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Heart of Evil: Krewe of Hunters Trilogy, Book 1 | [Heather Graham]

Heart of Evil: Krewe of Hunters Trilogy, Book 1

Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends... and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War. Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare intuition.
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Publisher's Summary

Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends... and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.

Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare - often inexplicable - intuition. Among the “Krewe of Hunters” is an old flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own.

The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried - even in death....

©2011 Heather Graham (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jennifer Lochbuie, Colorado, United States 04-13-12
    Jennifer Lochbuie, Colorado, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Storytelling at its best!"
    Where does Heart of Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really rank this near the top. It had a riveting story that kept me on the edge of my seat and Luke Daniels did an awesome job narrating!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ashley Donegal is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed her characters personality and all she encountered.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I thought he brought every character to life in such a way as to make it easy to picture them all in your mind. He is truly an awesome narrator.


    If you could take any character from Heart of Evil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Just one? No way! I would love to have a meal with the entire 'Krewe'. Now that would be very cool.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 11-13-12
    Kathy Alexandria, KY, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Modern Day Ghost Story with Civil War Ghosts!"
    If you could sum up Heart of Evil in three words, what would they be?

    Old-fashioned ghost story!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of Evil?

    The scene with the alligators.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I was favorably impressed. While I found his work on the Hexed series to be outstanding, I was detracted by the certain small parts of the story line which were just plain irritating. In this series the storyline is well written and not at all irritating. I quite enjoyed hearing Luke's performance. More importantly, his voice is such that I didn't think "oh, that is the voice he used for thus-and-such character in the Hexed series". No, he made these characters his own, without detracting from the story line in any way. Well done!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An old-fashioned ghost story set in the deep south.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book in the series and it appears the author is going to focus on a different character/characters each book until their back stories are all fleshed out. I hope so anyway, I love the first two books and hope that this continues throughout the entire series. Thank you for a great listening experience!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie Kuna Freehold, NJ United States 08-06-12
    Valerie Kuna Freehold, NJ United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Light on the "supernatural""

    I hopped on this one thinking the concept sounded fun. A large chunk of the beginning is spent on the characters setting up and participating in a civil war reenactment. It does eventually set up the plot but it was a bit to wade through. Once our Krewe arrives, the story devolves into a less ghost heavy episode of "Ghost Hunters" with the romance of the 2 central characters taking center stage for a lot of the story.

    I was looking for a supernatural/horror/mystery and i didn't find it in this book. For those looking more for a supernatural romance, the story is well written and enjoyable - it just wasn't what I wanted.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 01-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Series!"

    Read for Fun/June is Audiobook Month/June 2012 Series Read!
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating(Not part of the overall rating): 4.50

    First thought when finished: I am really enjoying the Krewe of Hunters! Plus, this one is set in New Orleans!

    What I Loved: Anytime you even hint that you are going to have historic re-enactments tied in with a murder mystery--you pretty much have me interested. I love that Heart of Evil weaves in historic events with a present day murder investigation. Throw in the hot chemistry between Jake and Ashley and a very fun cast of characters, this was just a downright good read!!

    What I Liked: The Donegal Plantation was a great setting for Heart of Evil. It had ghosts, graveyard, swamp, and a vastness that made you feel like you had stepped back in time. I felt like the plantation itself was a character in the story. I loved Grandpa and M. Donegal--both were strong men and great characters.

    Audio Specific Review: Luke Daniels hit it out of the park. I think I am officially a fan girl!

    Final Thought: I recommend this series to Paranormal Mystery Readers--it only has a bit of romance (that is not the focus).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl 02-17-14
    Sheryl 02-17-14

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    "Sorry, but I could not finish it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrarator. The story was dull even though it was pegged as a thriller/mystery. The interaction between the two former lovers is not believable nor well written. I suppose better character development and a more mature writing style would have increased my enjoyment.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Next up: finishing "Beautiful Ruins", and then on to "Divergent" by V Roth. Yes, I have a wide variety of interests, not just YA/paranormal/chicklit. ;-)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    Daniel's performance would not make me buy any book. If there are female characters of significance, I would likely pass. He was deplorable with the feminine voice.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and a little irritation.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lori A. Allred USA 04-17-15
    Lori A. Allred USA 04-17-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Loved the first book in the series, but..."

    I was very disappointed with the follow up. I'd like to give Book 3 a chance before giving up on whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Langdon Virginia 02-25-15
    Caroline Langdon Virginia 02-25-15 Member Since 2010

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    To really don't read these expecting any more than a bit of entertaining fluff and, as always, Heather Graham has delivered. One criticism would be that the book apologizes for slavery a lot for a book that isn't at all about slavery; it seems like it's the only thing spoken about when she either gets Southerners together or introduces a new one to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy J. Leming WAVERLY, NE, US 02-25-15
    Wendy J. Leming WAVERLY, NE, US 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love this type of story"
    What made the experience of listening to Heart of Evil the most enjoyable?

    I have read the story and the narrator had a pleasing voice to draw you into the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continuation from the first story with the same characters.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but looking forward to the next one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and almost did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Delton 12-14-14
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    Would you listen to Heart of Evil again? Why?

    Awesome story and characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole reaction to the 1st sighting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole discovery of bodies and reactions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 02-02-14
    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 02-02-14 Member Since 2013

    I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).

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    "Great Story"

    The plot is great and I was quite captivated through most of the book. I didn't like what ended up happening to one character. Also, I found quite a few things quite predictable. There were no surprises for me in this book except for the one who ultimately ended up being responsible.
    The narration was good. I would definitely listen to this again and I will once I'm more caught up in some of my other listening.
    The whole experience was great, but as I said most of it was too predictable for me which is why I've given it 4 stars, I would have like to give it 4.5 stars however that isn't an option. I do recommend this book it is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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