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Deadly Additive: A Jeb Sledge Mission

Title:  Deadly Additive:  A Jeb Sledge Mission

Author:  Donn Taylor

Pages:  316

Year:  2012

Publisher:  Harbourlight Books

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Kristin Halvorsen is in the middle of a remote Colombian village in pursuit of the story of her career.  What she finds instead will be the story of her life and may be a life cut short by the guerillas who control the area.  She has seen something she wasn’t supposed to and now she has been kidnapped by said guerillas.  She and her friend from college, a rich daughter of a powerful businessman, have traveled to Colombia together and now her friend’s father must pay a large ransom to free them.  What happens next, they don’t expect and soon they are fleeing for their lives in the dense countryside of remote Colombia where whoever has the most guns wins.  Can she make it back to civilization to tell the world her story?

Jeb Sledge is an independent contractor who performs tasks or missions for people with money who can afford his services and need things done quickly.  He is a former soldier and is looking to retire after this last mission to listen to soft music, read books and maybe be trained as a PI.  He is determined, battle ready and a high success rate on his missions.  He thinks this mission is over once he makes a delivery to his current boss, but soon discovers there is much more going on.  He is pulled in again to another aspect of his first mission and then thinks he is finished, but he isn’t.  Now, he is tasked with tracking down a chemical weapons expert and his deadly cargo before it gets in the hands of terrorists.

This is an action-packed, exciting story with espionage, subterfuge, gun fights, kidnapping and more!  I was involved with the characters and their stories throughout the novel and couldn’t wait to turn the next page to see what was going to happen.  Kristin is a woman with a lot of guts and determination.  Sledge is a protector and mission driven former soldier.  Both are trying to fill an emptiness in their lives that can only be filled by the One who made it.  Both realize what they are searching for, but will they have time to find it before they lose their lives?  I liked the character of Roger Brinkman, the former CIA member, who is still active and going strong at work while in his nineties!  I am looking forward to reading more from this author as I like his writing style, story line and plot development.  This is one I thoroughly enjoyed!
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