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Seconds to Live

(Homeland Heroes #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  125 reviews
When cybercriminals hack into the U.S. Marshal's Witness Protection database and auction off personal details to the highest bidder, FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. Trouble is, he has to work with U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills, who knows the secrets of his past, and the seconds are ticking down before someone dies.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
“Most people didn’t have a clue that only five percent of the internet was available for public viewing, with many private, hidden layers making up the remaining percentage. The dark web was one of those layers where criminals set up shop and prospered by selling illegal products and services.”

A darkly compelling read of the underground world known as the dark web. Susan Sleeman gives a powerful story in the fight against illegal activities through this new Homeland Heroes Series. The story
V. Palmer
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are a fan of shows like NCIS, then Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman is the book equivalent that you need on your bookshelf!

Readers will be thoroughly pulled into the world of law enforcement in Seconds to Live! I liked how the author showed so many different agencies, their various roles, and even some of the science behind evidence recovery. While this did mean a slower pace at times, the in-depth investigative nature is what makes the story so intriguing. I have always enjoyed learning
Cara Putman
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. The heroine is in the Marshalls and the hero with an elite federal team. Nice mystery and good romance. Kept me coming back!
Denise Hershberger
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
The premise of this book had me really excited to read it. I liked the idea about witness protection agents and cibercriminals for a change of pace, but this book fell flat for me.

There was so much potential in the beginning. I was hooked from an exciting moment in the plot, but after that I felt like things flipped and instead of feeling the excitement and other emotions instead I was being told everything. I wasn't able to immerse myself in the book because the author kept explaining
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'Trust me, I know what I'm doing. I have more training and experience than any of them.'

When a cybercriminal hacks into the WITSEC program and begins auctioning off personal details to the highest bidder, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals must race to try and uncover the identity of the hacker before all the witnesses in the program are compromised or killed.

FBI Agent Sean Nichols must work with U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills, and they only know each other from an online presence. They now have to work
Libby May
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my where to start. Well this one was so much fun. I was hooked from chapter one!
Since I just read Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard, my brain automatically compared the two, especially since both came out the top as five star reads for me.
This one was better juuuust a little (because I read it most recently?)
The plot line was interesting. It was a good first book to a series, but the plot line in the book itself as a standalone was sturdy and firm and (as opposed to Always Look Twice) I
Kelly Bridgewater
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suspense is my ultimate genre of choice. I love when a story keeps me guessing from page one. Susan Sleeman's first novel with Bethany House Publishers' Seconds to Live captured my attention from the first page. Sleeman thrusts readers into the suspense with a shove and a chase through the town. The procedure to find the Phantom is detailed and makes readers trust the hero and heroine as they work together to follow the clues. The plot was wonderfully woven together. The only issue I had with ...more
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Seconds to Live" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. I've enjoyed this author's previous books, but she unfortunately hit every one of my major pet peeves in this book. Taylor's very devoted to her job of protecting witnesses, and she's willing to stand up to others to make sure they stay safe. This put her in conflict with Sean, who needed her witness to help track down a hacker that broke into the witness protection database and threatens the safety of all of the witnesses in the program. ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The Witness Protection Program has been hacked and the new identities of people and families are in jeopardy. The first person on the list is Dustee and her agent Marshal Taylor Mills will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. That includes cooperating with her online confidant and friend Sean Nichols who is more handsome than she imagined.

This book is full of action and a little bit of romance Taylor, Sean and the team helping them discover the identity of the hacker, aka Phanton, work hard
An intricately-plotted thriller featuring an FBI RED team (I don’t see enough of that in fiction) and a US Marshal. I really enjoyed this more-unique pairing of law enforcement branches and I’m always a sucker for witness protection stories. (Witness protection fascinates me.)

I was expecting a lot more from this book than I got, I think. The first 40% was plagued by multitudes of sentence fragments and unlikely, stilted, or fragmented conversations that often didn’t even make sense. However, the
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘They were the unsung heroes, men and women who put their lives on the line every day, like soldiers going into battle.’

I enjoyed everything about this first offering in Sleeman’s new romantic suspense series Homeland Heroes. Seconds to Live is a fast-paced, danger-infused story. I loved that Taylor and Sean were email pals for six months before meeting in person. They didn’t quite know what to do when they first laid eyes on each other and their feelings seemed realistic. They were nervous,
This story had an interesting premise and I enjoyed seeing how the investigation was run, watching as the RED team members used their individual skills to bring in a very dangerous hacker.

However, I struggled with a few things in this book. I don’t know exactly why, but I just didn’t emotionally connect with either of the main characters. I felt as if I was on the outside looking in, hearing from both of them about the many reasons why they could never work as a couple.

Seconds to Live was a slow
Suzie Waltner
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Susan Sleeman’s brand of romantic suspense is one of the best at putting readers right in the middle of investigations while educating them on police procedures, and Seconds to Live does not disappoint.

The first book in the Homeland Heroes series takes a technical and detailed look into cybercrimes and the people who protect citizens from them daily. This series debut gives us an introduction to the FBI team I hope to see more of in future books.

As Sean and Taylor work together to find the
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
"Help. Oh, help. . . . she'd made a huge mistake."

When one of U. S. Marshall Taylor Mills' witnesses breaks protocol and is hunted down by a vicious criminal, the tip of the proverbial iceburg breaks through the surface. Not only has Dustee's whereabouts been compromised but the notorious "Phantom" has managed to breach the entire database of the Witness Protection Program. Frantic to protect those for whom she is responsible, Taylor relunctantly agrees to join forces with an elite FBI
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the cast of characters and how they interacted with one another. I look forward to reading future books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.
Kay Garrett
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SECOND TO LIVE by Susan Sleeman is the first book in the Homeland Heroes series. It’s the well-crafted and the extremely exciting story of the joint efforts of FBI Agent Sean Nichols and U.S. Marshall Taylor Mills to both protect the witness protection participants and to bring down Phantom, the person responsible for the U. S. Marshall’s Witness Protection system being hacked.

What started off as discussions over the computer during past crimes, soon developed into a rather close friendship
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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‘Seconds to Live’ is One Quick and Exciting New Thriller

THE STORY | Work is what’s most important to Taylor Mills. As a WITSEC deputy, she takes the protection of each of her protectee’s seriously. So much so she refuses to allow herself any time to develop a relationship, save for one…

This is why when a mysterious hacker known only as “Phantom” threatens to unveil the location of any number of WITSEC witnesses, Taylor must set aside her reservations and ensure that the woman who plans to help
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
One Mistake. That was all it took to put Dustee’s life on the line—death right on her heels.

And that right there is the explosive start of another stellar suspense written by Susan Sleeman! Someone hacked the Witness Protection database or WITSEC and now lives are at stake. FBI Sean Nicols and US Marshal Taylor Mills must put their skills to the test protecting Dustee while trying to bring down a criminal name Phantom, who has eluded law enforcement every step of the way.

One thing I can say
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Staying one step ahead of the Phantom who has hacked into the US Marshall’s Witness Protection database has the RED team on the run. US Marshall Taylor Mills and FBI agent Sean Nichols were online friends before, but had never met each other. This investigation changes the dynamics of their friendship drastically when they are called to work together to bring down the Phantom, a notorious hacker. One of the biggest problem is that a key witness, Dustee, also a hacker extraordinaire, is not very ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
The plot involves Sean, an FBI agent from the east coast, and Taylor, a Deputy Marshal in the witness protection unit in Portland, Oregon. The two had collaborated before and via email had struck up a friendship. When Sean is in Seattle for a meeting, a potential lead in Portland causes him to go there. He and Taylor see each other for the first time and romance is heavy in the air. There is some difficulty and testiness in their relationship however, as they join forces to go after the villain ...more
Donna (More Than a Review)
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman is a romantic thriller dealing with a crazy cybercriminal. The US Marshals’ database has been hacked the info is being auctioned off.

Taylor is a WITSEC deputy. It was interesting to see what all they did in WITSEC and realizing that sometimes it was for a criminal. Taylor was a great character but a tad over the top. Taylor is protecting a witness that has worked with the hacker; Phantom who they suspect of the current hack. Phantom is an unusual hacker as most
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love books where I learn a lot of things and this book was packed full of fascinating things regarding a world I really don’t understand. I was intrigued when one of the characters stated,
“Most people didn’t have a clue that only five percent of the internet was available for public viewing, with the many private, hidden layers making up the remaining percentage.”
I’m not familiar with the dark web, but I do know it’s out there and a very real thing. I’m also not familiar with WITSEC or all
Paula Shreckhise
Suspense is among my favorite genres and Ms. Sleeman does a fantastic job with Seconds To Live, the first in the Homelands Heroes series.
Who is the Phantom hacker who has breached the Witness Protection data base? Can FBI agent Sean Nichols and US Marshall Taylor Mills track him down with the help of a victim who got away? A thrill a minute in this taught drama with protagonists trying to trust in God’s plan as they unravel the clues to the Phantom’s identity, while dodging bullets and shaking
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Keeps you guessing:
This was an interesting book with many twists and turns as the team endeavored to find the hacker. I enjoyed meeting the different RED team members and think that the author has set things up well for the rest of the series. However the writing style made it difficult for me to settle into this book. It was slow going especially as the action and discovery tended to be more reactionary than proactive.
Sean and Taylor were authentic and complex characters. They were each
Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood
Seconds to Live kicks off with the most dangerous scenario a US Marshal could face – someone’s hacked the database containing information on witness locations. US Marshal Taylor Mills teams up with an elite cybercrimes investigative team to stop a hacker known as Phantom. Of course, sparks fly when FBI Agent Sean Nichols heads up the team, and Taylor meets him for the first time after only having chatted with him online.

This story brings action, drama and danger right into the reader’s lap.
This book captured my attention from the first page and kept my diligent attention until the very end. Just the premise is interesting, but author Susan Sleeman has written a book that was so hard to put down because the action just kept happening! Threats from within and without kept the tension high throughout the entire story.

It was quite interesting to witness Sean and Taylor's relationship transition from internet-only to real life. That was a complication on top of having to work together
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you love edge of your seat suspense with romantic tensions that keeps you guessing till the end then look no further, as this one definitely doesn’t disappoint in my opinion. I love that the storyline is original in dealing with the dark web and cybercrime and that I found it very informative. It was eye opening in showing what goes on behind the scenes to place someone in the witness protection program and keeping them safe. The characters of Taylor and Sean grabbed me from the get go and ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read lots of books by this author and I love her writing and clean suspense stories! I was thrilled to start reading the first book in this new series!

For whatever reason, I had a hard time connecting with the two main characters, Taylor and Sean. I guess I found them both kind of bossy, rude and not very likeable. I did keep reading the story and by the end I did like them both more. I'm looking forward to getting to know other characters and seeing where this series goes.

There were
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
SECONDS TO LIVE is seriously Ms. Sleeman's best book to date. I fell in love with Taylor. Both she and Sean are strong-willed take-charge individuals which caused automatic clashing even though they were cyber friends living on opposite sides of the USA before they met.

Both Taylor and Sean have serious issues to work through but they both profess a faith in Jesus. Learning to trust Him to handle all our problems is a issue I struggle with too.

There were some major plot twists I never saw
The cover of Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman really made me want to read this book and then bonus! the premise also sounded very interesting. I can only imagine the problems that could happen if the WITSEC database was hacked. I’ve never read Susan Sleeman so I was really hoping for a new must read romantic suspense author.

Sadly, this book just did not work for me. I felt like there was so much info dumping that it actually took away from the story. Another issue I had is that I just could not
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SUSAN SLEEMAN is the bestselling author of over thirty-five novels with more than one million books sold. She writes romantic suspense novels that are clean with inspiring messages of faith. Readers love her series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. She graduated from the FBI and local police citizen academies, so her research is spot-on and her characters are real.

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