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Author: Melissa Koslin

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: May 4, 2021

Rating: 5 out of 5.

An absolutely fantastic debut by Melissa Koslin! So much suspense, action and truly believable moments. Can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

Kadance Tolle spent years as a sniper for the CIA and is the best. Her entire family has the special skill when it comes to being a crack shot, but none as good as Kadance. She has left the family business of being an assassin and the rest of the family is not happy about it. While on the run, she saves the life of Lyndon Vaile and ends up in the middle of a deadly plan to release a manmade virus as a weapon. Lyndon has been researching the virus for years and is one of the only people that could possibly stop the attack. Kadance and Lyndon must work together to stop the mastermind behind the attack and save as many people as possible. After years on the run, Kadance hasn’t trusted anyone in a long time and is surprised by how quickly she believes Lyndon and risks everything to help him.

The debut novel by Melissa Koslin is one of the best that I have read in a very long time. After reading the book, I looked up a little more about Koslin and found out she is a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo, which became apparent as she used this knowledge within the pages of her writing to make it all the more real. Sometimes fight scenes are poorly written and not believable. This novel had some of the best authentic fight scenes I have read. I have been in martial arts for four years and as I read these scenes I actually pictured myself in the fight throwing the moves and in the action. That is what I loved best about this novel, the believable scenes and action that moved the story forward. Each scene was well written with I really loved the characters.

Kadance was so well written and relatable, with all she went through she was so strong and when she felt weak and let the emotion take over, I was fully able to picture myself in her shoes. I am an emotional person, but I also try to be strong; seeing Kadance channel her strength but also willing to admit she was feeling something for Lyndon and not block out that emotion helped me to connect to her. One of the best additions to the story was probably Mac. There were a few inconsistencies throughout the story, but they were minor and only noticeable if you are paying close attention to those details.

Overall, for a debut novel I was blown away by Koslin’s way to write scenes and characters that flowed well and sucked readers into the story. I recommend this story to readers that enjoy a fast-paced thriller with action, suspense and a deadly virus on the loose.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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