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Book review: Operatives work to uncover plot to kill protectors of government agents in 'Safe House'

"SAFE HOUSE," by Traci Hunter Abramson, Covenant Communications, $16.99, 293 pages (f)

In "Safe House," the next book in the Guardian series, Traci Hunter Abramson introduces familiar and new characters under different and dangerous circumstances. A group of people code-named the Guardians work to protect agents of government organizations around the world. But someone is targeting them, killing each of them and their support staff one by one.

Kade is one of the last remaining guardians, and he needs help to find the people responsible for the killings. He brings in the Saint Squad, a renowned SEAL team made up of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Renee Niezen, a CIA operative. When Renee becomes a target, Kade must leave the convenience of his self-inflicted loneliness to keep her safe.

The clues lead to several locations around the world but end up a little too close to home, putting loved ones in danger along the way. Renee and Kade must race to uncover the perpetrator before their own lives — and hearts — are compromised.

Although the main characters' relationship develops a little too quickly to be completely believable, the story is fast-paced, suspenseful and action-packed.

While it does contain a considerable amount of described violence, it's generally described and not graphic in nature, and there is no profanity or sexual content.

Abramson graduated from Brigham Young University and worked for the CIA for a number of years, which provided her with many intriguing story ideas. She is the author of more than 20 novels, many of which have been Whitney Award nominees and winners. Abramson lives in Virginia with her husband and five children.

Megan Jensen is a BYU graduate, mom, writer and avid traveler. Her website is