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Dark Ambitions

(Code of Honor #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  487 ratings  ·  161 reviews
Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan usually has his camp for foster children to himself during the winter months. But someone has visited recently--leaving a trail of blood. One of the two clues left behind tips Rick off to the identity of his visitor, who soon turns up dead. The police deem it an accident, but Rick isn't convinced. With the help of private investigator ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Sarah Grace Grzy
I have read nearly all of Hannon's romantic suspense books, but I think Dark Ambitions might just be my favorite!

I really liked both of our main characters. Heather Shields, former homicide detective turned private eye (I was so excited for the return of the Phoenix, Inc. crew!). And Rick Jordan, former Night Stalker turned youth ministries worker. Both of these characters had a lot of depth and chemistry that made them great together and individually. Of course, the romance got to be a bit much
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice ending to a good suspense series.

I was surprised to see a reference to Panera Bread in St. Louis where it is called St. Louis Bread Company.

I look forward to the author’s next suspense series coming October 2020.
From page 1 until the conclusion, the final book in Irene Hannon's Code of Honor series is action filled and suspense driven. It's great to meet the characters of the Phoenix PI company once again, and this books focuses on the newest member of the group, Heather Shields. Rick Jordan, her client, has found items left in his storage shed as well as drops of blood that indicate his military buddy, Jackson Dunn, had been on his property. When he can't find him or contact him, Rick hires Heather to ...more
Cara Putman
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good book and fit Rick well. Compelling heroine too. A page turner with lots of character points of view and twists and turns.
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'He might never have needed a gun in the four years he'd called this rural Missouri acreage home, but it was better to risk overkill than be killed.'

I never miss an Irene Hannon book. She writes two each year and I've always got them on my list of books to read. She is quite skilled at her psychological suspense novels and she keeps the reader guessing throughout.

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan, now running a camp for foster kids, finds blood on his property one evening and evidence that
Wow! Irene Hannon really knows how to write amazing psychological suspense. Her stories always grip me from the first page and keeps me on the edge of my seat throughout the rest of the book. This book was absolutely no exception. I couldn't put this down, and it kept me guessing the entire time.
The romance and faith aspect of this story fit perfectly with the suspense. Nothing overshadowed anything else. I loved how well it all blended together to make the perfect story.

I would highly
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Irene Hannon. Just putting that out there right off the top. One of my fave authors -- whether she's writing suspense or contemporary romance. I love the way she develops her characters into living, breathing people I feel like I know. And the way she develops a romance -- whoooowheeee -- makes me one very happy reader. She delivers all that and more in this latest book in her Code of Honor series (somebody tell me it's not the last one...pretty please!) Sigh -- the only downside of ...more
Erin Laramore
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this romantic suspense by Irene Hannon. While this book indicates that it's book 3 in the Code of Honor series, I was unaware that it was part of a series when I started it and did not get lost at all, so it definitely works fine as a stand-alone. I'm assuming books 1 and 2 go into more detail on characters that are background characters in this one.

My only complaint about this book was that at the beginning, there were too many people introduced early on without much detail. If I
This was my first Irene Hannon book and it most certainly will not be my last. I read over half of this book last night but sadly had to put it down to get some sleep otherwise I know I would have stayed up all night just to finish this. I was hooked by page one and I was so lost trying to discover who was behind everything. The plot twist was so good and Mrs. Hannon did a fabulous job with it. I was not expecting it.

The characters were amazing. I loved Heather, Rick, Nicki, and all the other
Paula Shreckhise
Dark Ambitions is the third book in the Code of Honor series by Irene Hannon and a very polished suspense novel.
Every time I crack open an Irene Hannon book it seems like I’ve come home. Not only because I lived in St. Louis for twenty years and know the setting well, but because I am very comfortable with the exemplary way Ms. Hannon writes. She captures the genre well. Her stories are exciting but totally believable, and the romance sizzles beneath the surface. The research into law
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

"There was blood on the ice."

When former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan finds evidence that human blood has been spilled on his rural Missouri property, his instincts go on high alert. After careful reconnaissance, he knows exactly who made him a surprise visit, but obviously something went terribly awry.

Soon after Rick Jordan hires private investigator Heather Shields to locate his missing friend, several coincidences appear to intersect; making the case much more difficult to solve
Natalie Walters
I've read all three of the Code of Honor series books and this one started out a little slow for me. After the initial punch of suspense, the story seems to lag with the investigation thread leaving me want a little more on the suspense side. I really felt like the on-page chemistry between the main characters and the side characters was slightly stronger but overall, the romance between Rick and Heather comes together nicely at the end. Overall, not my favorite of the three books but still a ...more
Toni Shiloh
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Code of Honor series is one of my favorite Irene Hannon series. In this book we meet Ryan Jordan, a member of the Treehouse Gang. He’s searching for a friend and Heather Shields, PI, is tasked to help him.

I loved the romance between the two. There was just something about it that was sweet and also one that had sparks flying. And the suspense was great! There were multiple povs in here and I was trying to figure out which one of those extra povs was the bad guy. I’m glad that it kept me guessing
Irene Hannon is an author that I know that I can always count on for a good suspenseful read. Dark Ambitions is the third in the Code of Honor series and a great addition. Those who enjoy reading Ms. Hannon's suspense books regularly will recognize characters from other series. In this book, Rick Jordan, a former Army Night Stalker and member of the Treehouse Gang, runs a summer camp for kids just outside St. Louis, Missouri. But it is deep winter the day before Christmas Eve when he discovers ...more
Toni Osborne
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Code of Honor book #3

“Dark Ambitions” is a rip-roaring crime thriller based on the disappearance of an army buddy of Former Captain Rick Jordan. “Boomer” may be in trouble or worst but when he is found dead and the police deem his death accidental Rick is far from being convinced, turns to PI Heather Shields for help and joining force they set out to decipher what could have happened…but they soon find out that someone will stop at nothing to thwart their plan.

I simply loved this psychological
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you Revell for an advanced copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Dark Ambitions
By: Irene Hannon

Although part of a series, Dark Ambitions reads fine as a standalone. This story is a solid mystery with believable elements, and the suspense is thrilling but not over the top. There are twists and turns. The main characters, Ryan and Heather, are out to solve a crime, and chemistry builds between them. The romantic aspect is an undercurrent and
Maureen Timerman
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
If you enjoy good clean Christian mystery and suspense, this one is a must! From the first page the author drew me in and didn’t let go, and held me right though the epilogue!
There is almost non-stop action here, and I found myself holding my breath, more than a few times. You will find surprises here and as the facts begin to unfold, a bit of sweet romance.
I was, tongue in cheek, blown away when the bombshells began falling!
I have read many books by Irene Hannon, and this one rates right at the
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Ambitions is the thrilling third book in the Code of Honor series. It is a fantastic book, with crossover characters from both the two prior books in the series and the Private Justice series. It has scintillating romance and a crime to solve with limited clues to go on and plenty of intriguing suspects.

Heather Shields is the newest member of the Phoenix Inc Private Investigator team. When former Army Night Stalker, Rick Johnson, asks for her help to locate a missing ex-team member, she
Diane Higgins
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Dark Ambitions” by Irene Hannon was another great thriller by this author. Irene Hannon always delivers with exciting thrillers that twist and turn along the way. This is book 3 in the Code of Honor series, but you don’t have to read the first three books before reading this one.

This book begins with Rick Jordan. He finds some blood on his property so he hires Heather Shields, a PI, to find who the blood belongs to. However, this isn’t a cut and dry case. It gets deeper and deeper into the
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With nonstop action and incredible plot twists, award winning author Irene Hannon takes readers on a thrilling ride filled with danger, intrigue, and romance. Dark Ambitions, the third installment of Irene Hannon’s Code of Honor series, is the perfect novel for readers of romantic suspense who enjoy a good romance in the midst of fast-paced action and a highly compelling storyline.

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan discovers a trail of blood and clues left behind that indicate someone he
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my very first introduction to Irene Hannon’s works and I enjoyed reading it immensely.
So, what were the things that I enjoyed about this story?
The pacing. I’ve heard a few people say this story starts out slow, but I didn’t have that experience. I thought the book started out well and kept up a good pace.
The characters. From the very start of the book, Ms. Hannon has me hooked with Heather’s life and struggles. I felt as though I could really relate to her because of her struggles and
A. Harrison
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Review of Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon:
I loved this book so much! The slightly forbidden romance, the suspensions, the tails, and Rick's camp (which I would have loved to see more of) was wonderful. The only thing lacking was spiritual content there were mentions of prayer/praying/asking for prayer but that was all and it was light. There were dark points in the story but for a suspense it wasn't too dark/scary/nerve racking which was nice.

Rating:4 stars.

Recommendation: 16 up for topics
Julie Graves
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, 2019-reads
On a cold winter day Rick Jordan finds blood on the ground outside of his cabin. Soon he finds evidence that someone who rescued him in the past must be trying to cash in on Rick's promise to help him if he was ever in need. Rick goes to Phoenix Inc. hoping to enlist the help of an investigator to find his fellow Night Stalker.

Heather Shields is the newest member of the Phoenix team. A former detective for the police department, Heather is used to men thinking because she is a woman she isn't
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic finale to Irene’s latest suspense trilogy! The characters of Rick and Heather were superb and the storyline for this one can’t be beat. I was immediately swept up in the mystery from the beginning of the book and the conclusion to the book was extremely satisfying. There were multiple twists in the story which made it even more intriguing. There are political elements as well that were a perfect addition to the story. Irene writes some of the BEST Christian suspense out there ...more
Lisa Hudson
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Former Army Night Stalker turned foster children Camp owner has a problem. He believes one of his teammates from the Army has been to his Camp, has left him a message, and disappeared. When he finds a trail of blood, he decides to hire a PI to help him look into the situation. He wasn’t expecting the PI to be such a gorgeous but capable woman. She wasn’t anticipating her client being such a man of mystery. Somehow they must learn to open up & trust each other in order to find out
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although 'Dark Ambitions' was not amongst my favorites of Irene Hannon's novels, there is no question she's a stellar writer of both suspense and contemporary fiction. I enjoyed the rapport between private investigator, Heather Shields, and former Night Stalker, Rick Jordan, but the storyline didn't interest me as much as I had wished. However, the unpredictable twists and turns caught me by surprise and my stomach did a literal nosedive at the climactic conclusion!

I received a complimentary
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Irene Hannon is one of my top three romantic suspense authors. Dark Ambitions is a classic example of why. The story hits the ground running, quickly becoming a page turner I couldn't put down until the final satisfying page.

Former Army Night Stalker Rick Jordan hires former police detective turned PI Heather Shields to find a missing friend. Even though they both have baggage from the past, the chemistry between these two was instantaneous and the attraction sizzles, only gets stronger
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon is book 3 in the Code of Honor series, but it reads well as a stand-alone. I have not read the first two stories, but I am definitely adding them to my TBR!

This story starts off quickly, but the pace slows down a bit for the middle part of the story before it ramps up again at the end. I thought I had quickly figured out who the villain was - several times! I ended up being correct while totally wrong at the same time!

I liked both Rick and Heather and I thought
Andrea Cox
FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

I’ve got mixed feelings about this story. It was quite the intriguing mystery featuring high stakes, politics written well (and I’m tough to please on that front), and plenty of twists and turns along the storyline.


The mysterious scene at the camp near the beginning was fantastic. It pulled in my interest and set the bar for the suspense vibes
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, my-reviews
First things first...."Dark Ambitions" by Irene Hannon is book 3 in the "Men of Valor" series. I had not read either of the first two books, and had no problem jumping right in with this one. The author does a fabulous job of catching the reader up on everything you need to know without making you feel overwhelmed or confused.

Now, on to the substance of this book itself. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed "Dark Ambitions". This is a Christian Romantic Suspense title, and it lives up to the
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Irene Hannon, who writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense, is the author of more than 50 novels. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA awards from Romance Writers of America (the “Oscar” of romance fiction) and she is a member of that organization's elite Hall of Fame. She has also received a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews for her entire body of work. ...more

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