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Knock Out (FBI Thriller #13)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  9,526 Ratings  ·  444 Reviews
Seven-year-old Autumn Backman needed a hero. When she saw Special Agent Dillon Savich on TV after he'd brought down bank robbers in a Georgetown bank, she knew she'd found him.

She called Savich, but she didn't use the phone...

Ethan Merriweather, sheriff of Titusville, Virginia, a small mountain town near the Titus Hitch Wilderness, goes looking for a missing little girl. S
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by G. P. Putnam's Sons
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Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-n
This Catherine Coulter thriller featured two unusual sets of culprits to catch. A little girl named Autumn has gone to a small town with her mother to hide, then run away. She inisits someone awful is after her. When we finally learn the truth, it’s far creepier than one might imagine.

Savich, who has a penchant for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, is minding his own business at the bank, when a notorious gang of robbers come in to rob the place. They take hostages, a shootout ensues,
Dec 02, 2009 rated it did not like it
Eh . . .

Although I like the main plot concept, the sub-plot just seems pointless. I'm wondering if the bank robber angle will somehow end up dovetailing with the child-kidnapping story. In the meantime, it's just annoying.

In my opinion, the author's poorly written and disjointed style is off-putting. At one point I felt like I was trying to watch a scratched-up DVD that kept skipping, leaving out big chunks of the story. I'm particularly disenchanted with the inauthentic and cliched dialogue an
Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
Yes indeedy, I do like Catherine Coulter's 'FBI' series starring agents with grit, smarts, a kicka$$ computer, humor, and the occasional 'gifts'. "Knock Out" is her latest novel set in the world of Savich and Sherlock and it is...a knock out.

This time Savich and Sherlock are working two cases at the same time. The first involves a gang of vicious bank robbers who kill security guards for no reason other than 'fun'. The second involves a special girl named Autumn, who first speaks to Savich in hi
Feb 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
What a disappointment. I downloaded the audio book and was very tempted to put this on my "couldn't get through" shelf but I struggled through to the end because I could listen while driving instead of wasting precious reading time. I was not interested in the supernatural, the cult, and the completely overblown characters. The mother was far too protective, the 6-year-old way beyond her years in vocabulary and general knowledge to be believable. And who lets a six-year-old repeatedly crawl out ...more
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I have to give this one star because I did not finish it. I got to about chapter 33 when I turned off my ipod in disgust. The first few books in the FBI thriller series were pretty good but its gone downhill to the point where I won't be picking up another one. The story was slow and too well padded to make it very interesting. It was ok at first, had the potential to be engage me. Then about where I stopped the Mom started doing the TSTL thing and all these brilliant FBI guys, sheriff and deput ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another great suspense mystery with FBI team Dillion Savich and Lacey Sherlock! There are several books with these characters and they are always saving or helping someone. Usually youll hear of those characters in future books, so its nice to remember them and hear about them again. This story has two storylines that the Savich and Sherlock are following. A young Bonnie & Clyde type they are trying to capture. And then a little girl of 7 yrs old and her mom, trying to escape her in laws fam ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was always anxious to get back to this book, and the characters were well-written. My only real complaint was the para-normal story line. I found the word "stymied" to be just silly, but the rest of the book was such a fun read, I forgive it.
Lianne Burwell
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Where Nora Roberts has had a lot of success writing a future cop series, Catherine Coulter has been doing the same with a contemporary FBI agent, his wife (and Max, their AI). Each book involves and FBI plot, and a second plot with new characters that always ends with a romance.

In this volume, the FBI plot deals with a teenaged psychopather and her slightly older side-kick/cousin/lover who is a little more conflicted. They, along with psycho-girl`s mother and a couple of others are bank robbers
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
My Take: Overall, outstanding but I won't lie to you, the beginning was a bit slow. It might have just been the fact that I was so busy I couldn't get into it though so don't let what I said scare you away. I didn't read the other 15 books by this author in this series, I read it as a stand alone, which worked but I did at times feel like I was left out of what was happening because I might not have had all the back story but I had enough to follow along and still enjoy it. I was able to relate ...more
Oct 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: action mystery fans, thriller fans, fans of FBI thrillers.
Recommended to Michael by: Read a review
3 1/2 stars*
A seven year old girl, Autumn Backman, contacts FBI Special Agent Dillon Savich after seeing a show about him on TV. She is able to communicate with Savach telepathically.

In Titusville, VA. Autumn runs away and hides in the home of Sheriff Ethan Merriweather. She tells Ethan that a man who goes by the name of Blessed is after her and her mother, Joanna and warns Ethan not to look into Blessed's eyes because he can control a person's thoughts once they do look him in the eye.

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Jul 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads
I didn't like this book as well as I normally like Catherine Coulter's books. The story was good once I got into it, but the premise took some time to accept. I used this to fulfill one of the tasks for my reading challenge, which was to read a book and "cast" the movie. Here is my cast:

Sherlock: Marcia Cross

Savich: Matthew Fox

Lissy: Jessica Stroup (Silver, 90210)

Victor: Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum, Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire)

Ethan: Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo, NCIS)

Joanna: An
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, own, series-thriller
In the 13th installment of the FBI thriller series by Catherine Coulter, it's really a knockout of a story--in two ways than one. It all started, when there's a bank robbery in action and the ensuing aftermath. Two young robbers are out for blood, seeking revenge, and want Dillon Savich dead. They wreck havoc everywhere they went, while they're on the run and hiding out. Meanwhile, young Autumn Backman needs Dillon's help with a sticky family situation down South. With her peculiar psychic abili ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
While Coulter did a pretty good job of taking two parallel plot lines and keeping them going until they finally intersect, the dialogue for the seven-year old didn't quite ring true. Granted, this is the third book of a series of which I hadn't read the prior two, but I felt like the writing was a little sketchy in parts, especially at the end. I'd read some of her earlier books, and this one didn't seem quite up to par with them. Her general plot(s) and character development were interesting, b ...more
Feb 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it overall, but it seemed busy and rushed at points, which I guess was kind of the point but took away some for me.
Dale Safford
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the little bit of ESP thrown into the book. Besides the little girl Autumn Backman, my favorite character was Sheriff Ethan Merriweather, who knows the Virginia mountain backwoods intimately and very ably protects Autumn and her mother Joanna. The whole underground sequence was a little odd - it could have happened in the house and been more fitting. This really could have been two separate books.

A bank is robbed, and the crazy 16-year old daughter of the killed woman leader of the robber
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a bit contraversial to me, but I really liked it. Some of the problems this book had were the fact that the beginning was really cluttered. They had to give all the information about the characters and the backround story in 1-2 chapters, which made the beginning a bit boring in my opinion. But once that was out of the way, the story started to come into play and it made up for the cramped beginning. You could feel a deep connection with the characters, one important thing. You co ...more
I had high hopes for this book, while the scenes were intense, I found that the mixing of 2 separate storylines with Special Agent Dillon Savich in the middle kind of took away from both stories. I feel that the book should have focused on one storyline instead of overlapping two storylines. The characters and attention got stretched pretty thing pretty quickly, especially near the climax.

I do enjoy reading what Savich does to try and solve these cases. Both cases are vastly different and danger
So disappointing. I have read other adventures of Sherlock and Savich, and enjoyed them. I certainly don't recall them being so disjointed and incomprehensible. The diologue was ridiculously unrealistic. A macho FBI agent is NOT going to describe a child as a "precious little girl, all that dark brown hair, her blue eyes and the line of freckles across her nose; she's the image of her mother." in a simple aside during conversation over a grill. The twin plot lines had only the barest hint of con ...more
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I would give this book 3.5 stars. I have read all the FBI Thriller books up this one and I don't think it was one of the best. There are two stories going on, which has happened in other books too, but this was hard to keep up with, along with a not believable storyline. Of course Savich and Sherlock are the main characters but we meet Joanna Backman and her daughter, Autumn, who has telepathic powers and a Sheriff, Ethan Merriweather, who decides to keep them safe no matter what. There were too ...more
Josh Suarez
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
In my opinion, this book was alright but I believe there is always something better out there. This novel started in a pace way too accelerated and my thoughts quickly started to derail. If I had nothing else in my bookshelf to read, in all honesty, I would take out this novel. Also, the rating I gave above of 3 out of 5 stars seems only fair since the novel contains the same qualities that deserve such a rating. All in all, my opinion on this novel is a little conflicted, but I only found it to ...more
Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story is nail-biting and fast-paced. I could not help cheering for Autumn, a seven year old who is portrayed as brave and talented. There were moments when I was not sure whether she would survive - both physically and emotionally. And every time she did, I cheered for her. Her mother, Joanna Backman, is fiercely protective of her daughter and is prepared to do anything to make sure she is safe. I have read Catherine Coulter's FBI stories before, and was not disappointed with this one.
Sandi Stover
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting story about a little girl communicating telepathically with Savich, and the uncle who was chasing her to bring her back to Georgia. The secondary story was about a bank robbery and the people who were chasing Savich. It's amazing how she can think of so many weird scenarios - but the premise is always the same in that two people fall in love. She involves law enforcement in most of these fall-in love scenarios. Definitely a good series.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bad-books
I don't know what is cheesier... the plot or the people reading this. This was my first audio book and it was bad. Like real bad. The book just dropped you in this story without any background. Little knowledge as to what actual FBI agents do and the procedure they follow. Two separate half assed stories slapped together to make a pitiful book. Don't worry. The Lincoln Memorial on the cover.... doesn't even take place in DC. Pathetic.
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Good plot(s), character development and suspense. Keeps you wanting to read even though you know you need to stop and get some sleep. I am not a fan of books concerning the paranormal and physic powers and probably would not have started reading this book if I had read a synopsis; however, it was so well written that I could not put it down.
Sarah Conner
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-my-possession
I enjoyed this book. Very fast read for almost 500 pages. I wanted an explanation of the “gifts” many seemed to have. I am not sure what the killer bank robbery part of the story had to do with the main plot line other than to show that the FBI Agents have more than one case going at a time. So at the end of the book I felt like I didn’t have the whole story.
Sue Mattocks
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

As usual a well written book by Catherine Coulter. I love the way she writes and have enjoyed following the adventures of Savich and Sherlock since the beginning. The interaction between her characters is fascinating and I love the way the story progresses.
Gail  Combs
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this while traveling with my husband. It was pretty good, except the ending was a bit of a disappointment. I rarely read non-Christian novels, but she is undoubtedly a Christian - she make all the right comments throughout the book - Amen to Catherine Coulter!!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting. Not my favorite in this series but kept my interest.
Marie Paul
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book during the long nights of army boot camp. It kept me awake when I was dying to sleep so that should be all you need to know to tell you that it’s a good read.
Jeanne Utley
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, LOVED IT!!!
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