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Patricia Briggs
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3 Sep 2009 Alpha and Omega
Charles Cornick is his pack's enforcer and lives a harsh life, doing jobs other wolves can't - or won't. And his most recent task was rescuing Anna Latham from a life of brutality. This leaves him shot and wounded, but he's happy to pay the price. Charles is strongly drawn to Anna, and her growing 'Omega' powers will see his people through dangerous times. Anna desperately needs her new mountainous home to be safer than the life she's left behind. But when a rogue werewolf starts murdering hikers, Charles and Anna are sent into the winter forests to investigate. Charles is still weak and will need Anna's strength as they discover a web of witchcraft that could drag down the whole pack. Including its leader Bran, Charles's father, head of a vast network of wolves. And if Bran weakens, dark madness could run like a fever through half a continent.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841497940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841497945
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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A new compulsive page-turning adventure by New York Times queen of urban fantasy Patricia Briggs.

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Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great continuation of the Mercy Thompson world 13 Sep 2009
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I love the Mercy Thompson books, and this one is a continuation/spin-off of that world. It is about Samuel's brother, Charles, and his newly found mate, Anna.

Since Charles lives in Aspen Creek, Montana, we get to learn a lot more about the Marrok, his home and his pack. I really enjoyed this, and look forward to reading more in the future.

However, I was seriously confused when I was reading the book. There are frequent, detailed, references to earlier events, and yet this is the first in the "Alpha and Omega" series. I even re-read the Mercy Thompson books (hardly a chore!) to see if I had missed the plot development there.

But my confusion may be solved. I think that Anna and Charles met and "clicked" in Patricia Brigg's short story, which can be bought in the "On the Prowl" collection of stories. I can only assume this from one of the detailed reviews written for Patricia Brigg's short story in that collection (thank you "clairefromwales"!). I have ordered a copy to check this, and will update this review once I have.

So my suggestion - I think you should read that short story before this book. Having said that, even without having read the story of their meeting, I really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to all those who love the Mercy Thompson world (or, alternatively, it you have not read that series either, then check out at least the first Mercy Thompson book (Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)) before this one !)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable but not great 4 Oct 2009
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
To be honest I'm a fan of Patricia's heroine Mercy Thompson however for some reason I really had a hard time getting to grips with her latest heroine set in the same world. She felt a little under whelming and whilst characters need vulnerabilities to keep the reader attracted to them, I was not sure that she was the right one for the role that was thrust upon her. Add to the mix a very possessive male principle protagonist who treated her a bit like a china doll and you can probably imagine how much I started to loath her.

That said however, the adventure that you get with Patty is always going to be something special as the scrapes really are close and she does play for keeps which always keeps me glued to the novel. Add to the mix an uncertainness in regard to the outcome or which way it is going to unfurl next and it's a magical mystery tour of an adventure. Don't get me wrong, Patricia's writing is still several rungs above a number of others within the genre today but I never lost that niggling feeling to do with the female lead and whilst she does emotionally grow within the context of the tale I do hope that she goes further next time to make her a character that I can not only respect but one that I can empathise with one hundred percent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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As werewolf novels go this one is a good solid read but it is by no means the best out there. The plot is well planned and well carried out but I was left feeling that it could have been so much more with just a little more effort. As the first Patricia Briggs novel I have read, the world she has created here is easy to pick up and you are not left feeling as if you are missing vital information from the book that introduced these characters originally - an anthology.

After 3 years of mistreatment at the hands of her own pack, Anna meets Charles. She learns that she is an Omega, and as such is entitled to a far more revered position within a pack structure. Not only this but he is her mate. After years of abuse and subjugation she is not so much reluctant, but wary and untrusting of her change in stature. Just as she is introduced to new territory, evidence of a rogue wolf turns up, prompting Charles and Anna to be sent to investigate. A dangerous task that will test them and their relationship to it's limits.

This book rolls along smoothly but it's not going to be a book you can't put down. The characters themselves are engaging and easy to like - aside from Charles's step-mom of course, she's not a nice woman, but that's intentional :) . One thing I would say though, for a paranormal romance novel it was very light on the romance. One particular tryst takes up a page and half at most while another barely gets it's own sentence. Not all paranormal romances need graphic scenes to grip you but the lack of them in this book makes it hard to understand the bond that grows between the central characters. Perhaps I am judging to harshly but I failed to find much chemistry between Charles and Anna because of this.

I will be reading more by Patricia Briggs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Start to Spin Off 11 Oct 2009
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I've read all the mercy Thompson books and wasn't too sure about trying this because I wasn't certain how this would play out. I've been pleasantly surprised. I was confused by the start because it seemed something was missing and that's clarified by other reviewers. However if you're coming to this book cold without having read the Mercy Thompson series then I don't think it's much of a problem.

The story starts after the killing of the Chicago Alpha for his actions endagering werewolves by the Marrok pack. The marrok are run by the Alpha of all werevolves. These are challenging times because it has been recognised the werewolves will ahve to come out in the near future like some of teh fae already have. A problem occurs in the "backyard" of the Marrok area which could be werewolf politics trying to distract the Marrok alpha from his intention at a future planned meeting of putting on the agenda the coming out of werewolves. Charles, the Marrok hitman, is sent out barely recovered from his wounds with his not quite mate (Anna) to track down the source of the attacks in the wilderness. It becomes clear whilst they are chasing down the cause that all is not what it seems and that the attacks tie into something which happened 200 plus years ago to one of the Marrok members. A black witch is loose looking for revenge.

We also introduced to a new type of werewolf in this story. I'm sure we're all aware of alphas and pack heirarchy. In this book we are shown a rare type of werewolf - an Omega. Read the book if you want to know more!

The book made for a good read. It was fun, entertaining and passed the time well which is what, in my view, a good book should do. It's not heavy going just light stuff. If you're into werewolf books then I think you should enjoy ths one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding
Werewolves and lovers, ancient secrets and new rumors, and life as death and death as life. Patricia Briggs spins humanity into the stuff a monster's nightmare is made of, and it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars more of Charles and Anna.
this series is more of Charles and Anna and in this book we see them out on a mission to find out about a possible Rogue Wolf attacking and killing people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jeannie Zelos
1.0 out of 5 stars Badly packaged - World Books
Although book was undamaged (through sheer luck) ....Package had obviously been re-used...torn in numerous places and sellotaped to keep book inside.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by rottweiller121
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book
Brilliant author. Love this series.
Her Mercy Thompson series ties in and also a must read series for paranormal readers.
Published 4 months ago by M. Gerber
5.0 out of 5 stars Patricia Briggs.
I had been having a difficult time finding a new author when I discovered Patricia Briggs. I especially like this Alpha and Omega Book and have read all the following books since. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jean Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book by a great author!
As usual Patricia delivers a fantastic story that you wont want to put down.
Sometimes reading a book from a different searies by an author you like can be a bit daunting as... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Zolo
5.0 out of 5 stars Side stories
I was intrigued to discover Pat Briggs had written about characters from the Mercy books, particularly the scary Charles so i duly ordered the trilogy and was delighted to find i... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Frances Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly good
wasn't sure I would like this after I enjoyed the Marcy Thompson books, but thought I would give it a go, it was exceptionally entertaining, on a par with the Mercy books. Read more
Published 13 months ago by mrs ma sewell
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An excellent addition to the mercyverse Patricia Briggs has built in her other series. If you haven't read any Mercy Thompson books don't worry you will still love this book. Read more
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