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When investigator Gabriel Chavez had his cover blown by an aggressive reporter, the silver lining was being able to rejoin the dive team. The downside? Dive team captain Anissa Bell--a woman who both fascinates and frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap and always planned to return after college. But she remained stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her--the murder of her best friend and the disappearance of a three-year-old child.

When Anissa's fractured past collides with Gabe's investigation into the tragic shooting death of a teenage boy in Lake Porter, they'll have to put their complicated history with each other aside in order to uncover the identity of a killer. What they'll discover is that revenge has no statute of limitations.

Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn closes out her nail-biting Dive Team Investigations series with a story that will have you wondering how long you can hold your breath.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

One Final Breath

by Lynn H. Blackburn

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Overall Review:  

One Final Breath concludes Lynn H. Blackburn's series Dive Team Investigations.  Finishing this book is sort of like saying goodbye to some old friends.  The close relationships between the dive team members is touching and inspiring.  In a world full of challenges, it is nice to see people who support one another through the good and the bad times.

The story itself follows the dive team as it tries to solve a murder.  Blackburn has struck a great balance between advancing the solving of the crime and developing and exploring the complex relationships of the various characters.  As was true in the previous books in the series, Blackburn has figured out how to bring out the relationships without allowing the crime solving to become the focus of the story.

Readers who don't really want to delve into characters' personal lives and just want an edge of their seats, nail-biting thriller might not love this book.  Those who love connecting to characters on an emotional level will enjoy it.  Points to ponder include guilt, forgiveness, redemption, love and dedication.

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Profanity/Language:  None 

Violence/Gore:  Report of a person on a ledge poised to jump; many references to a person being shot and killed;  report of a person being killed and a child missing; person is stabbed and bleeding; a person says there is a bomb and a character speculates that people could be blown to bits; report of robbers beating up a person; report that a man's face is blown off; a person is kidnapped; shots are fired at people; a person stabs someone in self-defense, blood flows.

Sex/Nudity:  A person mentions that there was no indication of sexual assault at a crime scene; character mentions a pregnant 17-year-old who is pregnant and gets an abortion; non-married characters kiss and embrace.

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Suicide, death of friend, murder, guilt.

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Person speculates that someone is drunk; report that a college girl was hungover.

Reviewed By Susan
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