Suspended cop Jack Miller is surveiling a remote North Carolina religious compound, plotting a strategy for rescuing his sister Sally. Sally married Ray Blaine years ago and, now, Ray has joined a cult with doomsday tendencies. While observing the compound, Jack sees a young woman scale the walls and flee into the forest. Without help, the woman won't last long, so Jack decides he must come to her aid, even if it jeopardizes his plan.

Lexie Scott has been kidnapped by Ray and witnessed the stoning of a woman. When Jack materializes in the forest, Lexie is not sure if he's friend or foe, so she doesn't reveal her secret--that she's the daughter of the FBI director. Surviving becomes Jack and Lexie's primary task as they try to reach safety while Ray seems determined to initiate an Armageddon.

Series favorite Kantra segues into single-title fiction with a story fraught with intense emotions and danger. Although the heroine's stubborn refusal to divulge critical information detracts from the romance, Kantra clearly demonstrates that she's a talent to be reckoned with. (Jul., 306 pp., $6.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith