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Kate Morgenroth
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July 18 2002
Lieutenant Commander Ellie Somers,
a Coast Guard helicopter pilot, is
a woman seemingly without fear.Would you risk your life to save someone you've never met? Would you fly into an Alaskan night so dark that sea and sky are one? Would you take a helicopter up in winds that flatten trees?

For Coast Guard pilots, Alaska's Air Station Sitka is the toughest flying assignment in the service. You not only have to be the best, you have to be a little crazy.

Lieutenant Commander Ellie Somers walks a fine line between hero and thrill seeker every day. To prove she can fly better than the boys, Ellie has pushed the boundaries so long that she's forgotten where they are. Her exasperated superiors look the other way -- until the day her helicopter literally spins out of control.

In the horrific crash, one of her crew is killed, and the investigation leads to her resignation. Traumatized by the death, she haunts Sitka, unable to move on. Nothing fills the void left by flying. For Ellie, life without risk isn't living at all.

But then a stranger offers some diversion for her empty days. Like her, he's an addict -- and his even more insatiable thirst for risk takes Ellie on an exhilarating ride through high-rolling nights and quicksand days, teetering on the brink of perils she never imagined.

In this high-voltage follow-up to Kate Morgenroth's acclaimed debut, Kill Me First, the unforgettable Ellie Somers explores the pain and loss behind the thrills as she answers the question: What really makes a hero?


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What is the nature of risk? That question lies at the heart of Morgenroth's riveting second novel, set primarily on the rugged Gulf of Alaska. Ellie Somers, a fearless Coast Guard helicopter pilot, finds herself in a horrible position when one of her more daring acts at sea results in the death of a colleague. Downgraded to a desk job, she resigns from the Coast Guard. Her life quickly spirals out of control, and she crosses paths with Nicolas Andreakis, a rogue whose own recklessness once pulled Ellie into a treacherous search and rescue mission. The pair feed on each other's desperation during a Las Vegas gambling binge. The son of a shipping billionaire, Nicolas has nothing to lose, and Morgenroth (Kill Me First) deftly reveals the underside of life when Ellie gets caught up in his schemes and decadent lifestyle. Ellie's fight for self-esteem during this intriguing detour in her life leads her to dark places and causes her to take ever more dangerous chances shoplifting, skydiving and worse. A startling plot twist compels Ellie's former boyfriend and one of her alienated colleagues to risk their careers as they try to save her from Nicolas's influence and clear her name at the same time. While offering fresh insight into characters who live their lives on the edge, Morgenroth's juxtaposition of the heroic, death-defying feats of the Coast Guard against high-rolling Las Vegas ratchets up the tension, making this an unusual and effective thriller.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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“First-rate thriller about a Coast Guard helicopter pilot crazier than most--a woman!” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“What is the nature of risk? That question lies at the heart of [SAVED], an unusual and effective thriller.” (Publishers Weekly)

“This is a must-read.” (USA Today)

“Kate Morgenroth can write...pitch-perfect and mesmerizing.” (St. Petersburg Times)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Female Pilots, Alaska & High Rollers Feb. 22 2003
Format:Hardcover
Ellie Somers is living her dreams thousand miles above the earth. She works for the Alaska Coast Guard on the helicopter Rescue Squad. She loves playing the role of hero but still has a thrill streak in her. When one dangerous mission almost grounds her wings, she agrees to play by the rules. She does good for a while and then the thrill is aching inside of her. This time she isn't a hero but a grounded pilot. She becomes despondent and her reckless behavior has her in Las Vegas. Her friends believe she didn't nothing wrong and set out to clear her name and find in the lower 48. When they do, she is involved in a plan she cannot
escape from and this plan may cost her everything she believes in and the honor of her friends. Morgenroth had me spellbound with the details given to the rescue missions. But when Ellie is grounded and main setting is switch to Las Vegas it lost something. It does pick up momentum again but the way she tries to switch tactics between plots were choppy but in the end I still find this a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting thriller Aug. 11 2002
Format:Hardcover
Lieutenant commander Ellie Somers of the US Coast Guard is currently assigned to Air Station Sitka flying helicopters and loving every minute of it. When an inexperienced boat pilot takes his vessel out to sea and misjudges the weather, he calls for help on his radio. Flying by the seat of her pants and taking some very unnecessary risks, she and her crew bring him back to safety.

Ellie's next mission, trying to stop a boat suspected of carrying drugs, is an utter failure. She loses control of the helicopter and it is lost at sea. Her second in command is dead and Ellie is grounded. She can't work for the Coast Guard without flying so when the man she rescued from the sea, Nicolas Andreakis asks her to go on an adventure with him she readily agrees, not knowing that he's the one who sabotaged her coptor.

While Ellie is definitely the protagonist, it is Nicolas who steals the show because the audience is never quite sure if he's an angel or a devil. The story line is fast paced, with many curves and twists so readers will never be able to predict what happens next. The heroine matures throughout the course of the book so the person who readers see at the end of the novel is not the adrenaline junkie we first meet.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly cool page turner Aug. 14 2002
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Format:Hardcover
just finished this book and loved it - morgenroth is a rare, gifted storyteller... this is a page turner, crisply written, with a bunch of heart-stopping thrills, some great characters, and an astonishing plot twist at the end. i'm giving it to my wife next - the lead character is a woman punching her way thru a man's world... very cool summer read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! Aug. 24 2002
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Format:Hardcover
This book had so many unexpected twists and turns that I practically read it in one sitting. I also loved the unique premise of a female helicopter rescue pilot. Very smart, with lots of action and a romantic element, too. I can't wait to read Kate Morgenroth's other book ("Kill Me First"). If it's anything like this one, she's got a loyal fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting thriller Aug. 11 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lieutenant commander Ellie Somers of the US Coast Guard is currently assigned to Air Station Sitka flying helicopters and loving every minute of it. When an inexperienced boat pilot takes his vessel out to sea and misjudges the weather, he calls for help on his radio. Flying by the seat of her pants and taking some very unnecessary risks, she and her crew bring him back to safety.

Ellie's next mission, trying to stop a boat suspected of carrying drugs, is an utter failure. She loses control of the helicopter and it is lost at sea. Her second in command is dead and Ellie is grounded. She can't work for the Coast Guard without flying so when the man she rescued from the sea, Nicolas Andreakis asks her to go on an adventure with him she readily agrees, not knowing that he's the one who sabotaged her coptor.

While Ellie is definitely the protagonist, it is Nicolas who steals the show because the audience is never quite sure if he's an angel or a devil. The story line is fast paced, with many curves and twists so readers will never be able to predict what happens next. The heroine matures throughout the course of the book so the person who readers see at the end of the novel is not the adrenaline junkie we first meet.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Female Pilots, Alaska & High Rollers Feb. 22 2003
By "tsm224" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ellie Somers is living her dreams thousand miles above the earth. She works for the Alaska Coast Guard on the helicopter Rescue Squad. She loves playing the role of hero but still has a thrill streak in her. When one dangerous mission almost grounds her wings, she agrees to play by the rules. She does good for a while and then the thrill is aching inside of her. This time she isn't a hero but a grounded pilot. She becomes despondent and her reckless behavior has her in Las Vegas. Her friends believe she didn't nothing wrong and set out to clear her name and find in the lower 48. When they do, she is involved in a plan she cannot
escape from and this plan may cost her everything she believes in and the honor of her friends. Morgenroth had me spellbound with the details given to the rescue missions. But when Ellie is grounded and main setting is switch to Las Vegas it lost something. It does pick up momentum again but the way she tries to switch tactics between plots were choppy but in the end I still find this a good read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! Aug. 24 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book had so many unexpected twists and turns that I practically read it in one sitting. I also loved the unique premise of a female helicopter rescue pilot. Very smart, with lots of action and a romantic element, too. I can't wait to read Kate Morgenroth's other book ("Kill Me First"). If it's anything like this one, she's got a loyal fan!
5.0 out of 5 stars refreshingly cool page turner Aug. 14 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
just finished this book and loved it - morgenroth is a rare, gifted storyteller... this is a page turner, crisply written, with a bunch of heart-stopping thrills, some great characters, and an astonishing plot twist at the end. i'm giving it to my wife next - the lead character is a woman punching her way thru a man's world... very cool summer read.
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