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Incognito Series, Book 4: Dead Drop

Score: 5.00 (votes: 1)

Men and women who have sacrificed their personal identities to live in the shadows and uphold justice for all--no matter the cost. 

Roan Emory, Network operative, formerly Daniel Sands, was inducted against his will. Parris "Perry" L'Engle, an FBI agent and the only woman he ever loved, has never been convinced that the car accident that took Daniel's life was legitimate. Just before his disappearance 25 years earlier, Daniel had been approached for recruitment by a covert agency. Now the scenario that had seemed like the catalyst to tragedy is taking place again. Outside her son Danny's office, Perry hears a familiar voice she'd overheard the day before Daniel disappeared, giving an identical recruiting pitch to her son.

Horrified, she vows this cipher won't get him... but he can lead her to Daniel. When she finds the man Roan Emory in Chicago, she has to face the fact that Daniel had willingly given up her, their love, and the child he'd never known she was carrying. 

Roan is a man on the edge with the face of a fallen angel and the heart of a machine. Denying his emotions is how he's existed all these years. Better not to feel when he can't change his circumstances. He'll never be free of the Network. Even if they willingly let him go, their enemies will see him as collateral. His presence outside could cripple them. Only legitimate death can free him. Ironically, though he's found his heart again with Perry, he knows the only one who can save their son from the same fate that destroyed their lives is Roan Emory--the most dangerous man in the world.

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 3, 2018, 16:36
    5 star review from Fallen Angel Reviews
    Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read Award
    L-Edit Slip Contest Finalist
    5 star review from EuroReviews
    5 star review from Long and Short Reviews
    5 star review from Huntress Reviews
    Recommended Read from Joyfully Reviewed
    4 1/2 star review from Dark Diva Reviews

    5 Books! "The previous book, BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART, had me thinking the author might be heading towards more mainstream romantic expectations. As the first chapter unfolded in DEAD DROP, my throat constricted with tension and my breath labored with anticipation. The feelings that grabbed me in the previous books are back, stronger than ever. This time we're seeing a different perspective--the repercussions The Network leaves behind once someone is "recruited". Once again, emotional drama embraces pain, hope, passion, anger and betrayal as Ms. Wiesner sharpens our focus on Perry and her son Danny and what they went through once her husband and Danny's father, died. Perry is cool. She's a strong and tough woman who is equally strong in her love and devotion to her son as well as to her job. I was tickled that she got away with what she did to Angelo for as long as she did. I felt like cheering, "You go, girl!" I appreciated how well Perry's character was written, although there was one point where I wondered, "Would someone be devoted to someone who was considered and accepted as dead for as long as Perry's character had?" It made me think. It made me contemplate how I felt about my own loving relationship. If I had Perry's training and keen sense of observation keeping in mind the field she was in, could I have done and felt the same way? I have to say, 'yes'. I also think that Perry has much in common with women whose husbands or sons are MIA in any military conflict. I find Karen's depiction in that regard quite astute. Whether she planned that or not, I don't know. But in my opinion, that's pretty powerful. As for the hero? It still astounds me that Roan Emory is a white hat guy. He has a lot of issues, most of them The Network gave him. What do you do when you’re the enemy, but not? How do you feel when you are revealed as a White Hat guy but no one believes you? Coming to accept Roan as a hero wasn't as hard to do as I thought it would be. Why? Because Karen found the perfect foible. The key to any romance reader's heart is a truly tortured and conflicted hero who has known love and through no choice of his own, had it ripped from him. And when he's been brutally trained and programmed to turn his back on a true love he'd already possessed to become a creature of duty? When he's faced with that reality, what is there left to live for? The Network never allows agents to retire back into the world. In no way can I see the character of Roan Emory chained in such a way and still keep his sanity. Once upon a time, I was cheering for his demise. This time I was cheering for Roan to succeed in his mission. Because this time, it was personal. Remember too, thanks to The Network's ice maiden, Shannon McKee, and her denial of emotions, she destroys any hope of hope and I think she's as worse an enemy as the terrorists. Heck, even Frankenstein found love and emotion. Nature can be delayed but not denied. And Angelo? I'm keeping my eye on him. He has me warming up to him in a big way in this book. I hope the rug doesn't get ripped out from under my tender appreciation of his character. After all is said and done, DEAD DROP met my romance book needs. It embraced strong and pure passion and love, it held my absolute attention with its suspense and high tech wonders and the characters made me care while I cried, bit my nails and ate lots of chocolate as I read wide-eyed while wondering if love, Perry, Roan, Angelo and Danny would survive. DEAD DROP is dead on. And I'm ready for more." ~Long and Short Reviews

    Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Read! "DEAD DROP is another great installment to the Incognito Series. The lead up to this fourth book is well worth the wait. I think this is the most emotional of the previous stories and so far my favorite. Each story of the Incognito Series intensifies the series and keeps me wanting more. The action in this installment is top notch and the storyline made it hard for me to put this book down once I started it. It’s difficult for me to give specifics of the book for fear I may give to much away, but I highly recommend DEAD DROP. For any suspense novel lovers and for fans of Karen Wiesner ‘s Incognito series, I Joyfully Recommend DEAD DROP to you."

    5 Angels and FAR Recommended Read Award! "DEAD DROP is another exciting adventure in the Incognito Series. Perry is one strong, determined lady that will stop at nothing to protect those that she loves. Even with all the heartbreak she has suffered in her life and the derision she has faced for her belief that [the man she loves] was dead, Perry stands up and does what needs to be done while keeping hope alive. Roan has had his choices taken away by The Network and only survives by putting the work first and keeping his past buried. Author Karen Wiesner has once again surpassed my expectations with the Incognito Series! Her characters have such life and passion in them that they stay with you long after the story is over. And I have to say that I love a book that keeps you in the moment and gives you no time to think ahead of what might be coming as DEAD DROP does. If you haven't yet had a chance to read this series then you are definitely missing out on a great read!" ~Fallen Angel Reviews

    5 Flags! "Author Karen Wiesner continues to demonstrate the enviable capacity to enrapture her readers within the first page or two of any story. DEAD DROP is no exception to this rule, for readers will find it a not-to-be-put-aside novel. As Book 4 in her outstanding Incognito Series about The Network, DEAD DROP works well as a series installment, but also as a stand-alone story. Readers, race to your nearest outlet and pick up DEAD DROP, then set aside a block of time sufficient to read it start to finish, because you will not be willing to put this book down until the end!" ~EuroReviews

    5 Stars! "There is a one year difference between the ending of the last book [BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART] and the beginning of this one [DEAD DROP]. If possible, this story is even better than any of the previous. There is more going on than I can tell in the synopsis, dealing with an organization called R.E.D., but I can tell nothing without spoilers. This plot takes a while to fully develop; therefore, more characters are involved than usual. However, this also means that more is going on and the readers will have a hard time finding a moment to catch their breaths. There is little or no downtime in this story; I stress that. The middle is just as fast-paced and intriguing as the beginning and the end. The main characters are well developed and so are most of the secondary ones. All-in-all, I am beginning to believe that the author, Karen Wiesner, has one of the most fertile imaginations I have ever seen." ~Huntress Reviews

    "WOW. This book, out of the so far eight-book series, is my absolute favorite. It is full of emotion, drama, and a past not forgotten. Roan Emory, the enigma, the world’s most dangerous man, the machine with no emotions, and the Network’s most valuable operative, is the center of this story. The machine begins to feel human again, as his past is replayed and begins to haunt him. The emotions and narration in this story are so real that it almost feels as if the reader is experiencing everything with the two main characters. The reactions, the emotions, everything in the story are just so incredibly believable. It is a page turner, a thriller, a romance, an action-packed novel, and everything in between, even a bit of sci-fi. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in reading something interesting or enjoyable. It’s a fun, light read, but filled with drama and action to the brim. Five stars to Ms. Wiesner for producing another highly readable and enjoyable story about the Network and its members. Anyone who has read books 1-3, I hope this book will make you love Angelo more than you already do, like it did for me." ~TCM Reviews

    4 ½ Delightful Divas! "Karen Wiesner continues her Incognito Series with this fourth book, DEAD DROP. Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone title, but a reader cannot get the full impact of the Network without reading each book. This book was just as fast-paced and suspenseful as the first three, and had just as much action. However, this book held a different tone. The Network and how it works was just as important in this book as ever, but I felt like I got a more up-close and personal look at the characters than I have to this point. I have met Roan before in the other books. The first time, I didn’t care for him at all; he was a killing machine with no feelings. Each time he has been mentioned since then, Karen has gradually given him a human side. I am very happy to have read his story. It helped me to understand why he was the way he was, and made me dislike the Network even more. Angelo appears again in this book, and as with the others, he proves that while he is loyal to the Network, he still has a human side and realizes that the other operatives do as well. Perry is a fabulous lady. I loved getting to know her. Her reunion with Roan nearly brought me to tears more than once. Despite the twenty-five years of believing that he was dead, she never gave up hope and never stopped loving him. I believe it was her sheer will, stubbornness and unconditional love for Roan that brought him back to life. Karen Wiesner is a master at creating suspenseful, extremely complex plots. Even better is her ability to bring to life powerful characters that hold you captive until the very end. The emotion is as real and deep as the danger at every turn." ~Melissa for Dark Diva Reviews

    4 ½ Delightful Divas! “Okay, that’s what I get when I get into a series and don’t take the time to read the story summary…complete and utter shock! But oh my, what a great shock it was. Who knew that the Network’s most dangerous man had actually had a life before he was a Network operative? Frankly, even though we’ve learned that he’s not the monster—or at least the soulless machine—that he appeared to be in the first couple books, it still took me awhile to process that he actually had a reason to be as disconnected as he is / was. Man, what a hellish quarter of a century the man’s been through. If anyone can get through to him, it would be Perry. This woman has never given up the hope that the love of her life wasn’t killed in the accident that utterly changed her life. And while she has some awesome resources behind her, it’s her drive and her determination to get back the man she loves and save her son from being co-opted by the organization that, in many ways, destroyed her life. Once again, Karen Wiesner takes us on a journey that is not only fraught with masses of intrigue, oodles of tension and a cast of characters that by turns excites and utterly frustrates me. For a group that works so far behind the scenes that they’re basically total unknowns—except for a few people in very high places, they do a lot of good. And I do get that it’s their anonymity that allows them to do what they do, but … *shaking head*… something has to give. And I’ve only got another eight books to read before I—hopefully—get to an end where I’m not going to end up going ballistic. But Ms. Wiesner’s not let me down before, so I’m placing my trust in her that things will work out the right way…uh, which really means my way. *sigh* Nah, I’ll just follow along, swear from time-to-time at whoever it is that’s yanking my chain and rush onto the next book. I am totally loving the series, but I must admit to having to take a break now and again…until I get to the next book and can be heard muttering “why did it take me so long to start reading this one!?” And I will warn you, especially if you’re a fan of stories that are rife with all manner of intrigue, Karen Wiesner’s Incognito Series is one NOT to be missed. A word of advice? Make sure that you have a couple of books in reserve because sometimes, having to wait is killer…even if I’m the one that keeps me waiting until the next time I’m able to completely immerse myself in the world of the Network and the people who are too amazing to not know.” ~Kathy for Dark Diva Reviews

    4 Hearts! "Karen Wiesner has continued this series with an exceptional story of one woman’s belief in her man, her intuition and her skills. Against all odds she does what everyone told her was impossible for twenty-five years. Parris is one of those characters we can’t help but admire. Ms. Wiesner crafts a story of intrigue and deception within agencies of the government whether covert or not that is easy to believe in the world we know. Dialogue, characters and their interactions are all well-constructed. It’s easy to get involved with the story. Mike and Parris epitomize the relationship good partners have during investigations. Young Daniel is well done as a courageous offspring of FBI grandparents and mother. The more we learn of Parris’ and Daniel’s story the easier it is to hope a future might be possible. This author builds the suspense well. She keeps us guessing and hoping right to the very end. This is a great read I didn’t want to put down." ~The Romance Studio

    4 Stars! "Karen Wiesner penned an entertaining read of intrigue, romance, and adventure. Perry was an incredible character. She exhibits strength and passion. Fans of romance and suspense will enjoy this book."

    "The fourth Incognito thriller, DROP DEAD, is an exhilarating tale that grips the audience from the opening déjà vu sequence until the final confrontation. The lead couple makes the tale as this is no second chance at love since the Network stopped the first time and prepares to intervene again. Although Karen Wiesner's latest book can stand alone as a terrific, character-driven action thriller, newcomers will want to read the previous saga (see NO ORDINARY LOVE, UNTIL DEATH DO US PART, and BOUNTY ON THE REBEL'S HEART) as these are some of the best novels around." ~Harriet Klausner

    "DEAD DROP is a haunting love story with a melancholy but ultimately hopeful tone. Is it a necessity that Network agents sacrifice all of their personal happiness for the greater good? In DEAD DROP, readers will get an even greater sense of the emotional toll that kind of sacrifice can cost a person. The Network agents' jobs are important, and they do save lives. Favorite Network agent Angelo, third in Command, is back and trying to look out for both the emotional welfare of his agents and the Network, no easy task. Justine Fielding, the Network Communications and Systems Analyst, is reintroduced, her story will be told in the next book in the series. Ms. Wiesner has a gift for making readers care about her characters. Perry is a strong woman who believes that her fiancé did not die twenty-five years ago, and in a way, realizes she was wrong--the man she knew and loved is dead. Roan is a brilliant man who has learned to live in a state of numbness and is more afraid to feel again than he is of taking a bullet in the line of duty. There are no happily-ever-afters in the Incognito Series Books, but characters come to some kind of an understanding, and as a result, hope and renewal are reached. DEAD DROP is no exception; pick up your copy today. I recommend it." ~Romance Reviews Today

    "DROP DEAD is yet another great story to add to the Incognito Series by author Karen Wiesner. Characters within in the Incognito Series are as volatile as the potential terrorist attacks that unfold. Though the Network trains its operatives to a level of unemotional fighting machines, operatives' hearts cannot be ruled. DEAD DROP is another story in the Incognito Series worthy of contemplation for a script for a 'Network' television series. An enjoyable read!" ~Rolling Seas Reviews

    4 Cups! "This [book] made me wonder about 'white hats' and good or evil agencies. With Roan as a killing machine, I found that he did have his soul, after all, so family and love came through to save him. This is a telling story that shows us just what our government agencies might be doing and it is a very scary thought. It also makes me think about all our brave men and women that serve to protect us in the military and for the government. Also the price that may cost them with the loss of family, friends, trust, emotion and even self to get the job done." ~Coffee Time Romance

    "DEAD DROP is the fourth story of the Incognito Series. The reader will be drawn into Roan's story as soon as the first page is turned. Karen Wiesner saved the best storyline for Roan. While I have enjoyed the whole Incognito Series, Roan's story is my favorite. It is a powerful statement for the strength of love being able to make changes in one's life. It is also a wonderful statement of everlasting love--the one we are all looking for in our own lives. If you have not read any of Karen Wiesner's series, you need to get acquainted with this multi-talented writer." ~Writers Unlimited

    "[A] well-written story, Book four in Wiesner's Incognito Series has an interesting storyline and a strong heroine who believes in the power of true love at any cost." ~Romantic Times BOOKreviews

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