Silent Sabotage

Silent Sabotage

by Susan Sleeman

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Emily Graves left everything behind to save her aunt's struggling bed-and-breakfast, but she's hardly through the door before she's the one who needs saving. Someone in Bridal Veil, Oregon, will go to any lengths—even murder—to keep her from making the B and B a success. Sheriff's deputy Archer Reed has made it his personal mission to bring down the culprit. But first he has to convince Emily to accept his protection…and determine why anyone would want to harm her. As Emily's unknown enemy becomes increasingly violent, Archer may be the only person who can keep her alive.

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ISBN-13: 9781488008597
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Series: First Responders , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 116,498
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Susan Sleeman is a bestselling author of romantic suspense books. With over thirty published books, readers love her series for the well-drawn characters and edge of your seat action. She graduated from the FBI and local police academies so her research is spot on, and her characters are real. Susan hosts and has lived in nine states but now calls Oregon home. Her husband is a retired church music director and they have two daughters, a son-in-law, and a grandson.

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Silent Sabotage 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Read
PierresFamily 4 months ago
Sleeman is a very good writer. I appreciate her natural blending of faith into the story, The lasst chapter, which relates the story theme to the readers'lives, is a nice touch that I hope to see again! I also appreciate her affirming nod to firefighters. Too much politics for my taste, but some readers will probably like that aspect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mystery, suspense, romance, & likable lead characters.
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Silent Sabotage by Susan Sleeman is a Love Inspired Suspense book. This book is riveting from the beginning to the very end. This is a fast paced page turning book that will surly keep you glued to your sear the entire time. This story is packed with love, faith, determination, action and twists & turns. Be sure to order your copy of Silent Sabotage today. I received a complementary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
Glorysong2 More than 1 year ago
As usual, Susan Sleeman delivered a fast-paced attention getter. I read the book in one day because it was too good to put down. Emily's life is in danger from more than one person. The way the events evolve, keep the reader's interest in this fifth book in the First Responders series.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
A killer is closer than they think... I've been looking forward to Silent Sabotage for quite awhile, ever since I first saw that mysterious and even slightly spooky looking house on the cover. Not only did the story not disappoint but it happened yet again! It seems like every new Susan Sleeman book I read becomes my favorite. As with each of her stories Silent Sabotage starts out with a real bang, readers are dropped into the danger and mystery right off and after that you can only gasp as you breathlessly turn the pages to find out what happens next. This book shows off Susan Sleeman's talent for grabbing her readers' attention and not letting it go until the exciting and romantic conclusion. And with this one, readers will be left reeling as the villain is revealed during the tense climax. Fans, like me, of her First Responders series from Love Inspired Suspense are sure to enjoy this book and will anxiously look forward to the next one. Don't miss Silent Sabotage or any of Susan Sleeman's other wonderful romantic suspense stories! (I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
WiseJasmyne More than 1 year ago
Great book! It starts off intense at first, than builds into the story, and ends in a way that isn't necessarily predictable, which is nice quality in mystery books. I really enjoyed how the author builds the characters and the the storyline together, while increasing the mystery of the overall story. This book is number five in the First Responders series. I have not read the other books, however I do not feel that I missed anything by not reading them. I will pick them up though because this book was so good. I recommend this book to anyone who likes the perfect pairing or romance and suspense in their story, this book will not disappoint you! For more about this series check out her website
More_Than_A_Review More than 1 year ago
Silent Sabotage is part of the First Responder series by Susan Sleiman. The book will grab your attention with the opening scene. We have a shooter who has taken Emily hostage and he straps a bomb vest on her. Emily has moved to a small town to help her aunt who is suffering from Alzheimer's. Emily has left her life and is investing her entire savings and helping try to save Birdies bed-and-breakfast. Archer is one of the first responders he meets Emily when she's being held hostage. He is determined to keep her safe as other things start happening. There are several suspects for the incidents that keep happening to Emily. Both Emily and Archer have baggage from their pasts that they have to overcome. If you've been following the series you also get to see some of the other first responders from other books in the series. I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for my honest review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the beloved aunt who took her in as a young girl falls ill, Emily Graves moves home to her bed-and-breakfast to help keep the place from closing. But the financial worries are only the beginning of the problems plaguing them – accidents seem to be happening around the place that can no longer be blamed on the home’s failing conditions. And when deputy Archer Reed comes on the scene to help protect Emily from harm, he begins to investigate all the strange occurrences to discover who is behind them – and why. And in the process, he and Emily fight against what they are beginning to feel for each other. Silent Sabotage is yet another great book from author Susan Sleeman. I loved the pace of the book. It kept me interested from start to finish, and I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading it. I am a huge fan of romantic suspense, and this is a perfect easy read just for fun or for when you don’t have time to get into a longer novel (or just to add to the 5 other books you are already reading at the moment). I look forward to reading more from her and will definitely be picking up the rest in the First Responders series to learn more about the other members of Archer’s team.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
A small book with a powerful punch. Keeps you guessing at who is behind the accidents and attempts on Emily's life, as well as the reason behind it all. Plus you have the romantic tension between Emily and her protector, Archer to make things more interesting. This is part of The First Responders series, but it worked as a stand alone for me, as I hadn't read the previous books. If you love suspense with a little romance this is a great read. Believable characters and lots of who-done-it. I received a copy from the author for an honest review and I have done that to the best of my ability.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The latest book in Susan Sleeman's First Responder series is amazing!! I absolutely loved Skylar and Logan's story in "Silent Night Standoff" and Cash and Krista's story in "Explosive Alliance." I really didn't believe that Susan could top them, but she certainly did! If you missed the previous books, you can learn more at I read lots of suspense books and can usually figure out the villain long before the book is finished. But that is not the case with Susan's books -- I love all of the twists and turns. I also love how each book has a spiritual message without being "preachy." In Silent Sabotage, Emily Graves in trying to help her aunt save her struggling bed-and-breakfast, but Emily is the one who needs saving! Sheriff's Deputy Archer Reed comes to the rescue -- several times -- but will he be able to solve the mystery before it is too late? Will Emily be able to overcome her control issues to allow Archer and his friends to help her instead of trying to do everything by herself? One word of advice -- you will not be able to put this book down!!
LGHudson More than 1 year ago
A GROWNUP GAME OF HIDE & SEEK! Silent Sabotage is a superbly crafted suspense mystery and the latest entry in Susan Sleeman's First Responder Series. Each book in the series focuses on one of the elite First Responder Team members. This time the focus is on Archer Reed, one of the Team Negotiators. Sleeman wastes no time in creating suspense and drawing you into Silent Sabotage! The first incident that brings Archer in contact with Emily Graves and her Aunt Birdie will have you knowing why Archer is good at his job. Archer is assigned to Emily and Aunt Birdie. The plot develops quickly with Emily doing her best to help her Aunt Birdie keep her Bed & Breakfast open amidst a series of increasingly bizarre "accidents" at the B&B. It quickly becomes apparent that Emily is the target and you can feel the anxiety the characters are experiencing. The First Responders Team step in to help in a myriad of ways and really make a difference in the lives of Emily and Aunt Birdie. Archer and Emily feel an intense attraction to each other but each of them are dealing with past issues. As the suspense continues to mount with each life and death experience, Archer and Emily learn more about each other and about themselves which helps them come to a conclusion about what to do about a relationship. This book has it all! Super suspense time after time after time, conflict, deep family relationship, friends that are like family, trust, loyalty, truth and justice. A great read cover to cover! I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair an honest review.
JDom More than 1 year ago
Silent Sabotage almost begins with a bang, but due to the work of negotiator Archer Reed it doesn’t. Thanks to his professionalism he is able to talk the shooter down, get help for the wounded and have a team member get the bomb vest off of hostage Emily Graves. The shooter implies that Emily is still in danger so Archer volunteers to stay with her until everything is cleared up and help out in any way that he can. Emily has returned to the area recently to help her beloved Aunt Birdie run the bed and breakfast that she owns because things have been going downhill with both her health and the B and B. For someone that has recently returned there seems to be an abundance of suspects that Archer and his team will have to look into. One thing that Archer has to help with as soon as they get to the B and B is help chase down a bunch of chickens that have gotten lose. This scene is the funniest to me. He is holding one of the chickens when it poops on his shirt. Archer is OCD about his clothing, so is extremely disgruntled at that moment. Emily starts laughing but when he says it isn’t funny she replies “You’re right. The shirt isn’t funny and I’m sorry this happened.” “But you just stared down a guy with a bomb not more than an hour ago with hardly a hint of what you are feeling, and now? Now the horror on your face is from a chicken. That’s priceless.” Emily and Archer come from very different backgrounds but both have been hurt deeply by their parents which has caused both of them to be extremely cautious in their relationships with everyone. Theirs is a relationship of one step forward and two steps back. Susan has created two wonderful characters in Emily and Archer. They are believable. So much so, that every once in a while you want to smack them both upside the head and say would you just open your eyes. The entire series has been full of characters from different walks of life that lends to a tight knit team that work extremely well together. I would recommend this book, and the entire series, to anyone that likes some romance with their suspense. If you haven’t read the rest of “The First Responders” series you can go to this link to find out more about it. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. I received a free copy of Silent Sabotage for my honest review which I have just shared with you.
LD2 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Silent Sabotage (as well as the other books in the “First Responders” series). Susan writes masterful suspense books, but she adds depth to her characters that always draw me in. I especially related to Emily and Archer in this book—both strong, independent people who hide their vulnerabilities with tough personas they’ve developed. They’ve learned not to trust anyone except themselves, and no matter how drastic the situation, they act fearless and jump in to take action. I relate to that—it’s how I’ve lived most of my life. So I needed to be reminded that no one can handle everything in life alone, we all have to learn to accept help, to take the risk and be vulnerable, and most of all—to trust that God can handle problems much better than we can, since He sees what we cannot. It’s hard to put down this book (I read it in one day!), and it’s completely unpredictable. Excellent read!
Proudmom508 More than 1 year ago
So glad to finally read Archer's story! Although Silent Sabotage is part of Susan Sleeman's First Responders series, you don't have to read the previous four books to enjoy this one. I do recommend all the books in this series though because they're all great. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review which this is. What I liked about this book and the previous First Responders books was that the characters are developed and believable. If I was involved in a hostage situation, I would want someone like Archer handling the negotiations. Like so many people today, Emily is caring for an elderly family member that has Alzheimer's. There was just enough interaction with the other First Responders characters. This was a great well paced mystery with lots of suspects - all with logical reasons why they could be guilty. I really enjoyed this book and the way it ended.
KimPotter More than 1 year ago
From page one to the final pages it’s non-stop threats against Emily’s life. Can she save her Aunt’s Bed and Breakfast? Will Archer be able to protect her and stop the silent sabotage? They both have issues from the past to work through. Can they overcome these obstacles before it’s too late? In this fifth installment of the First Responders Series Susan Sleeman has again proven her talents as a suspense writer. Once you start reading you can’t put the book down! Check out the other books in the series at
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
This story starts off with a bang—literally! Emily Graves finds herself the victim of a hostage situation, a bomb vest being strapped on to her and desperate negotiations from Deputy Archer Reed—who just happens to be in the right place at the right time. If that doesn’t whet your appetite for a great suspense, I don’t know what will! This story quickly moved me along, always trying to figure out who’s after Emily; and just when I think I got it, the author throws in another twist to make me question my judgment! I liked Emily’s character; strong and independent, determined to do things her way, and relies on no one. Archer is the perfect hero material; a calm presence in tense times, willing to protect with his life, takes his job seriously & has hints of being sensitive without losing his manliness. As for the faith theme, the author does a fantastic job of reminding us that God has ultimate control of our lives and we can fully rely on Him in all situations. I loved that both characters were people of God and it showed in everything they did or said. The suspense was just the right pace for me & the romance developed naturally. And oh, how I loved seeing these two fall in love! They both had past issues with not so perfect parents, which jaded their idea of a relationship; but with the trust of God on their side, they learned what true love meant. When they finally surrendered to that, it made me smile! The ending of this book took me by surprise and came from a source I never suspected; but maybe that was the authors intent—as it should be in a suspense novel! Here’s a quote from the author in the readers note in the back of the book. It touched me and I hope it will you too! “So if you struggle with letting God take charge, I hope you’ll remember Archer and Emily’s story, where they learn that it’s only in turning over their lives to God that they find His peace. “ *I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review, which I’ve provided here. Thank you Susan for the kind of suspenseful love story I enjoy! I look forward to many more by you! * This book is part of the First Responders series by Susan and you can find more on her website:
jmcnutt More than 1 year ago
In this newest book in The First Responders Series, Susan Sleeman has once again written a fast - paced and inspiring suspense story. I love how her characters always struggle with emotions that are common to all of us, but they come to realize it is only by trusting God that they find their greatest strength, and that leaves the reader encouraged. I highly recommend this wonderful suspense story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author Susan Sleeman in exchange for my honest opinion.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I love Susan Sleeman’s books. Her First Responders series is amazing. Silent Sabotage, the fifth in the series grabbed me from the first page and kept me going through the last one. I didn’t want it to end and I don’t think she can write the last one fast enough. Ms. Sleeman has the ability that while all Love Inspired books are similar in format, each one of hers has such a different feel about them. She truly draws us into the family and makes me want to stay. I absolutely love Darcie and am so glad that she was an integral part of this book as well. The personalities of each character are so unique, just like real families and Ms. Sleeman keeps that authenticity going throughout all six books. I love the other characters that she introduces to each book. Birdie was one of my favorites although I loved Emily from the beginning as well. Ms. Sleeman has a wonderful way of weaving spiritual truths without hitting me over the head. I learn so much and am challenged to let go and let God without being lectured or made to feel guilty. Wonderful book. I was sad to turn its last page and stayed up way too late reading but wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Can’t wait for the last in the series - I have to find out what happens to Jack. While I have no idea, I know I will thoroughly enjoy it. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review; however, all opinions expressed are completely mine.
LauraJo1 More than 1 year ago
I really love Sleeman's suspense novels. They are always intriguing and keep the reader guessing. In this fifth book of her First Responders series, is a hidden killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He wishes to destroy Birdie and her once successful Bed and Breakfast. Birdie’s niece, Emily Graves’, is a strong, confident woman who is determined to help save the B and B. However, the harder Emily works at protecting the B and B, the more attempts are made on her life! She does not give up easily and she finds that she must also battle her tough mindset about relationships with men. I l enjoyed watching Emily relinquish resolute control in her life and welcome God in to take over. Sleeman's characterizations are always good and coupled with the high suspense, this book is an energetic, fun read. With a variety of people who quickly become suspects, you will not easily guess who the predator is!
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Susan Sleeman has done it again! Silent Sabotage book reviewSilent Sabotage, the latest book in her stellar First Responders series, starts out with a scream and a shooting spree and a hostage situation complete with a bomb vest. That’s like… all in the first few pages. And in typical Susan Sleeman style, the action and the tension don’t let up until nearly the very end. I always feel a bit sorry for her characters when I start one of Susan’s books because, while I know I personally am getting ready for a delightfully suspenseful read, they are getting ready for a pretty nightmarish few days in their fictional lives. lol. But they also get to fall in love along the way which both raises the tension and softens it. With Susan Sleeman at the helm, the romantic tension blends almost seamlessly with the high-stakes suspense until your pulse just constantly races and you realize you keep forgetting to breathe. From the chemistry-induced sizzle to the heart-pounding drama, it’s probably advisable NOT to get your blood pressure checked while reading one of her books. LOL. “Umm… I’m really okay, Doctor. I promise. See, it’s this book…” Archer has always intrigued me among the First Response team members, so I have been really looking forward to his story. I am happy to say Silent Sabotage did not in any way disappoint! Getting to know him a bit better and watching him fall for Emily is quite enjoyable. Particularly as those uber-protective and tender instincts kick in! *fans wildly* Oh – and Archer and I? Kindred spirits on our dislike/fear of chickens. LOL Bottom Line: Outstanding suspense will keep you on your toes from word one, and the high-stakes action will keep you glued to the pages of Silent Sabotage. The delicious romantic subplot weaves through the story, adding to the tension in all the best ways. Susan Sleeman also does a fantastic job incorporating the characters’ faith in a way that is natural and not at all preachy, making this a book (and series) that can appeal to fans of Christian fiction as well as general market fiction. There’s only one more story to go in the First Responders series (wail!) and while I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to this great team of characters I am eager to see what Susan has up her sleeve next! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
SILENT SABOTAGE is the fifth book in Ms. Sleeman's First Responder series, but it easily stands alone. I enjoyed getting to know Emily and Archer. Archer is a sweetie, strong and courageous and he knows when to take control and when to step back and leave Emily alone--usually. Emily is prickly and wants to be in control of her own life. She doesn't appreciate Archer taking control even when it's for her own safety. I understand why once it's revealed, but until then it kind of grated on me. I did figure out "whodunit" before the end of the book but I didn't know why so I had to keep reading to find out. Ms. Sleeman is a master at romantic suspense and I highly recommend this book and/or any of the other books in this collection.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Emily left her job and moved back home to help her aunt with her bed-and-breakfast. Her aunt is showing signs of dementia and Emily will do anything for the woman who took her in as a child. But almost immediately bad things begin happening that Emily can't explain. In a hostage situation at the mall she comes face to face with a man determined to kill her. Only the quick thinking and negotiation skills of a deputy named Archer save her. Now the whole team is trying to find out who has a vendetta against Emily. Fast paced, drama filled, great characters, attraction, sweet romance, and strong family ties are all words to describe this wonderful story. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. It has all the elements that I love in a romantic suspense. I'd been waiting a long time to read about Archer and this book didn't disappoint. The author does a great job of refreshing the reader's mind about previous characters without making it redundant, while also wording things in such a way that this book could easily be read as a stand-alone. But I would recommend starting at the beginning. You won't be sorry. Can't wait for the next book by this author. I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
I've always wanted to visit or own a Bed and Breakfast, so I really enjoyed this story, which mostly takes place around Birdie's B & B in rural Oregon. However, I'd prefer to find one with a little less danger surrounding it. This series has been my favorite from Susan Sleeman. I enjoy the closeness of the First Responders team. Each story has its own unique plot, so while some of the characters appear throughout, the location of each one is fresh. This story was full of suspense and had a great pace that made it difficult to put down. Plot: When a shopping trip with her Aunt Birdie lands Emily Graves in the middle of an explosive hostage situation, it's up to negotiator Archer Reed to keep everyone safe. After repeated incidents at Birdie's Bed and Breakfast, it soon becomes clear that Emily's still in danger. Archer appoints himself her bodyguard, but Emily still tries to keep him at arm's length. Between Birdie's advancing Alzheimer's, financial troubles and the threats to her safety, Emily's chances of keeping the B & B open are running out. Characters: I really liked Emily and her loyalty to her Aunt Birdie. She's willing to sacrifice to try to safe her aunt's livelihood. Archer's been through some bad relationships and is hesitant to become involved again. I loved his quirkiness when it comes to being clean. He doesn’t hesitate to rush in where a bomb is, but he'll think twice about entering a chicken coop. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book, and the entire First Responders series, to those who enjoy clean romantic suspense with an inspirational thread. While it's the fifth book in the series, it can stand alone, but I think you'll want to start at the beginning and get to know all the characters. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book five in the First Responders series, it is a stand a lone novel though. The books all focus around the First Responders team in Organ so you will miss a little history if you jump right into this novel however you will be able to read and enjoy it with no problem. Susan Sleeman always does an amazing job at grabbing your attention from the beginning and keeping it. I love her writing style, the way she develops her characters and the mystery and suspense that are always a part of her writing. This novel held a special place in my heart because Emily Graves is taking care of her aunt whom has alzheimer's. Besides dealing with all that surrounds alzheimer's Emily must learn to trust God even when running for her life. She struggles with trusting men so when the handsome Archer Reed comes into her life will she ever really be able to trust him or is he going to be just like all the other men she has met. I was given a copy of this novel from the author for my honest opinion.