Uncharted: Countermeasure: Bytes of Life, #1 (Unabridged)
by Cecilia Aubrey & Chris Almeida
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The suspense driven Countermeasure Series combines full-length novels and Bytes of Life short stories about sexy, technologically inclined men and women. The series is filled with heart-stopping danger and enough twists and turns to make a hair-raising "roller coaster" seem tame. In the series, Trevor Bauer, a tough as nails NSA geek, and his even more tenacious love interest, Cassandra James, are on a quest for clues in the mysterious disappearance of Trevor's parents. Joined by fate, their search drops them into the mysterious and violent world of data espionage, one that tests their love as they sweep the world with romance, sex, and ingenuity to find answers that will have the power to change their lives forever. In the short prequel to Countermeasure, love is the utmost cardinal emotion and shines brightly as Conor and Maeve Brennan struggle with a life changing decision. In this glimpse into the hearts of the Brennans, you will see the strength of a love unlike any other--a love that transcends right and wrong. A love that remains unchallenged to this day. NOTE: Countermeasure: Bytes of Life is a tie-in series to the Countermeasure Series novels. This new series of shorts gives the readers glimpses into the day-to-day life of the Countermeasure characters. The main novels in the Countermeasure Series are action-packed plot-driven stories, while the short stories in the Bytes of Life Series are character-driven and a way to develop the characters as the main series moves forward. Please be advised that ALL short stories in this series contain EROTIC material. They are NOT recommended for younger audience. Although some of the events that take place in the short stories might be referenced in the novels and vice-versa, the short stories are not compulsory for the understanding of the series. They enhance the experience. The chronological order is as follows: 0 - Uncharted (Free Short Story - Published) 1 - Countermeasure (Novel - Published) 1a - Ecstasy by the Sea (Short Story - Published) 1b - Cuffed at Midnight (Short Story - Published) 1c - Passion at Dawn (Short Story - Published) 2 - To Russia With Love (Novel - Published) 2a - Blindsided (Short Story - Published) 2b - Lost to Rapture (Short Story - Published) 2c - Bound by Love (Short Story - TBA) 3 - Alternate Connection (Novel - TBA) 3a - London by Moonlight (Short Story - TBA)
You will want the entire series!!
It should come as no surprise to anyone that I truly enjoy the Countermeasure Series, and these short Bytes of Life extras are no exception. Uncharted spends 48 hours in the life of Trevor’s parents, Conor and Maeve. Written as a prequel to the Countermeasure series, but actually released after both of the full length stories, this Byte holds a special poignancy for those who are familiar with the series and the characters.
While setting the stage for the underlying personal mystery that threads through Trevor’s life, Tim Gerard Reynolds brings the characters to life with his mellifluous delivery and that special “something” that provides added emotional impact to the character’s voices. With small inflection and tonal changes, beautiful enunciation and that ‘touch of Eire in his voice, this short comes alive, and will bring reader’s familiar with the series to tears.
This is a lovely addition to the series, as an introduction the sense of characterization and emotional honesty that these authors bring: and wrap it all up neatly in a mystery. What more could you possibly want? A few more hours to listen to the rest of the series, or a weekend off to read the entire thing!
I was provided an audiobook copy from the authors for purpose of honest review for the Heard Word. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.