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Lethal Intent de Cara C. Putman

Lethal Intent (edição: 2021)

de Cara C. Putman (Autor)

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Título:Lethal Intent
Autores:Cara C. Putman (Autor)
Informação:Thomas Nelson (2021), 336 pages
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Lethal Intent de Cara C. Putman


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“So this was what Praecursoria did. Offered terrible hope to those who had none.”

As interested as I am in forensics, legal thrillers have never been on my list of genres to read. It’s not that I have no interest at all in reading fiction from a legal perspective, but more of a time issue and concern over finding an author who would not ruin my first experience and turn me off of the genre before I’d even begun. However, the name Cara Putnam kept coming up in my Christian book groups, and finally I decided to take the plunge and see for myself what the buzz was about. And I am so glad that I did, proving to myself that I should not wait so long to step out of my comfort zone in the future!

One of the main points that initially drew me to “Lethal Intent” is the medical aspect. That familiarity made it easier for me to transition to a genre different than what I usually read, but I would like to emphasize that regardless of the reader’s knowledge of medicine or law (or lack thereof), Cara Putnam writes in a way that is easy to comprehend. Any foreknowledge might make for a slightly quicker reading experience, but everything is explained within the text. Furthermore, Putnam accomplishes this without making the reader feel alienated or as if they’re reading a textbook. Due to the fact that this part of the plot deals with revolutionary genetic therapy research and trials, the story, albeit fictional, raises valid and pertinent concerns that are already and will continue to be a major factor in our society. Through the circumstances addressed in “Lethal Intent”, Putnam flags the ethical and legal ramifications concomitant with genetic engineering.

Alongside the legal and scientific features of the plot is a friendship that is turning into romance between two individuals who have each experienced the trauma of difficult pasts and rejection. Lawyer Caroline Bragg takes a job with Praecursoria, a company whose research is on the cutting edge of genetic therapy, unaware that her close friend Brandon Lancaster is an investor. To avoid insider trading, she is unable to discuss her work with him, even when it involves one of the kids from his foster home group for siblings, Almost Home. Something doesn’t seem quite right, but Caroline can’t figure out what the problem might be, and her colleagues don’t seem very forthcoming. Perhaps for good reason.

Complete with discussion questions, “Lethal Intent” provides a thought-provoking, compelling, and at times heartbreaking glimpse into the rapidly developing field of genetic therapies. There is a light but unmistakable Christian element that provides the moral framework for the main characters and a thread of hope throughout challenging and life-changing situations. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys legal thrillers, suspense, medical thrillers, or mysteries, as well as to anyone interested in genetic engineering and the enormous impact it has on everyone involved.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  Stardust_Fiddle | Feb 16, 2021 |
In Lethal Intent, Caroline Bragg has just landed a job with Praecursoria, a medical research and development upstart, as their attorney. She isn’t on the job long when suspicious things start happening and people start having fatal “accidents”. Her boyfriend, Brandon Lancaster, is heavily invested in the company, so she can’t talk to him about her concerns, even if one of the foster kids in his care is involved in one of the company’s drug trials. But when she’s the one in danger, will she be able turn to him, or will she have to face it alone?

I enjoyed reading Lethal Intent. The plot is exciting and full of mystery and suspense. Caroline and Brandon are both likable characters, full of emotion and true-to-life inner conflict. It’s a book that kept me engaged and always wanting to know what would happen next.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. ( )
  TCJRogers | Feb 15, 2021 |
In Lethal Intent, author Cara Putman transports the reader to the suburbs of Northern Virgina for an intriguing Legal-Medical Thriller / Christian Romantic Suspense story that will keep the reader guessing and turning the pages.

Caroline Bragg has accepted the position of corporate in-house counsel for Praecursoria, a start-up research lab that is working on cutting-edge T-cell genetic treatment therapies for cancer (Leukemia) patients.

Brandon Lancaster is a retired NFL Defensive Linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, who has founded Almost Home, a group foster home for at-risk, hard-to-place siblings, that keeps them together until permanent placement.

Caroline met Brandon while in her first year of law school and in his rookie season in the NFL. Their friendship has grown each year, and now Brandon wants to take their friendship to the the next level. But their relationship has some issues, especially when Brandon reveals that he is an investor in Praecursoria, and one of his foster kids, eleven year old Bethany Anderson, is a T-cell treatment trial participant being conducted by Praecursoria. Caroline has to distance herself and not discuss her job with Brandon because it could be considered insider trading, while Brandon has his own issues dealing with the new Federal Family First Law that could affect the existence of his foster group home. And if that isn't enough to put a strain on their budding relationship, Caroline is butting heads with her corporate colleagues when they want to proceed with their genetic therapies within the ethical grey area of the FDA laws, and a colleague within the corporation has their own agenda which includes a personal vendetta with a lethal intent.

Can Caroline and Brandon's relationship endure through the issues connected to the research lab? Can Caroline ensure that the research lab stays within the ethical and legal process? Or will the lab colleague's vendetta destroy everyone and everything that gets in their way?

Author Cara Putman weaves a fast-paced and suspenseful medical/legal thriller written in the third person narrative that follows Caroline and Brandon's relationship, as Caroline deals with ethical and legal issues at Praecursoria, while Brandon deals with the federal law changes that affects his foster group home. Add in the comprehensive and intriguing medical and legal plot, and you have a jaw-dropping tale that takes the reader behind the scenes of the cut-throat and competitive scientific research world.

I loved reading this action-packed story. The reader will be easily drawn into this well written story with its richly descriptive plot that will keep them guessing as secrets, betrayals, deceit, motives, revenge, and clues are uncovered, while unexpected twists and turns, and a surprising conclusion will leave the reader simply stunned.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention how much I enjoyed reading how Caroline and Brandon were able to maintain their friendship as their budding romantic relationship dealt with the issues surrounding the research lab and the foster group home. Their level of commitment to each other comes shining through as they learned to work together to build on their relationship, even when daunting issues threatened to destroy it.

Lethal Intent has enough drama, tension, action, dark secrets, a touch of romance, and unexpected twists and turns that will take the reader on one heck of a thrilling roller coaster ride.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest book review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.

https://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2021/02/lethal-intent-by-cara-putman-... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Feb 5, 2021 |
Lethal Intent is a hard-to-put-down legal/medical thriller by a favorite author of mine, Cara Putman. I've enjoyed a number of her other books was so looking forward to reading this one. I was not disappointed. Twists to the plot, vibrant, passionate characters with challenging hurdles to overcome, an intriguing insight into medical research and clinical trials, a sweet romance that helps to keep an emotional component to the tension-filled suspense--Lethal Intent has it all. I enjoyed reading about the foster care ministry and the need for wrap-around help for foster parents. That need is valid, as I've seen it in real life as a faith-based organization in my community does this for foster parents. The author has expertly crafted a suspense story that readers who love intrigue, mixed with a bit of romance, will not want to miss. I can't wait to read more from Cara Putman. I read a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own. ( )
  Anne_Rightler | Feb 4, 2021 |
This is a fictional story about two topics that are discussed almost daily, and it's evident that author Cara Putman devoted a lot of time into researching both cancer treatment and foster care. Lawyer Caroline Bragg thinks she's arrived after being hired as a lawyer for a research lab involved in clinical trials for treatment of cancer and her personal life is looking up also. Brandon Lancaster is an ex-football player determined to provide a group home that allows siblings to stay together while in foster care and he finds himself equally attracted to Caroline. Sounds perfect until Caroline learns about some questionable activities at the research lab, there are unexplained accidents involving people tied to the lab, and Brandon's investment in this company is made known. Will Caroline be willing to keep a job that goes against all that she believes in? Can Brandon successfully maintain the group home that means so much to the foster kids he is trying to help? Is this Car-t Cell Therapy the answer to saving one of Brandon's critically ill foster kids?

Lethal Intent is a fascinating look at greed and big business in relation to medical testing. Are the patients always the first consideration, or do profit and power determine the actions taken? Putman's use of legal and medical terminology adds to the realism and she seamlessly connects intrigue and drama to the romance between Caroline and Brandon. I recommend Lethal Intent to all who enjoy Christian romantic suspense.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own opinions. ( )
  fcplcataloger | Jan 28, 2021 |
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