Book Reviews of The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4)

The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4)
The Edge - FBI Thriller, Bk. 4
Author: Catherine Coulter
ISBN-13: 9780399145063
ISBN-10: 0399145060
Publication Date: 8/2/1999
Pages: 388
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 129 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on
Helpful Score: 4
Catherine Coulter is a great storyteller, but this is not Coulter's most gripping or polished story. She develops some interesting characters in the small town of Edgerton, but then leaves them behind as the action shifts to a rainforest, where her hero, FBI agent Mac MacDougal, and his FBI friends Savich and Sherlock battle bugs and a string of anonymous bad guys. When the story finally ends up back in Edgerton, the bad guys are all soon dead or behind bars, but we are left with lots of unanswered questions about what happened earlier. The answers are all provided in an expository lump in the epilogue in a letter to Mac from his sister--not as satisfying for the reader as having them revealed more gradually in the course of the story.

I would still recommend the book as entertaining on average, but not as good as other books she's written.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
I thought this was a very good book! Very intense characters, very moving storylines...
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Catherine Coulter has never dissappointed me,
and she didn't this time either. A very good read.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 56 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Again I found the story and suspense very good. I can't wait to read the next one.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 4 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Very good read. I like that each book brings in the characters from the previous books. I intend to read the whole series.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
First off, I liked this book. It wasn't boring. I'd recommend it. The reason that I'm saying this up front is that there were a few issues I had with the writing, but they weren't major enough to affect my rating.

I found it really, REALLY obvious that this was written by a woman. The protagonist is a 29-year old Joe Stud He-Man FBI agent Anti-terrorism operative. Joe Stud then proceeds to share things like how he likes to walk holding hands (along the cliffs above the ocean, no less), and loves flower gardens. He even said, "Hold me... I need you" and "I was so afraid, I thought I might cry." Puh-leeze.

It is also difficult to read a book set in a specific location by someone who hasn't spent much, if any time, in that location. I know it's done all the time, but just for the record? You're not going to get out of the rental-car lot at the Portland (OR) airport and be at the coast within an hour... at least nowhere on the coast that will allow you to just pop over to Salem to feed your friend's cat.

The audio-book reader was just fine; his style didn't get in the way of the story. One thing (again for those in the Pacific Northwest) - he didn't get the memo on the proper pronuciation of some of the locations. Try not to laugh.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 135 more book reviews
Another in the FBI series just as interesting as the first three.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 147 more book reviews
4th book in FBI series. Very good reading.
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Really good read!!!
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4th book in the FBI series. Lots of twists and turns. Great read!!!
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Great Story, fast paced, with lots of twists. Highly recommended.
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Good, good story!
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 194 more book reviews
A fast-paced thriller. Full of surprises...slam-bang heroism. Good page-turning...Coulter keeps serving up adventure, intrigue, and romance until the very end. A tighly woven plot.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 48 more book reviews
Still reading Catherine Coulter's books as the first book I read was #3 in the FBI series "The Target" which was phenomenal. After reading "The Target", I thought all of her books were going to be of that caliber so went out and purchased more in the series, and now have read 1,2,and 4 along with "The Target" (3). This being #4 "The Edge" I found her prose to be similar to books 1 and 2. The author likes to make comments that really divert from the dialouge and the telling of the story. I don't know if she is trying to be funny or add something, in any case it just doesn't work for me. I do think her characters could be great if she didn't try to insert these quirky comments that distract or take away from the story! In this story the main character Ford MacDougal an FBI agent calls for help in solving the mystery of why his sister Jilly ran off a cliff in her porsche in Jilly's hometown of Edgerton, OR. The Agents he calls in for support are characters that we were introduced to in books one and two, FBI agents Savich and Sherlock. The mystery does pick up pace when all the FBI agents and a DEA agent Laura are kidnapped and taken to a mysterious place and find themselves detained and restrained. The pace quickens as they manage an escape and are being followed into a jungle. Sadly towards the end Ms Coulter ties up loose ends quickly and to me in a sloppy way, almost seeming she reached a page limit, and had to shut the story down in a hurry to give you all the answers to the mystery in a lump sum. As I have mentioned before if you want to try her mysteries start with book #3 which was a gem, and then decide if you want to continue on. For me I have bought several in the series, so all I can hope for is that she will return to the level of writing she gave us in book #3 "The Target"!!
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FBI agent Mac dreams his medical research sister drives her porsche off a cliff. Only it is true and he feels he is with her when it happens. Savich and Sherlock ride shotgun to help Mac figure it out
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Very good read..Mac first was in The Maze and here he is looking for his sister and finds that she was almost killed in a car accident and now she is missing....a local man is killed and now the circle must be broken and Mac doesn't know how or where to start.
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If you remember, Ford MacDougal(Mac) first appeared in The Maze, at Quantico with Sherlock. Now Mac is flat on his back at Bethesda, seriously wounded in a terrorist car bombing when he dreams that his sister, Jilly, a medical reseacher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff. Only thing is, Mac feels like he's wtih her.
When Mac arrives in Oregon to find out what's going on, Jilly comes out of her coma, only to disappear a few hours later without a trace. In searching for her, Mac hears a different story from everyone he encounters, even from the local sheriff. And then there is Laura...a woman who fascinates him, a woman who could kill him if he trusts her.
When a local old man is murdered, Mac doesn't at first suspect taht the case connects to this siter's disappearence. FBI agents Savich and Serlock (last seen in The Target) join Mac to ride shotgun. Not knowing whom to trust and whom to suspect, they must escape relentless pursuers before unearthing the tentacles of evil undermining The Edge.
I hope you enjoy this fourth book in the FBI series. Mac is one of my very favorite people.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 42 more book reviews
This is a great continuation of her FBI thriller series. Enjoy!
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 56 more book reviews
Another great FBI novel by Catherine couldn't put it down.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 27 more book reviews
Another good book in the FBI series by Catherine Coulter.
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A fast-paced thriller.
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A great read !!!
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Really good read!
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The best in the FBI series so far
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Was very good, kept my interest to the very end
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 13 more book reviews
I have enjoyed most of Coulter's FBI series. It is fun to see the characters explored in the different novels, and to find a different piece of the puzzle in each book.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 6 more book reviews
fast paced thriller... need I say more?
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 4 more book reviews
A good read!
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A thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.
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Good book with lot's of excitment.
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Excellent. One of the best of the FBI series.
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This is the fourth book in the FBI series featuring Mac.
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If you remember, Ford MacDougal(Mac) first appeared in The Maze, at Quantico with Sherlock. Now Mac is flat on his back at Bethesda, seriously wounded in a terrorist car bombing when he dreams that his sister, Jilly, a medical reseacher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff. Only thing is, Mac feels like he's wtih her.
When Mac arrives in Oregon to find out what's going on, Jilly comes out of her coma, only to disappear a few hours later without a trace. In searching for her, Mac hears a different story from everyone he encounters, even from the local sheriff. And then there is Laura...a woman who fascinates him, a woman who could kill him if he trusts her.
When a local old man is murdered, Mac doesn't at first suspect taht the case connects to this siter's disappearence. FBI agents Savich and Serlock (last seen in The Target) join Mac to ride shotgun. Not knowing whom to trust and whom to suspect, they must escape relentless pursuers before unearthing the tentacles of evil undermining The Edge.
I hope you enjoy this fourth book in the FBI series. Mac is one of my very favorite people.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 431 more book reviews
Good FBI thriller.
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Extraordinary plots,twists,incomparable characters, tough-to solve mysteries
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 8 more book reviews
Easy reading mystery based in Oregon, kept me interested to the end. Have ordered more of her series, it's an enjoyable book to read. Not too many characters, just enough to be fun.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 3 more book reviews
This was a good book. This is the fourth in Catherine Coulter's FBI series. I will say that this book took some bizarre turns and landed the characters in some crazy places, but it was a good read non the less.
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FBI Agent MacDougal is recovering from injuries received in a terrorist car bombing when his sister, a medical researcher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff and then disappers. While aiding the local sheriff in investigating the murder of an elderly resident, MacDougal doesn't suspect that the case is connected to his sister's disappearance.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 23 more book reviews
This is part of Coutlter's FBI series- I like all of Coulter's Romantic suspense books- always fast paced, suspenseful and keeps turning the pages!
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 142 more book reviews
The 4th of the FBI Series.
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I admit to being a fan of Catherine Coulters FBI series. I find the books interesting, thrilling, and she adds a bit of humor in her writing.
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The fourth book in the FBI series. very good read.
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Mac's sisterdisappears.
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FBI series
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Great book. Ever expected what happened at the end of the book.
While recovering from a bomb blast, FBI counter-terrorist expert Ford MacDougal dreams that his sister Jilly is driving her Porsche wildly down the coast road when she goes over a cliff and into the ocean. The following morning, Mac learns that the accident was realand that Jilly is in a coma.

Despite his own injuries, Mac flies out to Oregon to be with his sister and investigate the situation. He cant believe that Jilly tried to commit suicide, but the evidence points that way. In his dream, Jilly was also screaming about Laura betraying her referring to Laura Scott a librarian.

When Mac meets her, hes in for a surprise, for she isnt who she seems. Jilly rallies from her coma only to disappear the next day. When Laura and Mac are nearly killed by a drug overdose, they realize someones trying to murder Laura. What is going on in this sleepy little town?
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Great book especially if you love Catherine Coulter.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 85 more book reviews
Already ordered the rest of her books. outstanding reading material.
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Excellent. I love Coulter's style.
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Another great FBI thriller.....
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on
a fast-paced thriller. a very good read
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I love all of Catherine Coulter's books.
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Great book
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Ford MacDougal first appeared in The Maze, at Quantico with Sherlock. Now Mac is flat on his back at Bethesda, seriously wounded in a terrorist car bombing when he dreams that his sister, Jilly, a medical researcher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff. Only thing is, Mac feels like he's with her...
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If you remember, Ford MacDougal [Mac] first appeared in 'The Maze' at Quantico with Sherlock. Now Mac is flat on his back at Bethesda, seriously wounded in a terrorist car bombing when he dreams that his sister, Jilly, a medical reasearcher, drives her Porsche off an Oregon cliff. Only thing is, Mac feels like he's with her. One of Coulter's great FBI series with Savich and Sherlck.
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Like Jilly Bartlett, who drives her white Porsche off an Oregon cliff in the prologue, Coulter (The Target) has an uncertain hand on the wheel of her rambling thriller. FBI agent Ford "Mac" MacDouglas, Jilly's brother, is a tough-but-tenderhearted protagonist unraveling the mystery surrounding his sister's plungeAwith frequent interruptions for sex and violent surprises. Jilly, a brilliant chemist, survives the accident (or is it a suicide attempt?), only to disappear upon awaking from a four-day coma, leaving Mac with some vexing questions. What kind of drug have Jilly and her unpleasant scientist husband, Paul, developedAa fountain of youth, a wild libido enhancer, a fertility drug, a memory-eraser, or all of the above? Why is Jilly deathly afraid of beautiful Laura Scott, who's ostensibly a reclusive research librarian but obviously far too street smart to play that role convincingly? Who killed retired cop Charlie Duck? Coulter risks exasperating her readersAwho may tire of the relentless questions this book raises in increasingly heavy dosesAwith excessive and transparent collusions; it turns out that the highway patrolman who rescues Jilly has ties to sheriff Maggie Sheffield, and that Sheffield is the ex-wife of a detective. The intrigue doesn't really add up to much, whether the action is taking place amid flowing champagne in the Edgeworth, Ore., home of wealthy evildoer Alyssum Tarcher or in the rain forest of Costa Rica where Mac and Laura are whisked, after being gassed, then drugged. Coulter, who made her name writing historical romances before shifting into modern suspense mode, packs her newest tale with an overabundance of perilous contrivances, and for the most part, between drug cartel kidnappers and love on the lam, the plot buckles under its own weight.
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 534 more book reviews
Like Jilly Bartlett, who drives her white Porsche off an Oregon cliff in the prologue, Coulter (The Target) has an uncertain hand on the wheel of her rambling thriller. FBI agent Ford "Mac" MacDouglas, Jilly's brother, is a tough-but-tenderhearted protagonist unraveling the mystery surrounding his sister's plungeAwith frequent interruptions for sex and violent surprises. Jilly, a brilliant chemist, survives the accident (or is it a suicide attempt?), only to disappear upon awaking from a four-day coma, leaving Mac with some vexing questions. What kind of drug have Jilly and her unpleasant scientist husband, Paul, developedAa fountain of youth, a wild libido enhancer, a fertility drug, a memory-eraser, or all of the above? Why is Jilly deathly afraid of beautiful Laura Scott, who's ostensibly a reclusive research librarian but obviously far too street smart to play that role convincingly? Who killed retired cop Charlie Duck? Coulter risks exasperating her readersAwho may tire of the relentless questions this book raises in increasingly heavy dosesAwith excessive and transparent collusions; it turns out that the highway patrolman who rescues Jilly has ties to sheriff Maggie Sheffield, and that Sheffield is the ex-wife of a detective. The intrigue doesn't really add up to much, whether the action is taking place amid flowing champagne in the Edgeworth, Ore., home of wealthy evildoer Alyssum Tarcher or in the rain forest of Costa Rica where Mac and Laura are whisked, after being gassed, then drugged. Coulter, who made her name writing historical romances before shifting into modern suspense mode, packs her newest tale with an overabundance of perilous contrivances, and for the most part, between drug cartel kidnappers and love on the lam, the plot buckles under its own weight.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY REVIEW
reviewed The Edge (FBI Thriller, Bk. 4) on + 69 more book reviews
Great Book. Sorry to have it end...
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Catherine Coulter is sooo good.