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Forged in Fire: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 1 | [Trish McCallan]

Forged in Fire: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 1

Beth Brown’s dream feels so real: a mysterious stranger is gunned down during a violent airplane hijacking, and there’s nothing Beth can do to stop it. But Beth doesn’t believe in premonitions - or does she? How else can she explain the intense connection she feels to the gorgeous man in her dream whom she’s never met? A man she’s determined to save....
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Beth Brown’s dream feels so real: a mysterious stranger is gunned down during a violent airplane hijacking, and there’s nothing Beth can do to stop it. But Beth doesn’t believe in premonitions - or does she? How else can she explain the intense connection she feels to the gorgeous man in her dream whom she’s never met? A man she’s determined to save....

Navy SEAL Zane Winters lives for the job, relying on his psychic abilities to keep his fellow soldiers alive. No woman has been able to break through his tough-as-nails warrior mentality - until the day he meets a beautiful blonde who sets his soul on fire. There’s just one problem: Beth is convinced he’s about to die.

To save Zane and the other airline passengers - and to thwart the global crisis the hijacking will unleash - Beth and Zane join forces. But even amid the danger, they can’t deny the powerful force drawing them together. Is it merely attraction…or destiny?

©2012 Trish McCallan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc

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    A. River 10-21-14
    A. River 10-21-14
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    "Great book to listen to or read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it was great - hard to stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Forged in Fire?

    Liked the Seal team members, enjoyed the psychic powers.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Angela Dawe did a great job. I wish the second book Forged in Ash had been narrated by her also.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the rest of the series - wish I didn't have to wait!

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-18-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Very good start to the series :)"

    4 stars

    This was a very story. I liked Zane and Beth and their story was action packed and engaging, keeping me on the edge of my seat until the end. This was the first book I've read by this author and I liked it well enough I'm likely to try more of her work in the future.

    Beth works for the engineering department for PAA (Pac Atlantic Airlines). She grew up with a single mother who worked herself to the bone until she died of cancer (fueling her initial distrust of men). Beth found a further reasons to distrust men when she found her fiancée sleeping with another woman. Now she won't trust any man further than a few dates and cuts anything off that might last longer out of fear. Beth is normally not psychic but she’s been having nightmares about a plane hijacking for the last 3 nights in a row.

    Zane is a SEAL and a good man. He has psychic flashes that help him do his job and his teammates have learned to trust his instincts. Psychic ability is something that runs in Zane’s family and the men in his family have a destined mate. No other woman will do and the men in his family don’t have much interest in women until their “one” shows up. Zane and 2 of his teammates are in the Seattle airport waiting to fly to Hawaii for a wedding when Zane gets some flashes indicating there’s going to be a problem on the flight.

    In Beth’s nightmares, she sees things from the beginning of the day, before the hijacking actually starts in her dream. When things start taking place that happened in the beginning of the dream, Beth realizes that her dream is going to come true that day. She tries to ignore this and goes to work but realizes she can't ignore her feeling that the hijacking will take place. She (as an employee) is able to fly for free so Beth gets herself put on the passenger list of the flight in question so she can go to the loading gate and check for the men she saw hijack the plane in her dream. She doesn't see the hijackers but she does see 3 military men that she saw killed in the dream, Zane and his 2 buddies. Zane realized as soon as Beth walked in that she was his “one” but he’s also gotten some flashes that make him realize that there will be issues on the plane so he doesn't feel he has time to talk to Beth right now and figures he'll have to track her down later. Beth however, knows that the men are military and hopes that if she can convince them of the coming hijacking that they can call someone “official” to handle the issue. When Beth approaches Zane, she surprised at how quickly he and his buddies believe her, even with her being able to tell them things she shouldn't know (from her dream).

    Once they're all working together, Beth, Zane and his buddies are able to stop the plane taking off but unfortunately the head bad guy that’s organizing everything has people in high places under his thumb and the officials aren't able to capture all the bad guys. It soon becomes apparent that the conspiracy goes much further than they first expected and the bad guys that are still loose could be a danger to them. This means that they all have to stick together and try to figure out the real reason for the attempt at a hijacking. While all this is going on, Beth and Zane interact and Zane tries to gain her interest. Unfortunately, while Zane is drawn to Beth as his “one” she doesn't feel the same draw to him right away. Beth also has a lot of distrust of men and passion that burns fast and burns out quickly, leaving her with nothing afterwards. Zane’s boss lets out information about Zane’s families’ need to find their “one” (aka soulmate) and that freaks Beth all the hell out and just puts her more on the defense against anything with Zane. There is lots of action going on and while everything is going on Beth does start to realize that Zane is a good man and starts to feel something for him but she’s still has trouble trusting him. I got frustrated with Beth at times (I hate it when the MCs let fear make them stupid) and was thankful when she came to her senses. There are plenty of tough and dangerous times that they have to get through but they do without too many issues. Beth and Zane end the story together (beginning their HEA) but the action storyline isn't complete and ends in somewhat of a cliffhanger.

    I enjoyed this story very much. I liked Zane a lot and I liked Beth very much as well. I had no complaints about Zane and the only complaints I had about Beth I've already made (her letting fear make her stupid). I will note that the story did seem heavier on the action side than the romance but both did play an important part in the story. Overall this was a very good story and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens in book #2. I'd recommend this book. :D

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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-10-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-10-14 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Good credit"

    Very interesting and it will keep your interest till the end..I would recommend the book

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    Buscatlady 07-01-14
    Buscatlady 07-01-14 Member Since 2015

    buscatlady

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    "I want more of these books!"
    What did you love best about Forged in Fire?

    Fast paced.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The man


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Won't tell you, would give away story!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to see more story line develop. I want the 3rd book now!

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    Conchita Ames, Spain 03-31-14
    Conchita Ames, Spain 03-31-14

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Zane Can You Feel Me, Can You Hear Me?"
    What did you love best about Forged in Fire?

    I absolutely loved all of it! I'm not going to give away any spoilers but I will say that this Seal Team is not your average team, one of the members, Zane to be exact has a certain ability which brings a very different twist to an action packed, romantic as heck story. It's action all the way which kept me riveted and Zane is lovely and makes a perfect match for Beth as you will see. In fact I'm very partial to the other guys too especially Marcus and can't wait to finish his story "FORGED IN ASH" which I started today and am already so hooked!


    What does Angela Dawe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Although Angela did a very good, I feel that a male voice would have complemented this book a bit more, but Trish's ability to take you into a world of terrorism, murder and kidnapping with such finesse, skillfully brings this book to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, when "Russ" has Beth and Zane is close on their heels but has to be very careful or it will cost Beth her life or maybe even his own. The way this scene is executed made me hold my breath and think "no, please be careful, for you and for her.... no!!!"

    Also, when Marcus was "hit" OMG I couldn't believe it, I was very upset. Not giving anymore spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is so worth a credit or just paying for it. I can't see how anyone could be disappointed in any way. It's jam packed with everything you could possibly want: Romance, Action, Intreague, Clever Twists and so much more.

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    A. Peer Australia 02-07-14
    A. Peer Australia 02-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I'm going to stick out as the minority, but..."

    Good: I managed to bear it out til two-thirds of the way in. (compared to some of the recent romances I've read, I got much further on this one before turning it off)

    Bad: It became increasingly unbearable the more I persisted.

    It has all the right ingredients - hot sexy SEAL, intelligent attractive woman, intrigue and psychic abilities. But as another reviewer said, I just couldn't FEEL it. It left me cold. The right words seemed to be there, but they just didn't knit together into that warm feeling.

    Part of the reason is the odd juxtaposition of macho military action, violence and swearing, next to the adolescent-girl/adolescent-boy posturing. More than halfway into the book hero & heroine get some hot sex happening between them, and right afterwards the heroine has a screaming fit about the guy forgetting to use a condom! Another time the heroine makes a big fuss about sleeping arrangements - being put into the same bedroom because they're assumed to be engaged.

    The weight given to different situations seemed unbalanced and unconvincing, not to mention grating. I found that the narrator did the different male and female voices well, but the main voice narrating for the heroine just grated, like someone reading the news with the emphasised lilt at the end of each sentence.

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    Dinah Albuquerque, NM, United States 02-02-14
    Dinah Albuquerque, NM, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't bother with this one!"
    What disappointed you about Forged in Fire?

    Poorly written with too much unnecessary foul language. Poor delivery by Angela Dawe - over all a real disappointment.


    What could Trish McCallan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Keep the swearing to a realistic minimum and create a better ending.


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    D.G. 02-01-14
    D.G. 02-01-14 Member Since 2015

    Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).

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    "Messy mix of Paranormal and Romantic Suspense"

    Forged in Fire is a messy mix of Paranormal and Romantic Suspense that needed the reader to suspend disbelief way too much for it to work out. Am I to believe that post 9/11, some villains will resort to hijacking a plane to get their hands on some people? What happened to old fashioned kidnapping?

    Sadly for the villains, their "fool-proof" plan was foiled by the psychic dreams/visions of our hero and heroine who happened to be fated mates. Even though their assertions are pretty crazy, the hero and heroine are believed enough that the plane is grounded. But that doesn't deter our handy villains. Oh no! Almost immediately, they resort to a plan B which revolves around leveraging some hostages. Again I ask myself, if you don't mind kidnapping people, why not kidnap the people you really want to get your hands on? (The excuse given for this was totally crazy.)

    The relationship and the action in this book were very bland. The rescue is actually very detailed and sort of made sense but it went on too long. I wasn't crazy about the way things ended either.

    Angela Dawe was good with the narration and she was the main reason I got the audio. But I'm not sure the book is worth the time.

    Definitely not continuing the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine ORLANDO, FL, United States 01-31-14
    Madeleine ORLANDO, FL, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A Little Something Extra"

    Loved the special gift Zane and his family had of connecting with their mate. Well developed story line that held my attention all the way through. Have listened to this one more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 01-14-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I wouldn't call it RED-HOT"

    It's been done before.....navy seal, semi plain girl they get thrown together and watch the sparks fly. There was one original thing, well sort of, in a typical seal story there isn't a psychic who senses his soul mate...but then again there is in all the shifter stories so basically picture a non shifter shifter that's a navy seal and you have the romance portion of this book.

    As for the "red hot"....um there was tension for sure but ONE love scene does not make a book "red hot"....and it wasn't that descriptive of a love scene. Now, why didn't I give this book one star? Because the action portion WAS good, good plot, sub plot, who-done-it scenario all well done! So...why am I not giving it 5 stars? Because when you call a book red hot it had better BE red hot. I have action books in my library but I was in the mood for something steamy and this didn't deliver.

    So, is it worth a credit? Well if you like action packed romances where the romance part is not particularly steamy but there is a lot of build up then yes worth a credit for the action side of it. If you want a steamy melt your head phone romance...'eh, no move on. I don't think I will be getting book 2....unless I want an action book :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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