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A volatile hostage situation at a foster home reaches a bitter end: shots are fired, some die, some live to tell a sordid tale. In the midst of the anguish and confusion is one child who will bear the scars of this unbelievable turmoil.

As a special investigator for Child Protective Services, Ivy Nash lives by one rule: she'll do anything to fight for the wellbeing of children. Anything. Something that was never done for her. As a "system" kid, she spent time in 17 foster homes. Seventeen.

Very quickly, the facts of the case are blurred...accusations of sibling abuse, connections to drugs. Nothing lines up, and authorities want it all to go away. Their target? A 10-year-old boy. Unrelenting in her pursuit to find the truth, Ivy and her new friend Cristina uncover alarming new information to pinpoint who is at the root of the crime.

But evil knows no boundaries. Shockwaves of her most horrific childhood memories erupt into the present, and Ivy knows that she's in the fight for her life.

©2016 John W. Mefford (P)2017 John W. Mefford

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If you like The Fixer & Shaye Archer GET THIS!!

This book begins with a young Ivy Nash living in an abusive foster home. Her foster father is a former police officer and she knows when push comes to shove, the police are going to believe him, not her.
Skip ahead a few years and she's now an investigator for child protective services.
A wealthy family takes in a 10 year old foster child and through a series of circumstances he gets blamed for the murder of their son. Ivy doesn't believe he did it. In the meanwhile she loses her job, meets a smart street kid and unravels a heartbreaking story of child abuse.
This is such a good book, I started listening and didn't stop until the book ended. The story involves child abuse, sexual abuse, drugs and everyone from the wealthy to the homeless. The story is believable. The characters are likable and the cliffhanger ending left me wanting more.
Julia Farmer does an outstanding job narrating.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK!
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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-26-17

First in the Ivy Nash series

IN Defiance is an outstanding modern detective suspense mystery set in San Antonio, Texas. Narration is equally good.

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Wonderful start of new Series !!

 I love the hard-edged, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners style that Mefford's fans have come to love from his very much twenty-first century thrillers.
As usual, you won’t find any spoilers here, but Ivy Nash series book one is a tale that will grab the reader from its explosive beginning and not let them go again until the bad guys get the point.
Writing a series, especially one as varied and intense as the Ivy Nash books, is a challenge which author John W. Mefford seems to pull off with admirable aplomb, yet in this novel, he marries a truly telling tale told with Forsyth’s depth and understanding of event planning with all the action and excitement any fan of Andy McNab could ever wish for in their wildest dreams. This series just keeps getting better and better.

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Awesome!!

Thank you John!! Being able to listen to this amazing story with all the amazing nuances and inflections was a god send. I picked up insights that I missed in my own reading of IN Defiance. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this incredibly fast paced and incredible story. Ivy Nash is an amazingly relatable character. She is flawed but amazing. Strong and tough but soft and vulnerable. Ivy is the voice for all of those unfortunate souls that have no voice!! Wohoo to Stan her awesome sidekick and I think Christina is going to play a bigger role in Ivy's life going forward. This is a must read read read!!

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John Mefford hits it out of the park

If you could sum up IN Defiance in three words, what would they be?

Wow. Just WOW!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ivy Nash. She is a strong female lead, with a very intriguing back story. The way the author portrays her, you feel quite strongly abut her moral character, and sympathy for her life in the foster family world.

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I expect a great story whenever I read one of John Mefford’s novels. I am absolutely gobsmacked by his latest, IN Defiance. Listening to it makes it even more realistic.

Following his tales of a strong, intriguing female character (Alex Troutt in his AT series), he introduces a phenomenal protagonist in Ivy Nash. John not only nailed this character, I think it may very well be his best work yet! I cannot wait for the next Ivy Nash book. Buy this book right now. You will not regret it.

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  • Artie M.
  • NEW CITY, NY, United States
  • 04-01-17

A Thriller? I think not!!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing.

Has IN Defiance turned you off from other books in this genre?

No - just this author.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Julia Farmer?

No idea.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None what-so-ever !

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The book should have had a drawing of Fabio on the cover. I gave up on "In Defiance" when the heroine of the story starts describing her love interest's "package" to her gynecologist.

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