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(FBI Thriller #19)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  7,450 ratings  ·  557 reviews
When Special Agent Lacey Sherlock foils a terrorist attack at JFK airport, she thinks her job is done and turns the reins over to the New York FBI. But stopping the grenade-carrying crazy was only the beginning. Another plot unfolds nearly simultaneously with a bomb at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The terrorist at JFK refuses to speak to anyone but Sherlock. She heads back wit ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nemesis by Catherine Coulter is a 2015 G.P. Putnam’s Sons publication.

Recently, I was invited to review the latest upcoming release in Catherine Coulter’s long running FBI series. I was thrilled to sign up, but soon discovered I had the wrong series in mind, having confused this one with the J.T Ellison/Catherine Coulter collaboration.

With a sinking feeling, I realized I had attempted to read through this series a long time ago, but gave up on it pretty quick. However, I still have a few random
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Year after year, I continue to follow and read this series. I loved them at the beginning but over the years, they have felt watered down and the dialogue is rather stilted in the book. It's like the characters are constantly speaking in run on sentences. And Savich's foray into the occult and weirdness does nothing for me. It's 100% unrealistic when the other story lines portrayed, terrorism, kidnapping, assassination - all of those are 100% believable. It's weird because it's almost like 2 boo ...more
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really do enjoy this series with Savich and Sherlock but the past couple of years with Savich and his dreams and the psychic episodes are just too far fetched for me. If it wasn't for Sherlock and her regular FBI cases without all the craziness I think I would have stopped reading this series a long time ago. At least the know it all computer program Max was left out of this book, thank goodness.
Eva • All Books Considered
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: TWO AND A HALF STARS

The FBI Thriller series by Catherine Coulter has been one of my favorites for over ten years; I have anxiously awaited each new book every summer and typically devour them as fast I have them in my hands. Book #18, Power Play, was definitely my least favorite in the series to date but I wrote it off as a fluke since the other 17 books were all 4 or 5 star reads for me. But now I am worried -- not only has the romance compl
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy these Savich and Sherlock thrillers by Catherine Coulter. They always have fast-paced adventure, and a great set of mysteries to work out.

In this one, Sherlock is at the airport when someone threatens to set off a grenade. Somewhere else in the city, a bomb is found in a church. Are the two terrorist events related, and are they also related to a set of mysterious killings with Wiccan knives, where the killers seem to have no memory of what they've done?

I appreciate the research
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This series has been one that I have followed since it started. I really enjoyed the first books that centered on Savich and Sherlock and their cases. As the series went on more and more characters have been introduced with Savich and Sherlock often being supporting characters. This book has them back in the limelight with two separate cases. Sherlock, being in the right place at the wrong time, thwarts a terrorist attack and is pulled in to help with the investigation into the kingpin of the ev ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Terrorists, Wiccans, and Witches - oh my! Two separate cases in this book, one for Sherlock to investigate and one for Savich to deal with.

Ordinarily, I really like this series and all the characters - new and old. I am not a fan of paranormal, nor do I intend to change that view.

The terrorist angle that Sherlock investigated was well written and very believable in these times. The paranormal angle that Savich investigated was also well written, but I'm too pragmatic to believe any of it. Althou
Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-for-work
Let me get this straight.

This book contains two plot lines that never intersect in any meaningful way. One plot line involves- I kid you not- psychic FBI agents who battle a mysterious cloaked villain in some netherworld. This villain is using mind control to get some random Wiccans to murder people on his behalf. When informed about this, fellow FBI agents react not with "perhaps you should see someone" but with complete credulity. Apparently psychic visions are now de rigeur and admissible in
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Sherlock and Dillon, the two main characters in this fabulous series. They never disappoint (or, I should say, that the author never fails to disappoint in her two main characters). The only thing I was surprised about was that there was not more development and writing about the side romance between two FBI agents that always takes place. I would have enjoyed seeing those two characters come together. Oh, it was hinted at and there was no doubt it was going to happen, but usually it is m ...more
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent addition to the FBI series. It was great to have Savich and Sherlock back in the thick of things.
Jun 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
I didn't enjoy this one at all. The plot was just boring in its execution and I was wondering when it would finish.
Not a a good read.
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rated this a 4 only because of the story line with Sherlock and the terrorists. That was very suspenseful. I didn’t really enjoy Savich’s story line with his psychic abilities and the Wiccan family. Too far fetched. I dealt with it, though, because of Sherlock and the other agents working on the terrorists line. That was enough to keep me reading!
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Fast paced non-stop thriller from the talented Ms. Coulter is fabulous. Nemesis starts off with a heart pounding scene. Sherlock is tired and waiting at the airport security line, looking forward to returning home. Instead of the usual mundane TSA frisking, a suicide bomber threatens to blow everyone up with a grenade. Sherlock is not a bleating sheep. She's a sheepdog ready to defend and boy does she take this terrorist down. This kicks off a new case for her with the world watching her every m ...more
Catherine Coulter is the author of numerous "New York Times" bestselling crime thrillers. She performs her storytelling expertise in "Nemesis" a page turner with pizzazz.
FBI Special Agents Dillon Savich and the gutsy Lacey Sherlock, a husband and wife team, work in two crime scenarios.
Sherlock is in line at JFK airport for the security check. She spots a man acting strangely. He fits the terrorist profile and as soon as the man grabs an unsuspecting woman and threatens to blow everyone up with a
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Catherine Coulter is one of my favorite authors. I've read all the books in the FBI series and they deliver a great suspense plot every time. The terrorist plot is chilling and downright scary in that it could so easily be true.

Sherlock spoils a terrorist attack at JFK. Not long after a bomb explodes at St. Patrick's Cathedral, luckily no one is killed and the cathedral was only slightly damaged. Earlier in the day a man is murdered at the Rayburn House Office with a ritual knife used in witche
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
An insipid book - I like Coulter and I've enjoyed her FBI Sherlock/Savich books, but this was not good. It was scattered, plot was very ADD, and hard to follow. She had two separate stories running through the book with no connectivity. Psycho wicked Wiccans and megalomaniac terrorists do not add up for me. Really - mental psychic manipulation to commit crimes? Also she tries to incorporate all her characters from the other series which I find distracting. Trying to remember who is what and why ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Special Agents Lacey Sherlock and Dillon Savich, a married couple, are working separate cases in different states which is unusual and is driving Dillon crazy with worry since the terrorists have vowed to kill Sherlock for thwarting an airport bombing.

Who are the terrorists? The Taliban? Isis? Al-Qaeda? British born terrorists? American born terrorists? No one seems to know. Nemesis is a story where nothing is as it appears.

MacLeod Andrews and Renee Raudman performances as storytellers were on
Jan 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe if I had read this series from the start, I might've enjoyed it. Unfortunately I was rather bored by this book. Also the topic of Wiccans and current-days witch-craft really don't interest me.
My eyes glazed over and my impatience and annoyance with the story got the better of me, I'm sorry to say.
This was my first Catherine Coulter book, and although I had high hopes, I was disappointed honestly. Special Agents Savich and Sherlock seem nice enough, but they are a bit too good to be true,
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Normally I like Savich and Sherlock FBI thriller novels but I've abandoned this one. The beginning was interesting, about the terrorist at the airport and @ St. Patrick's cathedral, but then it went on to witchcraft and dream segments, neither one appealing to me and taking up too many pages. Too many books, too little time to waste on subjects that I don't care for. ...more
BJ Rose
This is closer to 3.5* but doesn't meet my 4* criteria. I've been reading this series for years (started in print form and now doing audiobooks). I don't know whether I've become too critical, or whether the books have lost some of their touch. ...more
Judy Churchill
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had to concentrate to keep up with all the action in this book. There were FBI agents galore. Terrorist actions pending and intercepted. It was non-stop action. I enjoyed this story immensely.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of this FBI series! Savich and Sherlock and great characters, in my opinion. As soon as I finish one, I can't wait to start the next one! ...more
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
*I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*

NEMESIS is the 19th book in the FBI Thrillers series by Catherine Coulter.

POV: third person

TENSE: past

SETTING: Washington and Virginia


This was another book that I received an ARC through Netgalley but ended up reading in hardback from the public library.

Like other books in this series, NEMESIS contains two main plots. O
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
I love Catherine Coulter, so it's no secret that I adore her FBI Thriller Series featuring the husband/wife FBI Agents, Savich and Sherlock. All of the novels are quick reads with a dab of romance thrown in. For a Murder Mystery and Thriller reader as myself, this series is pure brain manna.

In NYC, Lacey Sherlock is returning to Washington, D.C. She sees "something" in the man in front of her and Melissa. Something is not right. A grenade is the man's hand. No wonder he's fidgety about going t
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Melinda Elizabeth
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nemesis was a fantastic book with a slapstick twist. I think that the fumbling terrorists may insult some readers, but if you take it with a grain of salt, and just enjoy the writing, the book is wildly entertaining.

I’m not familiar with the Sherlock/FBI series, and so coming into this series on book 19 didn’t make me feel like I was at a disadvantage. I could easily go back and read the rest of the series, as the Catherine Coulter has tactfully paid homage to the other books in the series with
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
Nemesis is another exciting adventure in Coulter's FBI thriller series. Sherlock and Savage both find themselves dealing with ruthless villains as two cases put them up against dangerous people. Sherlock finds herself the target of a madman when she foils an attack at the airport putting not just her but her family at risk. Savage finds himself facing a diabolical killer who uses a unique method to murder. Two cases means double the twists and turns.

One thing I love about this series is the stro
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've read all the FBI series books with relish but this one took all my determination to get through. Finally I decided to start skipping chapters, five or more at a time and it didn't affect my ability to follow the story a single bit. Which probably says it all. This is, by far, the weakest and worst FBI series book I've ever read. There are two distinct plot lines, one about terrorism which is centered around Sherlock. The other is about the supernatural and just plain stupid, as well as an i ...more
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent new book in the series. Sometimes her dialogue gets hokey, but that was at a minimum in this book. There were 2 separate plots, one for Sherlock and one for Savitch. Sherlock's was a pretty straight forward terrorist plot, scary because it was very real, starting at the TSA line at JFK, continuing on to New York, France and London. Meanwhile Savitch is in Virginia trying to solve a plot with Wiccans. There is some paranormal psychic stuff with Savitch, and I did enjoy it. Can't believe ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Coulter's books have definitely been getting weaker as the series has progressed. She kind of reminds me of Evanovich. The only recent books that have been worth reading have been the ones she partnered. This book was brought down by having two competing story lines. One had Savich dealing with witches and psychics. The other had Sherlock dealing with terrorists. I never felt involved in the story and her cliches are becoming very annoying. However, I could have given the book a higher ranking h ...more
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