When cybercriminals hack into the US Marshals’ Witness Protection database and auction off witnesses’ personal details to the highest bidders, the RED Team led by FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. But before he can even get started, the first witness is targeted and barely escapes with her life. Sean believes Phantom, an obsessed hacker who previously outwitted the top minds in the field, is behind the attack, and Sean needs this witness’s help, as she’s the person who has come closest to discovering Phantom’s identity.
Trouble is, she’s a witness under the care of US Marshal Taylor Mills, and Sean is reluctant to work with the captivating marshal who knows his deepest secrets. But Phantom claims he knows where the witness is hiding and will kill her, so to stop the hacker, Sean and Taylor must work through their personal pain and learn to trust each other. . . . The seconds are ticking down before someone dies.
Seconds to Live is the first book in Susan Sleeman’s new Homeland Heroes Series. It is also my first read by this author. To be frank, I’ve been a little scared to read her books, unsure of how intense or frightening they might be. I’m happy to say that I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed this book very much. I can’t wait to read the next in the series.
Seconds to Live deals with the interesting world of cyber crime and the dark internet. I learned so many new and fascinating things. One of my favorite parts is the forensics that are introduced in the later part of the series. The story is intense in a clever way but wasn’t frightening or gory. I appreciated the authors ability to get the point of the murders and dangers across without feeling like someone was watching over my shoulder. Though, I will admit, I had a bit of trouble falling asleep after I finished the book.
I love the characters that make up the RED team and hope they will be joining us again in the next book. The characters deal with some difficult stuff of their past and I enjoyed how the author didn’t just brush over it or give them an easy out. I enjoyed the parts where the characters seek God and look to Him for help, direction, and healing.
I liked the aspect for the two main characters having an online relationship before meeting in person. It added a different twist to the relationship. I did feel that the male character was a little too focused as times on the girl’s physical appearance.
I recommend this book for lovers of romantic suspense. Also, for those looking for something a little different than the usual with the featuring of cybercrime and the witness protection program.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Susan Sleeman is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five romantic suspense novels with more than 1 million books sold. She has won several awards, including the ACFW Carol Award for Suspense for Fatal Mistake. In addition to writing, Susan also hosts http://www.thesuspensezone.com. She has lived in nine states but now calls Portland, Oregon, home. To learn more about Susan, visit her website at http://www.susansleeman.com.
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