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After the loss of her husband, CIA agent Isabella Bendel accepts a promotion to Chief Supervisor—a much less dangerous position than what she's accustomed to—so she can raise her two children without fear of leaving her children without any parents. But any illusions of safety are shattered when, while on her Sunday morning jog in a Washington, DC park, Isabella survives a ...more
Published February 19th 2019 by M.C. Fox
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Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads, espionage
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

After an action packed beginning, a female CIA supervisor is almost killed and her family is kidnapped. She hunts for her family, people keep trying to kill her, and we get a good old fashioned mole hunt.

Not the most action packed novel, but a good amount of tension is generated.
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Countdown America by M.C. Fox is a compelling and exhilarating thriller of the first water. Although seemingly unrealistic, it's hard to know as our government is transparent only when it suits them. Isabella has recently been promoted to supervisor of a division in the CIA. She has come up through the ranks and is very good at her job. She lives with her mother and her young twins, her husband having succumbed to cancer a few years earlier. After a personal attack and a subtle threat against he ...more
Robin Reynolds
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Received from Cozy Mystery Review Crew and voluntarily reviewed.*

This one started out a bit slow for me, it took about 50 pages for me to really get invested. Which was right about where Isabella, the newly appointed Chief Supervisor at CIA headquarters, first realizes that her children and her mother might be in danger. She's interrogating a man who attacked her, and when he tells her she'll never save her family, she hightails it home, to find signs of a struggle and her mother and her young
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was just an amazing read!!! If I could give it over 5*’s, I definitely would. I started reading this at 3, just to start it and had finished it by 6. I just couldn’t put it down.

The story centres on CIA agent Isabella Bendel, who lost her husband just after her twins were born. Due to the birth of her children, she had started doing more in-house work, rather than field work, and has just been promoted to Chief Supervisor in her work location in Washington DC. Her mother, an ex-CIA cod
I’m sitting here trying to figure out what I just read. Part of me is stunned by the twists, the emotions, and creativity. The other part of me is petrified that it’s so close to being a reality. More so than I any of us realize.

Isabella is being attacked on a personal level. She expects that the stress of the job, the scenarios she’s been placed in as well as the sheer intensity of missions she sent in on will be used to attack her in some way. However, this time it comes to a personal level t
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Imagine the abduction of your family? This is the terror faced by Isabella Bendel, who was recently widowed and has been newly promoted in the CIA as the Chief Supervisor of the Cyberterrorism Unit in Washington D.C. Isabella’s life is turned upside with two attempts on her life and the kidnapping of her mother and two children. This leaves Isabella with questions. Why is she a target, and who is targeting her? Why kidnap her family, and will she be able to locate them before any harm might befa ...more
Jennifer Steenerson-Moltzen
M.C. Fox has written a masterpiece with her new novel titled Countdown America. It is a suspenseful thriller that

takes the reader into the world of cyberterrorism and espionage.

The author’s style of writing engulfs the reader into a non-stop series of events from beginning to end. This is an action-packed, fast-paced adventure with excitement and suspense at every turn.

The story takes us into the life of Isabella Bendel. Isabella is the lead female character who is strong, independent, and highl
Merry Chapman
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! You just can't put this book down once you start! A screamingly fast paced thriller that not only keeps you on the edge of your seat, but keeps you turning pages. With so many twists, turns, plots, subplots, kidnappings, assassination attempts on our heroine, espionage, moles within the department, how can you possibly stop reading. With the death of CIA agent Isabella Bendel, she is promoted to Chief Supervisor so she could be closer to her family and not be in absolute danger. However, go ...more
Powerful, supercharged realistic and
explosive thriller!!
CIA agent Isabella Bendel has just been
promoted to the Chief Supervisor. She is
a highly trained field agent who is now in
cyber intelligence. She thought this would
be a safer position for her and her family.
Since her husband, a former CIA field agent,
has died leaving Isabelle to be a single
mom raising a set of young twins with
the help of her mother who had been an
ex-codebreaker for the CIA in her
pre-retirement years.
Someone tries to kil
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Wow! This book grabs you from the beginning and does not let go until the final page. Main character Isabella is a CIA supervisor who is drawn into a crazy web of intrigue and suspense. The reader is drawn in right along with her! Isabella is a strong, capable character, while still managing to remain human and likeable. She seems like someone you'd enjoy spending a pleasant afternoon with, and also someone you'd want around if you were in any kind of danger. Isabella's mother is also a wonderfu ...more
Cyndy Bailes
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Countdown America by M.C. Fox is a terrific book that I couldn’t put down. A mix of mystery, espionage, and thrilling suspense, it focuses on newly promoted CIA Chief Supervisor Isabella Bendel. Widowed she lives with her mother and six-year-old twins. Just after her promotion, her family is kidnapped and someone tries to assassinate Isabella. There are several threads, including a second assassination attempt, that develop throughout the book which involve cyber-security, a probable Russian plo ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wild ride of a thriller that reads like a blockbuster movie script. I willingly set aside disbelief to hitch onto the coattails of Isabella Bendel, Chief Supervisor of the CIA. Do I really buy the premise that a woman could prevail over two murderous assailants in a single day? Probably not, but -- dang!-- she's a tough cookie and I got plenty of vicarious punches landed by tagging along. The book is fast-paced with nonstop action and multiple plot twists. It's a quick and entertaining read with ...more
Kara Marks
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like mysteries and I like thrillers—this book is a good combination of the two. I’ve always been drawn to books dealing with spies and national security, and this really satisfies. The main characters are likable, strong and resourceful. This book was a quick read and hard to put down once it got going. The writing is excellent, the plot intricate, and the resolution plausible. I highly recommend this book and I’d like to read more by this author. I was provided a copy of this book, but these ...more
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Isabella Bendel, an agent for the CIA, is promoted to the position of Chief Supervisor, she believes that her high risk, dangerous days are behind her and that she can raise her two children without the worry that her career could leave them without their mother. She soon discovers that her safety is far from secure when an attempt is made on her life. Things quickly go from bad to the unthinkable when Isabella learns that her children and her mother have been kidnapped by terrorists. Takin ...more
Michelle Noble
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A CIA director is targeted by Russian terrorists. Her family is kidnapped, and it's up to the director to save her family. Spellbinding, each chapter is a cliffhangar. I read the entire book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. ...more
Jennifer Hunt
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: give-away-wins
Widow. Mother. CIA Agent. Isabella is a complicated BUT relatable main character and I admired her from page one. Isabella is a widowed mother who's family is abducted but still manages to keep it together and focus on getting her loved ones back. The story drew me in and had me emotionally invested within the first few chapters. While there is great detail about the inner workings of the CIA, the descriptions are intriguing and not so technical that the reader is lost. Not only did the maternal ...more
Martin Pingree
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A CIA agent gets promoted to chief supervisor. Within just days she has 2 attempts on her life and her mother and kids were abducted. She has the entire CIA working to find her family. She soon finds out the Russians are involved and it’s a much more devious plot to ruin America. Great cast of characters, non stop action from beginning to end and a very compelling story line will keep you reading well into the wee hours of the morning.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book by M C Fox was definitely a page turning thrill ride action adventure from the first page through the final conclusion. The activities with the main characters flowed smoothly and quickly towards the grand finale reveal by the author. The plot was interesting and riveting and attention holding as the reader attempts to solve the riddle before the author does. This is a voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Hidden Gems Books.
Andi  (Booklovinmama25)
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-own-read
An action packed spy cyberterrorism book with a strong female lead? How can you go wrong with that? This book was written so well that you were immediately zoned into it and I'm so glad I read it.

Isabella Bendel is the Chief Supervisor in the CIA and is pretty much a badass. When she takes her normal jog in the morning, her intuition goes off and realizes someone's been following her. Isabella fights him off but not only does she realize someone is trying to kill her, but her family has been ki
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I fell in love with this fast paced, intense story that will keep you on your toes from start to finish!

In this story we have a strong, independent female character, Isabella Bendel. She is the Chief Supervisor of the CIA and came into this role because of her quick thinking, gut instincts, knowledge and strength. We also learn of the death of her husband due to cancer shortly after the birth of their twins. This gives an element of fragility to an otherwise incredibly strong woman.

We dive into
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Smith Publicity for sending me a copy of Countdown America by MC Fox for review.
Isabella is promoted to Chief Supervisor of the CIA and she hopes the new position keeps her closer to home. As a widow and now single mother to twins, she is hoping she can stay behind the desk and see her children more.
When she is attacked while jogging, she finds that isn’t the case and must fight for her life as well as save her family and find who’s behind it all.

I really liked the pace of this spy
Tony Parsons
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Washington, DC Park. CIA Agent Isabella Bendel, CIA Agent Vanessa Smith, CIA Agent Suzanne Laughlin, & CIA Agent Jason Fisher had taken out 3 assailants.
Senator Matthews was being held captive.
BOOM! An explosion knocked Jason backwards.
His hand was bloody mangled mess.

Senator Matthews (50+) wasn’t in the greatest of shape either.
His leg was poorly wrapped & probably infected.
3 hrs. later Sr. Special CIA Agent Howard Carson was glad they completed their mission.
Jason would not be returning to
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once I was able to dedicate a couple of hours to this book, it was a fast and exciting read. The author kept things simple and kept them moving. The action was well-written. I would have appreciated a little more detail on the physical characteristics of the characters since I like to play a movie version in my head as I read books; however, the descriptions that were given were done so in a non-generic fashion...cleverly snuck into the narrative.

Some of the plot was a little predictable but an
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
CIA Agent Isabella Bendal is excited when she’s promoted to Chief Supervisor, a move that means she’ll be out of the line of action and out of danger. Having already lost her husband, a desk job will ensure her 8 year old twins keep their last remaining parent. What she can’t possibly guess is that taking the promotion has put a target on her back.

After narrowly avoiding an assassination attempt on her usual run, she discovers her mother and children have been kidnapped. The race is on to find t
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
What I enjoyed most about this book was how quick and easy it was to read. There were no great and vast descriptions about everything, it was to the point and had no nonsense. The plot was good and I enjoyed the intricacies of espionage and the CIA which I usually don’t like in books. I did notice that the plot/mystery had a few holes in the story and seemed a bit far fetched. It also felt very rushed, which made the read quick but the story didn’t flow. Overall, I give it three stars and would ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one sitting from cover to cover. I was hooked instantly. And Fox had me constantly guessing the entire time. Well written, characters have depth to them, story flowed easily. I would definitely read another Fox book. Especially if the lead, Isabella, is back in action.

**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun. I would recommend it for a quick action spy thriller. Very good read for when you are stuck in the Dallas airport for hours.
Jean Hudson
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Couldn't put it down! CIA and Russian moles within! Great plot! Will definitely read more from this author! Highly recommend. ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great story. Kept me at the edge of my seat. Will look for more books by this author. Loved the main character Isabella, strong, determined woman. Great role model.
Lori Ann
Apr 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I know the title seems a bit contradictory. This is a fast read but I feel like the action is a bit slow at the beginning. The heroine, Isabella, does a lot of sitting around and waiting for other people to report in. This makes it easy for the double agents to play her. The first double agent is pretty obvious but I didn't foresee the second. Having this many double agents in the CIA doesn't instill a lot of confidence in me. Good thing this is fiction!

The action picks up towards the end and ov
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M.C. Fox has long been fascinated by the world of espionage. Living right in the heart of New York City, she constantly is inspired by the sights and sounds of a large city, and how that forms the perfect environment for a fast-paced thriller. Given our currently unstable political climate, as well as the Russian hacking of the election, she knew that now was the perfect time to bring her readers ...more

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