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Blind Fear

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Fantastic story!! Just like the first 2 books!! I love this whole series! I hope there will be more!

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Finn is living on an island, working at a seafood restaurant, and trying to locate the person framing him for war crimes. When Finn’s employer’s grandchildren go missing, Finn risks exposing his location to find the children.

Blind Fear is the third book in the Finn Thrillers series. While Blind Fear can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading the other books in the series first.

Blind Fear is an entertaining thriller with plenty of action. The characters are well-developed and interesting. The story is fast-paced and exciting.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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I love this third installment in the series. Fantastic read! I hope the series continues, it just keeps getting better!

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Finn has been living on tiny Isla Vieques, off the coast of the ‘Big’ island of Puerto Rico. He is hiding so those who want him don’t know he is. Finn lives in a room behind a restaurant owned by a blind local. At night Finn searches the dark web looking for the rogue officer responsible for the crimes he has not committed.. Two little grandchildren of the blind local have disappeared. Finn is going to search for them. To find them, he’ll have to enter the island’s dangerous criminal underbelly and expose a shadowy crime network known as La Empresa. Will Finn find them? The grandchildren go on their own trying to stay one step ahead of a cop-turned-killer. A hurricane happens making it difficult for Finn to pursue the lost grandchildren and at the same time escape the FBI and others after him. Will he be successful?

A novel filled with mystery, chills and thrills. The character Finn is made super-confident about himself. I felt the pain Finn had when his friend in the military died — it haunts him. I haven’t read the first two novels of this series but will be doing it.

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Are you ready for a thriller that will come at you from all sides? In this heart pounding, page turning novel, Navy Seal Finn is in that exact situation – he’s being hunted and he’s hunting! The FBI is closing in on him for atrocities he didn’t commit. El Rucco, the mysterious and feared crime boss, has two someones he’s looking for. And a hurricane is barreling toward the island he’s trapped on.
Third in this series, Finn is hiding in Vieques, a tiny island off of Puerto Rico as he tries to figure out where the corruption in his chain of command lands. Finn is renting a room from an elderly blind local, a man he’s come to respect, when the man’s two young grandchildren go missing. Finn must risk everything, even exposure, to try to find them. As Finn goes delves into the dark criminal network hiding deep within the island, a hurricane begins battering from above. The two beguiling children are trying to save themselves but are in way over their head! It’s a race against time to save these children as well as staying one step ahead of his own pursuers.
As all of this action is taking place, more of Finn’s past is revealed, not only to us but to him as well. Finn’s character continues to develop with this series. This one definitely leaves you anxious for the next installment!

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Blind Fear – Brandon Webb & John David Mann

Former Navy SEAL Finn returns again, continuing his desperate search for the truth – who sabotaged his last mission and set him up to take the fall? And why can’t he remember? After escaping capture in Iceland, Finn has settled down to hide on a tiny island village off the coast of Puerto Rico. Bunking down in a small room behind a village eatery, he carefully researches his situation, while befriending his blind landlord and the man’s two young grandchildren, who have affectionately given Finn the nickname Mimo. Then, one afternoon, they don’t return home from their daily wandering.

As Finn sets out in search of the children, he quickly reviews and discards possible scenarios while he wanders the island looking for clues. He quickly comes to realize that the kids likely saw something they weren’t supposed to – cartels and the drug trade being rampant in the area – and were taken because of it. Despite his pressing need to stay hidden, he does his best to stir up the local cartel in hopes of gaining some info as to who may have them.

Meanwhile, Pedro & Miranda awaken to find themselves locked in a small room in a home that abuts the El Yunque National Forest. Despite being young, they are smart, agile and resourceful, as their kidnappers are soon to find out – and they have learned a lot from watching their new friend, Mimo. With some quick thinking and a trick or two gleaned from their mentor, they escape their captors and head into the forest.

But time is of the essence, as there’s a tropical storm that is steadily strengthening as it bears down on the island. And – unbeknownst to Finn - he’s not just stirred up a proverbial hornet’s nest with the local cartel and the mysterious and highly feared El Rucco - there are some new arrivals to the island as well. Their mission - to find and eliminate Finn…

This is the third in the series to date, and they just get better and better! Action-packed, nail-biting suspense, a great story line and some interesting Puerto Rican history make for a great read!! I am completely hooked on this series and now very anxiously await the next installment!

(I must include a special thank you to Random House for offering this novel to me, and an apology that it published before my review did! Some life changes have had me scrambling to catch up on my reading!)

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley & Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an objective review. Do you love to read?? Visit and start reviewing books today!!

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Navy Seal, Finn, is a haunted man, still in hiding trying to figure out who framed him for the slaughter of an entire farm village in Mukalla. The military wants to arrest him, but others want him dead. His journeys have taken him to the Caribbean. Nestled into a small cafe with a blind chef and his two young grandchildren, Finn continues his investigation into who was really responsible. With three choices, two are solid and one is rotten, but which one? When the grandchildren go missing after seeing something they shouldn’t have while swimming, Finn puts his own safety aside to find them. All bad timing as a hurricane heads for Puerto Rico at the same time Finn has been located by the military. With his cover blown, Finn is now in the sights of many with a target on his back, and when he finally discovers what the children saw, he is horrified by his discovery. Will Finn be able to once again save those around him and find the person that has sabotaged his career? This book like the two previous was riveting from start to finish as we follow Finn on his journey to redemption, but does he even have a chance? Thank you to Bantam and NetGalley for an ARC of this book.

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A great read! Each of these books gets better and better. I appreciate the depth of the characters; their flaws and their positive attributes. Hard to put down.

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Blind Fear is the third book in the red hot series by former Navy Seal Brandon Webb and concert cellist turned author, John David Mann. When the two of them collaborate, the pages jump. My thanks go to Net Galley and Random House for the invitation to read and review; this thriller is for sale now.

In Cold Fear, the second in the series, our protagonist, Finn, is on the run. He’s a SEAL for the U.S. Navy, an elite combat diver, but corrupt elements have framed him for the slaying of his closest team members, and until he can prove his innocence, Finn needs to be invisible.

He’s good at it.

Now he’s moved on from Iceland to Puerto Rico, and he’s been renting a room from Zacharias, an elderly man that supports himself and his two grandchildren by running a café. He works in the café in exchange for room and board. But now there’s trouble; his two grandchildren haven’t come home. Zacharias would go and look for them, but Zacharias is blind.

There’s nobody better at ferreting out secrets than our man Finn, but doing so puts him at risk. He’s deliberately stayed clear of the city because there are so many military people stationed there. The hinterlands have been safe, and until he can come forward with the proof he needs to save himself, the hinterlands are where he belongs.

But then…what about the children?

Like those before it, this is a taut, tense thriller with multiple massive emergencies weaving in and out of one another. We have Finn’s need to avoid discovery yet, find the missing children; now add a serial killer known as El Rucco who’s left grizzly human remains all over the island and a major hurricane, and friend, this is not your bedtime reading material. Read this one sitting up and with the lights on. Just trust me.

Through all of this, Finn also deals with personal baggage that he tries to ignore, but which comes to him in dreams. He has blocked out a large portion of his early life due to trauma, and he has “questions that had hung over him for thirty years like a kettle of vultures.” This is no soap opera and so we see and hear very little of it, but the snippets that intrude during Finn’s unguarded moments heighten the suspense and the reader’s sense of dread.

There are other praiseworthy attributes I could discuss; as we are introduced to the setting, we have brief but meaty passages that serve to inform us about the injustices that are meted out to this lovely but impoverished nation, and the way that the U.S. government has kept its boot on the necks of the people that live there. But all of this remains secondary to the story itself, and the focus is tightly maintained. The research is meticulous, and the organization is stellar. The development of the protagonist is outstanding; the secondary characters, particularly Zacharias and the older grandchild, Pedro, are visceral and memorable, and I would be delighted to see them again.

Highly recommended to all that enjoy a true thriller.

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This clever plot was an intense read and packed with action and suspense. Gripping!
Many thanks to Random House and to Netgalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Finn is back. This time, he is hiding out on a small island in Puerto Rico. He lives with a blind grandfather and his two grandchildren. When the kids suddenly disappear, Finn begins a search. But, he has to be careful that he doesn't reveal his presence either.

A hurricane is approaching the island. Will Finn find the children in time?

Finn's adventures continue in this latest installment to the series. He is still searching for which of his friends betrayed him and caused the massacre for which he was blamed. He is on the run, but investigating and following leads to find the answers he needs.

This book offers great adventures, suspense, intrigue, and more. I loved the tension that built as the storm approached and the children tried to find their way out of the forest. Finn is pursued by several people in this story, and he's always searching for answers. The story and its characters drew me in right away. I've followed the Finn series since the first book and I think it's one of the best series out there right now. The character of Finn is well-rounded and has a lot of backstory elements that make him interesting. He has skills that he uses in every adventure. In this one, he was teaching the children too, so he is passing down those skills to those who can use them.

At the end, I was left hoping that there will be another installment in this series. What will Finn get up to next? Will he find the man responsible for his troubles? What will happen then? I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series!

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AWOL Navy SEAL Finn is hiding out on Vieques, a tiny island to the east of Puerto Rico. Finn has been keeping his head down working for a blind man as he looks for the one whose crimes he's accused of, but now the man's two grandchildren are missing. Finn dives into the local underworld to find them as they try to escape. And if that wasn't enough, a hurricane cuts off the area from the outside world.

This is the third Finn novel, after Steel Fear and Cold Fear. Now he's in a tropical location, with all the dangers that entails. You don't need to know what happened in those books, but it helps. Authorities still think Finn committed war crimes, so they're tracking him down. He is trying to evade capture and still find the children, figuring out quickly that they must have seen something they shouldn't have. Every good deed he does has to be measured against his risk of recognition and capture, so even trying to stop a possible mugging isn't simple.

The novel takes place over the course of a week, with federal agencies after Finn, local crime lords and the police looking for him as well. It's a mess of different threads and assumptions, and in the middle of it all is Finn's stubborn wish to find the children safe and sound and bring them back to their blind grandfather, who had been kind to him. For someone insisting he has no idea what emotions are, he has a good deal of them and is willing to put himself into the line of fire to protect the children. The jumpy cut-scene nature of the short chapters and sentences adds to this tension, and it keeps amping up and up until we get to the hurricane and the ending of the novel itself. If you have been reading the series, then the tidbits of information have all been piling up, and now Finn has a name for the one that had set him up. Undoubtedly, it will all come home to roost eventually, and it will be fantastic once done.

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I received a complimentary ARC of this excellent thriller from Netgalley via publisher Penguin/Random House (Thank you, Kathleen Quinlan) and the authors, Brandon Webb and John David Mann. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read Blind Fear of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Webb and Mann always bring us a sharp, fast-paced tale. Blind Fear is a doozie - and the setting in Puerto Rico is perfect. We need to do better for our little kingdom in the sea. At least give them the vote!

I loved the kids, protective brother Pedro and fierce fired-up Miranda. And Zacharias. And who wouldn't adore Finn? Altogether, a fascinating tale in this lovely island wilderness. Warning - This is a story to be consumed in one setting. Keep snacks handy.

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After fleeing Iceland, Finn settled on a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico. Living in a spare room behind a seafood restaurant, Finn spends his days helping the blind owner and his nights on the dark web, looking for clues to the identity of the man responsible for the crimes Finn is accused of committing. But that changes when two things happen. The restaurant owner’s grandchildren go missing, and a hurricane is barreling toward the island. Desperate to find the children, Finn must take down a criminal empire called La Empresa and risk exposing himself. But can Finn trust his friends? Or will they be the people who will turn him in?

Blind Fear is a fast-paced book that doesn’t let up on its pace during the book. There was almost no lag (a tiny bit in the middle of the book). That did not distract me from the storyline.

There were three separate storylines in Blind Fear. The first storyline follows the children (Pedro and Miranda), their kidnapping, and their journey across the jungles of Puerto Rico. The second storyline is centered around Finn, his search for the children, and his search for the killer of his friends. The third storyline centers around Monica Halsey and her search for Finn. When I realized that there were three different storylines, I got worried. Usually, one overshadows the other storylines. But this wasn’t the case. Each storyline was well-written, with well-fleshed-out characters. By the time the three storylines came together, they merged seamlessly.

The storyline with the children was well-written and kept me glued to the book. Pedro was a likable kid who kept Miranda, who was younger, safe. He had to make adult choices, some of which weren’t right. But everything Pedro did was to save his and Miranda’s life. He was also very confident that Mimo (Finn) would rescue them.

The storyline with Finn is ongoing, carried over from Steel Fear. I did not read book 2, so I didn’t understand the references to Iceland or what happened there. The author explained what happened later in the book but didn’t detract from this storyline. I liked how Finn juggled four things:

Finding Pedro and Miranda.
Finding out who Papa Bear was.
Staying ahead of the agents.
Exposing La Empresa.
In my experience, something gets dropped or forgotten when a main character has a lot going on. But, in this case, it didn’t happen. The author slowly merged each thing until they were a singular entity.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to classify the storyline with Monica as one of the main storylines. But, as I read the book, the more she came into play, I decided that the storyline was the main one. Monica was different than how she was featured in the first book. She had it out for Finn. She wanted him to serve time for what she thought he did.

The end of Blind Fear was terrific. The authors wrapped up the Puerto Rican storylines in a fantastic way. I loved how every single bad guy got what they deserved. Both Finn and Monica’s storylines were not wrapped up. What the author did instead was a perfect lead into book 4.

I would recommend Blind Fear to anyone over 21. There are no sexual situations but extreme violence and language.

Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine, Bantam, NetGalley, Brandon Webb, and John David Mann for allowing me to read and review Blind Fear. All opinions stated in this review are mine.

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Blind Fear, by co-authors Brandon Webb & John David Mann, is the second installment in the Finn Thrillers series. Ever since Navy SEAL sniper Chief Finn left the USS Abraham Lincoln after being warned by his friend Carol to run, he's been a hunted man. Hunted because someone high up on the chain of command has put a target on his back as a war criminal who slaughtered a village in Yemen. His memories of that night are fuzzy, but he does know that neither he, or his team leader and friend Lieutenant Kennedy had nothing to do with a rogue element that actually did commit the atrocity.

8 months ago, Finn fled Iceland and ended up in Vieques, Puerto Rico. By day, Finn lives in a spare room behind a seafood restaurant owned by a blind local named, Zacharias. By night he scours the dark web, hunting for the rogue officer responsible for the crimes he is accused of committing. But Finn’s world is about to be turned upside down by a new nightmare, when his employer’s two grandchildren (Pedro and Miranda) go missing. To find them, he’ll have to infiltrate the island’s dangerous criminal underbelly and expose a shadowy crime network known as La Empresa—even if it means exposing himself in the process.

As the children go on their own harrowing odyssey to stay one step ahead of a cop-turned-killer, a hurricane batters the coastline, cutting Puerto Rico off from the rest of the world. Finn's troubles get even more darker when former Abraham Lincoln pilot now Navy JAG officer, is hot on his tail, and she is like a bull dog searching for its bone. Taking his pursuit to the sea, Finn’s skills and endurance will be tested to their limits to rescue the lost children and escape his own pursuers before the clock runs out. No one is to be trusted. And those who are seemingly his friends might be the most dangerous foes he’s faced yet.

Thoughts: This story takes place entirely on the Islands of Puerto Rico, including places where the Navy used to test their bombs. Finn not only has to find two children who are trying to not only stay alive, but avoid being captured by criminals who are into drugs and human trafficking, and Monica and her partner who have orders to kill Finn on sight. The authors once again tempt readers with Finn's background which is not exactly warm and fuzzy. It's dark and sad. In all fairness, I would hope to see or meet the mysterious Carol who seems to know what is actually happening.

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A beach read for action thriller fans!!🩴🤿🌴

From Reykjavík, Iceland in book two Cold Fear, Chief Finn, former Navy SEAL is hiding on Vieques, a nearby island east of Puerto Rico mainland. Finn is a wanted man and is accused of killing his team in Yemen.

Keeping a low profile, Finn works at a local seafood restaurant by day and looks for the man responsible for him being on the run by night. Then one day the restaurant owner's grandchildren, Pedro and Miranda go missing while snorkeling.

According to the authorities, the kids drown or ran away. Finn is pretty close to the kids and doesn't believe the investigation. Uncertain what he's up against, Finn had to look for them himself knowing this will put him on the radar once again.

Blind Fear is another great read from Webb and Mann. I'm dying to know the main plot progress which is slooooowly revealing bit by bit in each book. The mystery on Vieques is very readable, I love the setting, and local flair, and with Cat 3 hurricane on the horizon adds even more excitement to an already fast pace thriller. You can pick up book 3 and not feel lost.

Ooooh and that ending? Bring on book 4, I can't wait!!

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This might be my favorite in this series with Finn. I would describe these as thrillers with a military lens and this one kept terrific pacing throughout.

We learn just a bit more from each book about the enigmatic Finn. He’s had a murky childhood with trauma, then his military career ended and he’s on the run from false charges.

Set in Puerto Rico, I loved the introduction of two clever children and their grandfather, a blind cook, Papi. Finn is working for Papi, fishing to supply food for Papi’s restaurant.

Finn is still trying to clear his name, but soon he’s swept up into the dark crime world in Puerto Rico. When the children go missing, Finn goes looking for them while a hurricane threatens the island.

I’m looking forward to the next in the series and these are making for a good buddy series with Marilyn. I would recommend starting with the first in the series for maximum enjoyment.

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When Navy SEAL Chief Finn fled the accusations that threatened to end with his life in prison, he ended up on the small island of Vieques off the coast of Puerto Rico. He knew he'd been set up, but had to find a way of proving his innocence. In the meantime he was working for the blind old fisherman and restaurant owner they called Papi, with Papi's two grandchildren, Pedro and Miranda, living with him. Finn found himself close to the children, teaching them various things that he'd known from his childhood. But the day the two youngsters didn't return from their usual swim in the lagoon led to intense danger for them all.

As Finn ventured into San Juan, a place too big and busy with people who might recognise him, he was, nevertheless, determined to find the children. The risks, even with him disguised, were high, but it wouldn't be long before he heard snippets of information regarding the children, the corruption on the island, and a person who was an enigma - one who apparently ran all the island's cartels. And with the hurricane advancing on Puerto Rico, Finn knew his time was limited...

Blind Fear is the 3rd in Finn Thrillers, written by Brandon Webb and John David Mann and I enjoyed it as much as the first two in the series. Finn is a fabulous character, his skill and determination, his speed and accuracy in everything he does, exceptional. Broken up between Finn's voice and Pedro's, the blend of action, along with the adrenalin-filled entertainment, is second to none. Highly recommended.

With thanks to Kathleen Quinlan of Penguin Random House, New York, via NetGalley for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

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This is the third novel featuring Finn but there is enough back story included that it reads rather well on its own. My favorite characters in this novel are the blind grandfather and his two grandchildren. Finn sees quite a bit of action but the two kids really steal the show. They are excellent survivalists and can hold their own against ruthless villains.

The setting of Puerto Rico is a strong point as we learn quite a bit about its history with the U.S. government and military. We also get a good dose of the culture. Unfortunately, part of the action on the island involves child trafficking. The issue was handled well but it is still hard to read about. Also, the action during the storm was a little beyond belief.

Part of Finn's ongoing problem is that he was accused of a slaughter while in the military. He did not commit the horrible deed and narrows down the actual perpetrator in this novel. I look forward to reading the next novel where I assume the truth will finally come to light.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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Blind Fear is the third installment of the Finn series. Finn is an AWOL Navy SEAL who is on the run after being accused of horrific war crimes. This time he's hiding out in Puerto Rico, living with and working for the owner of a seafood restaurant who is vision impaired and takes care of his grandchildren.

When Zacharias' grandchildren go missing, Finn risks all to bring them back while delving into his past and trying to figure out who is framing him; all while staying one step ahead of law enforcement and those who want him dead.

This book is pretty much non-stop action and is hard to put down. I missed book 2 in the series, so I was a bit lost when events from that book were brought up. I'd recommend reading them in order. Character development is pretty good, and of course one must suspend belief when reading these books. If you're into high stakes action thrillers, this series I'd for you!

My thanks to Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine, Bantam, the authors, and NetGalley for gifting me a digital copy. My opinions are my own.

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