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Reluctant Smuggler (To Catch a Thief) [Paperback]

By Jill Elizabeth Nelson (Author)
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For security consultant Desiree Jacobs, the assignment is simple: make off with an ancient Mayan artifact and hand it over to the good guys. Yet, in a world where no one is as they seem, Desi must decipher who the good guys are before she ends up in the hands of a ruthless enemy.

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"They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer...but what if you can't tell the difference?
For security consultant Desiree Jacobs, the assignment was simple: make off with an ancient Mayan artifact and hand it over to the good guys in time to plan her wedding to ultra-fine FBI agent Tony Lucano.
Yet, in a world where no one is as they seem, Desi must decipher who the good guys are-before she ends up in the hands of a ruthless enemy.
Suddenly, artifact recovery turns into archaeological espionage, and the woman who finds all the answers must now ask questions: Who's looting priceless antiquities underneath the nose of the baffled Mexican government? And what does a violent gang of drug and human traffickers have to do with missing artifacts?
Even with Tony on her side, Desi will need way more than luck to survive against the odds. She'll need the truth-not just to set "her" free, but to liberate many innocents caught in the snare of calculating evil.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Reluctant Smuggler (To Catch a Thief) by Jill Elizabeth Nelson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Romantic Times - 01/01/2008 page 65
  • Library Journal - 11/01/2007 page 53

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Multnomah Publishers
Pages   339
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.98" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2008
Publisher   Multnomah Books
Series  To Catch A Thief  
Series Number  3  
ISBN  1590526880  
ISBN13  9781590526880  

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More About Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jill Elizabeth Nelson takes art seriously when she s not having fun with it, that is. The To Catch a Thief series combines her love of the written word with her love of other art forms. She s thrilled if the adventures that spill from her imagination can raise awareness about art theft a problem the FBI deems a looming criminal enterprise. Jill and her husband, Doug, have four children and live in Minnesota."

Jill Elizabeth Nelson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Love Inspired Suspense

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Suspense Tripping Romance!  Sep 8, 2008
Security consultant Desiree Jacobs is at it--again! What should have been a simple artifact retrieval lands her in the jungles of Mexico, where differentiating the good guys from drug traffickers is no easy job. Whether or not Desiree can outrun the nasty boys and keep her wedding date with FBI agent Tony Lucano proves to be Desiree's greatest adventure yet.

Book three of the To Catch A Thief series, Reluctant Smuggler by author Jill Elizabeth Nelson is another front runner! Decisively character driven, Reluctant Smuggler is packed with action and riveting suspense that makes for an intense page-turner. I applaud Jill Elizabeth Nelson's gift to transport readers to a world of romantic suspense and, to believe they are with Desiree whether inside a grand palace or the mysterious Mayan ruins.

Nelson has a natural gift of unobtrusively showing Desiree's and Tony's unwavering faith. Reluctant Smuggler will appeal to inspirational and secular readers alike.

And if you haven't read the fist two books of this amazing series you must! Jill Elizabeth Nelson's, Reluctant Smuggler is my favorite of the Catch A Thief series. I'm chewing my nails in suspenseful anticipation for her next book!
Please find me Tony, I'm sending vibes to you!  Mar 8, 2008
This was a fascinating story, full of artifacts and danger around every corner. This was suspenseful romance at it's best. Jill did a great job in the authenticity of her story and I enjoyed it very much. I loved the relationship between Desi and Tony as they attempted to trust the Lord when they couldn't communicate.
I believe you will love this book as much as I did.

Paulette L. Harris Author/Speaker
Fast paced action in an exotic location  Mar 7, 2008
Desiree Jacobs has an interesting job. She gets paid for stealing things. Desi makes her living showing companies why their security systems don't work, and why hers would. This seemed like a routine job, go to Mexico, steal an artifact, give it back to the good guys, and go home in time for her wedding. Suddenly she's involved in archaeological espionage and she's not sure who's on her side. Tony Lucano, FBI agent, and the man Desi is going to marry, tries to help, but it looks like they're both in over their heads.
Reluctant Smuggler is book three in Jill Elizabeth Nelson's To Catch a Thief series, and she just keeps getting better. If you're not familiar with her writing, you're missing a treat.
Alias like Christian Fiction  Mar 4, 2008
[close] Starting with Reluctant Smuggler, book three of the To Catch a Thief Series makes me desperately want to go back and find the first two novels in the series as well as look forward to others. From college, an addiction that I had was to the Jennifer Garner television show Alias, with Sydney Bristow and all her stunts. This book with Desiree and all her actions was right up my alley! Desi is not a CIA agent like Bristow, but she is the owner of HJSecurity and a master mind at getting out of tough spots. I was hooked from the beginning, and even though I chose a busy week to make this a read, I had to get it and get my fix everyday until I was through and could find out what would happen next. From breaking into a museum, to being mugged, and pushing for marriage to the hunky FBI man Tony, this girl never quits. There is action with twists and turns and as a reader it is real and riveting page turning thrills. As a person, who has adored FBI, CIA, historical Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones, and the Librarian films... I never saw that coming, or that other thing, or those things... Really, there is so much that I could tell you and go on and on... But to enjoy all that this book has to offer, you really just have to read it yourself... I kid you not. Oh, and the best part about the entire thing! With all of the action and twists and turns and incredible plot ideas, Desi and Tony keep first and foremost their faith in God and through their actions of realistic people I can relate things to my calm and semi normal life to learn to be a better more Christ-like person day-by-day.
A Masterpiece!  Feb 29, 2008
For security consultant Desiree Jacobs, the operation should have been almost too easy: Steal an ancient Mayan artifact from a Mexican museum and then return it, thus proving the organization's security measures inadequate and acquiring the job for her own company.

Her goal is to get it done, then scoot on out of Mexico and home to Tony Lucano, her hunky FBI agent fiancé.

But powerful forces have other ideas, and Desi's simple operation soon becomes a dangerous mission to recover stolen national artifacts. With key figures in the Mexican government playing both sides of the law, it's impossible to tell friends from enemies and good guys from bad.

The heinous El Jaguar, trafficker of drugs and humans and looter of national antiquities, could be hidden behind the smiles of any number of government officials. As Desi digs closer to the truth, both she and Tony are targets for elimination, and are in danger even in their own homes on American soil.

Will either of them survive long enough to say "I do"?

A pulse-pounding, nail-biting tale of danger and intrigue...yet the author weaves in a romantic element strong enough to satisfy even the sappiest of readers. Jill Elizabeth Nelson paints a picture of evil perfectly contrasted by indomitable courage, honor, and unselfish love. Softly drawn and perfectly placed, elements of faith accent the vivid colors of this stunning masterpiece. Reluctant Smuggler is word art at its best!

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