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On the Prowl

On the Prowl [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Briggs , Eileen Wilks , Karen Chance , Sunny
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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These all-new paranormal romances from today's hottest authors feature a female werewolf who comes into her own; a Lord who crosses paths with a fiery mage; a mixed-blood Child of the Moon who faces an uncertain future; and a woman whose sixth sense proves to be a dangerous talent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 415 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0425216594
  • Publisher: Berkley (7 Aug 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By clairefromwales VINE VOICE
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Got to take the rough with the smooth as they say and that's certainly true of anthologies. I guess most people will be picking this book up because it has a story by an author they like. Personally, I'm a Patricia Briggs and Karen Chance fan but I'd never read anything by Eileen Wilks or Sunny.

It's very difficult to give the book an overall rating - three stars makes a reasonable compromise - so I've rated each short story on its own.

-- Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs - 5 stars --

I've read everything by Patricia Briggs which is in print and have enjoyed them all. The Mercy Thompson universe, which is where this book is set, is a wonderful and somehow very real creation. The story is an offshoot of 'Moon Called' although you don't really need to have read it for the story to work.

Charles is the eldest son of Bran, the 'Marrok' or leader of the Werewolves living in North America, and he acts as his father's enforcer. He is sent to Chicago to find out why the Alpha of one of the City's two packs has been turning people without their consent and selling them.

In the course of his investigations he discovers Anna, a fairly new werewolf, who he realises has a very special talent - she's an Omega wolf, naturally able to quell the violent urges of her pack mates, but she's been viciously abused by her pack.

It's one of the interesting features of this author that she writes about serious issues like abuse with a sensitivity, and an emphasis on the positive action that people take in confronting and then moving beyond these horrific events, which makes you think the books are less dark than they actually are.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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The problem I find with anthologies is you tend to buy them for one (or maybe two) stories. Therefore I shall admit my bias straight off and say I bought On the Prowl for the Patricia Briggs story.

Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs.
Set in the Mercy Thompson universe (Moon Called, Blood Bound). Alpha and Omega follows Charles (the son of werewolf king Bran) when he comes to Chicago to deal with unrest in the Chicago pack. Although this story takes place during Moon Called it's not necessary to have read Moon Called to enjoy this story.

Not surprisingly I really liked this. It's also a story I've dipped back into whilst reading the other three. My favourite part being when Anna initially calls Bran for help. In a way this serves as an introduction to Anna and Charles who will be getting their own series of books in 2008, so there is something of a feeling that there is more to come. If I had any quibbles it would be that on p69 Anna smells Boyd's blood but Boyd wasn't involved in the fighting. So surely it should be Justin's blood? Rate - 4/5

Inhuman by Eileen Wilks.
As I'm not familiar with the Universe this is set in, I found it unsatisfying. I feel strongly that even if a short story is set in an ongoing series, it should be able to stand on its own. However, I felt like I'd come in part way through the action, the characters were talking about things I knew nothing about. The situation is ultimately resolved by magical means so I didn't feel like it had really been dealt with. The heroine wasn't that interesting, but Nathan was well written, I could have read more about him and how he saw the world. One for the fans who'll have a better idea of what's going on and might enjoy it more. Rate - 2.5/5

Buying Trouble by Karen Chance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a collection of four short stories by some of the most notable paranormal romance writers of the moment.

"ALPHA AND OMEGA" by Patricia Briggs
This story is part of the "Moon Called" series (with follow-up "Blood Bound") that I consider to be the best paranormal romance series currently being written. Patricia Briggs' skills in writing an interesting plot, varied characters and a fascinating supernatural element are all included in this short story although within the significant limitations imposed by a story of just 72 pages.

Anna has been a werewolf for three years, she was Changed against her will and since then her life has been submission, beatings and even being passed round various male members of the pack. When she reaches the final straw after a visit from one of the more powerful werewolves she calls the Marrok, or head of the werewolves in America, to tell him about an attack on a young man, Alan Frazier (who we met in "Moon Called"). Bran, the Marrok, tells Anna he will send someone to investigate and sends Charles Cornick, his son.

As soon as Charles meets Anna he realises she is something special, an Omega, which is a kind of werewolf that acts as a calming influence on other werewolves. However he finds that Anna has no idea about her status or about being a werewolf at all and he starts to teach her about the werewolf rules. It soon becomes apparent that there has to be a showdown with Anna's Chicago pack and yet someone seems to also be trying to attack Anna.

Although I very much enjoyed this book I did sometimes find the pacing a little off. There was quite a lot of buildup to the showdown which itself happened surprisingly quickly and the aftermath was also quickly dealt with.
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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 4 months ago by rottweiller121
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Bought this for my son, who is allowed to add items to the wish list; he seems to be enjoying it immensely.
Published 7 months ago by Padmakar Ranade
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This is agood read and introduction to the authors and some of their books. Definitely worth reading the books that are introduced here.
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Published 14 months ago by kerry hooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
2 of the 4 stories i really enjoyed the other 2 were ok. best to have a read and see what you think.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Variable
Interestingly, I agree with the three most recent reviews - word for word.

I had read the Alpha to Omega story before, and bought this anthology without realising it... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Brunneria
4.0 out of 5 stars Short stories
I don't like short stories - because they are too SHORT!!! but this was OK - interesting and a good read :)
Published on 22 Aug 2012 by Susan
3.0 out of 5 stars One Bad Apple...
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs- this story introduces a new character to the world of Mercy Thompson and elaborates on a off-screen event in or between Blood Bound and Iron... Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2012 by Eden
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the Patricia Briggs and Karen Chance stories
I reluctantly bought this to get the first of the Alpha and Omega stories but was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by lyra
4.0 out of 5 stars One story is all that stops this getting a 5 star
Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs
Unfortunately, I read this story after I read the first book in the Alpha and Omega series so I knew some of the story but it was still a... Read more
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