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Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor Series #1)

Dani Pettrey
Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor Series #1)
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In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. He and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before g... Read More

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In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. He and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.

Fast forward to the present and Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having quit his job as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job was quiet... until he captured two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top.

Griffin would prefer if the case just went away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body has not been there long, and that it was the work of an expert sniper.

When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

Product Details:
Pages: 336
Release: 02/2016
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jan 26, 2016
  • UPC: 9780764211973
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Feb 2, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042040"
  • ISBN: 0764211978

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Dani Pettrey does it again! by J. Augustine on 8/1/2016

So, at first I wasn't too sure about a Dani Pettrey novel set outside of Alaska, I really hated saying goodbye to the McKenna clan, but she IS one of my favorite romantic suspense authors and I couldn't imagine not reading her newest book... Well, even though Baltimore and the Cheaspeake are about as far as you can get from Alaska, except for maybe Florida or Hawaii, Cold Shot is now one of my favorite suspense novels of the year. It was great! I could hardly put it down and if I hadn't finally been forced to get some sleep I would probably have finished it in one sitting. I immersed myself in the world of danger and suspense, happily engrossed in trying to figure out the killer or killers before time ran out.

Cold Shot is a great start to what I know will prove to be another wonderfully thrilling series from one of the best authors in Christian suspense. Dani Pettrey's talent for writing engaging characters, dramatic settings, and of course chilling mysteries, is unmistakable. I quickly devoured Cold Shot but I'm not sure just how patiently I can wait for book 2 in the Chesapeake Valor series. Oh, the sweet agony of being a bookworm...

(I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)

Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Cold Shot by Amanda on 5/27/2016

As a die hard fan of The McKenna family, finishing the last book of Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series was bittersweet. Like me, if you are mourning the loss of your fictional friends it's time to rejoice over the new ones Dani has written for us.

Cold Shot recaptures the family feel I cherished in previous books by introducing readers to four men whose friendships began on their childhood little league baseball field. Griffin McCray takes center stage in book one along with his romantic interest Finley Scott. The two begin the story with some familiarity which skirted my personal distaste for insta-love. Even with it's rather large cast, the author devotes ample time to developing the depth of her characters. My curiosity has been piqued and I'm eager to get to know each member more completely as the series unfolds.

With each turn of the page Pettrey grips readers with a sense of urgency. If you enjoy a tightly plotted story with a few unexpected twists, you'll love Cold Shot!

I received this book from the author for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Dani Pettrey Still Going Strong by Seasons of Opportunities on 3/1/2016

I have been to Gettysburg twice in my lifetime and have fond memories of both. One more recent visit was just a couple years ago. As a lover of history, the battlefields and sights draw me in. Another place I have always enjoyed visiting is the Chesapeake area. It is beautiful there. That whole vicinity on the eastern coast has its seeds entrenched in history and is extremely fascinating to me. But that isn't the only reason I wanted to read this book. I also think Dani is an outstanding author. I have enjoyed every book she has written, and couldn't wait to read this new series.

Agent McCray has settled for a mostly peaceful job as a ranger in the Gettysburg National Military Park, since his life plans went astray. He, along with three other guys, were a tight bunch, with lives planned, determined to make an amazing team together until one went missing -the glue that held them together. After that, they drifted apart. When a sniper shooting went wrong, McCray blamed himself, and left the force for a different pace.

During a archaeological excavation in the park, he meets Finley Scott, the drop dead gorgeous forensics doctor in charge of the dig. As the sparks begin to fly, Griffin is thankful the dig is wrapping up, that is, until a body is found. A recently buried one. Friends reunite as an investigation begins. Adding with it, suspense, mystery, and danger! What should have been a simple missing person ID is now turning into a tail-spinning, treacherous quest for truth.

I admire the spiritual aspect of Dani' s writings. Not only does she keep her audience enthralled and on the edge of their seats, but she incorporates a level of spirituality that comes as natural as breathing. To me, that's the way life should be lived, with no defining lines between the supernatural and the daily grind. Both Griffin and Finley seem connected to God and deliberately make choices and decisions based on their relationship with Him. Their prayerful thought lives flow freely amidst the chaotic, unpredictable pages of the book. This story will take you on a ride you won't soon forget, as you once again fall in love with her characters.

I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review.

A fast-paced romantic suspense by Emilie on 2/27/2016

Cold Shot will take you on a ride you won't soon forget with shocking turns, compelling characters, and a threat lingering at every corner.

This was my first introduction to Dani Pettrey's writing and woozah! Awesome! I was immediately drawn in by her writing style. I really enjoy her descriptions and use of imagery to draw the reader in.

Cold Shot mainly focuses on Griffin McCray and Finley Scott, but the story is filled with other intriguing characters like Griffin's childhood friends Declan and Parker, among others. I loved Griffin and his somewhat grouchy exterior--give me a tough hero any day--but I also liked the other sides to him that are revealed through the book. If we're talking favorite characters though, I think Parker may take the cake...I mean, come one. That Irish accent? *swoon* I also enjoyed Finley's character and her tough, yet delicate sensibility. At first I was a little confused as to what her actual "job" was, because of where we come in at the beginning, but that got cleared up pretty quickly.

As for the plot, loved it! I will say there were a few parts I was almost lost...there is a lot of information given at certain times and, though it's necessary, it felt a little overwhelming at times. It wasn't a distraction though, just a speed bump for me. I also enjoyed the location--hello backyard! She mentioned Severna Park and I was like "woohoo" becuase I often go up there for photo shoots. But I digress.

The only things I noticed that I was less a fan of were a few "leaps" the characters made at one point. More like assumptions, I guess? I felt they were a little to convenient for the case. And I felt like Griffin was a little bit too enamored with Finley at the beginning...now, this I would almost not mention, but I'm just being honest here. I can see where there is a foundation for it, but I felt like his thoughts were very...overt? But eh--not a real "issue" to me, just a passing thought. It in no way affected my enjoyment of the book.

As a whole, I really enjoyed Cold Shot and I definitely recommend it. I feel like it was a solid, "team based" romantic suspense. I also loved the approach of multiple viewpoints--it heightens the tension and gives depth to the story. Dani's writing is so solid and I am definitely a fan. Excited to go back and check out her Alaskan Courage series (since a sweet friend just gifted me Submerged, book 1). Dani - you've made me a fan!

My rating: 4.5*

Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/02/cold-shot-by-dani-pettrey-review.html
I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

This books was great. It is a page turner and kept me wanting more. I hated for the story to end. I love Dani Pettrey books and can't wait for more books from her on Chesapeake Valor this is book one. by Aussiegirl on 2/27/2016

Dani Pettrey
I love to gaze at the cover and see what story the cover holds before I start the story the author has among the pages. So as I gaze at the cover of the face of the handsome man it tells me he is a rugged outdoor type. Serious about whatever he is watching. As I look into his eyes it is as if he is staring back at me and looking deep into my soul to see what lies beyond the outer appearance.
As I enter the pages of this book it pulls me right into the story with nonstop action, danger some quilt and friendships that are deeper then the ocean and higher than the Mountain, friendships that they will protect even with their very lives.
The twist and turns of this story will keep you on the edge of your seat. About the time you think you have it figured out Dani will throw in another twist that has you rethinking and trying to figure out who did it. I can visualize what Dani is writing about because she describes the scenes so well. Dani will have you laughing, crying and have you scared at what may happen at the turn of the next page.
I recommend this book highly. I have read a lot of Dani books and she writes each book that keeps you turning the pages, this book is no different it is a great read.
I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review just an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s.
5 Stars
ISBN 978-0-7642-1197-3

Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 2/24/2016

When Cold Shot landed in my mailbox I was so excited. I absolutely loved Dani Pettrey's last series and could hardly wait to start this new one.

Once again she has created a cast of characters that draw you in and make you want to know more and more about them. The story (and the series) revolves around four best friends (or at least they were at some point). We get to meet each of them one at a time and slowly we learn about why they have fallen away from each other over the years. This dynamic is going to make the rest of the series quite interesting.

In Cold Shot the main story line is about a mysterious body that is found at Gettysburg where Griffin McCray is a park ranger. So much for leading a quiet life away from all the past! Not only will this discovery bring back Griffin's best friends but it also throws him in very close proximity to the delightful forensic anthropologist Finley Scott.

Cold Shot is not only a heart pounding suspense novel it is also a tension filled romance. Just as the relationship between Griffin and Finley begins to heat up so does the danger. One of the elements that will make you want to yell advice to the characters is the fact that you know what is going on from the perpetrator's perspective. You get to see what he is planning and it will make you crazy worried for Griffin and Finley.

If you are a fan of Dani Pettrey you are going to love this new book and series. If you've never read any of Dani's work now is your chance to get on board from the beginning. If you like your suspense novel sprinkled with a bit of romance you can't go wrong with this one.

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Up all night by Karen W {Ting's Mom} on 2/17/2016

Petty is a new author for me, so it took me a few chapters to get used to the writing style. However, once the character introductions were over this book really hit its stride. The suspense of anticipating what would come next was so exciting. I really enjoyed this one and ended up feeling connected to the characters. I can't wait for the next installment in this series. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. *

Cold Shot was a Success by Robin on 2/14/2016

Cold Shot
Dani Pettrey

Book Summary: In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled. Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he's living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top--and they aren't Civil War-era. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

Review: Great start to this new series. This was an exciting story with some great twists along the way. This was a well written and exciting story. Griffin and Finley were fun and I am looking forward to future stories. This was an interesting story with a lot of loose ends with is Luke alive and who will Kate end up with. The new characters are exciting. I do hope that the next story are going to go to have the twists and turns this one did. There was so much going on and yet there was down time to regroup and give the reader a break. The storyline was very interesting with lots of surprises. There were several things going on that with the men’s youth connections and the murder they were trying to solve. For me it is always a hesitation to start a new series especially if the previous series was so good.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Intriguing assortment of details and characters by Vera on 2/14/2016

I thoroughly enjoyed Dani Pettrey's writing skills and the way she developed the characters in Cold Shot through conversation, description, and actions. The story begins with a rush of excitement and proceeds in an intriguing assortment of details and characters that kept this reader enthralled.

A hard to put down book that kept me wondering just who the villain was and if the quartet's missing friend was going to emerge in the story.

I look forward to reading Chesapeake Valor #2 by Ms. Pettrey as Cold Shot has left me hankering for more of these folks lives and adventures.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated.

Suspenseful by Maureen on 2/10/2016

Four best friends, but at this time it is only three, are called together when a body is found at Gettysburg National Park, and it is not from the Civil War.
Once the body is discovered, danger begins to follow all involved in identifying the victim, why? Well as we follow this dangerous trail the wake of bodies begin to pile up, and old relationships become strained.
I loved the fact that these individuals have a strong relationship with God and although it is hard, and human nature, they follow their faith.
There are such strong characters here, whether they are the good or bad guys, they all are talented in what they do. We do get a bit of romance here, and we meet Winston, a great character in his own right. Through out the book there is a person missing and he is mentioned several times, Luke, we all begin to miss him, and wonder where he has gone for this time, seven years. Kate has never given up on him and at the end there is a hope that he will be returned to this group.
I enjoyed how all of the characters worked so well together, and hope they all make it to the end of the book, the danger is so strong, and the evil comes from all over the world.
I cannot wait for the next book in this Chesapeake Valor series. Enjoy!
I received this book from the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

I Wanted to Spend More Time with this Group!! by Suzie on 2/4/2016

For me, a gal who is as single as a slice of American cheese (ok, I stole that line from someone), a haunted hero struggling with his past is attractive. Make him a protective brooding hero with a sense of justice, and I’m gone. And then, you make him look like Griffin McCray in Dani Pettrey’s Cold Shot (just look at the book cover!!!) SWOON!!

Former SWAT-team sniper Griffin McCray now leads a fairly quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Of course, the appearance of forensic anthropologist Finely Scott has stirred up a few emotions Griffin’s not ready to acknowledge. When he catches two men digging up a body (one that is most definitely not from the Civil War), Griffin and Finley are thrown into an investigation full of twists and turns.

With the help of Griffin’s friends, FBI Agent Declan Gray and Crime Scene Analyst Parker Mitchell, the group struggles to put the pieces of the mystery together. When evidence points to a sniper, Griffin’s expertise is called upon. And one thing he knows for sure is that he and his friends are in the sight of a sniper’s scope.

Pettrey does a fantastic job of drawing out the suspense in Cold Shot. Not only did I keep pushing forward in this book to find out who was behind the crimes (and the culprit continued to change in my mind as the story proceeded), there were many mysteries in both Griffin’s and Finley’s pasts to be uncovered.

Set around the Chesapeake Bay area in Virginia, this new series has lots of potential. All (or probably most) of the characters for the remainder of the series have been introduced in this first book. I’m looking forward to learning more about Declan, Parker, and Kate as well as maybe (hopefully) finding out what happened to Luke Gallagher in future books.

For fans of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley Series will enjoy Dani Pettrey’s offerings with suspense, a sense of family, romance, and adventure.

***Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

action,suspense, intrigue and romance all wrapped up into one great novel by Pam on 2/1/2016

Dani Pettrey never disappoints.

“Cold Shot” is her first novel in her new series “Chesapeake Valor”. It is fascinating from beginning to end. This novel has an intricately woven storyline with intriguing characters. These are the type of people who you would love to hang out with and get to know better.

“Cold Shot” begins the story of Griffin McCray, former SWAT sniper and now a park ranger at Gettysburg and Finley Scott, forensic anthropologist, temporarily working a dig in Gettysburg. After stumbling upon skeletal remains that are not of the Civil War-era, Griffin must work with Ms. Scott and his best friends from childhood and confront some of the darkest days of his life; including memories of a brother who vanished before graduation.

“Cold Shot” is full of action, suspense, intrigue and romance, a novel you will not want to put down until the very last page and then wished you still had more to read.

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