Book Review

STANDOFF
by Sandra Brown

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Suspense

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When Texas TV reporter Tiel McCoy gets the breaking news that Sabra Dendy, the teenage daughter of millionaire Russell Dendy, has been abducted by Ronald Davison, another student at her high school, she stops at a convenience store to call her station. Tiel learns that Sabra is eight months pregnant with Ronnie's baby.

Tiel hangs up the phone just as Sabra and Ronnie enter the store, brandishing a gun. However, as he prepares to rob the store, Sabra's water breaks and she admits she's been in labor all day.

Tiel tries to convince Ronnie to let Sabra go to the hospital but both teenagers adamantly refuse. One of the hostages, a tall, handsome cowboy called Doc, works with Tiel to keep the situation calm and does his best to help Sabra.

The situation becomes explosive when the FBI and Sabra's father arrive. Tiel knows she has the story of a lifetime if she can only survive the ordeal.

STANDOFF is a tension-filled read that is so hot the pages will singe your fingers. The fear is almost palpable, making this a real nail-biter of a book. (May, 224 pp., $19.95)

Reviewed By: Toby Bromberg

Publisher: Warner

Published: May 2000

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This was definitely the most

Submitted by snowdrop on August 4, 2010 - 6:36pm.

This was definitely the most disappointing book by Brown that I've read--and I've read many. For me, almost nothing really worked in this book, neither the story about the teens nor the attraction between Tiel and the doctor, Bradley Stanwick. All the characters were more or less flat, and evoked no real interest in me, though I still rooted for the young couple despite the rich/poor cliche.