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The Last Twilight (Dirk & Steele) [Kindle Edition]

Marjorie M. Liu
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“If you have yet to add Liu to your must-read list, you’re doing yourself a disservice.”
—Booklist

“A fresh thrill for anyone in the market for an extraordinary romance.”
Publishers Weekly

Extraordinary is the word for the paranormal romance of New York Times bestseller Marjorie M. Liu—who broke exciting new ground when she created the Dirk and Steele Detective Agency. The unique security organization comprised of psychics, telekinetics, and extraordinary supernatural beings faces its biggest challenge in The Last Twilight, when a powerful shapeshifter must return to his African homeland to free a beautiful virus hunter held captive by maniacs plotting the murders of millions of innocents. Superstar author Christine Feehan says, “Anyone who loves my work should love Liu’s,” and the same goes for fans of Jeaniene Frost and Nalini Singh.

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When doctor Rikki Kinn is threatened while investigating a deadly new plague in the Congo, the only one who can protect her is the native Amiri, a member of the Dirk & Steele detective agency, whose special talents endanger her heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 563 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0843957670
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (8 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P2WBMA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the series! 28 Jan 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Marjorie M. Liu's 'The Last Twilight' is the 7th instalment in her successful Dirk & Steele paranormal series. This book covers the story of Doctor Rikki Kinn - a virus hunter in the Congo - and Amiri, a shapeshifter sent to protect her as she investigates the outbreak of a new and virulent plague.

Working in a camp where everyone is dead is bad enough but things go from bad to worse when mercenaries descend on the camp to kidnap Rikki.
Rikki and Amiri escape into the jungle; discover the plague may not be what they'd first thought and then get captured by the Consortium, an organisation dedicated to preying on anyone who can further their evil agenda.

This is an excellent addition to the Dirk & Steele series. Liu ratchets up the tension chapter by chapter, right up to the showdown at the end. The tension draws you along, making it a difficult to put the book down as you know that any happy ending will not be easily achieved, and you want to read 'just one more chapter' to find out what happens next.

Rikki's character is a compelling mix of strength and fragility as she tries to deal with events around her. Her determination to keep going really comes through in Liu's vivid descriptions, and I found myself rooting for her bravado in the face of overwhelming opposition.

I also enjoyed learning more of Amiri's past - before he joined the Dirk & Steele agency - as it gave more insight into the basis for his contained character and highlighted the struggle he went through in opening up to Rikki. The relationship between Amiri and Rikki was immensely satisfying. Two lost souls, neither as broken as they think they are, each refusing to give up on the other even when the odds seem so far against them that they can't possibly win free.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The 7th novel in the "Dirk & Steele" series 2 Mar 2008
By Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Dr Rikki Kinn is one of the best virus hunters in the world; her work for the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) landing her in some volatile and extremely violent situations (she certainly has the scars to prove it). When a Level Four is issued Rikki finds herself quickly transported to the Hot Zone in Africa, narrowly missing capture by a group of mercenaries. Yet nothing prepares her for what she finds deep in the Congo; a virus more virulent and certainly more deadly than the Ebola outbreak she anticipated.

With someone asking favours from the highly unusual Dirk and Steele agency, Amiri; the shape shifting cheetah rescued in book two "Shadow Touch" finds himself returning to Africa for the first time since his captivity. Charged with protecting a certain doctor, he and other talented agents are soon embroiled in keeping Rikki safe.

On the run again when her camp is attacked by yet more mercenaries, Rikki soon learns of the unusual abilities of her new protectors; however as she is no slouch when it comes to defending herself she certainly doesn't sit back and rely on the paranormal talents of her escorts. Believing herself hunted for the knowledge she carries, it some becomes apparent that the Consortium itself is not only very interested in Rikki, but also responsible for the viral outbreak; an event they will take any action necessary to keep hidden.

Amiri's history is greatly expanded on in "The Last Twilight" and several familiar (though not necessarily friendly) faces make an appearance; including Rictor, Broker and very briefly Elena and Artur to name a few. The plot line is almost continuous action packed, tension filled drama as Rikki and Amiri face off numerous threats from a variety of enemies, whilst evading capture and uncovering deadly secrets.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great setting, good story 29 Feb 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is part of the Dirk & Steele series by Marjorie M Liu about a detective agency staffed by shapeshifters. In this story, Amiri the shapeshifter cheetah is sent to Congo to protect a doctor, Rikki Kinn. Rikki is one fo the world's best virus hunters and has rushed to a scene that is apparently an ebola attack. However, once there Rikki realises there is something else going on and when she is rescued by Amiri and his colleague Eddie it starts a game of hide-and-seek though the jungle of Congo. Their enemies are varied and they have to contend with injury, memories and fear of contamination from the mystery virus.

The plot in this book is quite complex with several 'baddies', some of whom turn out not to be baddies at all. The cast of characters is fairly wide, including several different shapeshifters, but it was always possible to keep track of who was what. The highlight of the book for me was the setting in Congo and the complexity of the plot as Rikki tries to find out why so many people want to capture her. It was a good read but perhaps a little overcomplex in places for comfortable reading.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book Helen Hancox 2008
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars couldn't bear to stop reading for even a minute 25 Jan 2008
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Courtesy of CK2S Kwips and Kritiques

Doctor Rikki Kinn is a brilliant virus hunter working for the CDC. She's in the Congo working when she gets called up to investigate a mysterious outbreak that has just struck down an entire village within hours of their first exposure. She's on her way to the Hot Zone when she is nearly kidnapped. Barely avoiding the mercenaries after her, her boss puts out a call for a personal favor from the Dirk and Steele Agency for protection for Rikki.

Amiri is a shape shifter with the Dirk and Steele Agency whose homeland is Africa. He left there years ago after horrendous treatment he received, and swore to never return. When He's assigned to be protector to a virus hunter doctor, it's the last thing he wants to do. Until he sees her...

Now Rikki and Amiri are in a race against time and enemies they do not understand to find the source of this mystery virus that is looking more and more like it's been bio-engineered. However, Rikki and Amiri each have their own secrets they are afraid to share. Will they be able to overcome their misgivings, track down the source of the deadly plague, and defeat the enemy to find a cherished love and stop The Last Twilight of mankind?

I've thoroughly enjoyed each book of Marjorie M Liu's books that I've read and The Last Twilight was no exception. For some reason though I always have a hard time putting into words my feelings about the books and have no idea why since usually I can't stop raving about books I love. I don't know if it's the complexity of the stories that draws me in and yet defies explanation when I try to talk about them, or if it's because I get so wrapped up in the story I have a hard time disengaging when I'm done. Whatever the reason, I'm sure going to try to share my thoughts!

As with Soul Song, The Last Twilight is a very dark story that gets into some very graphic descriptions of suffering and torture, and will likely make some sensitive readers a little queasy. However, these dark scenes are crucial to the story. The torture inflicted on our leading couple in their respective pasts, and on one of the secondary characters in this story, plays such a key role in making them who they are today, and gave them the inner steel they need to get through the intensity of current events. Liu never crosses the line into unacceptable and it's pretty apparent she tried very hard to handle it with just the right finesse.

Rikki and Amiri are wounded souls, each who had a very hard past to overcome. On one level, they sense the parallels in their lives which helps to build the bond that develops between them. Their love that grows is all consuming and is exactly what they each need to be whole once more. The emotion between these two is palpable and made me even more desperate to see them receive their richly deserved happy ending.

I was immediately drawn into the world created in The Last Twilight and couldn't bear to stop reading for even a minute! What makes this story even more powerful is the fact that Liu tackles some very serious concerns in the world right now that are all the more chilling for the fact they really can happen... and quite possibly have somewhere in the world already. I got chills over the sheer evil of the villains we can only begin to understand. I expect we haven't heard the last of Broker and his crew of mercenaries and would not be at all surprised to see them pop up again in a future book.

I have one question for Marjorie M Liu after reading The Last Twilight that I hope we'll get some answers to in a future novel. Just who and what is Rictor? This enigmatic character held me spellbound and I want to know more. Please reveal his secrets to us soon! I can't remember the last time a secondary character got to me so strongly and made me want to find out everything there was to know about him. I hope Liu answers my plea and we get his story very soon.

Kelley A. Hartsell, January 2008. All rights reserved.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liu's Best to Date 28 Jan 2008
By Riley Merrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dr. Rikki Kinn is a virus hunter for the CDC. She is called to a hot zone in the Congo to investigate what appears to be a new and more virulent strain of Ebola, but with various factions trying to either kill or abduct her, there's something more involved than a simple outbreak.

Amiri is a cheetah shifter who has worked for Dirk & Steele since they rescued him from Consortium testing labs in Russia (see SHADOW TOUCH). Together with his psychic friend Max and his pyrokinetic friend Eddie, he has been sent to protect Rikki, but no one has been told exactly what she needs protecting from.

This is a case in which strangers have to decide whom to trust in a split second, in which a firm scientific mind has to accept magic. But there are layers of trust and acceptance, and Ms. Liu is an absolute expert at peeling back the layers and getting to the true heart of the matter in vivid and tantalizing ways.

Ms. Liu's descriptive imagery is superb. She made me feel like I was right there, painting a beautiful, violent, painful, and fascinating picture with her wonderfully well-chosen words. She made the setting real and she kept a multi-thread story woven without a hitch.

As if the scenery and suspense weren't enough, the sheer emotionalism of the tale was gripping too: Rikki dealing with scars of her past while trying to process all the new information, and Amiri dealing with his own painful past, setting foot back in his homeland after many years away, and the sheer terror of the cheetah inside trying to protect his mate. Rictor makes an unexpected (what else?!) appearance and offers readers a glimpse into his own complicated emotions, making me even more impatient for his story.

THE LAST TWILIGHT was riveting from start to finish, and is, as far as I'm concerned, Ms. Liu's best effort to date.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Liu 25 Jan 2008
By Rhianona - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this, the latest installment in Liu's Dirk and Steele Series, we are reunited with Amiri, the cheetah shapeshifter we first met in Shadow Touch. It has been two years since he escaped the Consortium with the help of Elena, Artur and Rictor. Now working for Dirk and Steele, he is called upon to play bodyguard to a doctor currently in Africa. Dr. Rikki Kinn is one of the world's foremost virus chasers and she is currently attempting to discover the cause of a particularly lethal outbreak in the heart of Africa. Soon after arriving to protect Rikki, the camp is attacked and they run into the jungle to escape. What follows is a heart pounding adventure, full of intrigue and visits by characters from previous books.

Once again, Liu demonstrates her ability to transport her reader into the scene she writes. Her opening chapter is chilling. Liu doesn't provide us with a romanticized Africa, content to ignore the very real problems occurring on that continent. Instead, she embraces the dangers, bringing them to the characters, even as she continues to unveil the deadly plot of the Consortium.

The Last Twilight is a fine addition to the Dirk and Steele series, showing once again that Liu has yet to lose her touch in creating memorable characters and interesting plot lines.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 17 Jan 2008
By Nancy B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Marjorie M. Liu delivers again. The Last Twilight is the 7th instalment in the Dirk & Steele series. It is about a virus hunter Doctor Rikki Kinn who is investigating a new plague that overnight has decimated a village. Amiri a shape shifter who was in Shadow Touch, has been asked by Dirk & Steele to protect the Doctor. To do this he has to go back to his homeland, Africa. He hasn't been back since he was kidnapped and experimented on by the Consortium. The Last Twilight is a great jungle romp and keeps you going to the end. I can't wait till the next one. Marjorie M. Liu keeps getting better and better.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More like 3 1/2 stars..... 23 Jun 2008
By Deborah Wiley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A deadly outbreak of a virus has sent Dr. Rikki Kinn into the heart of Africa. She wants to find the source of the infection and stop it from spreading or occurring elsewhere. Unfortunately, it looks like someone has another plan in mind as mercenaries try to kidnap Rikki. The Dirk and Steele agency is called in to protect Rikki and now shape shifter, Amiri, finds himself back in his homeland, and back in the midst of a past he hasn't yet escaped. Will Amiri and Rikki survive when everything they hold dear is on the line?

THE LAST TWILIGHT is the seventh book in Marjorie M. Liu's long running series. It is best if you read the prior books to get the true feel as to what is going on as THE LAST TWILIGHT jumps headlong into some of the threads ongoing throughout the series.

THE LAST TWILIGHT is very action packed, almost overly so. It is very difficult to briefly summarize what occurs in the storyline without giving away significant spoilers as there is just so much happening. This is definitely the sort of book you want to read in large chunks as the plethora of characters and the constant switching of loyalties can become quite confusing if read in small increments.

Both the hero and heroine have tortured pasts and are hiding their own insecurities. I wanted happiness for them but for some reason that goal seemed almost elusive. Perhaps it was the discontent I felt as it was impossible to determine who could be trusted since the various characters popping in and out and switching sides had my head spinning at times. It's not so much that THE LAST TWILIGHT isn't a good book but rather that I wanted a happier ending for them. After enduring so much heartache and pain, Rikki and Amiri truly deserved their happily ever after to be exceptional.

Marjorie Liu has created a world that only gets richer and more fully developed as each book is released. I can't help but hope we see Rictor again as he was actually my favorite character in THE LAST TWILIGHT. Surely he is worthy of his own story as he definitely remains a mystery!

COURTESY OF CK2S KWIPS AND KRITIQUES
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