Until Death Do Us Part [Incognito Series Book 2]
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by Karen Wiesner
Category: Suspense/Thriller/Mystery/Crime EPIC eBook Award Finalist
Description: Network operatives Kirsten Ulrick and Ash Barnett have sacrificed their personal identities to live in the shadows and uphold justice for all--no matter the cost. Captain Shannon McKee has restored order to the Network, a covert government agency. However, corrupt former Head of Operations, Giles Jameson is MIA, intent on destroying the reporters who uncovered his corruption. Operatives Kirsten Ulrick and Ash Barnett go undercover to protect Raven Harris and her husband from their seemingly invisible enemy. When Raven and Casey Harris lost their child to a supposed accident, they lost their marriage as well. Raven and Casey live together as guilt-ridden strangers, afraid to love and trust each other again...and just as afraid to let go of the bond they once shared. When Raven's life is threatened because of evidence she and her partner uncovered on a dangerously corrupt man of power, and old, unhealed wounds are pierced again, Raven and Casey must renew their vows or let go forever...dead or alive. Ash and Kirsten accept that they can't protect the Harris' without becoming involved in their lives, but seeing the couples' pain reflects their own private torment. For them, there is no life and no love, only duty. This is the second book in author Karen Wiesner's highly acclaimed Incognito Series, following NO ORDINARY LOVE.
eBook Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press, 2006
eBookwise Release Date: December 2006
14 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [403 KB]
Reading time: 261-365 min.
5 hearts! "UNTIL DEATH DO US PART is a thrilling ride that makes the adrenalin soar. I kept expecting the action and the characters to bolt from the pages and come to life that is how real this story draws in the reader. The emotions with Raven and Casey, losing their son, could be felt in this reader. The sensations are so in-depth, not to mention the atmosphere between Kristen and Ash. I adored the way Ash supports Kristen and the way their eyes continue to make contact. I could almost feel the love growing inside their hearts. Karen Wiesner once again composes an excellent well-written drama that keeps the reader on the edge-of-the-seat spellbound. She never disappoints and every story is cleverly constructed. She is so skilled in her talent that I always look forward to reading her stories." ~Linda L. for The Romance Studio
"If putting down No Ordinary Love [Book 1 of the Incognito Series], seems impossible, then Book 2, Until Death Do Us Part, is sure to provoke an addiction for Karen Wiesner's storytelling! Action packed, with every twist and turn ... Until Death Do Us Part is another fabulous story by Karen Wiesner...!"--Pamela Faye, Rolling Seas Reviews
"NO! NO! NO! was exactly what I was yelling when I got to the end as I realized Karen had done it once again--left me with that you-can't-leave-me-hanging-like-this feeling.The ending of Until Death Do Us Part is a beautiful segue into the next novel in the Incognito Series and it left me literally screaming for more. Once again Karen Wiesner's magic is apparent in this novel. While it is a wonderful novel full of intrigue, betrayal and mystery, it is the characters that take on a life of their own. The reader is drawn to these strong people with everyday problems. Karen Wiesner has a knack for making her characters real. Until Death Do Us Part is a dynamic title for this novel. To risk loving someone could very well mean a bullet to the brain for one of the operatives of The Network. Ashton Barnett and Kirsten Ulrick are two members of the covert and secret organization who are willing to take the Until Death Us Do Part chance. I can't wait for the next book to continue this story."--Dawn Myers, Writers Unlimited
"I didn't think Karen Wiesner's books could get any better and then I read Until Death Do Us Part. This series about a secret, seemingly inhuman organization had to have just the right amount of emotion to keep the reader interested and the author has done that and more! A perfect combination of loyalty to one's position and the inability to live without human contact, love and feeling. This second book, which was expertly segued by book one, has me panting for number three. There is never a dull moment in the Network. Karen Wiesner has me believing in this organization one hundred percent. I love how even the character names seem to fit the situation and surroundings perfectly. This entire series is highly recommended. and I haven't even read them all yet! 5 Beacons!"--Lighthouse Literary Reviews
"I have just found my new favorite suspense author! It is no wonder that Until Death Do Us Part took third place in the L-Edit Slip contest. This story ably demonstrates the professionalism Ms Wiesner brings to her writing. The entire book showcases her talent brilliantly, a seamless plot that held me in its grip, realistic scenarios and dialogue, and a skill with language that took me out of merely reading a book and transported me through the world she created. I read on, despite the need for sleep, spellbound from first page to last, gasping outrage even while accepting that there could be no other 'ending' than the one presented. I only hope the next book in this series of five will include an update on Kirsten and Ash as they come to terms with being torn between duty, loyalty to the Network and their love for each other. 5 Cups!"--Caro, Coffee Time Romance
4 1/2 stars! "Once again Karen Wiesner produces a non-stop thriller jam-packed with all the elements of mystery, suspense, romance, cliffhanger moments, and heartstopping excitement. I highly recommend this entire series, which function either in the context of the series, or as stand-alone novels. If you're seeking a suspenseful story which throws you into the heart of the matter from the first sentence, and keeps you turning the pages long after your disbelief is suspended and you've forgotten you are reading the story, not living it, then pick up a Karen Wiesner book!"--Euro-Reviews
"This series chronicles the intrigue and danger surrounding the covert, shadow-ops division called The Network, and Ms. Wiesner shows talent and imagination for telling a fast-paced, booty-kicking story with all of the pitfalls and suspense one would expect from a romantic suspense novel. Kirsten and Ash are lost souls, people who are wholly sold out to their careers, and they're shocked to find that they are wanting more than just the job for fulfillment. Ms. Wiesner gives us plenty of meaty story here, and fans of tautly written, danger's edge fiction will be in heaven. With multi-faceted characters, many-layered plot devices and a love found under surprising circumstances, Until Death Do Us Part pleases and completely satisfies."--5 Angels, Fallen Angels Reviews
"4 1/2 Stars! How can I describe Until Death Do Us Part? Easily like: consuming, challenging and breathtaking. Voila, I think I said it all. Ms. Wiesner is a master story teller that caught my attention--my whole attention--in a wonderful and challenging love story."--Anne Chaput, Ecataromance.com
"The second Incognito book is a fabulous romantic suspense that keeps the intrigue at stratospheric levels throughout without diluting the key players' personalities. The fast-paced story line is character driven as Kirsten and Ash are attracted to one another, but know their mission comes before their desires, while the subplot involving the Harris's couple estrangement and grief augments the tale as neither has been able to turn to the other for solace since their child died yet need one another badly--even while Raven's exposing of Jameson put them at risk. Karen Wiesner is a sure shot to entertain her audience... Until Death Do Us Part will enhance her deserved reputation as one of the sub-genre's consistent best."--Harriet Klausner
"This is book two in the Incognito Series, and most definitely one that will have readers on the edge of their seats. Until Death Do Us Part is a magnificent tale with distinctive characters that will have fans feeling as if they are involved in the story. A thrilling ,action-packed, sensually romantic book not to be missed. Magnificently fast-paced, sexy romance."--Tangela Williams, MyShelf.com
"Is my jet ready?" The distant sound of Network Oversight Head Shannon McKee's voice--flinty, uncompromising, yet feminine--was followed by an impatient growl for the person she spoke to on the other end of the phone line.
While eavesdropping from her hiding place in McKee's house, Kirsten Ulrick found herself even more confused about the mission she'd been called into literally at the eleventh hour. She knew only that Captain Shannon McKee, 1st in Command in the covert organization they both served, was in danger.
"How much longer?" McKee demanded after a short pause in the phone conversation. "Belay that. As soon as I've packed, I'll head to the hangar myself."
Kirsten's commanding superior, Angelo Pluzetti, wasn't far from her in the darkness of McKee's kitchen, and she would follow his lead, even if it was blindly this time. As one of the highest ranking operatives in the Network, Kirsten knew this mission could lead to greater things for her. But she wasn't thinking about any of that now. Her mind was fully on the task at hand.
From the living room, McKee's voice softened slightly. "I'll take all necessary precautions. Expedite preparations on your end."
A soft beep was followed by more dialing, then another growl of frustration. Then McKee's footsteps came suddenly closer, and Kirsten tensed in her position near the broom cabinet until she realized the rapid click of heels crossed over her head. McKee was going upstairs, probably to pack.
Seconds later, the anticipated burst of static from Kirsten's earpiece told her it was time to move in. Instantly she rose. She strode swiftly through the room, knowing where she was going even in the darkness with the aid of her night vision goggles, and she worked even quicker to disable the house security system. Angelo had to know as well as she did that Shannon McKee had had a lifetime of special operations training before she took over the organization--it wouldn't take her long to realize she wasn't alone.
Almost imperceptibly came the swish of movement nearby. The lights in the living room and hall went out abruptly. Shannon had detected them.
Task completed, Kirsten flew soundlessly into her final position, holding her gun out in front of her. McKee fired, but it was clear she knew their position just as well as they knew hers because she missed intentionally. Kirsten had no doubt she'd aimed--to miss--at Angelo, who came out of hiding, his sheer size and muscular build silhouetted in Kirsten's goggles.
"You could have knocked on the front door, Angelo," Shannon muttered dryly.
As Kirsten waited for Angelo's command, she conceded what she'd suspected all day. The Network had been breached at some point after she heeded Angelo's call to come to him without question and without telling anyone, and that meant no one was safe. As Head of the Oversight Committee governing the organization, Shannon would be the first one targeted. The Network was a covert organization playing a vital role in the survival of the human race in a time when terrorist groups and criminals were running rampant. If the Network was disabled ... The nation's security hung in the balance.
Like any organization, the Network was funded by and answered to the government. The only difference between the Network and the FBI or CIA was that the Network was completely anonymous in the world. Very few knew of its existence. Because it didn't answer to the public, it took over effectively where regular law enforcement left off. Justice could be served without interference. But keeping the organization anonymous was an everyday battle that they upheld at any cost.
Angelo, Master Strategist and Network Recruiter, lowered his gun at the same moment McKee did.
"It's been ten hours since I've been in communication with the Network. The signal's been blocked. What the hell's going on?" McKee demanded.
Kirsten was surprised. She'd received a terse phone call from Angelo when she was at home, just hours before she was scheduled to report for a mission briefing. He'd told her to leave Chicago immediately and follow his orders to the letter along the way, no questions asked. As he'd specified, she'd told no one--not even her superiors who were expecting her for the upcoming mission that evening--and she'd made sure she wasn't followed to Washington D.C. She met Angelo, and they came straight to Shannon's luxurious home. He'd again given her explicit directions, but he explained nothing.
What could have compromised the security of the Network in the hours since she left Chicago? While it frustrated Kirsten not to have all the answers, she couldn't allow her emotions to take precedence. As soon as McKee was safe and they were on their way to the Network compound, hidden from the world in an underground bunker beneath a legitimate business, Angelo would explain. She'd be patient until then.
When McKee reached for the lights, Angelo shook his head, putting a finger to his lips.
"We don't have time to talk," he said softly. "We have to get out of here now."