Deadly Additive

Deadly Additive

by Donn Taylor

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Deadly Additive by Donn Taylor

To soldier-of-fortune Jeb Sledge, the assignment seemed simple: Rescue an heiress and her journalist friend from Colombian guerrillas and collect a sizable paycheck for his troubles. But things rarely go as planned. After stumbling upon a mass of dead bodies, Kristin Halvorsen isn't about to leave Colombia without the proof she needs for the story of a lifetime, and Sledge soon finds himself ensnared in a chemical weapons conspiracy that involves civilians, guerillas and high-ranking government officials. But neutralizing the factory isn't enough. Where are the weapons that have already been fabricated? Who are the intended targets? How potent and far-reaching are the effects? A pursuit through South America, the U.S. and the Caribbean embroils Sledge and Kristin in a mission to prevent a catastrophic attack'and leaves Sledge fighting to save both their lives.

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ISBN-13: 9781611161878
Publisher: Pelican Book Group
Publication date: 09/07/2012
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he taught English literature (Renaissance) at two liberal arts colleges. He and his wife live near Houston, Texas.

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Deadly Additive


By Donn Taylor

Pelican Ventures, LLC

Copyright © 2012 Donn Taylor
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-61116-187-8


CHAPTER 1

Houston, Texas


By habit, Jeb Sledge disapproved of people who pointed weapons at him. The present offender's tuxedo did not qualify him for an exception, and the silencer on his pistol only aggravated the offense.

They stood in the living room of Sledge's drab one-bedroom apartment toward the northern edge of Houston. That morning his doctor had pronounced him fully recovered from last year's wounds by an assassin. In the afternoon he'd refused an offer of two hundred thousand dollars to rescue the daughter of billionaire Steve Spinner from her Colombian kidnappers.

Sledge needed money. But Spinner had a reputation for ruthlessness hidden under a veneer of philanthropy. And the setup made no sense at all. When Spinner's envoy grew insistent, Sledge threw him out.

Later that day, he'd gotten a call from Roger Brinkman, the retired CIA officer who now ran an "information service" known among experts as the best source for data on international crime. Brinkman didn't say how he heard about Spinner's offer, but he chided Sledge for turning it down. Vague rumblings of something new among the Columbian guerrillas, Brinkman suggested, and the Skinner problem might make a good takeoff point for the right operative.

Sledge said he'd think about it.

He did — for thirty seconds over dinner at a good Italian restaurant with reasonable prices and servers who didn't introduce themselves. The dinner celebrated his advent as "New Sledge." The old one was a hard case with a bad habit — volunteering for dangerous jobs to support noble causes. The cantankerous Old Sledge also enjoyed throwing his weight around, all two hundred and fifty pounds of it. But that Sledge had not survived the assassin's bullets. The new one who'd sprung from his ashes would be too smart to take risks where there was no tangible reward. He would live the quiet life — find a safe administrative job on the periphery of law enforcement. And avoid noble causes.

Savoring the thought, Sledge drank a toast to his new self.

Afterwards, he drove his used Toyota pickup north on I-45 through the usual montage of glaring headlights and careening chariots. What he needed to complete the celebration was a good book and a CD of soft music. They would push back the world's emptiness that closed in on him whenever the action stopped. Sooner or later, New Sledge would have to solve that problem.

But not tonight.

Tonight it was good just to be well again.

When he opened his apartment door, the security system gave no warning beep. Had he forgotten to set it?

Then the intruder switched on the lights, and New Sledge found himself looking into the silencer on a Walther PPK. He was caught. Too far in to dodge back outside and too far from his captor to attempt disarming him. Besides, the man weighed at least as much as Sledge and looked like he'd be hard to handle even without a gun. The ugly curl of his lip said he was itching for an excuse to pull the trigger.

Sledge's anger blazed, but he raised his hands and controlled his voice. "You're welcome to my fortune — thirty-three dollars and sixty-two cents. You'll find the silverware in the kitchen drawer, but it's actually stainless."

"Shut up and sit down." The gunman gestured with his left hand toward the sofa. In his right hand, he kept the pistol pointed at Sledge's chest.

"Wait a minute." A second gunman, as large as the first, emerged from the dark doorway of the kitchen and holstered a silenced pistol inside his tux jacket. Incongruously, his smile radiated good cheer. He spread-eagled Sledge and frisked him, then nodded to his companion and backed away.

Sledge eased himself onto the sofa, keeping his hands high. In a calm space somewhere behind his anger, he wondered how New Sledge should respond to this situation. Not that he had much choice.

The first gunman pointed with his free hand at the bookshelves that lined Sledge's apartment walls. "We don't need two men to take this guy. He's a cream puff. A bookworm."

The second gunman did not reply but called out, "OK, Mr. Spinner. He's clean."

A silver-haired man of medium build entered from the darkened bedroom and took a chair facing Sledge. The florid face above the man's tuxedo showed a perpetual scowl, and he moved with the arrogance of someone who'd spent his life giving orders. His cologne wafted the subtle elegance only big money can buy.

The newcomer wasted no time. "You're Jabez E. Sledge?"

Sledge nodded. He didn't yet trust his voice.

"I'm Steve Spinner." The visitor's manner implied he'd come down from Olympus. "My man who talked to you today described you perfectly. He said you looked like a turretless tank with the commander's head sticking out the top."

Sledge was used to that kind of talk. People always mentioned the bulkiness first, his full two-fifty crammed into a mere six feet of height. Once accustomed to that, they said they found his face not unpleasing: broad, regular features, dark hair and complexion, with deep-set gray eyes that some found intimidating but others found intriguing.

So he dismissed Spinner's taunt with a grunt. "You didn't come here to praise my looks."

The billionaire refused to be diverted. "You've made quite a record: all-conference middle guard for three years at Southwestern, called in as a reservist, decorated for Special Forces work in Afghanistan. And that closet full of uniforms says you're still in the reserves."

Sledge gritted his teeth. "I hope you didn't steal any of them."

"Not even those pretty gold leaves, Major." Spinner made the word sound like an insult. "You could have played pro football, but instead you stayed for a full tour in the Army. Why?"

With danger apparently not imminent, Sledge played along. "Two hundred fifty was too light for a pro. And some things in this world are more important than playing games."

Spinner raised a mocking eyebrow. "Like going to Colombia as a soldier of fortune? Who were you working for?"

Sledge ignored the question. "Do you always dress for burglaries? If I'd known this was formal, I'd have rented a tux."

Spinner's smile did not mitigate his scowl. "Officially, we're attending a dinner-dance in downtown Houston — one of my benefits to send food and medicine to children in North Korea. So don't bother to call the police about a break-in. Dozens of leading citizens will swear I never left the benefit. Most of them will believe it."

Sledge suppressed another flare of temper. "What happened to my security system?"

"Security company employees are underpaid." Spinner waved a manicured hand. "I'm surprised you didn't know."

Sledge shrugged. "Cut the games. What do you want?"

"Accept my proposition." Spinner made it sound like an order. "I assume my man didn't make things clear this afternoon."

"He said Colombian guerrillas were holding your daughter and a companion for ransom, and you wanted me to rescue them. I told him to pay the ransom. Kidnapping is one way the guerrillas raise money to buy weapons. It works because people know they'll deliver the victim for the ransom. Trying to spring your daughter without paying will probably get her killed. That's where the discussion ended."

"He said you physically threw him out."

"Not very far. He was heavier than I thought."

"Halfway down the sidewalk was far enough." Spinner's scowl deepened. "He also said you made insulting comments about me."

Sledge grinned, happy to repeat himself. "I said you're stupid to think your food and medicine will reach the children in North Korea. Kim Jong-un and his generals will siphon them off for their army."

"I have Kim's personal assurance on that score." Spinner waved his hand again. "But you're wrong about the kidnappers. I did pay the ransom, but they kept my daughter."

"Why? Did they want more money?" This was a new twist. Curiosity crept in to dampen Sledge's anger.

"That's the strange thing." Spinner's fist pounded his palm. "They returned six members of my daughter's group. But instead of increasing their demands, they broke off negotiations. You'll get a better picture if I start at the beginning —"

"Two things before you do." Sledge pointed to the first gunman, who held his pistol at ready. "Tell Bonzo there to holster his weapon and sit down. And tell the guy standing behind me to come around where I can see him."

At Spinner's nod, the surly gunman complied, though with obvious disappointment. The second also moved and sat, his manner still cheerful. They took seats well to the side, giving them the potential for a cross fire.

Spinner leaned forward. "You may have heard that my daughter, Jocelyn, is a problem. She was only thirteen when her mother died. That was fifteen years ago. After that, I gave her the best companions and sent her to the best schools, but nothing worked." His scowl deepened. "No subject or cause ever interested her. Nothing but having fun."

"People don't go to Colombia for fun."

Spinner gave an arrogant toss of his head. "I forced her to go. She's always been too irresponsible to have her own money. Her first marriage lasted ten months, her second less than six. When she came home last summer after the divorce, I told her she'd have no money at all until she learned responsibility."

"So you sent her to Colombia?"

"I tried other projects first, but nothing changed." Spinner's jaw jutted out. "Nobody crosses me like that. Not even my own daughter."

He made a noise like spitting. "Then that massacre happened in Colombia — a village called Chozadolor, at the edge of the Andes about seventy miles north of Bogotá. Paramilitaries wiped out the entire male population because of rumors the village was harboring guerrillas."

"I read the news accounts. Only about half of the bodies were found, and those were butchered beyond recognition. No one was ever caught, nothing new developed, and the story died."

Spinner nodded. "I decided to revive the story and shock some sense into my daughter at the same time. One of Jocelyn's classmates, a woman named Kristin Halvorsen, works for a national news magazine called Panorama Weekly. With her editor's concurrence, I hired her to go to Colombia and investigate the massacre, with the condition that she take my daughter with her. Jocelyn's other trips abroad had been to places like Paris or the Costa Brava in Spain. I hoped seeing third world conditions might arouse some compassion in her."

"That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard — sending two women into a dangerous place, and one of them a spoiled brat. I can't believe your daughter agreed to go."

Spinner threw Sledge a contemptuous glance. "With no money of her own, Jocelyn had no choice. She's always been glad enough to get away from me. Besides, I gave them good cover with a bird-watching expedition, five men and three women."

"So what happened?"

"Within a week, guerrillas captured them and demanded a cool three million in ransom. I paid up, and everyone but Jocelyn and Kristin came out. When my agents demanded an explanation, the guerrilla spokesmen shrugged and disappeared. They broke all contact."

"Did the people who came back say your daughter and her friend were ... uh ... in good condition?"

"They hadn't seen them. Apparently, Jocelyn and Kristin were captured separately and held separately. That's all I know."

The room grew silent. Sledge despised everything about this arrogant billionaire, a man so egomaniacal he'd rather see his daughter dead than free of his control. Perhaps for that reason, sympathy drew Sledge toward the daughter. Beyond that, the guerrillas' uncharacteristic conduct piqued his curiosity, especially in light of the rumors Roger Brinkman had mentioned.

With an effort of will, he squelched those thoughts. They had no place in his life as New Sledge.

"My new offer is four hundred thousand. Two hundred thousand up front, the rest plus expenses upon completion." Spinner stared at Sledge. "What do you say to that?"

Sledge's temper surged again at the billionaire's assumption that more money could buy him off. "I say no. I've given up trying to fix the world." That, he thought with satisfaction, was a sentiment worthy of New Sledge.

Spinner glowered, but said nothing. Faint traffic noises drifted in from I-45. The tension in the room became almost palpable. Sledge decided to give Spinner a way out. "I can name several guys who might take the job. They're as well qualified for it as I am, maybe better."

"That's where you're wrong, Sledge." Spinner showed a knowing smile. "The guerrilla who kidnapped my daughter is Diego Contreras."

The name struck Sledge like a blow in the face. For a moment, pain surged through his old wounds as it had in the first weeks after the ambush. But deeper pain stabbed his heart. He'd thought he had grieved himself numb over Alita, the only person with whom he'd ever known tenderness, but now grief sprang up as powerfully as ever. For a fleeting moment he knew there was something he had to remember, something lost somewhere in the haze of pain and anesthesia. Then it was gone in a surge of the deep, flaming anger he thought he had buried long ago.

Spinner's malignant grin broadened. "I thought that would interest you. You get another crack at the man who shot you up and killed your sweetheart." He shifted subjects abruptly. "By the way, it isn't clear who paid your medical bills. I don't suppose you'd like to say ..."

Sledge said nothing. Brinkman had taken good care of him, all things considered. When his thoughts returned to Spinner's proposition, Sledge realized that the white heat of anger had made him reconsider. But not anger alone. If he survived this fool's errand, the four hundred thousand would finance the training required for his life as New Sledge.

He sighed. "If I do take the job, exactly what do you want me to do?"

"Find the two women." Spinner's jaw tightened. "And if they're alive, bring them out. Your job is done when you deliver them to my home office in New Orleans."

Sledge remained cautious. "You'd be smart to offer Contreras another million or so. This job will cost plenty beyond what you pay me. I'll have to buy information and then mount two operations, one to divert the guerrillas and another to extract the women. They may be dead already, or they could be killed during the escape. In the end, you may get nothing but disaster for your money."

Spinner snorted. "That's my worry. You'll be paid in any case. Half in advance and the rest upon delivery, with an extra hundred thousand if you kill Diego Contreras."

Sledge allowed an unpleasant grin to show. "I'm surprised a philanthropist like you would suggest such a thing. Besides, you've spent years being a cheerleader for the guerrillas. Why the sudden change?"

Now Spinner looked unpleasant. "Contreras cheated me out of three million dollars. As I said, nobody double-crosses me and gets by with it. You'll do well to remember that."

Sledge made a point of changing the subject. "You'll give me information on the two women?"

The billionaire handed him two black-and-white photographs and a page of typewritten notes. The photos showed attractive blondes who could have passed for either Dutch or Norwegian. They looked enough alike to be sisters. Neither was beautiful, but both radiated a lively energy Sledge found surprising. He'd expected Spinner's daughter to be slack, but both women seemed equally alive.

The name Jocelyn Spinner was written in a masculine hand on the back of one photo. Sledge wondered why she was using her maiden name, but he decided not to ask. On the back of the other picture he read the name Kristin Halvorsen. He examined the two faces again, but found no clue as to the character or motives of either woman.

Another worry nagged at the back of his mind. He had the feeling Spinner was withholding something, but he couldn't guess what it might be.

Spinner interrupted his thoughts. "We've done what we can for now. I have to go back downtown before people get curious."

He stood, and Sledge rose with him. The two gunmen also stood. At a glance from Spinner, the cheerful one headed out through the front door. Sledge followed him, with Spinner and the surly gunman trailing behind.


(Continues...)

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Deadly Additive 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Don Taylor's Deadly Additive Fantastic Read!!!! Suspense, Guerrilla Fighters, Political Intrigue, Mass Murder, Kidnapping, Deadly Chemical Agents, Switched Identities, FBI & CIA Involvement along with vivid description, captivating writing, thrills, chills with unexpected twists, great supporting characters blending together then add a touch of romance… this makes the story into a great read!!!!! The main characters are two bold characters, Jeb Sledge a soldier of fortune and Kristin Halvorsen, a journalist. They are well developed characters sharing undeniable chemistry. They met when Sledge was sent to Columbia to rescue and retrieve Billionaire Steve Spinner daughter, Jocelyn. She had been sent with Kristin Halvorsen by her father to Columbia. They are posing as bird watchers. But after Kristen photographs a guerilla massacre, they are captured by a group of guerrilla fighters. Kristen managed to hide the card with her photographs in the brush where they were captured. But she must escape, go back and retrieve them. They find themselves involved in an unpredictable plot with twists getting twistier and situations more hazardous by the minute. Spiritual and inspirational aspects are interjected throughout the story. Thank you to book fun.org for this Book. My opinion is my own
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Deadly Additive by Donn Taylor is a fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader riveted to the plot. It embraces plenty of action and suspense to entertain while presenting an underlying spiritual journey of the main characters. Jeb Sledge is an Army reservist, decorated for Special Forces work in Afghanistan and just recuperated from an assassin’s hit gained in one of his many perilous duties undertaken for noble causes. He is pressured into rescuing a billionaire’s daughter from Colombian guerillas who kidnapped her and a college friend for ransom. Spirited, strong-willed journalist, Kristin Halvorsen, college friend of Steve Spinner’s daughter, has traded identities with Jocelyn Spinner. And she has stumbled upon an atrocity that could result in the story of a lifetime—if she can secure her proof and if she can escape with her life. The lives of Sledge and Kristin intersect, and each finds hope again after years of emptiness and being spiritually adrift. Both characters are well developed and appealing. Their challenging and harrowing fight for survival could be taken straight out of the headlines today. No less satisfying is the supporting cast of colorful characters—the Ramirez family; Brinkman, a retired CIA officer who is an expert on data on international crime; and even the villainous characters. I highly recommend this exciting novel and look forward to reading the other novels by Taylor. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Jeb Sledge, hoping to reinvent himself into "New Sledge", reluctantly takes on one last soldier of fortune assignment. Deadly Additive is an intriguing story of the rescue of two young women from Colombian guerrillas which leads to the uncovering of a sinister plot to unleash a munition filled with not one or two, but three, chemical agents. From one end of the United States to the other, from St Kitts to Colombia, the action just never stops. Just when the reader thinks things might be resolving, another twist to the plot sends Sledge barreling into another dangerous situation. The author, Donn Taylor, sweetens the storyline with a bit of romance, and a bit of humor as some of the quirky characters have "odd habits of speech" ("I am a sheep off the old black", "your job would be harder than passing a camel through the eye of a noodle.") The life-threatening adventures from start to finish keep the pages turning fast and furiously. Throughout the novel, the reader is reminded there is a God-shaped hole in one's life that can only be filled by God, not by money, or love, or an adrenaline filled adventure. Deadly Additive is definitely a recommended read for those who thrive on thrilling action-packed intrigue. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Deadly Additive by Don Taylor is a Christian Romantic Suspense and this is a page turner. Jeb Sledge is a mercenary and receives a call from a former CIA agent. Roger Brinkman wants him to rescue two young ladies from Columbian guerillas. One is a reporter and her friend is the daughter of billionaire Steve Spinner. Jeb accepts the job but nothing goes as planned. The action and suspense will keep you turning pages. Donn Taylor conveys emotions without any profanity but you will love the battle between good and evil. Jeb is anew Christian and struggles not to fall back into his old ways. Kristin and Jocelyn continue to confuse Jeb. Kristin isn't sure how to take Jeb's faith. However, rescuing the girls is only the tip of the of what lies ahead. Fast paced suspense with chemical weapons, pursuit through South America, the Caribbean and U.S. will keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved this book, romance with suspense and a
Cindy-J More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat! Deadly Additive by Donn Taylor is a suspense novel with kidnapping, conspiracy, and chemical weapons. Jeb Sledge is a former Special Ops member, now a soldier-of-fortune still in the reserves. His doctor has just declared him fully recovered from the wounds he received on his last job. In looking for future employment, Sledge wants to leave behind Old Sledge and begin a new phase as New Sledge. He has been approached by a wealthy prospective employer about rescuing an heiress Jocelyn Spinner and her friend Kristin Halvorsen who are being held captive by Columbian guerrillas. The pay is good, and Sledge has a score to settle with one of the captors, so what is to keep Sledge from accepting? I loved this book! The first paragraph drew me immediately into the suspense. By the end of the first chapter, I was laughing. The cycle continued throughout the book, mostly breath-stealing suspense but mixed with unexpected laughter. Sledge was a no-nonsense type person. He did what needed doing on his various jobs, but he also reflected afterward on the emptiness he felt after the adrenaline drained away. Something was missing in his life, and he was trying to figure out what it was. Kristin was courageous in the presence of her captors. She was a bit stubborn and uncooperative with Sledge, but she was a tenacious, conscientious reporter. Jocelyn didn’t seem to have much backbone, yet that could be attributed to her father’s tendency to dominate and steamroll. The Ramirez family of Ramon, Elena, and Raul was unforgettable in a very favorable way. I especially loved Raul. There were plenty of other characters, but these stood out to me. All of these characters were well-developed and believable. I would unhesitatingly recommend this book to any mature reader who enjoys an action-packed story. It is obviously not written for the very young. There are descriptions of shootings during the missions, some mentions of blood, etc, but that should be expected with this type of book. I finished the book in a day and hated when I had to put it aside temporarily to complete a task. I will definitely be looking for more books by Donn Taylor in the future. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
What a thrilling, fast paced, adventure novel! Jeb Sledge is hired to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a wealthy billionaire and her journalist friend. After rescuing the young women from the jungle of Columbia, Jeb discovers this is more than a simple kidnapping – much more is at stake! Can he thwart the evil plans or will they get him first? And who is behind all this evil? This book is not only thrilling and suspenseful but it also has the characters realizing that fame and fortune is not enough, that they have “an emptiness inside” and they “lack something.” At one point Sledge “surrendered to the darkness. A light slap on his face brought him back. ‘There is one thing we can do…We can pray.’” I loved reading this book and recommend it, however, if you are squeamish I don’t recommend it for you as it has shootings and blood, etc. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Thrilling! Intriguing! On the edge of your seat reading! Deadly Additive is an exciting Christian adventure novel written by Donn Taylor. Jeb Sledge is looking forward to a new life with less danger when he is offered a job by ruthless billionaire, Steve Spinner, to find and rescue his spoiled daughter, Jocelyn, and her journalist friend, Kristin Halvorsen, who have been kidnapped by the guerilla army in Columbia, South America. At first, Jeb refuses the two hundred thousand dollar offer, but he decides to accept when he finds out that the guerilla leader, Diego Contreras, who was responsible for killing his fiancé and leaving him with near death wounds the previous year, is responsible for the kidnapping. Meanwhile in Columba, Kristin and Jocelyn are being held prisoners after discovering and photographing a mass killing of twenty villagers by some mysterious means. Unknown to Contreras, Kristen hides the memory card before the guerillas destroy her camera. After Jeb and his helpers rescue the ladies, Kristin slips off to go retrieve the memory card. This is the opportunity of her life for an important story that will advance her career. Jeb, believing that she is Jocelyn, goes to rescue her again. What dangers will Kristen lead Jeb and herself into for the story? Will they be able to save the Americans that are the target of this “new weapon of destruction?” Both Jeb and Kristen are indifferent to God and religion due to circumstances in their childhood and family. Will they be able to resolve these feelings to develop a relationship with the Lord and each other. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Jeb was a soldier for hire. But he's ready to retire. He returns to his apartment to relax and plan his next move. But when one last job offer comes through he finds himself forced to take it. He must rescue a spoiled rich girl and her friend, a reporter. Her father will stop at nothing to get her back. But nothing is like what he's been told and now he's just hoping to make it out alive. This was a good suspense novel with plenty of action. There was a touch of romance, but it wasn't over the top or mushy. The author used one of the secondary characters to bring in an element of faith that while at times subtle, got the message of salvation across very well. The two main characters were well written and their characteristics fit well with the plot. I also enjoyed quite a few of the secondary characters. This was a book that I enjoyed, but I'm sure my husband will enjoy reading as well. I look forward to reading more books by this author. I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This book will leave you spellbound to say the least! Donn Taylor has filled every chapter with high adventure and written it in a manner that puts the reader into the story. Jeb Sledge, a special forces trained soldier who was excellent at dealing with highly dangerous and risky situations, accepted what he thought was a routine assignment to rescue a very wealthy businessman’s daughter and her friend. This task took him to South America, to the Caribbean, and finally to Idaho. Kristin Halvorsen was the friend, but more importantly, she was a journalist on the trail of the biggest story of her career – a chemical weapons conspiracy with far-reaching effects. When Jeb and Kristin first met there was a tenseness of emotions between them. They had to build a relationship of trust in order to work together for a greater cause. Jeb’s mission and Kristin’s journalist’s story became woven together to help end the terrorist plot against the United States. I highly recommend this book for all adventure lovers.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
"Deadly Additive" by Donn Taylor is an action-packed book. It is filled with suspense and keeps you guessing all the way through. Jeb Sledge is given an assignment to rescue an heiress and her journalist friend from Colombian guerrillas. It seemed pretty simple to Sledge, but things don't go as simple as he thought. He and the journalist stumble upon way more complicated stuff going on. There are so many different twists and turns in this novel! I would recommend this book to anyone especially those that enjoy an action-packed suspense-filled novel. I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Deadly Additive was a book that kept me on the edge of my seat and took me all over the world. There was not a slow spot in the story, but the action kept going. I just wanted to take a breather. This played out like an action packed thriller in my mind and if I was in any kind of a fix like that, I would want a Jeb Sledge to not only rescue me, but be on my side. Jeb and Kristin are the main characters and we really get to know both of them well. Kristin does some pretty bold actions that in all honesty I probably wouldn’t have the guts to do. Like I said, this book kept me on the edge of my seat and I wondered a time or two how she was going to make it out alive. And poor Jeb, he had to really work hard at a job that he wasn’t too sure he wanted to do anymore. This deals with some scary chemical warfare, and the bad guys really don’t have any redeeming qualities. With all that is against them Kristin and Jeb both are dealing with pasts and inner conflict. Not only do we get to know Jeb and Kristin, but we also get to know the secondary characters as well. And I do not want to be “impolite” and not mention Raul. He was probably my favorite side character. This was a hard to put down read and I could really see it as a movie. I received this book from the Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Deadly Additive was an exciting read with characters that kept me interested in not only the upper story (saving the world), but also the lower story (saving the girl). The storyline is thrilling from the beginning until the end leaving you wanting more. Sledge and Kristen are an unlikely couple who find love in a strange place. Both realize they will have to go ‘back to their roots’ and bring God into the equation. Realizing their upbringing created issues that only God can fix and then turning those areas over to God. The action and plausibility of this book is enthralling with Sledge fighting guerillas who are set on using chemical weapons to achieve their goal of destroying America. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
This was an exciting and intriguing thriller with likeable characters. Kristin and Sledge are thrown together in a guerilla terrorist camp in Colombia and must work together to stop the selling and use of weapons of mass destruction. The respect between them grows and leads to attraction---an unlikely romance between two characters that call each other "Brat" and "Dumb Gorilla". Suspense and thrills start right from page one and continue to the exciting and satisfying ending. Kristin and Sledge are both intent of righting wrongs and fighting evil. charging into danger without counting the cost. In spite of their successes, however, they both acknowledge an emptiness and dissatisfaction in their lives that even a romance won't fix. Both had reasons for turning from the faith of their parents but have come to realize that they just might need God in their lives after all. Good message and a fun, clean thriller. I received this book from The Book Club network in exchange for this honest opinion.
RoseJM More than 1 year ago
Definitely recommend this one. It's a Christian suspense- I know what you're thinking, I was skeptical too, but it's not at all preachy. I think it winds religion through in a realistic way without losing the story. It's a believable plot that kept me turning the pages. Very well written- I'd say this reached the level of making me forget I was reading. It was an intellectual action novel with likable characters. It reminded me of Tom Clancy's novels.
donnabsnow More than 1 year ago
I refuse to give up any more. LOL Suffice it to say, Sledge does not get his wish to "live the quiet life". After just a short while of traveling with Sledge, you can see beyond the tough guy exterior. And although he strives to be on the side of good, something is always missing from making the mission complete, and it takes a missionary to bring it to light for Sledge. I love the enlightening speech and matter of fact way the truth is told. And Sledge, in his thick headed stubbornness continues to try to do things on his own. This is a great adventure story, with added depth. Definitely keeps the pages turning. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenceful christian fiction story with good character development.
AngieArndt More than 1 year ago
Even though I rarely read military action adventure novels, I jumped at the chance to read Deadly Additive. I met Donn at a couple of conferences and was familiar with his dry wit, so I knew this would be a good one. I was not disappointed. This adventure is full of intrigue and romance as Jeb Sledge butts heads with journalist, Kristen Halvorsen. The suspense suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat with South American drug lords, chemical warfare and greedy American capitalists. If you want an inspiring action-filled read, Deadly Additive is the one for you. Loved it!