Monday, January 5, 2015

Book Review ~ Breaking Creed (Ryder Creed #1) by Alex Kava

Breaking Creed
(Ryder Creed #1)
by Alex Kava

New York Times– and internationally bestselling author Alex Kava’s thrilling new series introducing Ryder Creed, ex-marine turned K9 search-and-rescue dog trainer as he teams up with fan-favorite FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell.

Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention.

When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape—a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago.

Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders—the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks.
By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him.

But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida. Will it be enough to stop a ruthless cartel determined to remove the thorn in its side once and for all?

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Before I begin, I just want to thank Putnam Adult via Shelf Awareness for providing me with an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.

Breaking Creed is the first in an all new series featuring Ryder Creed. Ryder and his dogs are famous for their search and rescue efforts and one dog in particular, Grace (an adorable Jack Russell Terrier), is featured prominently in this story – and was by far my most favorite character. 

Maggie O’Dell is very much front and center in this story and although her newest case and the one that Ryder is working on seem totally unrelated, the two meet up to join forces in an effort to stop the “Iceman” from killing anymore seemingly innocent people. 

This story had such an intense, nail-biting plot that had so much going on, I was wondering how the author was going to bring it all together – but she did and I loved it!  From a serial killer with an obsession for all things bugs, a Colombian drug cartel and the horrors of child trafficking, this book will keep you guessing ‘what next?’ throughout.  I loved Creed’s dogs and really look forward to ‘seeing’ them in future works by the author.

Although I am a big fan of Alex Kava, it’s been a few years since I have read anything written by her, but Breaking Creed reminded me of just how good her books are and what a talented author she is.

5 stars

Alex Kava is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, eleven of them in the critically acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series. Her stand-alone novel, One False Move, was chosen for the 2006 One Book One Nebraska and her political thriller, Whitewash, made January Magazine’s best thriller of the year list for 2007. Published in over twenty-five countries, Kava’s novels have made the bestseller lists in the UK, Australia, Germany, Italy and Poland. She is the recipient of the Mari Sandoz Award presented by the Nebraska Library Association. Kava divides her time between Omaha, Nebraska and Pensacola, Florida. She is a member of International Thriller Writers.

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