Title: NIGHT HUSH
Author: Leslie Jones
Genre: Thrillers/Military – Adult
Publish Date: 1/20/2015
Publisher: Witness Impulse
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Synopsis ~
When Army Intelligence Officer Heather Langstrom’s military convoy is ambushed and she’s taken prisoner, she knows she’ll need all her strength and courage to survive, escape her captors, and report the whispers of unrest brewing in the Middle East.
Delta Force Captain Jace Reed isn’t one to throw caution to the wind,but when his team stumbles upon beaten and weak Heather fleeing the terrorist training camp they’ve been dispatched to destroy, he’ll risk everything to get her to safety.
Once back on base, they learn her convoy’s ambush was no accident…she’d been targeted. As the evidence of an
impending attack mounts, Jace and Heather uncover a deadly terrorist plot that could kill hundreds of civilians.
But Jace’s protective instincts and Heather’s fierce independence put them at constant odds. And as they close
in on the extremists, they must learn to trust one another in order to save innocent lives…even if it means sacrificing
~ Excerpt ~
Date: Unknown. Location: Unknown.
The uncertainty was the hardest. The waiting. He would come again, that was a given. He enjoyed her pain, her fear. Her panic. When he tramped into the room, loudly, deliberately, already laughing at her, Heather felt almost relieved to be done with the suspense. Almost.
“Filthy American whore.”
She tried to remain strong, she really did.
She rose on shaking legs, lifting her chin with what bravery she could muster. Standing made her feel less vulnerable, but she couldn’t stop herself from shrinking back against the coarse mudbrick wall. Her shoulders, numb from being pulled behind her for so many hours, screamed in agony as she tried to use them.
He fell silent, the twisted bastard. Stalking her in the small space. Tacitly urging her to run, to try to escape. She strained to hear what her blindfolded eyes couldn’t see. Any inhalation. Any noise.
He gave her a clue. A scrape of a heel. An expelled breath.
When she’d first been captured, she’d been defiant, aiming solid kicks where she thought he stood. When she missed, he laughed. When she connected, he beat her. Now, days later, she merely stumbled away from him, keeping her back to the wall, trying to avoid his fists.
The stink of sour sweat was her only warning before he rushed her, crowded her, pressing his body to hers. His odor penetrated the stench of urine and rotting food that permeated her prison cell. She twisted away from the wall to avoid being pinned. He grabbed her hair, which had long since fallen out of its French braid, then allowed her to wrench away, scalp stinging, dread pulsing with each thud of her heart. Disoriented, hampered by the ropes digging into her wrists and the tight blindfold, she tried to find the wall.
He went soundless again. Circling her. Stalking. Playing with her until she screamed her fear and frustration. Her impotent fury. Her screams were no longer the battle cries of a soldier, an officer in the United States Army. Instead, she sounded desperate, pitiful.
He came for her, his scraggly beard and traditional wool headdress rough against her face as his hard hands bit into her shoulders.
Heather didn’t know how much longer she could hold on. She was nearing the limits of her endurance; she could feel it.
How long had it been since she’d been captured? Days and nights of little sleep, little food, little water. No sanitary facilities.
And him. Always him.
~ Review by Denise ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Since I really like a good novel that involves characters that have special ops and mix that with a bit of romance I thought I would give this a go. Right away I notice that this author is very detailed leaving nothing to chance on where you are and what is going on which is good in action novels. So often it starts out ok then but because of the interaction between characters the author will jump too quickly, sometimes forgetting to take the reader with them. Not so in this novel. Every time a scene changes or there are interactions with characters, you know exactly where and whom, making the flow easy to go with especially when this author really picks up the pace. She brings you right to the edge right away because of the female captured giving you a glimpse into Heather’s character.
Jace is next a man on a mission but also him and his team are in a position that regardless of the odds they must succeed. All the while the author is building you up because she shows he too knows about Heather but not where she is. Anticipation is what is given and this author has it down pat. You are hoping but not quite sure how it will turn out. Having snared you good you sit back and begin in earnest to read one of the most intense, action packed with many a detail with characters that each have their role. She makes you want to smack the enemies yourself because they are bad. The war in the middle east is real and she does give a realism in what could very well be a scenario for someone. On to one of the reasons though I read this so not to forget it is the romance part. Heather has made it a rule as she goes in her career not to be involved with military men but with Jace she will find that a very hard one to stick to because of the chemistry between them combined with the time they have to spend together. What I like about Jace though even though he wants to protect her he still works well with her not squeezing her out when she is needed. Very intense high impact novel that would even interest both genders to read because of the detail. I was also quite satisfied with how things will proceed for Jace and Heather even with all their trials that they will come to have a very successful reward. As for the title if she wanted to give a clear picture of duty and honor she did succeed in that also. I give this 4 books.
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~ About the Author ~
Leslie Jones has been an IT geek, a graphic designer, and, much like her heroine, an Army Intelligence officer, bringing her firsthand experience to the pages of her works. She’s lived in Alaska, Korea, Belgium, Germany, and other exotic locations (including New Jersey). She is a wife, mother, and full-time writer and splits her time between Scottsdale, Arizona, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
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