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Raintree: Inferno | [Linda Howard]

Raintree: Inferno

Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated and abandoned them on a small Caribbean Island, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. Despite their extraordinary powers and supernatural origin, the Raintree have largely blended into the modern world. They are bankers, cops, husbands, wives, and lovers in the society of humankind. But now, from Nevada to North Carolina, the rejoined battle will measure the endurance of their people.
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Two hundred years after the Raintree clan defeated and abandoned them on a small Caribbean Island, the Ansara wizards are rising again to take on their bitterest foes. Despite their extraordinary powers and supernatural origin, the Raintree have largely blended into the modern world. They are bankers, cops, husbands, wives, and lovers in the society of humankind. But now, from Nevada to North Carolina, the rejoined battle will measure the endurance of their people. It will test their loyalties and relationships. And it will force them all into new lives they could barely have imagined before.

©2007 Linda Howard; (P)2007 Audible, Inc.
All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. This edition is published by arrangement with Harlequin Books S.A. All characters in this book are fictitious. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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    Virginia A. Mickelson Tehachapi, Ca United States 06-14-10
    Virginia A. Mickelson Tehachapi, Ca United States 06-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A 'no ending' story"

    I enjoyed the audio book as far as it went. It got finished before I did. Had to verify that it was not an imcomplete download because it didn't really end. Not going to get the others in the series as they might finish in the same way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Long Beach, CA, United States 05-08-08
    Patricia Long Beach, CA, United States 05-08-08
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    "Half a Book"

    I've read many books (and listened to them too) that had no conclusive ending and it doesn't generally bother me, but this one cuts off so abruptly that I had to check to make sure I wasn't missing a file. It is LITERALLY only 1/2 a book. So if you can put up with that, the story is not bad. It's a little too heavy on the romance novel kind of genre and there are a lot of explanations on the "powers" that I THOUGHT they were leading up to (but never go into in depth), but it's fairly interesting. Not a heavy read, so if you're looking for a little escapism and don't mind that it is predictable, then go ahead. I do still feel gyped because they didn't publish the whole story...a blatant attempt to sell two books instead of one.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    K Houston, TX, USA 04-16-08
    K Houston, TX, USA 04-16-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Quick Listen"

    The story was pretty good, though the protagonist was a little too alpha male for me. Also I liked the idea of two narrators (one male, one female). However, the voice of the female narrator quickly got annoying. Her narrator voice was fine, but the character voice for the protagonist female was nasally and winy. It was a quick listen despite that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joann 10-07-07
    Joann 10-07-07 Member Since 2005
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    "A great start . . ."

    Linda Howard is one of my all-time favorite authors. She's written 2 of my favorite paranormal stories, "DREAM MAN" and "SON OF THE MORNING."
    In this book "Raintree: Inferno," the sexual tension between Dante and Lorna is sooo electric you can feel your skin tingle!
    I agree with other reviewers that the female narrator's intonations did not endear the listener to Lorna's character and is, at times, quite grating on one's nerves (it bothered me too!). Still, if you can ignore the female narrator's voice and concentrate on Stefan Rudnicki's voice (male narrator), you'll enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Tampa, FL, United States 06-27-07
    Jill Tampa, FL, United States 06-27-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Fantastic Series!!!"

    This is the first of a phenomenal series written by 3 different authors! This was intriguing and sexy and tantalizing. I couldn't wait to get to the second book - Haunted. If you like little bits of paranormal in your mystery romance novel this one is perfect!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Glenda Gallatin, MO, USA 09-16-07
    Glenda Gallatin, MO, USA 09-16-07
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    "The female narrator ruined this book!"

    I can't say that this was a great book. The story was hard to follow because of the narrator. Her voice grated on my nerves to the point that I would have to stop listening after a short time. I will however read the other two books in this series and hope that the other narrators do the books justice.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Valerie San Diego, CA, USA 04-12-08
    Valerie San Diego, CA, USA 04-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Could have been so much more..."

    Though I am a Linda Howard fan, I felt there was a lot missing in the plot of this book. I just recently started listening to audio books and I cannot say that I enjoyed listening to this book either. The voice for the heroin made me cringe. It was like hearing nails on a chalkboard. I hope that the sequels are more enjoyable.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    lazuli83 Washington, DC, United States 10-04-13
    lazuli83 Washington, DC, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2007

    lazuli83

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    "Interesting but what happened next?"
    What made the experience of listening to Raintree the most enjoyable?

    The male narrator was enjoyable, the story was engaging.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Howard again?

    Yes, I would.


    Any additional comments?

    What happened next??? Is there a part two???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lesley Goranson boise, idaho United States 08-13-13
    Lesley Goranson boise, idaho United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A partial book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I agree with previous reviewer who said this story was half a book. It ends right in the middle of the story, seriously! I'm not saying don't read it just want you to know. In addition the female reader was incredibly annoying. She sounded like a nasal twanged bad tempered immature valley girl. When she read the man't comments her voice was much more tolerable. She really ruined the book for me. In future, if she is narrator, I will listen to sample to see if she is still doing that horrible valley girl imitation.

    As to the story, it was ok. Big disappointment because I have read all of Linda's previous books and loved almost all. This one was so weak that I had towonder if she was sick, hated the story herself, what? Just very very bad.

    I am now reading the 2nd book. We shall see.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ripped off. It ended half way into the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Hillary Huber and Stefan Rudnicki ’s performances?

    Unlikely I can take Hillary. Stefan was ok but didn't much care for his voice though not irritating like Hillary.


    Was Raintree worth the listening time?

    Barely


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Carignan Montreal, CA 03-20-13
    M. Carignan Montreal, CA 03-20-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Buy this book, DON'T LISTEN TO IT"

    I love Linda Howard books and have them in print, on kindle and audible. This book was ruined by the female narrator. Her nasal tone, volume, pitch, emotion were wrong. It became so irritating that I stopped listening to it. It was just painful. I dreaded hearing her voice. The best narrator for Linda Howard is Natalie Ross (Kill and Tell, After the Night)

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