“Kill Shot” by Susan Sleeman

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As the ballistics and weapon’s expert for the FBI’s special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets–which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper–would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.

Until they become reality.

When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it’s clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren’t the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI’s prime witness, and suspect.

Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can’t–no he won’t–let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn’t a kill shot that takes Olivia out.

Susan Sleeman

Kill Shot is an exciting story with military intensity!  Sleeman writes her newest novel with a touch of sci fi – at least, I hope that self-steering bullets aren’t reality – and lots of drama.  You’ll cheer on Olivia as she bravely battles obstacle after obstacle, trying both to keep her family safe and to figure out Rick Cannon.  She’s a fun heroine – she’s both smart and pretty, and while she doesn’t have experience with the kind of violence that she faces in this story, she learns quickly and fights with her eyes open.

Rick Cannon is a pretty great hero, too.  He’s also crazy smart, at least where crime solving is concerned, and he does whatever it takes to find the bad guys – even when it comes at great personal expense.  He’s my favorite kind of hero – he’s tough and smart, but he’s vulnerable, too.  He’s willing to put those he cares about ahead of his own comfort.

That’s really my favorite aspect of this book – that all of the main characters are smart.  I have little patience for the weepy, fainting, does-he-like-me-or-not kind of characters, but you won’t find any here.  They’re too busy watching each other’s backs and hunting down clues, and I love the fast pace of it all.

I couldn’t figure it out, either – not before the author wanted me to.  Even when I thought I could see what was coming, as the action was rising to the climax and the suspense was building, no – Sleeman still threw in a few loops.  Isn’t it Shakespeare who said that there’s nothing new under the sun?  Sometimes it feels like it – but this storyline was new to me.

If fast-paced adventure is your cup of tea, then hightail it to your nearest book source and get Kill Shot.  You won’t be sorry.

I received a free copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

 

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