I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Deadly Strain by Julie Rowe
Published by Carina Press on 2015-06-15
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Fiction, General, Military, Romance, Suspense
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Book one of Biological Response Team
Major Grace Samuels, a trauma surgeon deployed to Afghanistan, spends her life helping her fellow soldiers overcome disease and combat injuries. But her own wounds are harder to heal. Wracked with guilt over the death of a fellow soldier, she finds comfort in her only friend and appointed bodyguard, weapons sergeant Jacob "Sharp" Foster.
Sharp feels more for Grace than a soldier should, more than he wants to admit. When the team discovers a new, quick-to-kill strain of anthrax, he tries to focus on the mission to find its source. He knows he can help Grace defeat her demons, but first they must defeat the deadly outbreak.
Sharp is Grace's most loyal ally, but in close quarters, he starts to feel like more. She can't watch someone else she cares about die—but she might not have a choice. The closer they get to finding the source of the strain, the closer it gets to finding them.
Interesting story about modern day biological warfare and those who work to keep us safe. I look forward to more from this series as the work that went in to researching the biological weapon and special forces personnel showed in a believable threat with action that kept me interested during the story.
Grace just wants to do her job and do it well. She wants nothing more than to save lives and make a difference to those she works with but she’s also haunted. She will never forget people she’s served with and lost but one loss haunts her more than any other. When they get a call to go check out a suspicious set of deaths at a relatively remote outpost, she has to come to terms with not only her past but the man who wants to be there for her future in order for any of them to have a future. She’s driven and damn good at what she does which shines thru even as she doubts herself because of survivor’s guilt. I liked how she would work herself to the bone in order to get answers but mainly liked that she does what she has to in order to survive and complete the mission. She is someone that I would want in my corner should the worst happen as you know that she will sacrifice herself if it means more survive.
Jacob.. *swoon*… he’s something else but I would expect him to be all that and a bag of chips. He’s Special Forces but he’s also a man who has discovered the woman that makes him a bit crazy. He’s driven to protect Grace from not only outside threats but also herself as he discovers more about how driven she is. When he pushes her you understand her frustration with him but you also see why he pushes her to let go. She needs someone who will act as a relatively neutral voice of reason in order to get her to eat and take care of what her body needs. She really does need a babysitter in some respects but the way Jacob goes about it occasionally made me laugh. He was someone that while driven to defend his woman also realized that she was quite capable of holding her own. He didn’t coddle her but instead worked to make her see his side even as much as she hated that.
Overall this was an interesting story with some information that will frighten those who haven’t kept up with modern or heck even old-school biological warfare. The weapon described is frightening in nature made more so by how much of a possibility this is. I hope that we never see something like this created but one never knows what evil is out there.