The whir of the helicopter drowned out every other noise around Caleb, even his own thoughts. It was a welcome respite. An intricate web of tactical planning had filled the recesses of his mind for the past 24 hours, but it was time. No more planning. It was another routine operation; go in, grab the bad guys and get out. He knew each move he was about to make, and every single step the seven men sitting next to him would take. He was sure of it; it was his job. He was responsible for the safety and well-being of every man in his squad, and simultaneously, for the success of the mission at hand.
"Five minutes, Lieutenant," the man seated in the pilot seat hollered back to him, breaking up the monotonous whir.
Every man around him straightened his spine and their muscles grew taught. It wasn't fear that had them at the ready, it was anticipation; the same anticipation that surged through his veins. In four minutes and 39 seconds, they'd be on the ground. In 15 minutes and nine seconds, they'd be in position, a mile and a half away from the landing zone. Within 30 minutes, their task would be complete: suspects apprehended, intel gathered and building secured. The 2,000 kilograms of cocaine housed in the building wasn't his problem, only the men selling it and their list of buyers. "Just get those bastards, Caleb," his S.O. had told him. "We'll clean up their mess later." In other words, another team would be deployed to round up the drugs once the area was secured.
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Into the Crossfire
Entertaining and enjoyable short story with a military backdrop. Full of action, suspense and a little steamy romance and a HEA.
This was just a fun, interesting and entertaining listen for those times when you want a good story but want something a little shorter that you can finish in an afternoon.
Being a shorter story it moves at a pretty fast pace but still develops a believable relationship between Caleb and Violet.
When things don't go as planned on an mission to take out drug lords, Caleb is saved from certain death by an unlikely source. Violet isn't exactly who Caleb thinks she is. It’s easy to draw the wrong conclusion when you don't have all the facts. They need to work together to ensure they both survive the situation they find themselves in. The humor and childlike truth Amaya added to the story was great. It was able to break up the story and add some light -hearted moments. Unexpected but enjoyable ending.
Theresa Stephens did a good job with the narration. Pleasant voice easy to listen to for long periods of time. Good character voices. Of coarse her female voices are good and her voice for Amaya was perfect. Just a slight difference in her male voices was great. I really like that she didn't try to do a really deep male voice. So many narrators do this and it just makes the male characters sound stupid. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. She was able to bring the characters and story to life.
There is no reason to read the table of contents. You only need to read the title of each chapter or say the chapter # at the beginning of a chapter. She also does this in another book that I have. It makes her seem like a novice narrator which she is not.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.