Desperate Creed

Desperate Creed

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"In Alabama: A deadly outbreak of tornadoes sends K9 handlers, Ryder Creed and Jason Seaver with their scent dogs, Grace and Scout to search for survivors. As storms intensify and Ryder and Jason race against time to save victims, they end up racing to save themselves. In Chicago: Francine "Frankie" Russo is irritated when her young co-worker calls at 5:00 am for a video-chat and catches her in only a towel. She's so annoyed with Tyler Gates that she's barely paying attention when two men confront him on the street. In a matter of seconds, Frankie witnesses Tyler's murder. Then the killers pick up the phone. And suddenly, they know what Frankie looks like, who she is, where she works and lives. She knows absolutely nothing about them. But one thing's for certain--they're coming for her next. Frankie calls the only people she knows can help: her childhood friend, Hannah Washington and Hannah's business partner, Ryder Creed. Hannah tells her to "come on home," and she arranges a meeting for Frankie to meet with FBI agent Maggie O'Dell. Meanwhile in the Florida Panhandle: Creed's sister, Brodie is dealing with her own storm. She's realizing that after sixteen years of captivity, surviving was only the first step. With the killers hot on her trail, Frankie races to meet Maggie. But she has no idea that she's driving straight into the grasp of another killer--a monster storm system. She and Maggie will need Ryder and Jason's help, but no one is safe from the devastation. And by the time the sky clears, none of them will ever be the same."--Amazon.
Publisher: Omaha, Nebraska : Prairie Wind Publishing, 2019.
ISBN: 9781732006492
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jan 26, 2020

DISCLAIMER: My review of 'Desperate Creed' is absolutely colored by the fact that I think Alex Kava is one of the best writers of this genre today - and the last 17 years, when I read one of her books for the first time.

'Desperate Creed' is about tornado's, the tornado's of life, actual storms and the storms we each face, often alone. Yes, there are a few disparate plot lines tied tenuously together, but they did not take away from the story of this plot line and added to the larger plot of the series.

I read a review somewhere that complained Ryder and Maggie are always in some deadly situation, Well yes. So are Alex Cross, Scott Horvath, the Jacks Ryan, Reacher and one known as the Repairman, Alexandra Cooper, Leo Waterman, Joanna Brady and hundreds of others. It's called conflict and there would be no plot without it. Ryder Creed's job is disaster. Maggie O'Dell's job is horrific crime. Both deadly.

It seems to me that when I first asked KCLS to order the then upcoming 'Desperate Creed', it's publishing date was pushed back several times and never quite known. Alex Kava is an outstanding researcher, seeking in-depth and complete information on the subject of a books focus. At the very end of the Author's Note, she teases us that

'.. . that there are many more stories to come. And I'm already at work researching 'Hidden Creed'."

Patience is not my best event.
5 stars.

Sep 23, 2019

Excellent! Definitely worth 5+ stars. Probably her best yet in the series.

Sep 12, 2019

What a wild ride! There was a LOT going on in this book. Non. Stop. Action. I love this series. I find the parts about scent dogs utterly FASCINATING. Honestly, if that was all that was written about in these books, I would still be totally hooked! Reading about tornados took me back to when I lived in Kansas and I found that part to be equally fascinating. I felt the weather forecaster's backstory could have been eliminated, as it didn't seem to be a necessary part of the storyline. The parts about Ryder's sister were heartwrenching but also a bit repetitious. The afterword was fascinating and quite scary to read. It seemed like this book could have used a little more editing, as there were a few misspelled/incorrect words used. There weren't many but they were a bit jarring. It was a joy to read about the characters I have grown to love: Ryder, Hannah, Jason and, of course, Grace! I love, love, love that sweet little dog!! I hope the next book will be more about the dogs.


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