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Trail of Dead: A Scarlett Bernard Novel, 2 | [Melissa F. Olson]

Trail of Dead: A Scarlett Bernard Novel, 2

As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett's secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city's unearthly underworld.
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Publisher's Summary

As a null, Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. But after LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett's secret, he made a bargain with her: solve a particularly grisly murder case, and he would stay silent about the city's unearthly underworld. So when two witches are found dead a few days before Christmas, Scarlett is once again strong-armed into assisting the investigation. She soon finds a connection between the murders and her former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire, who harbors her own sinister agenda. Now Scarlett must revisit her painful past to find Olivia - unless the blood-drenched present claims her life first.

©2013 Melissa F. Olson (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Amazon Customer USA 05-27-14
    Amazon Customer USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2011

    Mother of 8, grandmother of 7, RN and book nerd

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    "Great start to a new PNR series :)"

    I downloaded book one in this series yesterday and before I was half way through it, I was downloading book two. Great story, strong likable characters narration perfect. These two are a great start to what I hope will lead to many more by this author. Well worth the credits, but at under $10 each, I saved my credits. I'm very glad to have found this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 04-17-14
    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 04-17-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Canadian book blogger who loves audiobooks. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, especially anything paranormal.

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    "Mostly background story to advance overall series"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would, but only if they really enjoyed the first book and wanted to read the whole series. This book did provide a lot of background to Scarlett’s life and character, and helped advance the overall series plot. It didn’t add a lot as a standalone story though.


    Do you think Trail of Dead needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. The ending has a lot of information and action that needs follow-up and explanation.


    Any additional comments?

    I spent a lot of time hoping that Eli would have a bigger presence. We got to see lots of Jesse, and I have to admit that I was getting bored of him. I wanted some beta werewolf to break up the monotony of the interactions between Scarlett and Jesse. Sadly, Eli was barely present in the story. He did make an appearance at the end with some surprise twists.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gayle 12-24-13
    Gayle 12-24-13
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    "Enjoyed It "Cover to Cover""

    I enjoy Scarlett's character. She's a strong female lead, but fun too. I've never listened to Amy McFadden's narration until these books and she does an excellent job portraying Scarlett and all the other characters as well! This was a great continuation to the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Greenbush, MI, United States 12-07-13
    Amazon Customer Greenbush, MI, United States 12-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Can hardly wait for the next!"
    Where does Trail of Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. I have been a member of audible for several years and have quite a collection going. I usually read a book and if I like it then will get it on cd to listen to in the car. When I love a story and then the narrator of the audio version stinks it can ruin it for me. I am happy to say that this narrator is well suited to this series and didn't detract from the story. Although it was strange that she used a different voice for Jesse the cop - I really liked the Hispanic voice she gave him in story one. I decided I didn't care though, just different. She did a good job, hope she reads for the next one as well.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andreea Iasi, Romania 11-08-13
    Andreea Iasi, Romania 11-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "getting better"

    I really liked the first book, but I loved-loved-loved the second, although the cliff-hangers at the end are not really my thing.
    I really enjoyed the love-triangle situation and I can't wait to see how it plays out.
    All in all, very high expectations for Hunter's Trail - book 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooks Krabousanos Murfreesboro, TN, US 10-11-13
    Brooks Krabousanos Murfreesboro, TN, US 10-11-13 Member Since 2013

    I walk 7 miles a day and listen to about 3 audiobooks a week.

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    "Great 2nd Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trail of Dead to be better than the print version?

    Yes I like the audio books 10 times better than the printed books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trail of Dead?

    The way Scar, grows up.


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

    Yes, this is better than the first book.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    NA

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 06-22-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Scarlett is Terrific-Miss Eli"

    Scarlett Bernard possesses a rare ability to counteract the supernatural by instantly neutralizing spells and magical forces. For years she has used her gift to scrub crime scenes of any magical traces, helping the powerful paranormal communities of Los Angeles stay hidden. In Book 1, LAPD detective Jesse Cruz discovered Scarlett's secret and made a bargain with her. If she helps him solve a particularly grisly murder case, he'll keep quiet about the city's unearthly underworld. However, when two witches are found dead a few days before Christmas, Scarlett is once again hooked into assisting the investigation. She finds a connection between the murders and her former mentor, Olivia, a null who mysteriously turned into a vampire. The plot continues with Scarlett and Jesse getting lured into a silver artisan involved in the whole mess. Eli shows up but only briefly. Very good read. Amy is terrific as narrator. And, the author is marvelous. I'll be reading more than this one and the Boundary Witch series.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Face Palm."

    I should have stopped with the first book. But no, I just had to find out what happened, and I was really disappointed. This is a work fiction, and the author act as if she has no imagination what so ever. The plot was stupid, the main character was ditzy, and the narrator made everyone sound stupid. I would like to know how Eli is feeling once he wakes up and realizes what Scarlet has done, but not enough to sit through another one of these darn books.

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    LOYL-00 NY 11-27-14
    LOYL-00 NY 11-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Thumbs up--Great Book Excellent series"

    I could see this is a first book of a series--a few rough points but I must say I like the characters, the action and intrigue. Couldn't wait to read Book 2---I was very surprised at the book--REALLY WELL DONE. Again all of the above but those rough spots are now gone.

    I had to get Book 3---SO HAPPY I DID--great flow of story line and new action to spice up the story. Great imagination---time well spend and I really have enjoyed the reading/ listening.

    Now for your narrator--Amy McFadden--excellent choice--you are doing a great job!

    One problem--WE NEED BOOK 4!

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    Mike Murphy 10-30-14
    Mike Murphy 10-30-14

    Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.

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    "Enertaining urban supernatural thriller"

    "Trail of Dead" is (apart from the title which I think is rather dull) is an improvement on "Dead Spots", book 1 in the series. Melissa Olson's writing is more confident and assured, the plotting is tighter and more complex and the world building is a little bit more subtle.

    In "Trail of Dead" I actually started to like Scarlett Bernard and understand the impact that she has on those around her. She's come out of her "I'm doing this because it's the only thing I'm good for" trance and started to think through her life. It turns out that she's brave and, in her own way, driven by a sense of honour and a desire to help those she cares for.

    Her bête noir and former mentor, now a scary bat-shit-crazy vampire is an excellent villain to his and boo at. She makes the other monsters that Scarlett works for: vampires, witches and werewolves, seem positively civilized.

    The "shall I choose the gorgeous and righteous cop or the totally devoted werewolf surfer-boy" trope could have become a little tired - too Stephanie Plumb for my taste - but Olsen pulled an original plot twist that saved the day and kept everything a bit more plausible. I do wish she'd stop telling me that Jesse smells of oranges and Armani, it doesn't sound an attractive combination and it became a sort of leitmotiv that was played every time he and Scarlet were in a scene together.

    The concept of a "null", the original idea around which the series is based, continues to develop at satisfying pace that shows progress but hints at more to come.

    I'm confident that this will turn into a fun series. I know the third book is out but I'm waiting for the audiobook to be available.

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    "Very pleasantly surprised"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book without a seconds hesitation


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a real sucker for a strong leading lady, I cannot be doing with that oh help me and then throw me over your shoulder to bed rubbish. This leading lady did not disappoint. I like the way the Null is the main character for a change but also loved the relationship between the heads of the vamps, witches and wwolves. I love a book where I cannot wait to hear more but at the same time don't want to finish


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

    I am not sure if it was the narrative or the great timing of the narrator but found myself smiling to myself several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I leave loved this genre of stories for the last 7 years plus and am very particular about authors I will add to my favourites list but Ms Olson has accomplished this. I cannot wait for her next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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