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The Unseen (Krewe of Hunters, 5) Mass Market Paperback – February 26, 2013
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San Antonio, Texas, 1800s: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo, a woman was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found. One year ago, in that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace.
Now, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies. When Texas Ranger Logan Raintree is approached to lead a group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he accepts the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead.
U.S. Marshal Kelsey O'Brien has been waiting all her life to work with someone who can understand her ability to "see" the past. Now she has her chance.
Together, Kelsey and Logan follow their instincts to the Alamo and to the newly reopened Longhorn, which once tempted heroes with drink, cards and women. If the spirits of those long-dead Texans are really appearing to the victims before their deaths, only Kelsey and Logan have the skills to find out why….
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"Suspenseful and dark. The culture and history surrounding San Antonio and the Alamo are described in detail. The transitions between past and present flow seamlessly, and the main characters are interesting and their connection to one another is believable." -RT Book Reviews on The Unseen
"A fast-paced story, involving history and ghost stories. Graham is skilled at creating intriguing, mature characters involved in challenging situations.... The investigators who work for the unusual Krewe of Hunters could take cases any place in the country. The Unseen takes them to San Antonio, Texas. Let's hope these unique teams continue to operate in Heather Graham's future paranormal novels of suspense." -Lesa's Book Critiques on The Unseen
"If you like mixing a bit of the creepy with a dash of sinister and spine-chilling reading with your romance, be sure to read Heather Graham's latest.... Graham does a great job of blending just a bit of paranormal with real, human evil." -Miami Herald on Unhallowed Ground
"The paranormal elements are integral to the unrelentingly suspenseful plot, the characters
are likable, the romance convincing and, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Graham's atmospheric depiction of a lost city is especially poignant." -Booklist on Ghost Walk
"Graham's rich, balanced thriller sizzles with equal parts suspense, romance and the paranormal-all of it nail-biting." -Publishers Weekly on The Vision
"Great writing and excellent characters make Wicked a terrific read.... The undercurrent of mystery and suspense will keep readers riveted." -Romance Reviews Today
About the Author
- ASIN : 0778314294
- Publisher : MIRA; First Time Paperback edition (February 26, 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.14 x 0.95 x 6.66 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #155,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like all her other books there is a female character and a male character that end up getting together. So we have this long expensive annoying sex scene that just does not go with this book. I've said this in every single review so far. it almost feels like a romance novel with a little bit of supernatural and detective storyline.
It also bothers me how the men seem to look at these women like they are helpless and cannot defend themselves. In this book the woman is a marshall and yet she still the damsel in distress being saved by the man. I believe this will be the last book I read of hers for a while.
I don't like not finishing series and I also bought the next two parts. But I need a break! I read the next two books don't even have the characters that I've grown to like. It seems to me she's introducing more characters to make them hook up and end up having this happily ever after. It's sad there's so much potential here I just don't understand why she keeps doing the same thing over and over again.
As for their romance, I sensed an instant connection and great chemistry between them. Even the first love scene (there are two) was well done for Graham. It wasn't as flowery and long-winded as I've come to expect of this author and the second one was brief and over with before you know it, which was perfectly fine with me. However, I still felt it was lacking something. Maybe because there were no protestations of love and no solid HEA for this couple either. Just the implication of a possible future for these two.
As for the mystery and suspense, it was exciting in the beginning but the execution seemed to drag on. There were a ton of potential suspects (too many) and not enough twists along the way to get my blood pounding. I did like the ghosts though and the legend surrounding Rose Langley (who was murdered in the 1800s) and even the history lesson about the Alamo. The actual ending felt a little anti-climatic however and I ended up just rushing through it. Still, with all that being said I honestly didn't hate this story.
Overall it was okay, but for whatever reason my emotions were never fully engaged. The story seemed to fluctuate between thrills and then moments that simply felt like filler. There weren't a lot of chills either, which I've come to expect from this author and this series in particular. And speaking of the series, although it's the fifth book in the "Krewe of Hunters" it can easily standalone. Only Jackson (Book 1) plays a major role here since he's assembling an entirely new team. And while Jake (Book 2) appears too, it's briefly.
Setting: San Antonio, Texas
Kindle Locations: The story itself ended at 97% and location 4124 of 4230.
All in all, I'd say this book was entertaining, but a bit predictable.
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book. The grammar was appalling and sometimes didn't even make sense. If not for the sex scenes I would have thought that I had chosen a book written for children by mistake. The high ratings given for this book truly amaze me.
With files of other missing woman in the area Jackson Crow has come to San Antonio to start a new Krewe of Hunters team enlisting Texas Ranger Logan Raintree and U.S. Marshall Kelsey O’Brien to head up the investigation. Uncovering several decomposed bodies and with no clues or motive for the murders the two begin a search for a serial killer that will lead them back to the ghosts that haunt the legendary room at the saloon.
In an enthralling paranormal mystery the action quickly picks up as the Raintree and O’Brien search for the identities of the dead women when another victim is found. Fast-paced with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat the chilling haunting of Room 207 ramps up in the present when blood splatters on the walls send cowboy Corey Simmons screaming from his bed, and a camera crew records a shadowy figure in a documentary on the legendary room. Intensity and suspense escalate as the investigation uncovers not only the identities of the slain, but a link to a lost Galveston diamond. Breaking the deadly and spine-chilling tension that marks the mystery are romantic sparks that ignite between Raintree, a man haunted by the tragic death of his wife and his partner Kelsey O’Brien. Yet all too quickly the 15th story in the Krewe of Hunters series surges effortlessly to a violent confrontation and a surprising conclusion.
Among the host of interesting characters is the rugged, very masculine Texas Ranger Logan Raintree who’s logical, direct and clever but haunted by guilt and bitterness after the death of his wife. Attractive U.S. Marshall Kelsey O’Brien is determined, authoritative, conscientious and empathetic. Together this formidable team with their ability to perceive the “unseen” will unlock the mystery behind the murders and bring evil to justice.
Like all of the Krewe of Hunters series, I enjoyed “The Unseen” and look for Heather Graham to unlock more of their romantic paranormal adventures in future.