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Hands of Flame

The Negotiator Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Eve Bianco
Series: Negotiator Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (441 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

War has erupted among the five Old Races, and Margrit is responsible for the death that caused it. Now New York City's most unusual lawyer finds herself facing her toughest negotiation yet. And with her gargoyle lover, Alban, taken prisoner, Margrit's only allies - a dragon bitter about his fall, a vampire determined to hold his standing at any cost, and a mortal detective with no idea what he's up against - have demands of their own.

Determined to rescue Alban and torn between conflicting loyalties as the battle seeps into the human world, Margrit soon realizes the only way out is through the fire....

©2008 C. E. Murphy (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

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Loved the series!

Wow! What a wonderful series! And Eve Bianco was a great narrator! Really made the excellent writing of C.E. Murphy come alive. Her accents stayed consistent for each character and added so much to the readings! Can't wait to read her other series but unfortunately Ms. Bianco doesn't narrate this one. Hope the other narrator is as good! Thank you for making my listening pleasure a great experience!

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Sorry to leave the setting.

The final book in the Negotiator trilogy by C.E. Murphy, and after three books I have to say that I'm a little sad to leave the setting. I hope the author returns to this setting one day, as there are obviously so many more stories to tell.

I'd love to know what happened to Chelsea, where the relationship between Nick and Grace will go, and what, of course, will happen to Alban and Grit.

Beautifully done, and with a narrator who pulled me in, refusing to let go.

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  • Michele
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 02-16-10

Final book of the series - wonderful!

Just love the book - the whole series too.
Great narrator - worth the cost of the book - the ebook and the audible - all of which I have - now I can read or hear the book/series anywhere!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The beginning of the end

In book 3 Hands of Flame, the humans are fighting the paranormal (not knowing they're paranormal) as well as there is infighting between the 5 Old Races and Margrit Knightly aka Rit, and Alban her gargoyle are responsible in some ways for the deaths of key characters that have been killed.

Now Rit, once a legal aid lawyer is in her toughest negotiation yet. Alban, Rit's boyfriend and lover has been taken prisoner while the criminal dragon lord and vampire constantly attempt to manipulate the world for control. Favors are owed and Rits ex-boyfriend and best friends are collateral in a world where centuries old feud and come to surface.

Determined to rescue Alban and stop the battles that feud and rage in her city, Rit realizes not all human laws can fix century old laws and choices must be made to save lives.

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Great series

I enjoyed the book. The series kept me engaged and entertained. I really just wish there was more of Grit and Alban.

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Too much discriptive babble

I’m not sure what’s wrong with me in my contradictory feelings with this series. To start with, I can’t recommend it enough. This is one of those series you can’t stop thinking about when you’re not reading/listening to and keep wondering what the characters are doing. It’s also sad when it’s done. That being said, there was way too much spouting of poetic words and discriptive scenes and what was being seen or done. We get the picture already. We know how she feels. It’s so much that it takes from the story. The books are so disjointed. Just as we’re finally getting some answers, we start getting fluff about how Margrit feels or sees something. Nothing was ever pulled together nicely in the end. And the ending was so rushed. After three books it came down to about 30 minutes and more fluff to find out what happens and why. There were still some things I would’ve liked answered. I’m so frustrated. I’m glad I didn’t buy this and only listened through the romance package. But of course, I’m going to check out her other series.

The narrator did a great job. It was even better than the first two books.

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Great ending to a wonderful story

Thoroughly enjoyed the action packed ending to a wonderful and beautifully written story. I will recommend this one to the whole crew! Eve Bianco was a master with all the character voices.

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Great series

This series and characters are so good. I hate that this ended it. I want to know more. The ending of this was heart breaking. That after hundreds of years being together that something finally came to light and broke them apart. I want to know if they find a way back together. If they can forgive and understand. And what happens when "THEY" awaken.

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  • Terri
  • Pelican Rapids, MN, United States
  • 03-24-12

Sorry to leave the setting.

The final book in the Negotiator trilogy by C.E. Murphy, and after three books I have to say that I'm a little sad to leave the setting. I hope the author returns to this setting one day, as there are obviously so many more stories to tell.

I'd love to know what happened to Chelsea, where the relationship between Nick and Grace will go, and what, of course, will happen to Alban and Grit.

Beautifully done, and with a narrator who pulled me in, refusing to let go.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful