Fatal Strike

Fatal Strike

by DiAnn Mills

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There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.

As Leah and Jon check connections among the victims and dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.

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ISBN-13: 9781496427120
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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SPECIAL AGENT LEAH RIESEL scanned the headlines on her phone. A prosecutor from Galveston had been found murdered behind a construction site, the second apparent victim of gang violence in two days. Both deaths were caused by rattlesnake venom injections to the heart. Before she could pull up additional reports on the woman's untimely death, Leah's phone rang.

"Riesel, hostage situation in Galveston," the SWAT commander said. "Grab your gear. The chopper takes off in five."

"On it." She took a last lingering look at the half-eaten blue-berry donut and coffee on her cubicle's desk.

Could this have anything to do with the two murders in Galveston?

Before most of the city began the workday, Leah boarded a Little Bird helicopter beneath whirling blades and the pressure of a critical operation. Dressed in full camo and shouldering her sniper gear, she inhaled the rising temps. Feverish Houston. With the familiar air transport sounds ushering in memories of past missions, her adrenaline kicked in.

A pilot from the tactical helicopter unit lifted the chopper into the air for the twenty-minute ride to Galveston. She recognized him from previous assignments involving aircraft used to deliver SWAT and the elite hostage rescue teams to crisis incidents. This morning her focus eliminated any chitchat.

Leah grabbed sound-canceling headphones and contacted the SWAT commander already on the ground. "Riesel here. Special Agent in Charge Thomas briefed me on a home invasion that's turned violent."

The SAC would be watching the operation at the Crisis Management Operations Center.

"Negotiations have gotten us nowhere." The SWAT commander's voice rose above the chopper's blade-snap. "Two unidentified men are holding two women and three children at gunpoint. Galveston PD estimates they've been inside the home for at least an hour. Demanding we leave the area after giving them five hundred grand and a gassed-up speedboat. Clock is ticking with forty minutes max. We've backed off as far as they know."

Leah swiped through pics taken with telephoto lenses and sent to her phone. Each ski-masked man held a child as a shield. Leah detested the savagery and the horrific emotions the hostages must be feeling.

"We're located on San Luis Pass Road on the western section of the island. Nearest house is five hundred yards away. Owners are in Europe. We're in contact with the agency managing it."

She didn't need a key to access the home.

The SWAT commander continued. "One of the hostages is the owner of the home, Amanda Barton."

"Is there a Mr. Barton in the picture?"

"Divorced. Lives in California."

Unlikely the ex-husband was behind this.

"Agent Jon Colbert will be on scene shortly," the commander said. "He had a deposition early this morning in Texas City and drove on to Galveston. Over the weekend, his SWAT partner had emergency knee surgery. Out for six weeks."

And Leah's partner had left the city yesterday on vacation. The luck of the draw meant she and Jon would be working together. "I'll contact you as soon as we land."

Jon Colbert, a sniper who had excellent marksmanship and a stellar reputation, also worked organized crime. But she and Jon had never worked together. The idea of teaming up with an agent she barely knew made her uneasy. If a sniper mission required a partner, she preferred an established relationship where she would know how the person processed information.

Shoving aside her doubts, she narrowed her thoughts on what lay ahead. The precarious situation and local law enforcement's inability to negotiate added up to why she and Jon had been assigned to the case.

She grasped her backpack, lighter than usual with only a spotting scope, ammo, water, communication equipment, extra batteries, granola bar, and a handheld radio. Her Glock, as comfortable in her right hand as a toothbrush, found its spot in her back waistband. She touched her H-S Precision heavy tactical rifle.

The sooner she got to Galveston, the sooner she could provide intelligence and help neutralize the circumstances. Her priority was seeing the women and children freed from these ruthless men.

* * *

Jon received a text from Special Agent in Charge Thomas that Leah Riesel had left the Houston FBI office and was en route to Galveston. He'd met her a few times, and they'd qualified together. Attractive woman — dark-brown hair, light-olive skin, New Yorker with the accent to prove it. Her professionalism in the violent crime division wavered between exceptional and extraordinary. A touch of toughness. Jon had heard not to make her mad — she had earned the nickname Panther for a reason. He remembered her stats — number three in the US for distance shots. Good thing he wasn't easily intimidated.

Once the chopper landed, Leah would be transported in an unmarked car to a vacant house more than a quarter of a mile away from the Barton home. No point in making the two men more trigger-happy when they'd warned law enforcement to back off.

The SWAT commander spoke through Jon's radio attached to his collar. "Thermal imaging confirms four adults and three children inside the Barton home. The men claim they'll kill the children first. We have fifteen minutes."

In Galveston, Jon stopped at Broadway and Sixty-First Street. Tourists persisted in the middle of the thoroughfare, pushing strollers, riding surrey bikes, and enjoying the day. Some were dressed for the beach and others clutched what they needed for their excursion. All hindered his turn. Obstacles in his mission. If they knew the situation not far from them, they'd grab their loved ones and speed home. Each moment delayed his shot and shoved the hostages closer to death. A chilling composure took over his emotional, mental, and physical reactions.

The busy street finally cleared. Jon turned west onto Seawall Boulevard and drove on to San Luis Pass Road. The hostage site was four and a half miles beyond there.

Were the two men inside the Barton home wannabes looking to make a name for themselves? Strung out on drugs? Was this a personal vendetta? No matter how this ended — either a surrender or he'd be instructed to take a shot — their moment in history would likely be the lead story on tonight's news.

His phone alerted him to an incoming call. He responded before the first ring ended. "Colbert." The chopper's rhythmic whir reverberated through his phone.

"Riesel here. Landing in five at Galveston Island State Park. SWAT commander has given me a location on the west side of the Barton home."

"I'll be on foot by then. Taking a position on the east, beach side."

"I'll need seven minutes to get into place," she said.

"Okay." No need to remind her of the ticking clock.

He touched End and whipped his truck onto a beach-access road where police officers had instructed residents to shelter in place. He switched off the engine. Grabbing his gear, he bolted down the beach. A Galveston police officer stopped him, and Jon handed him his ID. Seconds later, he moved toward his site. A sultry breeze blew across the water, and he recalculated his shot.

Crouching low, he moved past police SWAT standing guard. FBI SWAT held the position Riesel was headed for. They were racing against time, a commodity that stopped for nothing or no one. At any moment, one of the armed men could pull the trigger on those inside the Barton home.



Tense muscles relaxed.

His heartbeat slowed.

A clear head laid out the steps before the kill shot.

No mistakes.



A chance for the women and children to live another day.

Near a sand dune, he tuned out the occasional seagull and the waves rushing against the shore. After wiping the sweat from his hands on his pants, Jon set up his rifle and scope, activated his radio, and spoke to the SWAT commander and Leah Riesel.


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Fatal Strike 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
WildflowerMom 16 days ago
Another interesting crime drama by this dynamic author, with a subject pulled from current problems: gang violence, border concerns, illegal drugs. The main characters are smart, capable and tough, but have their own regrets and fears from their pasts. The dialogue is quick and snappy, with some romantic interest. Plenty of action and revealed clues to the mystery kept the story rolling along at a steady pace. It gave me a peek into how stressful and frustrating at times it must be for law enforcement officers to get to the bottom of real crimes. The involvement of the parish priest and the characters' own personal struggles added some faith elements. Finding a way forward through grief, regrets, and difficult parent-child relationships were key themes. I liked the wrapup and hopeful ending. Recommend for readers who like police or crime based dramas, with some faith and a bit of romance. (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
Kristi_D 10 hours ago
A pair of FBI agents partner up to investigate a string of murders involving law enforcement officials. They have never worked together before, and but fall into a professional rhythm to work the case. What ensues is a police-procedural-type story involving a gang that kills with rattlesnake venom, a mother desperately trying to protect her son, missing persons, faith, trust, and a few interesting turns thrown in. I read this book in 2 days, and really enjoyed it. The main characters, Leah & Jon, were smart, compassionate, and professional. They both had back stories that provided depth without being overly emo and cliched. And both had phobias that they were determined to overcome, and that they had the chance to face in the book. I liked the way the case unfolded, with some developments that kept me guessing. I did figure out who the kingpin was, but wasn't bothered by figuring it out in advance. In fact, I remember thinking that if didn't go that way, I was going to question some of the author's choices. There were a couple of smaller elements that were presented that seemed to be left hanging, but they didn't bother me too much. I also had a very difficult time following the action in the climax, and didn't understand why some of the things happened. Some of the dialog seemed kind of stilted, especially between the main characters. Most of the time I couldn't really tell who was talking, because they were so similar to each other. I'm not sure that's a fault in the characterization, because it was clear from the beginning that they WERE similar, so maybe it was an issue with dialog tags and narration as much as anything. I also did not care for the kingpin's dialog near the end of the book. It made him seem a lot less intelligent and dastardly than I think he was supposed to be. The romance is a slow-burn, which is my favorite type. The characters are completely respectful of each other and of their situation (partners working a case), and the romance that develops between them is understated, almost to a point of coming from out of left field, but I prefer a little bit of a leap to the in-your-face type of romances. And finally, the Christian aspect is well-presented. Most of the faith that is presented in the book comes from a priest who is involved in the investigation. He is wise and insightful, and even clearly shown to be a human with some flaws, but kind and devoted. Through this influence, as well as some others, both of the main characters individually begin to examine their belief in God and what it might mean for them. Overall, I enjoyed this fast-paced read and would recommend it to all fans of suspense or crime dramas, with a little faith thrown in. Thank you to Netgalley and Tyndale House Publishers for providing me a copy of this book to review.
Randi_AMDFT 10 hours ago
I read a LOT of suspense/romantic suspense novels, but I have to say right from the start Fatal Strike struck me as different than most of those. Where often those novels feature a main hero and well, we'll say damsel for lack of better term (though not always a completely accurate descriptor either), this romance was between two FBI agents. As such, the crime aspect seemed to really focus more on the investigation--- reminding me very much of the fantastic procedural type TV shows that so many enjoy. I thought this was a great change--- and while I cannot say I know much of anything about the inside working of a murder investigation, I felt like this seemed very well researched. I certainly believed it. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. But I do always love a good romance. This one was a sweet romance, but quite subtle too. It was certainly there and a focus of the story, but I really did feel like the crime was at the forefront of the story at all times. Fatal Strike had a lot going on...a whole cast of characters who all seemed to be keeping secrets, making it difficult to figure out the whodunnit. I will say at times it was a little confusing trying to keep up with who was who with so many names to recall, but I liked that it kept me guessing too. Just when I thought I'd start to figure it out, more secrets would be revealed having me second guessing everything I'd read and assumed up to that point. There were a few places throughout that did seem a bit rushed, but overall it was a really great story that kept me on the edge of my seat! If you love a good romantic suspense, Fatal Strike is certainly one to check out! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
RuthieJonesTX 7 days ago
DiAnn Mills delivers another smashing hit with Fatal Strike. Two FBI snipers, Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert, start the story off when they are assigned together for the first time to take down a criminal in true sniper fashion. Despite both agents' reluctance to give up the driver's seat in their new partnership, they get along quite well, and they are immediately plunged into another deadly case. While the physical attraction between these two is mutual, their relationship is first and foremost based on trust and respect. They are battling past mistakes and fears, making them both hesitant to even contemplate a serious relationship. After that first heart-pounding scene, the chapters that follow slowly build into an interesting and unique story of a Galveston community besieged by illegal prescription drugs, deception, betrayal, and murder by rattlesnake venom. The spiritual/Christianity aspect is moderate as both main characters grapple with self-forgiveness and faith, adding a thought-provoking layer to their character development. The overall pace of the story picks up considerably as the two agents inch closer to the truth and closer to discovering the identities of the real culprits behind all the murder and illegal activity. DiAnn Mills does a fantastic job of stringing the reader along without revealing too much too soon. The two main characters, Leah and Jon, are well developed and likable. Jon's easy going personality and daily gift of a steaming cup of coffee for Leah set the bar pretty high for a leading man. Leah's love for Steampunk decor automatically makes her a favorite in my book. All levity aside, a few serious themes set the tone for the overall story: handling the often tumultuous relationship between parents and adult children, facing and overcoming fears and phobias, and opening the heart to forgiveness and new beginnings. The action is not always nonstop in Fatal Strike, which gives the reader time to breathe in between the high-impact activity, unexpected twists, and a scene that had me mentally cowering in a corner. The author’s ability to elicit such heart-pounding emotion makes Fatal Strike a slam dunk. Fatal Strike is a must read for any fan of soft romance with a high dose of intriguing mystery, all presented through well-written prose and impressive characterization.
Faye_reviews 7 days ago
FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are tasked with bringing down the killer who is on the loose in Galveston, injecting their victims with poisonous venom. Their best lead runs cold when their main suspect goes into hiding, and the murders halt. Can they pick up the threads of a case that seems to have gone cold and bring the killer to justice. This engaging suspense is a slow burn, but don't let that fool you, this riveting read still packs a mighty punch. The arc of the story follows the steps of the investigation, as Leah and Jon work together to solve the mystery, learning about each other as they work the case. The reader is left to guess right along with Jon and Leah, as they interview suspects, follow leads, and learn to appreciate each other's strengths and weaknesses. Leah and Jon are both alpha types who are used to taking the lead, and don't put up with nonsense, with an unswerving dedication to their jobs. Leah has worked hard to earn the respect of her peers, and hates showing any vulnerabilities. Jon is a natural leader, confident and comfortable with listening to other ideas. As they work together they find a unique friendship, that lets them let down their guards in a way they never have before. Jon has been thinking more and more about his faith since a tragic accident that ended his previous career. Overall, an engaging read with great character development and excellent pacing. Even though they aren't dodging bullets every chapter, this book is no less riveting and captures the ups and downs of following a lead, all laying the groundwork for an explosive conclusion. Highly recommend this well crafted read, compelling, romantic, suspenseful, with great themes of faith and characters that you can cheer for! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
train_lady 9 days ago
Wow, what a great book! I’ve never been disappointed in Ms Mills novels, and this is no exception. One nice thing about full length novels is the author has plenty of space to really develop the characters, and the plot. I also like that you keep your chapters fairly short. This gives readers convenient break points, so we don’t feel pressed to finish a chapter before we run out of reading time. With all the characters involved, the author did a great job of keeping them involved on a regular basis so I had little trouble remembering who was who. The way Ms Mills kept the story moving, as Leah and Jon kept pressing for leads to figure out who was ultimately responsible for the murders, was spot on. I admit I was kept guessing most of the way through. Then, I finally had enough clues to bring my suspicions down to one person. But, even so, I couldn’t be absolutely sure until I got closer to the end. There were a few red herrings tossed in, too. Counting the months until the next one.
CindyJ3 9 days ago
DiAnn Mills has done it again! Warning: reading this book may interfere with your sleep. This fast-paced suspenseful thriller will keep you furiously turning pages to see what happens next. FBI snipers Leah and Jon work together to solve the murders of victims injected with rattlesnake venom. They deal with real life issues of fear and faith as they struggle through the gruesome task of finding the murderer. I highly recommend Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills. An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.
ThatsWhatShesReading 9 days ago
Following a string of recent and prominent murders using snake venom that has the calling card of a local gang infiltration, a team of FBI agents, led by a highly trained sniper duo, descend on Galveston to deescalate the threat and bring justice to the victims. Tensely woven from the opening sequence, the story was incredibly fast-paced and set a desperate tone to find the answers to what has set a community on edge. "Her faith will be her strength or weakness." As Jon and Leah set out to seek the truth behind these horrible crimes, their detective work picks up the pace and so too does the mutual attraction felt between them. Despite their tough exteriors, both are fragile individuals, yet it is through their weaknesses that their strengths can shine. Each carries quite a bit of baggage, making them reluctant to get too close, yet as the circumstances unfold it becomes harder and harder to deny the feelings developing between them. I appreciate the light romance aspects of the story that take backstage to the importance of professionalism. Additionally, I am such a fan of how the author is able to balance the very real human characteristics of grit and grace in such a gentle and admirable way. Leah's job as a sniper doesn't make her any less feminine than her best friend who has a house full of children. Jon's questioning of faith doesn't make him a hypocrite. The author is able to masterfully showcase both spiritual and social messages throughout the story while also using them to make connections to the plot. "People aren't perfect. Just because they have faith doesn't mean they don't make mistakes." I love that these characters are so well developed and relatable. From the criminals committing the crimes to the high ranking officials within law enforcement seeking justice, everyone has something to hide. These secrets not only draw out the investigation, but also make it quite difficult to know who to actually trust! And as with any good mystery, you'll be led astray by the fantastically placed red herrings a few times along the way before the shocking truth is discovered. This suspenseful crime drama is action-packed with very little down time! Even the dialogue is short, sweet, and to the point! Insightful storytelling makes this an entertaining and engaging read that should not be missed! I can't wait for the next one! I received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.
kmouton 10 days ago
There's a lot of FBI investigation novels going around the book world. While I adore reading these types of stories, I have never read one like Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills. In Fatal Strike, Mills entwines the lives of Leah and Jon as they get placed as partners on an FBI investigation in the town of Galveston, Texas. Along the way of their case, they both come to realize that they may have more between them than just a job. Feelings come into play as they track down a killer with a habit of using rattlesnake venom as a weapon.  It's a breath of fresh air to step into a novel based in a town that I grew up around for family vacations. While reading, it was easy to imagine the story unfolding before my eyes in my childhood stomping ground. Mills does a great job of drawing out the town with its new lives in it.  Oh and don't you dare forget that romance! Typically, romance novels can get a bit childish. Leah and Jon are amazingly grown-up about their budding relationship even with having to deal with their pasts at the same time. Not to mention, the stress the case alone puts on them during this time.  Fatal Strike is a novel for bedside tables. Or coffee tables. In other words, everyone should own this novel. It's brilliant, fast-paced, and the personification of page-turning. Easily is four out of five stars for me.
StoreyBookReviews 13 days ago
I am not even sure where to begin with my thoughts on this book!  I haven't read one of DiAnn's books in a while and I'm not sure why.  Her books are gripping, remind us of faith, family, and ties in a multitude of issues that we see in the world today. Leah and Jon have a hard job, or at least one that I wouldn't want to perform, they are snipers for the FBI.  It is an important job but I wonder how someone can put aside the fact that they will most likely kill someone in the line of duty?  Granted anyone that is killed is usually a criminal, but it must weigh heavily on their hearts, or I would think that it might.  Despite their jobs and their alpha personalities, there is something between them that sparks further investigation to see if it might be more than just friendship. There were so many aspects of this book that I enjoyed.  The characters were fleshed out and sometimes complex, the Christian part struck the perfect balance to the fast-paced action, there is a priest that struggles with his faith and doing what is right for society, and even a bit of potential romance for Leah and Jon.  All of the characters felt real with their own issues and how they dealt with those issues.  A big one for Leah is her fear of snakes and this book has them "thrown" at her from multiple directions.  I admired her strength despite it all especially in working to overcome that fear.  I felt like Jon was supportive of her and understood that sometimes there are things we are afraid to address in this life. The main story centers around the deaths of three prominent citizens in Galveston, a gang, and a drug crisis.  The stories are interwoven neatly without giving away too many details to keep the reader in suspense.  I have to admit I did figure out part of the story only because looking at all of the characters, this was the only one that didn't feel right.  There were many more involved in the end and I had a flurry of different emotions for the various characters.  Happy to see some get their just rewards, and sad that others had to endure the situations in which they were placed. Leah and Jon both had unresolved issues when it came to family or close friends and their journey to closure rounded out the story.  The only thing I didn't figure out was Leah's heritage.  She mentions an ancestor that escaped slavery and there is a brief description of Leah, but that is about all is said in the story.  It didn't really matter in the end, was just something I questioned. Overall I really enjoyed this story and give it 5 paws up.
DixieJudy 14 days ago
Mills is a master story teller of suspense and mystery. This book ropes you in from the very first chapter….. FBI snipers Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are brought together when their regular partners are unable to work the immediate case of rescuing women and children from a hostage situation. Both of them are excellent marksmen. Then they are subjected with solving some gruesome murders taking place in Galveston. The victims are not shot nor strangled, no marks found on the bodies. Autopsy shows the victims are being injected with rattlesnake venom. The only witness they have, identified a young man, seen near the latest body found on the church steps. This young man is missing. What does he know? Did he killed the man? What does the priest of the church know and is he hiding something or someone? …..Mills definitely has a winner in Fatal Strike. There are so many new developments as the mystery unfolds that will keep you guessing “who dunnit?” More murders taking place and they seem to be gang related, but are they? The connections that were drawn between all the characters are interesting and intriguing. The main characters are intelligent and unrelenting in their quest to unravel this mystery……. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
TheGenreMinxBookReviews 14 days ago
In Fatal Strike, Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert were initially teamed up to use their sniper skills in order to deescalate a threat. Their pairing was the first time they had come together and it was only out of desperation that it even took place because both of their partners were unavailable. Neither one of them were sure if they could work well together but they soon realized that they were compatible, one sniper to another. On the heels of that one situation they were called in to investigate a killing that had the calling card of a gang that was slowly infiltrating the area, the Veneno gang. Despite their hesitation about working with a new partner, Leah and Jon had to hit the ground running as they were thrust headlong into a case that would take all of their investigative powers. Not only were they pushed to the max in this investigation but they both would have to face the pasts that they have been running from for far too long. With one suspect on the run, assassination attempts, well-meaning but interfering loved ones, and unreliable witnesses that were giving only half truths, Leah and Jon were going to have to be on the top of their game in order to drill their way to the absolute truth of who was behind the killing spree taking place in Galveston, TX. There is a religious element in Fatal Strike as much of the plot revolves around the characters faith and a connection to a certain church. Both Leah and Jon struggle with their pasts and their questioning faith is expressed along with their uncertainties about forgiveness. The plot was tight and the connections that were drawn between all the characters were intriguing. There were many twists and turns to follow and there was very little down time as the action kept Leah and Jon hopping. The relationship that developed between Leah and Jon was fun but serious at the same time. They had to get to know each other in the toughest of circumstances, even with an attraction smoldering between them. Overall, Fatal Strike was a suspenseful crime drama that packs a powerful punch on many levels! This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
magnificentk 15 days ago
For fans of FBI investigations, complex mysteries, and suspense Fatal Strike puts readers right into the middle of an FBI investigation. Set in Galveston, TX, Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to investigate the murder of three law enforcement officials, who were targeted by a gang. The newly paired agents hunt down one eye-witness who is on the run. Fatal Strike is well researched, and readers will get inside perspective on FBI procedures. As a fan of Diann Mills, this book has a bit of a different feel than her others, but still delivered the excitement and drama that fans expect. While plenty of action, the book feels like a ride along with the two detectives. Fatal Strike follows Leah and Jon, and readers get to put together clues right along side of them. The pair develops a chemistry on and off the job, as both have to face their own fears to find justice in their investigation. I enjoyed the complex mystery and watching Leah and Jon discover how to relate to each other as partners, but also exploring the potential of a more meaningful relationship. I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Anonymous 15 days ago
I was attracted to this book because - DiAnn Mills is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are always compelling in their adventure and relevant in events and characters. This book was about - FATAL STRIKE is another book in the Houston: FBI series. A pair of FBI sniper agents are assigned to solve a series of homicides in Galveston before the killer can strike again. As they work the case, they struggle with the motives and actions of each person they interview. To solve the crimes, they will have to sort through misdirection and falsehoods, as they both face their own internal fears. Things I liked about this book - In a providential way, this story brings the 2 FBI agents together at the point in their lives when they needed a partner to anchor their lives and to encourage each other to face their demons. The cascading consequences of sin is clearly shown in the actions of all the characters. The themes of forgiveness and redemption are expressed from the opening to the closing pages. I also enjoyed the double entendre of the title. There is the obvious reference to stopping the killer. But, after finishing the book, I realized it is also pointing to specific events in the story. Those are still haunting me. Why you should read this book - FATAL STRIKE is a fast paced story, with intriguing characters. While the crimes were complex, it is the subtle way they had been inserted into the lives of the victims which are the most disturbing. It makes you wonder about the people around you, even those you sit by in church. And the romantic tension between the main characters bring tender and hopeful emotions to a devastating adventure. This book lived up to the back cover copy - DiAnn Mills, in FATAL STRIKE, fulfills the promises made on the back cover. While I received a copy from the author, I also pre-ordered the book.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 15 days ago
When a killer begins injecting victims with Galveston, TX, and those targeted are law enforcement, the FBI sends in two well trained agents, both of whom are snipers. Jon and Leah are tasked with bringing the killer to justice before anyone else is targeted. This a tight, well written inspirational suspense novel, and I enjoyed it for the most part. About midway through, it kind of bogged down for me and the romance portion seemed a bit forced. But that's only my opinion. Reviews are very subjective. It is a good novel of suspense and I can recommend it. *My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
WildflowerMom 16 days ago
Another interesting crime drama by this dynamic author, with a subject pulled from current problems: gang violence, border concerns, illegal drugs. The main characters are smart, capable and tough, but have their own regrets and fears from their pasts. The dialogue is quick and snappy, with some romantic interest. Plenty of action and revealed clues to the mystery kept the story rolling along at a steady pace. It gave me a peek into how stressful and frustrating at times it must be for law enforcement officers to get to the bottom of real crimes. The involvement of the parish priest and the characters' own personal struggles added some faith elements. Finding a way forward through grief, regrets, and difficult parent-child relationships were key themes. I liked the wrapup and hopeful ending. Recommend for readers who like police or crime based dramas, with some faith and a bit of romance. (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
Marshamella 18 days ago
DiAnn MIlls has done it again. Her books just keep getting better and better! From the first page to the last, it is action packed and the characters become part of your family! You get so involved that you won't want to put it down. Romance, mystery and great writing. You won't want to put this one down. This has snipers trying to learn who is killing with snake venom!! Grab it while you can!!