Visible Threat

Visible Threat

by Janice Cantore
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Visible Threat by Janice Cantore

Officer Brinna Caruso wants perfection—perfect justice and a perfect world. She wants to save and protect all the innocents in the world, no matter the cost.

Orphaned and struggling to get by, Ivana and her sister left Bulgaria for America with dreams of a better life. But since they arrived in Long Beach, everything they were promised has turned out to be a lie.

After a dead girl is found in the river with a mysterious tattoo on her hip, homicide detective Jack O’Reilly asks for Brinna’s help. Unaware of the depths of evil that will be uncovered, Brinna finds herself flung into a dangerous frontier—an organized human trafficking ring.

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ISBN-13: 9781414375540
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/2014
Series: Critical Pursuit Series , #2
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 227,826
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.88(d)

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Visible Threat 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
TamaraTilley More than 1 year ago
VISIBLE THREAT and CRITICAL PURSUIT are fast-paced novels that do a good job of balancing crime with camaraderie in the ranks of the Long Beach Police Department. VISIBLE THREAT-Officer Brinna Caruso is a K-9 handler known as the go-to cop when a child goes missing. Unfortunately, her gung-ho behavior has gotten her into hot water when she avoids direct orders because of the greater good. She doesn’t see herself as a rogue officer, she just has a hard time backing down when she knows a child is involved. Brinna’s behavior is a direct result of her own childhood. Abducted and molested at the age of six, Brinna champions children and does it with her canine companion, Hero. When she is knocked back to patrol duty due to disciplinary actions, Brinna is partnered with Jack O’Reilly, a former homicide detective who voluntarily stepped down from his duties due to the death of his wife. Not only is Brinna frustrated that she’s being disciplined due to actions that saved a little girl’s life, but she has strong concerns about Jack O’Reilly’s competency. Jack O’Reilly continues to struggle with the death of his wife. He knows he has to get on with his life, but he’s not sure he can handle homicide. He asks to be put back on patrol duty, but isn’t thrilled his partner is Brinna Caruso. She has a reputation for not following the rules, and since he wants a smooth re-entry back into police work, he’s concerned she will only cause trouble. While Brinna and Jack navigate their partnership, they slowly come to realize they both want the same thing. Justice. When a case presents itself with the same MO of the man who abducted Brinna, she and Jack must work together as a team, and finally put the man behind bars that stole Brinna’s childhood. CRITICAL PURSUIT–Brinna is in pursuit of a man she knows has abducted a young girl. Even though she’s been ordered not to pursue because of dangerous conditions, she puts her job on the line to save the girl. Once again, Brinna is in the hot seat. But more devastating than that is the fact that her K-9 duties might be coming to an end. With the possibility of funding being pulled, Brinna must deal with the prospect of having to go back to patrol. Last time she was partnered with Jack O’Reilly they actually ended up forging a deep friendship, but Jack has gone back to homicide, leaving her to wonder who she’ll be partnered with. Jack is getting back in the swing of things in homicide. Though when his mind wanders, it no longer goes to the death of his wife. His friendship with Brinna is constantly on his mind, and he thinks he’s ready to move on but wonders if she is. When he and his partner investigate a possible human trafficking ring, Brinna and her mother get involved. Jack is thrilled to be working with Brinna again, but when Brinna’s mom is kidnapped, things escalated to critical proportions. Both VISIBLE THREAT and CRITICAL PURSUIT are intelligently written by a former police officer. Not only are the crimes relevant but the insight to the camaraderie between officers is portrayed well, making the books not only interesting from the suspenseful side, but also from the personal side. I loved watching the slow progression of the relationship between Brinna and Jack. Usually, I don’t like when the hero and heroine are kept at arm’s length, but knowing Jack was recovering from the loss of his wife, made the timeline believable. I’m definitely a fan of Ms. Cantore’s work, and hope there are more installments
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Like the first book in this series, this book was a page turner. I enjoyed catching up with Brinna and Jack as they work together to solve the mystery of the dead girl. I found this book better than the first because they also explore their feelings for each other. Nice romantic angle in the midst of the suspense. (Full review at my website)
Maciemollysdad More than 1 year ago
This books is an awesome follow-up to "Critical Pursuit"!!  I didn't want to put this book down either!!!  If you haven't ever read a book by Janice Cantore you should check her books out.  I am looking forward to reading all of her books.
J_PearsonJP More than 1 year ago
I liked the continuing story of Brinna and Jack from Critical Pursuit. I do suggest reading that before this one so you can really understand the characters but the suspense storyline is completely separate. This story is about Brinna and Jack and their investigation of a human trafficking ring. The topic is difficult but I felt that the author was realistic in her portrayal. While I rated the first of the series 5 stars, I would give this 4.5 overall. The suspense is a five but I was wishing Brinna's questioning of faith and spiritual growth was more developed instead of just questioning the "peace" that others in her life have so that is why I dropped the overall. I would recommend this to others.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
What a great suspense novel! Janice Cantore is a former police officer, so her books always ring true. I felt that was even more the case with Visible Threat than her previous books. Visible Threat is fast-paced yet believable with the amount of action. I was intrigued by the human trafficking aspect as well, since that seems to be front and center with the media these days. There were a couple of places that I thought the explanations were a little trite. Wouldn't police officers be aware of human trafficking already? But the attention brought to this issue through this book was spot on. I enjoyed following Brinna Caruso through another harrowing journey. I hope there will be more books about her in the future! Fans of suspense will definitely enjoy this book! [4.5 stars]
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
We catch up with Police Officer Brinna Caruso following the death of her nemesis, and although she is still the "Kid Crusader," in this book she is thrown into the fire surrounding the human trafficking industry. While helping with a rescue that leaves another officer permanently disabled and Brinna herself injured, they discover much more than they bargained for. The funding for Brinna's K-9 partner, Hero, has just been cut and she is concerned. Happily married and a mother of twins, specialty shop owner Magda Boteva has a secret that not even her husband knows - and she has been living in fear for far too long. She is just about to her breaking point - no matter the cost. Office Jack O'Reilly is moving past the death of his wife and may be beginning to have feelings for Brinna that are moving past friendship...but does she feel the same way? This is the second book about Brinna Caruso, written by real-life retired police officer Janice Cantore. You will enjoy the mystery, suspense, and behind the scenes police info you'll find in this book!
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Excellent Book! This was another exciting book about Brianna and her work with the police department. Brianna works with some fellow officers to save a young girl from drowning only to discover that she has the same identical tattoo as an earlier victim.  The girl is saved but an officer is injured and Brianna's own life is turning upside down. When it is discovered that the girl is part of a human trafficking ring Brianna works hard to protect her but at what cost to her own family?  This was an excellent book and hard to put down. 
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Visible Threat starts off on page one with action and continued on to the last page. I haven't read any of Janice Cantore's work before and I am now questioning why that is I loved the action, characters, mystery and suspense.  I think the story line is really good. I liked how Janice shows the awareness of human trafficking. How shocking that this happens in this country.  I look forward to reading more by this author and will adding her books to my wish list. 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janice Cantore has done it again! Written a book that grabs and won't let go until you're done reading. She did a great job of showing the awfulness of human trafficking. Brinna, the police officer & main character, is passionate and driven without being unrealistically perfect. I'm hoping there's another book in the series.
LibrarianLauraJ More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Since it's the second book in a series, the reader already knows the characters and can hit the ground running. I love Brinna--she's strong and capable but still a little too independent. I really like her determination to protect and to serve. The topic is a tough one--human trafficking. It's heartbreaking, and I thought the author handled the topic well. The action is fast, and I stayed up late to finish. Fans of Christian suspense/action will enjoy this one. I'm looking forward to the next one--especially to see what happens with Brinna and Jack. I like them a lot and like the pace of the relationship.
m_duncan1 More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I loved this book. This is the second book in the Critical Pursuit series, and it is just as good, if not better, than the first. The two books should definitely be read in order, otherwise some parts of this book may not make sense. I loved that this book spoke to the topic of human trafficking. It is a problem in today's society, but not one many people know a lot about, so it was nice to see a book touching on that topic, especially from a police officer's point of view. I loved that this book picked up almost right where the first left off and I felt like I hadn't missed anything. In the last book, Officer Caruso was just coming around to the idea of a relationship with Christ, and in this book, although she is further long in the process, she is still struggling with the question of "Why would God allow bad things happen to good people?" Which is where the main storyline comes into play. This book has a little bit of everything: adventure, faith, romance, and suspense. It is definitely book I would recommend to others!
Reli0 More than 1 year ago
This was another great book by Janice Cantore. She continues the story of Brinna, adding in a touch of romance along with Brinna's continual search for God. Brinna continues to wrestle with the question of how God can allow evil to happen in the world, but does have to realize that her abduction at the age of 6 made her into a much stronger, more compassionate police officer. In this book, she has to deal with her mother's abduction and starts to do a bit of praying on her own. I just really think Janice has an excellent style of writing and addresses issues that are prevalent today. It's scary to realize how much human trafficking is really going on even today. I will definitely pay more attention to this author.
BeccaCarter More than 1 year ago
Great suspense novel Another great suspense from Cantore! The action was great, the plot took some good turns to keep it interesting, and I liked the inclusion of more steps in Brinna’s faith-journey. A little romance didn’t hurt, either. ;) I look forward to any future novels with Brinna and her cop friends, and I’m planning to find the Pacific Coast Justice series as well. :)
JeanieMNJL More than 1 year ago
A suspense filled story about a young policewoman with the LBPD. Pursuit of the worst types, predators and human trafficking, doesn't stop at the end of shift. I plan to read more by this author.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Janice Cantore in her new book, “Visible Threat” Book Two in the Brinna Caruso series published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us another adventure with Officer Brinna Caruso. From the Back Cover:  Officer Brinna Caruso wants perfection—perfect justice and a perfect world. She wants to save and protect all the innocents in the world, no matter the cost. Orphaned and struggling to get by, Ivana and her sister left Bulgaria for America with dreams of a better life. But since they arrived in Long Beach, everything they were promised has turned out to be a lie. After a dead girl is found in the river with a mysterious tattoo on her hip, homicide detective Jack O’Reilly asks for Brinna’s help. Unaware of the depths of evil that will be uncovered, Brinna finds herself flung into a dangerous frontier—an organized human trafficking ring. I think the worst thing in the world that you can do to someone is to take away their freedom completely and buy and sell them on the underground market.  These people have been stripped of their identities and they have no hope.  It is into this world that Jack O’Reilly asks for Brinna’s help.  Now Jack, Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero are involved in an investigation that will test the limits of how far they can go to rescue these people.  “Visible Threat” is how you define exciting!  Ms. Cantore is a retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years.  If anyone can write these kind of stories with authenticity and sheer excitement she most certainly can.  “Visible Threat” is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger.  Janice Cantore knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe.  I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next book in this exciting series from Ms. Cantore. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book! The writing and attention grabbing of this was outstanding – as well as the way a sensitive topic was broached without being graphic. Unfortunately it does deal with a subject, human trafficking which needs to have light brought on it but is not for the faint of heart – I wish it did not even exist. Officer Brina Caruso was kidnapped as a child. As an adult she wants nothing more than to save innocents. She unwittingly finds herself involved in a human trafficking case, which then becomes personal. Brina is also seeking God – desiring to know where He is in situations like this and why is there evil anyway. I love how her mother Rose continues to have peace and even says, “All any of us can control is how we respond when tough times come. This does not diminish God or his Sovereignty in my mind.” There were lots of really good conversations about God in this book – like, “If he is a good God, why would he stop something in your life that will make you stronger, make you a better person?” Great book! I highly recommend it for its fast paced, intriguing story with real questions being responded to by the characters.
AnotherBibliophile More than 1 year ago
Intense and Well Written! This book was hard to put down. The plot kept me fascinated, and the characters were likeable and sympathetic. The dangers were reflected with realism, and the police action was convincing. Janice Cantore does a great job with the camaraderie among officers and the ways they deal with stress. Brinna's soul-searching pervades the story, but it brings a continuity to it, while giving insight into this main character. I enjoyed this very much.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
Wow! Janice Cantore has done it again! I am never disappointed with her books. This is Book #2 in the series of Brinna Caruso. In this book, Brinna gets tangled in the web of organized human trafficking ring. This book did not fail to disappoint in keeping my attention. It had suspense and a little romance. I highly recommend this book and any other book by Janice Cantore!
BeachNana8 More than 1 year ago
This exciting and well written book deals with the horrors of evil people tricking foreign women to accept their help to enter the United States and get a job only to find out they are slaves, forced into prostitution without any money coming to them and kept locked up. When one young girl dies trying to escape, the strange tattoo on her hip causes one police officer to investigate. The closer she gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes. Although fiction, this problem does actually exist according to our local police.
teenbooksjc More than 1 year ago
The second book in Janice Cantore's series, Visible Threat, follows Brinna as she finds herself caught up in a human trafficking ring. Brinna is a strong woman who was kidnapped as a child, which developed into a thirst and desire for justice against missing children. She's the person to call to find a kid who's gone missing. A young girl is found dead in a river with a tattoo on her hip, and Brinna begins the hunt for the killer, which will eventually lead her to more victims, Ivana and her sister, who left Bulgaria after promises they will work for rich Americans. However, they've had their heads filled with lies and soon find themselves part of the human trafficking ring. Fast-paced, exciting, and touching on the horrible topic of human trafficking, Cantore has created a wonderful story and character in Brinna and the others as well and brings to the light the cruel and evil issue of human trafficking. Don't miss it!
Miss_CindyH More than 1 year ago
Visible Threat is book two of the series staring Brinna and her K-9 Partner, Hero.  In most ways it picks up where the first book Critical Pursuit left off.  You could probably read it without having read the first, but why?  Brinna is driven to take predators off the streets.  She has always focused on those kidnapped, as she was a victim as a child.  However in Visible Threat, Brinna finds herself facing a different predator.  Visible Threat deals with human trafficking.  So often we feel that it happens elsewhere.  The reality is, it's happening all over.  Maybe even in your town. Brinna's faith continues to be challenged.  She wants to know how a God good, let's bad things happen.  Cantore does not give a pat answer.  Jack and Brinna continue to develope as well.  I'm sure we've not seen the last of Brinna... 
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
Brinna Caruso is an amazing cop with a hunger to catch the criminals, especially those who target children. She has an aggressive attitude and is a very good cop. Even though sometimes her ways go against her superior. She struggles with how can a God who loves us allow bad things to happen to good people. Will she ever be able to understand what God is showing her? Once the case she is working on turns personal can she find a way to save those she loves the most? And will her co-worker be able to get over the loss of his wife and find a relationship with her? This book is action packed with twist and turns in all the right places. It has just enough romance and some hard to deal with issues. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading contemporary, fiction (which could be no-fiction), police type books. I won this book in a contest on the authors blog. I was not asked to write a review but count it a privilege and look forward to reading more by Janice cantor.
hannah97 More than 1 year ago
Visible Threat by Janice Cantore was AMAZING!! If you've read any of my other reviews on her books then you'll already know how much I love her writing. All of her books are on my favorite shelf right next to my other favorite Christian Crime fiction authors like Dee Henderson. If you love Dee's books your sure to love Janice's books. They're wonderful!  I really love the characters that Janice brings to life in her books and the very real problems those characters face. I also love the fact that while there is some romance in her books it doesn't overwhelm the story like it sometimes does in other books. All in all I LOVED Visible Threat so it'll be no surprise when I say I give it 5 stars :)
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cjjc6 More than 1 year ago
I am quite upset and frustrated that I searched and found the 1st two books written bt Janice Cantore just a  few years ago and and paid  quite abit more money for the books...only to have discovered that Critical Pursuit and Visible Threat were re prints of  Kelvar Heart and  Heart of Justice....thanks Tyndale  House Publisher, Inc.  AND Janice Cantore.