1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.
One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere... but her body was never recovered. Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies. All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.
Texas Ranger Logan Raintree cannot sit by and let his city’s most vulnerable citizens be slain. So when he is approached to lead a brand-new group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he has no choice but to accept the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead. Among Logan’s new team is Kelsey O’Brien, a U.S. marshal known for her razor-sharp intuition and a toughness that belies her delicate exterior. Kelsey has been waiting all her life to work with someone who can understand her ability to “see” the past unfolding in the present. 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. And if something more earthly is menacing the city’s oldest, darkest corners, only they can stop it - before more innocent women join the company of San Antonio’s restless ghosts....
©2012 Heather Graham (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have read Heather Graham in the past and this is pretty much what I remember. A decent story, a mystery that throws many suspects at you. The ghost aspect is fun and not overplayed like in other paranormal romance type books. I bought this book primarily because it's narrated by Luke Daniels and I'm a big fan of his. He could read the yellow pages and I'd listen.
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Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 3.50
Character Rating 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)
First thought: I really like the new team :)
What I Thought of the Case: The Unseen is set in San Antonio, TX and as a Native Texan I had to love it! As a history buff, I loved the setting even more. It was centered around The Alamo and the history of a missing diamond. The killings were very much committed by humans but the ghosts were such a HUGE help in figuring it out. I didn't quite figure out who did the grisly murders until about half way through. It was just a guess at that point but it ended up being right. Mysteries are best when they keep you guessing :)
What I Thought of the Characters: The Unseen is the first book with a new Paranormal Investigation team. We do get to see a few characters from the original series but you could start here without missing a beat. I do like the new team almost as much as the old one. I am sure by the end of Book 4 they will be instilled in my heart. The main characters of The Unseen are Logan and Kelsey. They are both law enforcement but of different branches. Their different unique abilities work well together and I love their chemistry. Another great pairing by Heather Graham.
What I Thought of the Audio: Not to sound like a broken record but Luke Daniels did a wonderful job. I recommend this series on audio! Though if you listen to a lot of audios that he does (which I do) then you will notice some re-use of accents. Sometimes that can make you laugh because that will make cross-series characters. Let's just say having Oberon act as some of these characters is hysterical. You quickly though get back into your story with just a little grin!
Final Thought: I like this series and think most romantic mystery readers would too!
I enjoy Heather Graham mild and very entertain books. I am not of fan of the occult, but her books are very mild and interesting.
i enjoyed it very much but probably not read it again as i remember plots and results but i do recommend the book for anyone who enjoys a bit of history with their mystery.
the description of the alamo and just the general history of the area
he brings the characters to life and no one character sounded the same
probably jackson crow he sounds great
just that Heather Graham writes a great book and this is diffently one of her best
Story evolves well, enjoyed the plot line over my daily commute.
The narrator augments the story and has been a welcome repeat performer in the series
The different accents the narrator used........ Awesome!!
The plot took a few twists that I was not expecting............ just the way I like it!
n/a as there were more than one that I really liked and am looking foward to the next book with this 'team'..........
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to The Unseen. Luke Daniels did a great job reading the characters. As a Texan, I wish his Texans sounded less like Deep South residents, and one of his female characters was more caricature, so there were brief suspensions of belief, but, overall, it was good. I've since had the opportunity to listen to a different reader of Heather Graham's work and I appreciate Luke Daniels MUCH more after that.
This is an above average read. I enjoyed it, it moved along quickly and was well written.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery with a science fiction edge.
I have not looked at the print version, so i cannot compare it.
I am currently listening to the entire Krewe of Hunters series.
Luke Daniels is part of the reason I have gone so far in this series. I love his voice and usually his performance is outstanding. However, I have found as the series goes on, that he is not consistent with the voices he uses. In one story, the main character will have a specific accent and sound, but when that character comes up in a later book, Luke Daniels does not maintain the accent and tone of voice.
I have no other name for this book.
Heather Graham knows her genre. However, she does not know her dialogue. Her dialogue is very sterilized and non-emotional and non-moving. Her dialogue makes me think of people sitting in a stark white room, staring at each other. If it wasn't for the performance of Luke Daniels, there would be no emotion. And her cookie cutter stories are getting old. After the first three books of this series, the first sex scene became a question of birth control from the guy, with the promise of birth control pills from the girl. Where is the seduction of the woman helping the man put on a condom? Why must the woman always be the one prepared?
Speaking of the woman always being the one for anything... why does it always have to be the woman who gets in trouble and is saved by the man? Why does the woman always have to be the damsel in distress saved by her prince charming? Why not the man in trouble saved by the woman one time? Does Heather Graham really think all women are helpless and must be saved by their men? Sad case of sexism.
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