Silent Creed

Silent Creed

by Alex Kava

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ISBN-13: 9780515155945
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Series: Ryder Creed Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 127,130
Product dimensions: 4.26(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Alex Kava is the New York Times–bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Breaking Creed as well as the internationally bestselling mystery series featuring FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell. Her novels have been published in more than twenty countries around the world. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska, and Pensacola, Florida.

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Chapter 1
Haywood County, North Carolina
 
Daniel Tate clenched his teeth and looked away just as the needle pierced a vein in his arm. He’d spent two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He’d been shot at, dodged IEDs, and escaped a grenade. But needles – damn, he hated needles.
“This will help relax you,” Dr. Shaw told him.
When she walked in the door Tate had been relieved to see a woman. But she had barely introduced herself before she pulled out a stainless steel tray with vials and surgical utensils and, of course, several syringes. Her black hair was pulled back tight leaving only long bangs that overlapped heavy-framed glasses. She was younger than he expected, with smooth skin that hadn’t yet earned wrinkles at the corners of her mouth or eyes. And she was attractive, but instead of looking at her now, Tate let his eyes scan the room. He didn’t want to even see the needle, so he stared at the walls.
It was a strange room, empty except for the examination table. The drywall looked spongy, like the foam mats you’d find at the basketball court tacked up under the basket for overenthusiastic athletes to bounce off of. Only these mats weren’t tacked onto the walls, they were the walls – whitewashed and seamless. The term “padded cell” came to mind.
There wasn’t a single thing displayed. Didn’t medical exam rooms have diplomas or something on the walls? Not that it mattered. Tate’s chance of backing out had passed. He knew it as soon as he signed on page seven of that long-ass contract they’d handed him when he first arrived.
He didn’t even know where this place was. It had been pouring sheets of rain the entire hour and a half from the airport. That was yesterday, or at least he thought it was. His wristwatch and cellphone were two of the personal items he had to surrender. Other than not knowing the time of day, he didn’t mind. But Tate didn’t understand why he couldn’t wear his own shoes or underwear. The blue scrubs were comfortable, but the paper booties drove him crazy. He felt like he was shuffling, the sound reminding him of the old people in the nursing home where his wife worked.
“After I administer the drug I’ll ask you a series of questions,” Dr. Shaw said.
He glanced at her and held back a grimace. She was loading another syringe. Long, slender fingers with blood-red nail polish. A ring on her thumb – that was strange, but young women did that, right? The ring had tiny little diamonds dancing around the band. All Tate could think was that this served him right for not reading all seven pages. He’d only cared about the three thousand dollars he had been promised, and he had double checked that it was in the contract.
He hated that his wife worked an extra shift once a week just to make ends meet. Their oldest daughter had started waiting tables at the coffee shop. Even Danny Junior had a paper route. But Tate hadn’t been able to get a job.
Not true. He hadn’t been able to hold a job since he’d been back.
The doctors called it post-traumatic stress disorder. But all Tate saw when he looked in the mirror was a perfectly healthy man. Never mind that his brain twisted pieces of information, and insomnia kept him pacing the streets of their small town. He needed to start contributing and helping to take care of his family. Even if it meant a few needle pokes.
This time it didn’t matter where he looked. As soon as the metal slipped into his vein he felt the liquid rush into his body. A heat wave crawled up his arm, over his shoulder, and spread throughout his chest. It took his breath away, and he felt his body shudder.
“You may experience a tightness in your chest,” he heard Dr. Shaw say. Only now it sounded like she was talking to him from the next room.
He turned his head to look at her and just that movement made him nauseated. He tried to find her eyes through the blur. The small rose tattoo he had noticed earlier on the side of her neck had grown legs and started to inch along her skin like an insect. Tate blinked hard, trying to focus. Sweat beaded on his forehead and upper lip.
“Nose bleeds are not uncommon,” Dr. Shaw continued in her calm, cool manner. “I’m going to ask you some questions, Daniel.”
Tate, he wanted to tell her everyone called him Tate, but he couldn’t take his mind off the bug digging into her neck. His heart galloped in his chest and it was difficult to breathe.
“Daniel, can you count backward from a hundred for me?”
His mouth had a metallic taste and it took effort to make it move. Teeth and tongue seemed to be in the way of him activating his voice.
“Daniel, can you count backward from a hundred?” she repeated.
Suddenly he heard himself say, “That would be difficult to do because I don’t like rice.”
Even as he said it he knew it wasn’t the correct answer, but already he’d forgotten the question. Nothing mattered except the black insect on her neck. Why couldn’t she feel it digging under her skin?
“Dr. Shaw.” A voice called from the doorway.
Tate’s entire body jerked before he saw the man. His head was shaved and gleamed almost as bright as his long white coat. Tate had to look away. The brightness hurt his eyes. Just as they were starting to focus, the light sent stars and sparks like electrical surges and he knew he couldn’t trust them.
“I’m in the middle of a test,” Dr. Shaw told the man.
“It’s gotten worse.”
“Can you please wait a few minutes, Richard? I’ve just started.”
“For god’s sake, you didn’t give him the serum, did you? It takes seventy-two hours to leave the system. And we need to leave now.”
“Calm down, please.”
Tate couldn’t decide if she was talking to him or the man, because she was staring directly at him.
“They’re talking about landslides. We really must evacuate.”
“I’ve lived through hurricanes, Richard. This is just a rain.”
But now she left Tate and joined the man at the door. Neither bothered to keep their voices down. In fact, they seemed to forget about Tate. They didn’t even notice that he was panting now and wiping erratically at his eyes, sweat pouring down his face.
“The water is almost over the bridge.” Richard sounded panicked. He was loud and gesturing. “If we don’t leave now, we risk being stranded here.”
Dr. Shaw was turned away from him and Tate could no longer see the insect on her neck. He began checking his own hands and arms. 
“We can’t just leave behind all of our research material. We’re safe here,” Dr. Shaw was telling the man. “This place is built like a fortress.”
Tate tried to see if there were any bugs on the man. His eyes were finally settling down when he saw a flash of green and black fur behind the doctors. It looked like a small monkey running up the hallway.
“Well, I’m leaving. With or without you.”
“That would be a mistake. Let’s talk about this.” She glanced over her shoulder, and when she called out to Tate it sounded like a bellow echoing across the small room, “I’ll be right back, Daniel. Stay right here.”
She joined the man in the hallway and tried to close the door. When it didn’t seem to fit the frame, she opened it wide.
“See, that’s not a good sign,” Richard told her. “Doors and windows tend to stick right before. It’s bad, I’m telling you. We must leave.”
This time she pulled the door with such force it slammed.
Tate sat listening to the thump-thump of his heart. It was beating inside his head, and he put his hands over his chest to make sure his heart hadn’t moved. He wasn’t sure how much time had passed since the doctors had left. It could have been minutes. It could have been an hour. Then a loud crack jolted him off the table.
It sounded like an artillery shell.  Was that possible?
He crawled under the examination table, his body scrambling in twitches and jerks. He listened for more artillery shells. The room started to sway and tilt. Was it the drug? Had it screwed with his equilibrium? His ears popped, and instead of the thumping of his heart, he now heard only a rumble.
He felt it, too. A vibration rattled the doctor’s instruments, shaking them off the tray. The floor tiles lifted and rolled beneath him, and Tate grabbed onto the examination table.
That’s when he saw the whitewashed walls crack and buckle. They were actually caving in as if a bulldozer was on the other side shoving them in. Tate felt something coming down from the ceiling. He ducked his head back under the table. He watched, not sure whether to believe his eyes. It was raining dirt and gravel. He could smell the wet earth.
The rumble grew to a roar. Forget the bulldozer, a freight train was headed down on top of him. He covered his head with his arms and curled into a tight ball.
More crashes. Metal shrieked. Light fixtures exploded.
In the darkness Daniel Tate couldn’t see. The floor became a rollercoaster. He clawed to hold onto the steel table as the world shattered and roared and collapsed on top of him.


Chapter 2

Florida Panhandle
 
Ryder Creed had been up for two hours by the time his hired man climbed out of the doublewide trailer. Truth was, Creed didn’t sleep much. He’d awakened in the dark and found himself down in the kennel curled up in the middle of his dogs, his head on the belly of his oldest, Rufus.
The kennel was a contemporary warehouse. Creed had a loft apartment above it with all the luxuries and comforts of a retreat. When he designed the place he convinced his business partner, Hannah Washington, that he wanted his living quarters above the kennel so he could keep an eye and ear on the most prized possessions of their business, K9 CrimeScents.
Actually Creed just liked being near the dogs. Sometimes in the dead of night when visions and images haunted his sleep, he found comfort being surrounded by them. He and Hannah had rescued each and every dog in one fashion or another. But Creed knew they rescued him in a way he could not explain to anyone. Not even Hannah.
Now he watched Jason Seaver wiping the sleep out of his eyes. As he made his way into the kennel, Creed realized how much Jason looked like a young boy. Almost ten years younger than Creed, Jason had seen his world blown up on him before he had reached twenty. The kid was one of Hannah’s rescues. She said Jason reminded her of Creed and that was one of the reasons she hired the young man.
Tucked under Jason’s arm was his sleepy-eyed, black puppy. In less than a month the Labrador pup Jason had named Scout had almost doubled in size. He brought Scout to play with the dog’s mom and siblings while Jason worked. This morning he put the puppy down on the ground before he got to the yard.
“Watch this,” he told Creed as he walked three paces back, then kneeled on the ground facing the pup. “Come on Scout. Come give me a kiss.”
The puppy wiggled his entire back end, almost losing balance in his excitement. He bounced toward Jason and without hesitation stood up on his hind legs, reaching for Jason’s face and planting a big slobber right on the lips.
“That’ll come in handy when he’s searching for cadavers,” Creed said, but he couldn’t help smiling.
“I’m thinking chick magnet.”
Jason picked up Scout, and when he came inside yard the other dogs ran to greet him. They shoved and nudged each other out of the way for Jason’s attention. None of them noticed or cared that one of the kid’s shirt sleeves hung empty below the elbow. When Creed had first met the young veteran he had been belligerent and moody, self-conscious about the amputated arm to the point of daring anyone and everyone to notice it. That the kid was thinking about picking up women—even with the lousy trick of using his puppy—had to be a good sign.
Now if only Creed could make a decent dog handler out of him.
“We’re ready to use the real stuff today,” he told Jason and held up a Mason jar with the lid tight over the contents.
“What’s inside?”
“Some dirt and a piece of a blanket. Both were underneath a dead body.”
“Cool. How’d you get it?”
“Grace and I helped find the guy. Wasn’t a homicide so the detectives let me have a few things for training.”
“Andy claims you have a whole stockpile.”
Andy was one of the first handlers Creed had trained. At the time she’d known more about dogs than Creed, having spent years as a veterinary technician. This was a second career for her. He knew better than to ask a woman’s age, but guessed Andy was somewhere in her forties.
“Yeah? Well, don’t believe everything Andy tells you. Here, take this.” And he tossed the Mason jar, realizing too late that maybe Jason couldn’t do a one-handed catch. But the kid had no problem.
“Take it and hide it good.” Creed pointed to the trail that led into the forest. “Just before you hide it, remove the lid. There’s a cheesecloth stretched across the top. Leave that on.”
“You want me to bury it?”
“Bury it, throw it up in a tree, drop it in the creek, do whatever you want with it. Don’t think about it too much. When you finish, come on back.”
The fifty-acre property was surrounded on three sides by forest. The privacy and seclusion it afforded them was one of the reasons Creed chose this place in the northern part of the Florida Panhandle. It also provided endless training ground.
His cell phone started to vibrate as he watched Jason disappear into the woods. He glanced at the screen to see it was Hannah. Less than an hour ago they’d had coffee and Hannah’s fresh-baked cinnamon rolls in her kitchen.
“Already miss me?”
“I ought to feed you sugar more often in the morning, you gonna be this sweet.” Then without missing a beat she went on to business. “Landslide in North Carolina. Some man from the DoD. We got a request for you specifically.”
“Me or Grace?”
Over the summer there had been a lot of media attention, most of it centered on Grace, their amazing Jack Russell terrier. The scrappy little dog had won the hearts of the nation when she helped make several drug busts and stopped one human trafficking incident, resulting in the rescue of five children.
“Actually you. No specific dog.”
“When did the slide happen? Are we talking rescue or recovery?”
“Late last night into this morning. It’s still raining and from what I understand, there’s still potential for more slides. Possible rescues. Definitely recovery.”
“I’ll need to leave right away. What is that? A five-hour drive? Can you come finish with Jason?”
“Already putting on my dungarees.”
That made Creed smile. Hannah was the only person he knew who referred to blue jeans as dungarees. She’d hate it if he called her a southern belle, though her mannerisms sometimes fit. She would say she was cornbread and black-eyed peas and certainly not a lady who lunched.
“But no need to drive,” she continued. “They’re sending a jet. A Gulfstream 550.”
“They’re sending what?”
“I know I got it right. I wrote it down. Gulfstream 550. That’s one of the pretty ones, isn’t it?”
“Wait a minute. I thought you said the request was from the Department of Defense.”
“That’s right.”
“What interest do they have in a landslide in North Carolina?” Creed didn’t like the sounds of this.
“That is not on my list of questions. Maybe they had some training personnel in the area. The gentleman said he knew you. That you two had worked together years ago.”
“I don’t know anybody at the DoD. And I haven’t worked with a military dog in a long time.”
Creed could hear her flipping pages. She kept impeccable records and always got more information than she actually needed before she confirmed an assignment.
“Here it is,” she finally said. “Logan. Lt. Col. Peter Logan.”
Afghanistan. Creed felt like acid had slid into his stomach.
Over seven years ago, and yet just the mention of Peter Logan brought back images and memories he had hoped were long buried.

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"Creed is special, a memorable character  – he trains homeless dogs to sniff out contraband and hunt criminals.  When he teams up with Kava’s iconic FBI forensics specialist Maggie O’Dell, you’ll discover the most exciting crime-solving duo of the year.”   – Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author of The Assassins

Praise for Alex Kava “Maggie, who handles forensic evidence with ease . . . can give Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta a run for her money.” —Booklist   “O’Dell could be Reacher’s long-lost twin.” —Lee Child

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Silent Creed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all her books and was enjoying this one but was suprised and very disappointed at the end of this one. We were totally left haning on all story lines and it felt like she forgot to finish the book. It ended with promise of more story but wasnt as polished as the redt of her books. Makes me wonder if she actually wrote it herself. I will read the reviews before buying the next novel.
Anonymous 3 months ago
That returning Vets cannot get the medical help they need is horrible both people and animals they deserve everything that that will make there life better the least of which is medical care what about doing the right thing? Loved this book love the way the author uses real events just make the stories better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex Kava never fails to keep me sitting up until all hours to continue reading. Great suspense. Thank you for always a guaranteed great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bad in so many ways. Ridiculous plot and even worse ending. Ms. Kava must have reached a point and decided to quit writing. Loved Creed and the dogs, I'm even starting to like Maggie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Fantastic. Totally love this one too. Just love Ryder and Maggie and their interaction with all the sparks. Love the dogs too! I feel like I know them. I have read all of Alex Kava's books and love all of them. Great author and wonderful characters. Suspenseful and rivoting and hard to put down. Can't wait for the next Creed book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! Alex is the best!
MaryKay77 More than 1 year ago
Creed is an interesting character. His dogs are his love and though he knows his job, it's the interaction between the animals and him to catch the bad guy/girl. If Alex writes it...I'm going to read it.
Fan-in-Fresno More than 1 year ago
I love this series and will buy the third book as soon as it is released. I have always followed Alex Kava and LOVE all of her books. I love Ryder Creed and his dogs (especially Grace) and I have always loved any book with Maggie O'Dell in it. Keep up the good work Alex. I will always be a loyal fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!
NancyR More than 1 year ago
The entire set up for these books is easy to fall in love with. The characters - new and familiar - work well together. As new ones are added - they become real. Creed is so real and it has been fun to watch Jason come into the mix. Hannah fits the whole picture. These books are especially meaningful to point out the issues of veterans in the world today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great books, interesting story lines and as another reader stated if you love dogs and the bond between humans and their dogs you will love these books. I also love the crossover of Maggie O'Dell and Ryder Creed I think they make a great pair.
Khood More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love the Ryder Creed series incorporating Maggie O'Dell!! If you are a dog lover then you will certainly love these books.
PJ16 More than 1 year ago
I love the character Creed and his dogs, Jason and Hannah. This was a great story with a lot going on with characters that keeps you wondering what will happen in the next books with Ryder, Jason, Maggie, Ben, Gwen and our missing doctor. Grace and Bolo are wonderful and can't wait to see how the training of the new pup goes and who will work with her. It was great to get a little more background on Ryder and Rufus. I will be waiting patiently for the next book.
GRACIE9492 More than 1 year ago
Kava never lets her true fans down...love the characters and mystery surrounding them!
Ladyinblack10 More than 1 year ago
This is the second installment in the Ryder Creed series in which the reader is taken on another thrilling ride. The author takes a no holds barred approach and dives straight into the action. However, there’s no need for first time readers to fret about having to fill in the missing blanks; the plot maintains a steady pace which is easy to follow. Any questions that may arise in the mind of first time readers of Kava’s work are answered in due time. Consequently, any future readers can rest assured that this can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. That in itself is a testament to Kava’s literary skill. She writes with flair and high sensitivity. Creed’s sphere of influence is characterised by dynamic relationships that undergo extreme pressure in tremendous circumstances. The author pays close attention to detail to the way Creed responds to his environment as well as the different ways he reacts to be people around him. I particularly enjoyed taking note of the difference in the way Creed engages with animals versus the social interactions he has with people. Ultimately, this book is a novel of it’s time. Although you may not see your own life mirrored in the characters, the story reflects the real life experiences that we all live through in this age of war and political unrest. The adventures of Creed and his friendly companion will leave your heart racing but this will also warm your heart.
MyMindWhispers More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book and I want more! This is my first one from this author, Alex Kava but most definitely not my last. It is an awesome book filled with action, mystery and heart stopping events that had me captured from the start. It is a compelling story about Ryder and his search and rescue dog BOLO, and the team sent to aid after a landslide. But it gets wild and all hell breaks loose. I love Ryder, such a strong and raw character, and Maggie, the woman who rocks his world, even in a disaster. They are perfect together. The detailing is so clear and sent me right into the center of the book. It is so easy to read and impossible to put down. I am intrigued by Alex and his incredible mind and he is certainly a writer I want more from. His passion and love of writing is gripping. I can not wait to read his other work, and I do hope there is another book to follow this one. I read a lot and this is by far one of the best ones I have ever read. I strongly recommend it to all. It is a keeper for every library.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was another solid book by Alex Kava. I have been a longtime fan of this author and have read every single book of hers that I have been able to get my hands on so it was no surprise that I was incredibly excited to get my hands on an early copy of this book. I am happy to report that this book lived up to my expectations which were admittedly high. This book is listed as the second book in the Ryder Creed series but I feel like it should probably also be listed as being a part of the Maggie O'Dell series since her character plays a pivotal role in the story. This book could probably be read as a stand alone novel but readers of both of these series will probably get a little more out of the book since they will know the backgrounds of these characters. Most of the characters from the Maggie O'Dell and Ryder Creed series are at least mentioned in this book. Ryder Creed is a wonderful character. He is a dog handler who trains and works with a variety of dogs and is often called in to work in tragic situations, such as after a natural disaster, finding someone who is lost, finding cadavers, and even to search for drugs. In this case, he is working a landslide in very dangerous conditions. Creed's dogs are really well developed characters as well. I just loved Gracie and Bolo in this book. This book looks a little deeper into Creed's past with the military which gives a little more insight into his character. Maggie O'Dell has worked with Ryder Creed on several prior cases and when Maggie gets called to look into a government research facility murder that occurred in the landslide area the pair work well together. In this story, we see Maggie working alone, Creed working alone, and them working together almost equally. While there has been some hint of romantic feeling between the pair in previous books and some mention of it in this one, I didn't feel any sparks or chemistry between them. Of course, Creed is pretty beat up for a lot of this installment and I didn't pick this book up hoping for any kind of romance. I liked the pacing of the story and found myself reading most of the book in one sitting simply because I didn't want to put it down. The story did take a few twists but nothing that was really unexpected. It was a fast paced novel and there were a few scenes that really made me think. The descriptions and the details really put me in the middle of the story. There was a little bit of unfinished business at the end of the book but nothing that felt like a cliffhanger. I would recommend this book to mystery fans. I think that long time readers of the Maggie O'Dell and the newer Ryder Creed series will be pleased with this newest installment. I definitely plan to continue reading Alex Kava's work and am already looking forward to her next book. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group - G.P. Putnam's Sons via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Ryder Creed and Maggie O'Dell are back!!! I just love these guys as a couple. This was their third case together as he was introduced in a Maggie O'Dell novel prior to starting the series. The action and everything your expecting continues on in this book just like her others. This time though, she's unknowingly sent in for a government coverup case that turns out to be quite dangerous. Men with power will do anything to coverup their mistakes and I mean, anything!! The ending kind of just dropped off at the end, so I'm sure there will be a continuing story as to how this plot finally unfolds. I definitely recommend this or any of the Ryder Creed books. He's my favorite love interest of any of the female heroines out there. He's just compassionate and sensitive with those dogs. Maggie needs to forget Ben and move on!!!! I want to thank Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for the free e-galley in exchange for an honest review. It was definitely entertaining and enjoyable. It made for very nice reading on a rainy day.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Alex Kava's Silent Creed Image being buried inside a mudslide….It dries quick acting like cement. This is what happens to Ryder Creed in North Carolina. Will he get to see the light of day again? What has happened to Bolo, his search and rescue dog? Did he survive the mudslide? Ryder Creed had been a K-9 handler in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ryder is now training dogs for search & rescue. He is called upon to go to North Carolina after a landslide has covered a covert government research facility that is testing biological /chemical warfare. He and his dog are to locate both the dead and alive. Maggie O’Dell, FBI agent is sent to oversee that things are done correctly?? It seems several bodies found died not Because of the slide but by being…Shot!!!! Who killed these people? Who took the chemical vials? Fast paced well plotted with surprising twists and turns leading to a very unexpected ending. The main characters are well developed with an undeniable chemistry to each other. The supporting characters add suspects and flavor to the story. Full of drama, suspense, excitement, horror and surprises at every turn of the page!!!! This is the second book in the authors new Ryder Creed Series. It can be read as a stand alone. Thank you to First To Read for this eBook. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago