Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

by Lynette Eason


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Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others—but her days of helping military personnel are over. She's got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she's not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way—terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn't there—but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can't take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he's not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack—and that her secrets go even deeper than his own—Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

Bestselling author Lynette Eason is back with a new series that spans the globe and will have your heart working overtime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800729349
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/07/2020
Series: Danger Never Sleeps Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 28,846
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Protecting Tanner Hollow, as well as the Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and 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

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Collateral Damage 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
ChewietheMouse 9 days ago
"Collateral Damage" by Lynette Eason is the first book in her new "Danger Never Sleeps" series, and I have to say that I am thrilled to have discovered it. The action rarely stops, and when it does, the reader needs the break almost as much as the characters! This is a Christian Romantic Suspense title, and it lives up to the genre in all three senses of the phrase. The two main characters are Christians, as evidenced by the way they often say a quick silent prayer when they find themselves in dangerous situations. One character in particular regularly prays for the safety of the other. Both characters provide great role models for living out your faith in your everyday life, especially if yours is a dangerous one. The romance is also nicely done. The two main characters had known each other during their military service, and reconnected once both are back in the United States. Of course, their meeting up again occurs at exactly the same time that all of the dangerous stuff starts happening, so they are thrown together much more often (and for much longer) than they would have been in the normal course of events. Another reason that this book stands out for me is the dialog. Brooke and Asher actually talk to each other... a lot! The reader can easily understand how the attraction between them grows, as we see them really getting to know on another in the midst of the danger. As for the suspense part of the's excellent! The storyline starts with something that happened in Afghanistan and affected both characters. It continues as the bad guys move to cover up their nefarious activity by eliminating threats to their secrets. There is never a dull moment, and the reader is taken along on a crazy thrill ride along with Brooke and Asher. On a related note, the action is always logical, and feels like it could actually happen in real life. Asher, in particular, is very resourceful, but never pulls off any feats of strength or MacGyver-like creativity that left me doubting a real person could actually manage them. Basically, I enjoyed every aspect of this story. It has plenty of believable action, plenty of prelude to the characters falling in love, and just the right amount of Christian content. All in all, I highly recommend this book! Five out of five ultra-fine slices of the best ultra-sharp cheddar!
mypreciousbitsandmusings 24 hours ago
My final conclusion is wow!!! This sure was an interesting story and I definitely didn't want it to end. The book held me captive from beginning to end. I sure had no idea who the culprit was until the end. The many interwoven characters from different aspects of law enforcement and how the plot blended them together was definitely interesting. Brooke and Asher bonded from shared trauma and experiences. Fighting to stay alive and also bring down the bad guys who were part of what seemed to be an international crime ring. The issues brought forth from PTSD to human trafficking, I love how she dealt with these topics with grace. Brooke is a fighter and though she still has some issues from her time in Afghanistan, I love how she still put herself out there to try and help others. The faith elements in the story were also wonderful, you were created for a reason. The romance wasn't overly there but blended well with the story and it's fast paced nature. Overall, this was another win for me in this genre and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are solely mine.
Librarycataloger 1 days ago
Suspected treachery. An ambush of Army troops. An explosion in a cafe. Collateral Damage begins with danger and excitement and these two elements continue throughout the book. Asher James and Brooke Adams both face near death during their Army service in Afghanistan but their individual returns to civilian life don't prove to be any safer. Brooke sets up private practice as a psychiatrist but soon becomes a target and it is former Army Sergent James who becomes involved in her protection. Asher is now a FBI agent and he and Brooke feverishly race to learn who is trying to harm her. Is there a cover-up involving incidents from their Army service? Were secrets really sold to jihadists and if so, was an innocent soldier labeled a traitor? Is it possible that there is something much more sinister that someone is hiding? Something worth killing for? This is the first book of a new series from Lynette Eason and she definitely grabbed my attention with her depiction of the ugliness of war and its aftermaths. Collateral Damage has villians, intrigue, and unthinkable acts caused by greed but Eason also adds heroes, faith, and the Christian values that our country was built on. Reading this book increased my pulse rate and caused me to lose sleep but it was definitely worth these side effects! This is romantic suspense at its best and I truly enjoyed Collateral Damage. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Danger Never Sleeps series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell but I was under no obligation to leave a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
Libbymay117 1 days ago
Ok time to review. Thing is when I don't review right after I read a book the review tends to be short, but that's ok right? There's no rules about the length of a review XD. I didn't like this book. So as many of you know I'm not exactly a fanatic about the suspense genre, but I've been pleasantly surprised with most of the books I've read since I started dabbling in it. This one was just a miss for me. Why? (SPOILER) But I'm going to go ahead and say it anyway. [Guys, it was just too dark for me. Organ trafficking children? Why in the WORLD would you write an ENTERTAINMENT book on something like that? I don't understand. I don't care how much it was portrayed as a negative thing or the fact that the criminals were apprehended or that it was fiction children or any of that. It was simply dark and ugly and I just didn't like it at all. I understand that I personally have a heart for orphans and children who need adoption, and it was just too heart rending to be enjoyable (that sounds sick). (END SPOILER) I understand that this may be because of my own personal convictions and opinion, but that's why this is my review. I'm sorry to put a bad review on any author's book but I had to share this for anyone who wants to read this book. I didn't know that this was the topic in the book when I requested it, otherwise, I would not have requested it. And so I'm providing the information for any future readers to be aware and educated when they reach for this book. As a whole, it was written well enough. It wasn't slow and it was action packed. The characters were interesting and made you want to get to know them better. The romance was sweet, but not extremely believable.. All in all, I didn't like this book and I'm sorry I had to read it all the way through. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.
amybooksy 2 days ago
I have enjoyed previous books written by Lynnette Eason in the past and Collateral Damage is by far my favorite I have read by her to date. It is a fabulous beginning to her new series, Danger Never Sleeps. This suspense filled tale is one that made me not want to put it down until I had the whole book read in one sitting. Which was time well spent. Collateral Damage gets five plus stars from me. I look forward to reading the next installment from the Danger Never Sleeps series. I can not wait for its release. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
EbosAifuobhokhan_0128 2 days ago
This book was fantastic. It should totally have a movie adaptation. Filled with action, suspense and a sweet dose of romance. The book was captivating from the first page to the last. It will keep you reading to know what happens next. I admired women like Brooke who go into a profession so dangerous but are fearless and choose to help people. Her tact and wisdom with the military men she worked with was outstanding. As a military psychiatrist she came in contact with a lot of pain and damage but her faith in God, prayers and sweet heart kept her above water. Even when her own life was in jeopardy she took it in stride. Sweet Asher! I admired how he protected Brooke. He had his own demons to fight because of his experiences on the battle fields of Afghanistan but he still went out of his way to help others. The both of them were thrown together to put down some very bad people. I loved how the author wove the story about a couple of characters and places expertly with a lot of twists and turns. The faith content of the book warmed my heart. One theme caught my interest throughout the book; God created us for a reason. I received a copy of the book and this is my honest opinion
SarahGraceGrzy 3 days ago
Lynette Eason's newest series, Danger Never Sleeps, starts out with a bang! I devoured Collateral Damage in less than 24 hours. To my knowledge, Eason hasn't touched upon military themes for a suspense book before. (Possibly in a Love Inspired story, although if so, it was a military hero, not an actual military-based story.) But I was very excited to see that the military was a heavy theme in this story! Some of my favorite suspense books are military suspense. (Ronie Kendig anyone?) The first two chapters are an explosion of action--literally--and drew me right into the story. I was quickly able to relate to our main characters, Asher James and Brook Adams. Both were complex and unique and I enjoyed getting to know them throughout the story. Suspense-wise, this book doesn't stop. (Did I mention I finished it in less than 24 hours?) With too many twists and turns to count, this is just what you'd expect from a suspense novel, and more specifically, a Lynette Eason suspense novel. Eason's trademark writing style is simple and succinct, without there ever being a lack of detail. The romance was also very "Lynette-style," and I always appreciate how things never become too sensual or detailed. (Although for more sensitive romance readers, there is some kissing, touching, and passionate thoughts.) All in all, I greatly enjoyed Eason's debut into her newest series, and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for book 2! I highly recommend fans of romantic suspense, particularly with military themes, check this one out! FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
Virginiaw 3 days ago
I loved this start to a new series by Lynette Eason. I am never disappointed with these stories. This one starts with a former army special ops soldier and a former military psychiatrist. These two both have stuff to work out from their time in a war zone. It ends up with them needing each other to help them through a lot of twists and turns. There is a little romance throughout and a lot of action. I can’t wait to find out how this story continues in the second book of the series. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
susanwalkergirl 3 days ago
As someone who loves to read Christian mystery/fiction books, I was excited at the opportunity to read Lynette Eason’s newest book, Collateral Damage, the first book in the Danger Never Sleeps series. Collateral Damage starts off at an army base in Afghanistan where the men are preparing to arrest a fellow soldier, Isaiah Michaels who is suspected of being a traitor and selling information to the jihadists. Sergeant Asher James doesn’t believe the allegations because it doesn’t square with the man he knows. But he has been charged with leading the operation as two MARP vehicles set out to Kabul to arrest Specialist Michaels who has been spotted at a bar. Military psychologist, Brooke Adams is looking forward to heading home in three weeks. She’s meeting some friends at The Bistro in Kabal. When Specialist Michaels tries to catch her eye, Brooke does her best to tune him out and focus on her friends who have become like family so far away from home. What happens next is just the beginning of an action-packed story filled with suspense and lots of twists and turns. What information did Isaiah Michaels find? Did he betray his country? What accounts for the large increase of adoptions at Morning Star Orphanage over the last year? How does it all fit together? I found myself invested in this story because I liked the main characters and I wanted to get to the bottom of the mysteries. I appreciate that the story did not have filthy language or sexual immorality. The Christian faith was a part of the storyline and the two main character behavior and choices were influenced by their faith. I did struggle with the first chapter because it was long and it introduced at least fourteen characters in a very fast-paced story. After that chapter, the pace and number of characters slowed down. I think it would have been better to break it up into two chapters. I did figure out who the bad guy was but that didn’t take away from enjoying the book. I was interested to find out his motivation. Collateral Damage is the first novel I’ve read by Lynette Eason and I really liked it. The best part of the book for me was the engaging likable characters. I look forward to reading more of her books in the future. If you like suspense and action with likable characters, read Lynette Eason’s newest book Collateral Damage. I would like to thank Revell Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book to read but was not required to give a favorable review.
Sarah Y 4 days ago
Great new book by Eason! 4.5 stars This story seemed different from the other Lynette Eason books I've read. First off, it had a lot more storylines to merge, with Caden, Sarah/Kristin, and then Asher/Brooke. For a while, I was wondering what on earth was the reason for the other points of view but I trusted there was a purpose. Second, this just didn't seem as suspenseful to me. Now, I'm not saying it was bad. On the contrary, I really liked the book. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. Maybe I didn't connect with the characters as much, I don't know. It just seemed more mystery than suspense. I liked how Brooke could read people and really get into helping them. I liked her friendship with Heather and Sarah as well as Asher's friendship with Gavin. I didn't really get how Caden fit in since he wasn't in Asher's unit and Brooke didn't seem to really know him as Sarah's brother. But I see him being the "third guy". This crime horrified me. The devaluing of human life; the twisted way to "give people purpose"; the killing for greed. The two main villains were so cool and detached it was frightening. That the villain could kill someone like they did to "fix" things was awful. I couldn't believe it. I actually gasped when I realized it was no random break-in. Oh, and I suspected the main villain from pretty early on. There was just something off about them. I really enjoyed this story, even with the hard, horrifying stuff. It was handled well overall and the characters were willing to risk their lives to put a stop to the evil. Many thanks to Revell for letting me read this book. My opinions are my own and a favorable review was not required.
WovenFromWords 4 days ago
Collateral Damage is a definite page-turner! As I was reading, I became so absorbed with the characters' actions in every scene. Brooke and Asher are two individuals brought together through the circumstances of war and trauma. The story progresses as their war-time experiences converge in the normally safe environment of home, now heavily complicated. I found this story very fast-paced, as the mysteriously dangerous figures in the book kept me in suspense, along with guessing who may be the one out for Brooke's life. The twist in the book occurs before the mystery is revealed, but its weight carries the shocking consequence of the key players through the end. Collateral Damage falls under the Christian Fiction genre. Occasionally, Brooke and the other characters reach out to a higher power when enduring extreme difficulty. The feeling of having faith at all times accompany these individuals throughout the story. It's the gentle message of reaching out to a higher power in times of conflict that I greatly appreciated. If you love a book with mystery and suspense, then Collateral Damage is the book for you!
MelissaF 5 days ago
I haven't read a Lynette Eason book in awhile and I have to say picking this up was like a happy reunion. I was immediately drawn into this unique story. It seems like there are many different threads that had nothing to do with each other but obviously we figure out they must have something to do with each other because a good writer makes everything count. So I was anxious to see how these threads would weave together. Brooke and Asher have a lot of reasons they shouldn't be together and just as many reasons why it would make sense. The inside look into people's struggles as they return to civilian life was pretty eye-opening. Not only do our main characters struggle with this but many other characters in the book, who I have a feeling may get their own books in this series. A copy of this book was given to me through the publisher. All opinions are my own.
LifeofLiterature 5 days ago
Lynette Eason is a master at writing great suspense novels! This book has constant action that makes you turn the pages faster and faster to discover the villain, all while not compromising the complex characters I have come to expect from this author. The characters in this novel deal with PTSD and other truly emotional topics that craft a storyline that is deep and allows you to really connect with the story. There is a light romance in the background of the novel that does not detract from the overall suspense but does add some dimension to the characters. I am looking forward to more in this series! I definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Faye_reviews 5 days ago
Brooke Adams is a former military psychiatrist , who barely escaped an explosion with her life. She is setting into civilian life, when her past comes back to haunt her and a killer on her trail. Asher James has worked his way up in the military into the special forces through old fashioned hard work, doing dangerous things that few could imagine, but he's been having trouble sleeping at night. So he goes to Brooke, because he remembers her from a mission in Afghanistan. Together can they help each other, and stop the killers before it's too late? Fast-paced, suspenseful new series from Lynette Eason. I didn't want to put in down and read it all in just two sittings. Asher is a very brave man who has faced down fear on many levels, I liked how he wanted to help Brooke and took it upon himself to help protect her. Brooke has leaned on her faith through all the traumatic experiences that she has been through, she is passionate about her work, and wants her work to be meaningful. I admired her resilience and how she encouraged others to turn to their faith as well. There was great relationship building throughout, Brooke and Asher had a unique understanding of each other because of their similar past experiences. There were many well developed side characters and a lot going on. I didn't want to put it down, as the pieces all fell satisfyingly into place. There was such a well balanced blend of relationship building, suspense, mystery, romance and faith. This fantastic read will not disappoint! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
AngelN1 5 days ago
Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason was an action-packed read that I really enjoyed. It starts in Afghanistan, and although I am a civilian, it sounded realistic. The main characters, Brooke and Asher, felt very well-defined. Both suffer from forms of PTSD that are realistically and compassionately portrayed. I felt that the author did a good job of making the plot, characters, and settings feel authentic. The main characters were also very easy to like. I was intrigued by the plot, and the constant action kept me very interested. There were some points where it was a bit hard to remember who certain characters were. There are a lot of characters involved, and sometimes it was difficult to place who was who. Although I enjoy details and backstories, there were parts that could have been pared down a bit for clarity. Overall, though, the plot kept me very interested, and I enjoyed the emerging romance between Brooke and Asher. I am eager to read the next installment in this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
FHlady 6 days ago
Debut book in Lynette Eason's newest series, Danger Never Sleeps; and it definitely started the series off with explosions literally. Beginning in Afghanistan during the US-Afghan war Sgt Asher James finds his group in the middle of an IED followed by an explosion in a nearby cafe where he saves Military Psychiatrist Captain Brooke Adams. The action continues from there and peaks higher and higher until a final solution to all the things occurring in an Afghan Orphanage that connects to base personnel. I have yet to be disappointed by any of Eason's suspense novels. Full of realistic characters and events this one really was top notch. Dealing with stolen body parts used for transplants, I never guessed the villain until nearly the end. Including many threads that all finally came together at the very end, I appreciated the light romance that played a nice background without overpowering the dramatic suspense. There were a couple of secondary characters that I can imagine taking main stage in the next book which I will definitely look forward to reading. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
Jaquelyn 7 days ago
I was so excited when I saw there was a new series by Lynette Eason. I am a big fan of hers, and knew I had to get my hands on this book. Eason took me on a wild ride, and I didn’t want to get off. I had no way of guessing what would happen next, but sure had fun trying to. Being an active military therapist would be so difficult. I couldn’t imagine knowing all the things that our military has to go through like she did. Brooke gave her everything until it seemed that she had nothing left. When an explosion shakes her world she knows it’s time to go home. The only problem is, suddenly home doesn’t feel safe either. Remembering Asher from their time overseas, she is surprised to see him show up at her practice. That is only the beginning of many twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. The abuse of power and the corruption will break your heart and take your breath away. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a one of a kind story. This book touched some heavy subjects including what little value some people place on orphans. I can’t wait to see what Eason writes next, but I know it will be good. 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.
GrandaddyA 7 days ago
Lynette Eason has started her new series, Danger Never Sleeps, with a bang. I mean that figuratively and literally. Only a few pages in and an MRAP vehicle is hit by an RPG, taking out the entire crew. I believe the story as a whole will be a big hit as men and women alike can find something that draws them in, as if they are right there in the thick of the action. Suspense for the men, romance for the women, the story has an equal amount that I found appealing. Christian fiction at its best, the faith element is present without being pushy or overpowering, rather encouraging and uplifting. I enjoyed the story and was trying all the way through to figure out what was happening and who was behind it. The hero and heroine are Asher and Brooke, but so many others play key roles throughout as the scenes go back and forth from Afghanistan to the United States. The sad fact is that events similar to those spoken of in the story actually happen in our world. While enjoying a good read, we should never allow that to lull us into complacency. We need to pray faithfully for our law enforcement officers and military personnel who are faced with getting to the truth and bringing criminals to justice. I recommend this book and look forward to the next one in the series. The only good thing about having to wait for it is that I can catch up on the sleep I missed while sitting up late to finish reading this one.
Belovedbrat 8 days ago
Title: Collateral Damage Author: Lynette Eason Series: Danger Never Sleeps book 1 Chapters: 29 plus epilogue Pages:384 Genre: Christian Suspense Rating: 4.5 Stars Publisher: Revell Lynette Eason has been my go-to for suspense and law enforcement novels. Now it looks like she’s going to be my go-to for military fiction in the Christian fiction market along Ronie Kendig. I didn’t know how I was going to feel about Collateral Damage because outside of Revolutionary war fiction I don’t tend to read military fiction as I’m scared that the authors not going to do their research or in my opinion not do justice to characters. But since I’ve loved Lynette Eason’s law enforcement suspense I was willing to give this new series a try and she really did her research. The hero and heroine shows that there are no unwounded in war. That they all have scars just that some aren’t physical and they war can affect people differently. I plan to continue the series and I look forward to the second book releasing this year. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Owl_Books 8 days ago
I've read other books by Lynette Eason before (specifically the Blue Justice series and the Hidden Identity series). I just found this one okay. I didn't find it nearly as suspenseful or as developed as the prior books I've read. It was a quick read. Unfortunately, I just wasn't hooked and I don't believe I will be reading this particular series in the future. Thank you #netgalley and #revell for the eARC.
TShoemaker 9 days ago
I am completely thrilled with this new Danger Never Sleeps series from Lynette Eason. Collateral Damage grabbed me from the first page and didn't let go. I love books like that! I enjoyed the main characters and their progress as their relationship formed. The plot had so many twists and turns, I really had a hard time coming up with a "whodunit" until towards the very end. I always appreciate the subtle references to faith and the clean love stories found in Lynette's books, but if you aren't necessarily a fan of Christian suspense and romance novels, trust me, this will not bore you! Collateral Damage is a fantastic kick-off to this new series from a very talented author - don't pass it by.
TamaraTilley 10 days ago
COLLATERAL DAMAGE by Lynette Eason was a real page turner, exactly what I have come to expect from this author. Discharged military psychiatrist, Brooke Adams, wants to help others. Unfortunately, she has her own nightmares to deal with and the prospect that someone might want her dead. Former Special Ops Sergeant Asher James finally acknowledges he needs help dealing with the demons in his past. He decides to visit Brooke Adams, only to find her stateside office in shambles and a target on her back. As they both seek answers to the death of a mutual friend, and the peculiarities surrounding an Afghanistan bombing, Brooke and Asher grow closer together. When they realize their mutual respect for each other has turned into something more, they race against the clock to find out who wants Brooke dead and how it ties back to the bombing that first brought them together. COLLATERAL DAMAGE—as already mentioned—was a true page-turner. Knowing that is how I feel whenever I pick up a book by Lynette Eason, I waited until I had uninterrupted time on my hands before reading it. Less than twenty-four hours later, I am writing this review, and adding another amazing book to my list of favorites. Ms. Eason knows how to capture the attention of her readers. Her intricate plotlines and the magnetism of her characters immediately draw you into the story and holds your interest until the always satisfying conclusion. I loved the way the relationship between Brooke and Asher grew organically. What starts off as mutual respect and a desire to help each other, quickly develops into a deep-seeded connection. Their military experiences create a bond—a comradery—others don’t understand. Ms. Eason is also good at building a well-rounded group of secondary characters. Knowing some of these characters will step into the spotlight as the series progresses, adds to the enjoyment of reading Lynette Eason’s books. I can’t wait for the release of ACCEPTABLE RISK, book two in the DANGER NEVER SLEEPS series. I received a complimentary copy of COLLATERAL DAMAGE from Revell Reads for reviewing purposes. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
SemmieWise 11 days ago
** “Well, that wasn’t God’s original plan when he created mankind. Once man sinned, things all of a sudden were out of sync with a perfect God. As a result, things started going very wrong.” ** Lynette Eason yet again delivers another heart-pounding, action-packed story with “Collateral Damage,” a story about worth and purpose. Asher James and Brooke Adams are both learning how to re-enter civilian life after a traumatic experience while serving in the Middle East. When Asher seeks out Brooke’s services as a psychiatrist, he never imagines it will lead him down a path filled with murder, attempted murder, chases and betrayal. As they work together to determine who is trying to kill Brooke and why, they get pulled into several other horrific events, including a mass grave and questionable activities at an orphanage in Kabul. Eason always does an incredible job of creating a plot that keeps the reader guessing, filled with twists and turns as well as deeply relatable characters. Both Brooke and Asher must come to terms with overcoming post traumatic stress and once again learn to trust in their own abilities and capabilities. “Collateral Damage” is not just an incredible romantic thriller, though. Eason fills it with lots of great themes, like loyalty; overcoming trauma; dealing with blame and guilt; and the impact of sin taking us out of sync with God. The major theme of the book deals with finding our worth and purpose, and reminds us that we are all created for a purpose and we all have worth. No one should decide another’s worth. This book also deals with a major global issue, which I will leave unnamed, and it will shock the reader to find out what the title’s implied “collateral damage” is. Eason has delivered another great book, and I can’t wait to read the second novel in this “Danger Never Sleeps” series. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Floyd Johnson 12 days ago
The first two chapters gave the appearance that I was reading a military thriller - a genre I tend to avoid. I was wrong. Chapter three opens in a South Carolina field with the discovery of a mass grave. That grave would lead to the involvement of the FBI, the CIA, the Army CID, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and numerous local authorities, into an international manhunt for men so evil even those accustomed to various crimes would be offended. As a reader, I wanted these people caught before they could bring more pain into their world - only the cooperation of the various agencies would bring the guilty to justice. Though the focus was on the crime, it also presented the reader with a better understanding of PTSD as experienced by those in the military. As I have said before, a book that deals with serious topics (even books of fiction) should also provide pointers for those dealing with these issues either directly or indirectly to additional help. Sadly it did not. Hints that help exists, yes; but no links to websites or phone numbers to reach out for support. Though coming from a faith-based publisher, I had a hard time calling the book a faith-based thriller. It certainly was not anti-faith but did not weave an underlying theme of faith into the book. Even with that said, the book may find a place in some church libraries. It will also belong in most public libraries serving the general population and on the shelves interested in the unintended casualties of war. It serves as a stark reminder that we need to pray for those living in war-torn areas, whether they are directly fighting or merely trying to live in areas affected by war. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Amaack 12 days ago
Collateral Damage introduces us to former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams. Once overseas, Brooke has been honorably discharged following an explosion that nearly killed her. After leaving the military, Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James couldn’t shake the nightmares. In his quest for help, he arranges a session with Brooke, who is now treating civilian patients. But when Asher shows up for his appointment, no one is at the front desk. Unable to help himself from searching for someone in the office, he makes his way towards Brooke’s office and discovers it has been broken into and the receptionist is dead in Brooke’s office. From there, Asher and Brooke engage in a life-threatening battle for Brooke’s life. As Brooke and Asher work to find out why Brooke’s life is in danger, secrets begin to unravel in the United States and overseas. I was thoroughly engaged in this latest book from Lynette Eason. I loved how the characters and plot lines intertwined to add a bit more depth to the story. The story kept me guessing as the plot unfolded. Eason has a way of creating stories that keep you guessing as you turn the pages. She makes the story interesting without complicating the plotline so much that you can’t keep track of who is who and what is happening. The twists come at the right moment and add to the story without taking away from everything that has happened before. Collateral Damage is definitely a book you’ll want to add to your reading list! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.