- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (6 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841497967
- ISBN-13: 978-1841497969
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fair Game: An Alpha and Omega novel Paperback – 6 Mar 2012
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The latest super Alpha and Omega investigative urban fantasy (see CRY WOLF and HUNTING GROUND) is a fantastic thriller that plays out on two levels. First there is the paranormal police procedural as a hunt reminiscent of the Fritz Lang classic movie M occurs. Second there is the personal issue between the Alpha and the Omega as she refuses to allow him to stonewall her while he feels she deserves better since he is losing his mind to guilt and remorse. Overarching remains the X-Men theme of de facto and perhaps de jure racism. This is another winner by the fabulous fantasist Patricia Briggs. (Alternative-Worlds.com)
Patricia Briggs is my absolute favorite author other than JK Rowling . . . The Alpha and Omega series has a wonderful quality of emotion driven stories, usually ones where a character is breaking and needs Anna's tranquility. Fair Game is my favorite thus far (BITTENBOOKS.COM)
The story mixed action, mystery, suspense and romance beautifully . . . [I] loved this book, couldn't put it down and the pages just kept on turning. If you're a fan of Briggs' Mercy books, I would urge these books a go and if you haven't read either you definitely need to go on a book buying expedition (BookChickCity.com)
A compulsive page-turning adventure in the tense Alpha and Omega sequence by NEW YORK TIMES queen of urban fantasy Patricia BriggsSee all Product Description
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After having to kill several werewolves, Charles is beginning to crumble mentally; he's seeing ghosts and starting to give in to his bloodthirsty instincts. So he and Anna are sent to Boston on a special mission -- assist the FBI on a serial-killer case that has lasted decades. The killer initially had a straightforward pattern (Asian teenagers), but began including werewolves and fae. Each one was carved with witch symbols, raped, and finally murdered.
Now the human daughter of a high-ranking fae has been kidnapped, and the FBI/werewolf team has only hours to find her. But the case becomes particularly strange when they discover that a long-dead witch and a bizarre kind of fae may be involved in it. And unless they figure out who the killers are fast, Anna might be their next target.
"Fair Game" tries to tackle a lot of heavy topics -- prejudice, the cost of killing, and the way normal humans would see the "monsters." And honestly, Patricia Briggs does really well. She doesn't dip into any heavy-handed gay/racial symbolism, and she doesn't depict ALL humans as slavering racists or groupies either. Laurell K. Hamilton should take notes.
The plot is a heavy, fast-moving affair with a feeling of creepy, overhanging suspense, marred only by a few scenes where the characters seem to forget the crisis.Read more ›
She successfully weaves two different strands. There is the relationship between Charles and Anna which has been effected by his work as the Marrok's enforcer together with the hunt for serial killers of fae and werewolves. It is realistic and recognises the realities of a world where prejudice exists. I won't add any more as this will only give spoilers
The ending is truly outstanding and pulls off a real surprise that will be reflected in future books (Laurell K Hamilton please note!!). My only disappointment is that the book ended too quickly and I have to wait another year for an installment
I knew that Patricia would ultimately find a way to take both of her series and bring the time-lines together. This is great and I think that it is going to make both of these series much more interesting. Especially if each couple can `invade territories' occasional!
Anna and Charles need to make a trip to Boston to help the FBI with a serial murderer that has taken out a few werewolves as well as many Fae. Anna is a great choice to send (along with Charles) for this job since she is much better at PR than anyone else is. Moreover, why wouldn't she be? Her Omega-ness will calm almost anyone and have them eating out of her hand, so it stands to reason that she will be great at PR.
Now Charles is having a problem that he (naturally) has not discussed yet with Anna. It has to do with the ghosts of the last wolves he has had to `discipline' and what it is doing to him mentally AND physically. It is not good. Charles guilt has the ghost feeding off him almost like vampires and this will hinder him at critical times.
It is great to see that Charles is able to use his Brother Wolf when Charles feels he can no longer handle things.
The story moves at what I think is a perfect pace, and allowed for the perfect amount of time to deal with everything on Anna and Charles's plate . Yet, I have to agree with one of the other fans...why wasn't this book longer?Read more ›
Cut to a year later and it's now Charles that's needing support. His job as the Marrocks enforcer has taken on new meaning after the werewolves announced themselves to the public. Harsher punishments are being issued and it's affecting Charles. Something Anna is only too happy to point out to the Marrock, aka, her father-in-law, Bran. Bran decides a change of scenery is in order and so sends them both off to Boston to deal with a problematic case working alongside the FBI, hoping this will give Charles and Anna the time they need to sort themselves out, and also as a good PR spinner.
Sounds like a plan to me.
I admit I was kind of saddened to see that Charles and Anna's mate bond was in jeopardy once again after the progress they made in the last book. They are so well suited to each other and such a sweet couple that I don't like to see them going backwards and regressing. But the mix of these relationship issues and the developing mystery/police procedural plot, made for good reading nonetheless. Even if some of the subject matter of the case was disturbing.Read more ›
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Entertaining and easy to follow.
Would recommend it to readers who enjoy this genre and series. Looking forward to the next installment.
Better than the last one. I adore these characters and their relationship and that was all that kept me reading the last book but this one was great. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mrs H
Love this author and another great book that i could not put down. Can't wait for the next one coming out.Published 12 months ago by S Logan
I usually set myself a time to stop reading at night so I can sleep. With this book it was a case of just another hour, then okay another half an hour won't hurt. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bex79
Extremely entertaining as I just could not stop reading until I finished. I am already looking forward to the next Alpha and Omega story to see how Anna and Charles will deal with... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sheila Gomes