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Knock Out (FBI Thriller #13)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  8,760 Ratings  ·  418 Reviews
Seven-year-old Autumn Backman needed a hero. When she saw Special Agent Dillon Savich on TV after he'd brought down bank robbers in a Georgetown bank, she knew she'd found him.

She called Savich, but she didn't use the phone...

Ethan Merriweather, sheriff of Titusville, Virginia, a small mountain town near the Titus Hitch Wilderness, goes looking for a missing little girl. S
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
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Dec 02, 2009 Tamela rated it did not like it
Eh . . .

Although I like the main plot concept, the sub-plot just seems pointless. I'm wondering if the bank robber angle will somehow end up dovetailing with the child-kidnapping story. In the meantime, it's just annoying.

In my opinion, the author's poorly written and disjointed style is off-putting. At one point I felt like I was trying to watch a scratched-up DVD that kept skipping, leaving out big chunks of the story. I'm particularly disenchanted with the inauthentic and cliched dialogue an
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 08, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
Yes indeedy, I do like Catherine Coulter's 'FBI' series starring agents with grit, smarts, a kicka$$ computer, humor, and the occasional 'gifts'. "Knock Out" is her latest novel set in the world of Savich and Sherlock and it is...a knock out.

This time Savich and Sherlock are working two cases at the same time. The first involves a gang of vicious bank robbers who kill security guards for no reason other than 'fun'. The second involves a special girl named Autumn, who first speaks to Savich in hi
Feb 03, 2013 Kathie rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. I downloaded the audio book and was very tempted to put this on my "couldn't get through" shelf but I struggled through to the end because I could listen while driving instead of wasting precious reading time. I was not interested in the supernatural, the cult, and the completely overblown characters. The mother was far too protective, the 6-year-old way beyond her years in vocabulary and general knowledge to be believable. And who lets a six-year-old repeatedly crawl out ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I have to give this one star because I did not finish it. I got to about chapter 33 when I turned off my ipod in disgust. The first few books in the FBI thriller series were pretty good but its gone downhill to the point where I won't be picking up another one. The story was slow and too well padded to make it very interesting. It was ok at first, had the potential to be engage me. Then about where I stopped the Mom started doing the TSTL thing and all these brilliant FBI guys, sheriff and deput ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Arlene rated it it was amazing
Another great suspense mystery with FBI team Dillion Savich and Lacey Sherlock! There are several books with these characters and they are always saving or helping someone. Usually youll hear of those characters in future books, so its nice to remember them and hear about them again. This story has two storylines that the Savich and Sherlock are following. A young Bonnie & Clyde type they are trying to capture. And then a little girl of 7 yrs old and her mom, trying to escape her in laws fam ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
I was always anxious to get back to this book, and the characters were well-written. My only real complaint was the para-normal story line. I found the word "stymied" to be just silly, but the rest of the book was such a fun read, I forgive it.
Lianne Burwell
Jun 23, 2014 Lianne Burwell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Where Nora Roberts has had a lot of success writing a future cop series, Catherine Coulter has been doing the same with a contemporary FBI agent, his wife (and Max, their AI). Each book involves and FBI plot, and a second plot with new characters that always ends with a romance.

In this volume, the FBI plot deals with a teenaged psychopather and her slightly older side-kick/cousin/lover who is a little more conflicted. They, along with psycho-girl`s mother and a couple of others are bank robbers
Jun 30, 2013 Kelsey rated it liked it
My Take: Overall, outstanding but I won't lie to you, the beginning was a bit slow. It might have just been the fact that I was so busy I couldn't get into it though so don't let what I said scare you away. I didn't read the other 15 books by this author in this series, I read it as a stand alone, which worked but I did at times feel like I was left out of what was happening because I might not have had all the back story but I had enough to follow along and still enjoy it. I was able to relate ...more
Oct 22, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
Recommends it for: action mystery fans, thriller fans, fans of FBI thrillers.
Recommended to Michael by: Read a review
3 1/2 stars*
A seven year old girl, Autumn Backman, contacts FBI Special Agent Dillon Savich after seeing a show about him on TV. She is able to communicate with Savach telepathically.

In Titusville, VA. Autumn runs away and hides in the home of Sheriff Ethan Merriweather. She tells Ethan that a man who goes by the name of Blessed is after her and her mother, Joanna and warns Ethan not to look into Blessed's eyes because he can control a person's thoughts once they do look him in the eye.

Savach ha
Jul 17, 2009 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
I didn't like this book as well as I normally like Catherine Coulter's books. The story was good once I got into it, but the premise took some time to accept. I used this to fulfill one of the tasks for my reading challenge, which was to read a book and "cast" the movie. Here is my cast:

Sherlock: Marcia Cross

Savich: Matthew Fox

Lissy: Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210)

Victor: Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire)

Ethan: Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo, NCIS)

Joanna: An
Dec 12, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, series-thriller, 2014
In the 13th installment of the FBI thriller series by Catherine Coulter, it's really a knockout of a story--in two ways than one. It all started, when there's a bank robbery in action and the ensuing aftermath. Two young robbers are out for blood, seeking revenge, and want Dillon Savich dead. They wreck havoc everywhere they went, while they're on the run and hiding out. Meanwhile, young Autumn Backman needs Dillon's help with a sticky family situation down South. With her peculiar psychic abili ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
While Coulter did a pretty good job of taking two parallel plot lines and keeping them going until they finally intersect, the dialogue for the seven-year old didn't quite ring true. Granted, this is the third book of a series of which I hadn't read the prior two, but I felt like the writing was a little sketchy in parts, especially at the end. I'd read some of her earlier books, and this one didn't seem quite up to par with them. Her general plot(s) and character development were interesting, b ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Bernadette rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it overall, but it seemed busy and rushed at points, which I guess was kind of the point but took away some for me.
Bj Quigley
Dec 31, 2016 Bj Quigley rated it really liked it
Fast, easy read. Kept my interest. Always looking for a good mystery. This one was pretty good.
Mar 15, 2017 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Savich & Sherlock book - A little seven year old girl named Autumn speaks to Savich at midnight in his mind. She saw him on TV and calls to him for help. She and her mother Joanna are on the run from a relentless madman who can control people with his mind. A Sheriff named Ethan is protecting them but does he have a chance against this mnd control and will Dillan and Sherlock arrive in time?
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Dec 15, 2011 Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michelle
4.5 Stars

I stopped reading Catherine Coulter’s FBI Thriller Series a few years ago. I don’t remember why, because the series books are always good and fast paced. Knock Out is no exception.

Special Agent Dillon is waiting in line inside a D.C. bank when the infamous Gang of Four burst in, demanding money. He hits the floor with the other customers, his hand in his jacket pocket speed dialing his wife, Agent Lacey Sherlock. Sherlock hears the gunshots and screams – she is immediately on the way wi
Sep 19, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
For experienced FBI Special Agent Dillon Savich to find himself on the floor of a bank during a bank robbery was a bit of luck, good and bad. He was able to alert his partner and wife Special Agent Lacey Sherlock of the robbery in progress as well as be there to help take down the bad guys and girls. While the sole survivor of the gang was in the hospital, she was able to escape with the help of the get-a-way driver. While trying to figure out their next move, Dillon received a message from a se ...more
Dotti Elrick
Jan 18, 2012 Dotti Elrick rated it liked it
While I was reading this book I kept getting the feeling I'd heard both stories before. We have yet again a young child 7 year old Autumn Backman, being hunted by a religious cult. She's wanted because of her special "gift" (Similar plot in Blind Side when 5 year old Sam Kettering was kidnapped).
And yet again, Savitch is being pursued by a vengeful and psychotic teenager, Lissy Smiley. Who wants Dillon dead for harming her and killing part of her family. ( Think Tammy Tuttle in Hemlock Bay. Simi
beverly abono
Sep 22, 2016 beverly abono rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting held my interest completely

It was exciting love to read about never new what was going to happen. FBI is fun to read about.
Feb 19, 2017 Babs rated it liked it
Do book with intrigue but odd to have two different story lines.
Feb 21, 2017 Karla rated it liked it
This is my "book that reminds me of my mother" just because Coulter is one of her favorite authors. All I can say is that Savich and Sherlock save the day again :-)
Mariel Grey
Oct 02, 2016 Mariel Grey rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
For readers who enjoy the romance aspect of Catherine Coulter’s books, they may find themselves disappointed in this tale. That is not to say it is not a good story, but it is more of an action adventure thriller with a slight paranormal twist and a smidgeon of romance. How’s that for a little of everything?

Her regular characters, Special Agent Savich and Sherlock are back and are working two cases. The book begins fast with a bank shootout, which is a great opening. This is the introduction of
Jul 26, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the suspense and action in this book. I also really liked the paranormal/psychic storyline, which was done well without going overboard or crossing the 'fantasy' line.

My main critique of this book are some flaws in the author's writing. The first thing that bugged me was the lack of character development at the beginning, especially with the FBI agents. There were too many characters too fast, which caused them to become unmemorable and unfamiliar when they continued to appear later on
Jan 29, 2013 Annette rated it it was ok
I usually like Catherine Coulter's novels. I've read many. But this one.... ugh. There were several things about this FBI "thriller" that did not set well with me.

FBI Special Agent Dillon Savich and his wife (and partner! yeah, right) Sherlock! are on a case chasing notorious killer bank robbers. Savich just happened to be in a bank when they struck and he foiled their plan, killing a couple of them. The rest are a 20 yr. old male and his 15 yr. old girlfriend, also the daughter of one who was k
Wanda Gibbons
Jul 24, 2015 Wanda Gibbons rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
I was done with this book when on page 65 I read, "A minute passed--more like a year," and "it seemed to everyone in the kitchen that another year had passed...". Really? This is not good writing not even okay writing. What kind of description of time passing is that?
Second. No 7 year old every behaved like this child. Leaves a perfectly fine hotel room to go to the sheriff's house to be safe. She doesn't even know where he lives and then she opens a window further and climbs in. Too far fetche
Marcia  Haskell
"Seven-year-old Autumn Backman needed a hero. When she saw Special Agent Dillon Savich on TV after he'd brought down bank robbers in a Georgetown bank, she knew she'd found him. She called Savich, but she didn't use the phone." "They were burying dead people in my daddy's grave ... they're coming after us. Please help me." "Who's they?" "Blessed, he's coming." "Ethan Merriweather, sheriff of Titusville, Virginia, a small mountain town near the Titus Hitch Wilderness, goes looking for a missing l ...more
Susan Macbean
When children are involved you never know what will happen. They make the book very interesting at what they say and do. You never know if they going to be kidnapped or what since they are children and dont think very fast, about what could happen. Another great book from Catherine Coulter
Mar 25, 2013 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
This was the first Catherine Coulter novel for me. When it started out with a bank robbery followed by a little girl communicating telepathically with an FBI agent I suspected it would be really cheesy and I didn't think I would like it.

However, I liked the way Coulter skipped from one plot line to another and back again, weaving them together into one story. There were times when I was wondering what was going on with one character because they were absent for a few chapters. But then I realiz
Feb 20, 2011 Bookmom rated it really liked it
3th book in the FBI series that is more suspense than romance.

Savich gets a telepathic message from a 7 year-old girl just as he's falling asleep. She'd seen him on TV and knows he's a hero and she needs help, so tried to reach him. Her father's relatives have just recently learned of her existence and all are gifted with various powers to mess with someone else's mind. And they want her in their fold and will stop at nothing to grab her, even though she's surrounded by deputies and the sheriff.
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