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Raintree: Haunted | [Linda Winstead Jones]

Raintree: Haunted

Gideon Raintree, a homicide detective, can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. He will need to wield gifts he's kept hidden to solve his newest case, a relentless serial killer unleashed by the dark Ansara wizards. But first he must deal with his reaction to Hope Malory, his alluring new partner. He'd never planned on love in the midst of battle.
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Publisher's Summary

Their name is Raintree. It's more than a last name, more than a notation on a family tree. It's a mark of destiny. Each family member has a special gift, an otherworldly talent.

Gideon Raintree, a homicide detective, can harness electricity and talk to ghosts. He will need to wield gifts he's kept hidden to solve his newest case, which involves a relentless serial killer unleashed by the dark Ansara wizards. But first he must deal with his reaction to Hope Malory, his alluring new partner. He'd never planned on love in the midst of battle. With evil lurking at every turn, Gideon and Hope are in a race against time to save their love, their family, and their newly conceived child.

©2007 Linda Winstead Jones; (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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    Maryfrances Hingham, MA, USA 10-24-07
    Maryfrances Hingham, MA, USA 10-24-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Good sequel"

    This book is the sequel to "Inferno: Raintree" written by Linda Howard. Plot development and execution in this book was significantly improved from the first book in the series.

    Linda Winstead Jones is a long time writer for serial-type books (i.e. Harlequin) and she does it well. The author is slighly disadvantaged that she is writing the second in a series but she didn't create the plot nor did she write the first book in the series. That being said, she did a nice job progessing the plot as well as developing the characters. The heroine was likable and had characteristics of an average person - nothing that was remotely unusual in her actions.

    The female reader did a very good job and brought the character to life. My compliant with the male reader was that it was the same from the first book in the series but it was a different character! If you haven't listened to the first book, you wouldn't notice or care. However, most people who purchase this audiobook will have listened to "Raintree" first and noticed this. Not a terrible thing but not a great thing for an audiobook. Us listeners tend to notice things like this and it struck me as odd that the production staff would do this.

    I would definately recommend this book and the author. The female reader wasn't familiar to me but I would listen to her again.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna Dallas, GA, United States 06-05-07
    Joanna Dallas, GA, United States 06-05-07
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    "2nd of 3"

    This is the second book of a trilogy written by 3 different authors. The first book, written by my favorite author Linda Howard was dissapointing but this book more than made up for it.

    This book has fully developed characters, a great beginning and middle and a wonder cliff-hanger. I can't wait for the third book to come out next month. I also am looking forward to reading more of this author's work.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-07-08
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-07-08 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "What you'd expect from a Harlequin"

    Well, as long as you know what you're getting before you purchase this, it's not that bad. It's published by Harlequin which basically sums up the story.

    There is some supernatural in it, and some detective stuff, (sort of)... but essentially it's a Harlequin Romance novel: man and woman meet, fall in love within 3 days, lots of sex, lots of "how can we make this work with my magic powers/job/history/interference from ghosts...", a little bit of story.

    The narration isn't bad. For some reason, though, rather than have the male reader read male parts and the female reader read female parts, they just alternate back and forth (no real pattern to why) so sometimes the female is reading male and vice versa... you do get used to it, but it seems strange.

    For a fantasy/scifi or a detective story it's worth 2.5 stars, for a Harlequin it's worth 4.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy United States 05-27-08
    Kathy United States 05-27-08
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    "Best of Three"

    By far the best of the Raintree trio. The characters are likeable and the story is clever. Hope and Gideon (by LW Jones) would make a great series since they have a mission other than having hot sex i.e. solving murders mysteries.

    It would be great to visit H&G on a day when his gift causes everything to go wrong -- a group of "out takes" so to speak. -- Not to mention stories about their kiddo and the terrible twos.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne-Marie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 03-19-09
    Anne-Marie Montreal, Quebec, Canada 03-19-09 Member Since 2006
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    "solid but not inspiring"

    The end feels kind of abrupt. I did enjoy listening to it and it wasn't a wasn't a waste of time, but I think the story would have been better served if the book was longer because every step in the story seems a bit sudden. I liked both people in the couple and enough explanation is given about thier motivation that you are able to get into it.
    However, someone also needs to explain to Hope about the existence of the morning after pill :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan DENVER, CO, United States 07-09-12
    Susan DENVER, CO, United States 07-09-12
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    "Interesting!"
    What did you like best about Raintree? What did you like least?

    I liked the fact that it was different and innovative. I have never read a book like this with this kind of a story line before. Usually anything with a supernatural or science fiction theme is somewhat predictable. This one wasn't. I didn't like the fact that it ended so abruptly. I'm assuming that there is or will be a sequel and the author wants to leave the reader in suspense so that the he/she will continue on with the series. However, this was too much of a cliff hanger. I didn't feel that a lot of the loose ends were tied up enough to make the book understandable. I felt somewhat robbed of an ending.


    Would you recommend Raintree to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend Raintree to my friends but not whole heartedly. I would tell them that it's a good read but will not keep them on the edge of their chairs with either interest or suspense.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the scenes where Emma apopeared and called Raintree "Daddy." I thought that was an interesting part of the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, probably not. I would watch it if it came on tv, though.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Mercer, MO, United States 06-01-12
    Linda Mercer, MO, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2009

    Love books, reading or listening, wine and quiet evenings by the fire. Mystery's, paranormal, history and biographies.

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    "Stefan stikes again!"

    Another story I found because Stefan Rudnicki was the reader. His voice makes me shiver. He could read a grocery list and I would be sold. Ok so it does have to be an interesting story to hold my attention. This one is fun and romantic paranormal story.
    Makes me want to believe in the paranormal. Good read! Fun Story and great reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 01-14-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 01-14-12 Member Since 2014

    Wazoo Books

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    "a man with an ELECTRIC personality~ LOL"
    If you could sum up Raintree in three words, what would they be?

    entertaining
    papanormal
    good vs evil

    Gideon Raintree detective is drawn to flowerchild Hope. Fun Characters and great story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raintree?

    the whole audio is very good~


    What does Theo McKell and Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    both are very good readers


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

    YES~ keeps you glued from begining to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read the LINDA HOWARD Inferno and did not imagine another author could be as good but this one was as good~ great follow up. GOOD story and readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emma. . .LOL. . .can't say why exactly, she just tickled my funny bone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    09-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I need more Raintree!!! NOW !!!"

    This was first for me w/L W jones and already I'm crying for more. I think that says it all. Thanks LWJ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! jd

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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