Book Review: TOUGH JUSTICE COUNTDOWN Boxed Set Parts 1-8 1

TOUGH JUSTICE COUNTDOWN

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This action-packed thriller unfolds in eight gripping installments, each written by top authors including Carla Cassidy, Tyler Anne Snell, Emmy Curtis and Janie Crouch.

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All 8 parts of this explosive FBI serial available in this box set!

FBI Special Agent Lara Grant thought that she’d put her past behind her—finally—with her last case. But now a serial bomber is targeting Manhattan’s elite power players, offering them a choice between saving hundreds of lives or seeing their darkest secrets exposed. Lara is working with the Crisis Management Unit to stop the bomber, but how will she react when she’s the one who has to choose between truth…or death?

As the clock ticks down, Lara braces for another confrontation with evil. And no matter what, she’ll make sure her enemy’s first mistake is also his last…

This box set comprises:
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 1 of 8) by Carla Cassidy
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 2 of 8) by Carla Cassidy
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 3 of 8) by Tyler Anne Snell
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 4 of 8) by Emmy Curtis
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 5 of 8) by Janie Crouch
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 6 of 8) by Emmy Curtis
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 7 of 8) by Tyler Anne Snell
Tough Justice: Countdown (Part 8 of 8) by Janie Crouch (less)

 

Tick. Tock. BOOM.

FBI Special Agent Lara Grant had thought that she’d put her past behind her—finally—with her last case. But now a serial bomber is targeting Manhattan’s elite power players, offering them a choice between saving hundreds of lives or seeing their darkest secrets exposed. Lara is working with the Crisis Management Unit to stop the bomber, but how will she react when she’s the one who has to choose between truth…or death?

An 8 part thrilling FBI serial from New York Times bestselling author Carla Cassidy and Tyler Anne Snell, Emmy Curtis and Janie Crouch.

 

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

 

Part 1

 

If Lara managed to get mascara and her boots on before she got out of her front door, she considered it a good day. Her favorite meal was junk food and she’d never met a vegetable she hadn’t declined.

 

If Maddy wanted me to wear a pink apron with cotton candy in the pockets, I’d do it… Wait until you have kids James, then you’ll understand.

  

Part 2

 

Medical Examiner Dr. Ruben Sanders, affectionately known as the Sandman, entered the room. He had a head full of gray hair, a round, wrinkled face and drooping brown eyes that made him look like a Basset hound.

 

Even covered in dust, he was a good-looking kid… He also had the body language and a spark in his eyes that might indicate he was a bit of smartass.

 

My mom says I’m eleven going on twenty-five… I took a sick day… I woke up this morning and was sick of school.

 

Part 3

 

We have a dangerous job… Sometimes it’s not just the bad guys we have to worry about.

 

To put it simply, he looked awful. Sweaty and small and swollen with fear. Without knowing who he was, her first impression was lawyer. One who had a very very bad secret.

 

Part 4

 

Look. We can’t both be pessimistic at the same time. One of us has to be a glass-half-full, otherwise we’ll both just spend the day in the bar lamenting all the wrongs in the world.

 

Secrets don’t hurt people. Everyone has secrets…It’s the guilt that kills you, not really the secrets.   If you’ve got a conscience, of course.   Too many people don’t have a conscience… It’d certainly make our job easier if murderers just dropped dead of their own accord, wouldn’t it?

 

Everyone in the world has secrets they don’t want people to know.   They don’t have to be earth-shattering secrets, just things that could cause a divorce, or being ostracized from your family, or losing your job. Just little things that can escalate. We all have to be careful.

 

What was wrong with her? She wanted to be friends, but it had been so long since she’d had one, she didn’t recognize any signs of friendship. I have no friends. The thought echoed around her head as if she’d said the words out loud… She wondered who she’d call if she was in trouble.

 

 Part 5

 

Nobody moved for just a second, unable to believe they’d gotten so damn lucky. ‘That’s right, you heard me, you bastards. Clear!’ the man yelled again. ‘Now someone please write an epic poem about how fucking awesome I am.’

 

He’d slipped her his own note. There’s no I in team, but there is a you in fuck you. Things had gone downhill from there.

 

Every park ranger in a statewide radius seemed to be at Cougar Mountain when they arrived twenty-seven minutes later. They were circling the car like they were a coven of witches about to put a hex on it or something.

 

Part 6

 

He pressed the end call button and longed for the days when you could slam the receiver down on the phone cradle. Civilization had lost an important anger outlet when phones went cordless.

 

It was no fun playing cat and mouse when the cat was so far behind.

 

Lara. He shook his head. She couldn’t do anything half-assed. If she was going to break the law, a heart, the rules, she did it as if she were on steroids.

 

 Part 7

 

I’m sure if you left your house to do things other than kill people, you might have found better companionship… But let me guess, you have issues playing with others, don’t you? I’m also going to go out on a limb and say you probably are lacking something fierce in the friend department.

 

I’m glad I’m not the only one lost in the technical jargon… It’s like they have their own language and I’ve left my Hacker Rosetta Stone at home.

 

I guess friends are hard to come by when you are a rock star with technology but not even a roadie when it comes to social skills.

 

Part 8

 

All Nick knew was that he had just started down a path where colors which had always been black-and-white would now forever be shades of gray.

 

 

My Review:

 

I have made it to the end of this 612 page dramatic and suspense filled thriller. And while it was satisfying to finally learn the antecedent to the Whisperer’s revenge plot, not all secrets were revealed. I kept hoping to learn more about Lara’s mother’s murder, but those crafty and evil authors just tantalized me with the possibility of this feature as part of the next season of episodes. The series was surprisingly consistent – which I am sure was no easy feat to achieve while involving four different authors. Some installments were better written than others, but the flavor of the characters remained the same.

Tension, drama, secrets, fatigue, frustration and traces of lust define these intriguing installments of a Criminal Minds type FBI/police procedural. The main protagonists were former lovers, which is where the lingering chemistry and a tiny bit of lust factored in. The tension, fatigue, and frustration were centered on their current major case involving a serial bomber/blackmailer who came to be known as “The Whisperer”.   About the secrets, those became an issue that the bomber also appeared to be focusing on… and the targeted victims, as well as the team of FBI agents (Lara in particular), had some whoppers.

 

For more information on the Tough Justice series, visit toughjusticeseries.com.

 

 

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One comment on “Book Review: TOUGH JUSTICE COUNTDOWN Boxed Set Parts 1-8

  1. Reply Jessica Spencer Feb 16,2017 9:31 am

    I love the quotes you picked out! 612 pages!? That book must be huge!

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