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With a Vengeance

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Maggie O'Brien is tough. She has to be-as a tactical emergency medic for the St. Louis SWAT team and a trauma nurse at Blymore Memorial. The daughter of a violent ex-cop she prefers wits over weapons. Then one of her patients, a psychotic former FBI agent known as Montana Bob, dies in the ER from superficial wounds following a botched stand-off-but not before revealing a ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 13th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2003)
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Oct 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
It took me a minute to get involved in this book. I picked it up from my mother mostly because it's set in St. Louis and it's always nice to read about places you know.

I was disappointed when I thought I knew "whodunit" and then pleasantly pleased to discover I was wrong. Once I got sucked it, I was completely sucked in. This was a really good book. I enjoy Dreyer's writing style and her characters.

I would love to see more books with Maggie O'Brien as the heroine.
Kat C
Jul 02, 2008 Kat C rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2008
There was an AWFUL lot going on in this book. And I'm still wondering how one person can hold down three crazy critical jobs and still have time for hot, break-the-furniture sex. Hmm.
Feb 22, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This book is pretty enjoyable in an unsubtle way! It is fun to read a book set in St. Louis, a town about which I know very little.
Aug 07, 2012 KatMcD rated it liked it
Book Club pick. Too many characters but otherwise, pretty good.
Jan 26, 2010 Rva added it
Recommends it for: yes
Pros: good storyline, very suspenseful and great ending. Cons: drawn out too long.
Mar 03, 2011 Elektra rated it really liked it
Quick, interesting, and Bright.
Steve Chaput
Apr 17, 2010 Steve Chaput rated it liked it
Face it, everybody has a List, whether you call it that or not. There are some folks who piss you off so much that you’d like to see them put up against a wall and shot. You may not put it down on paper, but somewhere in the back of your mind you probably add at least one person to that list every week. Maybe you and some co-workers, or some friends, even share a list. The boss is probably there, plus a particularly annoying salesperson or the guy who “fixes” the photocopier which breaks down ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book of Dreyer's I've read, but I believe only shares a minor character or two with the other book. Here, SWAT team member and nurse Maggie is trying to establish an identity for herself other than as the daughter of one of the most famous, and later most disgraced, members of the St. Louis police force. One day, the SWAT team is involved in a situation involving Montana Bob, a man Maggie knows well from her ER job, and who recognizes her through the fog his mental illness leaves ...more
Jan 16, 2016 Eadie rated it liked it
Book Description
Publication Date: March 5, 2003
Maggie O'Brien, a nurse and a medic on a SWAT team, has a thirst for justice, and a chip on her shoulder. She lives in the shadow of her father, a famous (or infamous) cop. Is she more his daughter than she wants to admit? The question hits home when Maggie feels the desire--as all cops, nurses, doctors and medics sometimes do--to dispense her own brand of justice. Soon she finds evidence that someone else may be acting on that desire. Her search fo
Pr Latta
I enjoyed the medical and police procedural aspects (Maggie must be related to James Patterson's characters who never need sleep and recover from major injuries overnight) but I didn't really *like* any of the characters. The plot was intriguing (is someone killing off patients that have ticked off the hospital staff without leaving a trace?) but I had difficulty buying in to Maggie's continued abuse by her father which had me questioning my "strong woman" tag. The middle of the book sort of ...more
Cindy Grossi
Jul 17, 2015 Cindy Grossi rated it it was ok
I wish I could vocalize as well as my daughter does exactly why I do or do not like something. I will try. After having just finished "Memory Man", which I thought was excellent, I know there was a profound difference in it and "With a Vengeance". In the Baldacci book, the reader is pulled along with the people trying to solve the crime. We are fed bits of bread along the suspenseful trail toward denouement and those bits of bread are written with an excellent weaving of words and building of ...more
Linda C
Aug 03, 2016 Linda C rated it really liked it
Maggie O'Brien, SWAT medic and ED trauma nurse, questions the death of a psychotic former FBI agent who died from superficial wounds. As she begins to notice other suspicious deaths, they all seem to be people on the List. A List that Maggie assumed was a list of people who frustrated the staff, but now seems to include people who are criminals also, but who also came to the hospital for medical attention, many through ED. But as Maggie investigates, more people die and now, it seems, that ...more
Fans of Lisa Gardner may enjoy the fast pace, plot twists, and strong heroines of Eileen Dreyer’s books. Also like Lisa Gardner, Eileen Dreyer wrote romance novels before switching to thrillers, which can be seen occasionally in romantic subplots.

Fans of Lisa Gardner may enjoy the fast pace, plot twists, and strong heroines of Eileen Dreyer’s books. Also like Lisa Gardner, Eileen Dreyer wrote romance novels before switching to thrillers, which can be seen occasionally in romantic subplots.
Mar 19, 2011 Julie rated it did not like it
She was the single most annoying female character I've ever read in my life. And that's saying a lot, considering how I feel about Kay Scarpetta.

The author's use of the character's father & his abuse? Disgusting. It wiped out every strong characteristic of the character.

We're really supposed to believe that as a SWAT officer, she goes to her dad's house to keep him from abusing a girlfriend, but yet lets him break into her own apartment and abuse her? Uh, no. The book totally failed at that
Aug 11, 2011 Ricardo rated it liked it
Better than the previous one, but still showing very uninspired writing and editing. This is one of those perfect examples of why even you can be great at what you do, it doesn't mean you'll be great at getting it across to other people. The author may have been a great nurse, decorated, etc., but her writing is so blunt and lacking impact that she fails to really show the characters' dimensions and makes them into a caricature, specially the "super nurse" one.
Marilyn Groves
Apr 13, 2014 Marilyn Groves rated it really liked it
Maggie O'Brien is an ER nurse, a paramedic, and the newest member of the SWAT team. Her life is filled with characters, from her publicly respected, affable, privately abusive drunken former cop father, to her most trusted friend/lover. It's a very busy life which she mostly enjoys - until bad guys start dying more often than they should and she wonders if it's coincidental.

Dec 19, 2009 Marti rated it it was ok
this book was okay--i didn't find it to be as great as the blurb from tami hoag. maggie o'brien, emt for the st. louis swat team has a crummy father--ex policeman Tommy, who has married and abused a series of bimbos. someone is killing patients, and maggie sets out to find out who it is. can see trust her boyfriend sean?
Faye Hollidaye
Aug 06, 2012 Faye Hollidaye rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: thrill seekers and mystery lovers
Recommended to Faye by: the local library
This is a well-written and intriguing find. The characters are well-developed and the plot is exciting. Though this novel is slow and predictable at times, it is a great read and worth the time. And besides the pretty well constant profanity, which I personally am not a fan of, the end makes it all worth while.
Is the SWAT team's nurse really an angel of death? Quick reading, kept my interest, but not a memorable book just a few days later.
Nov 20, 2010 Jenn rated it liked it
A lot less gorey than I remembered her other book to be. Or maybe it was just me. A little convoluted in places. And I didn't like most of the characters.
Dec 11, 2010 Pamela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thriller - Nurse, SWAT Medic - I could not stop until the last page - wish I could write like her.
Sep 19, 2014 Nora rated it it was amazing
First book I have read by this author. The book was a good read. I just wanted to keep reading just to find out who the bad guys/s were. Will definitely read more books by Eileen
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New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Eileen Dreyer, known as Kathleen Korbel to her Silhouette readers, has published 28 romance novels, 8 medico-forensic suspenses, and 7 short stories.

2012 sees Eileen enjoying critical acclaim for her first foray into historical romance, the Drake's Rakes series, which follow the lives of a group of British aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice ev
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