by Ilsa J. Bick
, Book 1
Every Soldier is Haunted…
Crackerjack Army medic Kate McEvoy volunteers for Bravo Company’s final mission to a remote village in Afghanistan. All soldiers know last missions are jinxed, but despite Captain Jack Campbell—her CO and would-be lover—asking her to stay behind, Kate is intent upon putting Afghanistan in her rear view. For Kate, going home—finally being with Jack—is all that matters.
Except for one shot…and then everything changes. When Kate wakes up, there is no Jack. No happily ever after. Her body is shattered, in pieces. She’s got nothing much left, and even less to live for—until the day a colonel from a top-secret DARPA project offers a new mission she’d be batshit crazy to refuse.
Some Wounds Can’t Be Seen…
Veterinarian Sarah Grant had it all—a fairy tale life of wealth, beauty, and smarts—until two years ago when Peter Cooper, an Army dog handler and the love of her life, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Desperate to hang onto Pete, Sarah adopts his military working dog, Soldier. Plagued by PTSD, though, Soldier’s a wreck—and without Pete, so is she.
Looking for a place the severely damaged dog can heal, Sarah moves into a decommissioned fire lookout tower near Montana’s Black Wolf Wilderness and works at training Soldier in search and rescue. What she can’t admit to herself is she’s also searching—for a new life, new purpose—and that Deputy Sheriff Hank Cooper just might help rescue her damaged heart.
And Not Every Wound Heals…
Former Army MP Gabriel Dane has lost his way. Haunted by the team he left behind in Afghanistan, now broke and out of options, he risks everything on a treacherous trek through the Black Wolf to Dead Man, a remote peak that lives up to its name. Maybe he’ll make it out, maybe he won’t. He doesn’t much care.
Finally exhausted, out of supplies, and on his last legs, he meets a mysterious woman named Mac. Also ex-Army, Mac’s insanely strong, a little spooky—and much more than she seems.