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Publisher's Summary

In the volatile tinderbox of the Horn of Africa, Morgan Adler has made the paleoanthropological find of a lifetime. The discovery brings her to the attention of a warlord eager to claim both Morgan and the fossils, forcing her to make a desperate dash to the nearby US military base to beg for protection.

Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before she reaches the base, and in so doing saves her life. After a harrowing afternoon, he safely delivers her to his commanders, only to find his responsibilities toward protecting the obstinate archaeologist have only just begun. Morgan and Pax are forced to work together in the Djiboutian desert heat, but it is the fire that ignites between them that threatens to combust them both. For the Green Beret, involvement with the woman he must protect is a threat to his career, while for the archaeologist, the soldier is everything she never wanted but somehow can't resist. When Morgan uncovers a mystery surrounding Djibouti's most scarce and vital resource, the danger to her reaches the flashpoint. For Pax, protecting her is no longer a matter of following orders, and he'll risk everything to bring her back alive.

©2017 Rachel Grant (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This first novel in Grant's Flashpoint series offers a multilayered, suspenseful plot that's strengthened by its appealing characters, strong attention to detail, and a healthy dose of romance." (Kirkus Reviews)
"...gripping suspense with a wonderfully brisk pace..." (Publishers Weekly)
"Tinderbox is raw and energetic, thrills-wise and sex-wise, and offers an exceptional combination of humor, suspense, romance and archaeological details that are always intriguing and never intrusive. This first book in Rachel Grant's Flashpoint series is unexpected and intense from the get-go. With irresistible characters, a rare setting and an inventive, high-powered plot, it's a smartly crafted gem of a story." (USA Today)

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  • SB
  • 12-27-17

Perfect Romantic Suspense, Intelligently Written!


Story: 5 stars, original, fast pace, great action. WOW!
Relationship/heat: 4 stars, develops a bit too fast but then it is great and Sizzling hot. A few explicit sexual scenes well written and loving.
Narration: 5 stars, amazing voice, PERFECT!
Overall: 5 stars, great listen, worth a credit!

STORY: Wow, What a surprise! This is actually a pretty original story for this genre, intelligently written, fast pace, action packed, very hot book! Rachel Grant wrote a clever, pretty believable story (well...somewhat) that is engrossing, deals with serious issues, yet full of humor, love and heat.
I’m adding Rachel Grant to my favorite authors list, and can’t wait to listen to the next in the series and more books by RG.

NARRATION: Another surprise! It was just PERFECT! GT has an amazing voice, perfect pace, great male AND female voices, and just a pleasure to listen to. He is able to have female voices that sound natural and not forced, and he distinguishes between characters very well. BRAVO!

Overall, if you like this genre, this book is a must listen! It will elevate your expectations for all others. Definitely worth a credit!

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Action, suspense, loved it!

This book captured my attention immediately and did not let go. Well paced, the story is told as a military romance, but the meat of the book is intrigue and action.
What I liked?
1. Narration by Greg Tremblay was excellent. Clear voicing, paced well and good use of different voices in his repertoire, from the female character to the older general.
2. Action, constant movement, excitement woven through the story to keep character involvement real.
3. Romantic tension: will they, won't they... well played, Rachel Grant, well played
4. Excellent resolution.

I'm in for book 2 whenever it is released. Enjoy this one, it is entertaining!

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A superbly paced, action-packed, sexy thriller!

Rachel Grant's Tinderbox is a fabulous, edge-of-your-seat story set in one of the most politically unstable regions of the world, the Horn of Africa. Doctor Morgan Adler has been contracted by the Djibouti government to undertake an archaeological survey of the proposed route of a new railway, but when she is threatened by a local warlord, she heads for the US military base at Camp Citron hoping they will be able to protect her and her finds - one of which could well be the archaeological discovery of the decade. Or the century.

Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard is assigned as the head of her protection detail so that she can continue her work; the attraction between them is intense, but he's adamant that pursuing a relationship with Morgan would be unprofessional and tries to keep his distance...

As Morgan continues work on her dig, it becomes clear that the threats she has received may be related to more than her archaeological finds. Someone who had worked in that area previously has disappeared and is presumed dead, Morgan is being targeted... . I’m not going to reveal more about the plot which is complex, incredibly satisfying and very topical, other than to say it’s brilliantly constructed and utterly compelling – this was an audiobook I found very difficult to put aside.

Greg Tremblay is a new-to-me narrator, and I was really impressed with his performance, which is excellent on all counts. There is a large cast of - mostly male - supporting characters, and he does a great job of differentiating between them all using a wide variety of pitch, tone and accent - and his female voices are superb. I really hope he continues to narrate books in this series, and I'll definitely be seeking out more of his work.

Tinderbox is a great listen - I didn't want to put it down!

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Stellar story and performance 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

I’m so delighted to have listened to a well edited, intelligent, steamy, intriguing and heartfelt story. This is the second time I’ve listened to it because of the newest book, Catalyst.
Thank you Rachel Grant and Audible!!!

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One exciting suspenseful thrill after another

I just love this author and all of her book she pulls you in with excitement, thrills, action and suspense. This is romance as its finest with an author that never disappoints you with strong women who know how to hit the ground running and the hero’s that do their best to keep them safe. This is a wonderful start to a new series with a great plot and delightful characters that keep you turning the pages. She pulled me in from the first page until the last. I stayed up very late to listen as much as I could, I hated to put the book down.


Mr. Temblay did an outstanding job pulling the listener in giving a wonderful listen to his many different character voices to his wonderful tones they all were delightful. He held me on the edge through all the danger to the romance. His female voices were as great as his male ones. I had to trouble picturing the scenes as they unfold holding me on the edge through the danger which is filled with action. His tones and emotions were great you always knew who was talking and just what they were feeling. There was no repeating of words, no background noises, no volume changes. It sounded like he finished it at one setting if breaks were taken I could not tell. He made me feel like I was setting right there watching a movie as he delivered the excitement and thrills even a few chills that I felt all the way to my toes. He performance was outstanding giving me a listen I was hooked on from start to finish.


When Morgan and Pax meet you can see the sparks they create coming right off the pages. Pax likes a strong woman which Morgan is. Pax isn’t letting any grass grow under his feet as he shows his very alpha side. He makes demands and expects her to fall in line following him and the orders he gives. Rules are rules as these two try their best to put up a wall to keep their attraction at bay. Neither willing to admit what they feel which really adds to the story giving a very interesting and exciting read. As danger comes their way they must learn how to work together as they try to fight their attraction. Pax is doing everything he can to keep her safe when she is taken he is on the race against the clock to find her. Morgan must really pull on her enter strength to get through some very trying days as she works to survive and hopefully escape. She is praying Pax finds her in time and he is doing everything he can to locate her and bring her back safe and sound. It really gets exciting here and very dangerous as not everything is as it seems.


Ms. Grant has out done herself filling each page with excitement, suspense, danger, wonderful hot love scenes that is full of tension, lust, thrills and chemistry that leaves you holding your breath just waiting to see what comes next. The danger keeps you on the edge with eyes glued to the pages turning them as fast as you can. I was talking to the characters as if they were real people. When you start talking, yelling at the book you know you are so invested you can’t put it down that you have a wonderful read you wish would not end. Mr. Grant deliveries all this and more she is one of my go to authors when I want something exciting that I know will pull me in making my heart beat faster as she takes me through one thrilling scene into the next. I have trouble waiting for her next book to come out. If you are looking for a wonderful author that keeps you one the edge with excitement and thrills you have found her. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I have.

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Smart & sexy

Another great story by Rachel Grant. She makes smart sexy. The narrator was perfect for this book.

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Tinderbox

Awesome story and awesome sex. Love the narrator too😍 The plot was not only interesting but informative!

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Better than Indiana Jones!

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

Yes, I would heartily recommend this audiobook to a friend, especially one working in archaeology. It is a great mixture of archaeological adventure, romance and modern political topics (international relations, bribery, influencing foreign governments, tourism - science - natural resources). And with interesting main figures.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Since I would categorise it as an archaeological romantic adventure, it really keeps one listening - even when one should be working! At least, I tended to prolong my lunch break "for just one more chapter" to see where the story would take the heroine, who was the real culprit and what was the "treasure" all are after.

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

I think this story works really well as an audiobook. The cast is small enough (and the names of the protagonists different from each other) that one can keep track even if there are breaks between listening times. Greg Tremblay was able to differentiate the mainly male protagonists and also present the heroine in a convincing way. His pronunciation and tempo were also very well understandable for a non-native English speaker.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Archaeology, Adventure, Suspense and Romance at the Horn of Africa - Heroine Dr Morgan Adler finds herself between fossils, warlords, international interests and the hard muscles of Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard

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Flashpoint Series

All I can say is WOW! I am writing this review after listening to the full series. I will try and rate each book on its own merit, but my advice would be to read the series. This is explosive.

The story about Morgan Adler (unintentional badass) and Pax Blanchard (down to the core military man) is captivating. The scene set in Djibouti (where it all begins) and in the most volatile areas on the African continent is real, believable, gripping and full of action and suspense. I absolutely loved this story. Really well done.

This brings me to the narration. Mr Greg Tremblay, you have mastered the essence of keeping a listener at the edge of their seat with your narration skills. This was brilliantly done. This was a book that I could not wait to finish.

If you are into action, love, lust, drama, and a storyline with merit, READ THIS BOOK! Mind you, READ THE SERIES!!!

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Really fantasic melding of thriller and romance

This book was one of the first titles I downloaded after joining the Romance Package and it was worth the price of the package alone. I don't think I would have tried this book had I not joined the Romance Package but it gave me the option to return it if I didn't like I so I was game. It turned out to be one of my favourite books I've listened to this year. The story itself is interesting as it explains military politics in a war zone but it weaves in a believable and intense romance. The characters were well thought out as believable people and the romantic bits were integral to the story and progressed naturally. Loved the performance of the reader as well. Greg Tremblay was able to affect several accents as well as authentically play both the male and female parts. Great pacing and a very emotive style. Great all around!

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  • Bernadette Aitken
  • 07-20-18

Action aplenty

This is a great action adventure. The setting in the Horn of Africa had me checking on a map and reading up about the area - I really didn’t know a lot about it. This is a complicated interconnection of people and nationalities who are all out to get as much as they can from struggling nations. Water is the main source of possible power and conflict.
The relationships between the characters is is full of witty dialogue and sexual tension. The friendships between the men are strong and are demonstrated in their humour and willingness to back each other up.
Morgan is a strong and capable female lead. She is smart, sexy and knows her way around weapons and martial arts. She also has a big chip on her shoulder regarding her father. She is dedicated to doing the right thing for the people around her who can’t help themselves.
The reader of this story has a very easy voice to listen to. He has different inflections for each character.