Thursday, January 2, 2020

Seconds To Live by Susan Sleeman

Seconds To Live by Susan Sleeman (Bethany House) by papertapepins

The Seconds Are Ticking Down before Someone Dies

When cybercriminals hack into the U.S. Marshals' Witness Protection database and auction off witnesses' personal details to the highest bidders, the RED Team, led by FBI Agent Sean Nichols, begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. But before he can even get started, the first witness is targeted and barely escapes with her life. Sean believes Phantom, an obsessed hacker who previously outwitted the top minds in the field, is behind the attack, and Sean needs this witness's help, as she's the person who has come closest to discovering Phantom's identity.

Trouble is, she's under the care of U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills, and Sean is reluctant to work with the captivating Marshal who knows his deepest secrets. But Phantom seems to be one step ahead at every turn and will stop at nothing to kill the witness. To stop the hacker, Sean and Taylor must learn to trust each other as danger draws ever closer.

FBI Agent Sean Nichols met US Marshall Taylor Mills online because of a case they were both working and they stayed in touch personally, but they didn't meet face to face until quite a while later. They had to come to terms with the reality of meeting face to face while closely working an intense case together, this time in person. An interesting premise, for sure. 

There's plenty of action and suspense, and I certainly didn't expect a couple of the twists thrown in. The other agents on the RED team are interesting and engaging, but the sisters Taylor is guarding as a US Marshall are pretty flat characters. I found that I enjoyed the story regarding the search for Phantom and the hacking and the deep web and all that but the romance was a little lacking for me just because Taylor is so stuck on a traumatic event earlier in her life that she can't move on, and when she finally deals with it late in the book, boom, everything is better. At least that's how it felt to me. Deal with that a little more graciously and we've got a much more engaging character. Neverminding that one piece of the story, and the sisters Taylor watches over, you've got a great story to lose yourself in. Overall it's definitely worth the read.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Susan Sleeman

    Susan Sleeman

    Susan Sleeman ( is the bestselling author of more than 35 romantic suspense novels with more than 1 million books sold. She has won several awards, including the ACFW Carol Award for Suspense for Fatal Mistake and the...
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