For a trilogy, this book stands alone well! It has to be the skill of the Author, C.J. Lyons; the backstory was just enough to make the story complete! Military, political, suspense, and romance, this book delivers! Rose Prospero is a fascinating, strong, intelligent woman who has a couple of huge secrets. The man who loves her, Billy Price, only knows one secret. Rose is former CIA and Billy is former Delta Forces. When Rose is asked to run the STRT and asks Billy to help her, he is more than happy to have her as his boss. Rose and the rest of her team are still dealing with a home-grown terrorist group formerly run by the Preacher. Rose murdered the Preacher, but he had lots of adult children who want revenge. Things go very wrong when Rose and Billy realize they must have a traitor in their group!
Rose, in spite of her past, has realized she is in love with Billy. He is crazy in love with Rose also, but is afraid she won't want him once she finds out he knows one of her secrets. They both have to almost die numerous times before they can finally risk telling each other how they feel. Somehow, this works; Billy frustrates the reader, but their love is sweet to read!
This story is elaborate, complex, and has non-stop action that will keep you reading into the night. The "good" characters are interesting and will just make you wish and hope there are people like this keeping us safe! A really good read!
Edge of Shadows was a GREAT ending to this trilogy!
Billy "Edge", Rose, Chase, KC, Lucky, the whole gang is back to stop another threat they thought had ended with Lost in Shadows. What a thrill ride, I was on the edge of my seat with all the twists and turns. Chase is being a "wonderful" patient at the hospital waiting to be released, while Billy goes to bat for the team trying to keep Rose out of jail after the way the Preacher was brought down. The senators are at his throat trying to come to grips with the fact that their team saved their lives, but have to blame someone for the outcome. Meanwhile an evil foe returns to Rose's life. She has a deep dark secret she's trying to protect while trying to catch the preacher's followers and new partner from who knows what. As they struggle to keep their heads above water, someone is trying to sabotage them every step of the way. A traitor in their mist, but who?
Suddenly everything falls apart, bullets are flying people are dying (or are they?) and any place they go is unsafe. Wanted by the FBI and Homeland Security they're fugitives on the run. Will Rose and Billy every get to expose how they feel about each other before it's too late? IF so will they act on it? Will Chase with his bum ankle be able to protect KC? IS Rose the traitor? Is the senator the Traitor? Will Rose and KC live? Will Rose be able to keep her secret? Where is the terrorists next target? And what are they using? MYSTERY, suspense, and love boiling like water all around the team. GREAT ENDING to the trilogy!!
By: CJ Lyons & Cynthia Cooke Published By: Legacy Books Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Series: Shadow Op #3 Review:
"Edge of Shadows" by CJ Lyons & Cynthia Cooke was a good contemporary thriller-suspense that had 'fast-paced, action, twist and turns' that kept your interest from the beginning till the end. This read was the last in this series of the 'Shadow Ops series.' In the search for a traitor among the team really kept this novel moving. The characters were all so well developed...some producing flying bullets, lots of hairpin turns, some were just plain evil...other good...and in the end you will get a real good read from 'The Special Threats Response Team.' In the end we finally learn who the traitor is and it did surprise me. This is a novel that will keep you intrigued until the very end. Would I recommend? YES!
Once again CJ Lyons has captured my attention with the opening lines, and carried it through to the conclusion of the series. All of the books in this series held the continuity of character development, the highly charged suspense, the romantic attractions of the characters, and the potential reality of the plot to a finely tuned masterpiece. It was difficult to put the book down without reading just one more page - to the end. I get thoroughly involved in all the series CJ Lyons has written, and look forward to the next one. A very great read of suspense, romance, danger, and excitement.
This was my favorite book of the series. It started out hot and just kept on going. The team's been put through the wringer through out the series, and things got hairy in this installment, but the bad guys were finally rooted out (that was a shock) and the good guys came out on top. There were some surprises along the way and the action never stopped. The three books build on each other so you really need to read them in order. The team is a great cast of characters who live by no man left behind and I enjoyed spending some time with them. CJ Lyons knows how to write a story and flesh out her characters.
I follow blogs of CJ Lyons and have watched some of her excellent training videos about writing and publishing. Although thrillers are not a preferred genre, my curiosity about her `thrillers with heart' tag led me to read Edge of Shadows when there was a free copy offer for review on Amazon. The story meets all the criteria for a thriller - fast-paced, a lot of action, twists and turns, big stakes - and almost reads like a story board for a movie or TV production. Being the third novel of a trilogy (and not having read the two before) may explain my failure to suss out the team relationships quickly or to fully engage with the characters or the love story. And there was a lot of violence. Edge of Shadows is well written and will surely appeal to those who appreciate thrillers. Although my preferences still remain elsewhere I will try to read one of CJ's medical suspense novels from the Hart and Drake series, and hope for more satisfaction.
I couldn't put this book down! In the past two days, I reread the first book in the trilogy, then read books 2 and 3 to complete the series. The action is non-stop. The characters are likeable and believable. There is tension when the protagonists get into tough situations. The evil characters are truly evil. In short, this story has many of the elements that make for a great read. You could tell it had been professionally edited, because it was well-written, and I couldn't find any glaring mistakes!
Each book in the shadow operations series has been more suspenseful and exciting than the previous. It is amazing how much information Lyons provides in a few words. The reader knows the characters and the settings without an overload of words. In this novel, many of the character traits from the earlier books are explained. New surprises abound as people and relationships are not what them have seemed to be. Warning: don't start this book without allowing time to finish it. You just can't put it down.
Having read all three of the books in this trilogy, I can't decide if I have a favorite. I loved the characters (the "good" ones...not the "bad" ones), and the relationships that developed were great! I have to admit that I was really surprised by who the "bad" guys were in the last book, and that made it even better.
If you read the first in this trilogy, you will be hooked! If I wasn't so pleased with the way this book ended, I would be sad that the trilogy came to an end.
I read all three of the series. I loved book one and 2 (actually read them twice). This books ends the series nicely but I am not giving it 5 stars because I could not "feel/see" the two main characters. I could not visualize the two characters in my mind to see what they looked like. Everyone else was perfect - I could see them as I was reading about them.