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Peek Inside Hell & Back

Henry Lee and Ruby Toth battle terrorists—and their attraction to each other—while racing to lock down the CDC's deadly virus samples from those plotting to unleash a bio-engineered pandemic.

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Racing to lock down the CDC's deadly virus samples from terrorists, ex-Special Forces medic Henry Lee partners with Ruby Toth on the Outbreak Task Force. But the terrorists always seem one step ahead. As they work side by side, Henry's taken with how Ruby accepts and respects him, instead of pitying him for all he lost overseas, including his leg. Ruby's hiding something, though, and Henry fears she's been leaking sensitive information.

Terrorists have kidnapped her brother, and now microbiologist Ruby Toth faces a horrible choice. If she doesn't give them a vial of Small Pox as ransom, her brother will die. She knows her prickly—yet very hot—boss, Henry, could provide the help she needs. But she joined the CDC to root out insiders plotting to unleash a bio-engineered pandemic, and she can't trust anyone. Not even Henry.

Each book in the Outbreak Task Force series is STANDALONE:
* Viable Threat
* Smoke & Mirrors
* Sleight of Hand
* Search & Destroy
* Hell & Back

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I can absolutely say that I liked this but didn’t love it as much as I had anticipated and I would honestly generalize this as a decent followup to the ‘Outbreak Task Force’ series.

This time around, we follow ex-Special Forces medic Henry Lee and his partner Ruby Toth who are racing ...more

By Maria September 01, 2020

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A quote (from ARC):
“I’ve got scars on my scars…” (Henry)

3.5 stars.
“Hell & Back”, by Julie Rowe (Entangled Publishing), has an exciting beginning with a fast-paced suspense plot about bioterrorism and ...more

By Dísir September 03, 2020

3.5 stars rounding up

'Hell & Back' is Julie Rowe's high-octane, medical-science thriller that, well, probably sits all too uncomfortable in this virus-ridden world at the moment. Still, it provides some mighty fine hours of escapism, non-stop action and rides the all-engulfing wave of bioterrorism w ...more

By Lauriane (L.M. Durand) September 07, 2020

Get ready because this book is going to give you one heck of a ride. This action-packed novel will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

Ruby just started working at the CDC when threats from a group of terrorists escalate. Her brother is kidnapped and the only way for her to have ...more

By Mari September 04, 2020

This series hits close to home, recent events but I was super excited to get Henry's story. So glad was able to read this early. We know his grumpy former Army guy, with tons of credentials, no time for idiots temper. Many said he was tough to work with but he's a one of the good guys, he cares that ...more

By Cindy August 25, 2020

Boy Henry Lee turned out to be whole lotta man... And to get the full meaning of that you need to read the book... I have always loved this series with its edge of your seat suspense, deadly infectious diseases, and sizzlin romance.  Henry has been a staple in the series since the beginning always g ...more

By Megan September 17, 2020

This series has meant so much to me, and I have loved it so much, that I was so excited to read this final installment. Even in these crazy pandemic times, nothing could stop me from reading about this awesome task force, hot on the trail of a terrorist group trying to get their hands on a biologica ...more

By Sarah August 31, 2020

Hell & Back…just wow. Guys, you don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for Henry’s story. I picked up my first book by Julie Rowe back in February – Viable Threat, the first in the Outbreak Task Force series and I’ve been hooked ever since.

Since diving into Viable Threat I’ve wanted Henry’s story. He ...more

By Nikki September 03, 2020

Probably reading about a potential terror-driven pandemic during the COVID-19 pandemic wasn't the smartest move I ever made but I love this series. It calls to my nerdy, medical history loving, romance junkie self!

OMG Henry is a gorgeous, grumpy grouch of a man. He can't abide wasters and layabouts ...more

By Teresa August 29, 2020

**I received a copy of Hell & Back from Entangled and Net Galley in exchange for a voluntary and honest review. My opinions are my own and not solicited.**

Hell & Back by Julie Rowe is the fifth book in her Outbreak Task Force that's the series end, I'm hoping still for DS get his own story someday. ...more

By Michelle September 11, 2020

WOW!!!! The action was intense in this book. The author really did a great job with the reality of what a man made pandemic could do, and the steps out CDC has taken to keep the world safe.

Ruby is attempting to gather information from the CDC for her parents, whom are investigating the recent biolo ...more

By Debbie September 14, 2020

This is the stunning conclusion to this series that is oh so relevant at the moment even if it was started before these crazy times we live in You have to wonder at the timing is Julie a Seer in another life

In this final stunning conclusion the battle against FAFO (Free America From Oppression)is he ...more

By Romance and Riesling September 08, 2020

Fast-paced, action romance that leaves you on the edge of your seat!

Ruby Toth is used to stress, hell, her parents work for the NSA. However, her new role undercover at the CDC is testing her limits. Not only is the CDC under attack from international terrorists, but her brother is taken hostage and ...more

By Becky September 01, 2020

Hell and Back is a fantastic read. I would recommend reading the Outbreak Task Force in order so you get the full picture of what is going on and because it is a fantastic series. Hold onto your seats and enjoy the ride. This is Henry's book and you will just love him so much. If you've read these b ...more

By Mags September 14, 2020

Hell & Back started a little slow for me, but honestly, I don't think it helped that I couldn't remember the events of the previous stories, as even though this is a stand-alone story with new central characters there is an ongoing story arc with the FAFO terrorist organisation continuing to target ...more

By Whispers From August 31, 2020

Ruby is a microbiologist and works for the CDC on the Outbreak Operation Taskforce. Ruby has been there for two months and works under Henry, ex Special Forces turned virologist. He is grumpy and pushes people away but Ruby is the only one who can put up with him. A terrorist group is coming after t ...more

By S September 17, 2020

Hell & Back is the fifth book in Rowe’s Outbreak Task Force series. I was a bit nervous jumping into this book as I had not read the other books in the series but I didn’t need to worry. They story line did continue with the organization still fighting a terrorist group from the previous stories but ...more

By A Book Lover's Emporium Book Blog September 07, 2020

That was such an exciting, nail-biting, emotional and relevant read. Considering the pandemic we’re going through I really wasn’t looking forward to reading this book but boy would I have been missing out! There was action after action after edge-of-the-seat action! I couldn’t keep up with all the v ...more

By Jenn August 29, 2020

Yeah, I realized a few pages into the first chapter that I’d dropped into this series without some background info, but that didn’t matter. Everything and everyone important was introduced in a way that caught me up, but also wouldn’t bore anyone who’s read the first four books like I should have. T ...more

By Konny August 30, 2020

H&B by this author is the fifth book in her Outbreak Task Force Series and picksup right where the previous book was left off.
For best reading experience I recommend to read the books in order.
Ruby Toth and her family are in the spy business and they're good in what they do.
Meet Henry Lee and his p ...more

By Kathy September 14, 2020

Ready for a book full of suspense and edge of your seat adventure? Hell and Back is one of those books. A lot is going on in this book as Julie Rowe has written a story very close to our time in history. While I understood Rudy Troth’s character, I was hoping for a little more assertiveness while He ...more

By Linda August 25, 2020

OMG, I LOVED this book! Fast paced romantic suspense at its best. I found myself hooked from the first page and stayed hooked until the last page. Make sure you have enough time to read this book in one sitting as you won't be able to put it down.

I loved Ruby and Henry's story. It was non traditiona ...more

By Wayward Readers September 10, 2020

Love this series. Julie Rowe writes with a fantastic passion that draws readers in and submerges them. The trope in and of itself in unique, incorporating science, action, romance all in one. Not only does Rowe make it work but provides wonderful, relatable characters all at the same time. Loved it! ...more

By Kim August 28, 2020

Tell me it isn't so. I've been waiting for the conclusion of this series for so long. Now that it's here, I almost cried. This is a series that should be read in order.
I was so glad that Henry got his own story. He has been a main part of this whole series. Who better than the daughter of a NSA ana ...more

By Suzette September 10, 2020

Another heart pounding story in this series. Ruby is at the CDC trying to find out who is still selling secrets to the terrorists. While there she there she is working with Henry, an Army vet. All through this they are also fighting their feelings for each other. It is a thrilling action filled page ...more

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Julie Rowe

About the author

Julie Rowe

Julie Rowe's first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she'll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, "No one would believe them!". In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool's Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the Novella category of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today's Parent, and Canadian Living. You can reach her at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

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