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SPIDER GAMES: A Cruise FBI Thriller (The Cruise FBI Thriller Series Book 2) by [Hanson, Helen]
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No one outruns the past . . .

When police pull the bloated corpse of a young woman out of the river, FBI agent Claudia Seagal investigates. But first, they have to find out the victim’s identity. No one locally claims to know her. Was she a runaway? Or caught in modern slavery?
While they try to identify the woman, a bombing kills three people in San Francisco, and a new terrorist group claims victory. But the evidence ties into an old case of Claudia’s where a gunrunner died in custody.
Claudia’s up for a promotion, and her relationship with robotics expert, Baxter Cruise, is now kind of a thing. When a major investor asks Baxter to join a hot startup company, his professional prospects glisten. But clouds from his dark past threaten to destroy their lives.

While she hunts for a killer, new evidence shakes her confidence. What she thought was solid now quivers, spiraling her closer to a devastating end.


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: 1520 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1520727704
  • Publisher: Domino INK (9 August 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01K539VLK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A job opportunity of a lifetime, a new relationship, all is right with Baxter Cruse's world. Until it's not.

High tech drones, a terrorist group and a murdered girl. The plot lines are deftly interwoven to produce a truly riveting read.

The characters are real, unsettling so in a few instances, the story fast-paced and intelligent. Twists and startling surprise at every turn, tension and suspense abounds. A thoroughly enthralling tale that I cannot recommend highly enough.

A thinking person's thriller that doesn't disappoint.
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I must admit to wondering about drones & not being a real fan until our neighbour's grandson had one & took a photo of our house. I was so impressed to watch him use it to see the paddock over the road being mown & the hay being bailed. Now after reading about Baxter Cruise & his working with them., I am starting to become a fan. Well done Helen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relationship and Career Challenges 14 August 2016
By You can call me Lynn - Published on
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If you haven't read Ocean of Fear or the Masters CIA series, you might consider doing so. I think it will enhance your understanding of the main characters' backstory but appreciate the appearance of some cross-over guest stars.

This is a Techno-Thriller with a combination of Crime Fiction and Law Enforcement Procedural plus a dash of Romance.

A series of events threaten the fledgling relationship between Baxter Cruise and Claudia Seagal. Will they be strong enough to weather the storm or will they be torn apart forever?

I loved how Ms. Hanson interwove relationship issues alongside career challenges. There was just enough technical information to understand what was going on without putting me to sleep... as a matter of fact the last few chapters definitely had me turning pages way past when I should have been asleep.

Warning: This is for Mature Audiences due to Violence and Adult Situations.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Woven Web of Intrigue 14 August 2016
By Billy D. Strayhorn - Published on
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Helen Hanson is an incredibly gifted writer. I'm an avid reader. I find an author I like and binge read everything they've written; a few I follow through their reader's group. I follow exactly three and Helen Hanson is one of those three.

Spider Games is the sixth Helen Hansen novel I've read, like all her other books, it is a tight, fast paced page burner with tendrils of the web of former books woven into the fabric of the current story. Each book stands on its own but is enhanced by the participation of the characters of previous storylines so as to enhance the reader's current experience of the universe the author has created. Her characters are believable, multileveled and come alive as they face both personal and moral decisions that will and do drive their future. The struggles in their relationships as well as the struggles to overcome the obstacles in their narrative are as complicated as any Spider Web.

As the main characters, computer and robotics nerd Baxter Cruise and FBI agent Claudia Seagal, try to understand and explore their unique attraction and relationships, the entanglements of Baxter's past seem to be a major road block; while the rigors and conflict of Claudia's position keep getting in the way. How did Baxter's fingerprint get on a bomb? Why did someone try to kill Claudia? Can they trust each other? Does their complicated relationship have a future? Can it be sustained or even work in the midst of the current crisis they face? Can they survive the threats that seem to entwine them and assault them on every side? What's the link between Claudia's case and Baxter?

Those are just a few of the questions that will keep the reader turning pages as Helen Hanson weaves an engaging mystery. I highly recommend Spider Games as well as all her other works: The Masters CIA Thriller series: 3 Lies, The Masters' Key. And the first book in Cruise FBI Thriller Series: Ocean of Fear and her stand alone book Dark Pool.

I have so enjoyed her works that I want Helen Hanson to keep writing. She supplied me with an Advanced Reader's Copy for writing a review, however I have purchased the book to encourage her to continue writing. We know most writer's write because they have to but having a little income does help encourage them to continue.
4.0 out of 5 stars High-Tech Drones and a Really Good Mystery! 14 August 2016
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I really enjoyed the story line in this book. Helen’s high tech angle of using drones was fascinating. Especially, now, at this time when we are learning more and more about drones and finding out what they are capable of doing. A real plus! I fell in love with the characters; Baxter, a real computer geek with a great love for research on drones; Trudy the dog – would love to have him in my house; Konos, Baxter’s robot – so so smart – wouldn’t mind having one of him either! Claudia, an FBI agent and Baxter are a great fit together and I’m looking forward to more books with these characters. They really get to you!! No profanity – so thankful for that – it involved a great mystery and lots of high tech action. Drones and robots are so fascinating. Of course, they are only as smart as their programmer but still.... Spider Games is the sequel to Ocean of Fear and it, too, was a great story. I loved the continuation of these same characters – can’t get enough of them. Let’s hope we won’t have to wait too long for more of the same.... I would have liked to give this book a five star rating, but because of sentence/description/tense problems, I have to give it a four. Hate doing that when I liked the book so much. The publisher provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an HONEST review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but liked Book 1 better 3 February 2017
By Shari Damaso - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first Cruise FBI Thriller book and looked forward to reading more. This book was still good, but did not pull me in as deeply. The characters continue to grow and change, but something seems out of balance in the dynamics of the relationships; do they trust each other or not? Are they helping each other or protecting themselves? I wanted them to move one direction or the other and not waffle in indecision with each new piece of the case. I am writing this review a few weeks after reading the book so some details are unclear, but I don't recall the two storylines coming together in a satisfying way. Each story line had enough detail that I expected them to merge at some point into a single case to "complete" the story. But I don't think that happened. (But perhaps I am remembering incorrectly.) I will probably buy the next book in this series (when it's available) to see what direction the author takes the characters. I liked them enough to give them another chance.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Book! 14 August 2016
By Rose Arbor - Published on
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This book was awesome! I loved it.

The book starts out with two sisters trying to escape from a forced labor camp. Then it switches to a man, Baxter Cruise, who is quite brilliant with drones, and his girlfriend, Claudia Seagal, an FBI agent. If you haven't read the previous book there will be some confusion here for a couple of chapters as they make reference to things you don't know. Ignore that and just focus on the present facts because this story will take off......literally. This book is so good, so exciting, and so suspenseful that it will knock your socks off. You will be filled with the urge to run to your computer and order more books by this author. This book has human trafficking, drones, a touch of romance, multiple evil people, bodies, drones, good guys, desperate people, drones, and an ending that will make you sweat blood. What more could you want? A dog? It's got that, too! Buy the book. Read the book. Then go ahead, run to the computer and buy more books. That's what I'm doing.