Perilous Waters

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Book 1 of A Jessie Madison Thriller
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Pub Date 02 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 01 Jun 2024

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FBI dive instructor Jessie Madison's survival skills are stretched to breaking point when she is plunged into danger in this exhilarating thriller - the first in a pulsating new series.

Jessie Madison escaped to the Bahamas when she made a terrifying discovery at home and a bad decision got her dismissed from the FBI training program. Three months later, Jessie is ready to return to Virginia to pick up the pieces of her shattered life – until she and a friend are attacked during a boat ride and thrown overboard, with devastating consequences.


Jessie is determined to bring their attackers to justice. Who are they? What were they looking for on the boat? And can she trust Nick, the handsome but enigmatic stranger who claims he wants to help her? Jessie must draw on all her survival and investigative skills if she is to stay alive long enough to get answers . . .

FBI dive instructor Jessie Madison's survival skills are stretched to breaking point when she is plunged into danger in this exhilarating thriller - the first in a pulsating new series.

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In you're in the mood for a propulsive thriller set in the Caribbean region and featuring an intrepid young woman, take a look at this quick, entertaining read by a seasoned author.

Jessie Madison was fired from her FBI training course because of her sister's involvement in her drug dealer's death. Jessie was able to secure a job as a dive instructor in the Bahamas, but she is just about to resign and return home to the United States when she is unexpectedly caught up in a deadly conflict that leaves her and a boat captain chained together and tossed overboard. Jessie managed to survive, but now she's engaged in a dangerous situation involving smuggling at sea. And not only are local criminals--and police--looking for her, but her sister's deceased drug dealer's brother wants revenge on Jessie as well.

This is a fast-paced book that will appeal to thrill-seekers and those who prefer to get their thrills on the page. Narrated by Jessie, the action scenes are skillfully portrayed, and the suspense is palpable. I would have liked more personal background and nuance to be able to engage more with Jessie's character, but my tastes run more toward Terry Shames' long-running Samuel Craddock mystery series. Both are well worth your time.

My thanks to Severn House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of this book.

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This story took a bit of time to get going, but when it did the action was non-stop. Jessie is definitely a character I look forward to reading and learning more about, and hopefully the relationship with Nick will continue in subsequent books. I received an ARC from NetGalley, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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Terry Shames is without a doubt one of my favorite authors, I love the Samuel Craddock mysteries. Perilous Waters is a brand new series introducing Jessie madison. She was dismissed from the FBI and are currently working as a dive instructor in the Bahamas when some people try to kill her. Why? Well the book is in store on April 2nd then you should buy it and find out. Although I personally prefer the Craddock series I will still recomend this new one and I will continue and read the next installment when it arrives. Shames has once again created some fantastic characters and a great setting. I must thank Netgalley and Severn House for letting me read this book.

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This exciting and dangerous adventure is set in the Bahamas and its surrounding waters. It is a fast-paced story featuring the lead character, Jessie Madison. She was trained in the USA for an FBI position but was dismissed when aspects of an unsavoury home background became known. Her drug-addicted sister killed her lover/drug dealer. Jessie was advised that she could apply to other law enforcement branches but is now resting at a posh resort while working as a dive instructor. She tends to make bold, impulsive and reckless decisions, but her bravery and resourcefulness cannot be denied.

She finds herself in great peril as the murdered drug dealer's brother seeks revenge, and ruthless jewel smugglers lead to adventure and terror on the high seas. At one point, she is left at her hotel without her documents, clothes, and money and has no idea who to trust. If she can solve and survive her tremendous problems, this will make a terrific series. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC, and I hope to read more of Jessie's incredible adventures in the future.

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A twisty and fast paced thriller, I thoroughly enjoyed Perilous Waters! Definitely recommend this well-crafted story, set in paradise for those looking for action, adventure, mystery, and attempted murder.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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