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Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's c...more
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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4.5 stars

Dawson Scott is back home after spending nine months in Afghanistan covering the war. A respected journalist his experiences in the warzone have left him wrung out and suffering from PTSD. When his friend and godfather, Gary Headly a soon-to-be-retired FBI agent, asks him to cover the trial of a man accused of killing his wife and her lover, former Marine Captain Jeremy Wesson, he reluctantly agrees.

In 1976, Headly was a rookie agent involved in a shootout with a group of domestic terro...more
Duchess Nicole
What a twisty, turny tale of "what's happening now?". This was a pretty long book...I listened to the audio, so that made it even longer. I was going with four stars, but toward the end, there is a huge twist that I promise you won't see coming. And that twist made me rethink the entirety of the story, changing my perception of it altogether. I LOVE when that happens!! It's a big WOW, and one of those things that makes Sandra Brown such a favorite author of mine. I wasn't a huge fan of her early...more

4.5 Stars! Sandra Brown manipulates the mind of the reader as well as Carl Wingert, the crazed sociopath, controlled the minds of his followers.

Heavy on the suspense/mystery with a sweet romantic thread...just the way I like it in this genre of book. The author's all about the shock value, and at times what was revealed, rocked me to my core. I love when an author makes me hate the villain as much as I despised this one! I wanted to smash Carl Wingert in the face with a hammer for all the hatef...more
Anne OK
Very well written romantic suspense by Sandra Brown. The last two books from her have been winners for me which puts a smile on my face. I've missed the Sandra Brown that introduced me to this favored genre. She kicked up the romance in this one but suspense still remains the center focus. And believe me, the suspense in this one was driven by well-developed characters and a generational crime spree that just kept on giving over and over throughout the years. I was captivated and awed by the ent...more
Entertaining. Plenty of unexpected plot twists just when you thought things were getting predictable. Well developed characters. Action. Romance and plenty of steam! Likeable main characters. All these elements make this a worthwhile read, but the most important reason to give this book a look, is the attention it pays to PTSD, and the difficulties faced by veterans after they return home from whatever global hotspot they have endured, and the toll it takes on their families. (I am Canadian-we h...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have been reading books by this author since the 80's and though Deadline is not one of my top favourites, it still did not disappoint me.

A ell-written, good paced, multi-layered plot with amazing twists that deal with domestic terrorism in America, the effects of war and the evil and darkness that lurks underneath the most innocent and placid people and places that one can never imagine.

Dawson Scott an investigative reporter, who experienced some horrors whilst covering the war in Afghanistan...more
Deadline by Sandra Brown is a Grand Central Publication and will be released on September 24, 2013.

Amelia is a widow with two children. She has removed herself from public life as much as possible. Her deceased husband, Jeremy, was murdered by his lover's husband and now Amelia is having to testify at his trial.
This has brought out reporters and other media, causing Amelia to attempt to keep a low profile.
However, she never suspects someone would go so far as to move in right next door and brea...more
Impressive read. Brown has written a really great romantic suspense and that surprised me as I have found her books hit or miss these past few years.

This book has enough nasty characters threatening the heroine and her boys to make it a gripping thriller. Add to this a hunky but troubled journalist and you get a good balance of plot and relationship development. There is even enough fluid exchange to keep you romantics happy while we thrill seekers try to figure out when and where the next threa...more
Lea's Audiobooks Hensley
Narrated by Stephen Lang

I’m a big Sandra Brown fan who eagerly anticipates each of her new releases while relistening to my Brown favorites to keep my bouts of Brown fever at bay. Not only can I rely on another entertaining romantic suspense each year, but I rest in the knowledge that her new title will be released simultaneously in print and audio formats with the audio featuring an experienced talented narrator. Stephen Lang adeptly delivers Deadline with all the suspense one could hope for wh...more
ARC received from NetGalley:
There's no denying that Sandra Brown has earned her reputation as a romance author. The woman can definitely write a love story! However, for those people who peg her exclusively in the romance genre, are you ever mistaken! She is a superb mystery/thriller author and this title lives up to that reputation. Deadline is the story of Dawson Scott, an investigative reporter hot on the trail of the story of a lifetime. As expected in Sandra Brown novels, he becomes involve...more
I won a signed copy of this book, and it finally came in the mail last week. This book is absolutely incredible, and so much better than I was expecting. It was the very first book from Sandra Brown that I have ever read and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She has a way with words that is so moving, and touching, and suspenseful. This story had me hooked from the beginning, and I immediately took a liking to Dawson's character. I really loved the relationship between Dawson an...more
Josephine Nolan
Relentless. That's the best description I have for Sandra Brown's stunning romantic thriller, Deadline. Although it's not Brown's best book—and I don't want to sound trite—Deadline never-the-less makes a reader breathless with literally endless plot turns. Although Brown's known for her blend of thrills and romance, she has taken her particular brand of thrills to a different space in 'Deadline,’ a romantic mystery that ends up more mystery than romance. The results are uneven, but worthwhile fo...more
I’ve read quite a few Sandra Brown novels – most subsequent to her move away from ‘classical romance’ into mystery / suspense - and have to admit I got sucked into this one and read it in a sitting (or – in actuality – one very long bath!).

Like Suzanne Brockmann, Karen Rose and Elizabeth Lowell, Sandra Brown always tends to get the mystery / romance balance right which I like – given my crime fiction-bent.

Her latest, Deadline, features journalist Dawson Scott who’s just returned from Afghanist...more
Good book. Well thought out storyline with lots of twists and turns. The ending complete through me into a tailspin because I didn't see that coming.

My only problem....everything that is going on and Amelia is willing to leave her kids with strangers. I don't see that happening in the real life, at least not the amount of time she actually left her kids with people she knew nothing about. But other than would make a great movie.
For once, I'm going to make my review short and sweet. It was a good story. It started out a bit predictable-- handsome journalist, beautiful witness. But, as the story grew, I began to wonder who Dawson really was. Towards the end, great twists. I like that, in a book of this genre. Just when I think it's all over-- another twist. Good read. Good audio narration, too. The male narrator did a great job with females voices.
Dick Reynolds
I guess you knew from the title that this book would be about a journalist submitting his story on time and you’re absolutely right.
Dawson Scott’s editor, Harriet the Harridan, wants him to cover a story about blind balloonists. But Dawson, just returned from Afghanistan, has other ideas. He heads to Savannah for the trial of Willard Strong who is accused of murdering his own wife and USMC Captain Jeremy Wesson for having an affair. Gruesome evidence introduced at the trial mentions bodily re...more
Deadline starts off in 1976 where a standoff is taking place between several law enforcement agents (local police and FBI) and a domestic terrorist group. Several law enforcement agents die and so do most of the terrorist group; however, it's discovered that the leader of the group and his girlfriend escaped.. a girlfriend who had just delivered a baby that no one knew about. Fast forward to present day and we have a journalist named Dawson, who is back from Afganistan and suffering from PTSD an...more
Didn't see that ending for Dawson at all. Very tightly written and very good romantic suspense.
R.G. Belsky
Sandra Brown has been a super successful mystery/suspense author for quite awhile. After reading her most recent book, I understand why. First off, it's got a couple of things going for it that appeal to me. The hero is a journalist (which I am and most of my own protagonists are too). And the mystery is spread out over 40 years or so, which I also love in books I both read and write. Oh, and did I mention the twists and turns that just keep coming. As a mystery author, I always feel I'm pretty...more
Más (y mejor) suspense que romance.
La cosa con este libro es que debería haberme encantado…y no ha sido así…
El suspense ha estado muy bien, los personajes muy conseguidos y la trama casi perfecta, todas las piezas han encajado a la perfección al final, pero… el romance no me ha gustado y con tanto giro y tanta sorpresa me he mareado y he perdido interés.
Lo que pasa con los giros inesperados es que cuando llega uno, el lector tiene que volver a replantearse toda la historia para ver si es verdad...more
Dawson Scott is a reporter that just returned from Afghanistan. He has come home with some emotional issues and despises his boss. This has caused him problems with his job. He gets a call from a family friend and FBI agent. He is informed about the murder trial of former marine Jeremy Wesson. This is a way for Dawson to get out of town and away from his boss, so he heads down to Savannah to observe the trial. Once down there, he sees Jeremy’s ex-wife, Amelia, and knows that his life is changed...more
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Deadline by Sandra Brown
Grand Central Publishing
September 24, 2013
ISBN-10: 1455501514
ISBN-13: 9781455501519
417 pages

“... intelligently written, deftly paced, and convoluted...”

Sandra Brown has built her stellar career on gritty stories that always involve high tension: political, social, personal, psychological, and, of course, sexual. Often with anti-hero protagonists, chilling antagonists, and a cadre of deeply drawn supporting characters, her stories are edge-of-the-seat, deep-into-the-night...more
I like books that keep me on the edge of my seat with constantly changing parameters that I have to keep up with. Deadline by Sandra Brown was that type of book. The twists and turns kept coming with a number of wow moments.

The crux of the story has an FBI most wanted criminal and an older FBI agent are still after each other. The human story was about Dawson Scott, a news writer covering a trial where Amelia Wesson was testifying. The man on trial supposedly has killed her ex husband and liter...more
Well, instead of doing something even remotely productive for the first half of the Veteran's Day holiday, I find myself still in my pajamas at 2:00 PM having just finished reading Sandra Brown's new book cover-to-cover. I just couldn't put it down!

Dawson Scott is a reporter, newly returned from covering stories in Afghanistan with some very serious emotional scars. He eventually visits his godparents, former FBI Gary Headly and his wife Eva, where he learned that the unsolved crime Agent Headly...more
At some point around the turn of the 21st century Sandra Brown became brilliant. Well, she was probably always brilliant, but the day came when she threw off the rules of genre fiction and let her inner storyteller fly without constraints. Brown is a supremely clever and compelling storyteller as well as a seasoned wordsmith and that is what keeps me coming back to her books for more. In any case, I have mad love for just about every word she’s written since I read Envy originally published in 2...more
Kathleen J
Great characters, great at pulling you in, great language. Weak plot.

I listened to the audio version.

Reporter, Dawson, troubled with PTSD is convinced to cover a murder trial because his godfather, Headly, an FBI agent, learns one of the apparent victims is the son of a pair of famous domestic terrorists from 40 years before. Headly is not convinced the male murder victim is dead and, if not, may lead them to the outlaws, who have never been caught. Dawson becomes fixated on the ex-wife of the...more
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TITLE: Deadline
Date Read: 12/30/13
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Thriller/2013/Hachette/410 pgs

TIME/PLACE: Present/Georgia
CHARACTERS: Dawson Scott/journalist; Amelia Nolan/museum curator

FIRST LINES: What's with the hair?

COMMENTS: Good thriller w/ a twist to the ending. Dawson Scott has returned from writing a story in Afghanistan and seems more insular than normal -- he is retreating into a daily regimen of pain pills & alcohol t...more
Oct 10, 2013 Xenos rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: best
The thing that really bugs me about Sandra Brown is that it seems like forever between her books!!! It's so frustrating!!!

But after reading "Deadline", I say, "Take your time, Ms. Brown!" I'd rather an author release a quality book once a year than release "pretty good" books two or three times a year. And simply put, "Deadline" is perfection!!! Totally worth the wait. Ho. Ly. Crap. Thoroughly original and expertly spun, this story had me mesmerized from start to finish. Can't tell you how many...more
I'm in the mood for action, mystery, love and 'say what?????' and Sandra Brown delivers on all fronts. Deadline's best feature?? Twists, twice that made me 'what' out loud......perfect for my spring reading fling.
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