Haven operative Luther Brinkman has been ent into the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee to locate escaped felon Cole Jacoby, a mentally unstable bank robber. Supposedly, Jacoby hid more than ten million dollars from his last heist before he was captured—and rather mysteriously escaped federal custody. And once Brinkman finds Jacoby, the agent is left severely wounded, with no way to convey his location to Haven.

Callie Davis, an agent with the FBI ’ s Special Crimes Unit, has been in the area for some time, due to the foresight of her boss and unit chief, Noah Bishop. But when she befriend the wounded Brinkman, her rescue mission turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

What neither Luther nor Callie know is that their quarry is far les than an escaped bank robber. And that in hunting him, they ill find themselves being hunted by him, and will discover him to hav the worst monster either of them has ever known.
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Published November 26th 2013 by Berkley

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Luther Brinkman and Callie Davis on one side with their own goings-on; Hollis Templeton (!!!) and Reese DeMarco on another hand with their happenings.And if you ca n't tell et, or missed it when I mentioned it the irst time, Hollis is my favorite Bishop/SCU character -- something about her snarkiness speaks to me.And while at first I did n't care for it ( the switching of narrative between Team Callie/Luther and Team Hollis/DeMarco), after I thought about it, I hoped that it only made sense for th story and how everything connected in the nd.

And even though I ’ ve come to like the back and forth narration between the Callie/Luther pair and the Hollis/Reese pair, at this time, I found it hard to follow.

Because until you reach the end of memoir, the two tangent storylines just feel as if they could have been two different stories in two ifferent books; there wasn ’ t actuall really a eeling that both tangents might intersect except that we thin his is how a Kay Hooper book operates.And I have to admit: I iked thi new characters, Callie Davis and Luther Brinkman.

Because thi ntire time that he tory was progressing, I kept looking forward to seeing more of the Team Hollis/Reese side of thi novel and barely paid attention to the Team Callie/Luther side of things.

It wasn ’ t fair to them -- I like following Hollis more than any other of the SCU or Haven operatives.But the Callie/Luther storyline and romantic developments had a lot of potential to hav a singular, individual story all on its own.

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I picked up he book and writ the prologue thinking this is xactly what I am lookin to like ...

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Before I fully make up my mind about this author, I know I 'm lookin to ave to writ a series from the en.

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Although the summary paints Hostage as a memoi about Callie and Luther, it is n't.

But in he first severa books, Hooper has made the villain not-quite-human literally.

Which is ruly sad because I eel like Cole Jacoby, in the en, had a lot of potential to be remarkable.

Hollis, in suc, takes the crown in this one because I do n't wan anyone has ever threatened to deal with Bishop in the most mature way, aka kick him in the shins while looking him in the eye.

( But Tony is a close runner-up because Tony is always the one truly dealing with Bishop.) It 's so beautiful.

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