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As part of Hell Squad, former Coalition Navy SEAL Reed MacKinnon fights for humanity's freedom from the alien invaders. He also fights for his brown-eyed girl - the woman he rescued from the aliens' secret laboratory. He admires her quiet strength and will to survive, not to mention her elfin looks and curvy body...but he knows he has to keep his distance. She's nowhere near ready for what he has to offer and he'll protect her from everything, even his own powerful desires.

Energy scientist Natalya Vasin has lived through hell. Still struggling after her captivity, scarred by the aliens' experimentation, all she wants is to be normal again...and she wants Reed MacKinnon. But the rugged soldier is holding back, treating her like glass, and she won't accept that from anybody.

As Reed and Natalya wage a sensual battle of desires, they also work together to decipher a mysterious alien energy cube. Hell Squad needs Natalya's expertise and they need her to go back into alien territory to use it. But on a mission to destroy an alien outpost, secrets are uncovered - of what the raptors really did to Natalya. Secrets that mean the future she wants with Reed is just an impossible dream.

©2015 Anna Hackett (P)2017 Anna Hackett

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Reed and Natalia.

Romance in the time of a dyno-alien invasion. Humans fighting back in their own ways, finding ways to destroy the aliens, and finding that they are doing terrible things to people, not just annihilation. I love this series, just wish the books were a bit longer. Lots of action and I like the characters. Recommending read/listen in order. Some smexy times and it’s a great little series in my estimation. Got the series with my Kindle Unlimited and was able to purchase this for the Whispersync price. Narrators are great.

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  • 06-19-21

Great Series

This series gets better and better; another twist is added with each book. This would make a great original series for one of the many streaming services; that is if one can tolerate the blood and gore; could definitely set off triggers for some. Narrators are excellent! On to the next book!

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Great series!

Natalya and Reed have both been personally touched by the ugliness of aliens invading Sydney, Australia and holding them in captivity! However, through strength of will and using their intelligent minds to outsmart the enemy they persevere! This story resonates with me because I understand how it feels to be filled with fear, but be required to move forward with plans because others depend on you! Natalya is temporarily thrown for a loop but Reed’s refusal to give up on her allows them to achieve their happily ever after!! Great series!!

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Book 4 out of 20 in an amazing series

I have read and listened to this book 5 or more times.
The world has been invaded by dinosaur-looking reptilian aliens. A small hidden stronghold of humanity remains hidden outside of Sydney, Australia. Join the survivors as they learn to love and fight to stay ahead of the aliens,

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I Love this series!

The story just keeps getting better and better. I love this series and I have to say it is definitely worth the listen. The story is well written and narrated. It has action, suspense, intrigue, adventure and Hot Romance. The series is set in the future with a United coalition. It author does a fabulous job with the way she writes a story.
The narrator’s do a fabulous job with the characters and voices of each. I think I have found two more narrator’s to add to my list of favorite. The narrator’s bring the characters to life.

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Short and sweet

This entire series is formulaic however the action and the connection of the characters means that even though it’s predictable from beginning to end, it’s also quite enjoyable. The narrators are good as well. I’m giving it a four for consistency, good action, sweet romance and hot sex.

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I love love love Hell Squad

I love the strong women and wonderful sexy men that accept them as they are!

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Fun, Short Story

I've really liked this series and the different play on each couple. This is the first couple with someone whose been "altered" by the enemy. Fun to see bad ass soldier and geeky scientist couple. Again, love Jeffrey Kafer as a narrator but Samantha Cook just doesn't do it for me. She is just reading with exaggerated pauses and her "male" voice is just nowhere near close to making me not cringe everytime I hear it.

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Action Packed

The narrators did a good job. I'm enjoying this series and I like the each book is about a different couple. Each book also has a specific mission within this action packed series with a continuation story arc.

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Wow! The adventure continues!

If you’ve read Hell Squad series, you won’t be disappointed with Reed. As always, Anna Hackett delivers a fresh, interesting, action packed romance filled to the brim with edge of your seat scenes that leave you breathless. A note about the Audible version: if you’re new to Hell Squad it May not matter much, but the accents are either missing or not quite right. Natalia is supposed to have a slight Russian accent. Sometimes there is an accent (although it doesn’t really sound Russian) , sometimes it sounds like it’s missing. Shaw and Cruz also are supposed to have accents and they do not in this Audible version. However, I gave it 4 stars because the inflections and emotions come through loud and clear- especially Samantha Cook - like you’re right there in the midst of their world.

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  • Connie the DarcLibrarian
  • 11-27-21

Bent NOT Broken?

My Hell Squad binge continues with the love story of former Coalition Navy SEAL Reed MacKinnon and laboratory survivor scientist Natalya Vasin. As the two work together to decipher a mysterious alien energy cube, Natalya despairs that Reed will never see her as 'normal' again and although she is damaged from her experience she desperately wants him to stop treating her like glass, as if she is broken.

Reed wants Natalya, he admires her quiet strength and will to survive, not to mention her elfin looks and curvy body...but he will protect her from everything including his own dark desires. But protecting her may cost him his life when he has to take her back to hell and they discover something about her captivity that changes everything. Or does it? Can true love really conquer all? It will be one roller coaster of a ride to find out.

Another great entry in the out of this world Hell Squad series.

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  • jd66
  • 01-25-21

Awesome

Once again another dramatic and intense story from this incredible series. These two narrators did a great job with all these books. Cannot wait for the next book now

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  • SFF Dragon
  • 07-14-20

My first taste of Hell Squad, but I loved it so mu

Reviewed by SFF Dragon*

Way back in the mists of memory, this book was my first taste of Hell Squad, but I loved it so much, I went back for the previous books and have actually read the entire series. Now, suffering from varying problems with my eyes, I decided to give audio books a chance. I've mostly avoided them in the past because the narrators left a lot to be desired and generally ruined the books. Taking the literary equivalent of a nice, crisp, juicy salad with zing and turning it into something akin to a month-old limp lettuce leaf. I'm overjoyed to say that the two who narrate this series, Jeffrey Kafer and Samantha Cook are incredibly good, truly the exception rather than the rule. They managed to maintain the gritty fight for survival action adventure nature of the book and I highly recommend it to any lover of all-action, alien invasion sci-fi wrapped in a little romance with a few steamy bits for added spice. But, as this is a series with each story following on from the one before and having the start of the next story somewhere in the last chapter or two, I do suggest that you start from the first book, 'Marcus', and then listen to them in order. It'll be worth it and you get the survivors' story from the beginning-ish. The series is set around Sydney, the capital of the United Coalition of former Commonwealth nations and the USA, and actually begins about six months after an alien invasion which decimated the planet and killed billions in the first wave of the attack.

'Reed', the fourth book in the 'Hell Squad' series by Anna Hackett, one of my all-time favourite authors, wasn't the first book I'd read by her, but it was the first in the 'Hell Squad' series and it made me really wish I'd read the first three, not because I felt like I was missing anything, because I really wasn't, but because it's a really great book and I wanted more. Like all her books, Anna Hackett has included enough of a recap and background that you get the jist of what's going on, and it can be read/listened to as a stand alone, but you'd be depriving yourself of some seriously good books, every single one a 5 star plus read/listen.

Amidst all the shooting and battles with the reptilian aliens, Hell Squad 4 tells the story of the romance between Reed MacKinnon, a former United Coalition Navy SEAL who was on leave in Australia when the aliens attacked, and is now a member of Hell Squad, and Dr Natalya Vasin, a world renowned energy scientist. A genius who was captured by the Raptors, tortured and experimented on for months, and finally rescued by Hell Squad. But it was Reed who carried her out and Reed she clung to, trusting him to keep her safe.

A job he's thrown himself into wholeheartedly. He wants Natalya in the worst way, but he wants to protect her and keep her safe more. She wants her life, her confidence, her 'normal', back, and she wants Reed. But haunted by the memory of his friend Jo and her loss of self to a man who wore her down, followed by her suicide, he can't hear what Natalya is telling him. All he can hear is himself saying she needs to heal, she's not ready, he can wait. It takes one well chosen sentence by Claudia, another member of Hell Squad, to knock the bottom out of his arrogance and make him question his perspective.

No more spoilers, you'll just have to read/listen to the book.

This action packed sci-fi romance has everything you could want. Alien invasion, reptillian monsters galore, the rounding up and subjugation of the human population, hybrids, survivors fighting back, a romance to enjoy and lots of fighting. It is a war after-all.

5 brilliantly well earned stars.

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  • karen grave
  • 05-12-21

One of the lighter stories for Anna Hackett

I enjoy the way the series keeps getting pieced together. each Heroine brings her own Piece of importance to deal with the raptors.
Samantha and Jeffrey Did a nice narration For the book. However I notice that Jeffrey doesn't use his accents but I would rather he didn't if it wasnt going to sound very good. Sam however does her accents really well. I live in Australia Although not in Sydney but I do know where all the parts of the book are based.
I'm glad there is no Australian accent, I find a lot of narrator's dont seem to be able to pronounce it correctly and it becomes off-putting.
one of Anns's books "team 52" has a character with an Aussie accent and Stella bloom comes close to making it work but just falls short.

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  • Anwar
  • 12-03-20

Excellent

Hell Squad book 4 is all about Reed MacKinnon and Energy scientist Natalya Vasin. They meet when Reed and Hell Squad rescue Natalya from an alien scientific laboratory. The attraction is instant but Reed is keeping his distance believing she needs time to heal. Natalya wants Reed badly but he is resistant and she has some issues of her own although she doesn't know it yet. She is hard working and has almost got the secret base hot water on a twenty four hour basis and now she is working on alien energy cubes that have the power to change life in the base as well as the fight with the aliens. Reed and Natalya must fight together in the battle against the aliens and his reticence with her if they are to stand a chance. Another book full of aliens, humour, action and scorching hot romance which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend.