The Woman Left Behind: A Novel

The Woman Left Behind: A Novel

by Linda Howard

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Jina Modell works in Communications for a paramilitary organization, and she really likes it. She likes the money, she likes the coolness factor—and it was very cool, even for Washington, DC. She liked being able to kick terrorist butts without ever leaving the climate-controlled comfort of the control room.


But when Jina displays a really high aptitude for spatial awareness and action, she’s reassigned to work as an on-site drone operator in the field with one of the GO-teams, an elite paramilitary unit. The only problem is she isn’t particularly athletic, to put it mildly, and in order to be fit for the field, she has to learn how to run and swim for miles, jump out of a plane, shoot a gun...or else be out of a job.


Team leader Levi, call sign Ace, doesn’t have much confidence in Jina--who he dubbed Babe as soon as he heard her raspy, sexy voice--making it through the rigors of training. The last thing he needs is some tech geek holding them back from completing a dangerous, covert operation. In the following months, however, no one is more surprised than he when Babe, who hates to sweat, begins to thrive in her new environment, displaying a grit and courage that wins her the admiration of her hardened, battle-worn teammates. What’s even more surprising is that the usually very disciplined GO-team leader can’t stop thinking about kissing her smart, stubborn mouth…or the building chemistry and tension between them.


Meanwhile, a powerful Congresswoman is working behind the scenes to destroy the GO-teams, and a trap is set to ambush Levi’s squad in Syria. While the rest of the operatives set off on their mission, Jina remains at the base to control the surveillance drone, when the base is suddenly attacked with explosives. Thought dead by her comrades, Jina escapes to the desert where, brutally tested beyond measure, she has to figure out how to stay undetected by the enemy and make it to her crew in time before they’re exfiltrated out of the country.


But Levi never leaves a soldier behind, especially the brave woman he’s fallen for. He’s bringing back the woman they left behind, dead or alive.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062419033
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,455
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and a golden retriever.

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The Woman Left Behind: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read about 5 books each week, my favorite genre "romantic suspense", heavy on the suspense but I require things to turn out well in the end. After all, I read for pleasure. This book had the gritty sudpense, good character development & great, believable plot, but also had me laughing out loud! I loved it so much I'll probably reread it many times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t stop reading the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, not your typical romance. This book provides action, suspence, and hot steamy love sences, will keep you on the edge, worth every penny !!! Linda Howard does it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Jina/Babe.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If Linda Howard doesn't start a series with these fantastic characters it's a shame. Her crafting of plot is spectacular and she gives depths to all her characters. Her ability to write thought process is right up there with Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Nora Roberts! Her knowledge of the world of spycraft can compete with Brad Thor and Kyle Mills. Overall story telling is right up there with Christeen Feehan! These people demand a series.....PLEASE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is fantastic. Such a great adjustment of focus in characters with the leading female not being weak and submissive. I hope to see many more about GO Teams and strong female leads!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of Linda's best. Very exciting! NLR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow moving plot. Not her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book are exciting and believable-especially Babe/Jina. I found myself laughing so many times at her reactions and dialogue. She is very easy to relate to and I just could not put this book down. I love strong women and Ace is not too shabby either. I enjoy reading the book and then buying the audiobook to get my double dose of a great summer read at the beach.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is what can be called 'read candy'. Fast and fun read. Characters were 2 dimensional, including female lead, formulaic and their interactions predictable. The actual plot was more of an after thought. The humor was good overall but it, as the invisible plot and underdeveloped characters, this read more like a screen play. Fun read and not taxing on your mind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a lovely read! Lost so much sleep turn the page! Love Linda Howard amazing writer!
Cheryl Peil 3 months ago
Very interesting story about members of a special forces team.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A great story about one woman on a team of men that trained for special missions. She and head leader have a sexual attention to each other but they can not go there. they are a team. The story was interesting with the members all working, training together, going on missions.
Anonymous 4 months ago
LOVED this story. Linda Howard does not disappoint again. Keep it up, please!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although this book seemed long, it was absolutely great reading. Steamy, sexy and romantic. Great action, strong characters.
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meanmjean More than 1 year ago
Linda Howard does it again! I couldn't put this book down. Her characters are so life like, her dialog so real. She makes you laugh, bite your nails,and sit on the edge of your seat with her story. Won't ruin it for others by telling how it ends, but doesn't disappoint. Word of caution DO NOT START it at 4pm. I read straight thru with a break to make dinner and clean-up (my family insisted darn it). Read until 3 am. I hope there are more books about the go-team. Loved Trouble Maker and now LOVE .The Woman Left Behind. Thank you Linda Howard
Spoiled_Reader More than 1 year ago
Once again, Linda Howard doesn't disappoint! Knowing the ending had to be good, it still kept me reading late into the night to see what would happen. This will be a reread for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good i could not put it down.
Ooddles More than 1 year ago
Looking for a new author and picked up this book. Got hook in the first chapter. Finished in three days. Would have finished earlier but my students required my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read pretty much all of Linda Howard books, but this one was a disappointment. The set up was good, the interplay between the characters was great...but the ending was a little hollow. I would still recommend it, but it could have been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me turning pages to the end. Laughed out loud a few times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really compelling so riveting couldn't put it down and this is my third time reading it