Fatal Judgment (Guardians of Justice, #1)
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Bestselling author delivers romantic suspense where a US Marshall assigned to protect a federal judge finds that both her life--and his heart--are in danger.

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings towa...more
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Published January 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published November 24th 2010)
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Maggie K
I did manage to finish this book, mostly because it had so many good reviews, I thought it must be going to do something surprising. It didn't really, at least not plot-wise. This was the book that wasnt quite sure if it was about faith, or a mystery, or a romance. Yes, something can be all 3, I just dont think this came together.

So, Jake is a work-a-holic widower cop who lost his faith after his wife's death. He is assigned to do protective duty for a judge whose pregnant sister was shot in her...more
Katie
I've heard good things about Irene Hannon's romantic suspense books...and it is all TRUE!! Wow! Fatal Judgment a wild ride!!

Both Jake and Liz were great characters. Brought to life through Irene's writing voice, I really connected with them.

And the whole adventure, with the wacko killer after Liz, was intense! Especially the very detailed, and brilliant, abduction. I was on the edge of my seat, rooting for Jake and his friends to find her in time. What a close call!!

All in all, I thoroughly enj...more
Mike
This is a run-of-the-mill story with no surprises. The writing flows along well enough, but not a lot is said and none of it fresh. The hero, Jake, has ‘chiseled features’ and a ‘clean-shaven jaw.’ She ‘nestled against a broad, solid chest’. This is not essentially bad but when the same kind of formulaic description and incident occurs on every page it is hard to stay the course. The discovery of the villain’s identity felt very contrived and the ending drags on far too long once the action is o...more
Cheryl
Being a U.S. Marshal, Jake Taylor should be used to the lack of downtime but that does not mean that he has to like it. Jake is barely off the airplane, when his phone rings. It is his boss. He wants Jake to watch over Federal Judge, Elizabeth Michaels. Someone has shot Liz’s sister. Jake reluctantly accepts the job. Jake has ill feelings towards Liz. She was married to his best friend Doug until he took his own life. Jake blames Liz for Doug’s death. When Jake learns the real truth about Liz an...more
Alicia
I appreciate that this was a clean book and wasn't just about shooting people. It was exciting at parts.

However, I found myself gagging on the lameness and dry-heaving on the cheesiness. I'm not an author, nor have I had any extensive training in writing, but I kept getting distracted by rewording really awkward sentences, unrealistic dialogue, and over-the-top interactions in my head. Doesn't the author have an editor that's supposed to help her out with that stuff? What about a writing group...more
Ellen
I have to say the cover is what made me check it out to begin with, it didn't hurt that I got it for free.
I have to say the author did a good job of creating characters that I could liked. Their relationship developed over time instead of instantly which I liked.
This book didn't focus on sex, even thought there was some sexual tension, there wasn't any foul language, and the story actually centered on the characters themselves.
I was not aware that this book was a Christian romance when I got i...more
Debbie
"Fatal Judgment" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. Since the main characters were more concerned about each other than the threat for most of the story, I'd call this more romance than suspense. The physical-danger suspense was low during the first two-thirds of the book because the "good guys" weren't sure Liz was actually in any danger until then. However, the suspense did spike at the climax.

The characters were complex and dealt with some realistic relationship issues. The details about...more
Laura
Summary: Jake Taylor, U.S. Marshal, is assigned to protect federal judge Liz Michaels, who just happens to be the widow of his college best friends. Liz's sister was murdered at Liz's house, and the police believe Liz may have been the target. Jake dreads protecting Liz based on his friend's description of her cold ruthlessness and focus on her career above all else. Liz surprises Jake by being warm and caring, the total opposite of what he expected.

As he guards Liz, he realizes his friend's pe...more
Linda
U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has spent a stint in Iraq, and he’d rather go back than to cover his next assignment, Federal judge Liz Michaels, the former wife of a now deceased college buddy. Jake is convinced she drove him to despair and … possible suicide. For five years he’s thought of her as a cold-hearted, workaholic woman.

Given a mistaken murder and an unknown enemy, the circumstances up the ante, leaving Liz in even more danger. The who and why are uncertain. With little to no clues, they nee...more
Sara
I absolutely adore Irene Hannon! Since reading her Heroes of Quantico series, I've been looking forward to this new one. This first book of series was everything I expected and more. As with her others, this book immediately sucks you into the suspenseful plot and keeps you on your toes, all the while, capturing your heart with a touch of romance.

Besides the engrossing plot line of Hannon's books, one thing I enjoy the most is how her heroines are always strong and admirable. Federal Judge Liz M...more
Ruth
The last thing U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor wants is a high-profile protection case that places him anywhere in the vicinity of the widow of his best friend from college – federal judge Elizabeth Michaels. Convinced that the woman’s single-minded drive to advance her career destroyed his friend, Jake determines to maintain a strict professional distance. But his resolve is tested when it becomes apparent that Liz’s sister was murdered in a tragic case of mistaken identity, and the judge herself was...more
Nora St Laurent
Fatal Judgment is a chilling story that can be taken from today’s headlines. Irene Hannon pens a realistic, intriguing, gripping story I couldn’t put down. In light of a recent shooting that took place in Tucson, Arizona a month ago, of a female politician and a man in Florida who held a school board at gun point earlier this year, the situation in this book is very real. I was thankful to receive a review copy of a book where a federal judge’s life is in danger. The FBI procedures Irene Hannon...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I like Irene Hannon. I've enjoyed everything I've read by her. Like her Heroes of Quantico series, this one is fast-paced and exciting with the right amount of suspense and the right amount of romance. The characters are well developed and likeable. The premise is one that could be taken from headlines today: disgruntled people with a grudge against the government who attack politicians and government representatives.

Liz has her faith tested when her sister is murdered and she finds herself und...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
Fatal Judgement is the first book by Irene Hannon that i have read. It most certainly won't be the last. Hannons characters are superby detailed, enough so they become real people. The plot is reasonable and apt to happen. Liz, a federal judge is targeted for execution by an anti government zealot. He mistakenly kills her sister. Liz is assigned protection from the U.S.Marshall services with personal interest from Marshall Jake. Despite the best laid plans Liz gets kidnapped and it's a rush by J...more
Larik
I really liked this book.. action is great, mystery twists is awesome. and a little romance on the side just made it perfect!! with the exception of how insane that guy was. I know its reality - there are people like that in the world, it just scared me a little.
*** I never knew that red pen was indicating anything and i love using it.I had to stop filing my business contracts with it after this book.
I'm totally recommending it to all that love mystery romance.
Donna
Her characters are always wonderful and the suspense keeps you up into the night wanting to finish the book. I cannot wait for the next book. I enjoyed all the characters and would love to see any of them with their own book in the series. Jake and Liz have great tension between them and you enjoy seeing it develop. The author creates a great relationship with Jake and his siblings. You will not be disappointed by this book. I also highly recommend her Heroes of Quantico series....
You can see m...more
Renee
Once again I have found a suspense book that I really enjoyed. Fatal Judgment is the first in a new series from author, Irene Hannon who is definitely making a name for herself as one of the top suspense writers, at least in my book (no pun intended)! What really surprised me about this story is that even though the author let's us know who the bad guy is right away it didn't take away from the story at all! Usually if I can figure out who committed the crime I lose a bit of interest in the book...more
Crystal
I will admit I am a fan of Irene Hannon since I first read Against All Odds last year, but I have to say that Fatal Judgment just blew me away. Tight suspense, great romance and strong characters made this book shine and made it hard to put down. I'm not even sure I can do this book justice, it was really amazing.


First I'll start with the plot. Diving right into the action, the book starts with Liz's sister being shot in Liz's home. What looks like a domestic dispute gone wrong turns into someth...more
ReviewsByMolly
Jan 24, 2011 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Revell
Warning! This book is fatally hazardous to ones sleep! True to the description on the back of the book, the book keeps the reader turning the pages long, long, long into the night. Each turn of the page brings fast paced suspenseful crime blended with tender romance. It lasts through out the book (starting immediately from the first sentence!) until the very last page. Thus, the fatal hazard to the readers sleep. You will NOT be able to, or even want to, put it down. And, the good thing is, this...more
Cindy
Guardians of Justice

Irene Hannon

2011

Revell

Fiction/Romantic Suspense



Reviewed by Cindy Loven



When U.S. Marshall Jake Taylor finds himself assigned to a new case, he is shocked to find out that the federal judge he is assigned to is the widow of his best friend from college. A shooting in Judge Liz Matthews' home has left her sister dead, and the U.S. Marshalls and the FBI wondering if the shooting was a sad case of mistaken identity. Was the real target the Judge?

Dealing with the feelings that he h...more
Trisha Turner
Jan 26, 2011 Trisha Turner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trisha by: Revell Publishing
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U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he’d rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward the coldhearted workaholic haven’t warmed in the five years since she drove her husband – and Jake’s best friend – to despair…and possible suicide.

As the danger mounts and Jake gets to know Liz better, he’s forced to revise his opinion of her. And when it becomes c...more
Lisa
Fatal Judgment, of the Guardians of Justice series
By Irene Hannon

ISBN: 978-0-8007-3456-5
Available January 2011
$14.99

Romantic suspense
From the publisher: U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he'd rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels, former wife of his late best friend.

Hannon's story about a US Marshal and a federal judge whose life is in danger is a well-done story. Widow and...more
Victor Gentile
Irene Hannon in her new book “Fatal Judgment” the first book in her new series, Guardians Of Justice published by Revell Books takes us into the world of the U. S. Marshals. The focus this time is on Jake Taylor, a Deputy Marshal just recently come home to St. Louis.

One of the duties of the U. S. Marshals is to protect judges. Federal judge Liz Michaels' sister has just been killed in the judge's home and it is possible that the murderer meant to kill the judge instead of the sister. From that p...more
Laura
Title: FATAL JUDGMENT
Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
January 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3456-5
Genre: Inspirational/romantic suspense

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has just relocated to his hometown of St. Louis. But he’s no sooner arrived than a shooting occurs at the home of a federal judge. The judge is no stranger to him, she was married to Jake’s best friend. And the case seems cut and dried. The judge’s sister had left her abusive husband. Jake is only involved due to the location of the crime.

Li...more
Dolores Ayotte
Wow...I very much enjoyed "Fatal Judgment" by talented Author Irene Hannon! This novel is my first exposure to this gifted author and it won't be my last. Her style of writing is suspenseful, thrilling, and enthralling. Ms. Hannon captured my attention right from the 'get go' and I was glued to the page from beginning to end.

U.S. Marshall, Jake Taylor, is great at his job and takes every step of it seriously. He is a consummate professional to the core, always managing to separate his profession...more
Tamara
Irene Hannon has once again penned an incredible story. FATAL JUDGMENT is a great mix of suspense, intrigue, and romance.

When it is concluded that the death of federal judge Liz Michaels’ sister was an unfortunate act of mistaken identity, the FBI, along with the U.S. Marshal’s office combine forces to find out who it is who might be after the federal judge.

U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has been assigned to protect federal judge Liz Michaels, a detail he wishes had been assigned to someone else. Li...more
Mike
I have just had the pleasure of reading a wonderful selection from The Crossing Book Club, entitled "Fatal Judgment", by Irene Hannon. Hannon has written a novel/story of intrigue, drama, hope, compassion and fear, all rolled up into one fantastic novel. The main characters in my opinion, are a U.S. Deputy Marshal by the name of Jake Taylor, who is charged with protecting a Federal judge, by the name of Liz Michaels, following the murder of the judge's sister. Was the murder intended to be that...more
Carly
It pains me to say this, but I really had a hard time enjoying this book. My lack of enjoyment, however, has nothing to do with the writing or the author. It has more to do with the recent shootings in Tucson and some of the similarities. Understand me, I know this not a reflection of the author or the publisher in any way, this book was probably written a year ago or more. Neither the author nor the publisher could have possibly known this would happen. This is just me talking and these are ver...more
Cafelilybookreviews
As I began reading Fatal Judgment I was hooked by the immediate suspense and tension and my wheels started spinning with the possible scenarios and outcomes of this story.

I REALLY like that this book moves at a fast pace and there’s no working up to the plot. It's exciting and keeps the reader's attention from start to finish.

The story begins with U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor being summoned to protect a federal judge. When he’s told her name he immediately recognizes her as the wife of his best fri...more
Linda Walters
I was astonished how quickly I was drawn into this story. It pulled me in right away! Fast moving with lots of action, and intensity. I enjoyed every minute of it and couldn't hardly wait to get to the end to see how they brought all the drama and chase to a close. Of course, once it was over, there was the let down of "It's over". I enjoyed the "I can barely stand you but I'm a professional and I'll do my job" attitude of Marshall Jake Taylor towards Judge Liz Michaels. Liz really doesn't under...more
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Irene Hannon, who writes both romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 40 novels. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romantic fiction), a National Readers' Choice Award, a HOLT Medallion, a Daphne du Maurier Award, a Retailers Choice Award and two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine.

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