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Coast Guard helicopter pilot Olivia Carver is on a very personal mission. Her twin brother, an undercover officer, was murdered by a drug cartel, and she won't stop until she finds the man responsible for his death.
In the course of her own investigation, Olivia meets informant Rico Cortes. He's mysterious and sexy, and despite her reservations, the two share a night of passion. But Rico turns out to be more than a one-night stand. He's a DEA agent, deep undercover in Miami's drug world, and possibly the one man who can help Olivia find the justice she seeks.
When Rico realizes his cover is blown, he isn't sure whether it was someone in the cartel or an inside agent. Olivia is the only one he can trust, and together they venture on a dangerous, rogue mission to infiltrate a drug lord's inner circle... with Olivia as bait.
This was one fantastic read! Why? First off the narrator was wonderful. Done very well.
The heroine in this story, Olivia was true to form. Strong, determined and fearless, she went to the wall and back. Rico, a strong alpha male, respected her and they worked well together. I'm sure at times he was afraid for her because she was so determined to get the guys who had killed her brother. The story had lot of action, and adventure. I truly enjoyed it and will listen to it again.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There's lots of action, good romance, interesting characters. If I had the slightest criticism it would be that in parts it reminded me of an episide of the old Miami Vice TV shows but that didn't really detract from the overall enjoyment.
I really like the narrator too. She had good voice differentiation and a non-intrusive style that kept up with pace of the action.
If you are looking for a sweet, cozy romance this one probably isn't for you. It's fairly gritty and somewhat violent (for a romance, anyway), but if you like military-flavoured romance and a kick-butt female protagonist who can more than hold her own, then you'll enjoy this book as much as I did.
I would definitely buy another book by this author and this narrator.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Due to previous reviews I wasn't expecting much from this book but actually I liked it. I enjoy a story with a strong woman character and Olivia is a fantastic character. She's very smart and she is a fighter. She set her goals and she achieved them. Also there's action, suspense, and danger involved. Also lets not forget the sexual situations. Thrown together this was in all very pleasing to me.
I'm not the type of listener that's going to over analyze a fictional book. I just listen and either I like it or I don't. In my opinion this would be worth a credit but I got it on sale which is better.
11 of 16 people found this review helpful
What didn’t you like about Gabra Zackman’s performance?
The main charactor is a Coast Guard helicopter pilot. I realize the word helo (short for helicopter) can be pronounced "hel-lo" (per the dictionary), but in my aviation career I have never heard it pronounced this way. Any helo pilot will tell you that they fly "hee-loh"s not "hel-lo"s. Minor point, but it lends to credibility.
Any additional comments?
I guess I should have known from the cover art that this is a "harlequin romance" novel and not serious crime fiction.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I didn’t care enough about the characters. I wasn’t curious.
The beginning had good action with Olivia as a coast guard helicopter pilot. She meets Rico and thinks he’s working for a drug cartel but later learns he’s an undercover DEA agent. They decide to do some undercover work on their own. I was past the halfway point in the book and they were still talking, planning, gathering supplies, and having sex. I was impatient for them to get started with the bad guys. So I skipped ahead to a scene where Olivia was undercover talking to a bad guy, and I realized I had no interest in continuing. So I skipped to the end, read the last half hour and was glad to be done.
The narrator Gabra Zackman had a pleasant voice, but she did not interpret well. One line was “Yes Maam he snapped.” The narrator read it in a calm manner. Also, she used a weird voice for some of the men.
Genre: romantic suspense.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Under Fire again? Why?
great to listen a second time when power walking...makes to you feel like you can Do It!<br/>A great strong female lead.
What other book might you compare Under Fire to and why?
Dying to Please, by Linda Howard. Same battle training for our lady in action.
Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have listen to about 10 stories read by Ms Zackman & her other reader name,Isabelle Gorden. She can make an average story come to life. Very rich male voice, sexy. Good dialog in this story.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Yes, when young boy is eating with our heros
Any additional comments?
Love to hear more stories by Rita Henuber and read by Ms Zackman
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Good book. Simple and entertaining read. My first "read" of Rita Henuber and I enjoyed it.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
This falls into the category of those written by Suzanne Brockman a romance dressed up as an action. Unfortunately it was not consistent-there was a lot of 'hot' romance in the beginning and not much action until the final chapters.<br/><br/>Coast Guard helicopter pilot Olivia Carver is on a very personal mission. Her twin brother, an undercover officer, was murdered by a drug cartel, and she won't stop until she finds the man responsible for his death.<br/><br/>In the course of her own investigation, Olivia meets informant Rico Cortes. He's mysterious and sexy, and despite her reservations, the two share a night of passion. But Rico turns out to be more than a one-night stand. He's a DEA agent, deep undercover in Miami's drug world, and possibly the one man who can help Olivia find the justice she seeks.<br/><br/>When Rico realizes his cover is blown, he isn't sure whether it was someone in the cartel or an inside agent. Olivia is the only one he can trust, and together they venture on a dangerous, rogue mission to infiltrate a drug lord's inner circle... with Olivia as bait.
Would you recommend Under Fire to your friends? Why or why not?
Sure, it is an above average book-don't be fooled into thinking it is an action book only.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
She could have been a bit more animated. She did a good job with distinguishing each character-it sounded like she was bored.
Do you think Under Fire needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
No. The ending tied everything up. I may try another book by this author but I wouldn't run out to get it.
Any additional comments?
NOTE: Some mature content, strong language and some gore.
I really liked this one, did a re-read with the audio cause I realized I had the second book but could not quite remember everything from this one....and I had a feeling I was combining other book plots/stories to my recollections of this one.
The narration was well done, lots of action, chemistry and a bit of suspense which makes for an excellent read...or listen.
Olivia Carver is a Coast Guard helicopter pilot, damned good at anything she does, and on a mission to find those responsible for the death of her twin brother. Following a lead to bring her closer to the drug cartel she believes is behind her twin's murder, she meets Rico Cortes at a bar not knowing he's the informant. The sparks fly almost immediately when these two characters meet and even with all the self control possessed by each, they end up entangled in bed sheets and sexually satisfied.
The overarching plot was a good stage to bring the main H/h together and showcase their strengths, their weaknesses, and their eventual falling in love. There were a few instances where I felt like the plot wasn't tight enough, but because I was more focused on character and relationship development, it did not bother me. There is a lot of action in this book: kicking, punching, explosions, gunfire, nose-biting (ouch!), you name it, the female lead was out for vengeance and she can kick some serious butt. The male lead played more of a supportive role in helping Olivia bring down the drug cartel from the inside and as strong as he is, the focus is on the female, for the most part. There are also a few supporting characters in the novel, but you only get to see them in the beginning and in the end of the book so I didn't get too attached to them.
Overall, the book was entertaining and I enjoyed the romance and action part of the story. Not my usual read, but at the price I paid for it ($4.95) I was happy.
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
This is the second book that I've listened to with Zackman as the narrator. Unlike the first book, her performance in this narration was sub-par. At times it was difficult to distinguish who was speaking because her female and male voices sounded similar. Also she made some of men sound like little boys, virtually devaluing their kickass stature. I think this recording could have used some refining.