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REVIEW: Red on the Run by K.M. Hodge

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Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC (2nd Edition)
Publication Date: 
April 23, 2016
Formats Available: 
Kindle (pre-order)


…Because sometimes all you can do is run. 

In search of redemption for his sordid past, FBI Special Agent Alex Bailey takes on a new partner, Katherine Mitchel…and a new secret mission.

Before being assigned their first join case, Katherine uncovers damning evidence against a major crime ring known as The Syndicate. The group controls key members of the D.C. Metropolitan Area Police, the U.S. Congress, even the FBI, and they will stop at nothing to protect their interests. With her life on the line, Katherine is forced to put her faith in Alex as she flees from Washington D.C. and enters the Witness Protection Program. 

Yet there’s no hiding from The Syndicate.

In the most dangerous investigation of his career, Alex must decide how far he is willing to go to keep Katherine safe, and to stop The Syndicate.

MY RATING: 📚 📚 📚 📚

True rating: 3.5-3.75

When K.M. Hodge asked me to read and review Red on the Run, I jumped at the opportunity to do so. I admire Ms. Hodge’s internet presence, and I really enjoyed Walker Texas Wife, the first in the Book Cellar Mysteries co-authored with Melissa Storm.

Overall, I enjoyed this book, which was originally self-published as Seasons. The main characters, Alex and Katherine, are complex, and the heat between them made this book an easy page-turner. It was nice to see character depth alongside an action-packed plot.

This is not a genre I usually read or enjoy, so please take the few criticisms I have with that grain of salt. It felt like too many events were packed in one book–I thought it could have easily been split into at least two–and there were so many secondary characters, I found it hard to keep track of them all. I had to keep going back and rereading sections to understand who was connected to who. Again, I’m not sure if that’s an organization problem with the book, or just a matter of taste, since I don’t usually read this genre.

Overall though, I would recommend it to people who enjoy FBI/CIA thrillers. I used to watch the show Castle a lot, and I think the part of me that liked that show, liked this book. Give it a read, and definitely check out the Book Cellar Mysteries! I believe at least one more of the books in that series is coming out this year.

I received a complimentary copy from the author, whom I am acquainted with over various social media outlets, in exchange for an honest review.


About the Author

K.M. Hodge grew up in Detroit, where she spent most of her free time weaving wild tales to spook her friends and family. These days, she lives in Texas with her husband and two energetic boys and once again enjoys writing tales of suspense and intrigue that keep her readers up all night. Her stories, which focus on women’s issues, friendship, addiction, regrets, and second chances, will stay with you long after you finish them. When she isn’t writing or being an agent of social change, she reads independent graphic novels, watches old X-Files episodes, streams Detroit Tigers games and binges on Netflix with her husband. She enjoys hearing from readers, so don’t be shy about dropping her a line.

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Olivia Ard is the author of women's fiction trilogy The Bennett Series and Readers' Favorite 5-Star recipient 'Tis the Season. She is pursuing a second degree in sociology. She and her husband JD live in Central Alabama, where they await their miracle baby's arrival this November with joyful expectation.

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