Book Title: Acceptable Risk
Author: Lynette Eason
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Sarah Denning is a military journalist with the Army in the Middle East when her convoy is attacked and she's taken hostage. When former Army Ranger Gavin Black is asked by his old unit commander--Sarah's imposing father--to plan an extremely risky rescue, he reluctantly agrees and successfully executes it.
Back in the US, Sarah is livid when she's discharged on a false psychiatric evaluation and vows to return to the Army. Until she learns of her brother's suicide. Unable to believe her brother would do such a thing, she puts her plans on hold and enlists Gavin to help her discover the truth. What they uncover may be the biggest story of Sarah's career--if she can survive long enough to write it.
Strap in for another breakneck nail-biter from bestselling romantic suspense author Lynette Eason that will have you up turning pages long into the night.
Extract from the book:
"At the door, she slid against the wall. The other guard should be returning any moment. As though he'd read her mind, footsteps pounded down the hallway to stop in front of the door. His radio crackled and Sarah thought she caught the words, "Search them one by one. Bring her to the conference room. We will make the video there."
"Get up! All of you!"
Sarah jerked at the order and slowly stood. The other girls followed her lead. The guard who spoke looked to be in his early thirties, with a long beard and body odor strong enough to knock her out. And a rifle gripped in his right hand.
When all of them were standing, huddled together, the guard threw open the door and lifted the rifle. He pointed it at Fatima. "You. Come with me."
Fatima stepped forward. When she reached Sarah, she grabbed Sarah's hand in a death grip. The teen shook like she'd splinter apart any second.
The guard jabbed Fatima with the rifle. "What is your name?"
"Remove your head covering."
Slowly, Fatima pushed the cloth away, her eyes downcast.
"It's not her," the other man said. "But I will take her for a little while."
He placed the weapon against Fatima's shoulder. "Come with me."
The teen shuddered but didn't move to obey the order. The guard's eyes gleamed. "Come, I said. Obey or die. Which will you choose?"
Still gripping Sarah's fingers, Fatima lifted her chin. "I choose to die."
A multitude of gasps sounded behind her. He pulled the trigger. Fatima jerked and fell, her hand sliding from Sarah's grip. Screams echoed.
"Fatima!" Heart pounding, ears ringing, Sarah dropped to her knees and pressed hard against the wound, barely able to control the rage she wanted to unleash on the guard. But the girl...
"Fatima," she whispered.
"It hurts," Fatima whimpered.
The rifle turned on Rashida. "You. Get up."
"Kinaaz," Sarah said, "come press on her wound."
Without hesitation, Kinaaz, the gentle soul who loved poetry, nature, and puppies, darted to her friend's side and replaced Sarah's hands with her own.
"Hold on, Fatima," Sarah whispered, "help's coming."
"I said get up!"
Rashida wailed and covered her head with her arms. The guard adjusted the rifle.
"Stop! Don't shoot her!" Sarah stood and stepped between the rifle and the other girls, ignoring the nausea curling in her gut. "What do you want?" she asked, keeping her head lowered, but watching him through her lashes. His eyes glinted and raked her up and down.
"I didn't tell you to interfere."
Sarah waited for the bullet. It didn't come, but she thought he considered it.
"Remove your head covering."
She reached to do so and the smile that split his lips turned her stomach once more. He jerked the rifle, indicating she was to hurry up.
The guard behind him chuckled and muttered something under his breath. She thought she caught, "That's the one."
About the author:
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Collateral Damage and Acceptable Risk, as well as Protecting Tanner Hollow and the Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master's degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband and two children. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com. --This text refers to the library edition.