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Incognito Series, Book 6: Renegade's Rose

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

Network 5th in Command, Hunter Savage is nearly at death's door when he turns renegade to save his sister, kidnapped by the Black Pope, Rex Kovac, leader of the covert terrorist organization R.E.D. Hunter’s only means of saving Celine? Steal Kovac's most prized possession--his wife. 

Renowned belly dancer, "the Spanish Rose", Tanya Kovac is nowhere near as innocent as she seems... and Hunter is nowhere near as indifferent to Tanya’s charms as he wants and needs to be to save his sister. 

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 2, 2018, 15:32
    2008 Long and Short Reviews’ Best Book of the Year Finalist
    5 star review and Best Book (highest) rating from Long and Short Reviews
    5 star review from The Romance Studio
    The Romance Studio’s Sweetheart Award Finalist
    5 star review from ReviewYourBook
    5 star review and Reviewer's Top Pick from Readers' Favorite
    4 1/2 star review from Dark Diva Reviews
    4 1/2 star review from Huntress Reviews

    Best Book! "Reading RENEGADE'S ROSE was an exercise in tugged heartstrings, bitten nails from intense suspense, dry mouth from tension and excited elation at the best darned happily-ever-after (HEA) Karen's written yet in this series. Hunter Savage is a man determined to be his namesake. He wants to be the most dangerous man in the world , yet Karen gave me a view into his heart and the dreams he dares not reveal. Despite his intentions, his intensive Network training and his duty, he has always had a bright fire burning in his heart that never died, that the Network could never douse; his love for his sister Celine. In this story, I learned about Hunter's background and it was chilling, sad, and at times I felt a need to comfort the boy who became a man; never knowing love, the comfort of a loving mother's touch nor ever being told he mattered--that he was loved for himself. How could you not feel for this man? How could you not connect with this character? Karen had me all but crying at the injustice that befell him at such a tender age. That background is intrinsic for understanding the driving force behind his pursuit of the bad guys. In this installment, Kovac figures heavily as the leader of R.E.D., a terrorist group that has plagued The Network all throughout the series and has done something that aims a spike in Hunter's heart--Kovac kidnaps Celine. Can you imagine losing the one person who helped keep you from losing your soul to The Network's duty machine? Hunter is led to Tanya, another person who has had choices taken from her and who is forced to live a different kind of duty. Tanya is a character that I liked. When you first meet her, you have certain expectations, as does Hunter. As the story unfolds, you begin to marvel at how Karen's mind works because Tanya's duty is similar in nature to Hunter's. They both have to save someone whose love keeps them human, keeps them sane when everything and everyone around them wants to break them. Karen gives us little teases and hints along the way until a major light bulb pops on and your jaw drops. I had NO idea that... Darn, if I say anything else about Tanya, it'll be a spoiler and I don't want to do that. I was floored when a major portion of The Network's chess game was revealed which affects her and Hunter's sister. Suffice to say that, as with other people who have become, either inadvertently or purposefully, aware of The Network, they too cannot escape its tentacles. On [one of the last pages of the story] there is a line, a phrase that refers to #2, Shannon McKee, and I wanted to give Karen a High Five for writing that. I'm all excited. Finally a character that says in the book exactly how I feel about Ms. McKee. Yes! BTW, there is a part that might squick a reader out. It's a courageous and physically challenging moment that, had it not been done, would have altered the story's path. Still, just the visual thought of Tanya doing what she had to do, makes me shudder. Now, let's talk romance. [Hunter and Tanya's] relationship is touching and really awesome. It was passionate, desperate and an emotional roller-coaster. If you've read any of the previous books in the series, you know that Karen has their relationships working within the parameters of the world she set up. As much as us readers would have it different, it would lose its integrity if she messed with the rules. That being said, you, the reader, are in for a treat! If anyone can find a loophole, it's Angelo. Bless his chess master's heart, he produces a scenario that Ms. Shannon McKee is NOT happy about but could do nothing to gainsay. I am absolutely thrilled and I bet you will be too. You know what else I liked? Karen has Hunter, Celine, Angelo and even McKee talking about Roan Emory [from DEAD DROP, Book 4 of the Incognito Series]. It confirms for me that the HEA of Roan's story is intact and healthy. I appreciated that touch. Heck, even Justine's [from UNDER THE SPELL, Book 5 of the Incognito Series] HEA is intact. What a wonderful and masterful handling of this series. I feel like these people are real and most certainly these books read better than any soap opera I ever suffered through. In my opinion, RENEGADE'S ROSE is the most romantic of the series and a sure fire pleaser for all those adrenaline lovers out there. Who needs coffee when you have the Incognito Series?" ~Long and Short Reviews

    5 Stars! "Karen Wiesner is a talented author. Her Incognito Series demonstrates that talent. She has formed a fictitious organization and totally persuaded me that it could be real. Her characters are strong and yet vulnerable. Wiesner weaves characters from previous books in this series into this book. Hunter and Tanya’s love story is superb reading. Fans of romance and suspense will enjoy this story."

    5 Hearts! "Karen Wiesner continues this series with a great romance and edge of your seat suspense. Hunter is well done as a man who covets a title of the most dangerous man alive but he has a flaw. He can’t help feeling emotion, becoming vulnerable when he senses his feelings may be returned. Throughout the story he completes almost superhuman tasks with a large piece of shrapnel embedded in his brain, so I’d sure give him a title of the most determined man alive even if not the most dangerous! Tanya, wife of the villain, is a well-crafted complement to Hunter’s strength. She’s managed to become a great mother to Kovac’s kids under circumstances where many of us would just wallow in our misery at being trapped with such an evil man. Her own mother sold her to the highest bidder but Tanya never gave up or let that or her treatment by Kovac keep her down. Ms. Wiesner makes this an excellent suspense with some surprising twists that seem to be the trademark of this series. All are stand alone books with a well done diagram of where Network players fit in the hierarchy. She keeps me wanting more of these heroic men and women, so I can’t wait for the next in the series." ~The Romance Studio

    4 1/2 Delightful Divas! “Each book in the Incognito Series just gets better, because there is more focus on the characters’ relationships and less on the Network. Not only that, but Angelo continues his acceptance and understanding of his operatives’ needs for human companionship. He is steadily working to make the Network a better place to live and work, and I am so happy to see it. As usual, Karen Wiesner has provided us with loads of suspense and emotion. The twists and turns will make your head spin, and the emotional, very real characters will steal your heart. The power players in the Network have amazed me yet again with their foresight and ability to play puppet master with their operatives. I recommend this entire series to anyone who is looking for a new romantic suspense series. The books are long and intense, and can all be read as stand-alone titles. However, I feel that a reader cannot truly appreciate the Network or the characters without reading each book in the series.” ~Melissa for Dark Diva Reviews

    4.5 Stars! "[S]ome twists...took me totally by surprise. The story slows down a bit toward the middle, but this is necessary for the romance to begin and bloom. It also lets the author throw in an extra twist or two. Now if only Shannon, Angelo, and Lucy would get their own stories told." ~Huntress Reviews

    4 Delightful Divas! “Up until this book, RENEGADE’S ROSE, Hunter Savage has been one of the characters that has moved under the radar. I’d heard of him, a little, and seen even less of him, so it was a treat to finally be able to get to know this elusive agent. One thing that I found really interesting is that both Hunter and his sister Celine are members of the Network, and in this organization where emotional connections aren’t allowed, it’s even more amazing to realize. Of course once we discover, through Hunter’s memories, just why they’re both part of the Network it makes sense; especially when we find out just who it is that brought them into the organization. Hunter is an excellent agent, with one—as he sees it anyways—failing: he falls in love easily, or at least he needs to be needed. It’s something that he’s trying with every fiber of his being to eradicate. He wants to be the machine that his predecessor, Roan Emory, was. What he hasn’t realized yet is that he has his own strengths that Roan could never have hoped to duplicate. I think both Hunter, and to some degree, the Network underestimated him because of the emotional component of his makeup. I was surprised to find, even from the beginning, that once I got to know the man that there was much, much more to him than first appeared. And the more that I got to know him, the more respect I had for him and admiration. He’s one helluva great guy…just different than many of the prototype operatives that we’ve seen so far. Once again, Karen Wiesner has thrilled me with her story; the action, the character development and yet more of the Network’s mystique that is slowly being chipped away all combine to make RENEGADE’S ROSE an excellent chapter in Wiesner’s ever-intriguing and very beguiling Incognito Series. Now if only real life wouldn’t continue to get in my way I’d be a much happier reader; then I could finally get the answers to the most puzzling bits to date, or at least get closer to discovering just how this is all going to come to a satisfactory conclusion!” ~Kathy for Dark Divas Reviews

    4 Hearts! "Karen Wiesner is a talented storyteller. This tale was full of unexpected twist and turns. Her characters were multi-faceted and yet well defined. An enjoyable read I would recommend this for those who like a little intrigue mixed with their romance." ~Night Owl Romance

    "Award-winning author Karen Wiesner is a master at her craft. As the Incognito Series unfolds, I am drawn deeper and deeper into the lives of the men and women of the Network. Hunter and Tanya’s story is more than just a covert operation. It is the love story of two damaged souls that find each other. As the dynamic story ends, Hunter is shown to be a man of distinction and honor. The ending to RENEGADE'S ROSE was unexpected and a complete surprise. I am anxious to see how Ms. Wiesner weaves the new philosophy at the Network into her future novels." ~Writers Unlimited

    “The sixth Incognito romantic suspense thriller stars an obsessed hero struggling to prove his worth as he has misgivings about his skills and a desperate woman in peril whose qualms about his ability to save her and her children lead to increased self doubts. The action is front and center as the attraction takes a back seat to the failed mission and the aftermath to rescue Celine, bring Tanya and her children to safety, and take down the malevolent Black Pope. Fans of suspense thrillers will fully appreciate the latest Network escapades as Karen Wiesner takes a page from Maslow’s Hierarchy as safety comes before love.” ~Harriet Klausner

    "As a top Network agent, Hunter Savage strives to feel nothing. The Network is a covert organization where duty is everything and falling in love is punishable by death. Hunter's desire to be more machine than man is understandable, but for him, seemingly impossible. Hunter knows of other high ranking Network agents who have secretly found a way to be together, but no matter how often Hunter finds himself involved in a sexual relationship with a female agent, in the light of day she is as cold as Chicago winters, as if they were never joined as one in the darkness of the night. A cold blooded, unfeeling machine is all that Hunter longs to be, and to capture Rex Kovac, the Black Pope, the notorious leader of one of the world’s most dangerous terrorist organizations, R.E.D. Kovac has been impossible to capture, but Hunter has finally pinpointed Kovac's location. Hunter soon realizes that the information that led him to Kovac is a trap, and the target, Hunter's beloved sister, Celine, a brilliant doctor who also works for the Network, has been kidnapped. Injured and determined, Hunter becomes a renegade, turning his back on the only life he has known in order to rescue his sister. And what of Tanya Kovac, the Black Pope's beautiful wife; is she the key to saving his sister? Is Tanya Kovac the key to fulfilling that part of Hunter who, no matter how hard he tries, longs to lay in the softness of a woman's arms for all time? RENEGADE'S ROSE is the sixth book in Ms. Wiesner's intriguing and suspenseful Incognito Series, and the most romantic and sensual out of all the stories. While most Network agents desire to feel something other than a sense of duty to their job, Hunter is a hero who feels too much. Sexual, sensual, devoted to his sister and the Network, Hunter longs to cut off the best part of himself. He is passionate, capable of great love and loyalty. Tanya Kovac is not what she seems, all beauty, softness, and vulnerability; it is only as RENEGADE'S ROSE progresses that readers remember that roses, although renowned for their beauty, can survive in even the harshest climates. With plenty twists and turns, [the] two main characters...need for each other sizzles. Ms. Wiesner is a skillful writer... I recommend RENEGADE'S ROSE for its multi-layered characters, romance, and hopeful tone." ~Romance Reviews Today

    “RENEGADE’S ROSE is such a great story. The action and suspense that’s expected from this series is definitely there. I felt the same adrenaline rush and edge-of-my-seat anticipation with RENEGADE’S ROSE, as with the previous books, as well as strong emotions for the characters. Karen Wiesner does a great job with surprising her readers with the unexpected, and there are plenty of unexpected moments in this story. With the great writing, terrific characters and storyline, the romance aspect of the story is bonus. With the lives that Tanya and Hunter lived, I could not help but root for them to find some true happiness together. I really enjoyed RENEGADE’S ROSE and the entire Incognito Series.” ~Joyfully Reviewed

    "This story was full of twists and turns and was non-stop excitement. I loved every minute of it and loved all the characters. Hunter meets Tanya, Kovac’s wife (leader of the terrorist group), and realizes that he needs to kidnap her in order to barter with Kovac for his sister. More twists and turns take place, and Hunter realizes that Tanya is more than meets the eye. He falls head over heels in love with her; she somehow gets through all of his barriers. His newfound love for her does not make it easy for what he knows he needs to do. I don’t want to give away the second half of the story because there are so many amazing surprises. Karen Wiesner does a great job keeping her readers at the edge of their seat and makes it impossible to figure out what is going to happen next. Nothing in this story is predictable. I recommend this story to everyone. It can be read on its own, or with the rest of the books in her series." ~Front Street Reviews

    4 Angels! “I found the action and adventure of this tale to be top-notch and will continue to have this series at the top of my list.” ~Fallen Angel Reviews

Chapter 1

"We've got him," Hunter Savage said under his breath. Instinctively, his hands clenched in victory. "We've got the Black Pope. And he's mine."

"Alpha and Beta Teams?" Lona Reznik guessed, knowing as well as he did that only the best would do for this mission.

Hunter shook his head without glancing up at the Head of Network Analysis. "Just Alpha. I don't want Kovac catching even a whiff of us."

"I'll call over to Comm."

"I want the teams assembled in under two hours," he said, already stalking away.

"Who do you want reassigned to the Michum mission?" Lona called.

He turned back for an instant, and she said, without betraying a hint of emotion, "Justine will ask."

The thrill of victory brought with it an intense desire he knew better than to indulge.


"Green Team."

Trying to tamp down on his growing excitement, Hunter made his way out through the underground compound where the Network was headquartered. As the most covert organization in the world, sanctioned by the American government, though known only by the highest officials, their primary mission for the past four years had been to bring down their arch enemy, R.E.D.--Revolutionary Echelon Defenders.

Little was known about the terrorist group, but their Remote Command Centers (RCC) were heavily guarded and always mobile, to throw the Network off their location. The head of R.E.D. was believed to be a notorious figure aptly named the Black Pope. Rex Kovac. Only the highest level operatives within the group claimed access to him. Kovac had his hand in everything from Mexico politics to banking and sports, and, of course, terrorist activities. As his nickname implied, the man followed his own code of 'morality', requiring that everyone around him do the same. Both worshipped and feared by the people of Mexico, the man's only Achilles' Heel seemed to be his scandalous, public affairs with the crème of the crop. His wife, former renowned belly-dancer, now a recluse, Tanya Kovac, turned a blind eye to his indiscretions. She'd stood beside him mutely since the two had begun making headlines together--the Black Pope always fully masked while in public.

Captain Shannon McKee and Angelo Pluzetti--the Head of Network Operations and 3rd in Command, waited for Hunter in McKee's office.

"You got a solid location on Kovac?" McKee, 2nd in Command and Liaison between Oversight in Washington, D.C., said the words in disbelief.

In the four years they'd been aware that Kovac headed the elusive group, they'd never gotten more than a fuzzy photograph of the man's back. He was that well insulated.

"We've verified that Kovac is in one of his secure retreats in Haiti."

"How accurate's the intel?" Angelo asked.

"Within ninety-nine percent. We'll get him this time."

Once upon a time, Angelo had both intimidated and inspired Hunter. He'd been the one to bring him and Celine into the Network long ago... so long ago, Hunter no longer thought about it. But he'd never forget. Now that Hunter had moved permanently into Level 1 status, 5th in Command as Head Team Leader/Mission Coordinator, he no longer felt the same intimidation he once had of his mentor. Yet he'd always feel grateful to Angelo, who'd believed in him and helped him find the confidence to succeed in a place where only the elite rose to power.

"My team will be mobilized to move out in under two hours. I'll lead them myself. Our window of opportunity won't be open long."

"Kirsten can lead the team. We need you in Comm," Angelo said.

Hunter shook his head. "I can't risk it." There was too much riding on this. If they got the Black Pope... if he did...

"Then I'll take Comm."

Hunter nodded toward his mentor.

"How soon can you have the mission parameters established?" McKee asked.

"An hour."

She nodded. "We'll be in Tactical at that time then."

Hunter noted as he left that neither of them tried to remind him what was at stake. Did they trust him to handle this? He'd been only too aware that his predecessor had been called the most dangerous man in the world. The title had fit Roan Emory accurately. But Emory was dead. R.E.D. had put a hit out on him three years ago. In the process of relentlessly pursuing and taking out the Network's best operative, R.E.D. had nearly disabled them beyond repair.

Hunter was now in the role of the most dangerous man in the world. His superiors had bestowed on him a responsibility he'd taken seriously. He'd been training for this since childhood. He couldn't fail to recognize his destiny. Since Emory's death, Hunter had gone after R.E.D. with a vengeance, taking out half of the organization and reducing their power considerably. But not enough. Emory had said it four years ago: Kovac was the key to toppling the organization.

Now Hunter had a chance to do just that. He could prove to himself and anyone who doubted it that he was equal to his predecessor. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, he would earn the title of the most dangerous man in the world.

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