Thursday, October 15, 2009

Review: Against All Odds by Irene Hannon (Heroes of Quantico Book 1)

Against All Odds (Heroes of Quantico Series, Book 1) Against All Odds by Irene Hannon

My rating: 4.5/5.0
I picked this up because I had seen it around the internet and heard good things about it. It was also romantic suspense and that is my favorite genre. Added to that it was Christian romantic suspense and I definitely wanted to try it and I'm glad I did.

About the book:
For FBI Hostage Rescue Team member Evan Cooper and his partner, dignitary protection duty should have been a piece of cake. Unfortunately, Monica Callahan isn't making it easy. Estranged from her diplomat father--who is involved in a sensitive hostage situation in the Middle East--she refuses to be intimidated by a related terrorist threat back in the States. That is, until a chilling warning convinces her that the danger is very real--and escalating. As Coop and his partner do their best to keep her safe, Monica's father triggers an abduction that puts his daughter's life at risk. And with every second that ticks by, Coop knows that the odds of saving the only woman who has ever breached the walls around his heart are dropping. After all, terrorists aren't known for their patience--or their mercy.
My Review:

From the start I really liked Monica and Coop. Monica was a very strong woman who is faced with a tough situation. Her life is in danger. This makes her face her mortality and also face an estranged relationship with her father. Monica is a well-known communication expert who has written several books and she does her job well. Monica is also a Christian, but she is not a preachy character - her Christianity is just a part of her. Ms. Hannon brings this out with references to Monica reading the Bible and from some things she says to Coop, but you can tell she is very human and knows it and struggles with some issues in her life. I like that Monica was strong, but she knew when she needed help. She was stubborn but smart too. Sometimes that is overlooked in the characterization of heroines in books and it goes to far to one side or the other. Monica is a perfect balance and a joy to read about.

Coop is definitely the brooding distant male. He's good at his job but he doesn't want to form attachments. Some of this goes back to some instances in his past. The problem is Monica is starting to slip past his defenses and in his protecting her he may also be falling for her. As I said in my interview with Irene - I want Coop if my husband ever leaves me. :)

For the plot - it moves along well with the characters and the suspense line pushing it along. We get a glimpse into all sides of this, Monica's, Coop's, her father's, and even the bad guys behind the plot. But even though you think everyone is known, not everyone is known, there are several subplots going on and it is suspenseful to the very end.

The romance is wonderful too. Watching Coop and Monica deal with their growing feelings for each other and sensing their attraction is amazing. It's a great love story to go along with the suspense.

In summary, this is a great romantic suspense with Christian elements. It's not preachy, yet it doesn't have sex or foul language which can be refreshing. It's full of romance and it's very suspenseful. It kept me reading and turning the pages. I also can't wait to read the next one in the series - An Eye for An Eye to learn more about Coop's partner, Mark who was also in this book.

So give it a try - I think you will really like it. Maybe you will want a Hero of Quantico all your own too.

Also see my giveaway of the first two books in the Heroes of Quantico series (Against All Odds and An Eye for an Eye) here, and my interview with Irene Hannon, the author, here.

I received this book through my membership with

100+ Book Challenge


Holly said...

I'm on the waiting list for this one at my library. I read An Eye for an Eye and loved it. I can't wait for the third one too.

Anonymous said...

It is rather interesting for me to read that post. Thank you for it. I like such themes and everything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.

Post a Comment

Thank you for taking the time to comment. I love comments on the blog and do take the time to read them.