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When a homeless veteran is found dead in a squalid Sacramento alley, FBI special agent Megan Elliott vows to find the murdered hero’s killer. Her investigation gets complicated fast, for the victim, a former Delta Force soldier, is just one link in a nationwide spree of torture and murder.

Straight off a job rescuing medical missionaries, soldier-for-hire Jack Kincaid retur
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Mass Market Paperback, 424 pages
Published March 24th 2009 by Ballantine
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Duchess Nicole
Mar 11, 2013 Duchess Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers of RS light on the romance, heavy on the thriller aspect
This was a lot less romantic and a lot less suspense than I was wanting. Honestly, I'd say around ninety percent of this book was a crime thriller. The romantic leads don't even meet until about forty five percent into the book, which in turn leads to a very quick courtship and a fairly unbelievable Happy Ever After. I would have been good with a "Happy For Now" type of ending, but for some reason the author chose to go all the way with these two, and it really didn't work for me.

The psycho cra
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Bigd_041555
At first I thought there was way too many characters being introduced to follow, but that thought was quickly dispelled. A good read - lots of action, twists and turns, and a red herring thrown in to boot. A surprise towards the end - one of those I didn't see that coming.

All in all, I enjoyed this book - Allison Brennan is a terrific writer - one of those authors who just has what it takes to keep the audience wanting more.

Oh and Kjen - you would really like this book ;)

So 2 thumbs up and a sol
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Jane Stewart
This was labeled romance but there was less romance than I expected. It was ok as mystery suspense (warning: a lot of torture).

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
This was labeled as romantic suspense, and the mislabeling is what bothers me the most. In my opinion, it does not have enough romance or development of a relationship to qualify for that genre. This is mostly mystery suspense with a lot of uncomfortable torture scenes. 95% of the story is about the authorities finding clues and slowly unraveling the m
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Andrea Corley
This was a first time read for this author and sub-genre for me and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it. I won't hesitate to pick up another book from Allison Brennan nor will I hesitate to read another cozy romantic mystery!

I listened to the audio version and at first thought that it was a little awkward listening to the narrator, Ann Marie Lee, for the character that she was playing. However, once I got into listening to the story, it didn't seem to bother me, it just struck me as odd
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Sara
It really shocks me sometimes that I can enjoy books with such twisted plots and characters. But even more than that, I worry about the authors that come up with these characters. Hopefully they won't turn into pathological liers and cold-blooded killers like their characters.
Brennan should just stick to writing these suspence novels and remove the whole romantic aspect out of it. Those areas, while they do provide some relief from all the killing and plotting, are just not in keeping with the
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Melanie Chabrol-
For Megan Elliott her Sacramento investigation gets complicated when 3 deaths from different cities gets killed, are they related? Why send her a souvenir? She did nothing wrong, after all the FBI and police have one thing in common justice for the bad guys,
Then when they hit Texas Jack Kincaid returns from a job rescuing medical missionaries, how does he fit in the problem solving will he ever make peace with his parents. Find out in Allison Brennan's Sudden Death
Amelia
Jul 28, 2011 Amelia added it
Allison Brennan ties this up with a huge, gorgeous bow! Sudden Death takes you on a roller coaster ride, filled with suspense, drama and loads of action. Protagonists Megan and Jack are well rounded characters who come out strong and victorious over situations that have weighed them down for years. The supporting cast is well etched and you long to know them better.

As for the villains, they have a back story too. That just makes the entire read simply un-putdown-able!

The book comes together in
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Cindy Pierce
I have previously read Brennan's Evil series and while I did have some issues with her writing style I enjoyed the books and chalked my issues up to the fact that those books were her first published works. However, the first half of Sudden Death moved at a snails pace for me. Brennan is not a very descriptive write and while I do find that too much description is a distraction for me, I need some description in a story. The story had a good premise but I felt like Brennan just didn't deliver on ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
When a homeless veteran is murdered, FBI special agent Megan Elliott becomes involved in a national task force investigating a series of sadistic killings, and she enters into a reluctant alliance with soldier-for-hire Jack Kincaid.

The first book in the FBI Trilogy by Allison Brennan. I normally prefer there to be a better balance of romance and suspense but the story really grabs you and I didn't really miss the lack of romance in it. There is romance but it's more of a minor side story. There
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Betsy
Sudden Death introduced me to Allison Brennan. Although the book was not bad, it did not pull me into the story as I expected or wanted. I was annoyed to find out that some of the characters were already in other series. I really like to read a series from the beginning and get to know the characters as the series goes. This format did not allow me to do that. I will read other books by this author since other members have mentioned this is not her best work. I will not continue on with this ser ...more
Sheila
I just finished Sudden Death. I "discovered" Allison Brennan last year and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I have read several of her books but this is the first in this series that I have read. FBI Agent Megan Elliott is on the case of veterans that have been murdered and tortured. It becomes quite involved. Along the way she meets Jack (which ties it into the other books/series). Good story, disturbing torture techniqes. Why oh why do I like this stuff? Surprise ending. ★★★★ ...more
Susan
When a homeless veteran is found dead in a squalid Sacramento alley, FBI special agent Megan Elliott vows to find the murdered hero’s killer. Her investigation gets complicated fast, for the victim, a former Delta Force soldier, is just one link in a nationwide spree of torture and murder.

Straight off a job rescuing medical missionaries, soldier-for-hire Jack Kincaid returns to his home base in the Texas border town of Hidalgo only to receive the news that one of his closest colleagues–also ex-m
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Victoria
This is the second book I read by Brennan and I just love her complex plots. I love how you think its about one thing and then something that relates comes up. Her characters are also amazing. After this second book I just know I'm going to have to read all of Brennan's books.

But I do have a complaint. I don't like that this is suppose to be a first in the series and yet she's using some of the same characters from other series. I strongly feel that if its a new series have new characters.
Jay Jessmer
Loved this book! Allison Brennan has quickly become one of my authors to read, and has an absolute knack for straight-ahead, no frills, action packed thrillers. She grabbed me with her "Evil" trilogy and I dove straight into this series basically because I saw that Jack Kincaid was one of the principal characters, and I liked the bit of him we got to see in "Fear No Evil".
A serial killer seems to be targeting military veterans, one of which is Jack's long time friend and member of his "for hir
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Mark Soone
Hmmmmm.....I think this was a solid 3 star read, But might wrestle with 2.5 & 3.5 were they options? The reason for the wide gulf in rating? Well, to me this was almost a schizophrenic read, in that parts were totally absorbig and engrossing, while others were tedious and outright boring/monotonous.

The book starts fast right out of the gate, and gave some of the most real and horrific torture scenerios and serial killing scenes that I have encountered. But about a 1/4 of the way in, the inve
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Ingo
Started April 01st, 2014.
After reading the Novella Maximum Exposure I could not wait to read another book by this author.
And I was also reminded, that there is a better style in writing, than the non-stop-action of some of the books I struggled through in the past months.
While the ending was disappointing, being predictable and without a twist, which would have warranted a fifth star, I really liked most of the book.
One nice short sex-scene, not overly explicit and rather plain, nothing kinky.
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Linda
When a homeless veteran is found dead in a squalid Sacramento alley, FBI special agent Megan Elliott vows to find the murdered hero’s killer. Her investigation gets complicated fast, for the victim, a former Delta Force soldier, is just one link in a nationwide spree of torture and murder.

Straight off a job rescuing medical missionaries, soldier-for-hire Jack Kincaid returns to his home base in the Texas border town of Hidalgo only to receive the news that one of his closest colleagues–also ex-m
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
An ok book. Storyline dragged in some parts and was a pageturner in others. I will give this author another try though.
Barbara ★
Three former Delta Forces have been brutally tortured and murdered. The press is calling it the Hamstring Killer case and Megan Elliott, FBI special agent is in charge of solving it. Jack Kincaid, mercenary and former Delta Forces, enters the picture when one of his buddies is a victim of this sadistic killer.

Jack and Megan hit it off immediately and join forces with Hans (Megan's boss), Dillon (Jack's brother, Matt (Megan's brother) and Padre (Jack's friend, also Delta Force). The action heats
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Katey
Allison Brennan's books are rather repetitive, but I enjoy them just the same. There is a main character, male or female, who has some sort of back story. Then the main character meets the person he or she ends up marrying in the end, even if they don't propose in the book. They end up making love to each other as the story goes on, while trying to catch a killer. Then one of the characters gets captured by the killer as some sort of revenge, and that person's lover usually goes in and rescues h ...more
Darcy
I don't know what it says about me that I like to read books about women that are serial killers. Part of what I find so fascinating is that I can't imagine it, so that when others are committing heinous acts it is like a car crash you can't help but look at.

Karin sure does have her own issues. And it isn't until we get to the end and she is fully discovered that we really learn what drives her. It brings up that old question of nature vs. nurture. It is too big of a question for me to answer.
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Sherry
A tantalizing story to start off Allison Brennan’s FBI trilogy. The suspense
begins almost immediately and the reader is caught up in the hunt for a
couple of sadistic killers. As the plot moves, the reader is left with a knowing
sense of “why” the killings are occurring and that is where the unknown factor
comes in and turns the motive completely around. That factor is
what made the story in my eyes. Characterization is complete, story lines all
balance out; the overall effect is an adventure th
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Kristina
This was one of those romantic crime mystery suspense books. I've never read this author before but the synopsis sounded interesting and the reviews by readers were decent so I bought it for my Nook. My verdict: Eh. I have to say the book is weighed down by so much uninteresting crime detail in the first ten pages or so that I was tempted to skim (but I didn't). I found the characters (all of them) not interesting at all. I can't even remember the main characters' names and I just finished the b ...more
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
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Pattianne
Sudden Death - FBI Trilogy #1 - (Jack and Megan) - I enjoyed book had enough mystery and romance for me - When a homeless veteran is found dead in a squalid Sacramento alley, FBI special agent Megan Elliott vows to find the murdered hero’s killer. Her investigation gets complicated fast, for the victim, a former Delta Force soldier, is just one link in a nationwide spree of torture and murder. Straight off a job rescuing medical missionaries, soldier-for-hire Jack Kincaid returns to his home bas ...more
laura m
Aug 27, 2013 laura m rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: bored travellers and commuters
nice read while travelling. the main idea could have been cool but the author really stretched it a bit much with the psycho woman and her psycho mother who praised her for killing her dad when she was 12 and then killed a priest she confided in. and then the woman killed her mother so she could be evaluated as depressed by psychologists so she wouldn't get fired when she shot her colleague.
wtf???
really a bit confusing and too much.
otherwise we have all of Brennan's classic elements as usual, su
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Lynn Aoude
great plot. this is a book full of action and suspense. not a wasted moment on useless emotional gibberish. the plot was great, the villain psychopathic to the right degree. the only thing that reduced my rating from 5 to 4 stars is the romance. it was rushed and unrealistic. this is not a fairytale and falling in love doesn't happen in one day when you hardly know the other person. but all in all, great book. definitely recommended!!
Silver James
Jun 12, 2013 Silver James rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of suspense, thrillers, romantic suspense
Sudden Death is the first book in Allison Brennan's FBI series, which then grew into the Lucy Kincaid series. Jack Kincaid has long been my favorite of her alpha heroes and I can't believe I hadn't picked up this book before now. It. Was. Awesome. Jack is every bit as brooding as I anticipated. He's quiet. He's deadly. And he doesn't know what the hell to do with FBI Agent Megan Elliott. Well, besides fall in love with her. Unfortunately, she's tracking a pair of serial killers and their paths i ...more
Dannielle
The first couple chapters of this book have references to events that have happened in the past and never fully get explained. While the events don't happen to Megan and Jack, they still impact their lives. The reader is left feeling like they've walked into the middle of a series, instead of the beginning of a trilogy. Perhaps some of the events will be explained in the latter books. But it can be frustrating not having all the information.

The story flows pretty good, with the reader knowing w
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Allison Brennan is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of twenty romantic thrillers and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” Lisa Gardner says, “Brennan knows how to deliver.”

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Other Books in the Series

FBI Trilogy (3 books)
  • Fatal Secrets: A Novel of Suspense (FBI Trilogy, #2)
  • Cutting Edge: A Novel of Suspense (FBI Trilogy, #3)
Speak No Evil (No Evil Trilogy, #1) The Prey (Predator Trilogy, #1) See No Evil (No Evil Trilogy, #2) Love Me to Death (Lucy Kincaid #1) Fear No Evil (No Evil Trilogy, #3)

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