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Cutting Edge (FBI Trilogy #3)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  2,065 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews

When security specialist Duke Rogan’s state-of-the-art computer system fails at a controversial bio-tech firm, a raging inferno spreads, and a grotesquely charred body is discovered in the aftermath. With an extremist anti-technology group claiming responsibility, the case grows even more complex when the victim’s autopsy unexpectedly reveals that he bl
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Ballantine
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Sep 15, 2016 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
This three book series was so good! Fast paced and thrilling! There was just a little romance; enough to make me happy, and I liked that there wasn't over the top drama between couples once they were together.

Each installment is very much a stand-alone. You don't even have to read in order. Nora English is an FBI agent specializing in domestic terror. Something she has personal experience with being raised by an nutjob anarchist and barely surviving. There's a group setting fires and one ends i
Aug 17, 2015 fleurette rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
My second book by Allison Brennan and my first in this series. It was a nice and easy read, not a book you will remember after few months but a one you can read on the beach. It's more like a suspense than romantic suspense.

The characters were likeable, while being unmemorable. It's good that Duke and Nora knew each other for few years, it makes the romance part more reliable. Especially that the romance part isn't really developed or even an important part of the plot.

But the writing wasn't rea
May 29, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
#3 in Allison Brennan's FBI trilogy - not a bad read, fairly fast paced, continous story line - tree huggers against the world with psychopathic tendencies! The prologue gives a good idea as to what lies ahead.

The only problem I had with this series is that the heroines cry too much - I'm use to stronger female lead characters, but I guess there's always room for the more sensitive ones. A bit of angst, a bit of romance, and a serial killer that is just plain mad/deranged.

2 thumbs up and 4 stars
Jun 24, 2017 Cindy rated it liked it
Attention grabbing, some profanity and gore. Well narrated.
Stacy McKitrick
Apr 13, 2014 Stacy McKitrick rated it it was amazing
Suspense and romance. I'm such a junkie. :)
Mar 09, 2017 Janis rated it really liked it
In this book we meet older brother Duke Rogan and earlier version Sean Rogan, many years before he meets Lucy. Good story line, environmentalists taking the fight too far being lead by a wack-a-doodle. A bit predictable but otherwise ok.
Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
This review was originally posted on Once Upon a ChapterNora English was raised by an anarchist. At a young age she could not only tell you the components to a pipe bomb but she could aptly construct one as well. Lorraine (Nora's mother) raises her children "off the grid." Nora is raised without ever going to a doctor, dentist, school and she never had a place to call home.When Lorraine (Nora was never allowed to call her Mom) gave birth to Quin, Nora knew she'd have to raise her baby sister and ...more
Dec 22, 2015 Rhea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is my 13th Allison Brennan book having read all four trilogies and one stand alone. I have to admit that when I began this book, I became worried I wouldn't like it and that I was going to be offended as it starts out with characters who are extreme activists for animal and environmental rights and do violent, illegal things. I even skipped to the acknowledgments to see if Ms. Brennan had thanked anyone involved with animal or environmental rights and whether she had sought out their perspe ...more
Roz Curney-Sherod
Feb 13, 2017 Roz Curney-Sherod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Cutting Edge" is part of the FBI Trilogy series and the last book. This one centers on Duke Rogan (hero and Security Expert) and Nora English (heroine) of the FBI, Homeland security. Very interesting plot with lots of twists and turns and moves pretty fast. Multiple victims are tortured and killed, this story has the best psycho villain that I've read in awhile. Sean Rogan makes a guest appearance in this one ( a younger Sean before Lucy Kincaid) and that was a nice surprise. The story starts o ...more
Casia Courtier
Apr 07, 2016 Casia Courtier rated it really liked it
Cutting Edge is the third book in the FBI trilogy by Allison Brennan. A suspense romance, the book deals with crime and has romantic elements.

I actually liked this book somewhere between the first and second. It had centered on a different world in the law (same world in the series, I just mean that the initial type of crime isn't usually seen). Usually, you see a crazy psychopath serial killer and the law goes after them. Though this book did have a psychopath, the initial crime is domestic te
Apr 25, 2014 Ingo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started this April 22nd, 2014.
Alternated reading this with Who, What, Where, When, Die. Took a longer break during the plain, boring, too long sex-scene.
For a "suspense-romance"-book the sex could be better. As is, again, too long and also the romance is always in the same direction.
Would like it more, when there was something different, or some real pervert (aside from some murderers) or whatever. I do not want to spoil it, but most books from Allison Brennan show this direction and there is s
May 31, 2010 Marca rated it it was ok
Do all law enforcement officers hump each other? I guess I am naive, but the last few novels I've read feature the men and women of law unable to get through a case without hopping into the sack together. I stumbled onto another romance-thriller, much to my chagrin. The plot is interesting. Nora was reared by a revolutionary mother who is spending life in prison after Nora ratted her out years ago for trying to blow up a nuclear plant. Nora took care of her younger sister Quin after their mother ...more
Jay Jessmer
Jun 08, 2014 Jay Jessmer rated it it was amazing
Someone in Hollywood needs to take a serious look at Allison Brennan's body of work. This entire "FBI" series could make for some great stuff on the big screen, but especially this final installment. This book had everything for me. Great characters, suspense, excellent detective work and a sharp plotline.
Brennan's pacing is second to none, and she does a fantastic job of letting her readers work right along with the story. I never stop thinking about what's going to happen next or where we ar
laura m
Sep 20, 2013 laura m rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: bored american crime fiction readers
I can't rate this book higher even if I wanted to because the author's cruelty against animals revolts me yet again, more than the book from the first series about dead little girls, yep.
I was really horrified at her descriptions of killing the birds and I think I'll never forget it. I don't recommend anyone who loves animals to read it.
other than that, her characters are totally twodimensional as usual, if movies were made out of her books, one male and one female actor could practically play a
Barbara ★
May 02, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it really liked it
FBI agent Nora English has a very rough beginning. At an early age, her mother introducted her to a life of crime and terrorism. In order to save her younger sister, Quin, from the same fate, she became an FBI informant and ultimately had her mother arrested and gained custody of Quin. Thus started an FBI career for her and got Quin's life on track. They are drawn together - along with Duke Rogan - by an arson investigation. Sinister things in Nora's past - related to the arsonist - crop up unex ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Fiona rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
Unfortunately for this book I had just read two good books from the same genre, one of which was 5 star (The Dry by Jane Harper). In comparison, I found the characters in this story one dimensional and clichéd.

I loathed the creepy build up to the romance, greeting someone at a murder scene and telling them they look, "terrific, as usual," while they simper and think, "because we are good together." I also didn't like the relationship between the two sisters, who just happen to have complementar
Karen Hufman
Sep 25, 2016 Karen Hufman rated it it was ok
Why do I read these books?? Nora is an FBI agent who is working on a string of arsons that appear to be done by group protesting the use of animal testing in science. The most recent fire includes a dead body and an introduction to Duke, the man whose company set up the security for the lab. Turns out that Nora and Duke have met each other previously and sparks always fly. The story was thin and unbelievable. In an exchange with Nora and her sister Quin (an expert at 26 on fires), Quin sounds li ...more
Thank God for audiobooks to help me get through 6 hours stuck in LA traffic.

This was a good Allison Brennan Romantic Suspense novel. The only thing I didn't like about it was Nora English in parts of the book. She was a pretty crappy sister at times. Ok, I get it, no sister is perfect, but I do feel like she thought of herself too much and didn't take her sister's opinion and experience into consideration. If she had, of course, the problems necessitating this story might not have existed and t
Nov 05, 2011 Pattianne rated it really liked it
Cutting Edge - FBI Trilogy #3 - (Duke Rogan and Nola) - When security specialist Duke Rogan’s state-of-the-art computer system fails at a controversial bio-tech firm, a raging inferno spreads, and a grotesquely charred body is discovered in the aftermath. With an extremist anti-technology group claiming responsibility, the case grows even more complex when the victim’s autopsy unexpectedly reveals that he bled to death. Heading the FBI’s domestic terrorism unit, Agent Nora English is fiercely de ...more
Silver James
Cutting Edge: A Novel of Suspense is a psychological thriller with a hefty dose of action. Plus, Duke Rogan. And Nora English. She is a flawed heroine with more guts and sense of duty than might be good for her, even if it's terrific for the reader. Duke is steadfast, sexy, and knows far more about her issues than Nora realizes. Set against a backdrop of eco-terrorism, the taut plot and compelling characters make for a terrific read! Definitely a keeper.
This one felt familiar almost from the beginning, so I must've read it in the last year or so, and hadn't marked it. It was worth reading again, though.

In this one, Nora survives an off-the-grid early life, finds a way to get out, and manages to take her little sister with her.

She and Duke, along with a sizable team, investigate the arson fire and death of a biotech guy, and find much more than they bargained for. By the time it's all done, Nora's got several surprises in store.

I enjoyed this on
Jun 15, 2015 Motunrayo rated it liked it
I got this book as just for reading pleasures, not because I wanted to read it, but to while away time. Although, the first lines were captivating but the story line was just so so. Not that I haven't read her book before, this was just too formal for me, no special thing to make it lively or intriguing. I expected her to write well more than Killing Fear but I was disappointed. I had to struggle to finish it. I guess it's not all the time famous authors get a five star rating. Hence, no review ...more
I've been a bit disappointed with the last two books by Brennan. I definitely feel she's getting away from the romance aspect of her books. She already didn't have a whole lot of romance in her previous books, but it was still enough, now however it's pretty much non-existent. She throws one scene in and then the characters fall in love by the end - it just doesn't work for me personally.

Still a good book - suspense is done well. The killer in this one is a freaking psychopath! Just don't bet o
Ryann Murphy
Dec 03, 2010 Ryann Murphy rated it liked it
FBI domestic terror expert Nora English meets her match in security expert Duke Rogan. They met at the scene of an arson scene...and that's when the sparks really start to fly! Nora keeps to herself, and when Duke finds out about her childhood, he starts to understand why. Will he be able to break through her walls? Will that be before her past comes back to haunt them all as the body count starts to rise?

Jul 27, 2011 Stacey rated it liked it
Nice quick paced, easy read. Likable characters. Learned half way in that a trilogy. It kinda had that feel - that the characters had been introduced somewhere. It was a good mix for someone who hadn't read the previous two books. Nora (hot FBI agent) and her love interest Duke (hot security company owner) work to solve a case of multiple arsons. The villain targeting biotech companies that use animals in testing. Of course, the investigation gets personal, and a bit steamy. (insert wink)
Jun 22, 2014 Joyce rated it really liked it
The heroine is an FBI agent who, as a young child, testified against her Mother, an ecoterrorist, and sent her to prison for life. She spent the next years caring for and raising her younger sister who is now an arson investigator. Labs are being burned and the head of one is found dead in an obvious arson fire at his lab. Nora is the investigating FBI agent. There is lots of action, interesting characters and a sufficiently twisted plot. Another winner for the author.
Kathy Crouch
Dec 05, 2016 Kathy Crouch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cutting Edge rocks ec

I'm a big fan of Allison Brennan, she's a great person who answers pesky emails. I bought this book because I wanted to see how Duke got his happy ever after. I have all the Lucy Kincaid series and I ensjoyed reading this title. . Watch Duke and Nora track a serial killer to save Nora's sister Quinn. Great suspense and tension. Nora has to overcome the past to face the future can she do it? Read it and see if she can.
Jan 31, 2016 Joanie rated it really liked it
FBI agent Nora English teamed up with Duke to solve the gross murders after an arson fire at a laboratory. Infected ducks were taken and had to be found. Who was responsible for this? More murders - students who took a stand about saving the world were found dead with a suicide note but Nora didn't think it as such. Was there a connection between her mother's prison sentence and this.
Was a great read!
Anna Mcfadden
Oct 13, 2015 Anna Mcfadden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a biotechnology lab is bomb and went up in flames FBI anti-terrorist SSA in charge Nora English believes it is connected to 3 other bombing, done by a group of anti - technology group. This time someone dies. Security specialist Duke Rogan discovers the state-of-the-art computer system fails he teams up m With Nora and the FBI to uncover and take down the group. In my opinion this is the best of the 3 in the FBI series
Lynn Aoude
Mar 03, 2015 Lynn Aoude rated it it was amazing
great book. great series, one of the best I've read. though the 2nd book is still my favorite, this one was also great. the story was full of action and suspense. another psychotic killer. the best thing about these books is that it's all about the action. and while the romance was underdeveloped in the 1st 2 books, in Cutting Edge it is a bit more developed and way more believable without taking anything out of the action.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Allison Brennan believes that life is too short to be bored, so she had five children and writes three books a year.

Allison has penned more than two dozen thrillers and many short stories. RT Book Reviews calls Allison “a master of suspense” and her books “haunting,” “mesmerizing,” “pulse-pounding” and “emotionally complex.” RT also said that "The Lu
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