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Publisher's Summary

International bestselling author Jeffery Deaver explores the borderline between lies and loyalty in a story of a brotherhood on the brink.

In the wake of a disastrous firefight with a Mexican cartel, two El Paso police officers find themselves in a military hospital facing a debriefing about what went wrong. As their accounts unfold, Tony, a by-the-book cop, begins to believe that hotheaded Matt might have divided loyalties. Could he have intentionally led the team into a trap that saw the death of a beloved senior officer? Or is the truth even more terrifying than Tony dares to imagine?

©2019 Jeffery Deaver (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Kathryn C
  • 07-03-2020

Foul language

Audible maybe you should consider doing some sort of a language rating. I don’t care how good the story might be I don’t intend to listen to the F word being used practically every other word. I couldn’t get past the first five minutes. I’m sure the author would say he was trying to make the story realistic. If you’re going to do that by lacing every sentence with filthy language, just say so. I won’t buy it. Then I won’t have to return it, which I did.

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  • Wayne
  • 10-02-2020

Not Jeffrey Deaver's best effort

I've enjoyed the prior short stories in this series but did not care for this one. This is the lowest rating I've ever given a Deaver story.

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  • Admiralu
  • 16-01-2020

Thrilling Short with Excellent Twists & Turns


This was my first book from this author. I love the Kindle singles since they give you an opportunity to sample an author's work without a large time commitment. This was a fantastic thriller with excellent twists and turns I did not see coming. A fast paced excellent short. I read this book using immersion reading while listening to the audio book. Scott Merriman did a wonderful job on the narration. I have a few other short stories from this author to sample.

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  • Aaron S. Lee
  • 15-01-2020

Great short listen!! Patrick Warburton??

Love anything by Jeffery Deaver!! This is no disappointment with all the expected unexpected twists and turns!! I also found it amusing that the narrator does a voice for one of the characters that I thought sounded like a dead on impression of Patrick Warburton!!!

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  • Tom
  • 07-02-2021

Enjoyable short thriller, adventure story

Deaver manages To produce an entertaining Novella, l A quick lesson wrapped up in an hour and a half fully contained, nice story, good narration, great pick for prime reading.

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  • Isaak
  • 24-01-2021

A walk through a stereotypical drug bust

An attempted arrest of Mexican cartel members gone wrong with one officer dead and the team in the hospital, this aftermath short novel requires extreme concentration, especially if you're not up on military talk. Officer Tony Wright, a municipal officer is questioned by FBI when a senior officer is killed in the line of duty. It's extremely simplistic, but the characters and their very background seems done out of convenience more than actual development. It's a stereotypical drug bust; there was a setup, the survivors are questioned separately, loyalties are questioned, and who is ultimately responsible is meant to be mysterious but for me it was more "Yes, I knew that" and "Thank goodness it's over." Not my favorite and it's a quite forgettable short story, but I'm also not much for military tales.

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  • frank
  • 06-12-2020

Great Story

I am a Deaver fan. Wish it was a full length book, not a short story. Held my interest throughout.

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  • Terrance
  • 27-11-2020

Decent Read

An average read, nothing to write home about and certainly nothing to scoff at, therefore it received an average rating.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-09-2020

Nice quick beach read/listen

I listened while cycling around the neighborhood. Nice easy (uncomplicated) plot with every stereotype you could hope for in a beach read.

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  • Benita
  • 22-09-2020

Plot Twist

I felt Hoodwinked. I was thinking one thing was happening and playing out when completely different things were happening and playing out in the story. Great Plot Twist.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2020

Very disappointed with beginning, middle and end!!

Not much imagination has gone into this book. I was still waiting for it to get going as it were, and it finished. Not worth the money

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