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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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  • Maggie L
  • 2021-07-04

Never a dull moment

An excellent conclusion to a thrilling and twisty series. There were still an abundance of surprises and excitement even on the seventh book. Rex finally found and rescued his Raven with the help of the Mountain Mercenaries and their latest mission was danger filled. I was on the edge of the seat the whole time. I loved the epilogue which wrapped up everything nicely and they all deserved the happily ever after.

Stella Bloom did an excellent job in narration.

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  • Diane S.
  • 2021-06-27

My new favorite in this series!

I love this series and I was so happy to have “Rex” get his chance at his HEA. All the other stories in this series led up to this one and I was not let down in the least. Raven is an amazing heroine and my new favorite in this Mountain Mercenaries series.

“Ten years,” he said softly. “Ten years, twenty-two days, four hours, and thirty-six minutes. That’s how long you’ve been missing. And I’ve been searching for you for every single second of that time. I’ve prayed to hear your voice again . . . and the reality is so much better than my dreams.”

Love this narrator! I’m always thrilled when I see Stella Bloom is narrating because I know I’ll enjoy listening.
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  • Kathleen Lunde
  • 2021-06-16

A Fitting End

This, last in the Mountain Mercenaries series, book was a fitting end for the series. The plot took many unexpected twists and all the characters were fully developed. I also liked that it brought awareness to human trafficking and the devastation it brings. Great book and Stella Bloom rocks!

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  • M Hicks
  • 2021-04-23

Fantastic

This book as well as the past books was so adorable I hated to stop for work it’s great how whole group holds either up so much love very action packed with great characters and narrators thanks always to the author 😉😉💖💖💞💞💕💕

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  • 2021-04-15

What a way to end a series!!

This series was one of the best I have ever read! The subject and nature of each book was rescuing woman and children from kidnaping from some the most gruesome situations! Rescuing Raven was the best of the series! Intense, dark in places, showing the strength of the women involved, Mainly the main female character and the man who was determined to find her! Terrific read!
Only thing not happy with was the volume of swear words!
Susan Stoker is a really good author of this style of writing! Have read most of her series of books!
The Narrator, Stella Bloom, is an incredible narrator! The number of characters voices is immense! Wonderful!!
Blessings!

I recommend this book and the whole series’s!

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  • shari
  • 2021-04-05

the best ending !!.....everrr

I just love susans books, but this one hit my soul ....I laughed, got angry and had tears of joy tho the characters inyhis story.....unfortunately this book brings us all to the thought as we are home safety reading this....its happening around the world for real by the evils around us...I pray that all these poor souls taken from their lives be returned safety. Susan a huge thank you for each book you write, .......

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  • Kary Mack
  • 2021-02-19

It has its ups and downs...

Overall, I enjoyed listening to this series. Stoker is a good writer and Bloom is a good voice actress. However... there are definitely cringeworthy moments. At times, there are things that the Mountain Mercenaries do or don't do where the listener is like... wait... what?! no... that was dumb as heck and if it was real life everything would fail because off that... yet nothing bad happens. Or moments like... ok the MM rescue women from trafficking... do they normally just rescue one and ask nothing/do nothing about the other women in the room?!
Anyway... if you can get through those moments... its enjoyable.