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Preview — Snake Skin by C.J. Lyons
Snake Skin (Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller #1)
Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual ...more
Lucy is wonderful. A strong female character who, for a wonderful change, is not looking for love, battling divorce, though she has the normal frustration and fears as anyone about their relationships when things get tough, and, a mother. She comes across ...more
by Anthony T. Riggio
I just finished reading this book and let me begin with an uncharacteristic expression in my reviews of books I have read recently, to wit, “Wow”! This book was so fast paced and the story line wrapped me up into a tight package. My wife asked me what can keep you so occupied that everything I was supposed to do was left neglected and undone. I told her I discovered an author as capable as James Patterso ...more
C.J. Lyons is such a wonderful story teller and creates characters that are compelling! The story was fast paced dealing with subject matter that is so intense but again C.J. handles it so well! Each character fleshed out to feel so real with both good an bad qualities, strengths and weaknesses, characteristics that make them so human!
In this first book we meet Lucy, mother, wife and FBI Special Supervisory ...more
But the more I read, the more the main character, Lucy Guardino, and story grew on me until I found myself reading faster and faster to find out what happens next. That’s the sign of a good story.
Lyons did a very good job of balancing Lucy’s home life with her responsibilities as an FBI agent, and the tug Lucy felt when both demanded ...more
In Brief: Ashley is a disturbed teenager, trying to escape her current life — but she ends up being abducted. Can Lucy Guardino, FBI agent and loving wife and mother, solve the crime in time to save Ashley?
I thought: Within the first 20 pages, I found this book a bit disturbing. (NB: I don’t usually read thriller-type mysteries.) It’s violent, and features kidnapping, vulnerable and abused children, corrupt cops, sexual objectification, and plen ...more
Lucy Guardino is a typical soccer mom, except that, as an F.B.I. agent, she carries a gun and hunts down vicious perverts who go after children. In this book, she’s up against one of the worst she’s ever faced. Faced with the threat to her own daughter, Lucy does what is necessary, even if it mea ...more
Lucy Guardino is a wife, mother, and FBI agent who just happens to have broken the glass ceiling without giving up her morals to do it. I love her character. She struggles with all of the same worries and concerns most working mothers deal with. Her job just happens to involve carrying a gun and ...more
CJ Lyons writes “thrillers with heart” and loves to involve the reader in the life of the protagonist, how the job affects them and how their family life is affected. In Snakeskin, we see Lucy Guardino who is a FBI agent working against child crime and child abuse.
I spoke to CJ Lyons and she did spend time with the FBI for her research. This is a very hard area to work in. CJ also works in pediatrics so the topic is close to her hea ...more
Lots going on here and lots of snakes -eewwww. Let's see there is needy and incredibly stupid teenagers, parents that are a piece of work, a couple of psyches, a reporter that I wanted to choke and oh yes the MC, who is an FBI special agent trying to take down the killer and kidnapper of young women. Meanwhile her own daughter is sick and in the hospital ...more
5.0 out of 5 stars Great FBI Story: "Very well researched with most details spot on. It is a compelling story. The characters were real, to the point of reminding me of an agent, who, was every bit as dedicated, smart, and fearless as Lucy Guardino. I highly recommend it." Mark B. Lewis, Former FBI Special Agent Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock... Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, L...more
Ashley is a teen, unloved daughter of divorced parents, smart, makes a friend on-line named Bobby. They agree to meet and run away together. Only it isn't Bobby that meets her, drugs her, ties her up in a dark, smelly barn, where he can watch her from the safety of cyber space as he works at breaking her.
Lucy works for the FBI and is offered a job advancement requiring her family to move. Her husband Nic ...more
Guardino is a supervisory special agent but also a wife and mother. And she wants it all ways. But when push comes to shove, she focuses on saving the kidnapped child, rather than being with her hospital-bound child. Saving the victims will save her own family, so goes her magical thinking.
The book is a pretty g ...more
Snake Skin was filled with suspense and I found it to be a fast paced thriller that was hard to put down! C.J. Lyons has managed to get me hooked on another of her series!
Snake Skin follows Lucy Guardino, or Supervisory Special Agent Guardino when she is on the job. Lucy is an average mom, in love with her husban ...more
In all respects, it's a very serviceable thriller - good pacing, a bit of a twist, and plenty of red herrings and twists and turns to keep you guessing. I felt it went a bit over the top at the end, but sometimes the best action has to do that!
My only re ...more
Snake Skin has a little bit of everything. It's got some humor, some touching scenes, fast paced action, and of course a few more disturbing moments. Though, content wise I don't think anything all that horrible happens; most of it is implied off screen, save for maybe one or two detailed mutilated corpses.
It's strong points are probably the character interactions; everyone from Lucy to her daughter is full of life and char ...more
Author: C.J. Lyons
Published by: Ledacy Books
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"Snake Skin" by C. J. Lyons was some thriller with mystery, suspense and a lots of action. Now let it be said early this is for the Adult reader and if you love snakes you are right where you need to be. In this novel we find Supervisory Special Agent Lucia Guardino who is part of the FBI's Sexual Assault Enforcement squad that handle crimes against children now...trying ...more
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Winner of the International Thriller Writers coveted Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (P ...more