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In a town full of vampires, mages, and werewolves, detective work can be dangerous Dark and sexy a paranormal treat Lara Adrian, New York Timesbestselling author Shiarra Waynests job was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firmif it doesnt kill her first Shiarra has signed on to work for a high level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New Yorks most powerful vampires As soon as the detective meets the sexy, mesmerizing vampire Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even complicated than she thought With a clandestine anti Other group trying to recruit her and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs backup She enlists her ex boyfrienda werewolf whose non furry form is disarmingly appealingand a nerdy mage with surprising talents But it may not be enough In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others arent always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evilwhether she likes it or not This fast moving urban fantasy is a fun, high octane ride with a take charge heroine who will leave you wanting Alexandra Ivy, New York Timesbestselling author Take a sarcastic, likable heroine out of her depth with a mysterious, seductive vampire, add lots of scheming bad guys, and youve got a delightful romp of a book Angela Knight, New York Timesbestselling author Full of litigious vampires, sexy shapeshifters and a mage sidekick akin to Bonds Q, what could you want Mark Henry, author of Battle of the Network Zombies Fresh, hilarious, and action packed I loved every minute of it Lilith Saintcrow, New York Timesbestselling author of the Dante Valentine series...

Title : Hunted by the Others (H&W Investigations)
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ISBN : B003CNQ4H0
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Format Type : Kindle Edition
Language : Englisch
Publisher : Zebra Auflage 1 15 April 2010
Number of Pages : 571 Pages
File Size : 972 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Hunted by the Others (H&W Investigations) Reviews

  • javelinx
    2018-11-18 11:15

    Shiarra Waynest betreibt mit ihrer Freundin Sara Halloway eine Detektivagentur, die finanziell grade so über die Runden kommt. Als der Bankrott droht, nimmt Shiarra gegen ihre Überzeugungen einen Auftrag an, der sie mit den Others- den Übernatürlichen - in Verbindung bringt, die seit 9/11 ihr Coming-Out hatten und nun eine widerwillig geduldete legale Minderheit darstellen. Sie soll für den Magierzirkel den Vampir Alec Royce ausspionieren, der sich im Besitz eines magischen Artefaktes befinden soll. Was als reiner Überwachungsjob geplant war, entwickelt sich schnell zu einem lebensgefährlichen Unterfangen, bei dem sich Shiarra und alle, die ihr lieb und teuer sind, zwischen allen Stühlen wiederfinden...Mit ihrem Serienstart ist Jess Haines ein überraschend runder Einstieg gelungen. Die Spannung baut sich von der Eingangsszene an auf, die Charaktere menschlicher und übernatürlicher Art sind gut gelungen, der Plot bietet einige unerwartete Wendungen, die verhindern, daß man früh die Auflösung absehen könnte. Die weibliche Hauptfigur kann und will weder kämpfen, töten noch schießen, und auch wenn sie sich für ihre Ermittlungen aufbrezelt und mit einem dicken Kreuz bewaffnet, schlottern ihr bei ihrer ersten Begegnung mit dem verdächtigen Vampir die Knie. Diese Mischung aus mangelndem Kickass-Faktor und einigen liebenswerten und weniger spektakulären Eigenschaften macht den Charme der Heldin aus und sorgt für einige witzige Szenen. Wie Shiarra mehr oder weniger gegen ihren Willen aufrüstet und dabei an Selbstvertrauen gewinnt, paßt dazu tadellos und gestaltet eine Entwicklung, von der die Heldin mehr oder weniger überrollt wird und die sie mit Bravour meistert.Die Handlung beschränkt sich auf eine überschaubare Anzahl an übernatürlichen Charakteren, die zwar mehr oder weniger attraktiv sind, die romantischen Elemente stehen nicht im Vordergrund, eine frühzeitig absehbare Paarung kommt ebenfalls nicht vor. Dafür besticht der Plot durch einen lockeren Humor, eine Heldin, die nicht als Einzelkämpferin dasteht, und einige magische Gadgets in bester James-Bond-Manier, die für einige Überraschungen gut sind. Mit dem Coming-Out der Others, ihren Problemen in einer rassistisch geprägten Gesellschaft, die trotz gesetzlicher Regeln Auswüchse wie die "White Hats", eine Art moderner Ku-Klux-Klan zuläßt, gibt es einen ernsteren Hintergrund, der auf die amerikanische Gesellschaft anspielt und im besten Sinne etwas an Charlaine Harris erinnert.Insgesamt ein rundum gelungener Serienstart, am besten bestellt man sich gleich die Fortsetzung TAKEN BY THE OTHERS, die schon auf dem Markt ist.

  • Kindle Customer
    2018-10-25 11:59

    This book ended up being the story before the story, I guess. I feel it would have done better as a history in another book than it's own tale. Frankly, Shia was unlikable in my opinion. Too whiny. She complained constantly and was unrealistically naive for a woman of her age/job experience/life experience/world. She was constantly feeling fear, trembling and stumbling and blurting. I feel like those four words were used on every page of the book. And then she calls herself stupid constantly...validly so as she has the brain power of a turnip. This book was another case of watch girl be an idiot over and over again. But wait, she magically survives despite her complete lack of skills or intelligence.And don't even get me started on her ex boyfriend.Overall, I found the main character too weak to be interesting and the plot lacking in complexity. Add to that the fact the book felt wordy and full of unnecessary exposition, there just wasn't a way I would like it. I may read book 2 to see if it actually gets better but I am not hopeful.

  • Jwb52z
    2018-11-16 05:19

    I got this book just under 7 years ago and I'm only now getting to it in my "to be read" list. I really liked this book. The characters are fun, if a bit overly emotional. I thought the plot point about how some of the characters in this book came to be known was interesting. I love books with strong female lead characters, even if they seem a bit damaged and have a lot of baggage. I won't bore you with a plot summary as I know other reviewers are fond of doing that. There are a few editing issues with this book, but nothing too distracting. if you like this genre, I say you should give this book a shot because I don't think you'll be disappointed. Have at it! I can't wait to read the next book in the series, but it might be a while.

  • Larissa
    2018-11-15 12:05

    *SPOILER FREEI had this book on my radar for a long time and after I met Jess Haines at last year's AAD, I just had to buckle down and finally read it. I am SO glad I did and I don't know what the heck I was thinking, waiting this long!We UF lovers are probably pretty used to reading about the private investigator chick that gets messed up with the Supernatural, gets involved with a Supernatural being or two and basically has a kick-ass time of the whole thing, right?Well, at this point it's impossible to invent the wheel when it comes to Urban Fantasy and the way to make your book or series stand out is not to necessarily give something new to the readers, but give it in a different way, and I think Jess does that in spades in Hunted By The Others.Shiarra's world is very much like ours, the only thing that's different is that the 9/11 attack not only scared the crap out of the American people, but also got a bunch of supernatural races out of the closet and amongst everyone else and are called The Others. Almost 10 years later and Shiarra has nothing against The Others, but she would just rather not get mixed up with them, as if that was a choice she could make.A mage hires Shiarra for a "simple" job and that gets our Heroine mixed up with all sorts of dangers she would much rather avoid. The anti-Others group, the White Hats, have decided to recruit her in a very unlikely manner, her werewolf ex-boyfriend is back in her life and a powerful Vampire has decided he wants her for his own.What make Hunted By The Others stand out for me is the characters and their relationship with each other and the hilariousness that it ensues when they are together. Jess was able to create a page-turning story with just the right amount of humor to captivate me completely! I can't wait for more from this series!Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life {[...]}

  • msorensen
    2018-10-22 06:54

    NO SPOILERS or plot summaries... recommendations included.HIGH LEVEL: This is Book 1 in an Urban Fantasy series that features a human PI in a politically tense world of shifters, vamps and mages. Magic is palpable, but kept controlled and understated through the story. Little to no romance and violence was fast and furious but only minimally bloody. This was ALMOST a very solid, albeit standard, UF with a strong heroine. There were a few MAJOR issues I had with this book, so I will attempt to explain without giving away any spoilers and I'll list the things that helped to at least partially redeem the book...THE GOOD:Despite much of this being similar to other books there were some strokes of genius: her outfit was FANTASTIC. The body armor was sexy and practical. The magical belt that talked to her. Those scenes were truly fun to read.The writing that wasn't bogged down with exposition was fun with the right amount of richness. The magical world was diverse and intricate- very well set up for future stories. The way the character worked to position herself between all the various supernatural factions should make for some very fun follow up books.The action, when you got to it, was BRILLIANT. There were definitely some tense moments! Magic and physical weaponry were well balanced.The climax was very satisfying- everything came together in the end and the pacing picked up to break neck speed.MY ISSUES:1) PLOT: The plot was very weak and the pacing was terrible- plodding & choppy. The over-arching ideas were solid, but there was little to no reason to actually believe why the main character got caught in the middle of a power struggle of supernatural beings. It was, frankly, completely and totally illogical. The approach to the power struggle itself was nearly identical to one of the books in Kim Harrison's The Hollows, Book 4. Also, the most important events were the direct result of errors made by the main character- boneheaded errors at that.2) CHARACTERS: Shia, the main character, is a mess. She is bigoted one minute, but then suddenly understanding and tolerant. She's a PI, but constantly makes stupid decisions that indicate she must be terrible at her job. She is supposed to be strong and independent, but allows her family to walk all over her and her cowardice is the catalyst for the ENTIRE PLOT. Chaz, the ex-boyfriend, is basically a meat-head: strong, sexy, sweet, but has a wicked temper... and dumb as a bag of hammers. He's even a personal trainer for goodness sakes!! No attempt was made to make the guy interesting. Arnold, Royce and Sara all had HUGE potential as the most interesting characters, but were surprisingly undeveloped and shallow.3) WRITING STYLE: Too much BLAH-BLAH-BLAH, not enough action or dialogue. Have you ever read a book and wished you could tell it that it talked too much? Well, this was that book for me. I've read books with tons of exposition that still manage to keep the pacing up, but this one just didn't. There was just a veritable landslide of verbal diarrhea from the main character- since this is told in the first person. I understand having to set up the world, but there was just an insane amount of commentary that distracted you from the action. I had a hard time staying engaged at all. How many times did I have to be reminded about the fanaticism of the "White Hats?" Why did she have to wonder more than once why her neighbors didn't call the cops when she screamed at her boyfriend during their break up several months earlier? WHO CARES AND WHAT DID THAT HAVE TO DO WITH THE ISSUE AT HAND??? Did I really need to know every time something occurred to Shia when she was in the middle of a conversation? Things were said over the course of three paragraphs, when one sentence would have sufficed. Unfortunately, much of these digressions were useless; they added nothing to the plot or character development. WAAAAAY too much time was spent reminding us of the conniving ways of "The Circle," the "White Hats" and other supernatural factions and also of Shia's intolerant family. I can appreciate a certain amount of set up, but this was like taking a supernatural political science class. I started skipping whole sections halfway into the book just to get through it.Some of these issues might go away as the books progress- less exposition because the world is already set up. Shia might hopefully grow a stronger character and the others will develop.I will point out some similarities to other books- the political layout was similar to the Morgan Kingsley books by Jenna Black. I already mentioned the similarity to The Hollows by Kim Harrison. This also bore some similarity to the Anita Blake books by Laurell K. Hamilton before they digressed to soft porn.BOTTOM LINE: If you are a die-hard UF fan, then you might give this a try for fun. Be prepared to get annoyed with it, though. I plan on reading the next one to see if these issues get ironed out because it does have a ton of potential.RECOMMENDATIONS:1. Katherine Bayless' fun, if somewhat overwritten  where society openly deals with the psychically gifted. There was also too much exposition here, but it didn't break up the pacing.2. Jenna Black's  - exorcist heroine gets stuck with an unwanted possession. Be prepared for a lot more overt sexuality (BSDM, M/M) in this series and the heroine can be frustratingly childish at times.3. Jim Butcher's wizard private eye 4. Jennifer Estep's stone-magic wielding, hard, cold, vicious assassin 5. Diana Pharaoh Francis'  - kick ass story with a creative spin on vampires with witches and fae6. Laurell K. Hamilton's  - kick-ass necromancer heroine, but I stopped reading around book 7 or so as it digressed into paranormal erotica and away from the urban fantasy core that made it great.7. Kim Harrison's witch/vamp/pixie team of private eyes in 8. Nancy Holzner's fabulous take on zombies in Boston in 9. Faith Hunter's bounty-hunter shifter series 10. Seanan McGuire's fae-private eye series