Narrated by Eva Kaminsky Crimson Summer by Heather Graham is the second novel in the Amy Larson & Hunter Forrest FBI. A calling card from an apocalypse cult soon has Amy and Hunter facing a war they cannot afford to lose.
by Heather Graham
Series: Amy Larson & Hunter Forrest FBI #2
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Length: 8 hours and 59 minutes
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Narration: 4.5 cups Speed: 1.3x
They're not going down without a fight.
When FDLE special agent Amy Larson discovers a small horse figurine amid the bloody aftermath of a gang massacre in the Everglades, she recognizes it immediately. The toy is the calling card of the apocalypse cult that Amy and her partner, FBI special agent Hunter Forrest, have been investigating, and it can only mean one thing: this wasn’t an isolated skirmish—it was the beginning of a war.
As tensions between rival gangs rise, so does the body count, and Amy and Hunter’s investigation leads them to a violent, far-right extremist group who are in no hurry to quell the civil unrest. With a deadly puppet master working to silence their every lead, it’s a race against the clock to figure out who’s been pulling the strings and put a stop to the escalating cartel turf war before the Everglades run red.
I enjoyed the Danger In Numbers and listened to Crimson Summer. This romantic suspense has our officers on the hunt for a serial killer cult and delivered plenty of suspense, as this collaboration between the FBI and Florida State police crosses state lines as the body count rises.
The events of Crimson Summer take place approximately one month after the ending of Danger in Numbers. I recommend reading/listening to them in order, even though they are standalone companions. It begins with Hunter interviewing a prisoner before he joins Amy at a mass murder scene, where she discovers a token similar to the toy red horse that appeared on their honeymoon. It represents “War” and indeed a war is beginning between good and evil. Graham wastes no time thrusting us into danger.
More mass murders in other parts of the country have our agents doing double time. The overall story arc is fast-paced with an ominous sense of urgency. With each witness and clue they uncover, the criminals seem one step ahead of them, from taking out witnesses to controlling information.
The romance is already established and the couple have little page time, but Graham snuck in moments, addressed concerns and strengthened their ties. I like both Amy and Hunter. Each brings skills to the table professionally and the pair work well together. Their romance, respect, and feelings for each other felt genuine.
Eva Kaminsky narrates and gave voice to both Amy and Hunter while enhancing the suspense, capturing their relationship dynamics and giving voice to evil. The story worked well in audio format and I plan to continue the series on audio.
While at times sinister, Graham balanced the darker aspects with lighter moments between the couple, giving readers a chance to catch their breath. Fans who love a suspenseful murder-mystery with a side dish of romance will want to begin the Amy Larson & Hunter Forrest FBI series. I look forward to the next one!
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I enjoyed this one and love the premise of the series. I didn’t love this one as much as the first but am looking forward to seeing how this all plays out!
Oh cool a new series by her, thanks Kim and great review. And no woo woo in this one it looks like.
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I haven’t read this series but I think I would enjoy it.
I enjoyed this one too. I too am looking forward to the next book.
This is a series I’m very interested in. I read Heather Graham’s books years ago, and want to pick up some more recent books by her.