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ISBN13: 9780505526304
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The second release in Marjorie Liu's Paranormal Romance series featuring the Dirk & Steele Detective Agency. When Artur Loginov awakens imprisoned by a rival group of psychics and supermen, he must use his powers to escape and find true love." A striking paranormal romance.S--"Publishers Weekly"

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"When selecting a book, readers often face the unfortunate choice of exciting story versus vibrant writing. Not so those who snatch up Liu's paranormal romantic thriller (the second in a series after Tiger's Eye), which fuses the best of both into a novel that raises the bar for all others competing in its league. A private detective who picks up people's memories through touch, Artur Loginov isn't entirely surprised when he's kidnapped and imprisoned in an asylumlike facility; his former days as a Russian mobster taught him to believe he'd come to a bad end. But he's surprised to find the other prisoners are paranormally gifted as well — including Elena Baxter from Wisconsin, able to perform miraculous healings and now stunned to realize she's no longer alone in the world. Aided by a pair of shape-shifters, Elena and Artur escape only to discover their captors' sinister goal — and that they are the only ones who can thwart it. Liu's screenplay-worthy dialogue, vivid action and gift for the punchy, unexpected metaphor rockets her tale high above the pack. Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now and catch a rising star." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of "Tiger Eye" comes the second novel in Liu's series featuring an X-Men-like group with special gifts. When Artur Loginov awakens imprisoned by a rival group of psychics and supermen, he must use his powers to escape and find true love. Original.

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Nicole Gustas, April 25, 2009 (view all comments by Nicole Gustas)
I'm becoming a big fan of Marjorie M. Liu. This is the second Dirk and Steele novel I've read. The first was Soul Song, number six in the series, and I was pleased both to see that several of the secondary characters in that novel appear in this novel as well and that said secondary characters seem to grow and evolve between the two books.

Liu's skilled in several areas. First, while this is part of a series, it doesn't require previous knowledge of the overarching series story to dig in and enjoy. She's good at creating an adventure that is encapsulated in one novel, while leaving open plot threads that make the reader want to find out what happens next in the series. (J.R. Ward, whose novels have rapidly become almost impossible to read without knowledge of the previous plotlines, should take notes.)

Second, rather than creating a thriller that shoehorns in a poorly-suited happily-ever-after (HEA) plotline, Liu's romance grows organically out of the thriller plot. It is hard to imagine that the characters in this novel would have fallen in love without the adventures they endured, and it's hard to imagine that a different set of characters would have survived the adventures.

The supernatural elements also seem natural rather than haphazardly slapped on top of a traditional HEA romance. The underlying rules she's set up for her world make sense. The reader does not necessarily know them all, nor do the characters, but she never completely breaks the rules she's set up for the world in order to move a plotline forward. (Again, Ms. Ward, whose universe's rules are more notable in the breaking than the keeping, should take note.)

Liu is also great at creating characters that each have his or her own voice and unique and distinct motivation. She understands that intriguing plots come from characters whose motivations, morals or end goals are not always in sync. I found the actions of every main and secondary character to be believable. I specifically loved the spunky and sarcastic (even when out of her depth) Elena, the serious and troubled Artur, and Charles Darling, who may be the first serial killer I've sen in an HEA whose rose above stereotype and whose motivations made emotional sense, even though they were repulsive and frightening. I want to read more about the thoughtful Amiri (who, despite having supernatural abilities, did not fall into the terrible, horrible Magical Negro trap); the unpredictable, mysterious and often funny Richter; Mikhail, who I can't discuss further without giving away major plot points; and a certain mysterious organization. The Russia she described felt real to me - I've never been, but my Russian friends have told stories and this seemed to fit what they describe.

The only reason I'm not giving this a 5 is that the plot was slightly confusing for roughly the first 39 pages. (Also, I find myself resistant to giving 5s to anything, as perfection is rare.) Some character background that was given a little later in the novel would have been helpful in the first few pages to inspire instant emotional engagement on the part of the reader. This is a slight and forgivable hiccup, and should in no way prevent others from reading this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780505526304
Author:
Liu, Marjorie M
Publisher:
Love Spell
Author:
Liu, Marjorie M.
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Healers
Subject:
Romance - Suspense
Subject:
Love stories
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
6.78x4.26x1.03 in. .39 lbs.

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Product details 354 pages Leisure - English 9780505526304 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When selecting a book, readers often face the unfortunate choice of exciting story versus vibrant writing. Not so those who snatch up Liu's paranormal romantic thriller (the second in a series after Tiger's Eye), which fuses the best of both into a novel that raises the bar for all others competing in its league. A private detective who picks up people's memories through touch, Artur Loginov isn't entirely surprised when he's kidnapped and imprisoned in an asylumlike facility; his former days as a Russian mobster taught him to believe he'd come to a bad end. But he's surprised to find the other prisoners are paranormally gifted as well — including Elena Baxter from Wisconsin, able to perform miraculous healings and now stunned to realize she's no longer alone in the world. Aided by a pair of shape-shifters, Elena and Artur escape only to discover their captors' sinister goal — and that they are the only ones who can thwart it. Liu's screenplay-worthy dialogue, vivid action and gift for the punchy, unexpected metaphor rockets her tale high above the pack. Readers of early Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris and the best thrillers out there should try Liu now and catch a rising star." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of "Tiger Eye" comes the second novel in Liu's series featuring an X-Men-like group with special gifts. When Artur Loginov awakens imprisoned by a rival group of psychics and supermen, he must use his powers to escape and find true love. Original.
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