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It's the intel every agent fears--terrorists have been smuggled into the country, intent on unleashing the most deadly attack since 9/11. With the threat imminent, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking down this terrorist cell. The only problem is Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner, and she can barely be in a room with It's the intel every agent fears--terrorists have been smuggled into the country, intent on unleashing the most deadly attack since 9/11. With the threat imminent, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking down this terrorist cell. The only problem is Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner, and she can barely be in a room with him. But with millions of lives on the line, she has no choice. If it wasn't for a bad call Evan made, Kiley's former partner would still be alive, and Evan has to live with that guilt for the rest of his life. When he starts falling for her, the agent's death seems an impossible obstacle--but it's also the last thing he needs to think about. As the terrorist plot targets Kiley's family, the two are pushed to the breaking point in a race to save countless lives.


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It's the intel every agent fears--terrorists have been smuggled into the country, intent on unleashing the most deadly attack since 9/11. With the threat imminent, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking down this terrorist cell. The only problem is Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner, and she can barely be in a room with It's the intel every agent fears--terrorists have been smuggled into the country, intent on unleashing the most deadly attack since 9/11. With the threat imminent, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking down this terrorist cell. The only problem is Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner, and she can barely be in a room with him. But with millions of lives on the line, she has no choice. If it wasn't for a bad call Evan made, Kiley's former partner would still be alive, and Evan has to live with that guilt for the rest of his life. When he starts falling for her, the agent's death seems an impossible obstacle--but it's also the last thing he needs to think about. As the terrorist plot targets Kiley's family, the two are pushed to the breaking point in a race to save countless lives.

30 review for Minutes to Die

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    An enjoyable race back and forth across the US to stop a terrorist attack. Kiley and Evan's past colors the way they react to the crisis of the moment. This book edges on a thriller with it's tight pacing and high stakes. Loved being back with these characters.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Minutes to Die is the second book in the Homeland Heroes series and it was a heart-pounding thriller! I found myself drawn into the story early on and I couldn't read fast enough. I loved the main characters and how they had issues from the past they had to overcome. The mystery was so good! I loved that there was a bit of decoding in the story and enough twists to keep you guessing. The ending was intense and nearly unputdownable. I also loved the heartfelt moment (won't go into details). ;) All Minutes to Die is the second book in the Homeland Heroes series and it was a heart-pounding thriller! I found myself drawn into the story early on and I couldn't read fast enough. I loved the main characters and how they had issues from the past they had to overcome. The mystery was so good! I loved that there was a bit of decoding in the story and enough twists to keep you guessing. The ending was intense and nearly unputdownable. I also loved the heartfelt moment (won't go into details). ;) All in all, Minutes to Die was amazing and I recommend it. I am looking forward to the next book! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Minutes to Die" is a Christian romantic suspense. The team only had seven days to stop a terrorist threat that could kill millions of people. This did create high suspense, but I was confused by why the main team focused so much on who was going to carry out the attack rather than on trying to determine the target of the attack. I was also baffled by things like why someone would get a tattoo providing the key to a code since usually one tries to hide a code's key. But mostly I was distracted f "Minutes to Die" is a Christian romantic suspense. The team only had seven days to stop a terrorist threat that could kill millions of people. This did create high suspense, but I was confused by why the main team focused so much on who was going to carry out the attack rather than on trying to determine the target of the attack. I was also baffled by things like why someone would get a tattoo providing the key to a code since usually one tries to hide a code's key. But mostly I was distracted from the suspense because Kiley deserved someone more supportive than Evan. He was a self-centered, manipulative jerk. Evan promised to be of great help to the team, but he spent most of his free time fantasizing about kissing Kiley rather than looking for ways to help. He was told to make sure that Kiley got enough to eat, drink, and rest, but he didn't even do this simple task. She was professional and very focused on the task of saving millions of lives, but he kept forcing the issue of talking about their relationship even though this could have waited the seven days until the job was done. He demanded that they talk about it even when he knew it would upset her and disrupt the much-needed nap she was about to take or pull her focus from tailing the bad guy. He also undermined her authority by questioning her plans and refusing to follow her orders several times. Twice, he tackled her to the ground when someone shot at them, preventing her from doing her job. Yet Evan was very, very dismissive of Kiley's concern when he did something dangerous. He justified all of his behavior as acceptable because he "loved" her so much, and a member of Kiley's team said the same. This caused Kiley to start doubting everything she did. It wasn't until Kiley finally agreed to consider a relationship with Evan that he suddenly became supportive, telling her what a good job she's doing and saying they needed to stay focused on the job. I would have been more impressed if he'd been that way from the start rather than waiting until 24 hours before the terrorist attack. At one point, Evan suddenly grabbed and kissed Kiley. It was such an Amazing Kiss that they're convinced they need to get married. Kiley convinced herself that this feeling must be love. Pretty sure that Amazing Kisses and a disrespectful, controlling attitude aren't mentioned anywhere in the Bible when defining love, though. Kiley struggled with forgiving Evan and trusting God with her loved ones. There was no sex or bad language. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    A nail biter from page 1! The Pressure is on. The covers in this series are striking. The silhouettes are very James Bondish and the title, MINUTES TO DIE conveys the urgency of the story. FBI agent Kiley Dawson and ICE agent Evan Bowers haven’t seen each other since an operation went bad six years ago. They are thrown together when their present cases converge. Ms. Sleeman does a great job of showing the tension in their reunion and how each of them has grown in their faith in the interim. Not A nail biter from page 1! The Pressure is on. The covers in this series are striking. The silhouettes are very James Bondish and the title, MINUTES TO DIE conveys the urgency of the story. FBI agent Kiley Dawson and ICE agent Evan Bowers haven’t seen each other since an operation went bad six years ago. They are thrown together when their present cases converge. Ms. Sleeman does a great job of showing the tension in their reunion and how each of them has grown in their faith in the interim. Not only do they have to overcome old hurts, the current situation ramps up when a threat looms towards the anniversary of 9/11, just days from the start of the book. “Kiley didn’t know if they could even find the target, but God knew, and Kiley closed her eyes to pray for divine intervention in a situation that seemed impossible.” The plot of a terrorist threat is not new but Ms. Sleeman brings a fresh slant to it when she gives us a look at how things work on an inter-agency task force. : “Everyone in the room knew the clock was ticking down faster than their answers were appearing, and the pressure was nearly unbearable.” Don’t miss this book if you want to read authentic, up-to-the-minute suspense about law enforcement agencies with realistic characters. This book is very well researched. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    This was my first Susan Sleeman book - yes I read book 2 before book 1, but except for the Montgomery case, both books stand on their own. I enjoyed this book enough that I will read more books by this author as well as complete this series. I enjoyed the whole Red team dynamic and how they interacted with each other and the Montgomery case intrigued me. I went back to read book 1 to see what I missed. This book started out fast and ended fast but in between there was a lot of slow moments. The p This was my first Susan Sleeman book - yes I read book 2 before book 1, but except for the Montgomery case, both books stand on their own. I enjoyed this book enough that I will read more books by this author as well as complete this series. I enjoyed the whole Red team dynamic and how they interacted with each other and the Montgomery case intrigued me. I went back to read book 1 to see what I missed. This book started out fast and ended fast but in between there was a lot of slow moments. The plot was interesting enough to keep me reading but not really made me turn pages till late at night, which I prefer for my suspense reads. You can definitely see the author did her research on guns and FBI etc processes and explained it well to the reader - a lot of these terms, especially wrt the guns however went a bit above my head but readers who like these type of detail will appreciate all the research that went into this story. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    If I let it go, God, then what? I'm a slow reader and for once I was glad about that. It gave me more time to embed myself with Kiley, Evan and the RED team. They're on an adrenaline-laced assignment with very little time to figure out the logistics of who, what, when, and where a monumental terrorist attack is going to occur. Time is ticking and the big question is will they save millions of lives or not? The analytical and problem-solving techniques incorporated in this type of investigatio If I let it go, God, then what? I'm a slow reader and for once I was glad about that. It gave me more time to embed myself with Kiley, Evan and the RED team. They're on an adrenaline-laced assignment with very little time to figure out the logistics of who, what, when, and where a monumental terrorist attack is going to occur. Time is ticking and the big question is will they save millions of lives or not? The analytical and problem-solving techniques incorporated in this type of investigation boggled my mind. I had a hard time keeping up with the ins-and-outs and everyone involved (there are a lot of characters) but still gained a new appreciation for what our federal law enforcement officers might go through and the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. I can't imagine having to coordinate something like this and the immense pressure each team member is bound to be under while optimally performing their duties. Sleeman has created a dynamic atmosphere that kept me completely ‘on the scene’. I'm looking forward to Mack's and Addison's story in Hours to Kill and the conclusion to the ongoing Montgomery Three case that began in book one, Seconds to Live. If you enjoy contemporary romantic suspense incorporated with faith themes of trust and forgiveness, I definitely recommend Minutes to Die. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Evan grabbed a rifle as a spark of adrenalin lit in his body. He willed himself to calm down, but the fire sizzled like ignited detcord.' The elite FBI Red Team has intel that terrorists have been smuggled into the country and are planning an event that will far surpass 9/11. Kiley Dawson heads this mission and must work with ICE Agent Evan Bowers, a man she holds responsible for the death of a fellow agent years ago. Can she set aside these feelings to work with Bowe3rs and prevent this tragedy 'Evan grabbed a rifle as a spark of adrenalin lit in his body. He willed himself to calm down, but the fire sizzled like ignited detcord.' The elite FBI Red Team has intel that terrorists have been smuggled into the country and are planning an event that will far surpass 9/11. Kiley Dawson heads this mission and must work with ICE Agent Evan Bowers, a man she holds responsible for the death of a fellow agent years ago. Can she set aside these feelings to work with Bowe3rs and prevent this tragedy? Once again Susan Sleeman proves she just cannot write a bad book. Quite the contrary. From the first few sentences to the riveting climax, this book is pure high-octane suspense. Guaranteed to set your nerves and senses on high alert, Sleeman's writing is pure adrenalin to the system of her readers. When you read a Susan Sleeman book, you don't just read a terrific book with great characters and and plot, you get an education. She researches police procedures and weaponry to a tee and it brings even more depth to the story. I absolutely love this aspect of her books! Sleeman is a go-to author for me without even reading the synopsis. If her name is on it, I'll read it. Every time. Highly recommended. *My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Trixi

    Exposed. Kiley felt exposed. Standing there. In the dark. Waiting. Waiting. And with that, we're off to another explosive installment to the Homeland Heroes series! Smuggled terrorists, a threat bigger than 9/11, and a race against time is what FBI agent Kiley Dawson and her team face in this fast-paced suspense novel. She also must face ICE agent Evan Bowers, the very man she blamed for the death of her former partner years ago. But when the truth comes out, can she also fight the attraction t Exposed. Kiley felt exposed. Standing there. In the dark. Waiting. Waiting. And with that, we're off to another explosive installment to the Homeland Heroes series! Smuggled terrorists, a threat bigger than 9/11, and a race against time is what FBI agent Kiley Dawson and her team face in this fast-paced suspense novel. She also must face ICE agent Evan Bowers, the very man she blamed for the death of her former partner years ago. But when the truth comes out, can she also fight the attraction that's been under the surface? Only time will tell if she can stop both the threat against the country & her heart. Sleeman has a way with words that makes my heart race when reading her suspense novels. She keeps up the pace with each new development the FBI RED team uncovers & the list of suspects grows. You never know who's really behind it all until the very end, and even then she still surprised me! That's a good writer to me, one that can keep you guessing throughout the book. I also love the camaraderie between each team member and how they worked well together. It's like they can read each other’s minds and their skills mesh perfectly to get the job done. Kiley made a great leader! I like her ability to stay calm when things got tense and kept a sharp focus in spite of her emotions trying to sway her. It was a struggle for her at times, but that's when the team really came together to help. I also loved the moment she was able to forgive Evan & her misconceptions shattered when the truth about the day her partner was killed came out. It freed her heart to love again, and Evan was SO worth the wait. These two were meant to be, in my mind! I truly enjoyed Minutes to Die; it's everything I love in a romantic suspense. The pacing was perfect, the romantic angst was balanced with the high octane adrenaline of the suspense, and the conclusion was a surprise to me. It kept me on my toes and reading far into the night. Sleeman is a top suspense writer for me and a highly recommended author for lovers of this genre! *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House through Netgalley and was not obligated to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    A book that is so real, it felt like we are on the team, and often holding your breath, expecting the next shoe to drop, hoping it is not too late. We are transported across our country, from coast to coast, and all the while trying to figure out the target of these culprits, and hoping that the team and all that are helping will be in time. The main characters FBI Kiley and ICE Even end up back together, there is friction between them, and God's hand is needed, forgiveness. Can these two work tog A book that is so real, it felt like we are on the team, and often holding your breath, expecting the next shoe to drop, hoping it is not too late. We are transported across our country, from coast to coast, and all the while trying to figure out the target of these culprits, and hoping that the team and all that are helping will be in time. The main characters FBI Kiley and ICE Even end up back together, there is friction between them, and God's hand is needed, forgiveness. Can these two work together for the good of our Country? Will all of these agencies be able to put their egos aside for the greater good. In the end will everyone be in time, and this horrible threat and hate be thwarted. You are about to embark on a journey to save the lives of many, and hope those who serve will be alive at the end. Yes, this one quickly became a page turner! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany Huuse, and was not required to give a positive review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    3.5 stars "I'm always reminded of God . . . But tonight. After everything. Minutes from death. It reminds me He's infinite when life is finite." Minutes count. After receiving disturbing intel from a confidential informant, who was summarily dispatched, FBI agent Kiley Dawson quickly activates her team of elite professionals to track down members of a terrorist cell who have devised a plan to put millions of American lives at risk. The FBI knows when, they just don't know where. When Kiley's case 3.5 stars "I'm always reminded of God . . . But tonight. After everything. Minutes from death. It reminds me He's infinite when life is finite." Minutes count. After receiving disturbing intel from a confidential informant, who was summarily dispatched, FBI agent Kiley Dawson quickly activates her team of elite professionals to track down members of a terrorist cell who have devised a plan to put millions of American lives at risk. The FBI knows when, they just don't know where. When Kiley's case happens to intersect with ICE agent Evan Bower, she determines to push aside their differences long enough to appreciate what Evan's highly trained skill set has to offer. Furiously pursuing every possible lead, the agents crisscross the country . . . . meanwhile the timer continues to tick, and Kiley's determination to shut out any latent attraction to Evan, begins to disintegrate. The title alone should alert readers to the fact that this story is going to start fast and accelerate quickly. Fascinating? Complicated? A little unnerving? Absolutely. However, what I appreciated the most was getting to know Kiley and Evan. They learn a lot about themselves; especially the fact that everyone makes mistakes, even when the consequences are as crucial as life or death. . . .ultimately, the power of forgiveness becomes a beautiful thing. "Forgiveness . . . the word sprang to mind as it often had . . . could she forgive Evan? Was he even at fault . . . or was she unwilling to take her share of blame? Blaming Evan was much easier . . . maybe all of it was one of those situations God allowed . . " I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Necee

    “Lives depend on you thinking with your head, not your heart.” In this second book of the Homeland Heroes series, Sleeman delves into the fight against terrorism on U.S. soil. As an FBI agent on the elite RED team, Kiley is used to being more involved in cyber crime. However, the death of her CI brings her into the position of team leader in a race against an imminent terrorist threat. Sleeman did an amazing procedural into the dynamics of agencies working together to stop a catastrophic event. “Lives depend on you thinking with your head, not your heart.” In this second book of the Homeland Heroes series, Sleeman delves into the fight against terrorism on U.S. soil. As an FBI agent on the elite RED team, Kiley is used to being more involved in cyber crime. However, the death of her CI brings her into the position of team leader in a race against an imminent terrorist threat. Sleeman did an amazing procedural into the dynamics of agencies working together to stop a catastrophic event. As Evan ends up working with the team from his position as an ICE agent, I found he really made the story come to life. I loved his heart for justice, Kiley and how he tried to help the team. Kiley was very hard on him and the team as she struggled with her position as team leader. However, stepping into that position in a high stress investigation, as well as grieving her CI loss, would definitely impact how she handled everything. While I enjoyed the race against time and the romantic element between Kiley and Evan, I struggled with liking Kiley’s character. Her bossiness was a little over the top and her unforgiveness took awhile to grasp with Evan. Overall, the story was a good read on how a team has to work together in the behind the scenes world of antiterrorism. The romance was a slow build, but really dealt with how much unforgiveness and bitterness can impact relationships, personal and as a team. Though I struggled with the slow buildup of the story, I was absolutely riveted by the ending and found the resolution of the story exceeded my expectations. “They climbed the exterior stairway. Step by step. Silent. Efficient. Lethal.” If your looking for a truly behind the scenes look into an imminent threat and how agencies work together, I think you’d love this book. The romance is light, but had a wonderful thread of forgiveness. Sleeman really helped my understanding of the psychology behind why people become terrorists. There were some really interesting areas of FBI, counterterrorism, and ICE work that caught my attention. “Behavioral analysts have learned that terrorists always have a grievance, and it’s often based on actual pain or injustice.” I’m looking forward to the underlying thread that impacts the whole team being resolved in the next book of this series. If you love this style of read, you may enjoy Lisa Phillips series the Northwest Counter-Terrorism Task Force. Both highlight the effectiveness of teamwork in protecting our nation. I received an advanced reader copy through NetGalley by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Another long awaited Susan Sleeman book, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Minutes to Die is about Kylie and Evan. Kylie is a member of the RED team and the only female member. While Evan is an ICE agent, who is dealing with a terrorist threat. Both Kylie and Evan are thrown in an investigation together that can determine whether or not millions of people die from a terrorist attack. Unfortunately, Kylie is still furious with Evan about the death of her teammate. She holds him accountable, and Another long awaited Susan Sleeman book, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Minutes to Die is about Kylie and Evan. Kylie is a member of the RED team and the only female member. While Evan is an ICE agent, who is dealing with a terrorist threat. Both Kylie and Evan are thrown in an investigation together that can determine whether or not millions of people die from a terrorist attack. Unfortunately, Kylie is still furious with Evan about the death of her teammate. She holds him accountable, and while she will work with him, she makes it very clear that she does not trust him. Minutes to Die was such a good book, and I really liked seeing Kylie and Evan’s story. Kylie was definitely an interesting character because while trying hard to be a confident and excellent agent, she was extremely insecure. I liked the fact that you were able to see how hard it was for her to be confident and strong. I also adored her relationship with Mack. He has become my new favorite character through this book, and it was so fascinating to see how all the teammates worked the balance of being friends and agents. Evan had a whole different dynamic with Kylie than her teammates, and one that I extremely liked. He supported her while making it clear that she didn’t need him to support her. In this world, it can seem like if a man protects a woman then they are thought of as weak and unable to help themselves However, I think Ms. Sleeman made it clear that Evan loved Kylie enough to protect her and to encourage her, and I’m really glad that she made that distinction. The suspense was also very entertaining. While I had read books about terrorist before, I enjoyed seeing this different perspective. I already had a ton of respect for law enforcement officers, but this just increased my respect even more. One thing that I was sad about was that Taylor was not really in the book, but I can see how it didn’t really make sense in the story for her to be there. This was a great book that I would definitely recommend. It had minimal gore and only some intense scenes, and it was very clean. I can’t wait to read the next book! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kay Garrett

    MINUTES TO DIE by Susan Sleeman is the second book in the Homeland Heroes series. It’s the edge of your seat reading book about FBI Special agent Kiley Dawsome, RED team leader, ICE Agent Evan Bowers and a terroristic threat to this nation that could end up being worse than 9/11. When Kiley’s confidential informant, Firuzeh Abed was gunned down by a sniper at a meet up where she was to give information about an imminent terrorist threat that was said to make 9/11 pale in comparison, she was deter MINUTES TO DIE by Susan Sleeman is the second book in the Homeland Heroes series. It’s the edge of your seat reading book about FBI Special agent Kiley Dawsome, RED team leader, ICE Agent Evan Bowers and a terroristic threat to this nation that could end up being worse than 9/11. When Kiley’s confidential informant, Firuzeh Abed was gunned down by a sniper at a meet up where she was to give information about an imminent terrorist threat that was said to make 9/11 pale in comparison, she was determined to bring the Abed family justice for her murder and to keep the family safe from harm. Kiley has only Firuzeh’s dying words to go on – Port, coma and Box 342. Will it be enough to stop this terrorist threat that is said to place millions of United States citizen in danger? ICE Agent Evan Bowers has had lots of experience with protecting this nation and its people from working as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician in the Navy in Special Forces like the SEALS & Rangers as well as with Secret Service and State Department to protect our highest officials. He’s now with JTTF – Joint Terrorism Task Force – following clues on high ranking terrorist being smuggled into this country. Is it possible that the case he is working is connected to Kiley’s case? Kiley and Evan have a past history – all of it not good. When they were working together and Evan was in the lead when a fellow agent - Kiley’s partner, was killed. Kiley has always blamed Even for his death harboring ill feelings towards him. In the past, there had been an attraction, a spark, between them. That all ended with Olin’s death. When they find themselves face to face again working together, can they the put the past behind them to work on a common goal? They have to because their country and millions of lives depend on them! MINUTES TO DIE is a fabulous face-paced, edge of your seat story that you won’t be able to put down. From page one, Susan Sleeman grabs your attention, with her wonderful storyline and attention to detail, and your heart, with an underlying romance brewing, and gives them both a work out. It will leave you exhausted from the rush, ecstatic for the people that defend our country with such devotion to bring those on the wrong side of the law to justice - like the RED team where each plays a small part like a spoke in a wheel knowing that the wheel can’t roll without all its parts, and leaves you smiling and anxious for the third book in this series. Loved the Christian thread throughout the book. Especially this quote: “No one has power over you unless you give it to them. You are in control of your life and your choices. Decide your own future. Sure, God is ultimately in control, but if her day-to-day actions fell within His well, they were hers to command.” I would most definitely highly recommend MINUTES TO DIE by Susan Sleeman to anyone that loves a Christian, exciting, true to life book that will leave you wanting more from this amazing author. Although part of a series, MINUTES TO DIE can definitely be read as a standalone book. It gets my 5+ stars!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I liked this novel of suspense incorporating operatives from a number of government agencies. It was interesting to see how the agencies work together. I was a little surprised at the heavy use of surveillance videos in finding the bad guys before they managed to kill millions of people. I had no idea so many businesses and municipalities had so many cameras on street locations. I was also surprised at the advances made with DNA. It can be used to provide physical characteristics which can be co I liked this novel of suspense incorporating operatives from a number of government agencies. It was interesting to see how the agencies work together. I was a little surprised at the heavy use of surveillance videos in finding the bad guys before they managed to kill millions of people. I had no idea so many businesses and municipalities had so many cameras on street locations. I was also surprised at the advances made with DNA. It can be used to provide physical characteristics which can be compiled into a composite sketch. It is not an exact science and cannot be used in court but what an amazing advance in police procedure. The characters were developed well in this novel. The main ones, Kiley and Evan, get off to a rough start as they work together on this investigation. That is because this is the second in a series and both characters still have strong feelings from events in the first novel. While this one can be read alone, the full impact of the development of their relationship will not be appreciated without reading the previous novel. One pet peeve from this reader. Kiley “marched” several times to her next location. I should have counted them but I noticed at least twice in two chapters, 13 and 16. And I cannot tell you how many times Kiley had acid in her stomach during a tense time. A little editing of those repetitive aspects would had helped my enjoyment of the author's writing style. All in all, this is a good romantic suspense. While there are a couple of desperate prayers to God during the last heightened suspense, there is nothing else really Christian about the novel. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hodgkins

    The second in Susan Sleeman’s Homeland Heroes series, Minutes to Die begins with a shooting of, RED team member, Kiley’s confidential informant. The case swiftly expands to a national terrorist threat and Evan, an ICE agent and bomb specialist, joins the team in this race against the clock. The plot is well-thought through with interesting characters, multiple sub-plots and an unexpected conclusion. Susan had me guessing the whole way through. The agents run into several dangerous situations and The second in Susan Sleeman’s Homeland Heroes series, Minutes to Die begins with a shooting of, RED team member, Kiley’s confidential informant. The case swiftly expands to a national terrorist threat and Evan, an ICE agent and bomb specialist, joins the team in this race against the clock. The plot is well-thought through with interesting characters, multiple sub-plots and an unexpected conclusion. Susan had me guessing the whole way through. The agents run into several dangerous situations and the pace is swift! In addition to the investigation, there is a budding romance between Kiley and Evan which died six years ago when their team member died on an op Evan was leading. Kiley holds him responsible. Throughout the novel, the characters wrestle with forgiveness, of others and one’s self. They are challenged by God’s forgiveness of us and Susan writes the complexities around this well. Whilst I recommend reading book one, it’s wonderful, it’s not necessary. I liked Kiley in it though and she grew in this book into a woman easy to relate to! I really enjoyed Evan too, he is more than the “tough guy” persona often cast in this type of role and I enjoyed Susan’s more nuanced approach. If you enjoy a criminal thriller with a great cast, this one is for you! It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    An act of terror scheduled to happen on 9/11 sends FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and her team scrambling for clues to bring down the terrorists, while the case brings her face to face with a man that she still hasn't forgiven. A suspense that reads more like a mystery, as the RED Team uncover clues pieces by piece to save countless lives before time runs out. I loved the close knit team, their friendship and how they push each other to be their best. There is great tension between the characters, and I An act of terror scheduled to happen on 9/11 sends FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and her team scrambling for clues to bring down the terrorists, while the case brings her face to face with a man that she still hasn't forgiven. A suspense that reads more like a mystery, as the RED Team uncover clues pieces by piece to save countless lives before time runs out. I loved the close knit team, their friendship and how they push each other to be their best. There is great tension between the characters, and I like how Mack encourages her to give Evan a chance. Evan is a strong Christian man, he wants to do everything he can to be valuable to the mission. I like how he is patient and is willing to step into a potentially awkward situation in order to do his job. High stakes read, plot driven, with well crafted characters. I loved how this book shows a different side to things than just dodging bullets, but the analytical leg work behind bringing down threats. Hard to put down, laced with suspense. One of my favorite things was the camaraderie between the team members, and I can't wait to revisit them again soon. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    Susan Sleeman’s RED team returns, and this time, they are in a race to stop a terrorist attack worse than 9/11. And this time, one of the ladies on the team takes the lead. Kylie is intelligent and tenacious but with a heart seeking justice for the murder of her CI. When the team’s investigation brings them to Washington and the man Kylie blames for the death of her former partners, things get even more personal. In Minutes to Die, readers race from one side of the US to other along with her chara Susan Sleeman’s RED team returns, and this time, they are in a race to stop a terrorist attack worse than 9/11. And this time, one of the ladies on the team takes the lead. Kylie is intelligent and tenacious but with a heart seeking justice for the murder of her CI. When the team’s investigation brings them to Washington and the man Kylie blames for the death of her former partners, things get even more personal. In Minutes to Die, readers race from one side of the US to other along with her characters in an investigation that is intense and deadly. Sleeman has a knack for making me feel like I am part of her teams as they uncover evidence and get closer to their suspects without giving anything away until the perfect time. Add in plenty of romantic tension between Kylie and Evan, and this was one book I devoured. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Dugas

    I really liked this book. It was suspenseful and kept me on my toes. They only have 7 days to stop millions of people from dying of a terrorist attack. I did not read the fist book in this series but it was still a good read and I could understand everything perfectly fine. The start of the book was very good but it was a little bit dragged on throughout the middle of the book however I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and plan to read the first book fairly soon.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Sleesman has written another awesome can't put down book that will make you sit on the edge of your seat to see what happens next! Another reason I liked this story so well was that it raised a few hairs on the back of my neck in some places. In others, I held my breath. Certain things happen in life that are often out of control and the only thing that we can do is make it right the best way we know how. I appreciate the way the teams work together and how they respect each other to make things Sleesman has written another awesome can't put down book that will make you sit on the edge of your seat to see what happens next! Another reason I liked this story so well was that it raised a few hairs on the back of my neck in some places. In others, I held my breath. Certain things happen in life that are often out of control and the only thing that we can do is make it right the best way we know how. I appreciate the way the teams work together and how they respect each other to make things happen. Great characters and an awesome plot with some pretty cool twits and turns that I didn't see coming. I love surprises like that. I finished the book in one afternoon. I enjoyed getting to know Kiley and Evan and thought they made an awesome team. This book deserves 5 stars and more. My thanks to Netgalley for an awesome read! I highly recommend this book for people who like this genre. It's awesome! I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    Don’t even think about starting this if you don’t have time to devour it as you will hate putting it down. I found the research impeccable and felt like I was more knowledgeable when finished. Ms. Sleeman is a master at suspense that has you on a thrill ride and when you throw in that added pleasure of romantic tension you have a top notch winner in your hands. This is Book Two in the Homeland Heroes Series and you will not want to miss a moment of these characters. I can’t wait for the next one Don’t even think about starting this if you don’t have time to devour it as you will hate putting it down. I found the research impeccable and felt like I was more knowledgeable when finished. Ms. Sleeman is a master at suspense that has you on a thrill ride and when you throw in that added pleasure of romantic tension you have a top notch winner in your hands. This is Book Two in the Homeland Heroes Series and you will not want to miss a moment of these characters. I can’t wait for the next one. I loved the forgiveness aspect contained within the pages and how sometimes what we perceive as truth isn’t reality. Sometimes when you read a book it is hard to describe so therefore I will say it is like being on a roller coaster and the feeling of anticipation followed by the building of the thrill followed by satisfying elation. A definite must read. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher/author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    When Agent Kiley Dawson is meeting with one of her CI's the girl is killed. Kiley is determined to find out who and why her informant was killed. Before her informant died she was able to tell Kiley that what was coming to the US was way more significant than 9/11 and millions of lives were in danger. Kiley requests to be lead on the case so that she can be the one that finds her informants killer. ICE Agent Evan Bowers is looking into a suspicious container that has come into the port. What he f When Agent Kiley Dawson is meeting with one of her CI's the girl is killed. Kiley is determined to find out who and why her informant was killed. Before her informant died she was able to tell Kiley that what was coming to the US was way more significant than 9/11 and millions of lives were in danger. Kiley requests to be lead on the case so that she can be the one that finds her informants killer. ICE Agent Evan Bowers is looking into a suspicious container that has come into the port. What he finds is an elaborate set-up that harbors no good! When Agent Kiley and her team arrive they quickly realize that their cases are overlapping. Kiley and Evan used to work together until Evan allowed someone to kill their partner Olin. Kiley has never forgiven Evan and she isn't happy to be working with him now. But for the greater good they must put their past behind them and help each other before it is too late. I love the RED team in this series. They respect each other and they are elite so they are good at what they do. And they are able to make things happen! I especially liked Kiley and Evan's relationship. It was rocky at first, but then they were able to work through some things and acknowledge the attraction they had for each other. As always the danger was nail-biting! The author always writes realistically and in this case she wrote about terrorism that truly would be more devastating than 9/11. My heart was racing and my stress level was definitely up there with the team as they raced against time to stop this devastating act of violence. FAVORITE QUOTE: No one has power over you unless you give it to them. You are in control of your life and your choices. Decide your own future. I love the details that the author places in her stories. Here is one example: The process is called phenotyping, Philips explained. Basically, DNA can now be used to provide physical characteristics that are compiled in a composite sketch. There have been great results in locating suspects this way. Seriously, how cool is that? A sketch from DNA! Who knew? I'm looking forward to the next book in the series where hopefully the team is able to wrap up the case of The Montgomery Three, a case that has haunted them for several years.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jerrye Bell

    Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ______________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Susan Sleeman continues her excellent Homeland Heroes series with a complex new story that is a fast-paced race against a faster ticking clock. I’ll be perfectly honest here and say I was slightly lost at the beginning of this story. I thought it was attached to another series and it wasn’t and I couldn’t figure out why it didn’t make sense. Oh my! After Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ______________________________________________________________________________ Story Notes Susan Sleeman continues her excellent Homeland Heroes series with a complex new story that is a fast-paced race against a faster ticking clock. I’ll be perfectly honest here and say I was slightly lost at the beginning of this story. I thought it was attached to another series and it wasn’t and I couldn’t figure out why it didn’t make sense. Oh my! After I got my brain unscrambled, I was able to really get into this wonderful book and it’s non-stop tension. Ms. Sleeman begins her story with Red Team FBI Agent Kiley Dawson who is meeting a young woman willing to pass information about a possible terrorist cell. But before the information can change hands, the informant is killed, setting off an investigation that will span the entire US. At the same time, ICE agent Evan Bowers is investigating a suspicions container at the Port of Tacoma. His JTTF team is in charge of ferreting out leads of terrorists coming into the US by unusual means. When their investigations become connected by suspects, both Evan and Kiley will have to work together for the first time in six years. Kiley still blames Evan for her partner Olin’s death while on an op where Evan was lead investigator. But they will have to let go of the past and work together to figure out this puzzle before more people are killed. The threat has listed millions of lives at stake so it will take all that their teams can bring together to find the place of the attack and stop it from happening. As they work the case together, each of them will see that there is more to the other than they first understood. And it will take a situation similar to the past to help Kiley let go of the past and forgive Evan. But Evan has his own demons to chase besides getting Kiley’s forgiveness. If they are going to have a chance at moving forward, both on the case and with each other, they will have to accept the offer of love and forgiveness. They will also have to risk everything they’ve found to stop those responsible for the attack before it’s too late. I read this book almost straight though in one afternoon/evening. It was very engaging with all the dialogue and technical police jargon being used. You really felt like you were in the cars, at the scenes and in the conference rooms working the case alongside the agents. I loved that there was plenty of humanity going on in the story but that it added to the story instead of taking your attention away. Clearly things that happened helped things be seen and evidence be found and it was very realistically written. The supporting characters added a good layer of depth to the story with their comments and conversations. I am really looking forward to finding out Mack’s story whenever that comes to be. The ending of the story was really great and tied up almost all the loose ends perfectly. Some things will probably be answered in the next book but that didn’t make this story seem incomplete. I will certainly be recommending this book and the series to others in the hope that they will love this tension-filled story as I did. Looking forward to the next in the series! I received this temporary complimentary E-book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in order to provide a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan Wachtel

    Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman – Suspense and Intrigue that Grabs Your Attention Minutes to Die was the first book I’ve read by author Susan Sleeman. It’s the second book in the Homeland Heroes series. The storyline is what drew me in. FBI Agent Kiley Dawson was meeting with a confidential informant on a foggy night in Washington, D.C. Her trusted source had information about a terrorist attack planned for the anniversary of 9/11. As Kiley was arranging for witness protection a gunshot pierced Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman – Suspense and Intrigue that Grabs Your Attention Minutes to Die was the first book I’ve read by author Susan Sleeman. It’s the second book in the Homeland Heroes series. The storyline is what drew me in. FBI Agent Kiley Dawson was meeting with a confidential informant on a foggy night in Washington, D.C. Her trusted source had information about a terrorist attack planned for the anniversary of 9/11. As Kiley was arranging for witness protection a gunshot pierced the night and Firuzeh was dead. Now what? Soon Kiley and her team were headed to Tacoma, Washington, and looking into a different case. A container was found at a shipyard that had been used to transport terrorists into the Country. Kylie is reunited with ICE Agent Even Bowers as they join forces to stop a terrorist attack. But the only thing they know for sure is the date of the attack, September 11th, and the clock is ticking. Minutes to Die got my attention from the get-go and didn’t let up until the end. It’s fast-paced as the characters worked to try and put together the pieces of the puzzle. What kind of terror attack is planned? Where will it occur? Who are the bad guys planning to bring terror and destruction to untold millions and where are they now? Is this case somehow tied to the murder of Firuzeh? I liked the main characters, Kiley and Evan, and also the team members. Each one has their area of expertise and they worked well together to try and stop the terrorist attack. The team has been together for a while and they know, respect, and trust each other and have each other’s back. They are an asset to Kiley as she takes the lead for the first time in an investigation. The odd man out is Evan. Kiley and Evan have a history and she’s not sure she can get past it. The details of the investigation were fascinating and it was interesting to learn about different technologies available to help process evidence. I struggled a bit with Kiley as she seemed to hang on to resentment toward Evan and her mother. Towards the end of the book she does work through the issues she’s been holding on to. I would have liked to have seen the Christian faith developed greater with Kiley and Evan, something more than just brief arrow prayers in times of danger. There seemed to be an overemphasis on their physical attraction. It seemed a bit much especially in light of the impending terrorist attack. Despite the things I struggled with, I did like Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman. It was very suspenseful, interesting, and it held my attention to the end. I came away from this wanting to read more of the author’s books. If you like suspense and intrigue give Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman a try. I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    The second installment in the Homeland Heroes series gives readers another fast pace tale with relationships between characters both tense and emotional until the very end. FBI Agent Kiley Dawson loses her Confidential Informant to a murder right as she is about to give her information on a terrorist attack being planned on U.S. soil. The attack is supposedly going to be the deadliest attack since 9/11 and Kiley knows she has her work cut out for her. She teams with ICE Agent Evan Bowers in charg The second installment in the Homeland Heroes series gives readers another fast pace tale with relationships between characters both tense and emotional until the very end. FBI Agent Kiley Dawson loses her Confidential Informant to a murder right as she is about to give her information on a terrorist attack being planned on U.S. soil. The attack is supposedly going to be the deadliest attack since 9/11 and Kiley knows she has her work cut out for her. She teams with ICE Agent Evan Bowers in charge of figuring out how to take down the terrorist cell. Evan and Kiley have a difficult past, she blames him for the death of her former partner and doesn’t know how she can work with a man she doesn’t trust. Somehow, they have to work around their differences to protect the lives of millions and stop a terrorist from attacking America once more. Minutes to Die is another action-packed romantic suspense thriller from Susan Sleeman. Sleeman does a fantastic job of crafting characters that readers will want to see succeed even as they are placed in the most precarious of situations. With so many aspects of the investigation, it could be easy to get lost in the technical jargon and lose sight of what the story is trying to tell us; luckily, the story is written in such a way that readers will follow along and feel as if they are part of the investigation with Kiley and Evan and the rest of the team. For me, I enjoyed fast pace of the story, but there was more romance than I would have liked. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good romantic suspense but not when the romance comes on too strong, which is my only complaint. I would have preferred the romance down a notch. That can also be a double edge sword, when the romance is a bigger part of the story, it can lead to more tension between the characters. By the end of the story I was so invested in the relationships that when one character found themselves in harm’s way and the other was scared for their life, I found myself holding my breath as the pages turned to see if they would make it out okay. Both books in this series have been enjoyable and easy to read, which leads me to believe the third will be a welcome addition to the series. I recommend this to readers that enjoy romantic suspense with heart pounding action and great heart-warming story throughout. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Viki Ferrell

    When her Confidential Informant is gunned down in the street, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson asks for the lead on the investigation. Kiley is a member of the elite FBI Red Team. She, Mack, Sean and Cam work well together. This is her first time to take the lead role, but this is personal. Her CI had become a friend. Firuzeh Abed was coming to tell Kiley about a possible terrorist attack on 9-11, which is just days away. Her last words were “port, coma, B342”. While Kiley’s team begins their investigation When her Confidential Informant is gunned down in the street, FBI Agent Kiley Dawson asks for the lead on the investigation. Kiley is a member of the elite FBI Red Team. She, Mack, Sean and Cam work well together. This is her first time to take the lead role, but this is personal. Her CI had become a friend. Firuzeh Abed was coming to tell Kiley about a possible terrorist attack on 9-11, which is just days away. Her last words were “port, coma, B342”. While Kiley’s team begins their investigation, ICE Agent Evan Bowers is closing in on some illegal immigrants thought to be in a shipping container at the port in Tocoma, WA. When the two investigations collide in cyberspace, Evan is brought on board with the Red Team. He and Kiley have a history, and it isn’t a good one. Kiley blames him for the loss of a team member a few years back. Can she put her feelings aside and work with Evan to find these terrorists and what their intended target might be? Susan Sleeman brings us her second installment of her Homeland Heroes Series with MINUTES TO DIE, a dynamic, inspirational thriller. Kiley and Evan are well-developed, realistic main characters with a strong work ethic. That’s a good thing, as this fast-paced, emotion-driven storyline leaves little time to rest, sleep or even eat. The cast of supporting characters includes Kiley’s team, as well as agents from just about all the “letter” government organizations and several local law-enforcement departments. This means a lot of resources at their fingertips. Kiley and Evan crisscross the United States from coast to coast, with a few stops in between in search of these terrorists. Even more terrifying is the fact that they don’t know where the attack will be, nor the weapon that will be used. MINUTES TO DIE is a story about fear, loss and unforgiveness … about holding on to anger and letting it eat away at you. Can Kiley find a way to trust Evan and move on? If you love police procedural and are looking for a good inspirational thriller, this is your book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-bennett

    Minutes to Die Homeland Heroes #2 By Susan Sleeman FBI Agent Kiley Dawson's CI has been killed just moments after revealing that a terrorist attack is imminent. With only a few words to go on, stopping the coming devastation seems nearly impossible, but the RED Team doesn't know the meaning of impossible. ICE Agent Evan Bowers has tracked down evidence of smuggled terrorists. Terrorists that came prepared to carry out an attack. But with no way to identify the suspects, the chance of stopping them Minutes to Die Homeland Heroes #2 By Susan Sleeman FBI Agent Kiley Dawson's CI has been killed just moments after revealing that a terrorist attack is imminent. With only a few words to go on, stopping the coming devastation seems nearly impossible, but the RED Team doesn't know the meaning of impossible. ICE Agent Evan Bowers has tracked down evidence of smuggled terrorists. Terrorists that came prepared to carry out an attack. But with no way to identify the suspects, the chance of stopping them has dramatically dropped. Calling in what he's found brings the RED Team into his investigation - an investigation he is determined to be a part of. Now he just needs to convince the lead agent to keep him on - not an easy sell given the history he and Kiley share. One in which her former partner was killed under his leadership, and she lays the blame squarely on his shoulders. But time is short, and to accomplish what they need to will require working through their discomfort. Can the two work together long enough to stop the coming attack that is rumored to be bigger than 9/11? Or will the lack of online or dark web chatter work to their detriment? And what about the growing attraction between Kiley and Evan? Will the mistakes of the past prevent them from having a future? The clock is ticking down... Minutes to Die is an excellent sequel to Seconds to Live that readers who are fans of Romantic Suspense will enjoy diving into this draw you in action from page one. Minutes are slipping away as the few clues that are known are too vague to pinpoint an exact location or mode of attack. If you want keep you up all night suspense this is the book you want to move to the top of your tbr pile. And when you add in Kiley's childhood issues that take on a new meaning as the threat draws nearer you have an intense read in your future. Tick, tick, tick... I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations - all thoughts expressed are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen M.

    FBI Agent Kiley Dawson learns from her confidential informant that there is a big threat on the United States. But she is unable to learn more. Her other elite team members add their expertise. But they need help from ICE Agent Evan Bowers. The problem is that Kiley DOES NOT think she can ever work with Evan again. She blames him for an incident that happened as a part of another team. She is not sure she can forgive him. This book's positive traits: teamwork, learning to use strengths, working FBI Agent Kiley Dawson learns from her confidential informant that there is a big threat on the United States. But she is unable to learn more. Her other elite team members add their expertise. But they need help from ICE Agent Evan Bowers. The problem is that Kiley DOES NOT think she can ever work with Evan again. She blames him for an incident that happened as a part of another team. She is not sure she can forgive him. This book's positive traits: teamwork, learning to use strengths, working together. Sean, Mac, Cam and Kiley definitely have each other's backs. I liked the fact that Evan was willing to work with them no matter what. The mystery itself was interesting. How the terrorists arrived into the country was a bit scary. All of the levels that they went to on behalf of destruction was also scary. And everything that the team had to do to determine the solution required a lot of involvement. The result was the reader felt a bit frantic with them. I liked the fact that there was resolution in some of the relationships by the end of the book. Negatives:. Occasionally this team acts rather elitist - they expect all other law enforcement officials to help them immediately. But they do not always seem to be team players or aren't willing to disclose their own knowledge.. Some of that was due to clearance levels, but occasionally this attitude got annoying. They all worked SO hard that they rarely slept. I can't figure out how realistic that type of devotion really is for days on end. Overall I did like this second book in the Homeland Heroes series. I do look forward to reading book three. My final rating is 4.6 stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for letting me read an early copy. I wanted to review the book, and all opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Edward Arrington

    Besides being hard to put down this book, when I did, I found myself anxiously awaiting an opportunity to pick it up again. For me, life does not come in neat blocks that allow hours on end for reading. Somehow, I find myself constantly interrupted. When I find a story like this one, I want to go somewhere to hide for hours so I can read straight through. The story has all of the elements that grab and hold my attention. The tension mounts from the opening paragraphs to the end as Kiley and her Besides being hard to put down this book, when I did, I found myself anxiously awaiting an opportunity to pick it up again. For me, life does not come in neat blocks that allow hours on end for reading. Somehow, I find myself constantly interrupted. When I find a story like this one, I want to go somewhere to hide for hours so I can read straight through. The story has all of the elements that grab and hold my attention. The tension mounts from the opening paragraphs to the end as Kiley and her team match wits against terrorists who are bent on wreaking mass destruction. Without knowing who the players are, what the target is, or how the attack will occur, their only lead is that something big is going down very soon and terrorists are on the move. The suspense and heart-stopping action kept me turning pages. At one point in the story when the pressure had been turned up, it was interesting that Evan wanted to take a shower and pray. He had found that his time in the shower was a good time to block out other things and talk to God. I have no way of knowing the pressures faced daily by an ICE agent under normal circumstances, but this seemed to be a good way for him to make time for prayer in an excessively hectic schedule facing life-and-death situations. Kiley had a strong faith as well, without which she would possibly have crumbled under her first experience as the team leader. I enjoyed the way the entire team worked together to achieve a common goal even though they all had strong skills and equally strong personalities. What a difference we would see in the world around us if more people put forth the effort to work together rather than each person striving to achieve their own agenda! I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    Minutes to Die is the second book in the Homeland Heroes series by Susan Sleeman. Each story can standalone on it's own just fine. There are of course familiar characters, and one common case that has been mentioned throughout the series, but enough background is given that you won't be lost. In Minutes To Die, Kiley and her team learn of a planned terrorist attack that will be more catastrophic than 9/11. The problem is they have no idea who or what the plan involves. They are in a race against Minutes to Die is the second book in the Homeland Heroes series by Susan Sleeman. Each story can standalone on it's own just fine. There are of course familiar characters, and one common case that has been mentioned throughout the series, but enough background is given that you won't be lost. In Minutes To Die, Kiley and her team learn of a planned terrorist attack that will be more catastrophic than 9/11. The problem is they have no idea who or what the plan involves. They are in a race against the clock to figure it out before the plan is played out. While it sounds absolutely intriguing,I must admit it took me a little while to get fully invested in this story. There are many characters--- both on the team and suspects--- introduced in this story and it was certainly a lot to keep up with. I also found that I really didn't seem to connect with Kiley's character too much. This book was very procedural, which was interesting still, but perhaps this was why I didn't find myself connecting as well. The romance with Evan was there, but definitely took a backseat, which I didn't mind at all. It wasn't until about halfway through that I really found myself unable to put it down. I would still give it a solid 3.5 stars, but I do wish I could have enjoyed the characters a bit more. Still, I look forward to reading the next one, There is a case again mentioned throughout the first two books and I can't help but think it's leading to something big and great. If you enjoy a Christian/clean suspense with a more procedural feel, this is definitely one to check out. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley for consideration. All thoughts are 100% my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I’m a big fan of Susan Sleeman‘s books, but Minutes to Die, the second book in her Homeland Heroes series, might be her best one yet. Impossible to put down and filled with incredible detail, it follows the RED Team as they attempt to stop a deadly attack before the anniversary of 9/11. Kiley Dawson began her career as a shy computer nerd, but when her first confidential information is murdered in front of her, she wants lead on the investigation into the information her CI attempted to bring her I’m a big fan of Susan Sleeman‘s books, but Minutes to Die, the second book in her Homeland Heroes series, might be her best one yet. Impossible to put down and filled with incredible detail, it follows the RED Team as they attempt to stop a deadly attack before the anniversary of 9/11. Kiley Dawson began her career as a shy computer nerd, but when her first confidential information is murdered in front of her, she wants lead on the investigation into the information her CI attempted to bring her. Details that lead her team into a race against time. Evan Bowers has liked Kiley Dawson for years, even when a failed operation put a wedge between them. Now she and her team arrive at his crime scene to take over his investigation. He steps up to make himself invaluable to the team so she can’t box him out of chasing down the bad guys. As I read Minutes to Die, it amazed me how deep and tangled the web of the investigation becomes. Kiley and her team felt it, too. And the ending! Wow! The research it took to make this story possible is an art in and of itself! If you’re a fan of suspense, this is the book for you! It has threads of romance and faith, too. With an unbelievable plot that will keep you wondering whether the team will be able to figure out who the bad guys are and what exactly they are planning. Before times runs out. --- I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers and the author in order to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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