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OCEAN OF FEAR: A Cruise FBI Thriller (The Cruise FBI Thriller Series Book 1) by [Hanson, Helen]
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How does a gifted robotics student get mixed up with the mob?

Spamming inboxes provides Baxter Cruise with easy money for tuition after his parents die. But then his hippie professor friend disappears and another is murdered, and Baxter’s cozy world explodes. When a student asks for help on a project, Baxter discovers he’s really working for a notorious cartel. As a lovely FBI agent hunts the professor's brutal assassin, every angle of her investigation points to Baxter. He's hiding something, but he’s in far too deep to trust her with the truth. The mob needs Baxter’s robotics expertise for a single deadly project. After that, there’s no reason to keep him alive. Kidnapped from his ivory tower, Baxter just wants to go home.

It’s not his war. But he’s the only one who can stop it.


All my stories intersect, so your favorite characters in one novel may reappear in a completely different series. Mine is a single story world, where storylines and people cross into other lives. Consequently, my books could be read either by series or by the order in which they were written, so I’ve included both lists:

The Masters CIA Thriller Series

The Cruise FBI Thriller Series

The Fender Hacker Thriller Series

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1011 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Domino INK (13 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #290,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Baxter Cruse manages to leap from the frying pan into a volcanic lava stream when he agrees to assist his professor with a far from legal computer spam scam and he soon finds himself embroiled in all manner of conspiracies. From a couple of rival drug cartels, a Hezbollah controlled terrorist squad and he also finds himself the centre of attention of both an FBI and CIA investigation.

Betrayal, murder, kidnapping a terrorist plot, Baxter finds himself in the middle of it all, often fighting for his life. Luckily he's not lacking in the smarts department because if he had to rely on his shooting skills or non-existent action-man attributes he'd have been dead long ago. This likeable young man cannot seem to win a trick, nor stay out of trouble in either his personal or professional life. If there's a disastrous string of events occurring with potentially lethal results he seems to find himself right in its midst.

A terrific thriller, full of action, suspense and some great, and sneaky, twists. The characters are real, as is their dialogue and they're many and varied. A great plot, a well written story and a thoroughly satisfying read.

I'm now off to read Spider Games to see what mess Baxter Cruse manages to find himself in next, and hopefully extricate himself from.
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How intricate is a spiders web? Can it be more than the intricacies of Baxter Cruise, Prof Sydney Mantis, Prof Alessandra Bisch (who although an important character does not “last” long in the story), Special Agent Claudia Seagal and those from the dark side, Elias Malvidas (head of the Malvidas drug cartel from Venezuala), Ruben and Lamar Galda. Then we also have Hezbollah terrorists coming on the scene is a surprise twist, so this story has all the makings of the intricacies of a spiders web and makes for a great read – one that you really can not put down until it is over. Highly recommended for those of you that want a fast paced thriller.

Craig Smedley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Thriller 8 April 2017
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Helen Hanson writes a great thriller and it is always action packed. I had read the second book in this series (Spider Games) as an ARC and was so impressed I got Ocean of Fear, the first in the Cruise FBI series..I could hardly put the book down. It will draw you in and the anticipation will have you as tense as a guitar string making the reader afraid of what was going to happen next. Baxter Cruise, robotics engineer and Special Agent Claudia Seagal of the FBI cross paths with members of the Venezuela drug cartel. Baxter's mentor and friend is missing and Baxter is kidnapped to finish what his professor started. He must create a robotic submarine. Ms. Hanson makes the book come to life and I believe her books would make an excellent movie
5.0 out of 5 stars FBI Agent Versus Robotics Grad Student 13 August 2016
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This is a Techno-thriller mixed with Crime Fiction and Law Enforcement Procedural.

FBI agent Claudia Seagal meets Baxter Cruise, a grad student seeking a Masters in Robotics, after he discovers a dead female professor. There were some inconsistencies in the story he told the police and what he told her. Claudia wants to know what he is hiding, she didn't realize that knowing the truth would put lives in jeopardy.

I really enjoyed how Ms. Hanson showed the various viewpoints. In particular, how Claudia and Baxter felt about each other despite their circumstances and being on opposites sides of the interrogation.

Helpful Hint: While not necessary to enjoy this story, I recommend reading the Masters CIA series before this as it will enhance your knowledge of some cross-over characters.

Warning: This is for Mature Audiences due to Violence and Adult Situations.
4.0 out of 5 stars Drones and drugs 27 April 2016
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Talk about complicated characters! Baxter Cruise is a student of robotics, paying his way through school with his spamming business, not a pure hero. His teacher is not a wonderful person either, but when the teacher goes missing, Baxter looks for him and winds up in a dangerous world. It was quite an interesting technological adventure and I am looking forward to other books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars INTRIGUING TECHNO-THRILLER 12 March 2014
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From California to Venezuela, this thriller moves along as the bodies pile up for Baxter Cruise. One day he's a happy robotics engineering student making lots of money with a sketchy business, and the next day his professor is missing and another one is dead. He meets an FBI agent and gets involved with a drug cartel. Helen Hanson knows her stuff and keeps this unusual story zipping along.
5.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed thriller 7 September 2015
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I really liked Ocean Of Fear by Helen Hanson. The story is well-constructed and the dialog realistic.

Baxter Cruise, a gifted robotics student spams to support himself and pay for his college. Professor Sydney Mantis, the person who hired Baxter to spam, goes missing after the assassination of a colleague. Prior to disappearing, Sydney asks Baxter to deliver a flash drive to Dr. Bisch. When attempting to deliver it, Baxter finds the Dr. Bisch's dead body.

When the police uncover possible ties to a drug cartel, FBI agent Claudia Seagal is called in to head the investigation. The action-packed story unfolds with lots of twists and suspense. I highly recommend Ocean of Fear.