by Sandra Brown
Synopsis: Kerra Bailey is a television journalist on the rise, and she’s hot on the trail of a story guaranteed to skyrocket her career to even greater heights: an interview with the legendary Major Trapper. Twenty-five years ago, the Major emerged a hero from the bombing of the Pegasus Hotel in downtown Dallas when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors out of the collapsing building. The iconic picture transformed him into a beloved national icon, in constant demand for speeches and interviews–until he suddenly dropped out of the public eye, shunning all members of the media. However, Kerra is willing to use any means necessary to get to the Major–even if she has to wrangle an introduction from his estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper.
Still seething over his break with both the ATF and his father, John Trapper wants no association with the hotel bombing or his hero father, and spurns the meddling reporters determined to drag them back into the limelight. Yet Kerra’s sheer audacity and tantalizing hints that there’s more to the story rouse Trapper’s interest despite himself. And when her interview of a lifetime goes catastrophically awry–with unknown assailants targeting not only the Major, but also Kerra–Trapper realizes he needs her under wraps if he’s going to track down the gunmen before they strike again . . . as well as discover, finally, who was responsible for the Pegasus bombing.
Kerra is wary of a man so charming one moment and dangerous the next, and she knows Trapper is withholding evidence collected during his ATF investigation into the bombing. But having no one else to trust and enemies lurking closer than they know, Kerra and Trapper join forces and risk their very lives to expose a sinuous network of lies and conspiracy running deep through Texas–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.
My Review: Sandra Brown is one of the authors that I enjoy reading. She delivers thrillers with enough suspense that it is hard to put the book down. The romance part of this book was not so much romantic as lustful with some descriptive sex scenes that I skimmed over. Having said that, I still enjoyed this story very much.
Twenty-five years earlier, a bombing at the Pegasus Hotel in Dallas forever changes the lives of father, Major Franklin Trapper, and his son, John. The Major, being in the right place at the right time, becomes a hero in the eyes of the world. John, “Trapper” becomes the forgotten son. He and his mother sit at home while his father travels and is interviewed over and over. In the last few years, The Major has become something of a recluse, but on the anniversary of the bombing, Kerra Bailey, a reporter from Dallas, wants to interview the Major. She is not having any success contacting him, so she tracks down Trapper to see if he can open doors for her. Three years earlier, Trapper and The Major had a falling out, but she is unaware of the situation or why it occurred. Her motivation for the meeting is more than just an interview. She has her own connection to that fateful day. Trapper and the local sheriff, a friend of the family, do not want the interview to take place. They each have their own reasons for that. Once the interview is completed, things go wrong and suddenly, Kerra finds herself in the middle of a possible conspiracy. With Trapper at her side, the sexual tension builds as they run and play hide and seek with the men after them.
Once again, Sandra Brown delivers an intriguing read in Seeing Red. Family dynamics, secrets, conspiracy, murder, and an underlying current of sexual tension drive this fast-paced story. Readers will need to set aside some time, because once you start this book, you will not want to put it down. The classic Brown twists and turns will bring you to another satisfying conclusion, even though you would not have guessed what was coming. The plot is well written with detail that sets the dangerous tone of this thriller. I raced through this one. If you enjoy a good suspenseful read with some sexual interludes, make sure to pick this one up. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.