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Publisher's Summary

A Wall Street Journal best seller

The gripping third book in the best-selling Sydney Rose Parnell series.

Railway cop and former Marine Sydney Parnell is on the hunt. So is a killer she knows only as the Alpha. They’re in a race to find Malik, an 11-year-old Iraqi boy with secrets to guard. Sydney wants to help him. The Alpha wants him dead.

From the dark alleys of Mexico City to the mean streets of Denver, Sydney and her K9 partner, Clyde, use their wits and determination to chase down the ruthless killer. But when their path collides with his, Sydney realizes just how far-reaching and sinister the Alpha’s past is. And how far he’s willing to go to save his secrets.

©2019 Barbara Nickless (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Ambush truly kicks butt and takes names, crackling with tension from page one with a plot as sharp as broken glass. Barbara Nickless is a superb writer.” --Steve Berry, number-one internationally bestselling author

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BEST OF THE SERIES!!!!

This is the third book in the Sydney Rose Parnell series and I think it might be my favorite. It could be read as a stand alone book however I would strongly suggest listening to the series in order.
This is a fast paced procedural that keeps your attention through out. The story takes Sydney to Mexico to protect a young boy she had rescued in Iraq. Back then he had seen something he shouldn't have. His mother had been murdered. Now, who ever wanted him dead then is closing in and Sydney wants to find him.
Meanwhile, back at home another ex-Marine has been murdered. Sydney's life is threatened at the airport. And more and more...
This book has a very well constructed plot. Lots of moving parts and unexpected characters. Sydney's dog Clyde as always remains a hero.
If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition.
Emily Sutton-Smith does an outstanding job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Amazing Series

This is the third book in the series, though that shouldn’t stop you from reading it. Although Ms. Nickless references some of the past events, new readers should have little trouble understanding what is happening. The only hiccup might come from the issues Sydney has brought back with her from time spent as a Marine in Iraq, but there should be enough explanation to help a new reader understand.

This is not another railroad mystery, but a fast-paced story that begins with Sydney working on a private mission in Mexico. Before mid-book, the tale has involved every part of Sydney’s life, from her current job to her time as a Marine, and spilling over into her personal life (both past and present). There is plenty of action that continually propels the plot forward, and since Sydney is telling the story, we solve the mystery with her, clue by clue.

Ms. Nickless is at the top of her game with this story. Meticulous research adds an element of realism missing from so many books today, breathing plenty of life into both the plot and the characters. Sydney tells the story with a level-headed cynicism, seasoned with the self-doubt of one who is grappling with the memories of a past that refuses to leave her be. I was extremely impressed with the author’s first two books in this series, but there is no doubt in my mind that “Ambush” is her best offering so far. Five stars.

Emily Sutton-Smith is outstanding with the delivery of the story

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gotta love a story with a police canine.

I will have to go back and read book 2, but this book did stand alone

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Wonderful Series!!

I love this series—it has become one of my favorites. Wonderful, original characters and lots of suspense. Also, the narration is perfect. Hoping for more!!

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action packed

I am surprised at how things go down in these stories and this was no exception. I did not see things ending like they did. The story is action packed and keeps going non stop

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Ambush

Loved this audio book. Looking forward to number 4, even though this book seems to close out the first trilogy. Looking forward to another one.

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Must be patient to listen toBarbara's books!

Barbara weaves an intriguing story and it takes time to build. The narrator is good but sometimes a bit monotonous. I was able to figure out the ultimate bad person well before the identity was revealed (the name was the giveaway). The first book was still the best for me.

What I did not care for in this book was that the well-trained Marines were consistently out-maneuvered, even when they were prepared. I know that there has to be dramatic points but always having the highly skilled good guys constantly caught off-guard got a bit old.

There were some good surprises in this story and it did not finish in a completely predictable way. I am looking forward to the next book in the series which is set to be released in March of 2020.

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Wonder Where We Are Headed?

Great storyline linking the present and past of the characters. Well done. Now that the one storyline has been put to rest I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next!

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I Can't Get Enough

The first two books in this series were golden. I loved them. This one--it's pure platinum, and it absolutely hums with tension from page one to the end.

Sydney Rose Parnell is fast becoming a favorite modern literary character. She's wonderfully complex, yet entirely approachable. No one knows and understands her flaws better than Sydney herself. Except maybe Clyde, but he's not talking. Sydney isn't the only complex character in this series, either. From the bad guys to the surrogate father figure, and even the love interest. They're all richly developed and brilliantly complicated. Adding to these amazing personalities, the plot line sizzles with intrigue and suspense.

While it's possible to read this book as a stand-alone, I would not personally recommend doing that. Start at the beginning of the series to get the most enjoyment and appreciation for Sydney, Clyde, Cohen, and the Alpha. Totally worth it!

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Great series

This is a very good, and exciting series. Mostly about good verses evil, and the tolls that the military takes, and keeps forever.

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brilliant

I loved the 3 books and hope she writes more.
I listened to them back to back