ISBN #: 978-0985123482
Page Count: 384
Copyright: November 1, 2013
Publisher: Smite Publications
(Taken from back cover)
All Sean Kincaid wanted was to use his Special Operative skills to bring a domestic terrorist to justice. But he left a trail of bodies in his wake: foes, colleagues - and an innocent woman. Now he's pursued by enemies, while desperately searching for a way to make amends.
Deirdre Monahan was expecting a happy afternoon with her cousin Anna. But she found a corpse abandoned like trash - and no one who could tell her why. Now Deirdre's looking for answers, and bent on giving whoever killed Anna the gift of knowing Deirdre's pain.
In Ashes, Sean sacrificed everything. In this thrilling sequel, there will be ... a Reckoning.
In Ashes, Sean Kincaid retired from the government "agency," but couldn’t stop himself from going after domestic terrorists that bombed a federal building, and left behind a survivor that Sean can't get out of his mind. He finds them and disposes of them, but at a heavy cost. As book 2 begins, Reckoning, we meet Deirdre, the cousin of Sean’s innocent victim. As Deirdre tries to come to terms with her cousin’s death, and seek out those responsible, Sean returns to the area, to make amends. Unfortunately, there is more danger ahead.
What I think makes Ms. Cozy’s books work is the emotion within her characters. There is strong suspense woven into her stories, but, more than that, each character has an inner life that we are given access to. We not only get to enjoy the storyline, but get to know them personally, which allows a deeper connection to the book. Using events similar to world events also plays a key role in readers empathy, as we all remember the terror of attacks within our country.
Although Reckoning can be read as a stand-alone novel, I highly recommend you read Ashes first, to better understand the background. You will find a hero in Sean Kincaid, regardless of his covert behavior, as his heart is always in the right place, even when his methods shock you. Absolutely flawless writing and attention to detail make Ms. Cozy a masterful storyteller. I have highly enjoyed her work and believe we will see a lot more from her. I, for one, will be watching.
5 out of 5 stars!
*A physical copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.