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The Negotiator (O'Malley #1)

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FBI agent Dave Richman from Danger in the Shadows is back. He's about to meet Kate O'Malley, and his life will never be the same. She's a hostage negotiator. He protects people. He's about to find out that falling in love with a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another!

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Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published November 9th 2000)
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Dec 17, 2012 Mary rated it did not like it
I did not realize that this was an inspirational romance when I began reading it. Even before we got to the proselytizing the characters were just a bit too perfect; all of them very successful at what they did. Then comes the fact that the hero would not even consider dating the heroine (Kate) because she was not a Christian. This was the first turn off. When her sister was diagnosed with cancer and told Kate she was afraid for her soul, I just wanted to puke. Do evangelical Christians not real ...more
Gabriela Paige
Dec 30, 2015 Gabriela Paige rated it really liked it
This book was fantastic. It was something different from what I’ve recently been reading, but so so good. I need the next one!

Kate O’Malley is a hostage negotiator. Whether defusing human time bombs or stopping stopping a person from jumping off a building, she is good at what she does and will walk into situations no one else will. Dave Richman is a FBI special agent who has spent much of his life protecting people. He is starting to care about Kate. But now someone is targeting her. Someone wh
Sep 05, 2011 Kim rated it it was ok
I really tried to like this book and get carried away by the story. Really, I did. But I couldn't get past the totally unrealistic characters. Could there really be that many perfect, gorgeous, intelligent, rich, single, patriotic career professionals (with high-paying, exciting careers) all in one "family"? Throw in a mansion and a private jet owned by a studly FBI love interest (with an alluring British accent of all things), some intrigue and romance and it was just a little "over the top" fo ...more
Jesseca Wheaton
Mar 22, 2016 Jesseca Wheaton rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I enjoyed getting to know the O'Malley family immensely, and I love all the brother/sister relationships. They're always my favorite. ;)
The way the author wove God into the story was very well done. It wasn't preachy at all, and I really appreciated just how much their faith in Him worked into the character's lives.
The mystery was very well done, and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
Bark's Book Nonsense
Oct 18, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Within the pages of The Negotiator you'll find a nail biting, well developed suspense, a sweet and equally well developed relationship and some fine secondary characters. The plot is tense, and at times the romance becomes secondary to the suspense, but still I found it nearly impossible to put down. I highly recommend this to fans suspense fans.
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

As a hostage negotiator, Kate O’Malley lives life on the edge. When she’s thrust into the center of an investigation in the aftermath of an explosion that killed over 200 people, she struggles to maintain her calm resolve. One of her siblings springs a dark secret on her and promptly declares she can’t yet share the news. Under all that pressure, will Kate uncover the truth before the bomber comes after her and the people she loves? Will she learn to trust God before it’s too
Jul 06, 2011 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I loved this first book in a series, introducing us to one of the 7 members of the O'Malley "family", Kate; a Chicago police hostage negotiator.

The book had great pacing. I thoroughly enjoyed the "Die Hard" action / suspense parts of this book. And let it be noted, the author did her research. Henderson masterfully weaves together realistic technical details, mystery, suspense and romance into one intriguing story. We get a very realistic understanding of the interaction and partnership between
I actually really liked the plot of this novel, even though I'm not a mystery fan and the basic plot is that of a mystery. I thought Henderson did a good job weaving in enough suspense about Kate's background and the other elements to keep the plot snappy and quick moving...until about 2/3 of the way through when it felt like everything got tangled up in details and I started having trouble following the case and who was doing what at what time. And then there's the moment when Kate makes a big ...more
Jun 24, 2009 Ebookwormy rated it it was ok
Recommended to Ebookwormy by: Brooke Myers
This work has some bright spots, mostly plotting in the second half. Other strong points are the character development of the O'Malley family members. The author does a good job of introducing the cast without belaboring the story (which is focused on Kate). Also, the author demonstrates knowledge of the police/ FBI etc. structure and procedures. There were so many reasons I WANTED to like this book.

However, there are significant weaknesses here. The most blatant of which is that Kate is suppose
Angela Watts
Sep 13, 2016 Angela Watts rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much.
Seriously, it had pretty much everything I liked. There was a case to be worked, and there was characters I loved. It had romance that was soo nicely done. And I loved (view spoiler)
Evangheline Farcas
May 26, 2012 Evangheline Farcas rated it it was amazing
From its very begining Kate O'Malley did not need to negotiate to keep my interest. As the main character she is a complex, exciting character. She has her head on her shoulders and can think calmly in the most stressful of situations, that's what makes her so good at her job...negotiating, keeping people safe. But she has a past. She comes from an abusive family and at a young age she was placed in an orphanage at Trevor House. This is where the O'Malleys meet and decide to make their own famil ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Lori rated it it was ok
The high rating is what drew me to the book. Unfortunately, it was one of those books I could've put down and never picked up again without losing any sleep. While other reviewers were able to get involved with the characters, I found them 'campy'. I just couldn't get into them! Kate and Dave fell in love way too fast and I don't think a Christian book always has to deal with someone 'coming to Christ'. I was really looking forward to starting another great series (like Joel Rosenberg's The Ezek ...more
Mar 03, 2015 Hilary rated it really liked it
Kate is a trained hostage negotiator, but she's also an O'Malley: one of seven children who bonded in a group home and decided to make their own family.

Although this book concentrates on Kate, the center of the whole book is really the self-made family that supports, helps, teases and generally loves each other. The Christian aspect is relatively light, not as obvious as in books by Karen Kingsbury, but still present.

Don't compare this series to Catherine Coulter or similar - it's lighter in plo
This book excited me so much when I got my first taste of the O'Malleys. I remember being very sad to finish it, despite the fact that I had five more ahead of me, simply because I didn't think anyone could be as cool as Kate O'Malley. (Luckily I was wrong.) The character of Kate is so excellently dynamic and really what makes her book special. I find her job as a hostage negotiator fascinating. She's independent. She has nerves of steel, yet as the reader you also get to see her deepest emotion ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Jerry rated it it was ok
A great premise, and mostly good writing, but a completely flummoxing ending that simply ruins the book. If you're looking for a good Christian mystery, go pick up a book by Jim Walker, or the Bowers Files series by Steven James.
Jan 05, 2013 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The story was compelling and the characters likeable. It was refreshing to read a book where there was no bad language or people falling into bed together on short acquaintance.
Jan 31, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
I've read this book several times and still enjoy it. The O'Malley family is enchanting.
Aug 04, 2016 J.C. rated it it was amazing
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What a deep, amazing, suspenseful, captivating novel…

This book was so hard to grasp at times. Some adult novels are easily understood by younger audiences, but this one was over my head—in a good way—in a lot of sections from the understanding there was a lot going on and a lot to keep track of. Sometimes I needed to reread, and sometimes I just plowed through because there were lots of handy and clever recaps—characters telling others what’s going on and such. There was so much going on that I
Aug 22, 2013 Notbagels rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot. It felt a little more realistic than some of the Christian fiction I've read lately. The characters were whole people and the plot was interesting and compelling. I was slightly annoyed that both characters had really rough early lives, but they never actually gave any details. Not because the story needed it--it was clear that the characters eventually learned each other's stories and were okay with them, we just never saw it. And maybe more information would have lead to th ...more
Kaitlyn Mckinney
I thought that this book was really good. I picked it up to start reading it and I couldn't put it down once I started. I had this book recommended to me and I loved it. This book started out really fast. It grabbed your attention right away and then kept it throughout that whole book. There were a couple spots in the book where it was getting a little slow, but it always got back going again. In this book there were two main characters. They both had things that they wanted to do and get done. ...more
Dayo Benson
Nov 15, 2013 Dayo Benson rated it it was amazing
I actually read this book for the first time about eight years ago, but since I couldn't for the life of me remember what it was about, I snapped it up when it was on offer on Kindle. I knew I enjoyed it the first time around, but I couldn't remember the plot.

The Negotiator is an engaging, romantic, suspenseful read. Thankfully, Kate and Dave didn't fall in love at first sight. Instead they had this unusual 'rapport at first sight.' I enjoyed their banter and the dynamics of their relationship.
Susan Baganz
Nov 27, 2012 Susan Baganz rated it it was amazing
I do not normally read romantic suspense but this one intrigued me. And I got it when it was offered for free. So what did I have to lose? After all, I love romance. So I thought I would give Dee Henderson’s book, The Negotiator, a try.

I am so glad I did.

FBI agent Dave Richman finds true love while being a secret hostage in a tense situation in a bank. Talk about a bad birthday. David watches Kate O'Malley exercise her talent as a negotiator and save the lives of all the hostages as well as hi
Life Between Coffee Spoons
May 02, 2013 Life Between Coffee Spoons rated it it was amazing
In a sea of Christian fiction that gives writing and religion a bad name, Dee Henderson hits the nail on the head repeatedly throughout the O'Malley series. Kate probably remains my favorite, especially since Dave is equally charming in his carry-over from Danger in the Shadows.

Kate is a strong female character works as a negotiator (couldn't see that one coming, could you?). But when someone begins targeting her specifically, she has to work against the clock to save as many lives as possible.
Pamela Hubbard
Kate O'Malley is a hostage negotiator, and when she is sent in to negotiate a bank standoff, she finds herself in a case she never expected, and also meets a man who worms his way into her heart. When a plane is bombed and the one responsible mentions her name in the threat, Kate finds herself facing the demons from her past while trying to bring justice to the victims. Along the way, we get to know the other members of the O'Malley family and see Kate struggle with the issue of God, mercy, just ...more
Feb 09, 2010 AJ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: drama, mystery, suspense, romance buffs
Recommended to AJ by: no one
Though I liked this story, couldn't put it down, I wasn't a big fan of Kate, the heroine, mainly because she was a little too feminist-like to me. Here she is, a girl who has a wonderful man practically groveling at her feet, yet she's rude, boorish, a bit mean, and definitely acts unappreciative of this new, loving man in her life. I truly can't stand women like this--those with chips on their shoulders as if having something to prove to the world, especially men. (My mother, however, also read ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I simply love Kate O'Malley. The 2nd eldest of the adopted bunch, Kate is a tough, justice-driven cop. She is a competitor and likes her coffee sweet. And cares deeply for those she loves.

I understand her struggles to come to terms with the Christian faith and becoming a believer. Her questions and skepticism is very logical, and I am drawn to her character because I feel the same in many ways.

I love that Dave is back (apparently I have a thing here lately for main male characters with British
Mar 25, 2013 Holly rated it it was ok
I was given this series as a gift by a family member. I have a very clear understanding as to why this person gave me these. Although she does not frequent this sight I feel obligated to say that this book did not have the intent she would have desired. I do not read Christian fiction but feel obligated due to as mentioned above; these were given to me as a gift. If I over look the parts of the book that clearly agitated me I guess I can say that the mystery plot line was okay. The romance betwe ...more
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
Another great re-read from Dee Henderson. I think Kate is my favorite of the O'Malleys and I loved reading her story again. Great blend of suspense and romance!
May 15, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it
I am not usually a proponent of "christian" fiction, I find most of it entirely too preachy. On the other hand, Dee Hendersen has found a way to tell an engaging, suspenseful tale with Christian values. There's romance without graphic sex scenes or even premarital foibles, there's action and adventure (pretty serious stuff too) without the use of profane language, and the dialogue is well written, the faith deeply rooted, without being simplistic or preachy. Two thumbs up! (And the rest of the s ...more
Jul 14, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Shocking Mystery with Twists Galore

This was yet another phenomenal book by Dee Henderson about the journey to accepting Jesus, faith and all that comes with it despite uncertain and troubling times. Henderson has a gift for taking a horrible event that sends that main character on a trail of confusion and questions as they try to figure out life. At the same time, someone brings up their journey of faith and it seems impossible that main character will ever be able to accept Jesus.
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Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Awa
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“I can’t change any of this.
‘No. But you’re giving up. I can see it happening.’
I’m temporarily retreating, Dave. Don’t worry. I’ll find my sea legs again.”
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