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Lights Out

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Title:  Lights Out
Author:  Natalie Walters

Ch: 37

Pg:  316

Series: The Snap Agency

Genre:  Christian Suspense with a hint of romance

Rating: 4.5 stars

 Publisher: Revell



For me Lights out the first book in The Snap Agency by Natalie Walters started a little slow. But after a few chapters I was hooked. I liked Jack Hudson from the start, but it took me a bit to warm up to Brynn Taylor. But once I did i realized she was an easy heroine to relate too.


Brynn is like most of us who were teenagers when 9/11 happened had their lives change and altered our future. Like Brynn my dad was affected by 9/11 but unlike Brynn’s dad who lost the career he loved my dad ended up on back-to-back deployments that burnt him out on the career he loved. So, this book hit me personally.


Lights out had the right balance between the suspense and romance, and I loved all the pop culture references. But can references to a movie that is 34 years be considered pop culture don’t get me wrong it’s my favorite movie ever and kind which I could see it the same way the characters in the book got to see it.


I loved the secondary characters and can’t wait for the next one in the series.




I received a copy of this book from the publisher a part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. 

 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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Wow wow wow! Another explosive story from one of my favorite authors! I loved Natalie Walters' first series, Harbored Secrets, and now I'm hooked yet again. She has such a way of crafting stories with characters that you will just fall in love with. I think the characters in this new book are even better than in her first series. This story is so full of details, action and suspense and will keeep you on the edge of your seat. It is so very well written. Definitely one of my favorite reads this year!

Now I'm anxiously awaiting Kekoa's story. :)
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If you like books with action, spies and some romance you are going to love this story.  This concentrates on a different agency that helps out the CIA and others to hopefully prevent terrorist attacks.  There are twists and turns .  Brynn and Jack learn to work together again after years apart.  This has everything you want in a romantic suspense novel.  I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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CIA operative Brynn Taylor has almost completed her latest mission— running an international inter-agency program teaching agents from seven countries how to locate and identify domestic terrorists—when one of her students disappears.

Was she really supposed to rely on a bomb expert, a giant techie, a young woman dressed like she'd spent all night at a club, and an ex-boyfriend.

Jack Hudson left the CIA and joined SNAP, the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency, a private security firm employing a band of talented misfits that reminded me of CSI characters. Jack is also Brynn’s ex-boyfriend from eight years earlier.

So Lights Out is a second-chance romance. One of the problems with this kind of plot is that it can be hard to come up with a convincing reason the couple broke up in the first place that still allows room for them to get back together. Often it comes down to a simple misunderstanding that could have been resolved with a single adult conversation, and I thought that was the case with Lights Out.

We realise early in the story that something happened when Brynn and Jack were going through CIA training, but we’re not sure what. When I finally found out, I didn’t think it was convincing. In fact, it gave me the impression Jack didn’t understand one of the key training objectives … which leaves me wondering about his professional competence.

But that was the only thing that annoyed me. The main plot was a strong suspense story set in and around Washington DC, with all the chases and bangs readers want … interspersed with the comic relief of the banter between the members of SNAP, and the will-they-won’t-they Brynn/Jack relationship.

Lights Out by Natalie Walters is a strong suspense story with all the chases and bangs readers want interspersed plenty of banter and a second-chance romance. Recommended for fans of DiAnn Mills and Irene Hannon.

Thanks to Revell and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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This is an excellent start to a very promising series. Heroine Brynn has clearly defined motivations for safety and security, and her bravery in the face of trouble is admirable. Hero Jack is a strong and steady character, a great companion for Brynn. Their jobs are interesting and the different points of view the author includes all add beautifully to the mystery.

The S.N.A.P. Agency is an interesting premise and the supporting cast are very well written, which leads me to eagerly look forward to the next installment.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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What an exciting book!! I really enjoyed the puzzles and mystery as Brynn and the SNAP team raced to beat the bad guys.

The SNAP team was awesome. I’m not sure who I lie more, Kekoa or Lyla, but I think right now Kekoa wins. The humor and banter and camaraderie of the team made me smile. I also thoroughly enjoyed how much page time The Princess Bride got :)

I am seeing a theme in books lately of redemption and reconciliation in relationships. I find it interesting that so many authors are weaving that into their stories.

Lots of action in this start to a new series and I look forward to reading more about the SNAP team in future books. Many thanks to NetGalley & Revell for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and a favorable review was not required.
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Lights Out 
by Natalie Walters
Pub Date: November 2, 2021 
Revell 

* Christian Suspense   * Contemporary 
Thanks to NetGalley and Revell for the Chance to read this ARC.  
Prepare to read an exciting, well-written book!  #1 in the Snap Agency series.  CIA analyst Brynn Taylor developed a new program to combat terrorism, and she invited members of foreign intelligence agencies to America to foster cooperation between countries. Now one of them, Egyptian spy Remon Riad, is missing.

Jack Hudson has been working for the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency (SNAP) for almost nine years and takes the lead in hunting down the missing spy. But he isn't at all pleased to find out Brynn is involved. It's hard to trust a woman who's already betrayed you.

Every lead they follow draws them dangerously deeper into an international plot. Kidnapping, murder, explosions, poisoning--the terrorists will do anything to accomplish their goal of causing a digital blackout that will blind a strategic US military communications center and throw the world into chaos.
Great book!  5 stars
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I am so glad that is the first  book in this series because I want more SNAP Agency and to see how Brynn and Jack are doing in the future. I love the name Brynn, I don't think I've come across it before. Brynn and Jack made a great couple and I liked how their story developed. I am anxious now to go back and read the prequel, Initium which I've already downloaded on my Kindle.
This is a fast paced novel that keeps you totally engaged. I loved the glimpses into the Cyber terrorism as I am sure so much goes on that I can't even imagine. Also, the glimpse into the White House was interesting. 
All of the SNAP team members were great and I felt like the author really helped getting to know each one and their characters. They were almost like a family.
Natalie Walters is now one of my favorite go-to authors for my suspense because she keeps things fast paced but not too spine-chilling.  And her knowledge of the military is great and shows throughout the story.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading suspense.
Thanks you to Net Galley for allowing me to read this book. The opinions are entirely my own.
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There is evil in this world, no doubt about it. And it is good that there are those whose desire is to stop it. Jack knows this and so does his team at S.N.A.P. and their job is to help the government do just that.

Brynn Taylor is in the CIA and that job is pretty much all she has especially after the deaths of her parents. She has one friend who lives in New Mexico that she sees occasionally. Now, under her watch, a spy from Egypt has gone missing. Why? And not only that but Brynn's whole career is in jeopardy as she vetted him and it was under her organization he was working with. So in steps Jack and his team.

Things couldn't get any worse for Brynn as she and Jack once upon a time were romantically involved and that ended on a sour note. Jack still doesn't trust her, and she is still guarding her heart. However, things do get worse for Brynn and Jack is trying to save her not only from herself but also from the terrorists.

I really enjoyed this action filled spy novel and the team camaraderie that made them almost a family. We are introduced to them all and their personalities, special skills, and some loves are revealed. This one was Brynn and Jack's story, and Jack has a time trying to keep Brynn from killing herself. He already sees she has pretty much sacrificed her dreams and future at the noble but impossible mission she has given herself to stop terrorism. 

Even though it has been eight years, the mutual attraction and genuine love is still there between them stirring up dormant feelings and sizzling looks. If only these two would stop being so stubborn and Kekoa would stop interrupting them. He is probably my favorite character and I so hope we get his story too.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
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This author whisks readers into a terrorist hunt that’s personal for Brynn. Her father was part of the first responders on 9/11 attack. Brynn’s personal mission was to never let this type of thing happen again. Lights Out is a fast-paced, tension filled thriller that can be ripped from today’s headlines. 

I enjoyed this fun-loving cast of characters that made me laugh out loud with them as they try to make light, of a dangerous situation. Family and friends are important, they often take time to remember that there is life to be lived, outside their job. Newcomer Brynn is learning how to incorporate that into her life and mind set. One of the many, funny moments I enjoyed, is when Brynn is invited to Lyla’s birthday party. Lyla is a playful, bold, witty woman who does her best to befriend Brynn. Brynn has been a lone wolf for so long, she doesn’t know how to act at a party, especially when she discovers it’s a Princess Bride costume themed party. I love how the author has fun with that theme, and so do her characters.

This author pens a brilliant suspenseful novel, that brings in all the elements of real-life drama with national security threats. This team searches globally, trying to connect the dots, and uncover the real threat to America. I loved how the author has multiple situations going on; yet I was able to keep up. I was fascinated by all the latest and greatest high-tech toys they had at their disposal. Furthermore, I loved the comradery of the team and how they enjoyed working together. I got a kick out of Kekoa, who is Hawaiian and one of the smartest tech people on the team. Likewise, I enjoyed the fact that the author (who lives in Hawaii) brought elements of that culture into the story.

I also liked what the author’s bio states, “Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past.” This comes across throughout the novel. I liked the prayer the author shares in her acknowledgements. This explains so much about Natalie’s writing and how she pens a natural spiritual thread throughout the story. The author goes on to say, “It truly takes a tribe to support an author, and I have the very best.” 

This is a suspenseful read with a splash of romance, dramatic moments, threats, and humor. This story is a great escape and one that would work great for your next book club pick.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. 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”

Nora St. Laurent
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This is the first book in this series, The SNAP Agency, and it is intriguing and makes a reader want to read the next book in the series ASAP.  This book focuses on Brynn and Jack.  Jack works for SNAP and I assume readers will see more of the characters that work for SNAP in the following books.  This agency’s work is extremely interesting to read about.  Brynn and Jack are working together to figure out what and why an Egyptian spy is missing.  Even though they are forced to work together, they know each other from their past relationship.  Even though they are having to work together, they also have to figure out if they can let go of the past so that they can work together cohesively.  Each lead they have takes them on another chase to figure out what is really going on and what might be at stake if they don’t figure it out soon.  I highly recommend this book and know you will not be disappointed!
***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher.  This is my honest opinion.  Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
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Walters is a new author for me this year. But she knows how to write quality realistic suspense stories with a great attention to detail and plenty of romance tossed in.

I had read Initium, the SNAP Agency prequel, and it set me up for the team that I was soon to become very familiar with. Interestingly, Initium features Director Tom Walsh as the focal point and how he goes about setting up SNAP. However, he has a very minor role in Lights Out which surprised me but didn't affect my view of this story.

This story moves fast and throws the reader into the action immediately which gets you turning pages which I love. Our two leads, Brynn Taylor and Jack Hudson, have a history and this creates an additional layer of intrigue and tension which adds to the reading experience. I liked the chemistry between them and also how Walters creates a positive encouraging vibe within the small SNAP team. They sound like a team that would function well and look after each other.

Walters is good with the detail too which I suspect has something to do with her military connections. This adds authenticity to Lights Out especially when it comes to cyber security and cyber terrorism. Tough concepts to write about but Walters does it well. In this story, what initially appears to be an isolated situation blows out into becoming a major domestic and global one that sure grabs the reader's notice.

The supporting cast are well crafted especially Kekoa, the Jason Momoa-esque Hawaiian giant who also happens to be a crazy computer nerd and a very fun guy to have around. Garcia was the quiet one and I hope we see more of him in a later story.

My only reservation was the conflict got resolved a little too quickly and I thought some of the detail of the resolution was missed which took a little away from the authenticity of the detail that had come before.

Thoroughly entertaining story and I'm excited for the next instalment.

I was very fortunate to receive an early ebook copy from Revell as part of their Readers Program via NetGalley with no expectation of a positive review.
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Lights Out is the first book in the new The SNAP Agency Series... and what a great way to open a series! 

Now, I must say I did find that for me this book seemed to start a little bit on the slow side... but my goodness, once it got going, it REALLY got going. It was a race against the clock to stop a terrorist attack and it kept me at the very edge of my seat wondering how it was all going to work out. The action was great, and I did enjoy the second chance at romance between the lead characters Brynn and Jack in this book... but I must say it was really getting a look at the SNAP team as a whole that really made this book all the more enjoyable for me. Brynn and Jack were good... but all these side characters were even better and really had me ready to read their stories all that much more too! This is certainly one series I will be (impatiently) waiting for! If you enjoy Christian suspense with high stakes, this is definitely one to check out! 

**I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own.
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The President is traveling to Egypt, terrorists are on the lose throughout America, and private defense contractor SNAP is stymied in it search for those out to destroy the country before the President walks into his own assassination.

Brynn Taylor, CIA Analyst, finds herself unexpectedly assigned to work with SNAP. She would prefer to work the case in Egypt, but Director Frank Peterson has made his decision - now she will need to work alongside her ex-boyfriend or not work the case at all. The story will take the reader from Washington DC to Houston to California to Guam to Egypt. This well-written faith-based thriller will keep the reader’s attention from beginning to end.

Only two concerns prevent me from giving this a five-star review. First is that though promoted as a faith-based book, it is only moderately so. This might make it more saleable to a secular book market, but not as appealing to a Christian audience. Secondly, the conclusion of the book seemed to sneak up on this reader - it was stumbled on rather than discovered through the usual deductive techniques one would expect in an international thriller. I am giving this book four-stars.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
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Awesome Suspense!

This is an amazing start to this new series. I really enjoyed the characters from the SNAP team, and look forward to reading more stories about them. This book will definitely keep you guessing who can be trusted! 

Natalie Walters is definitely an author to add to your favorites list. I can't wait for the next book in this series!
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I am new to the author and happily caught the start of a new series.  If you like clean suspense, spy-thrillers complete with explosions, action, danger and a smidge of romance give the book a try.  CIA agent Brynn Taylor is assigned to work with the SNAP Agency when an Egyptian intelligence officer goes missing in Washington DC.  The head of the team happens to be her ex boyfriend Jack Hudson who she hasn't seen in eight years.  She chose her career over him but is only now realizing how much her life is only her job.  The SNAP team, which I assume will be in future books, include fun side characters.  They obviously care about each other as a team and have good skills for their jobs. 

I think for me I would have enjoyed a little more time on the romance.  The focus of the story is a terrorist threat so romance takes a back seat.  But they do have time for lunch and attending a party.   A few more conversations with Jack and Brynn reconnecting and a bit more kissing would have boosted my rating.  The book is also promoted as Christian and includes some references to God and faith.  It is clean for language, intimacy and while there is violence nothing is graphic.  I will have to check out the authors other series while waiting for this one to continue.  Thank you to NetGalley and Revell Publishing for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Natalie Walters has put together a phenomenal new team for the SNAP series! The characters are all fantastically written and I look forward to reading more stories with them. It’s scary to think that the scenario that plays out in this book could happen in real life, but throughout the story, we’re presented with the hope that only God can provide when faced with such evil. Her personal experience with the locations and the agencies involved shines through and brings a realistic experience from start to finish!  Fans of Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey, Dee Henderson, etc will want to grab this series for sure!
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Lights Out is truly a page-turner as CIA agent Brynn Taylor is assigned to work with the SNAP team to locate a missing spy from her new program designed to combat terrorism. Neither she nor ex-boyfriend Jack Hudson are thrilled to find themselves working closely together on the assignment but both are professionals and the future of the U.S. is at stake.

The exciting plot seemed to move along at warp speed with greater danger around every corner. Each clue took the team deeper into a sinister plot against the country through its power grid that could possibly lead to world-wide disaster. Spies, murders, kidnappings, poison, and explosions are just a taste of what Natalie Walters has in store for her readers. The story is so realistic that it left me wondering how close our nation could be to such a scenario and if there is a dedicated team similar to SNAP that will work night and day to stop it.

Lights Out is an exciting suspense filled tale that should delight readers who enjoy intense suspense novels. Natalie Walters is an expert when it comes to writing them.
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Lights Out begins an exciting new series by Natalie Walters, called The SNAP Agency. I thought this was a fabulous beginning. It has a lot I enjoy in a book, including, mystery, suspense, action, danger, and romance. I had to find out what was going to happen next. I loved the duo of Brynn and Jack. I found they made quite the team. Their story is not one that was easy to predict. I never knew what events would follow. I did not want to put it down.

I giving Lights Out four and a half stars. I believe many readers who enjoy reading clean romantic suspense will not want to miss this one. I will be looking for the release of the next installment from The SNAP Agency series.

I received a paperback copy of Lights Out from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.
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This was an amazing book.  Natalie Walters wrote a fast paced, adrenaline filled story with twists and turns that drew me in and kept me reading.  As one who had not yet read any of Natalie Walter’s books, I was not sure what to expect.  However, the moment I started reading, I could not put the book down. I enjoyed every moment of the book and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of the characters. 

Brynn Taylor is a CIA Analyst that’s developed a unique program to combat terrorism on a global scale. Initially it seems to be a success, until one of the international operatives in her program suddenly disappears.  

As Brynn scrambles to determine what has happened, the powers that be pull in the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency (SNAP) to take the lead on locating the missing operative.  Brynn is surprised to learn that Jack Hudson leads SNAP.  Formerly colleagues and trainees for the CIA, Jack and Brynn share a complicated history marred by broken trust.  Despite their rocky past, they must work together to find the foreign operative that’s gone missing. 

Natalie has done an excellent job with Lights Out! As I shared, I was drawn in immediately and enjoyed every plot twist. I appreciated the rich character development and the layers of history each player in the storyline had. I especially enjoyed the supporting characters introduced as the SNAP agency team. 

I would definitely recommend this book! Lights Out kept the action going and kept me wanting to read more.  

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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