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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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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.

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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

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-one novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. Winner of International Thriller Writers' prestigious Thriller Award, CJ has been called a "master within the genre" (Pittsburgh Magazine) and her work has been praised as "breathtakingly fast-paced" and "riveting" (Publishers Weekly) with "characters with beating hearts and three dimensions" (Newsday). Learn more about CJ's Thrillers with Heart at

Product Details

  • 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: #62,095 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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77 of 81 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
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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!
146 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner!!! Feb. 21 2011
By Shae Russ - Published on
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.
95 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HEART THUMPING THRILLER!SNAKE SKIN BY C.J. LYONS Feb. 11 2011
By April A. Renn - Published on
SNAKE SKIN by C.J.Lyons is a heart thumping thriller set in present day Pittsburgh.It is written with depth,details,twists and turns.It has snakes,child predators,FBI agents,crimes against children,sacrifices,adventure to save the children,suspense,and a heart pumping action.It is action packed and fast paced from the first page to the last.Special Agent Guardino,is an FBI sexual assault felony enforcement squad agent,a wife,a soccer Mom,juggles family and work,she is a friend and loathes child predators.
She will have to choose her daughter and the life of the young child she is trying to save...
what a life scattering decision one no mother or special officer should have to make.This is a seat on the edge of your seat action thriller that will leave you looking under your bed,in your closets and questioning things around your children.If you enjoy fast paced,with kick butt characters this is a Do not miss read.I would highly recommend this story.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at Create Space and My Book Addiction and More.
98 of 111 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to potential July 29 2011
By Sesame - Published on
I had high hopes for this book. The premise is quite interesting: a mother-bear-type lady FBI agent who hunts down pedophiles. It started out with a quick and readable pace, and kept me reading -- at first.

But then, the errors and problems started to add up. A few minor inaccuracies in a novel can be easily overlooked, but these were glaring: for instance, a reptile expert refers to "poisonous" snakes. (They're "venomous," actually.) I noticed numerous other mistakes like this that some basic research would have prevented--not trying to nit-pick, but it was so bad that it took me out of the story, and that matters.

Another big problem was the main character, Lucy. It seemed like every other paragraph hit the reader over the head with how Lucy was thinking about her daughter being vulnerable to the big bad world full of sick freaks who want to hurt her. Most of the character development and relationships committed the cardinal writing sin of telling, not showing.

Not only that, but Lucy acted ridiculous and unprofessional every time the Internet was mentioned. For example, we're told that she doesn't use email because she associates it with the child pornography she deals with. (quote: "In her line of work the miracles of modern communication represented danger more than convenience.") Come ON. An FBI agent barely uses email?? That's completely unrealistic, and would not fly in the day-to-day business of a federal law enforcement agency. The greater part of her job is online stuff, and yet she can't seem to distinguish between the sordid corners of the cyberworld and perfectly mainstream social networking or online dating sites. Again it seemed like literally every paragraph was reminding us how pedophiles are lurking around every tree, corner, bus stop, and café. A little bit of subtlety would have gone a long way in raising the dramatic tension. Instead I was just rolling my eyes.

In the end, "Snake Skin" was like a woman dressed to the nines at a backyard barbeque: it's trying too hard. There's some good material here, but it needed a lot of further editing and this read like an early draft. I wouldn't recommend it.
52 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado About Nothing May 9 2012
By Raspberry G. - Published on
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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.

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