Book 2, Wings of Gold
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“Mrs. Tappan writes one of the best accounts of today's military fighting man/woman... The characters are so real, and the story so enthralling, that you don't want to put the book down!”
~ Fan review
Note from the author: Some years ago, a good friend of mine (who was in the same naval helicopter squadron as my husband) miraculously survived a helicopter crash. This book depicts some of the real events of that accident.
Compelled to join an operation by an admiral with a personal agenda, Lieutenant Kyle “Mikey” Hammond finds himself thrust into the harsh desert terrain of northern Pakistan. Four American engineers have been kidnapped, and Kyle is tasked to work with Samantha, a civilian authority on Pakistan, whose expertise in terrorist negotiations is the hostages’ only hope. However, this is just one part of Kyle’s assignment. He’s also operating off a set of top-secret orders that could ruin his military career.
From the outset, Samantha’s negotiations with the terrorists walk the sharp edge between life and death. But she is an expert at such shrewd tactics…tactics that soon begin to mirror her personal dealings with the enigmatic Navy lieutenant. Determined to unearth the true Kyle, Samantha engages in a cat-and-mouse game with him that ends up peeling away some of her own carefully concealed layers. Once both their masks are lowered, love blossoms between them. But when the daring hostage rescue finally gets underway, a horrifying accident nearly shatters everything they’ve worked to attain. Their survival will hinge on the strength of their love…and if the man she’s certain can save the day will become the hero he’s convinced he’s not.
Content warning: contains profanity, violence, and adult situations.
Would definitely recommend
I am new to the writings of Ms. Tappan. As a Naval Military Brat, I was intrigued by the description. I have not read the other book preceding this one, but I don’t feel like it hampered my ability to read this one. It does have quite a bit of military jargon, and acronyms. I liked the fact the glossary was available on the kindle by clicking the number that appeared at the end of the word being defined.
This is an emotional book, opening with a heart wrenching scene. It is also action packed, one of those stories where you’re on the edge of your seat, adrenaline pumping, as you want to fight back and shoot the terrorists in the story. The two main characters are believable in their descriptions and the way they are portrayed. She captured with perfect reality, Kyle’s inner demons and struggles that stem from his past. She also perfectly portrayed Samantha’s tough exterior masks the person she really is.
The flow of the book keeps your attention and keeps you reading. At times your heart strings are being tugged, and you feel an emotional connection as if you are really experiencing it first hand. Other times you find yourself in a bloodthirsty frenzy of emotion, wanting to shoot at the “bad guys” yourself.
Every character in the book is well thought out, and add that much more detail and intricacy to the storyline.
This is a story that is worth the reading, and I would highly recommend it.
I was ADDICTED to this book!
I was ADDICTED to this book!
Just like the previous book, Beyond the Call of Duty, I couldn't put this one down. The tension between Samantha and Kyle built and simmered slowly, and the action and suspense elements were truly "edge-of-your-seat." When the book was heavy, it was HEAVY, but it was realistically balanced out with lighter moments.
This book was personal for Tracy, and it shows. The amount of research she put in is above and beyond. She uses the jargon like a pro, and THANK GOODNESS for the built-in glossary! I loved learning new terms and phrases!
In the beginning, Samantha and Kyle have sort of a pseudo-meeting, then they officially re-meet the next day. I knew from that moment that the sparks would fly between them!
Kyle had such a funny voice, both externally in the things he said and especially internally with the things he thought. He's a hero for sure, but I enjoyed reading how Samantha got under his armor and discovered what made the hero/player/wise guy tick.
And holy cow, when Kyle finally said out loud to Samantha the things he had only wished he could say out loud to Samantha, I totally had an out-loud AWWWW moment.
And holy cow, the major conflict that happened with the helicopter towards the end had me turning the pages like a crazy person to see how it got resolved!
And holy cow, I just loved absolutely everything about it and would read ANY book in this series!!!
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
The BEST one yet!!!
OMG where do I start?!? As a former military spouse I LOVE how the real emotions of separation are described in such raw detail. The reader immediately has a front row seat to an exciting and believable situation with richly made characters and detailed descriptions. I enjoyed this book more than the first one because you could tell there was a very personal aspect to the storyline- that made a difference in the amount of emotion I was willing to commit to the book. I read it in one day!!!!! Buy it! Read it! And check out her other stuff! A+++