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Critical Pursuit

(Brinna Caruso #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  823 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Officer Brinna Caruso has built a reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it's personal because she was once one of them. Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero, will stop at nothing to find a missing child, no matter the stakes.

Detective Jack O'Reilly isn't ready to return to his homicide duties after losing his wife to
Paperback, 362 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc (first published March 30th 2007)
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Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
SUMMARY: fficer Brinna Caruso has built a reputation at the precinct as the cop to call when a child goes missing. For Brinna, it's personal because she was once one of them. Brinna and her K-9 search and rescue dog, Hero, will stop at nothing to find a missing child, no matter the stakes.Detective Jack O'Reilly isn't ready to return to his homicide duties, after losing his wife to a drunk driver. He's on the downside of his career, and bent on revenge, when he's assigned as Brinna's partner. Wh ...more
C.J. Darlington
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was actually written before Cantore's Pacific Coast series (and titled The Kevlar Heart), so I wasn't sure if the quality would be the same, but I found this book just as good (if not better) than Cantore's latest books. Loved all the interesting police details. A solid book from an emerging author!
Loraine Nunley
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
This book was a page turner. Lots of questions and suspense. Will Brinna find the missing child? Will Jack come to terms with his wife’s death? Is there a God who really cares? I was riveted while watching them struggle with their pasts and coming to terms with a God who would allow evil. (Full review at my website)
Carissa (Regency Woman)
Two things exist in K-9 Officer Brinna Caruso's world: her scent-trained dog Hero and her hunt for child predators. Photos she's dubbed the Wall of Slime cover one section of her office, the faces of those child predators reminding her to be ever vigilant. Why? Because Brinna Caruso was once a six-year-old child, handcuffed to a post at an abandoned shack in the desert by a child molester, left to die. Except she was rescued, and even though Brinna's faith in God died that day, His compassion an ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Critical Pursuit is the first book I've read by Janice Cantore and, when I first learned about it, I didn't know it was previously published by Oaktara in 2007 as The Kevlar Heart. I really liked this book and it reminded me a little bit of some of Lynette Eason's books. I thought the story was interesting throughout and, while it wasn't a secret to the reader who the villain was,
Trinity Rose
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read written by Janice Cantore and it won‘t be the last. I love to read novels written by former police officers, doctors, lawyers etc… The information is so accurate and full of life and adventure.
In this book Jack and Brinna both are mad at God or don’t believe He exists. Twenty years ago Brinna was abducted and left to die. So she wonders why do bad things happen if there is a God. Jack had it all and then a drunk driver took it away. He can’t love a God who dest
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Brinna's life mission is to rescue kidnapped girls just like she was rescued. Jack is just trying to survive until the sentencing of his wife's killer. When the two are thrown together on patrol for two weeks, they have to learn to work together in order to confront the past and its secrets.

I've read Cantore's other books, and while I liked them, I loved this book. Brinna and Jack are real---full of flaws and failures, which is why I liked them so much. I also liked the fact that their relations
Brooke (i blog 4 books)
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
4.5 stars

Critical Pursuit is a fantastic book! Of course, I'm a fan of suspense novels and have enjoyed Janice Cantore's previous books, but this one was my favorite so far! The book is a bit grittier than her previous books (but nothing over the top). I was totally caught up in the police drama, and all of the personal drama just added to my enjoyment of the book.

Note: This book was previously published as The Kevlar Heart.

Full review on i blog 4 books:

Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was great! I had never read any of Cantore's work until this book, but I will definitely be reading more. This book was suspenseful and kept me fully interested and entertained until the end. Written by a former police officer, the book offers a very realistic look into their lives and work. This book is very well written and has such a complex storyline that I often had trouble putting it down. I loved the characters and feel like they are very relatable. I also loved that God is wov ...more
Diane Higgins
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Janice Cantore did it again! This was a wonderful read! I felt like I was part of Brinna's life in this book. Brinna is a cop who has an obsession with finding abducted children. This obsession came from her being abducted as a child. We go through her life with her as a cop and trying to understand how God has a part in her life. I would recommend this book to everyone especially who those who like inspirational suspense.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why Does God Let Evil Things Happen?

This is the question that plagues Brinna Caruso, a K9 officer facing the 20th anniversary of the day she was abducted, molested, and left for dead. Her temporary patrol partner, Jack O'Reilly, is asking the same question as he waits for the sentencing of the drunk driver who killed his pregnant wife a year ago. Brinna's near obsession with finding pedophiles in Long Beach gives Jack a renewed purpose, and together they are able to solve the puzzle to finally g
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Great read. Love books by this author. They read fast and furious and I can’t put them down. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Jack and Brinna are great characters full of twists and turns.

This book tackles some hard topics but the one I want to mention for the spoiler and trigger warning is child molestation. Be advised it’s in there and most of the book focuses around it.

Also drunk driving and wrestling with God on why bad things happen to good people can be found in here
Nastassja Loots
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it

Officer Brinna Caruso used to believe in God… before she was abducted, molested and left for dead at the tender age of six. It wasn’t God who finally found and rescued her, it was a cop from the K9 unit. At that very moment Brinna knew what she would do with her life, and with her rescuer as her mentor, Brinna succeeds in becoming a K9 cop early in life. Her penchant for finding missing children soon sees Brinna dubbed the Kid Crusader, but those who
Bobirley Adams
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written, fast paced Christian mystery

This is the 3rd book that I have read by Janice Cantore and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND EACH! This Christian mystery has some unexpected twists and turns. Definitely hard to put this book down for even a short time! I am thankful I had the time available to read in one day. I plan on reading more of her books because they are well written in every day language and the talking parts are almost as if you were listening to people talk!
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
K-9 officer Brinna Caruso was kidnapped twenty years ago, as a child. Fortunately, she was rescued and restored to her family. Now it is her mission to save other children, especially little girls, from similar ordeals. What Brinna doesn't know is that her own kidnapper, presumed dead for the last ten years, is planning to "celebrate" the 20th anniversary of her rescue with his most audacious scheme yet ...
Debbie Burrows
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspirational police procedural

This story was good, interesting and thought provoking. A troubled homicide detective and a dedicated an single minded female office are placed together for a two week street duty. The story is enhanced by the questions of heaven and the existence of god in a troubled world. I believe that anyone reading this book will enjoy.
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Oy, I gobbled this up in one sitting! This was a good story, but I think I like Cantore's first series better.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Janice Cantore's books. Her police bacground always shows up in her books.
Teresa Marshall
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story

This book is a great read! The good and evil keep me reading! I enjoyed this story very much! Worth the read.
Sandra Carter
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I enjoyed this crime detective mystery. I liked the characters and the storyline. The characters were believable and the story drew me in.
Alex Hargrave
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read.

This story hold your attention from the beginning. Good character develop. You are left with a few thoughtful questions at the end.
Dale layfield
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Great book, love characters, really good set up and ending and leaving an opening for a next chapter to story n
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very compelling read
Mercedes Cordero
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Although I knew that the story was about a kidnapper and the police officer trying to catch him, I was completely caught off guard by how heavy the issues were, how hard it was to read, not because it was badly written, but because it is so well written that it does not need to go into details to stir up your emotions. It strikes a chord… hard. And this is just in the beginning. As the story progresses, it’s difficult not to care, not to get desperate and start yelling, “Get him! Get hi
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
ello Friends! Today, I have a cop thriller for you: Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore! (I received a NetGalley copy of this book for my honest review from the publisher Tyndale House) This is the first book I've read by this former Long Beach, CA police officer, and it was fantastic! I have a couple of her other books on my Kindle, and now I'm super excited to read them! Critical Pursuit is a re-release by Tyndale House, formerly titled The Kevlar Heart.

Summary: Brinna Caruso is the cop you wa
Tamara Tilley
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, janice-cantore
VISIBLE THREAT and CRITICAL PURSUIT are fast-paced novels that do a good job of balancing crime with camaraderie in the ranks of the Long Beach Police Department

VISIBLE THREAT-Officer Brinna Caruso is a K-9 handler known as the go-to cop when a child goes missing. Unfortunately, her gung-ho behavior has gotten her into hot water when she avoids direct orders because of the greater good. She doesn’t see herself as a rogue officer, she just has a hard time backing down when she knows a child is in
Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)
Critical Pursuit
Formally titled Kevlar Heart
By Janice Cantore
Completed 1-20-14
4.5 stars

This is the first book by this author I have read, and I was pretty hopeful going into it. It was great! It definitely lived up to my expectations!

The Action:
There was a decent amount of action throughout the book. The characters are on the police force, and are sent to calls several times during the book. This book is also full of dramatic irony. We know who the ‘bad guy’ is and we see his thoughts and plans
Deanna Gottreu
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Critical Pursuit by Janice Cantore is a great book with a lot of suspense woven into the story. The main character is Brinna Caruso, the one person in the police department to call when a child is kidnapped. When Brinna was six she was kidnapped but fortunately she was found and now that she is a police officer, she and her K-9 search dog will let nothing stop them from searching for missing children no matter what the cost. Jack O’Reilly lost his wife a year ago when her car was hit by a drunk ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brinna Caruso is a cop with a mission. Twenty years earlier, she was a victim of an abduction. Fortunately, hours later a police officer with a search and rescue dog found her and returned her home. That experience influenced her decision to become involved in search and rescue for abducted and missing children herself. When she joined the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), she eventually acquired a scent-trained search dog through a federal grant. Hero became her partner. Milo, the policeman ...more
Virginia Campbell
If you enjoy police procedurals with strong female leads, then you will enjoy the well-paced story line of "Critical Pursuit" from author Janice Cantore. Brinna Caruso was abducted as a young girl. Molested, and left to die in the desert, her nightmarish experience and subsequent rescue led her to a career in law enforcement. While her regular assigned duty is that of a patrol officer, she frequently assists in the search and retrieval of lost or kidnapped children. Her partner is her service do ...more
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A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engro ...more

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