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River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6 | [Patricia Briggs]

River Marked: Mercy Thompson, Book 6

Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.
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Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River - one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help....

Have Mercy! Listen to another Mercy Thompson chiller.

©2011 Patricia Briggs (P)2011 Penguin

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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 07-15-12
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 07-15-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Slower pace ... I still liked it"

    I think the author was somewhat less inspired when writing this book - but that resulted in a more leisurely pace that I still enjoyed. There was more character development and background and less raw plot. I especially enjoyed that she branched out into Native American magic.

    With previous books in the series I hated having to pause the playback when I got to work (I listen to and from work). With this book it was much easier to pause ... but I still liked the book a lot.

    My only complaint is that that the author must have read earlier reviews about her stories being a little to PG (hard to believe with vampires running around, but true). At the end of the last book, and throughout this book, she tried to venture into an R rating ... but you could tell she was uncomfortable with it. I would have preferred continued discretion to the awkward introduction of more sex.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John morrisdale, pa, United States 03-19-12
    John morrisdale, pa, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved It!"
    If you could sum up River Marked in three words, what would they be?

    Mercy kills monsters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mercy of course! Patricia Briggs' leading lady is back, and as cool as ever.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's better at differentiating character's voices than I am.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, there's plenty of laughs, action, suspense, ect...


    Any additional comments?

    While I admit River Marked isn't the best book of the Mercy Thompson-Hauptman series, it's still excellent. And as a guy who's a fan of strong female leads, I really appreciate that Mercy isn't a damsel in distress, nor is this series a romance veiled as an urban fantasy. Sure there's romance, but not smutty, but there's also laughs, action, suspense, and very well defined characters. I recomend the entire series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasies.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 12-21-11
    Tenesha Ocala, FL, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my favorite in the Mercy Thompson Series....."

    I am a big fan of of the Mercy Thompson series....I love all of them except for this one. Part of the reason I like the Series so much is the fact that all of the characters are worked into the story line some how. This book just seemed to revolve around Adam and Mercy....I missed hearing Warren's smart remarks, or comments from the pack, didn't hear much from the vampire Stephan and nothing at all from Z. I just found it boring. I look forward to the next book, but I wasn't fond of this one at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Columbia, MD, United States 09-18-11
    Kevin Columbia, MD, United States 09-18-11 Member Since 2011
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    "This story line is nearly out of gas"

    I found the story moderately interesting, but it lacked the punch of the earlier ones. In particular, dealing with the current big bad monster by the poor little coyote seemed to be formulaic and lacked the suspense. Far below the first two or three stories. Still enjoyable, but disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly Herndon, VA, United States 06-02-11
    Shelly Herndon, VA, United States 06-02-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst in Series"

    I loved the 1st 5 Mercy Thompson Series books, but hated this one. I wanted to be entertained, I didn't need or want to be preached to about how bad humans treat the earth. In addition to that thread, the whole story was just boring and depressing. Ony the parts with Stefan were any good. Was very disappointed and will think long and hard before I buy the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 04-29-11
    Amazon Customer SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2010
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    "River Marked: Mercy Thompsln, Book 6"

    Excellent narration, however, I am disappointed. I have loved the Mercy Books up until now. This one seems too "gushy" romantic and spends a lot of time focused on the relationship between Adam (the hunk wherewolf) and now Mercy's mate/husband. What has kept me buying all of Patricia Brigg's Mercy Thomas adventures is our heroin's independance, smart mouth and her ability to fight her enemies while staying loyal to her friends. In this book, Adam and Mercy get married hence alot of the book's dialogue is spent on how Adam makes Mercy feel, how good looking he is, and their "Pack Bond". We don't get to hear much about Stephan the vampire, Zee, the Fae, or dialogue from the other werewolves. I sincerely hope that Patricia Higg's next book gets back to the Mercy and friends rather than the Mercy's inner dialogue about Adam.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deepseabc 03-21-11
    Deepseabc 03-21-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Over before it began!"

    BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) Not one of the best Mercy Thompson books, this was a quick listen that progressed along nicely but was definitely one her best.

    Plot: As with the previous novels, this one explores the "supernatural" aspects of the Native Americans. As Mercy and Adam head away for their honeymoon there is little interaction with some of our other favorite characters from other books. Light is shed on Mercy's past and a knock down drag out battle between the Native Americans and a river monster ensue, but the ends of these books are starting to get a little predictable (SPOILER BELOW).

    Narrator: No complaints, Lorelei King is back and none of the voices changed!!! Two thumbs up for Penguin Audio!

    SPOILER ALERT - read AFTER listening!

    I think someone needs to explain to Ms. Briggs the difference between a "staff" and a "crutch." I'm not sure exactly when (which book) the wooden staff started showing up at a time of crisis, but come on, it's getting way too predictable. Mercy's in trouble, needs a weapon, POOF staff is in her hand. She loses it, POOF it's back underneath her. Hopefully coyote has run off the thing and it won't show up again, but why do I believe the entire next book is going to be dedicated to the origins of the staff and why the river monsters blood has turned it bad?!?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 12-06-12
    Hassan 12-06-12 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "New Stuff Here!!!"

    I like this book... There are a set of new characters here, and new creatures you find out... it is shorter than the previous ones. But still it was a good one.
    As usual you find funny moments and interesting ones as well.

    Enjoy another good addition to the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tara M. North Carolina 04-12-14
    Tara M. North Carolina 04-12-14 Member Since 2013
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    "The Fae AGAIN???"

    I really enjoy the Mercy series, but am getting quite tired of the books focusing more on the fae than Mercy and the werewolves. I am hoping the next book will have less fae in it.

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    Dr. E 04-01-14
    Dr. E 04-01-14 Member Since 2012

    I am a voracious reader. Lately I've been alternating between mysteries and sci-fi and love their weird intersection.

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    "Kind of thrilling and then...schmaltz"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If one is already a Mercy Thompson fan, then the book has soon cool twists, but the initial focus on the wedding is off putting. If someone hadn't read the series, this is not book with which to begin


    Any additional comments?

    I wish that the fae aspects were more developed and that the author would quit having Mercy and her "mate" gush over one another

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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