Search & Destroy

Search & Destroy

by Julie Rowe

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Dr. Carmen Rodrigues, CDC’s Outbreak Task Force director, is on the hunt for a killer–– an airborne virus spreading from Florida across the States, gaining traction with each passing moment. Although she’ll never forget her one night with sexy bodyguard John Dozer in Afghanistan, his protective nature is one distraction she doesn’t need right now.

Ex-Army Intelligence officer John Dozer will put his life on the line for beautiful, independent Carmen. Every. Time. Even when she pushes him away. And now, with her struggling to contain an outbreak likely triggered by domestic bio-terrorists, maybe even insiders at the CDC, she needs him more than ever. He lost her once. He’ll never let that happen again.

Each book in the Outbreak Task Force series is STANDALONE:
* Viable Threat
* Smoke&Mirrors
* Sleight of Hand
* Search&Destroy

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640638549
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/26/2019
Series: Outbreak Task Force , #4
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 327
Sales rank: 67,714
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Julie Rowe’s first career as a med lab tech in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details and a lot of adventure in her romance novels. Julie writes contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Today’s Parent, Reader’s Digest (Canada), and Romantic Times Magazine. You can reach her at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

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Search & Destroy 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
JustNicole 4 hours ago
Search and Destroy is the 4th book in the Outbreak Task Force series by author Julie Rowe. I would absolutely recommend reading the previous books in this series so you can get the most enjoyment from this one…Carmen and Dozer’s story. This book, as in previous books in the series, has an outbreak, an underlying budding relationship, and a continuation of an attempted murder. The author writes a wonderful, well-written storyline, great characters, and I love the slightly different twists...outbreaks. I love the way the author “times” the story. Throughout the book she puts clock times in the timeline, which gives you a view of when/how long the situations have taken in real time. The love story part of this is kind of on the back burner of the story, but seems to progress somewhat rapidly from the start to finish of the book, which was my only real hang up in this one. Overall…I really enjoyed Search and Destroy (Outbreak Task Force) by Julie Rowe. Very fun to read, great characters, the setting and storyline were great. 4.5 stars
Mamapeachie 9 days ago
Great story! I can't wait to read the previous books in this series even though this is considered a standalone novel. I didn't mind learning about the characters in a round-about way as the author did a good job of giving the back story as the suspense built in the book, but I like to follow along as the whole series progresses. By no means is it necessary to read the first story first, though. There was plenty of action and adventure and, I hate to say it, but the premise of the story is a scary sort of a nightmare. There was enough technical and medical info without it being all about the science of what was happening with John and Carmen. I found myself making little notes about the characters as they were presented just so I could keep them straight in my mind. It was a hard book to put down . . . long enough that I couldn't read it without real life pulling me away to do boring stuff like work, cooking and all that jazz. I received a free advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion and I'd like to say great book Julie Rowe!
SugarNSpice1 14 days ago
And the mayhem continues in this 4th part of Outbreak Task Force series. John Dozer hasn't even recovered from his injuries from a bomb in the 3rd book when he's thrown in the middle of another outbreak – this time deadly strain of the measles. This series really needs to be read in order as its one long plot continuation from book to book – yes the couples are different and a new virus/pathogen is unleashed in each book – but the over all plot is continued through each book. Each story has you on the edge of your seat from all the suspense, deadly infectious diseases, and sizzlin romance.  One of the things that makes this series so fascinating to me is that even though its fiction its liberally sprinkled with real life situations. An out of control measles outbreak is no so far fetched in the USA. Search and Destroy finally gives us CDC Director Dr. Carmen Rodrigues and Homeland Security agent John Dozer's story. These two have a history going back nine years when they both were in Afghanistan. That didn't end well but while trying to stop the latest outbreak triggered by domestic bio-terrorists they work through their past issues.
Regina_Kiddy 14 days ago
Loved it, loved it. This book is about a CDC doctor named Carmen and a homeland security agent named Dozer. How a terrorist organization is trying to kill them and how an outbreak of a dangerous disease might end a love that’s is just getting restarted. If you like medical/military type romances this is the book for you. It’s so good I went back and bought the 1st three books of this series. I read this book as an arc from NetGalley. I gave it 5 stars
Rainn2978 19 days ago
This is the 4th book in the Outbreak Task Force series and I would absolutely read the books before this one. I didn't realize this was part of a series and ended up going back and reading those books as I didn't understand parts of this one without those previous books. In this one we get Carmen Rodrigues and John Dozer's story. Carmen is a doctor that works for the CDC and is in charge of the Task Force. John is a bodyguard tasked with keeping her safe while they hunt for the person or people who have unleashed a virus on the US. They haven't seen each other in years, not since she left after something happened that she never explained to him. But now he will find out what happened and will hopefully not have to let her go in the end all while keeping her safe. This was a new to me author, and honestly I not sure that I really liked it. The writing itself is good. I just had a really hard time getting into the story and the interactions between Carmen and John seemed forced at times. Almost like they aren't really supposed to be together. It started off slow for me, and I am not sure I liked how the chapters were broken up? It seemed to be along the lines of that tv show 24 with how things were labeled. And I definitely didn't like that. I don't know, normally I really like romantic suspense but I just couldn't get into this one. It was a struggle to finish it for me. I honestly think it's just a preference for the books and how they are written to me. But this one just wasn't for me.
Mimiphilly 19 days ago
This ARC was courtesy of netgalley - all thoughts and opinions are mine and unbiased This is part of a story and although can be read as a standalone, I really feel to get the most out of the books its best to read in order That said - I really enjoyed this - So much I feel I do need to go back and read the others to get the most possible enjoyment Exciting and a great read
Anonymous 20 days ago
When I was waiting for this ARC, I decided to read the previous book in the series. Each book can be read as a standalone since she gives enough backstory to not feel lost. I've enjoyed the medical/bioterrorism aspects of these stories. They are clearly written by someone who knows what they are talking about medically, and coming from a family of nurses, I appreciate that. This story follows Dr. Carmen Rodrigues and John Dozer. I will say that liked Joy and Gunner's story from the previous book a little better than Carmen and John's. I think it was just because Carmen and John were in constant danger ALL THE TIME. There was just no rest for those two. So because of that, we saw them more in crisis situations rather than working together and such. However, I appreciate when men fall hard and man, does John fall hard. Since they've know each other for while, there are trust issues and miscommunications they have to get over. But in the end, it all works out. Man are they steamy ;)
JPozzuto 20 days ago
2.5 Stars Before anyone goes to read this book, they need to know that it is definitely a part of a series and I would recommend it not be read as a standalone. Also, while there is a "happy ending", I wouldn't necessarily call it a traditional HEA, because the overall storyline is left unresolved. I really wish it would say somewhere in the description that it should be read after finishing the other books in the series. I have not read the other books in the series, so this is my perspective based on reading this book alone. I would say the first quarter of the book was difficult to follow simply because it picks up right where the last one left off apparently. There was no reintroduction of characters or story lines; it very much so assumes you know what's going on and barrels forward. It was hard to follow who had what job and why, what the dynamics were between individuals, who to trust or be suspicious of, and just what the actual plot that you should be following was. Also because of this, it was hard to judge the relationship between the two main characters. Obviously they had a history, but how well it was established in the other books isn't clear, and there was no clear description of their professional relationship either. Who was supposed to be protecting who got very muddled. Did Carmen like it when Dozer took charge or didn't she? And vice versa with how Dozer felt about her? All of their hesitations and hangups fell flat for me, and the overall storyline honestly just felt a bit forced and contrived. It just felt like we were getting a snapshot of a bigger picture, but not in a satisfying way. However, all of that aside, the writing was really good and there was enough to keep me intrigued enough to finish the book. The pacing was solid and there was always a lot going on. Some decent witty banter as well! I also enjoyed the structure of the book and how it was set up as a timeline rather than individual perspective chapters. It made it feel different than a lot of other books I've read recently. I have a feeling I would have felt much more positive about it if I had read the previous books in the series. I'm definitely tempted to go back and read those and then come back to this one again! If anyone takes anything away from this review, let it be that this book should not be read as a standalone, and should definitely be read in order with the other books in the series! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided to me through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous 20 days ago
This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy. At first, I felt like I was dropped in the middle of a story as there were references to a terrorist group and references to previous couples which having not read any previous books, I was missing details. As the story progresses, there is more of a spotlight on the back and forth romance between John and Carmen as well as the fight to stop the measles outbreak. Watching as Carmen directs all the different parties to try and coordinate the response teams as they try to save lives during this outbreak is interesting. There are also many repeated attempts on their lives which is never resolved so I can only hope that there will be more in a future book? At the end some of the people involved with the terrorist group are revealed but after they are either killed or captured, there is one more attempt on their lives so someone is still behind the scenes leaking info and it is someone in either the CDC, Homeland Security, or the FBI. I liked the realization that John had when he saw that Carmen can take care of herself and he needed to back off or lose her. Nice that they got their second chance, and a great HEA.
Deb_from_Oz 21 days ago
This is the fourth book in the outbreak task force series and picks up shortly after book 3 ended. John Dozer is in hospital recovering from injuries received when an assassin tried to kill him. They obviously think he knows something but he isn't sure what they want Meanwhile Dr Carmen Rodriguez has never forgotten her one night stand with John while they where in Afghanistan and figures the safest place for him is by her side while he recovers What they both don't know is that someone has released Measles in an attempt to cause widespread panic and it is quickly spreading across the USA Is it Bio terrorism and will they be able to contain it. Meanwhile John as sworn to keep the woman that he loves safe at any cost even if that cost is his life. Do these two have any chance at a future together You will have to read to see
Kindle_Loving_Mom 21 days ago
I seriously love this series SO. MUCH. Dr. Carmen Rodrigues is the director of the Outbreak Task Force at the CDC in Atlanta. She is always, calm, efficient, and trying her best for her people, and for the world at large. And her best is worth quite a lot. She's brilliant, hardworking, and dependable, which is why she's running this unit at 30 years old. When she was an aid worker in Afghanistan 9 years ago, she met, and fell for, her bodyguard, John Dozer. They had one night together, but then she left, and took some bad information, and anger, with her. When he showed up in her office less than a year ago, as the CDC's liaison agent from Homeland Security, both of them were shocked, to say the least. John Dozer retired from the military, and took a job with Homeland. He volunteered for the liaison position, but had no idea that Carmen would be his contact there. She's been acting all-business since they met again, and he's followed her lead, but he's SO tired of that garbage. He still wants her, and he thinks it's finally time to make that apparent, and clear the air between them about the past. Especially since someone keeps trying to kill him. He's worked well with the task force, and he hates being physically unfit for duty while they need him. But, he won't let Carmen go investigate a new outbreak alone without protection. All her team works in pairs, and he is her pair. He's going with her as her bodyguard only, since he's not supposed to be working the investigation. Carmen and John's underlying attraction, led to steamy chemistry, and finally to them both divulging their truths about the past, and how they wish it happened differently. I really enjoyed their honest communication in working through their issues. But Carmen carried a lot of anger about the past, in addition to her worries that John's overprotective behavior towards her must mean he doesn't trust her to be a competent, capable adult. And if he can't trust her, then she can't trust him. Their connection was tenuous, but they worked to strengthen it, and I adored watching them attempt it, amidst all the things happening around them. There's been a building suspense plot throughout this series of a homegrown domestic terror group inflicting harm across the U.S., via bombs, guns, and general mayhem, as well as the spread of infectious diseases in certain areas. The Outbreak Task Force has been dispatched to these areas to investigate, and has gotten caught up in it every time. I've really loved getting to know this team, and falling for them amidst the ongoing drama. The suspense plot is always smart, engaging, and keeps me coming back for more, and that was true in this story as well. It feels like every time they get closer to pinning this group down, the next bad thing will happen and they'll be back to the beginning. Most of the side characters here were characters from prior books, so that's always fun. The Drill Sergeant is an especially hilarious and satisfying character. I really enjoy this entire team, and I loved finally digging into the boss, after meeting her only peripherally in the last few books. She and Dozer's connection has been a remarked upon mystery in the other stories, so it was awesome to finally get some answers. I really enjoyed this one and, as always, I'm SO EXCITED for the next one. I'm REALLY hoping it's going to be CDC lab tech Henry. He seems like a delicious, grumpy puzzle, and I'm anxiously awaiting his story.
kandksmom5912 21 days ago
This is the first book by this author that I have read and it was a good story. It is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. It is a continual story but you won’t miss anything if you don’t read the others in the series first. This book will keep you on the edge of your seats with the action packed world of fighting bioterrorism. Carmen and John are fighting to keep a virus from spreading across the whole United States. They shared one night together that neither will forget but she can’t handle that right now. She needs to control this crisis. John still wants her and will always be by her side even if it is only to keep her safe but he will not stop wanting her. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book that will keep you engrossed in the story.
linda quick 22 days ago
Loved this book! This is the fourth book in the Outbreak Task Force series and is just as good, if not better, then the prior books in the series. This novel focuses on Carmen and John's story as they investigate a horrific illness that is rapidly killing people and seems resistant to everything they try. Carmen is the CDC physician tasked with leading the investigation and John is the Homeland Security agent tasked to protecting her. This is fast paced romantic suspense at its best. If you enjoy the genre, you will love this book. This is a stand alone novel, however, it's so good that you really owe it to yourself to read them all. The author is on my must read authors' list and I'm already looking forward to the next book in the series.
onemused 22 days ago
SEARCH AND DESTROY continues the story of the CDC task force as they fight against bioterrorism- and find some romance. John Dozer is in the hospital, healing from massive injuries, and his life is in danger from whatever they think he saw before the explosion. His boss, Carmen, who leads the task force, wants to keep him safe, and the best way to do that might be by having him come with her. They are investigating a new case, potentially of measles. However, Carmen and John also have a romantic history that makes working together romantically dangerous. As the case heats up, so does their romance. This is an action-packed romantic suspense which is great for fans of the other books in the series. It moves quickly from the start, which makes it helpful to have read the previous books so you know what is happening and who everyone is. The romance is equally as big a part of the book as the case. I found this couple a little hard to get into- surly and slow to reveal details to make you like them together. For me, I didn't get the same chemistry that lit up the pages of the past books, but this one does have a place for people who like a bit of push-and-pull and emotionally-laden history in their couples. The CDC cases are fantastic- I could really get into that plot and wanting to know more. It definitely keeps the pages turning! Recommend for anyone looking for a different type of procedural mystery/suspense with a heavy dose of romance. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.