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Darkness Haunts: Book 1 (Sensor Series) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Illene
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book one of The Sensor Series.

Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat. Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel knows better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed.

Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying. But danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.

*While this is a straightforward urban fantasy novel, the sequels will have stronger romantic elements (often of an explicit nature) that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Reader discretion is advised.

About the Author

Instead of making the traditional post high school move and attending college, Susan joined the U.S. Army. She spent her eighteenth birthday in the gas chamber...an experience she is sure is best left for criminals. For eleven years she served first as a human resources specialist and later as an Arabic linguist (mostly in Airborne units). Though all her duty assignments were stateside, she did make two deployments to Iraq where her language skills were put to regular use. After leaving the service in 2009, Susan returned to school to study history with a focus on the Middle East. She no longer finds many opportunities to test her fighting abilities in real life, unless her husband is demanding she cook him a real meal, but she's found a new outlet in writing urban fantasy heroines who can.

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  • Print Length: 387 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Instead of making the traditional post high school move and attending college, Susan joined the U.S. Army. She spent her eighteenth birthday in the gas chamber- an experience she is sure is best left for criminals. For eleven years she served first as a human resources specialist and later as an Arabic linguist (mostly in Airborne units). Though all her duty assignments were stateside, she did make two deployments to Iraq where her language skills were put to regular use.

After leaving the service in 2009, Susan returned to school to study history with a focus on the Middle East. She no longer finds many opportunities to test her fighting abilities in real life, unless her husband is demanding she cook him a real meal, but she's found a new outlet in writing urban fantasy heroines who can.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good debut UF! I'm impressed 25 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Darkness Haunts was good, peeps, and I breezed through it within a couple of hours. Miss Illene is a definite fan of urban fantasy and it is her genre. I also loved that all of this was happening in Alaska. This is not a region very popular in UF, and I can only name a few books that chose to use it as their setting.

There are plenty of yummy moments and interesting characters: Mel herself is an intriguing woman with a background as a military interrogator; Lucas is a Nephilim angel who mostly annoys her and occasionally saves her life; and Nikolas oozes charm surprising for his advanced age and level of power.

I very much enjoyed Mel. She is tough, she is not afraid to be ruthless and use her knife or her gun. She fights for what she feels is right and she knows when to retreat. I like clever and resourceful characters, and I think that given some time, Mel will become a formidable heroine.

The plot moves really well and involves all sorts of supernatural beings - werewolves, vampires, witches, fairies. Saying all that, the book felt too tentative in its exploration of the characters and world-building. I was interested in the world and I wanted to know more, and I think the book would only have won from extra 100 or so pages.

Susan Illene is not afraid of writing about darkness, and her villains are done really well, I just think she should dig even deeper and bring all those deep, powerful, painful emotions, all those conflicts and moments of extreme joy to the surface to make her future books even better.

I will be rooting for this author because I think she's got great potential. Susan, turn it up to eleven! *grinning*
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tough heroine starting out 20 Jan 2013
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Melena would like to be normal.

Life doesn't always work like that (1): She's a Sensor, which means she can sense and recognise other supernaturals and is immune to their magic. That makes her a threat to them and she knows she's on the supernatural's most wanted list, for no fault of her own.

Life doesn't always work like that (2): Melena's an orphan, raised by a Sensor who was murdered by a supernatural.

Luckily, Melena's kept out of the way of supernaturals by serving in the army. This experience has made her resourceful and strong. Good thing; she needs those qualities as the life she's constructed in Monterey begins to unravel. Her best friend disappears in suspicious circumstances in Alaska, and the supernaturals find out about her.

Melena travels to Alaska to escape the Californian supernaturals and find out the truth about her friend, but this turns out to be out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Melena's quiet competence and inner steel is put to the test in harrowing, no-win circumstances.

I enjoyed this book. I liked the breadth of the hidden supernatural community, the twists and turns of the plot line interlaced with her evolving relationships with friends and foes, and the slow reveal of things as they really are.

Looks like a series.

Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Darkness Haunts is a great start to the new `Sensor Series' by Susan Illene.
Our protagonist is Melina Sanders, studying at university following a stint in the U.S. Army. Melina likes to fly under the radar because her powers are rare, so rare there aren't many of her kind left and if any supernatural were to find out what she is, it would mean certain death just like her carer was murdered for who she was. When her best friend Aniya disappears after travelling to Fairbanks, Alaska to meet a male `friend', Melina takes it upon herself to find answers and follows her. Melina didn't realise just how populated Fairbanks would be with super-naturals and when it becomes clear that's who has her friend, she has no alternative but to start asking questions and in doing so, puts herself in a whole heap of danger. It doesn't take long for the enemy to find out what she is and they aren't above using her friend as leverage in an attempt to get what they want, but they don't count on the others who have approached Melina, the only thing is - when you've been brought up believing that all super-naturals are evil killers, how can you trust a word they say let alone put your life in their hands? But when your friends life is on the line and with no other options - you gotta do what you gotta do.
As I said this was a great start to a new series, I love a good story that encompasses a wide range of supernatural species and this certainly does that. With Melina's power being rare it gives her a special feel and also an understandable reason for her not trusting anyone with her secret, especially when it means death. She's a pretty cool character, I like how her talent comes into play and how she uses it, I like her outlook on life, her loyalty to her friends and her willingness to take a risk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Standard Fair Urban Fantasy 14 Oct 2013
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This work is standard urban fantasy, showing promise for this debut indie author. Melena, a 26 year old ex-soldier with a special ability to sense magic - and whether people are lying - is drawn into the supernatural world she has been trying to avoid when her best friend is kidnapped in Alaska. At times the prose seemed a little dry/stilted and the protagonist a little 2-D, but there was plenty of plot and action to sustain this story. I felt Melena's military background could have been brought out more. I'm afraid this is a "werewolves and vampires hanging about in genital-crushing leather looking sexy" book, but for all that, an entertaining read and shows enough promise to make me want to keep reading. The book has been well produced and edited, which makes such a difference when reading indie works.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable c
Not brilliant but worth a read. It felt to me that too much was crammed in,but the story was readable and I'm sure that this series will get better, as time goes by. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. B. Czuba
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointing
I've read all the good reviews and decided to give this book a go. I wish I haven't. writing style is very poor, resembling a fan fiction written by some teenager than a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paula
3.0 out of 5 stars "Sensor" series book 1
Melena pretends to be unaware of the supernatural world around her, and never reveals she is fully aware her friend Lisette is a pixie. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK-ish
I absolutely love the premise of Darkness Haunts and I really, really like all the characters but, in its entirety, the story just didn't work for me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Nicky Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant urban fantasy
There is a lot of choice out there today in the world of urban fantasy and sometimes you have to read a lot of not so great books to come across the the truly great ones and let me... Read more
Published 4 months ago by serendipity5
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent start to the Sensor Series
I read this book while on holiday in the States and I was utterly delighted with it! Ms Illene has introduced a refreshing storyline with strong, original supernatural characters... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Para-Urban Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness Haunts
An interesting subject, with mystery, intrigue and very good characterisation. It was so interesting I read it too fast, and then had to go back and re-read it several times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lebob
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this
What can I say except I read this one and then promptly brought the next two in the series. Yey for kindle. Realled enjoyed this and love the story between Melena and Lucas.
Published 8 months ago by JE Norfolk
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness haunts
At first it tuck me a bit to get into this book. But once I did I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by pamela coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Different to what I expected but...
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting, and complex. The plot line kept me drawn in. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. E. L. King
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