The Men of Black Ops, Inc., Volume 2

The Men of Black Ops, Inc., Volume 2

An eBook box set of bestselling author Cindy Gerard’s Black Ops, Inc. books 4-6: Feel The Heat, Risk No Secrets, With No Remorse.

FEEL THE HEAT
Tough, beautiful, and blond, B.J. Chase, a covert operative at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is assigned to the National Security Agency to find out if and how someone at NSA is leaking information about a top-secret new U.S. weapons program to terrorists. When NSA cryptologist Stephanie Tompkins brings suspicious intercepted messages to the attention of her division head, her superior is killed and Stephanie gets embroiled in a terrorist plot that implicates her as a traitor. Black Ops Inc. swings into action because Stephanie is the completely honorable and patriotic sister of one of their fallen comrades and BOI team member Raphael Mendoza is secretly in love with her. First, Stephanie is taken to a safe house where BOI agent Joe Greene will guard her. Then Colombian-born Rafe Mendoza and DIA agent B.J. are sent to Colombia by the Department of Defense to find and destroy the site where a replica of the new U.S. weapon is being constructed (according to Stephanie’s decoded intercepts). Posing as Rafe’s lover, B.J. goes to Medellin with Rafe who is using his family’s shady business connections to infiltrate the drug cartel bankrolling the weapon. As they carry out their deception, demolish the weapon, fake their own deaths and flee Colombia, Rafe and B.J. fall for each other much to their mutual surprise, just as Stephanie and Joe Greene do back in the States.

RISK NO SECRETS
When Black Ops, Inc. operative Wyatt Savage’s former girlfriend Sophie calls him out of the blue, desperately requesting his help, Wyatt flies down to El Salvador. He’s never stopped loving Sophie, even though she married his former best friend Hugh, who saved Wyatt’s life more times than he can count when they worked together on secret missions for the CIA. Now Sophie is frantic because one of her students was abducted from the school she runs near the U.S. embassy in San Salvador. It appears that Sophie’s twelve-year-old daughter was the kidnapper’s target but they took the other girl by mistake. Wyatt is shocked when Sophie tells him that she and Hugh divorced two years ago, and she and her daughter hardly ever see him because he travels around the world protecting high-level business executives. With help from Sophie and two of his BOI brothers, Wyatt tracks down the kidnappers, but he alone undertakes the challenge of winning Sophie’s heart.

WITH NO REMORSE
Black Ops, Inc. operative Luke—Doc Holliday—Colter, is taking some much needed down time, making his way across the Peruvian Andes via rail, when banditos attack the moving train in the midnight hours. It soon becomes apparent that robbery is not their intent but the abduction of super model “Valentina,” who is traveling incognito while licking her wounds and recovering from a public scandal involving her ex-husband, high profile US Senator, Marcus Chamberlin. Luke whisks Valentina off the train in a daring escape but the two of them become the targets of a relentless manhunt. Enlisting the aid of Luke’s BOI teammates, they soon discover that Val’s intended abduction is linked to a plot put in play by an international gun smuggling alliance. The BOI team lead by Luke and with Val along as a necessary pawn, must race half way around the world to thwart a ruthless attack that would not only result in a devastating loss of life but destroy a tenuous peace the US and her allies have established in a vastly unstable part of the world. 

By Cindy Gerard

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The Haunted

The Haunted

An impossible truth. An impossible love.

After a summer spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with–the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead–Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into her schoolwork, her perfume-making, and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be her ticket to getting over Caspian once and for all.

But Abbey can never get over Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side, for Caspian is a Shade, and Abbey is his destiny. They are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow, and to the famous legend that binds their fates–a legend whose dark truths they are only beginning to guess….

“Spectacular! The Hollow keeps you reading from beginning to end without coming up for air.” —L.J. Smith, bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries and Night World

By Jessica Verday

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After the Death of a Child

After the Death of a Child

For a parent, losing a child is the most devastating event that can occur. Most books on the subject focus on grieving and recovery, but as most parents agree, there is no recovery from such a loss. This book examines the continued love parents feel for their child and the many poignant and ingenious ways they devise to preserve the bond. Through detailed profiles of parents, Ann Finkbeiner shows how new activities and changed relationships with their spouse, friends, and other children can all help parents preserve a bond with the lost child.

Based on extensive interviews and grief research, Finkbeiner explains how parents have changed five to twenty-five years after the deaths of their children. The first half of the book discusses the short- and long-term effects of the child’s death on the parent’s relationships with the outside world, that is, with their spouses, other children, friends, and relatives.

The second half of the book details the effect on the parents’ internal world: their continuing sense of guilt; their need to place the death in some larger context and their inability sometimes to consistently do so; their new set of priorities; the nature of their bond with the lost child and the subtle and creative ways they have of continuing that bond. Finkbeiner’s central point is not so much how parents grieve for their children, but how they love them.

Refusing to fall back on pop jargon about “recovery” or to offer easy solutions or standardized timelines, Finkbeiner’s is a genuine and moving search to come to terms with loss. Her complex profiles of parents resonate with the honesty and authenticity of uncomfortable emotions expressed and, most importantly, shared with others experiencing a similar loss. Finally, each profile exemplifies the many heroic ways parents learn to live with their pain, and by so doing, honor the lives their children should have lived.

By Ann K. Finkbeiner

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