HELL OR HIGH WATER
JULIE ANN WALKER
In a world on the brink…
Six men. One sunken Spanish galleon. Millions in gold and silver coins lying on the ocean floor. And a past that refuses to let the guys of Deep Six Salvage forget the Navy SEAL motto: the only easy day was yesterday…
There’s more than one kind of treasure…
The nation’s security has always been CIA agent Olivia Mortier’s top priority. But a mission-gone-wrong has begun to make her wonder if there’s more to life than risking hers.
And more than one secret at the bottom of the sea…
Only two things could make Leo Anderson abandon his hunt for the legendary lost ship, La Santa Christina, and return to the world of weapons and warfare he swore to leave behind: a capsule of enriched uranium, lost on the ocean floor, and a plea for assistance from the one woman he can’t seem to forget…
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.
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*** My review ***
My absolute favorite thing is when a writer manages to bring the characters to blazing life on the page. Julie does that in spades with Hell or High Water.
This book is filled with beautifully done imagery and not-soon-to-be-forgotten lines from a cast of hard as nails ex-Navy SEAL’s. One of my favorites was from Leo the Lion Anderson:
“I know I’m a bad person.” And that had her gaze snapping up to search his face. “I think you have to have a bit of bad in you to do what we do. But we’re bad people workin’ on the good side. And that makes it okay. Because the bad people workin’ on the good side are the only things standin’ between the good people and the bad people who are workin’ on the bad side. Every lie I’ve ever told, every life I’ve ever taken was in the name of keepin’ innocents safe. And that’s what lets me sleep at night.”
Walker, Julie Ann (2015-07-07). Hell or High Water (The Deep Six) (Kindle Locations 3385-3390). Sourcebooks. Kindle Edition.
Dialogue such as the piece above kept this story fresh and enjoyable for me. I caught myself reading with a smile on my lips more than once. You can’t ask for better than that. 🙂
If I had to give anything negative at all, it was the amount of sex scenes in the book. I ended up skipping over a lot of it to get to the good stuff. If you’re looking for a great read full of fresh phrases and hard to forget characters, this one’s for you.