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Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller Novel (Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

CJ Lyons

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Praise for CJ Lyons’ FBI Thrillers:

"A high stakes adventure with dire consequences." ~New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry

"A compelling new voice in thriller writing…I love how the characters come alive on every page." ~New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver

"Everything a great thriller should be―action packed, authentic, and intense." ~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

"Highly engaging characters, heart-stopping scenes…one great rollercoaster ride that will not be stopping anytime soon." ~Bookreporter.com

"Storylines as hypnotic as the characters are magnetic...(Lyons) delights and satisfies." ~National Examiner

5 out of 5 stars: "CJ Lyons imparts such realism, it is hard not to become emotionally invested. Intense. Edgy. Believable. Highly recommend!" ~Best Fiction Books on SNAKE SKIN

TOP PICK! 4 1/2 Stars: Combine Dirty Harry with a loving wife and mother and you might end up with Lucy Guardino. Fans of Lyons’ hospital-set series will love the change of setting and thrilling pace. One note: readers with a fear of snakes should pick up this story carefully. Regardless, you won’t be able to put this one down. ~RT Book Reviews on SNAKE SKIN

"An action packed thriller from page one! An amazing fast paced story with characters that jump off the page and capture your heart. A must read!" ~My Book Addiction on BLOOD STAINED

"In true CJ Lyons fashion, this book pulls no punches.  It’s an in-your-face, no-holds-barred story depicting the cruel world of murder and drugs. As with all of her other books, CJ Lyons never disappoints.  This book was a true page turner and I didn’t want to put it down.  She is a brilliant writer and storyteller both, which is not often found in an author.  I am already looking forward to her next novel!" BookingIt.net on KILL ZONE

"This tale is not for the faint of heart, for this is a tale of dark human emotions. A must read for anyone who enjoys high-octane emotions with realistic characters and an intriguing storyline." ~My Book Addiction on HARD FALL

"A powerful taut thriller" ~Mystery Gazette

"Lyons proves once again that she is a master of suspense." ~RT Book Reviews

"Tinged with a compelling sense of dread, there are echoes of Kathy Reichs here, but Lyons has her own distinctive voice, and one that is a little more compassionate. She allows her female protagonist to become much more than just a woman in peril." ~Daily Mail

"Smart and intriguing, and her character development is so incredible that she leaves me literally breathless waiting to see what will happen next." ~Becky Lejeune, Bookbitch.com

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Think you can handle Lucy?


WARNING: the Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers are NOT for the faint of heart! They depict adult situations, realistic violence with consequences, and delve deep into the darkness of the human heart and mind.

When it comes to "breathtakingly fast-paced thrillers" (Publishers Weekly), New York Times bestseller CJ Lyons is a "master of the genre." (Pittsburgh Magazine)

#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child has praised CJ's work as “Everything a great thriller should be—action packed, authentic, and intense.”

Just your average Pittsburgh soccer mom, baking brownies and carrying a loaded forty-caliber Glock...

Lucille Teresa Guardino. A woman of many identities. Lucille to her doting mother, Lulu to her devoted husband, Mom to her pre-teen daughter, Lucy to her friends, LT to her co-workers, and Supervisory Special Agent Guardino to the criminals she captures for the FBI's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement squad.

A loving mom and wife, dutiful daughter, consummate professional, and kick-ass federal agent, Lucy is living the perfect life.

Until the day she comes up against a predator more vicious and cunning than any she's ever tackled before, one who forces Lucy to choose between the life of the young victim she is fighting to save and her own daughter's....and Lucy's dream life is shattered.

Want to be the first to know when CJ has a new book out or a special readers’ offer? Text: “Follow CJLyonsReaders” (without the quotes) to 40404

Praise for CJ's Thrillers with Heart:

“Everything a great thriller should be—action packed, authentic, and intense.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child

“Compelling…I love how the characters come alive on every page.” —New York Times bestselling author Jeffery Deaver

“A pulse-pounding adrenaline rush.”—Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author

“The perfect blend of romance and suspense. My kind of read.”—Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A high-stakes adventure with dire consequences.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“Packed with adrenaline.”—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author

“Tense, whip-smart medical scenes … gripping.”—Tess Gerritson, New York Times bestselling author

“Harrowing, emotional, action-packed and brilliantly realized … an irresistible read.”—Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

“Exciting … engrossing, intriguing.”—Heather Graham, New York Times bestselling author

“An adrenaline rush and an all-around great read.”—Allison Brennan, New York Times bestselling author

“Breathtakingly fast-paced.”—Publishers Weekly

"Delves deep into the human soul." ~RT Book Reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2295 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Legacy Books; 3 edition (Jan. 16 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKMY7C
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not typically my cup of tea, but... April 7 2011
By K. Sommerkamp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to say, I love CJ Lyons medical dramas. Being a pretty diehard romance fan, I haven't branched out into her other thriller books before. Snake Skin has definitely changed my mind. I tore my way through this book in one day (while my schoolwork and house went sadly neglected) and loved every minute of it. The characters are believable and relatable and the plotline just keeps moving like a freight train. The ending left a little to be desired, but I'm assuming this is the first of a series, which justifies everything not being tied up with a pretty bow. Can't wait to read more from this author!
147 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!!! Feb. 21 2011
By Shae Russ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book that I have read by CJ Lyons. And it will not be my last. This book held my attention from beginning to end. Literally. I read the book in one sitting. This book is not you typical book where you figure out who did it shortly after starting the book,it has a lot of twists & turns that keep you in the story. The lead Lucy Guardino struggles to balance her job as an FBI agent with the role of mother and wife. This is an action packed thriller that will leave you wanting more. Can't wait to get my hands on another CJ Lyons book.
53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Nothing May 9 2012
By Raspberry G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sorry folk. I cannot believe the reviews that this book has generated. I read this book, that is, as much as I could stand, and found it lacking in every single characteristic that one needs in a readable book.
1. Silly, silly plot.
2. Poorly researched. In the opening scene 2 characters are fighting in a body of water. There are snakes all around and the book claims the snakes are all fighting with one another. Anyone who has handled snakes with any level of competence knows they rarely acknowledge one another, let alone "fight" with one another.
3. Ragged descriptions of place and time, so the reader never quite knows where he/she is.
4. Too much "telling what happened" instead of letting the characters and the action depict the story. This is laziness on the writer's part.
5. Undeveloped, uncomplicated characters. Single dimension characters, mainly.
7. Participles galore. Split infinitives. Poor and colloquial language usage, even when the characters are not speaking or thinking. Does no one care about these things?
6. A waste of time.

Do not say you have not been warned, if you are seduced by the 99 cent price. Instead, my recommendation is to go read "The Abbey" it's inexpensive and very good. Same genre.

Limit your suffering.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fizzled out. May 30 2012
By go vegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't like this book. There was too much about Lucy Gardino's family life, for one thing. I don't care about her great relationship with her husband or about her disrepectful daughter. Those added nothing to the story. Eventually I just skipped over those parts. What got me to stop reading the book was how, with no reasoning behind it, she knew who the villain was. Then she called him up, and he admitted everything over the phone! Who would do that? And all in the same day, he then planted a surveillance camera on his apartment building and placed a bomb in the apartment for when the police showed up. Come on, now! This is just ridiculous. I think I only paid 99 cents for this book, and it was 99 cents wasted.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrill Ride Sept. 3 2011
By Dragon Lady Ness-a - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This action/suspense novel definitely lives up to its billing. Lucy Guardino is an FBI agent who is assigned to a special task force that specializes in cases of sexual assault and exploitation. As such, she deals with a lot of child pornography or exploitation cases where the perverts employ the Internet to find their victims. She's also a mom, who's trying to balance her family's needs against the demands of a job that could mean life or death for a victim. By doing her job, maybe she can protect her own family against the predators in society. When 14 year old Ashley Yeager disappears, it's Lucy's job to find her before the worst can happen. But Lucy's own daughter has come down with an unknown illness, setting Lucy's two worlds on a collision course.

The action in this book is fast-paced and constant. Even though you find out the identity of the offender rather early, it still doesn't let up. It's full of enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader fully engaged, without the action feeling unreasonable or unbelievable.

There are a few grammar and editing problems which is beginning to seem inevitable with Kindle. For example, one victim starts out with the name Noreen, then becomes Darlene, and then goes back to Noreen. And Lucy has a "dessert-like plant" in her office. Can you tell me where to get one of those? I'd love to grow desserts! As this was a book by a veteran author that was published before it came to Kindle, I have to downgrade it a bit just for sheer sloppiness. At least the procedural elements of the law enforcement agencies feel real. The author did her homework there.

When I started reading this book, the story gripped me almost immediately and I had a hard time putting it down. Well worth reading.

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