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Knockout (FBI Thriller #13)

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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  6,576 ratings  ·  344 reviews
Seven-year-old Autumn Backman has a gift: She can communicate telepathically with others. Not everyone, mind you, but with a select few with whom she shares a special kinship. When Autumn and her mother, Joanna, take her father’s ashes to be buried in the family plot in Brickers Bowl, Georgia, the child witnesses a horrifying sight: her grandmother and two uncles, burying ...more
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Published June 1st 2009 by Findaway World
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Tamela
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
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Julie (jjmachshev)
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
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Kathie
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
Lianne Burwell
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
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Michael
Oct 27, 2009 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Catherine
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
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Arlene
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
Bernadette
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.
Nancy
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
Lori
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.
Bookmom
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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Debbie
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
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
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
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
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Jessica
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
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Claire Tao
Jan 24, 2013 Claire Tao rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Savich and Sherlock are at it again. The two FBI agents are contacted telepathically by a young girl named Autumn after she sees her relatives burying a pile of dead bodies. It’s up to them to keep Autumn out of harm, but they realize that it might not be just another criminal case when they learn that Autumn isn’t the only one with unearthly powers.
In the FBI thriller Knock Out, award-winning author Catherine Coulter leads us on a suspenseful chase. The book is gripping and action-packed, wit
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Kelsey Jaques
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
Rebecca
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
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Marcia Berg 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
Kristen
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
Annette
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
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Will
Savich & Sherlock versus the Children of Twilight. A botched bank robbery in Georgetown sets the stage for revenge by a surviving gang member, Lissy, and she dedicates her life to killing Savich. In parallel, a young girl telepathically communicates with Savich to relay her terror of being stalked by a cult. The Children of Twilight cult, headed by the Backmans, wants their gifted granddaughter returned to their flock so she can be inculcated into the weirdness. Based on the girl Autumn's re ...more
♆ BookAddict ♨ ✒ La Crimson Femme❇ ♐
This one was just weird. The psychic element is back. I'm not sure how I feel about psychics. On one hand it's kind of cool. On another hand, why are they able to do this? It's kind of creepy. For Dillon a guy who has his feet on the ground and works for the FBI to be able to receive messages via telepathy, it's kind of cool yet weird. We are talking about a person who deals in facts who suddenly is now open up to things he can not explain. Frankly, his ability to handle this is a bit unrealisti ...more
Andrea
I won this book on Goodreads First Reads. You know its a good book when you can picture yourself in the story line even if it is fantastical -- that you want to be part of the story line. Also if you care about the characters and can imagine meeting and having conversations with them. This book filled all of these. I already had the entire series on my to read list as it looked good, but hadn't gotten to the series yet. I absolutely loved the book even though it was book 13. It could stand alone ...more
Bob
Savich and Sherlock are back with two cases on their plates. In the first Savich is in his local bank when four masked gunmen rushed in firing automatic weapons. Savich keys in his cell to call Sherlock and leaves the line open. I really don't want to say more here, but the out come is that Savich and a bank guard become the target of a teenage who is determined to get revenge for the death of her mother in the holdup. At the same time Savich, while sleeping gets a dream?, vision? ,wahtever from ...more
Pattianne
Knock Out - FBI Thriller #14 - Savich and Sherlock - (Joanna Backman and Ethan Merriweather) - Ethan rescues Autumn and hides in the wilderness. Joanna is controlled by the occult for some time.

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
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KarenC

Typical of the series: cozy hominess interrupted by grizzly work. Always ends with a new couple on their way to happiness, and as usual they were easy to spot right off. The usual more than one case at a time, which in this installment don't come together, but remain separate cases linked only by Savich's involvement in both.

A crazy teen is balanced off by a sweet little girl who can communicate with Savich. Enough scariness to keep you reading and looking for a good ending. Characters are 2-dim

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Jane Davis
This is an audio book I dug out of the recycle bin at the library book sale. It was missing a disk which I duplicated from a complete copy, I am now wondering if I wasted a perfectly good disk because I may never get that far. Between the narrator's whispery 7 year old Autumn and the over-the-top teenage psycho bank robber Lissy, I have one big headache.

Ms. Coulter has two stories going, bank robbers on the loose and a child and her mother on the run from her deceased husband's family whom they
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Jennifer Brown
I'm a little in between 3 and 4 stars on this book. I'm not sure if I've been reading quite a few supernatural books or what, but this wasn't what I was expecting. I didn't read the description for this book before I started it. When Autumn first "calls" the guy, I was thinking that she was a ghost helping him out. Then when she mentions Blessed, I was still thinking along the lines of demon ghost after her. I got myself so confused that I had to go back and re-read some of this. I enjoyed the b ...more
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