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The Edge of Courage: Red Team, Book 1 | [Elaine Levine]

The Edge of Courage: Red Team, Book 1

Rocco Silas has come home to Wyoming after long years as a Red Team operative in Afghanistan. It isn't easy returning to civilian life, especially burdened as he is with a staggering case of PTSD or hunted as he is by an enemy determined to seek an eye-for-eye - neither of which can he battle until he confronts the truth of what happened one fateful day in the high mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush.
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Publisher's Summary

Step into Elaine Levine's exciting new series of alpha warriors - products of the government's secret corps of assassins called the Red Team:

Haunted by memories he cannot reach, stalked by an enemy bent on revenge...

Rocco Silas has come home to Wyoming after long years as a Red Team operative in Afghanistan. It isn't easy returning to civilian life, especially burdened as he is with a staggering case of PTSD or hunted as he is by an enemy determined to seek an eye-for-eye - neither of which can he battle until he confronts the truth of what happened one fateful day in the high mountain ranges of the Hindu Kush.

She alone holds the key to his sanity.

Mandy Fielding's dream of opening a therapeutic riding center on her family's ranch is almost within her grasp - until she hires Rocco Silas, a dangerous ex-Spec Ops friend of her brother's. His haunted eyes and passionate touch promise a love she never dared believe possible. Can they confront the truth of his past and build a future together or will the enemy stalking him destroy them both?

©2012 Elaine Levine (P)2014 Elaine Levine

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    Lynda C NORTHRIDGE, CA, US 06-25-14
    Lynda C NORTHRIDGE, CA, US 06-25-14 Member Since 2004
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    This is touching story, about the horrors of war and adjusting to life back home, it was heart breaking in places and I was glad for a happy ending!

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    Kindle Customer 05-02-14

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense and romance. Ms. Levine tells a story that keeps you riveted until the very end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the compassion of the leading lady. Her understanding of a damaged soul. The leading man while brave and strong learned to lean on his lady to help him through his PTSD episodes.


    What does Eric G. Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did not realize how much detail I missed when I read the book. I obtained a clearer understanding of the underlying plot to the story. He is a really good narrator


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

    Yes it was and I did :)


    Any additional comments?

    I gave 5 stars to Ms Levine when I read her books. I wish I could giver her 10 stars for the quality of her work. Eric Dove did a wonderful job in bringing her book to life. I look forward to enjoying the rest of this series on audio.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-30-14
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 04-30-14

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "This book has It All !! Totally Fulfilling :)"
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    The Edge of Courage is the story of Special Forces soldier Rocco Silas and his search for sanity, love and family. This book is also the first in her Red Team series and I can hardly wait for the next book... The Edge of Courage is defiantly Romantic Suspense - Hot as Hell and had me on the edge of my seat from the get go...

    Rocco has given ten years of his life for the country he loves. Because of his gift for learning and mimicking languages he has spent the last eight years buried deep under cover in the wilds of Afghanistan. During this time he was gathering Intel and doing everything he could to get close to leaders of the Taliban. Rocco even married an Afghani girl and had a son, until one horrifying day when everything went wrong and life as he knew it ended.... After spending weeks at Walter Reed, Rocco is still seriously messed up in his head and runs home to Wyoming only to find that home isn't exactly home any more. Rocco tries to get his footing and ends up at his friend’s sister’s ranch. Mandy is nothing like he expected and everything that he needs and can’t have. However things are happening on Mandy’s ranch and Rocco won’t leave her until he solves the mystery. Little does he know that his nightmares have followed him and taken on a life of their own.


    In this story we meet all kinds of people, eccentric small town residents, hot alpha military types, skin heads, druggies, terrorists, Hard muscled hot alpha men and cute kids. To me this book had it all and i will be continuing with this exciting series :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 04-15-14
    Robin 04-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Red Team is romance and action and courage !!!!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Edge of Courage to be better than the print version?

    Yes, That's hard for me to say too! I loved the ebook version. I have the entire series and now would love the entire series in AUDIO. The narrator sounds just like you would expect Rocco to sound.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Edge of Courage?

    When Mandy says if she has to fight the entire town for Rocco to be able to stand and watch the sun move across the sky.


    Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, in the Scanguard series. He was very good in that series but I enjoyed him more in this. I'm not sure why. I loved Rocco when I first read the book, but now I can hear him too.
    Eric did a wonderful job with Rocco, as he talks you can feel his emotions.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes I did cry, two or three times. It was worth it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-19-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 01-19-15 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Red Team"

    Edge of Courage.........by Elaine Levine
    This novel had an emotionally broken hero that tore at your heart. Rocco Silas is a former military Red Team operative, and lived deeply undercover in Afghanistan for several years.
    He has seen the worst of humanity and carries the mental and physical scars with him no matter where he goes. After returning to the U.S. he is treated at Walter Reed for his PTSD. Drugs that left him numb, and unable to function were their answers for him. He pretended he was fine, secretively stopped taking the drugs, and hit the road. One of his teammates, Kit Bolanger, pleads with Rocco to help his half-sister Mandy Fielding. She is trying to get a therapeutic riding school off the ground and is running into some disturbing issues. Vandalism, theft and exiting employees are threatening her plans.
    Mandy , our heroine, is a beautiful, strong and caring woman. She is a trained massage therapist, and has an amazing way of calming children, adults and animals. At their first meeting Mandy can see the pain and conflict in Rocco's life, and soon learns the gravity of his PTSD. He feels he is a broken man, not deserving of comfort or peace. Mandy feels very differently .
    It was such a relief when Rocco finally realized how lucky he was to have Mandy in his life, and he vowed to protect her with his own. Very dangerous men from Rocco, Kits, and their other teammate Ty's past threaten their future, and Mandy's .
    This novel was action-packed, and contained a beautiful love story. I very much enjoyed meeting the Red Team. I highly recommend this novel to listeners who enjoy military romances with a bit of cowboy.

    Please Audible bring us the rest of the series

    Eric G. Dove was outstanding with the delivery of the story

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Reader59 10-20-14
    Reader59 10-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this story, loved the reader"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Edge of Courage to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition added depth and dimension to the written book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Edge of Courage?

    There are many moments when the reader REALLY infuses the edge and grit that are a part of Rocco's character. He also brings off the beauty and kindness in M's character as well.


    Which character – as performed by Eric G. Dove – was your favorite?

    All except Owen were done really well. I couldn't visualize Owen's character based on voice.


    Any additional comments?

    Cant't wait for the next one...hurry!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO 06-19-14
    Amazon Customer Kansas City, MO 06-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Missouri Mom with lots of Opinions! Love to listen to Audio Book Series!

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    "I am hooked!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, anyone that loves Military Romance will like this series.


    What other book might you compare The Edge of Courage to and why?

    Troubleshooters by Suzanne Brockmann


    Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Eric has become one of my new favorite narrators! I enjoy listening to him!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy Elaine Levine's writing style. In this first book she has done a great job at focusing on the main characters at the same time introducing future characters. I am looking forward to the upcoming books in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tina 03-25-15
    tina 03-25-15 Member Since 2014

    researcher, mad off-roader, desert girl

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    "Finally! A fresh story that is gripping!"

    This genre--the hardened war veteran band of brothers series--has been so done in the past decade. It has been very very hard for authors to replicate the success of Suzanne Brockmann's two series on the now overdone Navy SEALS. And I confess, I'm pretty burned out on a lot of mediocre listens and reads lately.

    But in the Red Team series by Elaine Levine, we finally have a new contender and I was wary last nite as I watched the clock count down in the story, dreading the close of the story. This book opens on a new series of a different kind of special operator, one that seems to be a cross between "Alias" and "Green Berets". Sure, we have some of the common ingredients--horrible tragedy, PTSD, emotionally distant males, females who want to help, imminent danger from a bad bad evil requiring saving said female and more.

    Levine does a lot here that will excite hardcore readers who have wearied of the genre or of romance. Where romance writing has been heading into S & M and dominance for a couple years (if I hear "alpha male" one more time, I'm gonna puke), this book is going to turn you over in a different direction. I'm torn between needing to tell other readers what a cool book this is, and not wanting to provide spoilers.

    Rocco is all guy, all male, all warrior. But he's also brilliant and gifted and has sides to him that are going to make many of you fall in love all over again. Levine unfolds the personal tale with the larger suspense tale in a way that keeps you engaged and in suspense all the way thru. The pacing is great. The growing cast of characters is introduced gradually--and left me relieved--indicating we have enough characters to fill many books to come. But you'll never get overwhelmed.

    There are some very unique emotional sides to this books. First, I haven't read another author who has done such good research on PTSD before. Our war vet has a most extreme form of it, and while Levine never gets clinical, how she unfolds the cause is pure craft. And it will wrench you out of whatever you might be doing when you are listening to this.

    Second, his character is one of the most unique I've read in a long time. You'll see why when you read the book. Levine challenges us to rethink how we view men and grief.

    The narration by Eric Dove was really well-done. His ability to impart the different male and female voices and then the different characters within a genre were noteworthy. His ability to portray passion was well-done too. Few narrators get 5 stars from me, but I really enjoyed him.

    Levine leaves us with several surprises at the end, and a great set-up into the next book with a true cliff hanger that you will get a peak at at the end of this book. It is with bated breath that I hope Audible will be releasing the rest of the series (book 2 just came out).

    Get this book and settle in.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jenny 02-07-15
    jenny 02-07-15
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    "wonderful! "

    It's so hard to find a series with a good story and romance, good charecter building, and a great narrator. I listen to a lot of books sine I work from home all alone and I'm pretty picky, and this series is amazing, can't wait for the next!

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-06-14
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 06-06-14 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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    "Pretty good start to the series :)"

    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked both Mandy and Rocco and their story was enjoyable. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked this enough I'll probably read more of her work in the future.

    Mandy is a good woman who is trying to open a therapeutic riding center. She's gotten the money together to get the center going but has had problems with unexplained accidents and such causing her issues and delaying the work. One of her problems is she keeps loosing her handyman (every time she hires one she looses him just as fast for various reasons) and her half-brother, Kit, sends a friend of his to take the job and help keep an eye on things while working as a handyman.

    Rocco is a good guy with an extraordinary ability. Rocco is a language savant and can learn any language very easily. Because of his skill with languages, when Rocco was in the military he was sent undercover in Afghanistan and lived undercover for 7 years. His assignment ended very badly and Rocco came back to the US, dismissed from service and suffering from horrible issues with PTSD with bad flashbacks that make his life hell.

    Rocco shows up at Mandy's ranch and she's unsure about hiring him but when she realizes that he has a ranching background and knows what he's doing she decides to hire him on a trial basis. Rocco has trouble with flashbacks and doesn't allow himself to eat hardly at all because he thinks if he has hunger pains he will know it's real and not a hallucination. Mandy realizes Rocco isn't eating (and barely sleeping) and starts pushing him to eat. Rocco tries to stay away from Mandy as he knows he's messed up in the head and doesn't want to risk freaking her out. Also, Mandy has attracted Rocco from the first time he saw her and he's in too bad of shape to even consider trying to develop something with Mandy. Mandy does get him to start eating, first by making it a requirement of his job and then eventually she makes him realize that starving himself wont make any difference if he's having a hallucination because part of his hallucination might be hunger pains. With this logic, Mandy manages to get Rocco to start eating (without her having to practically force him) and tries to draw him out in other ways. Mandy has a healing personality (hence her wanting to open a therapeutic center to help people) so when Kit sent Rocco to Mandy, Kit did it so Rocco could watch over Mandy and help her out but also so Mandy could help Rocco out as well. Mandy does attempt to get Rocco out more but has mixed results with this as Rocco doesn't deal with crowds well. Rocco does his job and while he's at it, he checks everything out and keeps an eye open for trouble but Mandy doesn't have any more issues for a while after Rocco starts working at her ranch.

    Rocco isn't able to handle anyone touching him without it triggering his PTSD and at first, Mandy doesn't touch Rocco. Soon however, they realize that Mandy can touch Rocco and it doesn't trigger his issues. She even gets him to trust her to tell him if he's hallucinating and if she doesn't see the things he sees then he knows it's just in his head. The trust builds between them and as it does they start to have feelings for each other (although they both know it's not a good idea) and have a harder time keeping their hands off each other. Eventually they don't stop themselves any more but the beginning of their relationship is rather tumultuous as they try to figure out what's going on between them and where it's going. I kind of liked the way their relationship started because it wasn't clean or easy but it was more believable because of that. Just about the time Rocco and Mandy are finding their way together, things escalate with the situation surrounding Mandy's ranch issues and it becomes apparent that the person causing her trouble isn't after her but causing her trouble because of her brother. This brings Kit and a number of other military buddies to town to try to take down the bad guys while keeping Mandy safe. They get some leads on who the bad guys are but there's a lot of stress and drama to get through before the end. Rocco and Mandy manage to get through everything safely and even get a happy surprise as their starting their HEA.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked Rocco and Mandy very much. Their story wasn't perfect but it was interesting enough that I stayed engaged through the end. I will warn you that while the romance had a HEA the action plot was more of a cliffhanger as one of the members of their team was still in danger at the end of the book and we wont find out what happens to him until the next book. I am planning to read the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. :)

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