Seconds to Live

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • Seconds to Live
  • Susan Sleeman
  • English
  • 18 November 2019
  • 9780764233951

Seconds to LiveWhen Cybercriminals Hack Into The US Marshal S Witness Protection Database And Auction Off Personal Details To The Highest Bidder, FBI Agent Sean Nichols Begins A High Stakes Chase To Find The Hacker Trouble Is, He Has To Work With US Marshal Taylor Mills, Who Knows The Secrets Of His Past, And The Seconds Are Ticking Down Before Someone Dies

10 thoughts on “Seconds to Live

  1. Necee says:

    Most people didn t have a clue that only five percent of the internet was available for public viewing, with many private, hidden layers making up the remaining percentage The dark web was one of those layers where criminals set up shop and prospered by selling illegal products and services A darkly compelling read of the underground world known as the dark web Susan Sleeman gives a powerful story in the fight against illegal activities through this new Homeland Heroes Series The story itself is worth the read just for the intricate nature of these illegal activities It helped my understanding of the fight our justice system has in stopping cybercriminal activity on so many layers.That being said, after reading Seconds to Live, I found this one wasn t my favorite Though it was a good storyline, I just didn t connect with the characters It was written technical suspenseful, which was interesting, but for my romance loving heart it was a little lacking in the romantic connection I believe it was a real struggle trying to capture the feelings between the two main characters since they were online friends Though Sean and Taylor worked well together, I found they questioned their relationship not relationship too much However, it probably does represent how hard it would be going from an online connection to navigating it face to face I loved how their relationship with God is worked through How they call each other out on their lack of trust and their need to trust God God has a purpose, you know A reason And we need to trust that He s in charge and has a plan here That even when they are failing, they can trust He s got their backs Sleeman does a wonderful job in moving them past their fears into a deeper Godly relationship.I am looking forward to of this series I m hopeful that the next book in the series captures my romantic heart again I love Susan Sleeman for engaging mystery and romance, so I ll be back If you love this style of read, you will also enjoy Lisa Phillips series the Northwest Counter Terrorism Task Force starting with first book First Wave Another great series on homeland security not to be missed.I was provided a NetGalley copy of this book by Bethany House All opinions in this review are my own.

  2. Denise Hershberger says:

    The premise of this book had me really excited to read it I liked the idea about witness protection agents and cibercriminals for a change of pace, but this book fell flat for me.There was so much potential in the beginning I was hooked from an exciting moment in the plot, but after that I felt like things flipped and instead of feeling the excitement and other emotions instead I was being told everything I wasn t able to immerse myself in the book because the author kept explaining everything to me instead of letting me live in the story.At about 30% I only kept reading because I wanted to know who the criminal was There was a good plot twist toward the end, but overall it wasn t an engaging read.I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley This is my honest review.

  3. Susan Snodgrass says:

    Trust me, I know what I m doing I have training and experience than any of them When a cybercriminal hacks into the WITSEC program and begins auctioning off personal details to the highest bidder, the FBI and the U.S Marshals must race to try and uncover the identity of the hacker before all the witnesses in the program are compromised or killed FBI Agent Sean Nichols must work with U.S Marshal Taylor Mills, and they only know each other from an online presence They now have to work against the clock and form a bond that will help them catch this devious hacker and now murderer before people die.Susan Sleeman is a go to author for me for suspense She is good at what she does, no doubt about it I love how she brings in the technical details of each branch of law enforcement into the mix to make it even interesting The story builds excitement with each chapter and races to an exciting conclusion I highly recommend this book I am now eagerly awaiting in Sleeman s Homeland Heroes series My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  4. Libby May says:

    Oh my where to start Well this one was so much fun I was hooked from chapter one Since I just read Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard, my brain automatically compared the two, especially since both came out the top as five star reads for me This one was better juuuust a little because I read it most recently The plot line was interesting It was a good first book to a series, but the plot line in the book itself as a standalone was sturdy and firm and as opposed to Always Look Twice I really liked the ending of this one All the loose ends tied up nicely, at least the ones that didn t extend to the next book.The characters were so well done XD I loved Sean as a character He was pretty awesome I didn t fall for him as a fiction boyfriend though He was too quick and bossy for my personal preferences Taylor was awesome Her complex build up and backstory and her passion and quiet strength just blended together so well I can t even describe how well done she was.Content As a suspense there were two murders described, though not overly details Still, discretion advised There were a few intense scenes that could be stressful Hacker was paranoid and rash and threatened lives The romantic tension in this book was quite a bit higher in this book than in Always Look Twice The dynamics between Taylor and Sean were reeeeeal Sparks were there for sure We watched them fly Sean noticed Taylor s body, but not in an inappropriate way There were several hand holdings, two detailed kisses and a couple not detailed kisses There was suggestion and encouragement for a character to get hypnosis treatment to retrieve memories which personally goes against my beliefs, and I just wanted to put it out there for whoever else would want to avoid that It s not described in the book and not preformed on screen, but it was portrayed in a positive light.Five stars from me I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for a review, positive review was not required and all opinions are my own

  5. Kelly Bridgewater says:

    Suspense is my ultimate genre of choice I love when a story keeps me guessing from page one Susan Sleeman s first novel with Bethany House Publishers Seconds to Live captured my attention from the first page Sleeman thrusts readers into the suspense with a shove and a chase through the town The procedure to find the Phantom is detailed and makes readers trust the hero and heroine as they work together to follow the clues The plot was wonderfully woven together The only issue I had with the plot is that the Phantom is introduced in the first chapter to start the action, but I wanted and needed background on what he has done Maybe a actual scene of when he butchered his previous partner I kept waiting for a scene where the Phantom showed his feelings Something to give me a moment to empathize with the villain The romance sprinkled a little as the story progressed into the predictable ending Overall, Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman is a fast pace glance into the world into the dangers of computer hacking while showing the inner workings of a hunt for a killer I received a complimentary copy of Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  6. Debbie says:

    Seconds to Live is a Christian romantic suspense novel I ve enjoyed this author s previous books, but she unfortunately hit every one of my major pet peeves in this book Taylor s very devoted to her job of protecting witnesses, and she s willing to stand up to others to make sure they stay safe This put her in conflict with Sean, who needed her witness to help track down a hacker that broke into the witness protection database and threatens the safety of all of the witnesses in the program.Though they were supportive friends online, they re in constant conflict once they meet and try to work together They want to get along, but he s under a lot of stress and their personalities clash He s impulsive She likes to plan They never really became a good team as they kept hurting each other by their actions They re also both devoted to their jobs on opposite coasts The author did such a good job of convincing me that they could never be a couple that the quick turnaround at the end didn t work for me They suddenly convinced themselves that their physical attraction and intense kissing meant their different personalities will complement each other instead of continue to create conflict But I just don t see their relationship actually lasting as they still had many issues to work through.Sean and Taylor were very distracted by each other s physical appearance and presence, but the rest of the team seemed rather dense considering they were supposed to be a top team At 71%, they said, we should have known that Phantom would do something like this Well, I certainly had guessed that a long time ago This happened several times, and the twists were not surprises me.Any respect on my part for Taylor also took a nosedive after 91% The author mentioned several times that she had her gun ready and loaded, but then she didn t take an opportunity to use her gun to save her witness Instead, she irrationally, impulsively threw herself into danger so that the manly, capable hero Sean could save everyone Why can t she be capable, too, not just a good babysitter for petulant witnesses Both Taylor and Sean had major trust issues that they had to overcome, including trusting God with the future There was no sex or bad language.I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  7. Anne says:

    They were the unsung heroes, men and women who put their lives on the line every day, like soldiers going into battle I enjoyed everything about this first offering in Sleeman s new romantic suspense series Homeland Heroes Seconds to Live is a fast paced, danger infused story I loved that Taylor and Sean were email pals for six months before meeting in person They didn t quite know what to do when they first laid eyes on each other and their feelings seemed realistic They were nervous, unsure, and yet very aware of all the things they had shared through email Sleeman did a good job of transmitting the trepidation and tension between them The whole dark web, cyber hacking plot line might seem too technical for some but it thoroughly captivated me I felt like I was right in the midst of the excitement and fear in trying to figure out who hacked the WITSEC database before any witnesses were murdered One of the best aspects of this story to me was I couldn t possibly guess the identity of the hacker I simply enjoyed the roller coaster emotions and thrill ride of Seconds to Live I can honestly say I never think much about those who have gone into witness protection and the ramifications of that choice I feel like I should pray for these people I m looking forward to stories in this series If you enjoy contemporary mystery suspense with moderate romance and Christian themes, then I recommend this book.I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  8. Brittany says:

    This story had an interesting premise and I enjoyed seeing how the investigation was run, watching as the RED team members used their individual skills to bring in a very dangerous hacker.However, I struggled with a few things in this book I don t know exactly why, but I just didn t emotionally connect with either of the main characters I felt as if I was on the outside looking in, hearing from both of them about the many reasons why they could never work as a couple.Seconds to Live was a slow read for me I had trouble staying invested in the story until I was about three fourths of the way through the book I think that the author has created a good team of people for future stories, though, and I may read another book in the series to see if I connect better with those characters.I received a complimentary copy of this book All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog

  9. Rebecca says:

    3.5 stars Help Oh, help she d made a huge mistake When one of U S Marshall Taylor Mills witnesses breaks protocol and is hunted down by a vicious criminal, the tip of the proverbial iceburg breaks through the surface Not only has Dustee s whereabouts been compromised but the notorious Phantom has managed to breach the entire database of the Witness Protection Program Frantic to protect those for whom she is responsible, Taylor relunctantly agrees to join forces with an elite FBI RED team, Rapid Emergency Deployment However, the lead agent on the case is none other than a man she has only known in cyber space Sean Nichols Glimpsing Taylor Mills in person for the first time nearly takes F B I Agent Sean Nichols breath away They know each other so well, and then again they don t, since their only conversations have been through various emails back and forth across the country How interesting has this case become, when not only are the lives of dozens of innocent people at stake, but rapid fire emotions are threatening to rise to the surface as well As the team rushes to stay one step ahead of a deranged hacker, Taylor and Sean struggle to find a middle ground through some of the tough decisions that a high profile case demands In the end, who may have seconds to live What an interesting story line, especially for those who have a profound understanding of technology and how dangerous criminal infiltration can be when exercised at the highest levels The two main characters spend a lot of time in their own heads analyzing their relationship from every possible angle, which may slow the story down for some readers or it could have the opposite effect an enhanced satisfaction in the end I received a book from the author and publisher The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  10. Kay Garrett says:

    SECOND TO LIVE by Susan Sleeman is the first book in the Homeland Heroes series It s the well crafted and the extremely exciting story of the joint efforts of FBI Agent Sean Nichols and U.S Marshall Taylor Mills to both protect the witness protection participants and to bring down Phantom, the person responsible for the U S Marshall s Witness Protection system being hacked.What started off as discussions over the computer during past crimes, soon developed into a rather close friendship between Taylor and Sean Both felt they could talk freely thinking of it as a long distance, nonjudgmental person that they would never actually meet face to face However, when Taylor s client under the witness protection is both in danger and needed for assistance in Sean s latest case, it became apparent that wasn t going to be the case Sean shows up at Taylor s office unannounced.Taylor and Sean are both well trained and highly respected in their respective fields Each enters the story with past baggage trust and guilt and determined dedication to their jobs, which leaves room for no personal relationships, which only cause heartache and disappointment However, both felt an immediate attraction from their first meeting with sparks continuing to fly through this action packed story as well as thoughts as to how it would affect their friendship.Taylor becomes part of the RED team as does her witness protection client Dustee Dustee is in the protection system because she testified against the Phantom in the past Sean is hoping she can help find and identify him However, she s on limited and supervised computer research due to her own addiction to hacking.When another person is murdered by Phantom one they had talked to in the investigation, and then Taylor is shot, Sean feels even pressure to prove he was the right person to be in charge of this investigation and is capable to solve the case before anyone else gets hurt.Where will the clues lead them Is there a dirty cop within their mists Can they find Phantom before someone else is murdered Will working so closely affect the friendship between Taylor and Sean Will that friendship grow or will this case destroy it Will Dustee help them or will her careless manner cause havoc and work for everyone else Can they protect all the people within the witness protections system after their files have been compromised Susan Sleeman does a fabulous job of combining just the right about of action, excitement and romance to keep you turning the pages and rooting for the good guys You never feel that the police case is on the back burner when the natural attraction of Taylor and Sean are woven into the story or while you are understanding how each one feels the way they do Love the way you get to know all the characters in this story making them feel like your own friends that you understand, feel for and want to help along the way Knowing it s the first book in the series, makes me super excited to see how the story goes from here and what other adventures they will lead me on.Highly recommend SECONDS TO LIVE to anyone that loves a fabulous, well written suspense action romance that will have your heart pumping and fluttering at the same time I give it a great big FIVE STARS