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A volatile hostage situation at a foster home reaches a bitter end: shots are fired, some die, some live to tell a sordid tale. In the midst of the anguish and confusion is one child who will bear the scars of this unbelievable turmoil.
As a special investigator for Child Protective Services, Ivy Nash lives by one rule: she'll do anything to fight for the wellbeing of children. Anything. Something that was never done for her. As a "system" kid, she spent time in 17 foster homes. Seventeen.
Very quickly, the facts of the case are blurred...accusations of sibling abuse, connections to drugs. Nothing lines up, and authorities want it all to go away. Their target? A 10-year-old boy. Unrelenting in her pursuit to find the truth, Ivy and her new friend Cristina uncover alarming new information to pinpoint who is at the root of the crime.
But evil knows no boundaries. Shockwaves of her most horrific childhood memories erupt into the present, and Ivy knows that she's in the fight for her life.
©2016 John W. Mefford (P)2017 John W. Mefford
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By Kelly watley on 04-27-17

Wonderful start of new Series !!

 I love the hard-edged, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners style that Mefford's fans have come to love from his very much twenty-first century thrillers.
As usual, you won’t find any spoilers here, but Ivy Nash series book one is a tale that will grab the reader from its explosive beginning and not let them go again until the bad guys get the point.
Writing a series, especially one as varied and intense as the Ivy Nash books, is a challenge which author John W. Mefford seems to pull off with admirable aplomb, yet in this novel, he marries a truly telling tale told with Forsyth’s depth and understanding of event planning with all the action and excitement any fan of Andy McNab could ever wish for in their wildest dreams. This series just keeps getting better and better.

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By Lisa Ellis on 04-19-17


Thank you John!! Being able to listen to this amazing story with all the amazing nuances and inflections was a god send. I picked up insights that I missed in my own reading of IN Defiance. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this incredibly fast paced and incredible story. Ivy Nash is an amazingly relatable character. She is flawed but amazing. Strong and tough but soft and vulnerable. Ivy is the voice for all of those unfortunate souls that have no voice!! Wohoo to Stan her awesome sidekick and I think Christina is going to play a bigger role in Ivy's life going forward. This is a must read read read!!

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