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For as long as she can remember, Ember Maxwell’s life hasn’t been her own. A world-renowned influencer, she’s a brand unto herself, created by her parents - who also want Olympic glory for their only daughter. Years of grueling training have led to Seoul, Korea, and a spot on the modern pentathlon team. It’s a turning point for Ember in more ways than one. Chafing against her parents’ tight reins, she opts to stay in the Olympic Village, a decision that leads to a gravely harrowing event...and a man unlike any she’s ever met.  

Craig “Doc” Wagner has actively avoided the spotlight since childhood, a trend that’s continued with his career as a Delta Force soldier. Falling for someone whose entire life is splashed on social media is possibly the worst idea ever, though his attraction to Ember won’t be denied. It’s not long before he discovers they have plenty in common where it really matters…but he lives in Texas, and her life is in California. So Doc will take every stolen moment they can get. 

When Ember makes a few life-changing decisions, Doc is thrilled. The same can’t be said for some of her biggest fans, including one who sees Ember’s new direction as the ultimate betrayal…that should cost her the ultimate price. 

Shielding Ember is the seventh book in the Delta Team Two series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliff-hanger endings.

©2021 Susan Stoker (P)2021 Susan Stoker

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another great story from Susan Stoker

loved it, not so much tension, a few twists and turns, and a lovely romance.

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  • Schindler's Knits
  • 09-09-21

great story. Fabulous narrator

Another great Susan Stoker story with great suspense, minor violence and a fabulous love match.

The narrator is new to Susan, I believe. Nina Archer is FABULOUS. Her voice is so smooth and plays the characters well, even after another narrator dis the first 4 books in the series.

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  • Brenda Jean
  • 08-09-21

LOVED this book!!!

I loved this book! Another amazing story by Susan Stoker. Doc and Ember are great together and really kick a$$! Nina Archer’s narration was awesome. The epilogue really gets me excited about Grover and Sierra’s story, it’s gonna be epic.

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  • 2duckornot2duck
  • 07-12-21

People are ridiculous...

If you’re scrolling the reviews of this title you’ll notice a few tantrums. Stoker has a black heroine and a bit of the story discusses issues of prejudice the character(s) have suffered. Therefore, some of the more fragile egos among readers took it as being “lectured to” or having a “political agenda” shoved down their throats. I’ve read plenty of fiction that’s LACED with political agenda. I mean, have you seen how many of the espionage authors have evil ecoterrorists willing to murder every human on Earth in order to save a spotted owl or some other such nonsense? Yeah, this one doesn’t even qualify to be on the list. At that, it's like less than ten minutes of the entire book but that ten minutes set a few folks right off.

That’s where we are right now. Racism is now political and admitting it exists is somehow being divisive. Clutch your pearls over your discomfort all you want but not talking about it doesn’t make it go away. Despite the childish reviews, there’s nothing wrong with this book that isn’t wrong with every single Stoker title. They’re silly, fluffy, overly worshipful of those who serve (nauseatingly reverent at times) and have predictable, formulaic plots but they’re addictive brain candy and don’t require deep thought. My Stoker Audible Collection is titled “Military Fluff” for a reason.

She spews out about a zillion of these a year and throwing fits about this one isn’t going to stop that machine from churning no matter how many times you ask to speak to the manager. If you enjoy her books and aren’t viewing everything through the lens of YOUR OWN political agenda, you’ll like this cheesy little tale just as much as any other. Lordy, people are silly!

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  • Jamie
  • 30-11-21

I wish I would’ve read the reviews on this one.

Susan Stoker is a go to author for me, so I didn’t bother reading the reviews before I purchased this one. That was a mistake. I had no idea I was purchasing a lecture on race relations in America. If racism had been mentioned once, okay, but it quickly became the author’s attempt at “Look how woke I am” instead of a genuine story. I have a policy. I don’t care about the politics of someone in entertainment as long as I’m not bombarded with their opinions. Once their politics become all they are to me...I’m done. Susan Stoker hasn’t hit that point yet, but I’ll think twice before wasting another credit on her books. I’ll definitely read the reviews next time.

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  • Charlotte T
  • 09-10-21

Too political and terrible narration

I have read/listened to every Susan Stoker book until this point. I enjoyed Stokers books to get away from the political arena and media polarization we have had forced down our throats over the past 3 presidential elections. It was a wonderful moment of fantasy, laughter, thrills, and passion.... until this book.
Pushing the divisive, racist narrative is so abrasive and not at all in the line of entertaining. Why read/listen to this book when all I need to do is turn on the news to listen to the media polarizing the public with the constant regurgitated story lines of you hate you.
I have never cared about the race of my characters, but I have cared about the passion, adventure, action, love they portray. This was a story line constricted with a political agenda.
To top the terrible storyline, the narration was horrible. Invest in a strong recognizable, female voice and a true male voice for this supposed delta force man. The woman who attempted this narration was a deep scratchy voice that fit neither bill.
I have moved on to another author who uses male and female narrators and has strong creative story lines without political polarizing narrative.
Hoping you will find your independent storyline in the future, like Protecting Caroline, and you invest in a male and female narrator to give your characters depth.

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  • Shelby 📚
  • 10-09-21

Story lacked emotion and Narrator was inconsistent.

The narrator in my opinion grew on my nerves. Her voice for each character wasn’t consistent and the male voices she portrayed sounded like a woman with laryngitis. It was awful. I hope they get a different narrator for the rest of the books. I don’t know why they keep changing.

Also, the story was super boring in my opinion, I love ALL of Susan stoker books but this is the second story I’ve ever given a bad rating for. (The first was Lexie’s story.) It took me days to complete because the story just couldn’t capture my attention long enough to keep me around. I didn’t feel like we got enough emotional connection to Doc, I wish we did, the whole story was all about Ember and her life and her problems. What about Doc, we got like a 2 minute backstory about his family but that was it.

I won’t be reading this again, nor will I order a physical copy.

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  • Allie
  • 09-10-21

Awful

Couldn’t get by the first couple of chapters. Force feeding the reader a political agenda. All about race and not about the story.

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  • Melinda Moguel
  • 11-09-21

love this Susan Stoker

great book love the diversity, but I can't wait for the next one It will be a great ending to thus series

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  • Karen Sue Bowring
  • 11-09-21

Bad Narration

very poor narration, especially the male voices. She made them sound like goof balls instead of Delta Force men. I barely finished this book as it seemed like a different author and was lacking. Maybe a different narrator might have made a difference.

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  • Reggie
  • 08-09-21

Good read

Delta Force at the Olympics…who knew! When Doc’s team DF team is sent as extra security for the Olympic games in Seoul, he doesn’t count on the instant attraction to one of the pentathlon athletes. Ember is burnt out from life as an influencer and athlete. At 25, Ember is ready to move on and do for others…except a fan is not happy with her choice and intends to make her pay. Doc and the team don’t intend to let that happen! Quick read/listen. Looking forward to Grover’s story.

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