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There’s a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible. Their best lead is an eyewitness who identifies a young man dumping the third ...more
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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Sarah Grace Grzy
DiAnn Mills' books have been hit or miss for me, and there's only been one or two I've really liked. But her newest release, Fatal Strike, is a fascinating and page-turning suspense novel with fabulous characters and a touch of romance. Five stars from me!

Honestly, the romance aspect may have been one of my favorite parts of this book. Both characters acted like the adults and professionals they were and, instead of acting like hormonal teenagers, they communicated (!!!) and didn't let their fee
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I loved getting to know Agents, Leah and Jon and you are going to love meeting them as well. As with all of Mills books the romance was very good. The whole story was so worth the read. The only negative thing I can say about this book was it was not long enough. I hated for it to come to the end.
Grab your copy of this 4 star book.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Cara Putman
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved this read. Complex plot. Romance was good and enjoyable.
Minx
In Fatal Strike, Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert were initially teamed up to use their sniper skills in order to deescalate a threat. Their pairing was the first time they had come together and it was only out of desperation that it even took place because both of their partners were unavailable. Neither one of them were sure if they could work well together but they soon realized that they were compatible, one sniper to another. On the heels of that one situation they were called in to investigate ...more
Hannah
A very good suspense. I read this when I was feeling bad one day and needed something to distract me and, because it was exactly the medicine I needed, I'm adding the fifth star because I honestly couldn't put it down.

I really enjoyed that the leads are both award-winning snipers who team together to help stop crime. It's a profession that is often stereotyped as "loners" and it was great seeing these two experts work together. I really wasn't expecting the amount of twists in the plot and ther
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Kelly Bridgewater
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills is a predictable, unoriginal tale of drug chasing. From the first chapter, I had a good idea of how the story would lay out, and I was proven correct. The characters were flat and had told their story before. I had a hard time staying focused on the story. I have seen the story before written by a number of romantic suspense authors. Not that Mills doesn't know how to write; she does, but I have read this drug chasing and terrorists plots a number of times, and they ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
When a killer begins injecting victims with Galveston, TX, and those targeted are law enforcement, the FBI sends in two well trained agents, both of whom are snipers. Jon and Leah are tasked with bringing the killer to justice before anyone else is targeted.

This a tight, well written inspirational suspense novel, and I enjoyed it for the most part. About midway through, it kind of bogged down for me and the romance portion seemed a bit forced. But that's only my opinion. Reviews are very subject
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Nicole
Aug 07, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting suspense novel by DiAnn Mills. Fatal Strike intrigues the readers with a look into FBI procedures and various twists and turns throughout the storyline. This was my first book my DiAnn Mills. The story didn’t hold my attention as much as I thought it would, and I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I typically do. However, this was an enjoyable read and I think suspense fans will enjoy it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and was
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Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading
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Following a string of recent and prominent murders using snake venom that has the calling card of a local gang infiltration, a team of FBI agents, led by a highly trained sniper duo, descend on Galveston to deescalate the threat and bring justice to the victims. Tensely woven from the opening sequence, the story was incredibly fast-paced and set a desperate tone to find the answers to what has set a community on edge.

"Her faith will be her strength or weakness."

As Jon and Leah set out to seek t
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Shalini
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fatal Strike struck me hard with its swift pace, tight writing, and a plot which had FBI agents, snipers, opioid, murder using rattlesnake venom. That really rattled me while reading.

Leah and Jon were the agents in question who were investigating the murder of law enforcement officials using snake venom. The story led to many troughs and plateaus before the end was revealed.

My first book by DiAnn Mills, I have to admit the author did not allow me to breathe while reading. Every scene in the book
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Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
I am not even sure where to begin with my thoughts on this book!  I haven't read one of DiAnn's books in a while and I'm not sure why.  Her books are gripping, remind us of faith, family, and ties in a multitude of issues that we see in the world today.

Leah and Jon have a hard job, or at least one that I wouldn't want to perform, they are snipers for the FBI.  It is an important job but I wonder how someone can put aside the fact that they will most likely kill someone in the line of duty?  Gran
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Karen R
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A string of murders using rattlesnake venom brings a team of FBI experts to Galveston, Texas. Finding a connection proves difficult. Everyone seems to be hiding something.

Another interesting crime drama by this dynamic author, with a subject pulled from current problems: gang violence, border concerns, illegal drugs. The main characters are smart, capable and tough, but have their own regrets and fears from their pasts. The dialogue is quick and snappy, with some romantic interest. Plenty of a
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Suzie Waltner
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Two snipers team up to uncover who is behind a string of murders but multiple suspects, wrong turns, and possible gang involvement keep Leah and Jon (and readers) on their toes in Fatal Strike. DiAnn Mills doesn’t give readers time to take a breath once they pick up this romantic suspense novel.

I appreciated that Leah and Jon discussed whatever was on their minds. They communicated like the adults and professionals they are. While they both have fears and regrets they’ve run from for too long, t
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Rebecca
3.5 stars

"I'd rather face a dozen armed bad guys than one snake."

Unfortunately, there have been a series of Galveston murders using rattlesnake venom as the weapon of choice. Paired with a new partner, F.B. I. Agent Leah Riesel can only hope that Jon Colbert doesn't have the opportunity to eyewitness her full blown phobia. Tasked with tracking down the murderers, supposed members of a local gang who call themselves The Venonos, Leah and Jon have very few clues and only one eyewitness to a body d
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Darcia Helle
Fatal Strike is part police procedural and part romantic suspense, with a unique plot and a quick pace.

The killers in this book get bonus points for creativity. Why use a boring old gun when you can make a statement with snake venom? The whodunit of this case kept me guessing throughout.

The main characters are well developed. With Leah, the words that kept coming to mind were “staunch” and “stiff.” She’s the kind of person you could work alongside for a decade and still not know much about. Jon
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Iola
Jul 23, 2019 added it
I used to be a real DiAnn Mills fan, and I can't remember why I stopped reading her novels. I think it was mostly that there were so many other books to read! Anyway, I was pleased when I saw there was a new DiAnn Mills romantic suspsense novel available for review.

But I didn't enjoy Fatal Strike nearly as much as I remember enjoying previous DiAnn Mills romantic suspense novels. The thriller/suspense element of Fatal Strike was excellent—there was plenty of action and tension, enough to satisf
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Mike
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fatal Strike is a 400-page rollercoaster ride! It started off rather slow - with just a few twists and turns. As it turned out, the slow start was necessary so DiAnn Mills could get all her puzzle pieces on the table.

Although it took the first two-thirds of the story to “set the scene” for the climax, the last third was so thrilling that I read it in one sitting.

The Cast of Fatal Strike

There were quite a few characters in this story. If there were any more, it would have been challenging (to me)
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Ruthie Jones
DiAnn Mills delivers another smashing hit with Fatal Strike. Two FBI snipers, Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert, start the story off when they are assigned together for the first time to take down a criminal in true sniper fashion. Despite both agents' reluctance to give up the driver's seat in their new partnership, they get along quite well, and they are immediately plunged into another deadly case. While the physical attraction between these two is mutual, their relationship is first and foremost b ...more
Jessica Higgins
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
With a combination of FBI Snipers, murder using rattlesnake venom, and a budding romance, DiAnn Mills has crafted a thriller fans will not want to miss.

Galveston is being hit by a new kind of killer using rattlesnake venom for murder. A local gang called the Veneno is the prime suspect and the FBI calls in agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert to tackle the case. They have a witness that saw a body being left on a church doorstep but soon disappears. Without their witness, they don’t have much of
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Christena
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Jon scooted back the chair and walked outside onto the front porch. He shoved his hands into his jean pockets and looked up at the millions of stars. Somebody designed the universe and put them into place, a Being much smarter than Jon.”

Fatal Strike is a wildfire book that kept my interest piqued from chapter to chapter. Solving murders in real life is hard enough, solving murders in Fatal Strike was even more challenging.

Mills crafted a well-plotted story around the murder of three prominent G
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Deb Haggerty
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Deb’s Dozen: Leah and Jon, FBI Snipers, Face Fears, Fatalities, Forgiveness, and Finally, Romance

Fatal Strike, DiAnn Mills’s latest entry in the suspense and mystery field, ranks as one of her best. She nails the characters of her protagonists, Leah and Jon, and makes us like them from the very beginning. Both carry secrets from their past that keep them from getting close to people. Nevertheless, their pasts make them excellent at their jobs of FBI snipers.

Fatal Strike starts with a hostage sit
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Kristen
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's a lot of FBI investigation novels going around the book world. While I adore reading these types of stories, I have never read one like Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills. In Fatal Strike, Mills entwines the lives of Leah and Jon as they get placed as partners on an FBI investigation in the town of Galveston, Texas. Along the way of their case, they both come to realize that they may have more between them than just a job. Feelings come into play as they track down a killer with a habit of usin ...more
Donna
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fatal Strike by DiAnn Mills is another example of why she is a bestselling author. Oh My! I am not sure where to start- how she literally made me gasp at one point or one of the best sniper/ officer partnerships I have read in a while.Both Leah and John are snipers and have a past that they are trying to overcome.

It was a great view into the life of a child sibling of adoption and special needs. She was dealing with her action and feelings from that and trying to make up for it. I loved that she
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Joan
Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Mills has crafted another good FBI investigation novel with scenes of suspense throughout. The plot is a bit complex with a number of people involved and the relationships between them quite entangled. There was a focus on the budding romance between the FBI agents Jon and Leah as they worked a case together. It seemed to move fast and I would have liked some obstacles to the romance having to be overcome along the way.

The aspect of the novel I liked most was a side issue. Both FBI agents had pe
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Lori
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this new story by DiAnn Mills!!
I have read every one of this author's books because her style of writing!!
DiAnn's books are just superfab!! I highly recommend her.
She fascinates me with this new set of characters named Jon and Liesel.
I love it that they are no nonesense snipers that know how to get the job done.
I love that they keep no secrets and discuss everything.
Oh and did I mention they have great chemistry together?
If you love suspenseful books then this is sure to satisfy your appe
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Debbie
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Fatal Strike" is a Christian romantic suspense. The main characters were likable and determined to track down the truth. Though they'd never worked together before, the two FBI agents got along well and made a good team. The hero respected the heroine's skill and wasn't put off by her reputation. Each allowed the other to take the lead if the other was better suited to handle the person or situation. They fell in love as they got to know each other.

The author maintained a delicate balance betwe
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Debb Hackett
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fatal Strike has was one of the most inventive plots I've seen in a while. Snake venom as the murder weapon (and that's not a spoiler)!

When you add in a family in tatters, two agents falling in love and greatest fears being faced, you have yourself a page-turner.

DiAnn Mills says to "expect and adnveture" and this certainly was a wild one. I particularly liked not being able to figure out who the baddie was, until very near the end.
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Cindy
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Cindy by: Sarah
This book was loaned to me by my daughter who received it from the author to get her insights on her opinions of this book. I'm not as educated on doing reviews as my daughter but, my opinion of it is...WoW! I was drawn into this from beginning to end! To me, it was one of those books I couldn't put down but didn't want it to end! A very well told story! I loved it!!! ...more
Abigail Harris
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Oddly enough I just can't get into this one. Maybe I'll give it another shot sometime but right now it's boring, weak, and reads too much like a movie does. Too much dialogue. ...more
Lori
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this new story by DiAnn Mills!!
I have read every one of this author's books because her style of writing!!
DiAnn's books are just superfab!! I highly recommend her.
She fascinates me with this new set of characters named Jon and Leah
I love it that they are no nonsense snipers and they know how to get the job done.
I love that they keep no secrets and discuss everything.
Oh and did I mention they have great chemistry together?
If you love the sea then it's possible to hear the waves crashing ag
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