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Knockout [Hardcover]

Catherine Coulter
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June 23 2009 Fbi Thriller
The first time she spoke to him was at midnight. Seven-year-old Autumn Backman needed a hero. When she saw Special Agent Dillon Savich on TV after he’d brought down bank robbers in a Georgetown bank, she knew she’d found him. She called Savich, but she didn’t use the phone. They were burying dead people in my daddy’s grave . . . they’re coming after us. Please help me. Who’s they? Blessed, he’s coming. Ethan Merriweather, sheriff of Titusville, Virginia, a small mountain town near the Titus Hitch Wilderness, goes looking for a missing little girl. Soon after he finds her, Ethan realizes that Autumn has brought him a huge problem – a relentless madman who has the ability to control others simply by looking at them. And the madman is after her and her mom. It’s Uncle Blessed, and he wants Autumn. When Savich answers Autumn’s call, she tells him Blessed is from Bricker’s Bowl, Georgia. Savich and Sherlock go to Blessed’s home, learn about his brother, Grace, and meet their mother, Shepherd. Savich soon realizes the only way to stop Blessed is to “cut off the snake’s head.” Back in Titusville, Ethan, Autumn, and her mother, Joanna, are forced to hide from Blessed and Grace in the wilderness. Ethan knows the brothers will never give up their insane pursuit for Autumn. It’s a race to stop the madness, or the madness will destroy them all.
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Catherine Coulter is the author of the New York Times-bestselling FBI thrillers The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, TailSpin, KnockOut, and Whiplash. She lives in northern California. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not wbat I expected June 24 2010
I have been a fan of Coulter for a long time however this book was not what I expected as far as her usual writing. It seemed simplistic in dialogue...I guess she wanted to make the little girl's voice real but i felt kind of like I was reading a childrens book. A big indicator for me was that I was able to put book down and actually had to force myself to finish it. I can honestly say that's never happened with her before. The book opens well and creates suspense but then it starts to drag and murders in the mountains actually become hohum. There isn't the usual sparkle between Dillon and Savich either. Just sayin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Suspense but little romance June 17 2009
By C. Thilmany - Published on
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13th book in the FBI series that is more suspense than romance.

Savich gets a telepathic message from a 7 year-old girl just as he's falling asleep. She'd seen him on TV and knows he's a hero and she needs help, so tried to reach him. Her father's relatives have just recently learned of her existence and all are gifted with various powers to mess with someone else's mind. And they want her in their fold and will stop at nothing to grab her, even though she's surrounded by deputies and the sheriff.

As with most of the books, there is a 2nd issue taking place. Savich was a customer in a bank that was getting robbed and stops the robbery. One of the robbers is a 16 year-old girl who wants to kill Savich and the bank's security guard because her mother, another of the bank robbers, was killed in a shootout before they could escape with the loot. With her cousin's help, she's able to escape from a hospital and the hunt is on.

The romance? Between 7 year-old Autumn's mother and Sheriff Ethan Merriweather who come together to keep Autumn safe from her very scary uncle.

The book takes place a couple of months after Tailspin, so the homelife of Sherlock and Savich goes forward with Sherlock recovering from losing her spleen in the last book. The characters are interesting, the story moves fast, the suspense is good, and as always, the book contains a lot of humor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Displeased. June 22 2009
By D. Wulff - Published on
I generally like Catherine Coulter books. I first read The Maze and was hooked on the FBI series. When this book came out I was really excited and rushed out to get it. I am so disappointed! The writing is not as good as it used to be & there is no chemistry between any of the characters including Sherlock and Savich. I feel like she's running out of ideas. Didn't she do a book with cults before? I also don't understand why Dillion has developed an ability to communicate with ghosts and missing little girls. I don't like the supernatural aspect that her books have seemed to pick up. That's not why I read her books. I feel this book was rushed, not thoroughly thought out and definitely not as good as her other ones. I feel cheated that I spent over $20. Won't read again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Knock out not a TKO June 17 2009
By C. Ulen - Published on
It was an interesting book, very action oriented, not too much of the romance that I look for where they have so much Sherlock and Savich together. It's like they were missing something. Otherwise pleasantly paced and interesting. I like some action with some personal connections in her other books, it was lacking here, but the characters were fully formed and easy to understand. I think she also needs to work on her endings. They are too abrupt and don't snap closed enough for a good ending. I'd buy it again and read it again, just not with the same anticipation I had when I bought it. (Had the woman dig it out of the box for me, I was so excited. It did not live up to my expectations.)
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Cost Feb. 9 2010
By Vaszely - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I love my Kindle, but I am going to go back to ordering the books. $9.99 I am willing to pay but is anyone watching how the Kindle cost of books is shooting up? $14.-15.00 now? Why would I do that when I can order a used book for $2-3.00? Or for that matter go to the library and check it out for nothing!
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable all the way July 24 2009
By Lehua of Pacifica - Published on
In other episodes I've read from this series, Coulter used some restraint and kept the supernatural element to just a dash of spice. But in this one, she takes the hoodoo way over the line, letting it overwhelm the story and turn it into a shapeless mass. No plot-worthy parameters remain.

The characters flop, too. Coulter has always been noticeably cartoonish, but didn't run amok until this one.

She's also maddeningly repetitive, not just with statements, but with actions and events. Worst of all, the plot was so predictable that I found myself skipping large chunks, only to tune in later to find that things had gone exactly as I'd known they would. In fact, I fell asleep -- again -- just before the end, and couldn't stir up enough interest to rewind and finish it.

The producers chose to do that awful thing of swapping between readers. Including this novel, I've never seen that done well. Rather, it's disruptive and distracting. Costanzo has a high pitch, almost adolescent, which saps strength from the story. Raudman is awful beyond belief. I thought I'd experienced the worst overacting possible in audio, but she trumps them all.
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