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(Maggie O'Dell #8)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,783 ratings  ·  368 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava joins the Doubleday list with her best novel yet.

On Pensacola Beach, the Coast Guard prepares for a Category 5 hurricane that has entered the Gulf of Mexico. When the air crew patrols the waterways, they spot a huge fishing cooler about a mile offshore. Drug traffickers have been known to dump coolers with smuggled product to av
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Doubleday
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Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This is number eight in the Maggie O'Dell series and to be totally honest it was the first one I actually enjoyed reading. Which just shows that I have a very different view of things from other readers of this series since many of their reviews say this one was boring!
Things I liked were:-
1. No mention was made at all of Nick Morelli.
2. Not much mention was made of Maggie's love life (a little but it did not get in the way of the story)
3. Maggie played a very small role in the whole thing, apar
Maggie O'Dell is dispatched to Pensacola, Florida along with Charlie Wurth, deputy director of Homeland Security, who requested her help. A cooler with packaged body parts was found off the coast and her job is to help figure out if something's afoul. Meanwhile, Dr. Benjamin Platt is also sent to Pensacola to help determine what's killing soldiers who've survived surgery following limb amputations but die inexplicably. Oh, and both of them are flying into the path of Hurricane Isaac.

I liked thi
Alex is The Romance Fox
Damaged, the 7th book in the series finds Maggie O'Dell, FBI profiler on a new assignment in Pensacola, Florida, to investigate the gruesome discover of body parts in a fisherman's boat.

At the same time, Colonel Benjamin Platt, Maggie's new love interest from Exposed, is investigating a fatal contagion outbreak that is killing soldiers who had been deployed in Afghanistan.

These two cases begin with no obvious links but as the investigations proceed, it soon becomes evident that there are connect
Marnie  Krüger
WOW! This was a superb read.
Fast phased and on the edge of your seat.
I couldn't put it down, would have finished it in a day if I didn't need to earn a living.

Usually Alex Kava's books is more relaxed not as phased and wound-up. I must say, I like the change.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, suspense
FBI Agent Maggie O'Dell is sent to Florida to investigate a fishing cooler that was found by the Coast Guard. The cooler contained a foot, three hands, and a torso; each individually wrapped in plastic. An autopsy of the torso helps Maggie discover the identity of a man who disappeared from the Atlantic coast earlier in the year during a hurricane. How did he end up in a cooler floating in the gulf? With a new hurricane bearing down on the Florida panhandle, Maggie only has hours before she must ...more
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2014
Another clever what if scenario. Kava sure has a vivid imagination. Well developed secondary characters and an entertaining if grizzly read.

Note to self. Remember that taking refuge in a walk in fridge in a morgue during a hurricane is not a bright idea.
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Hurricane Katrina sure did a number off the Gulf of Pensacola Bay in Florida. The Coast Guard is nearly finished cleaning up the mess. Elizabeth is part of the Coast Guard team. She retrieves a cooler but this cooler isn’t packing lunch meat. Inside the cooler are body parts.

Maggie O’Dell is called out to the scene to investigate the murder. Tracking down a killer is one thing but tracking down a killer before a hurricane hits is another thing.

It has been a while since I have read a book by au
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the 7th in Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell series. In this outing, FBI Agent O'Dell is called in when a Coast Guard Search and Rescue team finds a large cooler floating in the Gulf of Mexico. The thinking is that a ship was perhaps disabled or, worse, sinking. But the only thing found is the cooler. Contrary to protocol, team members open the cooler to find neatly wrapped body parts. O'Dell is told to find out what happened. In the meantime, there is a Category 5 hurricane heading toward Flori ...more
3 Stars

Gives the impression that Kava was asked to churn out a book in a rush and this was the rather hurried result.

The identity of the killer is revealed pretty early and his initial motivation is obvious. For some reason, his undergoes a personality change toward the end that has no real foundation (view spoiler) and detracts from the
This was my ER win from July and I have to say the wait was worth it. I don't know if it was because I just read a very long and difficult book on the Tudor period or if I just needed a nice light read.

Damaged is a novel about Maggie O'Dell, a criminal profiler for the FBI. I have watched the show Criminal Minds and know that I really enjoy the intricacies of the thought processes of criminals and how the profiler is able to conclude those thoughts.

Maggie is recruited by a friend from the Depart
Nicola Marsh
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I adore Alex Kava's books and every book I've read is a 5 star read.

This one lost a star because the focus was taken off Maggie O'Dell, with Liz Bailey, a secondary character, grabbing a lot of attention.

And capturing the bad guy was a tad predictable, without the head-snapping plot twists I'm used to in Alex's books.
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Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you like like CSI and/or Patricia Cornwell, this will be your favorite read of the summer. FBI Agent Maggie O'Dell is a great character and in this one she has a monster hurricane hampering her efforts to solve a string of murders. Plus: how can you not like a feisty FBI Agent with a cool dog named Harvery???
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Damaged is the 8th novel in the series of Maggie O'Dell is an FBI profiler. Maggie has proven herself and become the "go to person" for the complex serial killer cases. In Damaged, O'Dell is mentally and psychologically exhausted from her latest case, but she's tough and unwilling to give an unsympathetic boss leverage over her. Maggie has learned to keep her demons to herself. When a cooler filled with body parts is found floating in Florida, her boss sends her down to assist. Maggie ends up in
Jun 08, 2010 rated it liked it
The story is set in the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane is heading towards the panhandle. The protagonist, Maggie O'Dell, takes a near back seat to this story, as a couple of other character emerge.

Liz is a U.S. Coast Guard swimmer. She is dropped out of helicopters to rescue people (and the occasional dog or two) and retrieve odd items found floating around the ocean - like a very large, very specialized cooler containing three feet, a torso, and a hand. Kind of gruesome. This brings Maggie, a p
Jul 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
A coast guard rescue ends of with a cooler full of body parts. The FBI is called onto the scene. While promising much, this is pendantic at best. And what really irks me in novels is that while the author wraps the protagonist up in a bow at the end, she forgets to address her characterss feelings for those who were lost. Does anyone else feel that our modern authors try to build to a crescendo - all action but no real substance - and leave us wanting.

I read a comment on a blog today about how w
Barbara ★
I'm just not finding this book as exciting as her other novels. It just can't seem to keep my interest. I find myself reading a few chapters and putting it down to go do other things. With only 259 pages, this should have been a quick read but after three days I was still only halfway through it. You would think with a category 5 hurricane and a cooler filled with body parts, this would be an exciting fast paced book - so not the case.

It finally picked up the pace and got interesting though not
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
So a hurricane is about to hit Pensacola Beach. Totally awesome! I love disaster books and movies.

This is mostly about an FBI agent looking for a serial killer who sells body parts. Yawn... I hate serial killer crap. So I was cheering for the hurricane to take everyone OUT. Is that wrong? The hurricane even had a cool name. (I forgot it already though - maybe Hurricane Joey? Or Jude?)

Pretty cool story with some good characters - a few of them get killed and chopped up. This isn't a gross story t
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent story. Lots of plots and subplots yet all plausible. I learned quite a bit about the lack of government oversight of the tissue replacement industry and the way some can manipulate the cadaver donor market for profit. It was suspenseful, educational and enjoyable—proof yet again that gifted writers can make a long running series fresh and enthralling.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I felt like I should have been checking the weather channel for hurricane updates as I was reading this.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a action blockbuster movie, only better. Great cast of characters. This book is a good example of why I am reading more, and watching less TV. Excellent series.
Thrillers zijn niet direct m'n ding, gezien ik meestal Fantasy (en de occasionele Sci-Fi) lees. Van Alex Kava had ik dan ook nog nooit gehoord, maar dankzij een wedstrijd op Facebook (in de groep Boekenfans) heb ik een exemplaar van Damaged (Slachtoffers als Nederlandstalige titel) gewonnen. Ook van mijnentwege dank aan Stefanie Roels en Els Ebraert voor het exemplaar.

Slachtoffers, deel 8, past in een reeks (ondertussen 10 delen) met terugkerende personages en vooral het hoofdpersonage Maggie O'
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is my first time meeting Maggie O'Dell. I want to meet her again. This means picking up the other Maggie O'Dell novels, Black Friday and Exposed. It will be a pleasure to do so.

A hurricane is heading towards Pensacola, Florida ....

The book starts with Liz Bailey having just joined a new Coast Guard team as their rescue swimmer in Pensacola. Although she has lived through New Orleans rescues in the aftermath of Katrina, she's now in the position of having to prove herself all over again to a
Alex Kava's Maggie O'Dell series is one I have followed faithfully for 7 books and was eager to get back to. Damaged is book number 8 and, sadly, became a disappointment when compared to some of the previous books...

Maggie is called to the Pensacola Bay after a container is found at sea filled with an assortment of human limbs. May a serial killer be on the loose? At the same time, her friend, Colonel Benjamin Platt is called to investigate the sudden death of several wounded soldiers that seem
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
The eighth book in the Maggie O'Dell series, "Damaged", slept walked through 326 pages. Once again lifeless FBI Profiler Maggie O'Dell is truly a person without a real life. O'Dell is shipped off to Florida Panhandle to investigate a cooler found by coast guard floating along coast. Inside the cooler were cut up body parts from several different bodies. Meanwhile, Maggie's up and coming squeeze (If he ever caught a break), Dr. Benjamin Platt is called to the Pensacola naval base to find out why ...more
Sep 06, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the 3rd book in the series that I've read, having read books #6 and #7 earlier this year. I would rank it ahead of 'Black Friday' but behind 'Exposed'.
You don't have to read the others to be able to follow the plot, in fact, I think Kava reveals a little much about previous books than I would have liked, had I not read them already. I found this book to be extremely enjoyable and a gret read for a lazy late summer afternoon during hurricane season, even though I'm in PA and far removed f
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
One of Alex Kava's shorter novels, but still really worth the read.

This particular book takes place in Pensacola, Florida. With a Category 5 Hurricane headed straight at the Panhandle, what a better opportunity to cover a crime!

This book gives a really good glimpse at what preparations people take to brace themselves against Mother Nature's fury, from boarding up windows to stockpiling provisions to buying up all the gas from miles around to run generators or vehicles. So thankful where I live -
Teri Heyer
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves suspense thrillers.
Recommended to Teri by: A friend.
The other day a friend suggested I read Alex Kava's 'Damaged.' I dropped by my local library yesterday and checked out the book. How could I resist a suspense thriller set on Pensacola Beach in the midst of an approaching Cat 5 Hurricane? Although this is part of a series I read the book as a stand-alone. Wow! This is a book that will keep you up late at night to race through to the very end. If you're prone to nightmares, this might not be the book for you. On the other hand, if you love a fast ...more
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, read-in-2011
This is book #8 in Kava's Maggie O'Dell series. It's just like me to start with the last book in a series. I don't feel I can review the series fairly based on book #8, but I will say that this story over all was weak and the only reason I gave it two stars is because it's set in Pensacola, FL which is a place I know well. Over all I had the plot and the killer figured out in the first few pages of the novel. I saw this book on the shelf at my library and picked it up solely based on the blurb f ...more
Met veel verwachtingen ben ik het boek Slachtoffers van Alex Kava gaan lezen. Gezien haar vorige boeken uit de reeks waren de verwachtingen zelfs hoog gespannen. Een voortrazende orkaan die weldra aan land verschijnt en een grote obscure organensmokkel, zijn twee ingrediënten die voor een bloedstollende thriller hadden kunnen zorgen. Helaas worden de verhaallijnen zo magertjes uitgewerkt, doorzie je de gebeurtenissen al heel snel en is de dader vrij vlot te lokaliseren, zodat er van spanning wei ...more
Maybe 3.5 stars.

The mystery had nothing to do with Maggie O'Dell, but the medical mystery that Dr. Benjamin Platt was looking into on the Naval Base hospital. A Category 5 hurricane heading toward Pensacola.

The helicopter rescue woman "swimmer" was an interesting character.

The selling of body parts was gruesome, as were a couple of the characters involved in finding their corpses still alive and well. So no mystery about who was involved in this activity.

If I have given up on FBI profiling, I ca
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ALEX KAVA IS A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series and a new series featuring former Marine, Ryder Creed and his K9 dogs. Her stand-alone novel, One False Move, was the 2006 One Book One Nebraska. Published in over thirty countries, Kava’s novels have made the bestseller lists in the UK, Australia, Germany, Japan, Italy and Poland. Her novel Stranded ...more

Other books in the series

Maggie O'Dell (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • A Perfect Evil (Maggie O'Dell, #1)
  • Split Second (Maggie O'Dell, #2)
  • The Soul Catcher (Maggie O'Dell, #3)
  • At the Stroke of Madness (Maggie O'Dell, #4)
  • A Necessary Evil (Maggie O'Dell #5)
  • Exposed (Maggie O'Dell, #6)
  • Black Friday (Maggie O'Dell, #7)
  • Hotwire (Maggie O'Dell, #9)
  • Fireproof (Maggie O'Dell, #10)
  • Stranded (Maggie O'Dell, #11)