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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal best seller

A missing woman leads the alpha heroes on their boldest mission yet in New York Times best-selling author Susan Stoker’s searing Mountain Mercenaries novel.

It’s been 10 years since Rex’s wife, Raven, disappeared from a Vegas casino. Never losing hope, he even formed the Mountain Mercenaries to help find her - and other missing wives, sisters, and children. Now Rex and his fearless team are following a lead to Lima, Peru, where the rescue operation is greater than they imagined. 

A day at a time. That’s been Raven’s motto for a decade. Once held captive by an elusive sex trafficker, she has an indomitable will to survive. But Raven’s not ready to leave Peru. She can’t. Not yet. Because her liberation from the barrios comes with devastating consequences. One wrong move and all hope will be lost to an unimaginable hell. 

For the Mountain Mercenaries, the stakes have been raised. The threats are escalating. But Rex hasn’t searched this long, risked so much, and come this far to lose Raven all over again.

©2020 Susan Stoker. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Dar
  • 2020-07-07

Beyond amazing!

Love, perseverance, preservation, acceptance, and dedication. Don’t forget about loyalty, kindness, and trust. All things that define Raven and Dave. Their life together before, their lives while apart, their life when back together. This story, this series, ran a gambit of emotions, all starkly and beautifully told by the authour, of survival, of not being victimized, of never backing down. The pinnacle of it is this book, it brings it all together and shows the strength and the vulnerability of the human soul, heart, and spirit. It was scary and brave all at once and I love, loved, loved it for the life and lives it allowed us to see into. Thank you Susan, for it all!

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  • Laura Ashleigh
  • 2020-07-02

Awesome!!!!

I love all Stoker books but of the books that have come out since Shelter for Penelope this is my favorite. Holy smokes. Without giving too much away, it is slightly different with so much of the book taking place away from home and the road to togetherness isn’t smooth at all despite finding each other early on but soo worth the rough ride. I always hate when a series ends but this was a great series finisher letting us in on years later for Raven & Dave but also clueing in to the fact that the other mercenaries and families are thriving. Well done!!! Loved it. When I started this series this book was not listed as coming soon so I wasn’t sure we’d get Rex’s story. I’m SO glad we did!

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  • Reggie
  • 2020-07-03

Great ending to this series!

I have been looking forward to this book since the preview at the end of ‘Zara’...and was not disappointed!! Lots of bad guys and drama but the Mountain Mercenaries came through in the end and Rex/Dave finally got his wife back! The extended epilogue put a neat bow on the series. Narrator’s work on all of the characters helped to make this a series ending to remember.

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  • Patricia Powell
  • 2020-07-02

Great book

This is a wonderful book. The story is fantastic. the characters are excellent and well devwliped

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  • Babyckz
  • 2022-06-07

FINALLY!

While the running time of 10hrs. and 21 mins was a little long, this book was good. The subject matter (sex trafficking) was totally disgusting & we know that it does happen. I liked this one because unlike other books on this subject the trafficker met a little justice & the people responsible for giving it to him didn't whine or feel bad about it, SEX TRAFFICKERS OF WOMEN & CHILDREN DESERVE NO SYMPHATHY!

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  • Teresa Spencer
  • 2022-03-13

Best book ever! Period.

I love Susan stokers books but I think she out did herself with this story on every level. Do yourself a favor and read the series in order then settle in fir this final book and just experience every emotion humans have inside them. Enjoy every moment. Then hug someone in your life and love them more. Yes, it’s that good. Thank you for the privilege of reading, listening to this story. I’m humbled and in awe.

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  • Ann McCambridge
  • 2022-06-04

Good Ending to the series

I enjoyed this series. The author didn't sugar coat the trafficking of women and children. Loved the way that Dave was patient with Raven and how he loved and accepted Raven's son David.

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  • Sue Guss
  • 2022-05-09

Rex & Raven's story

This last in the series book was perfect. The decade long search for Rex's wife, which was how the Mountain Mercenaries group came into existence is a great story of everlasting love. The horrors of Maggy's life (Raven) after being kidnapped into human trafficking and how her continued existence is discovered at long last by husband Dave (Rex) is a wonderful completion (HEA) to this series. Stella Bloom's narration totally shines as always.

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  • 2022-03-09

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I was really looking forward to this book because it wraps up the series, but the audio quality was pretty awful. Otherwise I enjoy this author’s books.

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  • clcrispen
  • 2022-02-01

Fantastic close to series!!!

So much to say. I loved the entire series but early on I knew I was waiting for this story and it didn’t disappoint. It was heart wrenching to hear the agony in Dave/Rex’s voice when he first saw Raven. And their journey wasn’t easy although, thank goodness, there was the HEA. This book ranks up there with Protecting the Future from the Seal of Protection series and Shelter for Penelope from Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes.

Stella Bloom did an amazing job narrating all books and making them come to life. I highly recommend this series and the others.

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  • micromacsd
  • 2022-01-27

A powerful account

Tha story seemed a bit optimistic in terms of recovery, but the account is powerful and deserves attention.