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The Beginning (FBI Thriller #1-2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  887 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
The Cove and The Maze, the first two thrillers in the FBI series, for the first time together in one volume.

In these exciting novels of intrigue and suspense, readers are introduced to Special Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock-and they'll watch the sparks fly as the agents' relationship heats up amid cases that could destroy everything they hold dear.

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Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Berkley Trade
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Jun 20, 2012 Wendy added it
Recommends it for: Nobody!
No no no! Don't make me read any more. I didn't actually finish reading this book but I need to share my horror. The writing is so terrible. It's like she is writing to morons who can't remember a character's name. I got to page 79 and probably heard the name "Thelma Nettro" 40 times. Really? People can't remember that Thelma is Thelma Nettro? And she does it with all the other characters too! Nobody can just go by a first name. Also, the characters explain their entire background to everyone wh ...more
Dec 18, 2009 Stacey rated it it was ok
This book combines the first two FBI Thriller books, The Cove and The Maze.

I didn't much care for The Cove. It was far too confusing. Within the first 5 pages there are dozens of characters, the main character being called two different names - which made no sense, and an endless string of confusing events. It wasn't until around page 200 that the book started explaining itself. I realize the author was probably trying to get you to feel some of the main character Sally/Susan's confusion, but i
Sep 08, 2010 Merredith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
The beginning is really 2 books in one, the first two books of the FBI series. In the two books we meet two agent best friends and their wives (a political aide and another agent). I have to say, both of those women have very messed up families. Both stories were fast paced and kept me guessing the whole time. Real page turners. I just gulped down this large book! (good thing I had a long weekend to do it!). I also loved that in the second part, whenever they were stresseed, they'd say 'let's go ...more
Two books in one. The Cove and The Maze, book 1 and book 2 in the FBI Thriller series. The Cove started off pretty good and caught my attention but then the heroine got TSTL and the story fell apart on me. It took on a rather juvenile tone. There were a few times I felt the characters didn't behave as I'd expect adults to behave. I didn't feel the plot held up either. The Maze started rough for me. I almost didn't finish it. Again the plot had some holes but it did get a little better and I was ...more
Aug 27, 2014 Sonya rated it really liked it
Ather reading 3 of Catherine Coulter's FBI thrillers with Sherlock & Savich I decided to start from the beginning. This book is a combination of the 1st two FBI series books. The first "The Cove" introduced Agent Quinlan, who I didn't really know much about before. The second "The Maze" provided the basis for the team of Sherlock & Savich. Both took a chapter or two to get into but then moved along quick and with lots of twists & turns. I enjoyed both and look forward to continuing t ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Mhd rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This title is a bit deceptive: this is a combo of 2 books, The Maze and The Cove. I read The Cove but not The Maze. It was ok and had some nice touches. I don't understand why they are packaged together...I don't see a thematic reason...just the author, I guess...
Jun 24, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I now know how they met

This is great, I love Savich and Sherlock. It was nice to know how they met and it was a great reading about their first cases. More, more give me more.
OK, now it's making more sense of the much-later volume in this series that I read a few years ago. A fun yarn with some strong female characters. I will read more in the series.
Michele Harbour
Two books in one--what a deal! This is the beginning of her Savich-Sherlock series, which I plan to read this summer. Might as well start at the beginning.
Aug 19, 2015 Nola rated it it was amazing
Loved sitting on the edge of my chair as these stories twisted and turned. Just love detective mysteries.
Necole Moreau
Oct 04, 2014 Necole Moreau rated it it was amazing
Loved reading the first two books in this FBI series. Can't wait to keep reading on.
Jennifer Henschel
Jul 11, 2016 Jennifer Henschel rated it it was amazing
Excellent adult mystery series. Love Sherlock and Savich
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Overall the 2 stories in this book were ok.......Maybe i'll read other stories in the series but I am in no rush to do so right now.
Sep 30, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Two books in one... great! Catherine Coulter seems to have a formula for her books... at least the three that I've read so far. These two books were an easy read, and it's nice to see characters that carry through more than one novel. However, reading a few of her books in a row causes her books to seem predictable. I loved this one so much, that when I picked up a different one, I was a little disappointed that the layout was similar to the first two. Great mystery though.
Kerri Chiaramonte
Apr 06, 2014 Kerri Chiaramonte rated it liked it
Finished Book 1 June 23, 2013
Unbelievably weird book! Weirdly written! Weird story...and yet the 17th book in this series has been published! Since I purchased a combo pack with books 1 & 2, I will persevere! Whether I make it to book 17 remains to be seen. They will have to get much better in order for that to happen!
Mar 05, 2010 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am always looking for new authors to read. I am certainly glad I picked this book. She certainly knows how to keep you interested from the first to the last page. I stayed up all night just to finish this book and immediately went online to order more of this series.
Christopher King
Jun 07, 2011 Christopher King rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, mystery, romance
I've been putting off reading this book for a while. For some reason I thought it was strictly romance, and was pleased that it turned out to be that and more.

The "thriller" aspect though of both stories leave a lot to be desired. Mostly smoke with little substance
James R. Stenhouse spark
A unique duo

Suspense! + Good wins. This Kindle 'thing' has given introductions ,for me, New authors and access to books that interest...and can entertain you, also.

Oct 10, 2013 Wendy rated it it was ok
This was her first FBI thriller ("The Cove") -- glad I read later books of hers first or I would not have picked her up again. Not a bad plot line but not very well written, and I thought there was a lot of sappy, ridiculous rabbit trails.
Dotti Elrick
Feb 04, 2013 Dotti Elrick rated it liked it
The Beginning is the first two books in Catherine Coulter's FBI series. The Cove and the Maze. I loved them both. The Maze is my absolute favorite of the entire series. They are a bit mystery, a bit thriller and a little bit romance.
Sep 12, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
For a romance novelist, Catherine Coulter's FBI thrillers are terrific reads. This book tells both the stories of Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich. From THE BEGINNING, the rest of her FBI thrillers are fast-paced and fun to read.
Apr 14, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: who-dunit
2 stars for the first story and 2.5 for the second. I'm just not a fan of the stories themselves or the writing style. Oh well. At least I tried a new author. And I have been meaning to read her for awhile. Now I can say I have.
Aug 03, 2011 Sherry rated it it was ok
Read it once before but am reading OT again on my Kindle. Very elementary writing and unreal dialog. Guess I read it again because i didn't remember the end. Two stories in one book.
Love this series. Working on a re-read and loving it as much the 2nd time around. Great action and character development.

Jan 07, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
Excellent book. I really enjoyed this which is a compilation of the first two FBI books by Coulter. I will be reading more of them.
Fairly terrible and predictable romantic-suspense novels, but I have to admit I enjoyed them as brainless airport reading. YMMV.
Tammi Whitcomb
Nov 17, 2012 Tammi Whitcomb rated it it was ok
Meh. I'd read #3 if I was bored and out of other books to read but they were pretty lame. At least I finished them!
T.M. Carper
Apr 17, 2015 T.M. Carper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, suspense
Two fast paced mysteries with lively characters and the perfect dose of suspense.
Jun 19, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing
Great series. I always try to find out when her next book in this series will be out.
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