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Dead Heat

Dead Heat

Написано Patricia Briggs

Озвучено Holter Graham


Dead Heat

Написано Patricia Briggs

Озвучено Holter Graham

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4/5 (518 оценки)
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Издано:
3 мар. 2015 г.
ISBN:
9781455820221
Формат:
Аудиокнига

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The new Charles and Anna novel

Praised as "the perfect blend of action, romance, suspense and paranormal" (Rex Robot Reviews), the Alpha and Omega novels transport readers into the realm of the werewolf, where Charles Cornick and Anna Latham embody opposite sides of the shifter personality. Now, a pleasure trip drops the couple into the middle of some bad supernatural business.…

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles's role as his father's enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way.…

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae's cold war with humanity is about to heat up-and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

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Издано:
3 мар. 2015 г.
ISBN:
9781455820221
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Patricia Briggs lives in Montana with her husband, children, and six horses.


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  • (4/5)
    I continue to like this urban fantasy/paranormal series and the characters Anna and Charles are growing into.In this installment, Anna & Charles travel to Arizona to visit an old friend of Charles'. They stumble upon a pretty vicious fae who causes some havoc with the family they are visiting. This novel has bonus points from me for all the pretty horses, the great kids, and some knitting talk.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyed this book. Interesting characters, excellent worldbuilding, good dialog. I like the Mercy Thompson Bbooks better but these are pretty good. I very much like the heroine, Anna, and the hero, Charles, a little less because he is, probably deliberately, more opaque and less easily understood.
  • (5/5)
    You can always count on Patricia Briggs to write a one of a kind fantastic paranormal urban fantasy story! I love Anna & Charles tale. These two are so different from one another but together they are very compatible & an awesome team! There were areas in this story where I laughed and cried.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this book and love the other alpha and omega novels. This book wasn't quite as good as the others but still very enjoyable
  • (5/5)
    Never judge a Patricia Briggs book by its cover. They're as awful as the books are awesome. Charles and Anna go to Navajo country to visit with Charles' old friend and to buy a horse for Anna. That does get done, but there is a lot more that happens, and it all makes for a disturbing and fascinating read. You don't necessarily need to be into the Mercyverse to appreciate this one, but you will enjoy the nuances better if you have read any of the Mercy Thompson books. And I really love listening to Holter Graham!
  • (3/5)
    Well, at least you know what you're getting with this series. More of the same, enjoyable story-telling and nothing too taxing.
  • (2/5)
    I love Patricia Briggs as an author. Dead Heat is the 12th book of hers that I have read and I will say it's the first one that has seriously disappointed me. I love the relationship between Charles and Anna in this series and I felt like that was brushed largely aside for this book. I didn't care enough about the new characters she introduced in this book either. I felt like I should care because their basic background/structure seemed to be interesting, but they weren't developed well enough. Like they turned someone werewolf but then basically didn't do anything with that plot. Who the bad guy was seemed pretty obvious too from pretty early on. Also, she spent an inordinate amount of time talking about different kinds of horses, different trots, how to sit a certain horse for a certain stride, how Arabians were bred with other horses to be larger, etc. etc. etc. I am not a fan of horses, nothing against them, just had no desire to read basically an introduction to horses when I thought I was getting a fantasy/paranormal thriller/romance. I had to force my eyes not to glaze over for all the horse explanations. Sigh... Hopefully if she does another one in this series it'll be back to the fun of the other books!
  • (4/5)
    Anna and Charles

    The Werewolf Enforcer and his wife are in Arizona to buy Anna a horse and visit an old friend. A fae is discovered to be stealing young children and leaving a changeling in their place. Anna and Charles are working with the FBI again.
  • (5/5)
    Listened for Fun (Audible)Overall Rating 4.50Story Rating 4.25Character Rating 4.75Audio Rating 4.50First Thought when Finished: Dead Heat by Paticia Briggs was another amazing entry in the Alpha & Omega Series.Overall Thoughts: Charles and Anna are my favorite couple (yes they beat Mercy and Adam). I like the maturity and growth of their relationship over the series. Not to beat a drum but I like that it is a grown ass relationship with bumps, communication, and compromise. The story was strong too. I liked all the twists, turns, and continuation of the world. The only thing will be the wait!Audio Thoughts: Narrated By Holter Graham / Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins Holter is one of my favorite narrators and he really nails this series. It does take a bit to warm up to Anna's voice but by book 4 I love it :)Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE Review
  • (4/5)
    This is, as per Ms. Briggs' usual, a delightful romp into a mystery with a paranormal twist. Our heroine, Anne, and her husband Charles visit one of Charles' old friends, Joseph, a Navajo and the human son of a werewolf. The scene is Arizona, and it plays out with four generations of Joseph's family. The action starts when Joseph's daughter-in-law feels compelled by fae magic to kill her children and herself. Charles and Anne, working with law enforcement and their own good sense, start tracking down the fae. The book is a quick read, well paced, with characters you like and a few nasty ones. This urban fantasy set in and around Phoenix is also a desert fantasy. Quite enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    Another great book from Patricia Briggs. I first fell in love with the Mercy Thompson series, but the alpha and omega series are moving in. Charles is such a great character, he has to be tough and come across as unfeeling, but with Anna he can be himself. I love to read about them getting to know each other and the surprise from others when they meet them together. Charles has a hard job and he needs Anna. I can't wait for more books in this series.
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written. Of course. Lovely plot and many life lessons ( but not too many). Great heroes and side characters. Horses! How can you not love them? Evil fae and not so evil ones. Crazy teachers, scary children. I may not have much to say because I am tired from reading the book to a finish late at night. But I am happy. So happy to get to know more about Anna and Charles, their friends and family, even the quirky Cantrip agents. All is good and exciting here! All.
  • (4/5)
    Anna and Charles are back in Patricia Briggs' latest installment of the Alpha & Omega series. It's been three years since Charles rescued Anna from the dysfunctional Chicago pack and their relationship has grown tremendously. I felt a difference in the couple, a maturity or perhaps an intellectual intimacy that leads to finishing each other's sentences and knowing what the other is thinking. I liked it. They've obviously happy in their lives together. Anna has also grown remarkably an as individual. Despite her traumatic memories of the time in Chicago, she's no longer ruled by her pain. She's become a confident, strong women who can speak her mind and stand on her own. She walks proudly alongside Charles and he does the same with her.

    In this book, the couple travels to Scottsdale to visit a close friend of Charles, unaware that a rogue fae is actively feeding in the area. When the fae targets a human family with close ties to the Salt River Pack, Charles and Anna help the family adjust to the aftermath that has created a dramatic change in their lives. They also join the investigation, searching for the creature to stop it before it claims more victims. This plot was decent and I loved the action scene near the end, but I think the bigger story is happening at the ranch. Charles is struggling with his to say goodbye to his dear friend, Joseph, who's dying of cancer at the age of 80.

    I really enjoy this series. The characters are always so well written and Charles and Anna have been a favorite of mine from the start. I'm also one of those "horse-mad" people, so I loved the glimpse into the workings of an Arabian horse ranch and the show ring. The horses were like a secondary character in this book, which made it all the more enjoyable for people like me. There were touching moments between Charles and Joseph, between Anna and the the three children, and as always, between Anna and Charles.

    It'll be a long wait for the next book.
  • (5/5)
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.allthingsuf.comIn DEAD HEAT, Patricia Briggs' takes us back into her world of werewolves and shapeshifters, fae and elementals, humans and the mortal dangers that come when cultures collide. And while the magic and violence was well written and fascinating, it was the relationships that stole the show.Charles and Anna have long been my favorite window this world, an honor Mercy Thompson did not give up lightly. Through Anna's marriage the reader learns more about the impact a werewolf's longevity, exploring the changes Charles as lived through in hundreds of years. DEAD HEAT reveals more of his past relationships and his passions, with as much time devoted to horse culture as was given to mystical foes.At the close of FAIR GAME, Briggs fundamentally changed the power balance of her world, shattering the treaty between fae and human. And while DEAD HEAT explores more of the relationships and past of Charles and Anna, the consequences of the fae human conflict are still central to the story. As per usual, Briggs offers the complete package, a book with interesting world building, lovely characters, and stakes that could not be higher. DEAD HEAT is a great addition to the series.Sexual Content: Sex scenes.
  • (4/5)
    There is something about the Alpha & Omega books that I absolutely love. Anna walks that fine line between strong/independent and nurturing/almost submissive. She never compromises her values and opinions to appease others. She should be a character all women aspire to be more like. On top of that, she has this totally awesome habit of just chilling everyone out. That is a super power I wouldn't mind being in possession of. This book seemed a little lopsided to me when it came to the story line, though. There was an awful lot of build-up to a very rushed ending. Everything came out too clean and quickly for what a mess it seemed like it would be. It was nice, however, to see a little more of Charles' history. The love and joy, as well as pain, that he experienced from visiting an old friend helped to give him more depth, make him so much more well-rounded. I liked him better in this book than the others. Also (no spoilers...but) Anna wants a child. While I think this could be an interesting plot line for Briggs to develop, it almost seemed that the main idea behind her story changed from the beginning to the end. Yes, Briggs brought the whole story full circle, BUT it seemed...tenuous, not really developed, or almost an afterthought. Overall, not as clean and concise as many of her books, but still an enjoyable read for the wonderful characters, if nothing else.
  • (3/5)
    Usually I love these books. The Alpha & Omega and the Mercy Thompson series are some of my auto buy books. But this one....I felt like there was entirely too much horse talk in the story. It got to the point that I started skimming through it cause I really wasn't interested in it. If you take out the horse sub plot this could've been a novella. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
  • (4/5)
    Another good book in the series. Another supernatural problem to deal with. I love Anna and Charles. This book had a lot of info on horses as well which was interesting and new. I didn't feel like there was much character development here however for some reason. The story was focused so much on the problem the two of them were facing, although there were a few scenes were we can watch the relationship between the two and it's complexity. But mostly, the book didn't excite me as much as I had hoped it would. Still, a good continuation.
  • (5/5)
    You can always count on Patricia Briggs to write a one of a kind fantastic paranormal urban fantasy story! I love Anna & Charles tale. These two are so different from one another but together they are very compatible & an awesome team! There were areas in this story where I laughed and cried.
  • (5/5)
    I was late to the party for both the Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series; the upside of this being I got to binge read all of them to get caught up. At the end of it, I was a fan of both series, but the Alpha and Omega series squeaked past Mercy by a hair. Less pack dynamics/politics in the A&O series. What I loved about both was the strong ties to Native American cultures their respective MC's have but was frustrated about how little the Native American cultures actually played a part until River Marked gave us more about Mercy's heritage. Now we're starting to get a bit more about Charles' in Dead Heat. Like others, I enjoyed Fair Game less than the first two books in the A&O series so I was a little hesitant about cracking this one open, worried it might have that same dark tone overlaid with heavy tension between the two MC's. But we're back to a great plot and MC's that work together. Once that was clear, I didn't want to put the book down; after the scene in the classroom with Amethyst, I was riveted. I knocked off half a star because I knew who Anna and Charles were looking for from the first scene they had together, but truly, it did not matter one whit to my enjoyment of the story overall. BIG SPOILER:The scene when Anna and Charles met Ms. Edison was very well written, but Ms. Briggs used that moment to explain in detail why Opium, more than most other perfumes, masked scents so well that Charles couldn't smell anything else. The only reason for that detail to be explained was that it was going to have significant repercussions later on. (Ms. Edison is wearing Opium / Opium masks scents. Ergo, Ms. Edison has something to hide.)I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading it again almost as much as I am looking forward to reading the next one.
  • (4/5)
    My favorite in the series so far and not just because it takes place in my hometown! Charles and Anna travel to Scottsdale, AZ to visit an old friend of Charles's. Joseph Sani and Charles were once inseparable but Charles has had a hard time watching his human friend get older, so he has not visited in many years. As Charles and Anna arrive in Arizona to visit Joseph and his family at their horse ranch, Joseph's daughter-in-law, Chelsea has just attempted to stab one of her children. Charles and Anna get swept up in an investigation of the murderous fey who has placed a geas on Chelsea.I started reading this series because it was tied in the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. I enjoy the Native American characters that Briggs writes with both Mercy and Charles and in this book, the Sani family as well. We get to know more about Charles through his relationship with the Sani family. In the prior books, I felt that the book was more about Anna and we were looking at Charles purely through her eyes. In this book, I feel like we get to know the inner Charles.
  • (2/5)
    Oh, boy. Obviously Felix is being groomed to take over the Francis dynasty from his dad, but I think we should just let it end.

    This had all the elements you expect in a DF book, but it was just missing...something. The thing I like about the other books is that they are perfectly comfortable--the writing never jolts you out of the story, and the characters behave in a way that makes sense while still being interesting. I never minded them being formulaic, because he always executed it so well.

    With this one, I kept cringing at the writing, and wondering what the hell the people were thinking, and plus, the romance was just kind of creepy.
  • (2/5)
    Dick Francis novels are all much the same: a smart, interesting guy with a job somehow (however tangentially) related to the world of horses get in a spot or three of bother but through a combination of luck and street smarts gets out of difficulty and, usually, snares himself a nice girl in the process.

    This time out the protagonist is chef Max Moreton who has a successful restaurant in the racing town of Newmarket. The book opens as Moreton, his staff and many of his clients are suffering the results of an inexplicable food poisoning episode. As Moreton is getting his business back on track the guest box in which he is catering at a local race meeting explodes. Mayhem and intrigue ensues.

    I read Dick Francis books mostly because I have a sense of nostalgia about them as one of them was the first ‘adult’ mystery I read. They’re light and comfortably familiar while having likeable characters and plausible plots. This time out though, in a novel co-authored by Francis' son Felix, there’s either something missing or I have become more difficult to satisfy. The plot meanders fairly aimlessly and there are enormous, unsupportable leaps of logic in it. The ending may just as well have included an alien landing on the Newmarket Heath and a naked Prime Minister on a pogo stick for all the connection the resolution had to preceding events. Although Francis has clearly written to a formula over the years he’s still had to do a load of research into whatever new subject he’s writing about, create interesting characters, write snappy dialogue and plot a story that is consistent with itself (however unlikely). Here, those elements are largely missing (although to be fair the research is evident) and the book is like a shadow of one of its predecessors. I'd actually give this 2.5 stars if I could.
  • (1/5)
    This is my first Dick Francis book. Am thro about 1/3rd ( more than 100 pages), still the story doesn't move. I am given to believe there is a plot( there has to be!). But it just wont show. The man is going into descriptions on every other side topic other than focussing on the main plot.I usually don't leave books midway ( feel i am wasting something), but i guess this might make me do it!!
  • (5/5)
    i loved this book. course i'm a bit prejudice when it comes to dick francis. i haven't read one thing of his that i haven't et the very least extremely liked, mostly i love them. this was an interesting take. i hadn't read one that involved a cook/chef before so it really held my attention if nothing else out of originality. although all his books are different but i've never taken a cooky ride before with anybody really. you can taste the air and feel the wind.
  • (4/5)
    I have new respect for Dick Francis and his craft. Reading his novels one at a time as they were published provided entertainment, reading them as a body of work provided new insights, knowledge, and appreciation of his work. His objective was always to entertain the reader and to have horses somewhere in the story but you can also learn from his work. His research is meticulous, for example for “Flying Finish” which is about the air transporting of horses he and his wife Mary went on a run to Milan. He helped care for the horses, she took pictures and notes.For the research for “Rat Race,” which involves an air taxi service for jockeys, Mary Francis started taking flying lessons. She continued them when the research was complete and got her license and for eleven years was part owner of a similar air taxi service. Many of Francis’ titles just touch on horses and focus on other occupations. In “Straight” jockey Derek Franklin suddenly inherits his brother’s semiprecious stone importing business and must keep the business running and find one hundred missing diamonds. The information on how diamonds are bought and sold is most interesting. He also deals with social problems like alcoholism. In “Knockdown” Jonah Dereham’s brother is an alcoholic. The understanding of alcoholism as a disease and the necessary strength to overcome it is part of the background of this mystery about bloodstock agents.It is interesting to note how many of his characters are loners e.g., Gene Hawkins in"Blood Sport," Sid Halley, Matt Shore in "Rat Race," without families. Another theme, which runs through his books, is that children are good observers ("Shattered," "Decider," "Blood Sport") and more should be made of asking them what they saw. Francis is also a romantic and although in his autobiography “The Sport of Queens” he says he doesn’t believe in love at first sight it happened to him when he was introduced to Mary. “Mary and I smiled at each other and to my astonishment, before we had even spoken, I found myself thinking, ‘This is my wife.’” At one time Francis wanted to have Mary’s name added to his as author of the books but she demurred at the suggestion. However there is no doubt that the work was a partnership. His last three titles were written with his son Felix.All in all Dick Francis provides a good read, interesting characters against a variety of backgrounds and a problem to be solved and, in many cases. something for the reader to learn.
  • (3/5)
    Not the best of Francis's work, but still a good read. In his prime, he would have had the protagonist do more "figuring out" and less "falling into" answers, especially in re the "hometown villain".
  • (2/5)
    Insipid romance, stupid hero, slow plot development.
  • (4/5)
    I thought I was reading 'Under Orders' and couldn't work out why Sid Halley wasn't in this story. Finally worked it out.Another interesting addition to the Felix Francis group of books. Has anyone else noticed that the Dick Francis series started out being quite localised and very much focused on the English racing scene and gradually they have become globalised with all sorts of issues of the day being included? In this instalment, it's celebrity chefs and terrorism.
  • (4/5)
    An interesting mystery but not my favorite by Francis. Love element I could have done without.
  • (5/5)
    Max Moreton owns a restaurant in Newmarket England. After a massive food poisoning incident at a racetrack dinner where he was the guest chef and a fatal bombing at a luncheon he was catering at the racetrack the next day, you would think that life couldn't get any worse. Not so in this extremely entertaining and well-written mystery.Max sets out to clear his reputation of the mysterious food poisoning incident and finds his life turned upside in numerous ways before successful resolving the issues. I am definitely gong to have to find more of the Dick Francis books. 4 stars!