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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal best seller

A missing woman leads the alpha heroes on their boldest mission yet in New York Times best-selling author Susan Stoker’s searing Mountain Mercenaries novel.

It’s been 10 years since Rex’s wife, Raven, disappeared from a Vegas casino. Never losing hope, he even formed the Mountain Mercenaries to help find her - and other missing wives, sisters, and children. Now Rex and his fearless team are following a lead to Lima, Peru, where the rescue operation is greater than they imagined. 

A day at a time. That’s been Raven’s motto for a decade. Once held captive by an elusive sex trafficker, she has an indomitable will to survive. But Raven’s not ready to leave Peru. She can’t. Not yet. Because her liberation from the barrios comes with devastating consequences. One wrong move and all hope will be lost to an unimaginable hell. 

For the Mountain Mercenaries, the stakes have been raised. The threats are escalating. But Rex hasn’t searched this long, risked so much, and come this far to lose Raven all over again.

©2020 Susan Stoker. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Laura Ashleigh
  • 02-07-20

Awesome!!!!

I love all Stoker books but of the books that have come out since Shelter for Penelope this is my favorite. Holy smokes. Without giving too much away, it is slightly different with so much of the book taking place away from home and the road to togetherness isn’t smooth at all despite finding each other early on but soo worth the rough ride. I always hate when a series ends but this was a great series finisher letting us in on years later for Raven & Dave but also clueing in to the fact that the other mercenaries and families are thriving. Well done!!! Loved it. When I started this series this book was not listed as coming soon so I wasn’t sure we’d get Rex’s story. I’m SO glad we did!

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  • Reggie
  • 03-07-20

Great ending to this series!

I have been looking forward to this book since the preview at the end of ‘Zara’...and was not disappointed!! Lots of bad guys and drama but the Mountain Mercenaries came through in the end and Rex/Dave finally got his wife back! The extended epilogue put a neat bow on the series. Narrator’s work on all of the characters helped to make this a series ending to remember.

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  • Patricia Powell
  • 02-07-20

Great book

This is a wonderful book. The story is fantastic. the characters are excellent and well devwliped

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  • Sue Guss
  • 09-05-22

Rex & Raven's story

This last in the series book was perfect. The decade long search for Rex's wife, which was how the Mountain Mercenaries group came into existence is a great story of everlasting love. The horrors of Maggy's life (Raven) after being kidnapped into human trafficking and how her continued existence is discovered at long last by husband Dave (Rex) is a wonderful completion (HEA) to this series. Stella Bloom's narration totally shines as always.

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  • Teresa Spencer
  • 13-03-22

Best book ever! Period.

I love Susan stokers books but I think she out did herself with this story on every level. Do yourself a favor and read the series in order then settle in fir this final book and just experience every emotion humans have inside them. Enjoy every moment. Then hug someone in your life and love them more. Yes, it’s that good. Thank you for the privilege of reading, listening to this story. I’m humbled and in awe.

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  • Leslie
  • 09-03-22

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I was really looking forward to this book because it wraps up the series, but the audio quality was pretty awful. Otherwise I enjoy this author’s books.

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  • clcrispen
  • 01-02-22

Fantastic close to series!!!

So much to say. I loved the entire series but early on I knew I was waiting for this story and it didn’t disappoint. It was heart wrenching to hear the agony in Dave/Rex’s voice when he first saw Raven. And their journey wasn’t easy although, thank goodness, there was the HEA. This book ranks up there with Protecting the Future from the Seal of Protection series and Shelter for Penelope from Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes.

Stella Bloom did an amazing job narrating all books and making them come to life. I highly recommend this series and the others.

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  • micromacsd
  • 27-01-22

A powerful account

Tha story seemed a bit optimistic in terms of recovery, but the account is powerful and deserves attention.

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  • Amanda Mensing
  • 28-08-21

amazing series!!

when one book ended, I couldn't wait to start the other! passionate, exciting, suspenseful, wonderful!!

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  • Michelle
  • 12-08-21

No Loose Ends!!!

Thank you, thank you , thank you for securely tying up loose ends and finishing your Mountain Mercenaries Series with a neat little bow. This is by far one of the best endings I have enjoyed in a book. Not just a what if or happily ever after, an actual this is how we ended up after all this went down. Thank you again!

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  • mangankillarney
  • 24-09-20

Loved

I enjoy listening to Stella Bloom,

This is the final book in the series of Mountain Mercenaries. Have to say I loved this series.

This is the story of Dave and Raven ..... It will make you want to scream at what could happen and cry with the joy of out come.

Raven was kidnapped and not heard for 10 years. Dave never gave up hope . With the help of her Mountain Mercenaries he finds and brings home his one love.. oh they have problems to over come.

I love how Susan Stoker also lets us know what happens to the other team mates and their women.

Perfect book to end on for this brilliant series.

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  • debbie smith
  • 12-09-20

Great story

Really enjoyed the story but feel it would have been better with a male narrator.

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  • Maria
  • 07-07-20

Great series

Loved this whole series and this final installment was probably my favourite, I would highly recommend it.

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  • Claire
  • 01-07-20

oh my heart ♡

i dont always cry at books but this one i was in floods of tears, beaufiful, inspiring & heart warming. i deffo rec this serise, book & serises connected ♡♡♡♡

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-21

A satisfying sweet end to the series

Loved every book in the series. Riding the highs and lows, living the horror and joy has been an adventure. Excellent voice range from a wonderful narrator. Thank you Susan Stoker

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  • karen grave
  • 05-12-20

fitting end to this series

wow, now this was an 80% ops story and it was awesome to have the team and other familiar characters in play.
again the best in this series i felt was book 1 and this one runs a close 2nd.
Stella was awesome as usual.
I felt it dragged a bit here and there but I have to remember that it's Ms Stoker's style to give you all POVs which gives you all the details in play.
it was a pretty horrendous topic and ravens story was gut wrenching but in typical hero and romance fashion, she pulled through.
I must say though, David's finals speech was a bit of a shock.....no spoilers....I was just surprised it was written in...