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Code Name: Ghost

Jameson Force Security, Book 5
Series: Jameson Force Security, Book 5
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I knew the risks of this job when I signed on with Jameson Force Security. Knew my time as a marine would prepare me for the danger I would face. But no amount of training could have ever prepared me for the helplessness of watching my teammates die, the agonizing mental and physical pain of torture, or the despair of captivity. 

Returning home to Pittsburgh following a mission gone wrong, I am riddled with guilt and haunted by nightmares. I spend my days trying to regain the parts of myself I lost in that desert, the pieces that made me the Malik Fournier I once was. While the physical effects of my torture are fading, the emotional ones are proving much more stubborn and I find solace from the last person I should ever seek such comfort. 

Anna Tate lost even more than I did in that mission. Now a widow and a single mom to the daughter she gave birth to shortly after her husband’s death, Anna offers me comfort I don’t deserve. As my feelings for Anna grow, I worry that once she learns the truth about what happened, she’ll turn her back on me. 

I pull her to me just as tightly as I push her away. Hoping this forbidden love will save me from the ghost I’ve become.

©2020 Sawyer Bennett (P)2020 Sawyer Bennett
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  • Lisa Helmick
  • 03-07-2020

Malik gets his story!

I was waiting and waiting for Malik’s book! I wasn’t disappointed. We get a little of his background. Then see how he is moving forward. I really liked his character and I felt we “know” him because it seems he’s has been around a bit. Anna was Jimmy’s wife. She has been through a bit with his death. With assistance she came out the other side. I did love both of these characters as well as seeing a few from Jameson Security.

We get to spend time with Anna and her friend Cage. Cage is simply adorable. I can not wait for his story! He seems so clueless about women that I can only imagine what his route will take.

My issues with this story were few. I would think Malik would have some ptsd issues after that but he didn’t seem to. As well as the whole “Ghost” moniker..how did he get it? I didn’t hear that at all. Also the time frame for this seemed short. Only three months since his capture and the death of Jimmy. I was surprised that they fell I to a relationship so soon.

Over all it’s a good story. I love reading about this crew and seeing where life takes them. I am always excited for the next in this series. I did listen to this on audio and Aaron Shredlock and Virginia Rose did a wonderful job with the narration.

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  • bookbruin
  • 03-07-2020

Emotional Addition to the Series

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This was such an emotional addition to the series! I've been eagerly awaiting Malik's story and it did not disappoint. Fans of the series should note that there isn't a suspenseful plot in Code Name: Ghost. Instead, the focus is purely on Malik and Anna and their struggles to reconcile their feelings and guilt, as well as move forward in a healthy way.

Both Malik and Anna have their own demons to conquer and I appreciated that Sawyer Bennett addressed both the physical and mental tolls that they faced. Anna and Malik recognize that what they share is unique and special, but they understandably have reservations about that incredible connection. I loved that there wasn't any unnecessary drama or angst in this one and that they spoke about things maturely and honestly. They relied on their friends and family to help them through, but also on themselves. I admired Anna and thought she was a wonderful heroine. She was intelligent, driven, and understood when Malik needed her to push and when to pull back. They had amazing chemistry and all the build up between them was so delicious. I also loved the cameos from the Fournier siblings. It was great catching up with everyone and also seeing how close knit they all are. They were such an integral part of Malik's healing.

I initially read this book, but re-reading it via audiobook was much more emotional for me thanks to the amazing performances of Aaron Shedlock and Virginia Rose. The duo were wonderful as Malik and Anna and I felt that they really fit their roles well. Aaron Shedlock was especially incredible at capturing all the fear and vulnerability of Malik. I'm excited for Cage's story next, especially since he's gotten himself into quite the predicament!

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  • Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)
  • 03-07-2020

Code Name: Ghost

After a mission goes wrong and he is captured, Malik is finally returning home to the States. Upon his return, he realizes that he lost a part of himself in the desert. As he fights the physical pain the mental pain proves to be harder to fight then he thought. The one person to step up and help bring him back into civilization and move on from the ghosts of his past is the one least expected. Anna lost her husband, Sal, during the same mission that Malik was captured. Upon seeing Malik she feels drawn to him and in need to comfort him. While Malik's feelings for Anna grow, he tries to keep her at arm's length while she tries to pull him closer so they can help each other heal from the ghosts that haunt them.

Code Name: Ghost is another great romantic suspense and addition to Sawyer Bennett's Jameson Force Security series. This was a story of healing and finding yourself again after losing a piece of yourself. I felt for Malik and his struggles when he returned home and his survivors' guilt. Anna has an absolute heart of gold and a lot of patients. These two were great for each other and their ability to help each other heal was what both of them needed. I can not wait for the next Jameson Force Security book with Rook and Cage's story.

This was my first experience with Aaron Shedlock and I felt that he did a good job of capturing Malik and his angst. Virginia Rose did a good job also and is becoming one of my go-to narrators the more I listen to her.

*ARC was generously provided in exchange for my honest review*

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  • Isha Coleman
  • 03-07-2020

Action, suspense and heartache.

Action, suspense and heartache. Bennett chose the perfect name for a character who plays hide and seek with every emotion the heart has to offer. Shedlock and Rose bring out the best of each other. Their haunting delivery of Malik and Anna will have you reaching for the tissues even as the sparks fly and the heart breaks.

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  • Jill Miller
  • 02-07-2020

Perfection!

I knew from previous books that this story would be an emotional journey and I loved the road Sawyer took us on. It was heartfelt and emotional that brought out all the fells.

From the very first page I was captivated in this story. I felt Malik’s torment and my heart broke for this tortured man. I felt all his emotions to my soul but I knew in my heart that he would find his way back. Anna was just as tormented but in other ways. She was still recovering from losing her husband and raising a baby on her own. Together Malik and Anna had a connection that ran more than just physical. They had a special bond from those events in Syria and helped the other heal and find happiness again.

Even with all the seriousness and sorrow Sawyer added intense love scenes and laugh out loud humor. I think I died laughing every time Cage interacted with Anna. His story was set up perfectly as he was blended into Anna’s life as her good friend.

Oh and Aaron Shedlock and Virginia Rose were perfection together. They mad the story that much better as they brought Malik and Anna alive. They gave joy to my ears.

This story was a highly anticipated story for me and Sawyer did not disappoint.

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  • Michelle Santiago (Undeniably Book Nerdy)
  • 02-07-2020

Malik and Anna's Book

I've been looking forward to Malik Fournier's book for a while because his story is a couple of books in the making. He was held captive by foreign militants after a failed mission a few books back. He was rescued by the Jameson team, and we saw him in the previous book recovering from his ordeal. But, Code Name: Ghost opened with Malik's actual rescue and we see first hand how that went down.

Unlike the previous books in the series where the plot centered on a brand-new mission, Code Name: Ghost was about Malik's struggles after his ordeal. He was determined to get back to normal as soon as possible and get back to his work at Jameson, but he had a lot of healing to do, especially his feelings of guilt having survived the mission while others didn't. And to make things more complicated, he had to grapple with his growing feelings for Anna Tate, the widow of one of the men who died during the mission.

Code Name: Ghost was an emotional journey for both Malik and Anna. I enjoyed both of their characters. I especially liked strong, independent single-mom Anna, who was pregnant when she lost her husband. She very was determined to stand on her own and raise her daughter despite her devastating loss. I really like her friendship with one of the Jameson agents too, Cage Murdock--their scenes together provided a lot of the humor in this book. I did think Malik and Anna got together a little too quickly, and I wish they had more of a slow burn. However, family (Malik's whole family, Anna's mom, the Jameson team as a tight-knit group) played a huge role in this book and I loved reading about that. Malik's family especially made me so happy and my favorite scene was when he was discussing the bro code with his sister, brothers, and brother-in-law (now I really want to read Cold Fury series!)--that scene made me laugh out loud.

I did read Code Name: Ghost entirely via audiobook and I thought it was well-casted with Aaron Shedlock as Malik and Virginia Rose as Anna. Their voices really fit their character and they did a good job conveying all the emotions in this book. Both narrators brought the story and the characters to life, and I thoroughly enjoyed their performance. You can't go wrong with the audiobook--I highly recommend it.

All in all, Code Name: Ghost was an enjoyable read--a bit more emotional than previous books in the series but a welcome addition. I can't wait for the next book in the series, which will be about Cage who got himself in a bit of a pickle...

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 02-07-2020

Emotional and gripping

I have been waiting, not so patiently, for Malik Fournier and Anna Tate’s story and it was everything that I was expecting and so much more. This is the fifth book in the Jameson Force Security series and I found myself just as entertained and riveted as I was with the first four books.

Narrated by Aaron Shedlock and Virginia Rose, they did an outstanding job bringing this story to life. Their narration did justice to the emotional roller coaster that Ms.Bennett wove.

Finally being rescued and returning home after a mission gone horribly wrong, Malik lives with the guilt of surviving whilst others and in particular Anna’s husband, Jimmy, were killed.
Left pregnant and alone after her husband’s death, Anna has become an integral part of Jameson security.

Sawyer Bennett writes a story that is equal parts romance and suspense which makes for a well balanced exciting and intriguing read. The story is faced paced and you cannot help but be drawn into the story that Ms. Bennett weaves.

My emotions were all over the place whilst reading Ghost and I think that this one has earned the top spot as my favourite in the series. I loved Anna, what a strong, independent and loving woman she is and in my opinion the perfect woman for Malik. For Malik struggling with his grief, his guilt and coming to terms with surviving, he relates to Anna on on a number of levels. There is so much more to Malik than meets the eye and for me he was a swoon worthy hero devastated and haunted by his last mission and a man who deserves to find happiness.

Can Malik forge a bond with Anna, that will help heal both their souls or will the truth when revealed destroy their chance at happiness?

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  • kgagnon
  • 01-07-2020

4.5 Breathtaking Stars!

I loved Anna and Malik's story so much! Their poignant story just sucked me in from the first page and I couldn't stop reading until the last word. The mission that went so terribly wrong has played out in the background of several books now, making us become completely invested in their HEA. Anna lost her husband on the same mission that Malik was captured and held prisoner. The book starts with his heart pounding and heroic rescue, by Jameson Security to bring one of their own home. Anna has worked hard to be the strong soldiers wife and mother, her late husband expected of her. When Malik comes home they have a connection that no one else can understand. I loved how their friendship grew and the authenticity of emotions as they navigated through all the extreme complications that happen to survivors of such trauma. They are broken, but also strong, resilient, hopeful, and so devoted to each other. I felt their pain so strongly, that there were moments that I wanted to put the book down and cry for them, but then I couldn't stop reading. I also love the close bond and support with the whole Jameson family and also Anna's mom.

Narrators Virginia Rose, and Aaron Shedlock are phenomenal! They both brought out the range of emotions these characters went through as they discovered and made peace with their trauma, allowing us to see them with empathy and understanding. Rose and Shedlock compliment each other so perfectly, bringing this raw and poignant story to life and making it even better.

I really enjoy Bennett's writing style and how she weaves in story lines that grow so organically. Even though this played out a little fast for me, this is another wonderful addition to the Jameson Force Security series. I am already waiting not so patiently for the next book; Code Name: Rook.

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  • Pennie Morgan
  • 01-07-2020

Code Name: Ghost

This book was so good from beginning to end it was hard to put down. Malik was new to the company and on his first mission with Jameson Force Security when they were on a mission to rescue hostages and working with British and Australian military forces when they started taking fire. During this fire fight two of his team members are killed and he is taken hostage. After five months he is rescued but survivors guilt is an traumatic thing. Coming home he is convinced he is to blame for the deaths of his teammates. Anna lost her husband Jimmy on that mission. She is now a single mom after giving birth to Avery and working as Kynan's secretary. She is extremely happy to have Malik back and holds no grudge against him. She has been read in on the mission and knows he did nothing wrong. This was a slow burn and starts out as a friendship but there was an undeniable chemistry. I have basically given you the premise of this book and that is all I'm going to give. READ THE DAMN BOOK! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! Emotional and low to no angst. Oh, and LOVE this cover!!! I both read and listen to the audio version of this book and both were great! Great narrators!

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  • Carissa R.
  • 04-07-2020

4 stars

Talk about a rough start for our hero Malik and with a connection to Anna's tragic past. At least they found a way to heal each other. Good book and I think this book is perfect on audio.

Narrators Aaron Shedlock and Virginia Rose were perfect for their characters.

I received this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • paddlefoot1397
  • 03-07-2020

This is the story I have been waiting for

Welcome to another installment of the Jameson Force series.

Ever since "that mission" I have been anxious for both Anna and Malik - we have met them in earlier books, and I have needed more.

And Ms Bennett has definitely come out hitting with Code Name: Ghost.

I don't want to give anything away, but boy oh boy is this one a rollercoaster.

Feelings of grief and guilt play a big part in this story, and I felt it right to my core. So many tortured feelings and emotions, I just wanted to hug our lovelies so hard.

I loved getting more of the Jameson "family" dynamic and finding out where our previous couples are at, and have left me wanting more.

Ms Rose is a new narrator to me, and she has a wonderful tone to her narration. Mr Shadlock is fast becoming a favourite of mine, and look forward to more of both their work.

Please Ms Bennett, give me more.

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  • Bette
  • 03-07-2020

A Riveting & Heartfelt Story! Brilliant Listen🎧📚🎧

I loved this book, it is a beautiful written story of two people who suffered from tragedy and loss. Malik was on a mission with other members of Jameson Force Security, it was supposed to be an in and out rescue mission but things went bad when they were ambushed from behind, two members of his team were killed and he was taken hostage, held for five months in an hole in the ground somewhere in a Syrian desert. He was tortured and was not sure what his future held, he was doubtful he even had one. Jameson Force Security lead by Kynan, did not give up on finding him, it took them months to locate him but they did and the team went in and rescued Malik. Kynan, one of my favorite characters in this series, looks out for his men, he wanted to make sure Malik got the help he needed not allowing him to go back to full duty until he was cleared. Anna Tate’s life was forever changed, she lost her husband and gave birth to his daughter several months after the loss, a bittersweet moment for her. She is learning how to live again, she is now working at Jameson Force Security and coming to terms with being a single mom. She was happy to hear that Malik was rescued, she only met him briefly before he left on the mission so she was not expecting to feel such a strong connection to him as she did. I felt the two were perfect for each other and together. Two wounded souls with broken hearts, hers for losing her husband his for the guilt he felt for the failed mission. I love how their story played out, it is beautiful plotted with plenty of drama, a bit of angst, many heart filling emotions and the start of a wonderful romance. Sawyer Bennett did a great job covering survivor’s guilt and PTSD. I loved how realistic and relatable the characters are, it is easy to see and understand what they are going thru. Also loved Malik’s connection to Cold Fury Hockey. Thank you for another awesome book, I know I said it before but this is definitely one of my favorites of yours, one of many.

Aaron Shedlock and Virgin’a Rose are talented narrator and versatile voice artists. They bring the characters to life naturally and with ease, giving each their own voice. They do an awesome job portraying each characters, I loved Aaron’s Malik, he captured his true persona and sounded just as I pictured him to sound. His Kynan was perfection too, great job with the British accent. Virginia’s Anna was spot on too. Both are entertaining storytellers and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧

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  • PATRICIA
  • 02-07-2020

Tortured souls

If you are looking for a book with all the feels, look no further! Sawyer Bennett's Ghost has every feel right here for you! Malik is home now, after watching his teammates dies and being held hostage. Coming back and facing all the ghosts is near impossible. Anna is a new widow with an infant and she has taken a definite interest in Malik's well being. The two have an inexplicable connection and their attraction palpable. Now falling, will Anna be able to deal with the secret Malik has been keeping? Will Malik ever learn to forgive himself for coming home alive? This book has it all and you will feel it deep in your heart. Anna is a fantastic character. She is grieving, but she is so strong, and she isn't shut off from loving again. Malik is so tortured. Between what he witnessed and the guilt he carries, he is a mess. I can see why Anna loves him though. Mess or not, the man is passionate and loving. Their journey is hard, each carrying their baggage, but soon find it's so much lighter when they carry it together!

Aaron Shedlock and Virginia Rose bring this all to life. Shedlock plays the broody, tortured soul flawlessly. Each emotion Malik feels is felt through the nuances in Shedlock's voice. Rose easily falls into character as Anna. She uses her voices to let us know exactly what Anna is experiencing. Together they are amazing!