Above and Beyond by Betsy Brannon Green

October 22, 2008 · 8 comments

in Mystery/Suspense


Title: Above and Beyond

Author: Betsy Brannon Green

Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.

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Size: 6×9, softcover

Genre: Suspense

Series: Hazardous Duty

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Now that Savannah has her daughter, Caroline, back after a frightening abduction, life seems calmer. But that serenity comes to an abrupt end when twenty-year-old Rosemary Allen pleads for Savannah’s help after running away from her dangerously controlling father. But her father isn’t just anyone—he’s Mario Ferrante, the criminal mastermind who oversaw Caroline’s kidnapping. Rosemary and her husband had planned to escape from Ferrante’s house together, but the plan was foiled and Rosemary had to escape alone. Now she is begging Savannah to help keep her safe and rescue her husband.

She knows it’s risky, but Savannah can’t resist taking on the challenge. And she knows one person who is just crazy enough to take it on with her—Major Christopher Dane. Savannah just hopes he won’t be able to see through her feigned indifference to him and discover her desperate desire to be reunited with him, even if it requires both of them to put their lives in danger . . . again. Savannah entreats the help of Dane and his team, and after some convincing, they all agree to take the assignment.

Will the team’s undercover plots to beat Ferrante at his own game be enough to win against such a cunning criminal? Will Savannah be able to withstand her resurfacing nightmares when Caroline’s safety is in great danger once again? And will she ever have reason to hope that Dane could someday let her into his complicated life?

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Anna October 27, 2008 at 12:41 pm

I loved this book. Of course, I have liked every book written by Betsy Brannon Green.

This is a 2nd part of 3 part book. At least on her website it says book 3 will come out next year. The books wrap up nicely, but yet leave a little hanging for the next book. This a really good read though.

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Mandy February 6, 2009 at 2:02 pm

I really loved this book. I love to read about excitement and adventure since my life is not so exciting or adventurous.

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An AZ Girl in TX February 27, 2009 at 5:40 pm

One of my favorite authors would have to be Besty! She mixes an adventure with romance VERY well!
I am really loving being along for the ride on the Duty books. Just seeing what Dane will do next is a thrill! Although the end of this book…. well, read it and you’ll see that it’s… hmmm nope I won’t spoil it for you. But the book is good! I am definitely going to read the next one too!

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An AZ Girl in TX April 3, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Looks like I already told you that I love Besty’s books and why I liked this one! Dane and Savannah’s story will keep youcoming back for more… and Code of HOnor will be out soon! Yippee!!

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Linda Weaver Clarke July 24, 2009 at 3:28 pm

I love Betsy's books but this one is her best work. I'm impressed with how she keeps your interest with suspense, intrigue, and romance. This series is a WINNER!

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LDS_Publisher August 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

Review by Annie.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Bear in mind that it really is necessary to read the first book in the series, Hazardous Duty, before trying this one. Above and Beyond is a page turner, just like its predecessor, and I found myself letting other household duties get away from me while I was reading. This, to me, is always the sign of a good read.

I loved Dane—he is the perfect alpha hero. I also enjoyed the camaraderie among the team members. Also, I'm always a sucker for military heroes, so this book worked for me on many levels. The suspense was effective, I wasn't sure how things were going to turn out, and my love for a good adventure was satisfied. I also loved a character in the book named "Madame Leone," who is a fortune teller, of sorts. The setting in New Orleans was perfect; that setting alone invites mystery, intrigue and romance.

If I had any issues in the book at all, it would be Savannah, herself. She is a sympathetic heroine, and I like her well enough, but I found myself wanting to shake her at times and tell her to quit throwing her emotions so openly at Dane when he can only offer disdain in return. I wanted to tell her to pick up her misplaced pride and give him a, "Fine!" Truthfully, though, I can see where she needs him to know how fully she believes in true love and in the fact that they can have a future together.

The only other issue I had with her is her insistence on being part of the team and privy to full disclosure from Dane, but then she questions him and his decisions at every turn. There are times he misleads her or doesn't give her all the information she wants, but it's his right as commander of the team, and she has a hard time separating the rights she would have had in a relationship with him with her rights, or lack thereof, as a subordinate.

Truly, a fun book with engaging characters I have come to care about. I'm anxiously looking forward to the next book in the series. I recommend it to anyone with a love for this genre.

I give this book four stars.

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LDS_Publisher August 28, 2010 at 8:08 am

Review by Erin.

I didn't quite like this book as much as I did the first one in the series. Like you, I liked Dane and the team, I loved the setting in New Orleans and the peek that gives us into Dane's history, but Savannah drove me nuts with her neediness. Yes, I'll read the next installment, but I'd only give this one 3 1/2 stars.

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LDS_Publisher August 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

Comment by kathy.

I really liked this book. It is better if you read the first one because it helps knowing what happened from the first book. I also loved the comradely of the team members. I love reading fun, entertaining, and clean literature.

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