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Firestorm

(Flashpoint #3)

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CIA covert operator Savannah James is after intel on a potential coup in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but she needs a partner fluent in Lingala to infiltrate the organization. Sergeant First Class Cassius Callahan is the perfect choice, except he doesn’t like her very much. He doesn’t trust her, either, despite the sparks that flare between them, fierce and hot. S ...more
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Published July 10th 2018 by Janus Publishing
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Mei
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Congo must be such a beautiful place...


The nature must be awesome! And here it's contrasted with the evil men do to their fellows.
The misery greed and power-grabbing few visit on the less fortunate is overwhelming and perfectly described...


Freya and Cal... CIA spy and a soldier... oil and water...



When I started this one I was annoyed because the sex was intruding stongly in the story, but then it was almost angry sex, where both of them didn't want to feel such strong urge to each other.

Savvy
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Caz
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been eager to get my hands on Firestorm, the third book in Rachel Grant’s gripping  Flashpoint  series, for months – and it was definitely worth the wait.  This is one high-octane, high-stakes ride; steamy, complex, intricately plotted, politically astute and emotionally fraught, Firestorm is easily one of the best romantic suspense novels I’ve read in ages and Ms. Grant is clearly an author at the top of her game.

All the books in the series have been set in and around the fictional US base
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Caz
I've given this an A+ for narration and an A for content at AudioGals.

I had the same feeling when I finished listening to Firestorm (book three in Rachel Grant’s Flashpoint series) as I did when I finished reading the novel a few weeks back – the urge to stand up, applaud and yell “bravo!” – because it is easily one of the best romantic suspense novels I’ve ever listened to. It’s also a story I’ve been waiting for since the series began; Sergeant First Class Cassius ‘Cal’ Callahan and CIA operat
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Anita
There are elements to this story that I didn't like at all. What can't be denied is that Rachel Grant is one of the best romantic-suspense authors I have ever read. She takes events and international issues and crafts awesome plots that have the ring of "this could really happen". I've read few that are her equal. The whole Flashpoint Series is seat of your pants, just can't put it down action-adventure-romantic-suspense. Fantastic.

Passions ignite from the second that CIA covert operator Savanna
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Annika Martin
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firestorm is utterly amazing, completely breathtaking--I really can’t recommend it enough. It's like a giant big-screen thriller with totally hot sex scenes. A CIA agent and a soldier go undercover in the Congo, posing as a couple. The sexual tension is delicious, and the danger is off the charts...it’s just so thrilling and enthralling, I wish I could read it again for the first time. Also, if you enjoy experiencing the sights and sounds faraway places, omg, you so have to grab it!!
Rachel Grant
Oct 01, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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I'm so thrilled that all three Flashpoint books are Kirkus Reviews' Best Books!!

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Love this review! Researching DR Congo was heartbreaking and fascinating and these pictures really capture the setting.

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Julie (Jewls Book Blog)
I’m still coming down from the adrenaline rush, but oh my goodness Firestorm was everything I wanted and more!! Rachel Grant writes superbly detailed romantic suspense stories full of historical facts woven seamlessly with fiction. The danger, mystery, comical quips, snarky bickering, holy heck, the blazing inferno of sexy tension, and the bloody awesome suspense...To die for! All of it made for one heck of a thrilling ride! I love her dedicated eye to detail, strong characters and beautiful rom ...more
Toni Anderson
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this installment of the Flashpoint series!
Iman
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This serie is crazy good!
I loved : the strong and wickedly smart heroine who is a CIA agent, the strong hero, his teammates, the suspense storyline about African dictators , everything. I cannot wait for the next one
Dísir
Start a Rachel Grant book and it’s a sure-thing to surface only a few days later. It’s that intricate, that complex and that impossible to breeze through because of the details and the twists and turns that slowly come into play despite the deceptively simple beginning. A light-hearted read this isn't, but ‘Firestorm’, like every other Grant read, always muscles in on the romantic suspense genre with a lot of audacious aplomb.

That kind of daring comes in from the beginning with Savannah James an
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✨The QD Bibliophile✨
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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If James Patterson had a secret protege, I would not be the least bit surprised if it were Rachel Grant. Firestorm is one of the most enthralling political romantic thrillers I've read in a very long time.
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Conspiracy + Lies
Sex + Betrayal
Drama + Suspense


Brilliant, well-researched writing so vivid that it draws you in and leaves you perched on the edge of your seat, eyes rapidly moving left to right in an attempt to read as fast as your heart is pounding, frantic to get to the next pa

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Cindy ~
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Firestorm finally ignites the heat that has been burning between CIA covert operative Savannah James and Sergeant Cassius Callahan in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

CIA operatives are always bit of a pet peeve for me in romances.. They are shady, their lives are all about lying and completing the mission at any cost. Even though I was looking forward to finally getting Savvy's story I was a bit apprehensive going in as Cassius was such a good, honorable man to be pared up with a CIA opera
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Mona
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Ms. Grant reaches deep into some serious things in this book, and it just was
without a doubt wonderful. Many laugh out loud moments. Hot spicy moments. Others you don’t see coming.

CIA covert operator Savannah James aka Savvy needs a partner for an operation which will for sure be dangerous. The person she picks is someone she knows does not like her. Sergeant First Class Cassius
Callahan. He finally does accept. He’s in for some surprises.

In the middle of the Congo starts
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Traann
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firestorm by Rachel Grant is the third book in her Flashpoint series and it is a fabulous way to wrap up this series although I think there is room for more books. Rachel brings us back to Camp Citron in Djibouti and this time the story is about Sergeant First Class Cassius Callahan and our favorite CIA agent, Savannah James. I was so glad to find out that we would get to experience their story. For those of you who haven’t read the first two books, Tinderbox and Catalyst, you will not be lost i ...more
Di
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy Smokes !!! Rachel Grant does not disappoint in the next instalment of the Flashpoint series and we finally, finally, get to know Savannah, the spook, the one no one likes or trusts, the one who makes the hard decisions and doesn’t need to follow the rules on base, the CIA operator who works alone, a woman trained to do a soldiers job, walking backwards and in high heels. Now she needs Sergeant First Class Cassius Callahan’s help on a mission. Cal does not trust her or even like her that muc ...more
Daleen Beyleveldt
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firestorm was a bit tricky. I have not read and listened to an interracial relationship. Having said that, I could not put this book down either.

It is only fitting to find out what happened between spook Savannah James and weapons expert Cassius Callahan. The first two books already touched on the sparks between them and the way it unravels within the story makes you want to read on. It brings yet another set of issues and troubles to light within the African continent. This was also a gripping
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JoAn
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firestorm by Rachel Grant was another fast paced, "adrenaline rush" adventure.

Ms. Grant writes with such strong details that I felt like I could see the DRC through Savvy and Cal's eyes as there simple mission to gather intel turns into so much more. I was glad to finally get to know Savvy better. She is not all steel and lies as has been projected in the previous books but she is strong and capable. The sparks between Savvy and Cal turned into an inferno in this book; and I was afraid my Kindl
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Sharon
Yay! Fun, interesting, sexy read. Freya and Cal's chemistry was right on, and the story moved along at a rapid pace. Still not as good, in my opinion, as Tinderbox, but markedly better than Catalyst.

Freya (who was known by her handle Savannah Jones in the past books, and we find out why she hates that name so much), has a great backstory, and some formidable foes who are trying to take her down. She and Cal make a great team, and like in the last book, they are isolated from their team for most
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Rihaneh
Firestorm combines all the necessary elements to make it a bestseller thriller, and I can only hope for it to hit the big screen someday soon. It presents a very realistic world powers scenario with a realistic conflict where the outcome could indeed devastate the world. Highly suspenseful, very up to date in social women issues, a beautiful and romantic jungle adventure romance, hot and action packed to the very end. The hero, Sergeant First Class Cassius Callaghan is a charming, scorching hot, ...more
Laura Baird
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, as usual for Rachel Grant's stories. Sizzling chemistry between Freya and Cassius, and a masterful plot.
Darlene
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Exposing the lies and deceptions hidden within the truth.

Rachel Grant continues to weave another stellar and compelling story in Book 3 of her Flashpoint series with FIRESTORM.

Such a gifted author, that I always enjoy reading. She takes you on a journey with her words and story. Into the very heart and soul of the Congo and delivers diverse dichotomies and parallels. Its richness and it’s poverty. It’s struggle, it’s peace. The depravity of human kind, it’s greed, corruption and excesses agains
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Sheri
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read all Grant's books. This one is especially exceptional. The history, current events, intrigue, action, romance all combine in an intelligent, passionate, fast-paced book. The H and h have a lot to work through until their guards are down and their masks are off and they can see who each other are. Freya is one of the strongest, most kick-ass women I've every read. Great book!
Dolly Sickles
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Grant brings us back to Djibouti for the third installment of her Flashpoint series, FIRESTORM. Temperatures and tempers flare hotter than ever as we finally get a peek behind the curtain of Camp Citron’s resident spook, Savannah James.

Everyone at Camp Citron in Djibouti thinks Savvy is with the CIA, which she’s fine with. In actuality, she’s a paramilitary operations officer for the Special Operations Group within SAD, making her far deadlier than any regular CIA operative, and her situa
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Angela
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for my honest review.

What I love most about Rachel Grant's Flashpoint Series is that she uses these books to bring attention to a world in need. In Firestorm, the setting is in the Congo, where Savannah and Cal are there on a mission where the objective turns from one thing into another.

Cal and Savannah have a love/hate history. They both have an extreme attraction toward one another yet, turned off by the fact that Savannah is CIA, Cal is constantly putting on the breaks. Sava
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Trish
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Firestorm is Rachel Grant’s latest book in this series and I loved it! Ms. Grant writes “on the edge of your seat” action that include current events and danger, with the perfect addition of romance. In other words, the perfect romantic suspense book. Although this book is a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, to get the full impact of this fantastic book, I would start at the beginning with Tinderbox and then Catalyst.

This book is Savannah’s book and I was eagerly waiting for her
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Kaetrin
The short answer to the question of “what worked for me” is “pretty much everything”. Firestorm is a cracking good listen, with excellent narration and smart, consistent characters and a thrilling story. I do think Firestorm works better in the context of the whole series but it’s not essential.

The blurb tells listeners what they need to know so I don’t want to spend time rehashing the plot. There are plenty of excellent reviews which do that already (here’s one). TW: Listeners should be aware t
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Jennifer
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Savannah James is CIA and is not very well liked by the men of Special Ops. They don't know her exact title, but know she's a "spy". Cal Callahan and Savvy are like oil and water, constantly bickering while fantasizing about each other. Their chemistry is off the charts. When Savvy chooses Cal as her partner, he reluctantly accepts the assignment. In reality, he's been asked to spy on Savvy while posing as a antiquities dealer. As Cal and Savvy work together, they soon realize they're being set ...more
A.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this was one of the best reads in a long time! Perfect combination of all things romantic suspense. Great chemistry between the main characters, hot hot hot. Fascinating African locations, I had to refer to a map for these mysterious countries, which was fun. Great plot involving Evangelicals, greedy oilmen, corrupt African despots. The main characters are based in Djibouti, on a military installation, so it involves CIA, Special Ops, and various other secret personnel. So, when I enjo ...more
Bernadette
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story was hard to put down. With every step the characters took to solve the problem, another spanner was thrown into the works. What started out as a simple data gathering mission snowballed into the unthinkable.

Savvy (Freya) and Cal (Cassius) are being manipulated by a corrupt official. The extent of this is revealed, bit by bit, as the story unfolds.

There are twists at every point where you think you’ve got everything worked out. This keeps you moving through the story until the next c
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“Cal studied Savvy as the C-130 sped down the runway. The plane held a half-dozen marines and supplies bound for Manda Bay. She'd chosen the seat across from him near the tail of the aircraft and donned protective headphones. Between the headphones and other passengers, there was no way for them to discuss the mission during the flight.

He’d been released from the brig at two thirty in the morning and was told he’d be departing on the transport as scheduled. Savvy hadn't stopped by his CLU to offer an explanation, and he’d decided not to go to hers. He needed to sleep. They'd have time to sort things out before departure.

But daylight brought no communication from her, and he’d been surprised to find himself alone in the vehicle that delivered him to the airstrip the US military shared with the international airport. He’d begun to wonder if the op would be canceled, when she arrived seven minutes before their scheduled takeoff.

She’d dropped into the seat across from him with little more than a nod in his direction, donned the headphones, and cracked open a file. She stared at the papers on her lap as if they held the meaning of the universe.

They reached cruising altitude. The interior was loud, but not so loud the headphones were necessary. Still, she kept them on. He’d been watching her for twenty minutes, noting that she had yet to turn a page.

He’d been looking forward to seeing her. He’d wanted to check the bruises on her neck, make sure she was okay. But the concern had evaporated in the wake of her avoidance. Her utter lack of acknowledgment of what had transpired last night.

He reminded himself she’d been assaulted. It was wrong of him to expect her to be rational, cool, and calm today. She’d said the man had assaulted her before, and Evers had indicated the same with his words and actions. She had the right to be messed up.

If this were a normal situation.

But nothing about this was normal. They were heading into a covert op, and he knew next to nothing of their plan. Worse, he needed to know if she was on her game. He needed Savannah James, Paramilitary Operations Officer for the Special Operations Group within SAD. He needed the covert operator who could do everything he could do, backward and in high heels.

He didn’t know if that woman had boarded this turboprop.

Flights always took longer on C-130s, and he estimated they’d be in the air about three and a half hours. Too long to wait to find out what was going on in that complex brain of hers.

He unbuckled his harness and moved to the empty seat next to her. Her fingers tightened on the files in her lap. He reached over and extracted the papers from her grip and set them aside. He slid a hand down her arm and took her hand, interlocking his fingers with hers. Her hand was tight, stiff, then all at once, she relaxed and squeezed his hand.
After a moment, she pulled off the protective headphones and leaned her head on his shoulder.

Something in his chest shifted.

He was holding hands with Savvy as she leaned on him, and it felt…right. Good. Like something he’d needed forever but hadn't known.

Several marines sat too close for them to attempt conversation, and a guy sitting across the empty fuselage watched with unabashed curiosity. Cal didn't care.
He liked the way she leaned on him. The way she was willing to accept comfort. The way her hand felt in his.
And he was thankful he hadn't been cut from this mission, no matter how much he hadn't wanted it at first. The idea of her having to pretend to be a sexual plaything to anyone but him made his blood pressure spike.

It was messed up, but he couldn't deny it. The fact that he didn't like the idea of any other man touching her—even if it was only an act—was a problem to deal with when they returned to Camp Citron.

Right now, he was a soldier embarking on a mission, and as he would on any mission, he’d protect his teammate at all costs.”
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“You’re pretty good at this spy thing,” Cal said.

“Thanks. You’re pretty good at the soldier thing,” Savvy responded. “And you were great tonight.”

“I was horrible tonight.”

“Well, you were great at being horrible.”

He tightened his fingers on the steering wheel again. “Yeah. That’s what I’m afraid of.”
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