, but he becomes her protector when she needs it most. Swoon-worthy from the very beginning can she trust her feelings when it comes to Brady? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Suspense. I found myself playing detective trying to figure out who could be chasing them. I can’t wait to see what Eason comes up with next, and am anxiously awaiting my next Blue Justice adventure. If you haven’t read any of this series you don’t need to read them to enjoy this one. That being said, you’ll be missing out on some amazing stories that includee Brady and his siblings. 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.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
What it's about: Brady St. John's vacation comes to an abrupt halt one day as he hears screams from the secluded lake by the house he is staying in. One choice sets in motion events in which lead he and the woman he rescues, Emily Chastain, on a life or death hunt for why Emily is being targeted and attempted to be killed. What I thought: This is the 3rd book in the Blue Justice Series by Lynette Eason. She weaves a story of twists and turns that has you wondering who is the hunted and who is doing the hunting of the main characters in this story. Eason does a remarkable job keeping the reader in suspense throughout the entire book, right up until the end. With threads of romance and learning about confident self-image, this book will keep the reader engaged until the last page is turned. There are ties to the first two books, but the reader can read this book as a stand-alone. I would encourage you though, if you read this book, to read the first two in this series as you won't be disappointed. Would I recommend it: yes! absolutely, without a doubt, read this book. Read the series! if you enjoy mystery suspense, then you will like this book. Revell sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Lynette Eason's latest book just may be her best yet! Code of Valor is packed with suspense from the very first page. If you have read the previous books in her Blue Justice series, you have already met the St. Johns, a close-knit family made up of various types of law enforcement officers who take both their jobs and their family very seriously. Code of Valor highlights Detective Brady St. John as he unexpectedly finds himself thrust into a complicated and very dangerous situation. The suspense level in the book stays high to the end. And the romance thread is at just the right pace. The characters in the story are well-developed and intriguing to get to know. The "good guys" are great. The "bad guys" are horrible. But there is plenty of mystery to leave you wondering which category some of them fall into. I high recommend Code of Valor to fans of great romantic suspense. Thanks to Lynette Eason and Revel for providing me with the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
Traesmama More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous book to start the year of with!! I have loved this series about the St. John siblings, but this has been my favorite! Brady and Emily’s story is filled with heart stopping drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat on minute and grabbing for tissues the next. Emily’s life has not been easy. She has had to overcome many challenges but still suffers from self image just like many women do. Her pain tugs at your heart strings while her strength you admire. She has to overcome many obstacles but her faith is strong regardless of what is thrown at her. I hope I would have the strong faith she demonstrated to figure those who hurt and harmed her. Brady St. John is in law enforcement like his mother and siblings and also part of the dive team. He displays the integrity we have come to love from this family yet is struggling with his faith. He finds himself thrown into danger while on vacation to refocus. His chance encounter with saving Emily leads him and his family on a wild adventure. Along the way, he finds himself revisiting his faith and opening back up to God. I loved their story and anxiously await catching up with Brady & Emily in the next book. I found myself challenged to have faith as strong as Emily’s and to learn to turn off the negative self image voices and see myself through the eyes of others but most importantly, God. I received an advance copy of this book from Revell through Net Galley. All opinions expressed are strictly my own.
CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
In Code of Valor, financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain is kidnapped and nearly killed shortly after her friend Heather, an investigative reporter, sends Emily some incriminating photos before she disappears. Meanwhile vacationing Detective Brady St. John hears a scream from a neighboring cabin. He rescues Emily from her kidnapper and would-be killer who then escapes from St. John. With the would-be killer at large, Emily is still in terrible danger. Brady draws on all his resources to protect her and catch the person who now wants both of them dead. Eason’s latest book is filled with complex characters, suspenseful plot twists, and an excellent storyline. There are even a few characters from the Carrington dive team (Lynn Blackburn’s new series) who make a cameo appearance. Brady‘s law enforcement family are featured in her other books, and some make an appearance in this book as well. Code of Valor has a suspenseful, tightly written plot, realistic characters and relationships, and uses a light touch with its faith elements (present but not preachy). Disclaimer: Book reviews are my honest opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write reviews, nor to even post positive reviews.
Andrea_Renee_Cox More than 1 year ago
Action-Packed Suspense with a Dose of Faith FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Revell. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. Yet another amazing suspense story by Lynette Eason, and, yes, it stole my sleep! The surprises and twists kept me flipping pages way too late into the night, and I was able to finish this one up in only three days. The plot was wonderful and involved many different players and settings and events. I like how mysterious things were; there was definitely a vibe of secrecy going on throughout that intrigued me. There were a couple of times I was being led to believe the leads were about to solve everything… but there was still half a book or a third of a book left, so I knew there had to be a huge twist coming. Still, I didn’t guess it until it smacked me upside the head. In that fashion, this book very much reminded me of Mrs. Eason’s first Revell series, Women of Justice, my favorite of her series until Blue Justice came around. I think I need to pull out those oldies to see how I feel they compare to this new and brilliant collection of books. May I just binge-read a ton of her stories right now?! The faith thread seemed to arrive a little late, but it was a good one. I really enjoyed seeing the leads overcome their fears and challenges within their journeys of faith. The way the author entwined the two separate threads of faith was mesmerizing and encouraging, and that finale! Just you wait till you reach that point and see if your jaw doesn’t drop in humble surprise (okay, flat-out shock). It’s amazing, truly. Fans of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Chronicles and the TV show Blue Bloods will adore this series. Be sure to start from the beginning to get all caught up on the St. John family’s adventures!
train_lady More than 1 year ago
What a wild ride Ms Eason has given us in this book! This was nothing short of fantastic. Number three in her Blue Justice series, this one follows Detectove Brady St. John and Emily Chastain as they try to figure out who wants her dead. Turns out this is complicated on several levels. Just when it looks like Emily is safe, another attempt is made to either kill or kidnap her. So, which is it? Dead or Kidnapped. Well, read and you'll find out. One of the nice things about this book is the hat tip and inclusion of some of the characters in Lynn Blackburn's Dive Team Investigators series. Good shout out to another excellent author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me on a few too many turns. I loved the idea of what was happening, but it seemed to take on too much as the book progressed. There were so many bad guys all doing their own thing. None really taking the same road and all seemed to be going for different results. I wish more attention could've been given to the heroin of the story, as she had something of a traumatic and interesting life.
magnificentk More than 1 year ago
Another fantastic suspense-filled, action-packed addition to the Blue Justice series. The story starts in the middle of the action, and the stakes are high. Brady St. John thinks he’s on vacation, until he rescues Emily Chastain from being kidnapped and nearly drowned. And poor Emily has several attempts on her life while Brady, with the help of his brothers, try to put the pieces of the puzzle together to keep Emily alive and catch some bad guys. I’m a big fan of suspense, and this book is one non-stop chase. As a reader I was on the edge of my seat as Emily fled for her life. But the author brings Emily’s past to the surface and creates a likable character. Despite the threats against Emily, readers get a chance to know her complex history. Brady and Emily’s instant chemistry breaks the tension up and it’s always great to see characters from the previous novels. There are even a few surprise characters from a completely different series! This is a great suspense read that will keep you up all night – you won’t want to put it down. I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
PrincessGlor More than 1 year ago
Code Of Valor is another superbly crafted novel by Lynette Eason. It opens with a bang and keeps up an intriguing and compelling pace through out the entire book. The mystery kept me guessing especially when it seemed the folks after Emily were on two different sides since one of the would be assasins were taken out by another bad guy! I really wasn’t sure how all the pieces fit and was excited to find out. And my “Dive Team Investigations” loving heart was THRILLED to see Gabe, Anissa, Ryan & Adam from Lynn Blackburn’s books make a cameo. That was awesome. This was an exciting read and I am eagerly waiting for Linc’s story this summer!! Can’t wait for it. I received this book from the publisher and author. I was not required to post a positive review, all thoughts are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Code of Valor is tension-filled and action-packed! Suspense builds as Brady’s and Emily’s story unfolds, and it is certainly one that kept me guessing. Great characterization and engaging plots are hallmarks of Eason’s writing, and fans of the Blue Justice series are sure to enjoy its latest installment. For those who haven’t read the series, Code of Valor is a story that can easily stand on its own. I enjoy the St. John family dynamic and look forward to more of their crime-fighting endeavors. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.