Fatal Strike
There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third body on a church doorstep. But their suspect has gone into hiding, and those closest to him are reluctant to reveal anything that might help investigators find him.As Leah and Jon check connections among the victims and dig deeper into motives, they discover appearances may be deceiving. Someone is desperate to keep their secrets hidden, and Leah and Jon must face their greatest fears in order to stop the next fatal strike.

Fatal Strike Details

TitleFatal Strike
Author
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2019
PublisherTyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Rating
GenreSuspense, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Romantic Suspense

Fatal Strike Review

  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    DiAnn Mills' books have been hit or miss for me, and there's only been one or two I've really liked. But her newest release, Fatal Strike, is a fascinating and page-turning suspense novel with fabulous characters and a touch of romance. Five stars from me!Honestly, the romance aspect may have been one of my favorite parts of this book. Both characters acted like the adults and professionals they were and, instead of acting like hormonal teenagers, they communicated (!!!) and didn't let their fee DiAnn Mills' books have been hit or miss for me, and there's only been one or two I've really liked. But her newest release, Fatal Strike, is a fascinating and page-turning suspense novel with fabulous characters and a touch of romance. Five stars from me!Honestly, the romance aspect may have been one of my favorite parts of this book. Both characters acted like the adults and professionals they were and, instead of acting like hormonal teenagers, they communicated (!!!) and didn't let their feelings for each other get in the way of their job or other relationships. Well done, Mills! I also really appreciated how instead of finding a significant other and their problems magically melting away, the characters found themselves having to confront their issues and pasts and in that process drew the other to God. The plot was full of suspense and plot twists and I was left guessing at every turn! The story felt like a unique twist on your typical suspense novel, which was a breath of fresh air. Both our main characters are very realistic humans that I found easy to relate to. The faith themes, as I briefly mentioned, were woven throughout the story and weren't too backseat, while also not being too prominent and "in your face."Overall, I greatly enjoyed this romantic suspense novel and look forward to reading what Mills writes next! I highly recommend checking this one out if you love suspense, realistic characters, and a bit of romance. FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this read. Complex plot. Romance was good and enjoyable.
  • Minx
    January 1, 1970
    In Fatal Strike, Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert were initially teamed up to use their sniper skills in order to deescalate a threat. Their pairing was the first time they had come together and it was only out of desperation that it even took place because both of their partners were unavailable. Neither one of them were sure if they could work well together but they soon realized that they were compatible, one sniper to another. On the heels of that one situation they were called in to investigate In Fatal Strike, Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert were initially teamed up to use their sniper skills in order to deescalate a threat. Their pairing was the first time they had come together and it was only out of desperation that it even took place because both of their partners were unavailable. Neither one of them were sure if they could work well together but they soon realized that they were compatible, one sniper to another. On the heels of that one situation they were called in to investigate a killing that had the calling card of a gang that was slowly infiltrating the area, the Veneno gang.Despite their hesitation about working with a new partner, Leah and Jon had to hit the ground running as they were thrust headlong into a case that would take all of their investigative powers. Not only were they pushed to the max in this investigation but they both would have to face the pasts that they have been running from for far too long. With one suspect on the run, assassination attempts, well-meaning but interfering loved ones, and unreliable witnesses that were giving only half truths, Leah and Jon were going to have to be on the top of their game in order to drill their way to the absolute truth of who was behind the killing spree taking place in Galveston, TX.There is a religious element in Fatal Strike as much of the plot revolves around the characters faith and a connection to a certain church. Both Leah and Jon struggle with their pasts and their questioning faith is expressed along with their uncertainties about forgiveness. The plot was tight and the connections that were drawn between all the characters were intriguing. There were many twists and turns to follow and there was very little down time as the action kept Leah and Jon hopping. The relationship that developed between Leah and Jon was fun but serious at the same time. They had to get to know each other in the toughest of circumstances, even with an attraction smoldering between them. Overall, Fatal Strike was a suspenseful crime drama that packs a powerful punch on many levels!This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
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  • Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Following a string of recent and prominent murders using snake venom that has the calling card of a local gang infiltration, a team of FBI agents, led by a highly trained sniper duo, descend on Galveston to deescalate the threat and bring justice to the victims. Tensely woven from the opening sequence, the story was incredibly fast-paced and set a desperate tone to find the answers to what has set a community on edge. "Her faith will be her strength or weakness."As Jon and Leah set out to seek t Following a string of recent and prominent murders using snake venom that has the calling card of a local gang infiltration, a team of FBI agents, led by a highly trained sniper duo, descend on Galveston to deescalate the threat and bring justice to the victims. Tensely woven from the opening sequence, the story was incredibly fast-paced and set a desperate tone to find the answers to what has set a community on edge. "Her faith will be her strength or weakness."As Jon and Leah set out to seek the truth behind these horrible crimes, their detective work picks up the pace and so too does the mutual attraction felt between them. Despite their tough exteriors, both are fragile individuals, yet it is through their weaknesses that their strengths can shine. Each carries quite a bit of baggage, making them reluctant to get too close, yet as the circumstances unfold it becomes harder and harder to deny the feelings developing between them. I appreciate the light romance aspects of the story that take backstage to the importance of professionalism. Additionally, I am such a fan of how the author is able to balance the very real human characteristics of grit and grace in such a gentle and admirable way. Leah's job as a sniper doesn't make her any less feminine than her best friend who has a house full of children. Jon's questioning of faith doesn't make him a hypocrite. The author is able to masterfully showcase both spiritual and social messages throughout the story while also using them to make connections to the plot."People aren't perfect. Just because they have faith doesn't mean they don't make mistakes."I love that these characters are so well developed and relatable. From the criminals committing the crimes to the high ranking officials within law enforcement seeking justice, everyone has something to hide. These secrets not only draw out the investigation, but also make it quite difficult to know who to actually trust! And as with any good mystery, you'll be led astray by the fantastically placed red herrings a few times along the way before the shocking truth is discovered. This suspenseful crime drama is action-packed with very little down time! Even the dialogue is short, sweet, and to the point! Insightful storytelling makes this an entertaining and engaging read that should not be missed! I can't wait for the next one!I received a copy of this book for free. This is my thoughtful and honest review.
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  • Shalini
    January 1, 1970
    Fatal Strike struck me hard with its swift pace, tight writing, and a plot which had FBI agents, snipers, opioid, murder using rattlesnake venom. That really rattled me while reading.Leah and Jon were the agents in question who were investigating the murder of law enforcement officials using snake venom. The story led to many troughs and plateaus before the end was revealed.My first book by DiAnn Mills, I have to admit the author did not allow me to breathe while reading. Every scene in the book Fatal Strike struck me hard with its swift pace, tight writing, and a plot which had FBI agents, snipers, opioid, murder using rattlesnake venom. That really rattled me while reading.Leah and Jon were the agents in question who were investigating the murder of law enforcement officials using snake venom. The story led to many troughs and plateaus before the end was revealed.My first book by DiAnn Mills, I have to admit the author did not allow me to breathe while reading. Every scene in the book happened for a reason. Jon and Leah were great agents who painstakingly took every piece of evidence and looked at it thoroughly. I loved the fact that they were not brash or rude who used their badge to intimidate witnesses. I found them to be quite empathetic. That pulled me into the story.The plot line was known and I could guess at the string-puller. But the twists and connections between the victims and their families brought a sparkle to the book. The author's style of writing made it easy to keep reading.Romance between the main characters was okay, I didn't really feel that intense hint of desire between them. But I suppose working in close quarters and finding humor and support in your partner does lead to love and relationship.Overall, this book had all the things would make it a fun romantic suspense. I think I liked my breakfast read, wouldn't you say?
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  • IJ
    January 1, 1970
    I am a Book Blogger for For the Southwest By the Southwest Book Corner. We had read and reviewed several of DiAnn Mills books previously, so was very happy to read and review this for our Book Blog.I believe this is the best book that I have read of DiAnn's to date, can't wait for it to go 'live' so others can enjoy it as much as I did.It takes place mostly in Galveston, TX,, so you get to know this island just a little bit better, I know I did.One of my worse fears are snakes! If you are like m I am a Book Blogger for For the Southwest By the Southwest Book Corner. We had read and reviewed several of DiAnn Mills books previously, so was very happy to read and review this for our Book Blog.I believe this is the best book that I have read of DiAnn's to date, can't wait for it to go 'live' so others can enjoy it as much as I did.It takes place mostly in Galveston, TX,, so you get to know this island just a little bit better, I know I did.One of my worse fears are snakes! If you are like me, you will enjoy reading how Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up together first as snipers than as crime solvers for the FBI, to take down these killers who use snake venom as their choice of poison!There are many twists and turns in this mystery, it will have you guessing up until the final page to finally get to know the real culprits of this mystery.As with all of DiAnn's books she brings in the Christian aspect of living life to the fullest. We also get a look at how a Catholic Priest follow's his following of Jesus and forgiveness. Great Mystery and Suspense that is a quick read and oh.. almost forgot.... yes, there is a romance aspect to this book also, one that gives you many laughts and smiles along the way.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    When a killer begins injecting victims with Galveston, TX, and those targeted are law enforcement, the FBI sends in two well trained agents, both of whom are snipers. Jon and Leah are tasked with bringing the killer to justice before anyone else is targeted.This a tight, well written inspirational suspense novel, and I enjoyed it for the most part. About midway through, it kind of bogged down for me and the romance portion seemed a bit forced. But that's only my opinion. Reviews are very subject When a killer begins injecting victims with Galveston, TX, and those targeted are law enforcement, the FBI sends in two well trained agents, both of whom are snipers. Jon and Leah are tasked with bringing the killer to justice before anyone else is targeted.This a tight, well written inspirational suspense novel, and I enjoyed it for the most part. About midway through, it kind of bogged down for me and the romance portion seemed a bit forced. But that's only my opinion. Reviews are very subjective. It is a good novel of suspense and I can recommend it.*My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    I am not even sure where to begin with my thoughts on this book!  I haven't read one of DiAnn's books in a while and I'm not sure why.  Her books are gripping, remind us of faith, family, and ties in a multitude of issues that we see in the world today.Leah and Jon have a hard job, or at least one that I wouldn't want to perform, they are snipers for the FBI.  It is an important job but I wonder how someone can put aside the fact that they will most likely kill someone in the line of duty?  Gran I am not even sure where to begin with my thoughts on this book!  I haven't read one of DiAnn's books in a while and I'm not sure why.  Her books are gripping, remind us of faith, family, and ties in a multitude of issues that we see in the world today.Leah and Jon have a hard job, or at least one that I wouldn't want to perform, they are snipers for the FBI.  It is an important job but I wonder how someone can put aside the fact that they will most likely kill someone in the line of duty?  Granted anyone that is killed is usually a criminal, but it must weigh heavily on their hearts, or I would think that it might.  Despite their jobs and their alpha personalities, there is something between them that sparks further investigation to see if it might be more than just friendship.There were so many aspects of this book that I enjoyed.  The characters were fleshed out and sometimes complex, the Christian part struck the perfect balance to the fast-paced action, there is a priest that struggles with his faith and doing what is right for society, and even a bit of potential romance for Leah and Jon.  All of the characters felt real with their own issues and how they dealt with those issues.  A big one for Leah is her fear of snakes and this book has them "thrown" at her from multiple directions.  I admired her strength despite it all especially in working to overcome that fear.  I felt like Jon was supportive of her and understood that sometimes there are things we are afraid to address in this life.The main story centers around the deaths of three prominent citizens in Galveston, a gang, and a drug crisis.  The stories are interwoven neatly without giving away too many details to keep the reader in suspense.  I have to admit I did figure out part of the story only because looking at all of the characters, this was the only one that didn't feel right.  There were many more involved in the end and I had a flurry of different emotions for the various characters.  Happy to see some get their just rewards, and sad that others had to endure the situations in which they were placed.Leah and Jon both had unresolved issues when it came to family or close friends and their journey to closure rounded out the story.  The only thing I didn't figure out was Leah's heritage.  She mentions an ancestor that escaped slavery and there is a brief description of Leah, but that is about all is said in the story.  It didn't really matter in the end, was just something I questioned.Overall I really enjoyed this story and give it 5 paws up.
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    A string of murders using rattlesnake venom brings a team of FBI experts to Galveston, Texas. Finding a connection proves difficult. Everyone seems to be hiding something. Another interesting crime drama by this dynamic author, with a subject pulled from current problems: gang violence, border concerns, illegal drugs. The main characters are smart, capable and tough, but have their own regrets and fears from their pasts. The dialogue is quick and snappy, with some romantic interest. Plenty of a A string of murders using rattlesnake venom brings a team of FBI experts to Galveston, Texas. Finding a connection proves difficult. Everyone seems to be hiding something. Another interesting crime drama by this dynamic author, with a subject pulled from current problems: gang violence, border concerns, illegal drugs. The main characters are smart, capable and tough, but have their own regrets and fears from their pasts. The dialogue is quick and snappy, with some romantic interest. Plenty of action and revealed clues to the mystery kept the story rolling along at a steady pace. It gave me a peek into how stressful and frustrating at times it must be for law enforcement officers to get to the bottom of real crimes. The involvement of the parish priest and the characters' own personal struggles added some faith elements. Finding a way forward through grief, regrets, and difficult parent-child relationships were key themes. I liked the wrapup and hopeful ending. Recommend for readers who like police or crime based dramas, with some faith and a bit of romance.(An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    An interesting suspense novel by DiAnn Mills. Fatal Strike intrigues the readers with a look into FBI procedures and various twists and turns throughout the storyline. This was my first book my DiAnn Mills. The story didn’t hold my attention as much as I thought it would, and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I typically do. However, this was an enjoyable read and I think suspense fans will enjoy it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was An interesting suspense novel by DiAnn Mills. Fatal Strike intrigues the readers with a look into FBI procedures and various twists and turns throughout the storyline. This was my first book my DiAnn Mills. The story didn’t hold my attention as much as I thought it would, and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I typically do. However, this was an enjoyable read and I think suspense fans will enjoy it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
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  • Iola
    January 1, 1970
    I used to be a real DiAnn Mills fan, and I can't remember why I stopped reading her novels. I think it was mostly that there were so many other books to read! Anyway, I was pleased when I saw there was a new DiAnn Mills romantic suspsense novel available for review. But I didn't enjoy Fatal Strike nearly as much as I remember enjoying previous DiAnn Mills romantic suspense novels. The thriller/suspense element of Fatal Strike was excellent—there was plenty of action and tension, enough to satisf I used to be a real DiAnn Mills fan, and I can't remember why I stopped reading her novels. I think it was mostly that there were so many other books to read! Anyway, I was pleased when I saw there was a new DiAnn Mills romantic suspsense novel available for review. But I didn't enjoy Fatal Strike nearly as much as I remember enjoying previous DiAnn Mills romantic suspense novels. The thriller/suspense element of Fatal Strike was excellent—there was plenty of action and tension, enough to satisfy any thriller or suspense fan. But the writing was somewhat formulaic. It was polished enough. It just didn't shine. I also don't think it satisfied in the Christian or the romantic elements. The Christian element was very low-key. Neither of the main characters were Christians at the beginning of the novel. While one went through a spiritual journey on the page, it was understated to the point of being almost invisible. The other may have had a foxhole conversion, but one muttered possible prayer does not make someone a Christian. The Christian thread was redeemed by Father Gabriel, who annoyed both investigators by standing up for his Christian beliefs at the risk of his life. I don't necessarily agree with his actions, but that says more about me than Father Gabriel. I admire the conviction behind his actions. The Christian church would be stronger if we had more Father Gabriels.(There is one plus to this "Christian-lite" plot: this is definitely a book you could give to an unsaved friend, especially an unsaved Catholic friend, because Father' Gabriel's faith elements felt very natural.)The romance element was even less satisfying. I knew the novel was supposed to be romantic suspense, but there was a complete lack of romantic tension (unless you count statements like "he had the most gorgeous partner on the planet", which felt like Mills was trying to shoehorn the romance into the plot). I prefer to see and feel the romance for myself, rather than me told she's gorgeous or he's fun (and he wasn't. At least, he hadn't done anything fun at that point, so the comment made no sense). It didn't help that I wasn't particularly enamoured with either Leah or Jon. Leah spent much of the novel angsting about her non-existent relationship with her parents, another plot point that felt shoehorned in for the sake of it. I didn't see that anything had happened to prompt Leah's soul-searching, so it came across as contrived.Jon annoyed me by belittling Leah for her fear of snakes. I may be biased because I come from a country with no snakes, but I don't like them. On this, Leah and I are in total agreement. I can totally understand her reaction to a pit full of rattlesnakes—she was braver than I would have been. Apart from that, the plot was solid, with plenty of twists and turns, and an evildoer that made sense (I've read thrillers where the evildoer is revealed, and I'm "Nope, it couldn't have been him because X".) Fatal Strike had a large cast of characters (perhaps too many—they got confusing at times), but the end made perfect sense. Leah and Jon were both competent snipers and FBI agents, and I usually enjoy novels about competent people. It's just a shame I didn't enjoy this one.Thanks to Tyndale House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Fatal Strike is a 400-page rollercoaster ride! It started off rather slow - with just a few twists and turns. As it turned out, the slow start was necessary so DiAnn Mills could get all her puzzle pieces on the table.Although it took the first two-thirds of the story to “set the scene” for the climax, the last third was so thrilling that I read it in one sitting.The Cast of Fatal StrikeThere were quite a few characters in this story. If there were any more, it would have been challenging (to me) Fatal Strike is a 400-page rollercoaster ride! It started off rather slow - with just a few twists and turns. As it turned out, the slow start was necessary so DiAnn Mills could get all her puzzle pieces on the table.Although it took the first two-thirds of the story to “set the scene” for the climax, the last third was so thrilling that I read it in one sitting.The Cast of Fatal StrikeThere were quite a few characters in this story. If there were any more, it would have been challenging (to me) to keep them all straight. However, I don’t hold that against the author.One of the things I really loved about this story was the way some characters switched from good guy to bad guy. It really kept me on my toes. Throughout the story, whenever a new tidbit of information was revealed about one of the characters, I processed it very carefully, always putting it into the perspective of the story. It was fun, but it turned out that I was wrong about several of the characters. That’s good suspense fiction!The two main characters - co-protagonists - were both FBI agents. They also doubled as snipers for the bureau. However, they both kept secrets from the rest of the world. Each had compelling backstories, but each also had a distinct fear that they would have to grapple with at some point during the story.The author kept the identify of the real antagonist(s) a secret until the climax. That didn’t bother me because the protagonists were right there with me. However, the “deeds” of the antagonist(s) were discovered throughout the story.Technically SpeakingThis was a very well edited novel. SPAG issues were pretty much nonexistent. Although, there was one word that I had never heard of before. I knew what the word meant, but I could not find that same word in any dictionary. At some point I’ll likely shoot off an email to the author to see where she found it.As I mentioned before, the early pacing seemed rather slow. However, it slowly began to pick up, and when it started the build to the climax, there were no brakes! The rollercoaster was on the downhill, and there was no stopping it until it hit the bottom. I found it very exciting!The story contained two subplots. One was the relationship between the main characters, and the other was faith (in God). If I have any criticism of this excellent novel, it would be that these subplots did not seem (to me) to be woven into the story as well as they should have. That is an utterly personal opinion, and it should not have any bearing on your decision to read this story. I highly recommend this story!
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  • Ruthie Jones
    January 1, 1970
    DiAnn Mills delivers another smashing hit with Fatal Strike. Two FBI snipers, Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert, start the story off when they are assigned together for the first time to take down a criminal in true sniper fashion. Despite both agents' reluctance to give up the driver's seat in their new partnership, they get along quite well, and they are immediately plunged into another deadly case. While the physical attraction between these two is mutual, their relationship is first and foremost b DiAnn Mills delivers another smashing hit with Fatal Strike. Two FBI snipers, Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert, start the story off when they are assigned together for the first time to take down a criminal in true sniper fashion. Despite both agents' reluctance to give up the driver's seat in their new partnership, they get along quite well, and they are immediately plunged into another deadly case. While the physical attraction between these two is mutual, their relationship is first and foremost based on trust and respect. They are battling past mistakes and fears, making them both hesitant to even contemplate a serious relationship.After that first heart-pounding scene, the chapters that follow slowly build into an interesting and unique story of a Galveston community besieged by illegal prescription drugs, deception, betrayal, and murder by rattlesnake venom. The spiritual/Christianity aspect is moderate as both main characters grapple with self-forgiveness and faith, adding a thought-provoking layer to their character development. The overall pace of the story picks up considerably as the two agents inch closer to the truth and closer to discovering the identities of the real culprits behind all the murder and illegal activity. DiAnn Mills does a fantastic job of stringing the reader along without revealing too much too soon.The two main characters, Leah and Jon, are well developed and likable. Jon's easy going personality and daily gift of a steaming cup of coffee for Leah set the bar pretty high for a leading man. Leah's love for Steampunk decor automatically makes her a favorite in my book.All levity aside, a few serious themes set the tone for the overall story: handling the often tumultuous relationship between parents and adult children, facing and overcoming fears and phobias, and opening the heart to forgiveness and new beginnings. The action is not always nonstop in Fatal Strike, which gives the reader time to breathe in between the high-impact activity, unexpected twists, and a scene that had me mentally cowering in a corner. The author’s ability to elicit such heart-pounding emotion makes Fatal Strike a slam dunk.Fatal Strike is a must read for any fan of soft romance with a high dose of intriguing mystery, all presented through well-written prose and impressive characterization.
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  • Christena
    January 1, 1970
    “Jon scooted back the chair and walked outside onto the front porch. He shoved his hands into his jean pockets and looked up at the millions of stars. Somebody designed the universe and put them into place, a Being much smarter than Jon.”Fatal Strike is a wildfire book that kept my interest piqued from chapter to chapter. Solving murders in real life is hard enough, solving murders in Fatal Strike was even more challenging.Mills crafted a well-plotted story around the murder of three prominent G “Jon scooted back the chair and walked outside onto the front porch. He shoved his hands into his jean pockets and looked up at the millions of stars. Somebody designed the universe and put them into place, a Being much smarter than Jon.”Fatal Strike is a wildfire book that kept my interest piqued from chapter to chapter. Solving murders in real life is hard enough, solving murders in Fatal Strike was even more challenging.Mills crafted a well-plotted story around the murder of three prominent Galveston, Texas residents. Where does the story lead? Oh, my!Leah and Jon, snipers who choose to protect lives when no one else can, are assigned to investigate the murder of a Galveston Judge. What entails from the very first chapter unfolds visually, almost like a movie.I love and have visited Galveston many times. Mills inserted authentic touches of the town making the story more easily envisioned. Even though there is a whole slew of characters, Mills’s writing is genius in that you remember who is who throughout the book.Naturally, as a reader, I made a lot of guesses about where the plot was going. That is another talent Mills has – your guesses are likely going to be wrong. That is where the cleverness of Fatal Strike lies. It will keep you guessing until the near end.God and romance play a part in this book but are toned down enough that it makes you appreciate the book’s main characters and maybe, just maybe will give you pause to reflect on your own beliefs. Backgrounds on the main characters are just ample enough to not bog down the story. The added touch of Leah’s dad showing up in the story was heartwarming.Gotta love the Epilogue and how it pulls and concludes the story exceptionally well.I highly recommend Fatal Strike if you love a story that reacts like wildfire around murders and investigations, and is sprinkled with a hint of romance. Just a hint. You will not be disappointed.
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  • Deb Haggerty
    January 1, 1970
    Deb’s Dozen: Leah and Jon, FBI Snipers, Face Fears, Fatalities, Forgiveness, and Finally, RomanceFatal Strike, DiAnn Mills’s latest entry in the suspense and mystery field, ranks as one of her best. She nails the characters of her protagonists, Leah and Jon, and makes us like them from the very beginning. Both carry secrets from their past that keep them from getting close to people. Nevertheless, their pasts make them excellent at their jobs of FBI snipers.Fatal Strike starts with a hostage sit Deb’s Dozen: Leah and Jon, FBI Snipers, Face Fears, Fatalities, Forgiveness, and Finally, RomanceFatal Strike, DiAnn Mills’s latest entry in the suspense and mystery field, ranks as one of her best. She nails the characters of her protagonists, Leah and Jon, and makes us like them from the very beginning. Both carry secrets from their past that keep them from getting close to people. Nevertheless, their pasts make them excellent at their jobs of FBI snipers.Fatal Strike starts with a hostage situation where Leah and Jon do what they do best–kill at a distance. The criminals, holding children as shields, make their jobs a bit easier. Immediately after the hostage situation ends, tasked with investigating a string of murders in Galveston, they cement their partnership. Three very prominent people–a cop, a lawyer, and a judge–killed by an injection of rattler venom to the heart form the center of the plot. However, a complex string of characters: a priest, a very angry police chief, the judge’s widow, several possible perps, keep Leah and Jon and us guessing.Mills does what Mills does best with her suspense and mystery tales–leads us astray until the end of the book with just enough false trails. We wonder if the obvious suspect and real murderer coexist. Mystery, murder, and mayhem–loved every minute of Fatal Strike, which I read in one afternoon. Keep ’em coming, DiAnn! Five Stars!DiAnn Mills, a multi-awarded, prolific author who always keeps her readers guessing, lives in Texas. However, she co-directs the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference in North Carolina. She loves her coffee, her friends, and her faith. Get to know her through her books. I’ve never once been disappointed.Tyndale House gave me a digital ARC of Fatal Strike, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    There's a lot of FBI investigation novels going around the book world. While I adore reading these types of stories, I have never read one like Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills. In Fatal Strike, Mills entwines the lives of Leah and Jon as they get placed as partners on an FBI investigation in the town of Galveston, Texas. Along the way of their case, they both come to realize that they may have more between them than just a job. Feelings come into play as they track down a killer with a habit of usin There's a lot of FBI investigation novels going around the book world. While I adore reading these types of stories, I have never read one like Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills. In Fatal Strike, Mills entwines the lives of Leah and Jon as they get placed as partners on an FBI investigation in the town of Galveston, Texas. Along the way of their case, they both come to realize that they may have more between them than just a job. Feelings come into play as they track down a killer with a habit of using rattlesnake venom as a weapon.  It's a breath of fresh air to step into a novel based in a town that I grew up around for family vacations. While reading, it was easy to imagine the story unfolding before my eyes in my childhood stomping ground. Mills does a great job of drawing out the town with its new lives in it.  Oh and don't you dare forget that romance! Typically, romance novels can get a bit childish. Leah and Jon are amazingly grown-up about their budding relationship even with having to deal with their pasts at the same time. Not to mention, the stress the case alone puts on them during this time.  Fatal Strike is a novel for bedside tables. Or coffee tables. In other words, everyone should own this novel. It's brilliant, fast-paced, and the personification of page-turning. Easily is four out of five stars for me.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Mills has crafted another good FBI investigation novel with scenes of suspense throughout. The plot is a bit complex with a number of people involved and the relationships between them quite entangled. There was a focus on the budding romance between the FBI agents Jon and Leah as they worked a case together. It seemed to move fast and I would have liked some obstacles to the romance having to be overcome along the way.The aspect of the novel I liked most was a side issue. Both FBI agents had pe Mills has crafted another good FBI investigation novel with scenes of suspense throughout. The plot is a bit complex with a number of people involved and the relationships between them quite entangled. There was a focus on the budding romance between the FBI agents Jon and Leah as they worked a case together. It seemed to move fast and I would have liked some obstacles to the romance having to be overcome along the way.The aspect of the novel I liked most was a side issue. Both FBI agents had personal fears they had to overcome. Both were forced into separate situations where they had to fight the fear in a dramatic way. I also liked that Leah had to face her alienation from her family. This is a good novel for readers who enjoy lots of FBI agent action, a good dose of romance and the subtle message of needing a relationship with God. I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an honest and independent review.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "Fatal Strike" is a Christian romantic suspense. The main characters were likable and determined to track down the truth. Though they'd never worked together before, the two FBI agents got along well and made a good team. The hero respected the heroine's skill and wasn't put off by her reputation. Each allowed the other to take the lead if the other was better suited to handle the person or situation. They fell in love as they got to know each other.The author maintained a delicate balance betwe "Fatal Strike" is a Christian romantic suspense. The main characters were likable and determined to track down the truth. Though they'd never worked together before, the two FBI agents got along well and made a good team. The hero respected the heroine's skill and wasn't put off by her reputation. Each allowed the other to take the lead if the other was better suited to handle the person or situation. They fell in love as they got to know each other.The author maintained a delicate balance between making little forward progress while having them constantly following up leads. Their main lead was a young man that was witnessed dumping the body but whom everyone swears wouldn't have killed the man. And it seemed like everyone was hiding some secret that impacted the case. The high suspense came from the continuing attacks on the future targets of the gang.Both main characters had some questions about how God works. They objected to how the priest seemed more devoted to trying to save those in gangs than helping the FBI pursue justice. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable suspense novel.I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Debb Hackett
    January 1, 1970
    Fatal Strike has was one of the most inventive plots I've seen in a while. Snake venom as the murder weapon (and that's not a spoiler)! When you add in a family in tatters, two agents falling in love and greatest fears being faced, you have yourself a page-turner. DiAnn Mills says to "expect and adnveture" and this certainly was a wild one. I particularly liked not being able to figure out who the baddie was, until very near the end.
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  • JoAnn
    January 1, 1970
    DiAnne Mills has hit another homerun with Fatal Strike. I couldn't put this awesome romantic suspense down. Great plot! I recommend this book to fans of suspense. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my digital ARC. This is my unbiased review
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  • Julie Graves
    January 1, 1970
    Several people have been murdered in Galveston, each one killed by a deadly injection of rattlesnake venom. FBI agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are snipers who team up to investigate the crimes. They are especially on the lookout for a young man seen dumping the latest body on the church steps. He has disappeared. A gang trying to takeover the Galveston area have claimed responsibility for the deaths. Leah and Jon have an instant attraction towards each other, but neither wants to act on thei Several people have been murdered in Galveston, each one killed by a deadly injection of rattlesnake venom. FBI agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are snipers who team up to investigate the crimes. They are especially on the lookout for a young man seen dumping the latest body on the church steps. He has disappeared. A gang trying to takeover the Galveston area have claimed responsibility for the deaths. Leah and Jon have an instant attraction towards each other, but neither wants to act on their feelings because they both have baggage they would rather not share with anyone. Will their fears be overcome, or will they deter them from finding the murderer?I enjoyed Leah and Jon's characters. I found their profession as snipers interesting and wish that a bit more of that story would have come out on the pages. FATAL STRIKE had some exciting moments and some tense moments throughout and kept my attention. I did get a little lost trying to keep up with all of the names being thrown around, but I blame that on myself and not the writer. I have to admit I figured out who the bad guy was before the reveal, but that didn't deter from the excitement of the wrap up. As with all of the books I have read by this author there was an element of faith throughout the story with both characters searching for answers and wrestling with heart issues. I enjoy a good FBI story and this fit the bill very well.
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  • Kristi Drillien
    January 1, 1970
    A pair of FBI agents partner up to investigate a string of murders involving law enforcement officials. They have never worked together before, and but fall into a professional rhythm to work the case. What ensues is a police-procedural-type story involving a gang that kills with rattlesnake venom, a mother desperately trying to protect her son, missing persons, faith, trust, and a few interesting turns thrown in.I read this book in 2 days, and really enjoyed it. The main characters, Leah & A pair of FBI agents partner up to investigate a string of murders involving law enforcement officials. They have never worked together before, and but fall into a professional rhythm to work the case. What ensues is a police-procedural-type story involving a gang that kills with rattlesnake venom, a mother desperately trying to protect her son, missing persons, faith, trust, and a few interesting turns thrown in.I read this book in 2 days, and really enjoyed it. The main characters, Leah & Jon, were smart, compassionate, and professional. They both had back stories that provided depth without being overly emo and cliched. And both had phobias that they were determined to overcome, and that they had the chance to face in the book.I liked the way the case unfolded, with some developments that kept me guessing. I did figure out who the kingpin was, but wasn’t bothered by figuring it out in advance. In fact, I remember thinking that if didn’t go that way, I was going to question some of the author’s choices. There were a couple of smaller elements that were presented that seemed to be left hanging, but they didn’t bother me too much. I also had a very difficult time following the action in the climax, and didn’t understand why some of the things happened.Some of the dialog seemed kind of stilted, especially between the main characters. Most of the time I couldn’t really tell who was talking, because they were so similar to each other. I’m not sure that’s a fault in the characterization, because it was clear from the beginning that they WERE similar, so maybe it was an issue with dialog tags and narration as much as anything. I also did not care for the kingpin’s dialog near the end of the book. It made him seem a lot less intelligent and dastardly than I think he was supposed to be.The romance is a slow-burn, which is my favorite type. The characters are completely respectful of each other and of their situation (partners working a case), and the romance that develops between them is understated, almost to a point of coming from out of left field, but I prefer a little bit of a leap to the in-your-face type of romances.And finally, the Christian aspect is well-presented. Most of the faith that is presented in the book comes from a priest who is involved in the investigation. He is wise and insightful, and even clearly shown to be a human with some flaws, but kind and devoted. Through this influence, as well as some others, both of the main characters individually begin to examine their belief in God and what it might mean for them. I even appreciated the way that the too-familiar question of why a loving God would allow bad things to happen to good people is addressed.Overall, I enjoyed this fast-paced read and would recommend it to all fans of suspense or crime dramas, with a little faith thrown in.Thank you to Netgalley and Tyndale House Publishers for providing me a copy of this book to review.
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  • Lorilei Gonzales
    January 1, 1970
    It is one type of author that can write characters that are believable and worth caring about, and it is another type of author that can do that and make the setting a living, breathing character in the story as well. As I read this book, I had no doubt in my mind that Mills was very much acquainted with Galveston and the surrounding areas of Houston. She describes the locations in a way that engages all of the senses – from the sounds of waves crashing near the coast to the sticky heat that Hou It is one type of author that can write characters that are believable and worth caring about, and it is another type of author that can do that and make the setting a living, breathing character in the story as well. As I read this book, I had no doubt in my mind that Mills was very much acquainted with Galveston and the surrounding areas of Houston. She describes the locations in a way that engages all of the senses – from the sounds of waves crashing near the coast to the sticky heat that Houstonians know all too well. (Also, all the restaurants that are mentioned!) And it is while Leah and Jon navigate the different geographies of our great state that you get to know them; first, at the surface level and, later, their deepest regrets and fears.At the surface, the new partners are pretty similar: good-looking FBI snipers with tough reputations who are hesitant to work together because of personal baggage and the stories that they have heard about each other. Deep down, they both harbor guilt for past decisions that are quite different. However, the two are able to relate to each other and help the other heal in ways that no one else had ever been able to. Sounds like a lot to process, right? Well that’s just the side story to a very complex mystery of why three highly respected people in the Galveston community are murdered in the span of three days.I was amazed to realize that about halfway through the novel, I still had no idea who the bad guy was and what the motives for the murders were. Conservatively, I had a hunch (that proved correct) about 75% of the way in. As someone who prides herself in predicting plot twists and whodunit, this book had me stumped. And it’s not because the author wrote an ending from way out of left field or anything. Mills does an amazing job of reeling you in, tugging at your heartstrings for a character, and then with either Leah or Jon’s internal dialogue or a quick aside to each other, you question everything you have come to believe thus far. If Christian books aren’t your thing, don’t worry. I feel like this book has spiritual elements in it that help the story along but aren’t the focal point. If you liked the rush and mystery of The Da Vinci Code, then I think you would enjoy this book as well. I also enjoyed reading a “clean” book that still transported me through the shocking underbelly of Galveston. Many authors write about gory crimes, usually committed against women, with a heavy hand that seems almost gratuitous. Other authors take another route and write steamy scenes under the facade of romance that make me equally uncomfortable as well. I really appreciate Mills’ ability to write about difficult or deep situations and emotions without cheapening any of them.If you’re a crime show fan like me, I think you will love Fatal Strike. Every DiAnn Mills book that I have read has made me hold my breath in anticipation and doubt my predictions.
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  • Donna (More Than a Review)
    January 1, 1970
    Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills is another example of why she is a bestselling author. Oh My! I am not sure where to start- how she literally made me gasp at one point or one of the best sniper/ officer partnerships I have read in a while.Both Leah and John are snipers and have a past that they are trying to overcome.It was a great view into the life of a child sibling of adoption and special needs. She was dealing with her action and feelings from that and trying to make up for it. I loved that she Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills is another example of why she is a bestselling author. Oh My! I am not sure where to start- how she literally made me gasp at one point or one of the best sniper/ officer partnerships I have read in a while.Both Leah and John are snipers and have a past that they are trying to overcome.It was a great view into the life of a child sibling of adoption and special needs. She was dealing with her action and feelings from that and trying to make up for it. I loved that she was so good at her job. You cannot help but like her.John is a great character. I loved their banter in the car. And their honesty about working together. It was a slow building romance that fit them perfectly.The main storyline is that they are trying to find out who has killed a judge, lawyer and police officer. A gang is taking credit for it. Who is the killer and why are they killing them. Admittedly you will probably figure out who the main killer is at the end. But don’t be disappointed. DiAnn still has some surprises in store for you when you least expect it.I really enjoyed how the author took us through the research and interviews and the brainstorming of who, what and why was this happening. You were right along with the characters trying to figure it out. There were several characters that you just were not sure about. Why were they lying or withholding info. There are several characters in the book only a couple were hard for me to keep up with.From a deeper perspective DiAnn beautifully and heartbreakingly displays the love of a parent to their child. How far will they go to help their child? And will they love them no matter what they do. On a different note, both of the lead characters are learning about God and whether to trust Him.I highly recommend the book. I really think you will enjoy the characters and their banter and budding relationship. And if you enjoy suspense you are going to love it. Clear your calendar.Sexual content - 1 kissingViolence - the book opens with the snipers called to help with a scene. There are a few deaths, kidnappings,I received this book from Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review.You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    In Fatal Strike, author DiAnn Mills transports the reader to Galveston, Texas for an intriguing Christian Fiction / Romantic Suspense story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.With the murder of three law enforcement officials in Galveston comes a request for FBI assistance. FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are partnered together to investigate the murders and the possible ties to the Veneno gang, whose mantra is "reconquista" a returning of Texas to Mexico. Their murd In Fatal Strike, author DiAnn Mills transports the reader to Galveston, Texas for an intriguing Christian Fiction / Romantic Suspense story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.With the murder of three law enforcement officials in Galveston comes a request for FBI assistance. FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are partnered together to investigate the murders and the possible ties to the Veneno gang, whose mantra is "reconquista" a returning of Texas to Mexico. Their murderous calling card is killing a person with rattlesnake venom injected into their heart. Can Leah and Jon figure out the motives for these high-profile murders before another fatal strike occurs? Author DiAnn Mills weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful tale written in the third person narrative that follows FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert's investigative mission to find the murderers and bring them to justice . With a lot of gang activity, investigative methods, and a high stakes pursuit, Leah and Jon are determined to get justice before another fatal strike occurs.I loved reading this action-packed story. Leah and Jon kept me intrigued as they investigated the murders of the three law enforcement officials. The reader will be easily drawn into this well written story with its richly descriptive plot that will keep them guessing as secrets, possible motives, and clues are uncovered during the investigation. I loved the intertwining of Leah and Jon's methodical procedural investigation with the unexpected attraction that sparked between them, their banter was humorous, and they worked really well as a team. Fatal Strike has enough drama, tension, action, dark secrets, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists and turns that will take the reader on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest book review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.https://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspo...
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    With a combination of FBI Snipers, murder using rattlesnake venom, and a budding romance, DiAnn Mills has crafted a thriller fans will not want to miss. Galveston is being hit by a new kind of killer using rattlesnake venom for murder. A local gang called the Veneno is the prime suspect and the FBI calls in agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert to tackle the case. They have a witness that saw a body being left on a church doorstep but soon disappears. Without their witness, they don’t have much of With a combination of FBI Snipers, murder using rattlesnake venom, and a budding romance, DiAnn Mills has crafted a thriller fans will not want to miss. Galveston is being hit by a new kind of killer using rattlesnake venom for murder. A local gang called the Veneno is the prime suspect and the FBI calls in agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert to tackle the case. They have a witness that saw a body being left on a church doorstep but soon disappears. Without their witness, they don’t have much of a case. No one around is willing to help without the fear of being the next victim and the more Leah and Jon dig, the darker the motives become. The more secrets they uncover, the more they have to face fears they didn’t even know they had. DiAnn Mills says to expect an adventure with her books and that is definitely what readers will get with this book. The premise is gripping: death by snake venom, no thanks! My mind was reeling with what could be coming as I turned the pages. Leah and Jon had a great story, I really connected with them and the feelings they developed for each other over the course of the story. The ending kept me guessing, which I love in a suspense novel. I don’t want to be able to figure everything out quickly, I like those little surprises and DiAnn Mills always exceeds my expectations. I have always enjoyed DiAnn Mills books and know I am going to get a great story. Fatal Strike was a really good story, but certain aspects of this story fell short for me. Leah had the ability to be a great female lead but the way her backstory was written didn’t resonate with me. If you take that out of the story, readers will have a heart pounding thrill ride. This is not my favorite novel Mills has written but it was still a very enjoyable read and one I recommend to readers that enjoy a good romantic suspense novel with a great romance and a story line that will keep you up thinking late into the night.I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Shelly
    January 1, 1970
    DiAnn Mills takes us right into the action as Agent Leah Riesel is headed to a hostage situation. I immediately loved to discover that she was a sharp shooter. Her mindset is one of strength, determination, and a desire to correct the wrongdoings of the world. Along with Jon Colbert, the FBI agents begin to dig into the connections of a local gang with murders. But it didn't take long to see how the trust factor of those higher up began to make Leah question if she could put any trust and faith DiAnn Mills takes us right into the action as Agent Leah Riesel is headed to a hostage situation. I immediately loved to discover that she was a sharp shooter. Her mindset is one of strength, determination, and a desire to correct the wrongdoings of the world. Along with Jon Colbert, the FBI agents begin to dig into the connections of a local gang with murders. But it didn't take long to see how the trust factor of those higher up began to make Leah question if she could put any trust and faith in them.  Leah and Jon's baggage holds them back in regard to personal relationships; however, it also uniquely brings them together. Mills puts us in the backseat behind these. I felt like I was along for the ride as I could smell, taste, and feel every scene from the vivid descriptions. This may sound odd (but if you read it, you'll understand) -- everything -- from the murders to the relationship -- are tasteful. It takes a truly skilled author to pull this off!  Both lead characters captured my interest because of the raw, realistic behavior that aligned with how they professionally perform. They are looking for personal redemption from their pasts and the underlying Christian tone is strong enough to make an impact, without being overwhelming in religious overtone. Mills executed their conversations with absolute perfection, adding to the comfort level with the story. They were precise and not used as a filler for the dead-air.  Fatal Strike is perfectly paced, keeping your interest in building each inciting incident, giving you pieces of information along the way. I tried to play FBI and keep up with details that sounded my alarms, but often found that it would lead me elsewhere with the next revelation. By the final act, I was armed with my conclusions -- and still ended up shocked! I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
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  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are tasked with bringing down the killer who is on the loose in Galveston, injecting their victims with poisonous venom. Their best lead runs cold when their main suspect goes into hiding, and the murders halt. Can they pick up the threads of a case that seems to have gone cold and bring the killer to justice. This engaging suspense is a slow burn, but don't let that fool you, this riveting read still packs a mighty punch. The arc of the story follows the s FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert are tasked with bringing down the killer who is on the loose in Galveston, injecting their victims with poisonous venom. Their best lead runs cold when their main suspect goes into hiding, and the murders halt. Can they pick up the threads of a case that seems to have gone cold and bring the killer to justice. This engaging suspense is a slow burn, but don't let that fool you, this riveting read still packs a mighty punch. The arc of the story follows the steps of the investigation, as Leah and Jon work together to solve the mystery, learning about each other as they work the case. The reader is left to guess right along with Jon and Leah, as they interview suspects, follow leads, and learn to appreciate each other's strengths and weaknesses. Leah and Jon are both alpha types who are used to taking the lead, and don't put up with nonsense, with an unswerving dedication to their jobs. Leah has worked hard to earn the respect of her peers, and hates showing any vulnerabilities. Jon is a natural leader, confident and comfortable with listening to other ideas. As they work together they find a unique friendship, that lets them let down their guards in a way they never have before. Jon has been thinking more and more about his faith since a tragic accident that ended his previous career.Overall, an engaging read with great character development and excellent pacing. Even though they aren't dodging bullets every chapter, this book is no less riveting and captures the ups and downs of following a lead, all laying the groundwork for an explosive conclusion. Highly recommend this well crafted read, compelling, romantic, suspenseful, with great themes of faith and characters that you can cheer for!I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Lyndie Blevins
    January 1, 1970
    I was attracted to this book because - DiAnn Mills is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are always compelling in their adventure and relevant in events and characters. This book was about - FATAL STRIKE is another book in the Houston: FBI series. A pair of FBI sniper agents are assigned to solve a series of homicides in Galveston before the killer can strike again. As they work the case, they struggle with the motives and actions of each person they interview. To solve the crimes, they wil I was attracted to this book because - DiAnn Mills is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are always compelling in their adventure and relevant in events and characters. This book was about - FATAL STRIKE is another book in the Houston: FBI series. A pair of FBI sniper agents are assigned to solve a series of homicides in Galveston before the killer can strike again. As they work the case, they struggle with the motives and actions of each person they interview. To solve the crimes, they will have to sort through misdirection and falsehoods, as they both face their own internal fears. Things I liked about this book - In a providential way, this story brings the 2 FBI agents together at the point in their lives when they needed a partner to anchor their lives and to encourage each other to face their demons. The cascading consequences of sin is clearly shown in the actions of all the characters. The themes of forgiveness and redemption are expressed from the opening to the closing pages. I also enjoyed the double entendre of the title. There is the obvious reference to stopping the killer. But, after finishing the book, I realized it is also pointing to specific events in the story. Those are still haunting me. Why you should read this book - FATAL STRIKE is a fast paced story, with intriguing characters. While the crimes were complex, it is the subtle way they had been inserted into the lives of the victims which are the most disturbing. It makes you wonder about the people around you, even those you sit by in church. And the romantic tension between the main characters bring tender and hopeful emotions to a devastating adventure. This book lived up to the back cover copy - DiAnn Mills, in FATAL STRIKE, fulfills the promises made on the back cover. While I received a copy from the author, I also pre-ordered the book.
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  • Randi Sampson
    January 1, 1970
    I read a LOT of suspense/romantic suspense novels, but I have to say right from the start Fatal Strike struck me as different than most of those. Where often those novels feature a main hero and well, we'll say damsel for lack of better term (though not always a completely accurate descriptor either), this romance was between two FBI agents. As such, the crime aspect seemed to really focus more on the investigation--- reminding me very much of the fantastic procedural type TV shows that so many I read a LOT of suspense/romantic suspense novels, but I have to say right from the start Fatal Strike struck me as different than most of those. Where often those novels feature a main hero and well, we'll say damsel for lack of better term (though not always a completely accurate descriptor either), this romance was between two FBI agents. As such, the crime aspect seemed to really focus more on the investigation--- reminding me very much of the fantastic procedural type TV shows that so many enjoy. I thought this was a great change--- and while I cannot say I know much of anything about the inside working of a murder investigation, I felt like this seemed very well researched. I certainly believed it. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story.But I do always love a good romance. This one was a sweet romance, but quite subtle too. It was certainly there and a focus of the story, but I really did feel like the crime was at the forefront of the story at all times. Fatal Strike had a lot going on...a whole cast of characters who all seemed to be keeping secrets, making it difficult to figure out the whodunnit. I will say at times it was a little confusing trying to keep up with who was who with so many names to recall, but I liked that it kept me guessing too. Just when I thought I'd start to figure it out, more secrets would be revealed having me second guessing everything I'd read and assumed up to that point. There were a few places throughout that did seem a bit rushed, but overall it was a really great story that kept me on the edge of my seat!If you love a good romantic suspense, Fatal Strike is certainly one to check out! **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.
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