Friday, February 03, 2012
Last Man Standing - Cindy Gerard
Special operative Joe Green has gone vigilante. His mission: avenge his Black Ops, Inc., brother’s death during a bloody ambush years ago in Sierra Leone. He refuses to drag the BOI team or his lover, Stephanie Tompkins, into the hunt for the man responsible, so when he finds himself beaten, starving, and alone after being falsely imprisoned for the murder of a Freetown priest, he knows he’s as good as dead. Joe meant to protect Stephanie when he walked out on their relationship, but he can’t stop her now from executing his escape. Breaking him out of prison is the easy part. After Joe’s explosive theory pans out and his cunning enemy emerges as the front runner for a high-level presidential appointment, he and Stephanie must race to derail the traitor’s conspiracy if they are to save their loved ones, the nation, and each other.
In My Own Words:
Before leaving to go back to Sierra Leone, Joe speaks words that will come back to haunt him. Thinking it is best and that he is doing the right thing by her, Joe tell Stephanie that he doesn't love her, not enough. After a chance spotting of a photo at work, Stephanie realizes Joe is in serious trouble. With all of the BOI's in the field and the skeleton crew recovering from other injuries or about to pop out a baby, Steph realizes she is all he has and takes off for parts unknown to bring back her man. Once Joe is out and confides his suspicions to Stephanie, they realize this theory will have serious impacts on not only them, but America as well. After they return to the states, they work tirelessly to prove what they suspect. When they get to close though, bullets tend to fly. In order to save each other, their family and friends and their country, they will have to rely on each other and hope they are together when it is all said and done.
"You are growing like a wart on my nose. I love only to be rid of you."
(Suah and Joe's grand reunion)
Like most others, when I heard this would be the final book in the BOI series, I went through the 4 stages of grief. I was intrigued how the author would bring this amazing series to a close and tie up all of the loose ends. I have to say, she did it, and she did it well. I loved Joe's book. This book had it all, a really bad villain that you hope dies a horrible death, a hero/heroine love story that you hope give them a HEA, then you throw in babies and past couples and you have a recipe for a HIT. It is a well known fact that my favorite couple is Reed and Crystal, but I have to admit, Joe and Stephanie come a close second. One of the things I loved most was that Stephanie was able to dig down deep and find her bad-ass-ness and use it. The fact that she busted Joe out of jail had me grinning like a little girl. The epilogue made me cry, laugh and wish our BOI friends a fond farewell.