Desperate Creed – Alex Kava

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This is book five of the Creed series and I am enormously grateful to the author for her ‘authors note’ at the end that assures her readers that there are many more Creed stories to come! Thank goodness! Ms. Kava is definitely in my top 5 of MUST READ authors!!

In early AM Chicago, Frankie Russo wakes to her phone ringing at 5AM to find her marketing co-worker Tyler calling her via Facetime. Having worked on a large account recently, he has discovered that the company’s products, breakfast cereal and bars, contain a dangerous amount of glyphosate, an herbicide, considered a carcinogen. He also reveals that he and a friend hacked into the company CEO’s emails and learned that they know of the problem. Moments later, Tyler is accosted by two men and drops the phone. The man who picks up the phone is big, with a noticeable scar, before the call disconnects. Realizing she is in trouble, Frankie reaches out to her friend Hannah, in hopes of talking to Hannah’s friend, FBI Agent Maggie O’Dell.

Meanwhile, in Florida, Ryder Creed is working with a new dog with a prosthetic leg. Watching closely is Brodie, his sister, recently rescued after 16 years with a kidnapper. Brodi is still trying to find her place in the household after her experience. Ryder’s business partner and friend Hannah is working hard on building a home for her, and looking out for her when Ryder and his dogs are on rescue missions. Both have their eyes to the sky as an ominous line of thunderstorms start to form. As the storms spawn tornadoes in nearby southern Alabama, Ryder and Grace, his search and rescue dog, head out to assist.

Frankie arrives at the airport, only to discover she’s being followed, and that somehow the man with the scar has found her at the airport terminal. She quickly flees the terminal, rents a vehicle, and decides she’ll drive to Florida instead. When she calls Hannah, Hannah arranges for her to meet with Maggie in Alabama.

As Maggie and Frankie meet at the Southern Blessings Diner, unbeknownst to them, a large tornado is bearing down on them…and on Ryder too…

Awesome read!! I will never get enough of these characters, these dogs, or Alex Kava’s writing! Fabulous characters, scary situations, and the best search and rescue dogs ever make for a fabulous, un-put-downable read! If you do nothing else, acquaint yourself with this series! I promise, you won’t be disappointed!!