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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: JOVE (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515152889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515152883
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.7 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I turly enjoy Kay Hooper books especially the Bishop Files. Granted that in this book Bishop did not feature much but I think this is obviously and introduction to her next series and for me it was a read in one night. So for all of you who enjoy the Bishop Files books be warned this is another night stealer, don't pick it up if you need to have a good night sleep as you will just keep reading.

I can't wait for the next one, please Ms Hooper don't leave it too long we will start to get withdrawl symptoms:-)
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I have read all Kay Hoopers Bishop books and enjoyed them but found this one was not up a usual standard. Maybe being the first in a new story line they will get better.
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By Gail Thomas on 6 Nov 2014
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great book
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By Macavry on 23 Aug 2014
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Great read
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
I Liked it- But, I Have Some Issues With The Endless Series Set-Up 29 Nov 2012
By Lola Jane - Published on
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I'll be completely upfront- I tend to like Kay Hooper's books and I tend to find them worth my time and money (even with issues). However, I'm not blind to the faults that could bug some other readers. This book- quite simply- was a whole lot of set-up and very little pay-off. I trust Kay Hooper- based on years of reading her books. I trust that she'll take this series somewhere worthy. But, a new reader may be skeptical. This first book has enough issues that a reader may need some patience to carry over to the second book.

If you are a Kay Hooper fan- then, read away. I liked it enough to give the series a shot and I imagine you will feel the same. I'll say that there are some differences here between this and her last works. We are working with a more international-scope, larger conspiracy-style mystery than KH normally uses as a plot-line. In her former books, KH tends to focus on a serial killer, his stalking phase, and his capture by the good guys. This book is different. If I had to venture a comparison, I'd say Iris Johanson's Pandora books felt most like this series set-up. There is an over-arching story arc, here, that is not as well set-up as I'd like (but, I'll get to that, later.) We get a glimpse of a few familiar characters but they are really only glimpses. I can't attest to the coming series but this is NOT a Bishop book (where his hand is the one in control). I was actually wondering, for awhile, if this was taking place in a different book universe. It is in the Bishop and Haven universe but we are on the outer fringes where the rules we have learned in the past series' aren't necessarily relevant- because these new characters are NOT part of Bishop's or Haven's universe- they are KH's version of Muggles.

It was interesting. If I had to sum it up- this is a book about a brewing war between good and evil (familiar KH theme). I had a lot of problems with the books' set-up. I thought KH was unnecessarily stingy with the better details. I think the plot line with Tucker and Sarah (the book's nominal hero and heroine) was overshadowed by the who, what, where, when and why of the over-arching mystery. So, I was more interested in the details of the brewing war- except, I still don't really know who is fighting, why they are fighting, what is the motive, how can this fit into the Bishop and Haven universe, and how is Hollis different from Sarah. I have more questions that it doesn't help to continue articulating. Suffice it to say, I had too many questions to feel totally in love with this book and series. I thought KH was being unnecessarily mysterious about the good stuff that would keep me reading the book's series.

Duran. This is one of those book tropes that can bug me. I don't like unnecessarily mysterious, all-powerful characters who have exceedingly ambiguous motivations. And, when you make the head villain in the series lead-off so morally ambiguous... it tends to lessen the impact of the danger and tension and I'm already less interested in the over-all villain. We have all read series where some powerful member of the enemy sees the light and joins the resistance (to name a few... Nalini Singh, JR Ward, Lara Adrian- like I said it is a powerful and much-used trope). I am NOT saying Duran will eventually be a good guy- I have no clue. But, when the author sets up the potential bones of a common trope in a series where we are all experiencing seriously delayed gratification.... Like I said, it can really bug me and when I get too bugged, I walk away. The lack of information about the conspiracy coupled with a bad guy who may or may not be all committed to the end-goal- tends to irritate me.

Tucker and Sarah. Hmmm. Sarah was a big downer for me. Part of my disappointment with her character is directly related to the lack of information about the over-arching mystery. I felt way too much time was spent on her internal angst and not enough on the juicy conspiracy stuff. Granted, I'm not the most patient reader. But, when I hope a character will just shut up or put up- then I'm just not that into her story and especially any romance sub-plot where she is involved. Way too much of the book was Sarah complaining, or being tormented, or feeling resigned, or despairing, or whatever negative emotion she was feeling. And then, a too abrupt turn-around for a somewhat happy-ish ending (it is a series- it left off in a mostly okay place for Sarah). Imagine Debbie Downer turning into Boadicea (total gross exaggeration on both ends!) Now, Tucker- I mostly liked him. I wanted him to tell Sarah a few home truths to get her to snap out of her depressed fugue state. Or, perhaps point out that her myopic vision was preventing her from seeing this was not all about her. So, I have those ambivalent feelings I have towards a character who falls in love with a character I do not like and do not think deserves it.

The rules. My issue here is the rules of KH's Bishop universe. I'll admit, I'm not 100% conversant with every Bishop book I've ever read but I have some strong doubts that this book is not following the rules of the psychic universe as we know it. Or, perhaps, I'm just annoyed that we know the rules but these characters do not. It's like watching a horror movie where the characters say "let's split up" and you, the viewer, are yelling "Don't split up!" Call me OCD, but when an author takes a lot of trouble to write rules I kind of expect them to follow them. And, I think Sarah has broken a ton of Bishop rules.

The resolution of this book's stand-alone mystery. Hmmm. Again, Hmmm. For all the angst and trauma and drama, it was a pretty pat resolution. Really, really pat. And not at all explanatory or explicable. Why did the bad guys behave that way? What was the whole point of the whole book? That was a lot of money and time spent... So was it purposeful or some giant misdirection that had another purpose? Who actually was the target? I'm not entirely sure what was up with the last twist. I get it- its a series. However, to leave a book scratching your head and wondering whether the last couple of hundred pages were just a prologue to the next story which isn't even starting until the next book.....Like I said, unnecessarily mysterious.

There were several more examples of too much set-up and not enough explanation to make the story feel more vital and immediate. The possibility of traitors. Haven. SCU. All the interconnections that were intimated. All those random characters- are we even in a single timeline or are we jumping around? A lot of info was just thrown at you that is or will be necessary to the series set-up.

I'll totally admit, my problems with this book are personal preferences. And without regard to any issues, I read the whole thing as quick as I could. I like Kay Hooper. I like her characters, I like her writing style, I like her slightly grim view of the world. The romance was a much lesser portion of the book- this book was all about the series set-up.

So, if you are a Kay Hooper fan, read it and you'll probably like it because you believe the pay-off will come. If you do not read Kay Hooper, she writes a good series. She usually comes through. So, this book is a whole lot of set-up and the momentary resolution wasn't all that satisfying. But, if you are looking for a new series to torment yourself with- try this one!
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 3 Dec 2012
By Catherine Dumas - Published on
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I am a huge fan of the Bishop SCU series and even enjoyed Haven. I kept reading this book in the hope that it would get better. It didn't.
My first issue is that the characters weren't particularly likeable, as others have mentioned. Then there was the fact that the story jumped around to so many places and people that it was frustrating. There were a lot of conversations that referred to "they", but one could not easily track which "they" was being referenced. I'm fine with books where several threads of the story slowly come together. I was not at all satisfied that they ever did so in this book. I felt it was unfinished. In spite of the Bishop books being a series, each one does wrap up its own plotline fairly well. I also like that in the other books there is eventually an explanation of the psychic phenomena and especially of psychic abilities that were used against the protagonists. There were several "abilities" that were new in this book. There were also definitely psychics on the "bad guys" side. For the most part, very little indication is given of what they are doing and which experiences of the "good guys" are the result of psychic "attack". I was left uncertain what was going on in the paranormal area.
I also was perplexed and disappointed by Bishop in this storyline. He isn't directly involved as he is in the SCU and Haven cases. But, he is clearly aware of this struggle, conspiracy or whatever it is. In so many other books, Bishop reaches out, often not openly, to gifted new psychics in trouble. Yet, here he remains way out of the picture despite the danger to innocents, even deaths. This makes no sense to me in his role as either FBI supervisor or an expert psychic handler.
In short, I found this to be a tangle of conspiracies with shadowy figures running amok that never came to a satisfying conclusion. Lots of loose ends were never tied up. I will probably read the next book in this series, still hoping it gets better. If it's more of the same, I won't bother with it anymore. If I didn't enjoy the author's other books so much, I wouldn't bother with the next one at all.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Not really a Bishop files novel 29 Nov 2012
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I probably would not have purchased this book if I had read the sample first. I pre-ordered it as I do all of Kay Hooper's Bishop files books. This book had almost nothing to do with Bishop and his unit of psychics. I really did not care too much for the heroine until the very end. Perhaps Hooper will take this somewhere with a second book; but for now, I will wait and read the sample before I order.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great start, loses steam way before finish 16 Feb 2013
By truefeather77 - Published on
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This had a very suspenseful premise, and I was scared until about halfway through. Then I realized it was going nowhere, and was afraid it wouldn't live up to the atmosphere it had created. It didn't.

Are these people in a battle of good and evil, or what? I've seen more passion and commitment in tennis matches at Wimbledon. They keep letting each other go, as if it's just a living chess game, when it seems like the stakes are rather more crucial than that. Characters introduced, and then left behind. Loose ends enough to weave a rug. Hints of a character's backstory, never filled in. Plenty of opportunities for approach, never taken. "The bad guys don't use technology" -- never explained, but they do, because they're the ones doing strange things on the guy's computer, which I think is tech. What the heck is the deal with the cat? The guy who says, "You want me to take it from her, like I gave her the cobwebs?" What was that? Things introduced, like a crossroads, or the unusual bond, but never used. One minute they're committed to "No man left behind", the next minute they can leave and not even look back, or give lipservice to concern about someone's plight.

Nothing made sense, and rules seemed to change at will to whatever was convenient. A great start, not well written. Things would make more sense if this were going to have a sequel, but it wasn't built up that way, and the next book in this 'series' has totally different characters.

Sorry I wasted my money. I normally don't much like red herrings, but in this the air is thick with them, as if one had run afoul of a flock of flying fish.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Only gave 2 because of hope for the next one... 1 Dec 2012
By Kasey - Published on
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I will sum up this way...I absolutely did not care if they found, killed, then tortured Sarah. If it would stop her whiny, cowardly pity party, i was all for a fatal ending for her. At one point, after seeing that I was only 47% through the book, I actually sighed and rolled my eyes, wondering if I even wanted to finish it.
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