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Emerging from the bayou like an apparition, Donegal Plantation is known for its unsurpassed dining, captivating atmosphere, haunting legends... and now a corpse swinging from the marble angel that marks its cemetery’s most majestic vault. A corpse discovered in nearly the same situation as that of Marshall Donegal, the patriarch killed in a skirmish just before the Civil War.

Desperate for help traditional criminologists could never provide, plantation heiress Ashley Donegal turns to an elite team of paranormal investigators who blend hard forensics with rare - often inexplicable - intuition. Among the “Krewe of Hunters” is an old flame, Jake Mallory, a gifted musician with talent stretching far beyond the realm of the physical, and a few dark ghosts of his own.

The evil the team unveils has the power to shake the plantation to its very core. Jake and Ashley are forced to risk everything to unravel secrets that will not stay buried - even in death....

©2011 Heather Graham (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Storytelling at its best!

Where does Heart of Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really rank this near the top. It had a riveting story that kept me on the edge of my seat and Luke Daniels did an awesome job narrating!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ashley Donegal is one of my favorites. I really enjoyed her characters personality and all she encountered.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

I thought he brought every character to life in such a way as to make it easy to picture them all in your mind. He is truly an awesome narrator.

If you could take any character from Heart of Evil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Just one? No way! I would love to have a meal with the entire 'Krewe'. Now that would be very cool.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Alexandria, KY, United States
  • 11-13-12

A Modern Day Ghost Story with Civil War Ghosts!

If you could sum up Heart of Evil in three words, what would they be?

Old-fashioned ghost story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of Evil?

The scene with the alligators.

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

I was favorably impressed. While I found his work on the Hexed series to be outstanding, I was detracted by the certain small parts of the story line which were just plain irritating. In this series the storyline is well written and not at all irritating. I quite enjoyed hearing Luke's performance. More importantly, his voice is such that I didn't think "oh, that is the voice he used for thus-and-such character in the Hexed series". No, he made these characters his own, without detracting from the story line in any way. Well done!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

An old-fashioned ghost story set in the deep south.

Any additional comments?

This is the second book in the series and it appears the author is going to focus on a different character/characters each book until their back stories are all fleshed out. I hope so anyway, I love the first two books and hope that this continues throughout the entire series. Thank you for a great listening experience!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Light on the "supernatural"

I hopped on this one thinking the concept sounded fun. A large chunk of the beginning is spent on the characters setting up and participating in a civil war reenactment. It does eventually set up the plot but it was a bit to wade through. Once our Krewe arrives, the story devolves into a less ghost heavy episode of "Ghost Hunters" with the romance of the 2 central characters taking center stage for a lot of the story.

I was looking for a supernatural/horror/mystery and i didn't find it in this book. For those looking more for a supernatural romance, the story is well written and enjoyable - it just wasn't what I wanted.

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I'm sorry!! What??!!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't know.

Has Heart of Evil turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. Narration was pretty good. Not great but ok.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Incredulity.

Any additional comments?

SPOILER ALERT!!

I usually do not give bad reviews and the story really did keep my attention for the most part. But!!! Wth? The ending of the book is ridiculous! The main character blames herself for the death of a father figure. That she considers a "good guy" even after he tells her he's going to kill her and leave her daughter, motherless. He has cheated on his wife. Killed his mistress. Killed the man that helped him cover it up. And is now going to kill his surrogate daughter and at the last minute turns the gun on himself and he's a "good man" !!?? What!!?? Also, we never tell the world the truth about what he's done. Instead we say he killed himself bc he "found out he was dying of cancer" and couldn't handle the dire news. What??!! Then!! Then!! The cop boyfriend doesn't talk to or see his girlfriend for over a week. In a time in her life where she is dealing with a lot of horror and never tells her he loves her. But then shows up on her doorstep and tells her that they're getting married. Ok. Sure. Not to mention that the way the main character allowed herself to continue to be treated by her ex husband and have her reputation destroyed and her name dragged thru the mud was impossible to ignore. And in the end the ex gets everything he's ever wanted while allowed to be the worst kind of dad. That's a crap ending. I'm returning this book on principle. The narration was ok. Pretty good. The story up until the end was ok. Then it all went to h*** in a hand basket. No more for me thanks. Skip it. Not worth a credit imo.

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I kinda knew all along

Even though I had it figured out, I loved the descriptions of NOLA and the plantation so I hung in. Glad I did. :-)

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Series!

Read for Fun/June is Audiobook Month/June 2012 Series Read!
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.50

Audio Rating(Not part of the overall rating): 4.50

First thought when finished: I am really enjoying the Krewe of Hunters! Plus, this one is set in New Orleans!

What I Loved: Anytime you even hint that you are going to have historic re-enactments tied in with a murder mystery--you pretty much have me interested. I love that Heart of Evil weaves in historic events with a present day murder investigation. Throw in the hot chemistry between Jake and Ashley and a very fun cast of characters, this was just a downright good read!!

What I Liked: The Donegal Plantation was a great setting for Heart of Evil. It had ghosts, graveyard, swamp, and a vastness that made you feel like you had stepped back in time. I felt like the plantation itself was a character in the story. I loved Grandpa and M. Donegal--both were strong men and great characters.

Audio Specific Review: Luke Daniels hit it out of the park. I think I am officially a fan girl!

Final Thought: I recommend this series to Paranormal Mystery Readers--it only has a bit of romance (that is not the focus).

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Sorry, but I could not finish it.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narrarator. The story was dull even though it was pegged as a thriller/mystery. The interaction between the two former lovers is not believable nor well written. I suppose better character development and a more mature writing style would have increased my enjoyment.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Next up: finishing "Beautiful Ruins", and then on to "Divergent" by V Roth. Yes, I have a wide variety of interests, not just YA/paranormal/chicklit. ;-)

Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

Daniel's performance would not make me buy any book. If there are female characters of significance, I would likely pass. He was deplorable with the feminine voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and a little irritation.

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Good up until the end

I got this title primarily due to Luke Daniels narration, and also for the Halloween sale.

I was hoping for a good and spooky tale with the title being Heart of Evil. Unfortunately, it was more of a romantic thriller, where the only evil was that of the common man. (No spoilers, it’s obvious almost from the beginning).

It was pretty good, until the killer was revealed, caught in one chapter, then we are rushed straight into the epilogue.

I was planning to continue the series, but now I’m completely turned off from the even getting the next book.

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Wonderful spooky entertainment

I am loving Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters series. I love a good ghost hunt and the way Heather combines that with modern crime is fabulous. Luke Daniels is a gifted narrator and I always enjoy his performances.

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  • J. P.
  • La Place, LA
  • 10-28-18

Producers should be flogged-AND-

Author should do better research!!

I am willing to suspend belief but what the author expects suspended belief here---- in this book---- is just not doable and it has nothing to do with the ghostly story line.

That's WHY I grabbed the book on a daily deal. The fact it was based in my home area was a bonus, but WOW....author has missed the mark----------- big time.

This is my first Heather Graham listen and I won't bother with another one and here's why:
The author is wilily-nilly with the local and the people in the way she tries to create a vision of the area and the people.

Guess she didn't factor in someone who LIVES in the area would ever pick up one of her books.

Luke Daniels is a wonderful narrator, I buy many books just because he is the narrator, his range and feel for local dialect is usually spot on, but this one missed the mark so far it was distracting.

I blame the producers for this and it seems to be a common problem. The producers should know/understand local dialect and make sure the narrator is informed on said dialect. The sad thing about this book...Luke Daniels can and does nail this local dialect so much at times, in other stories I have listened to, he sounds just like my husband (who is born and bred in this area)and his family.

WHY he didn't do that with this reading is sad since the theme of the book is an awesome theme for this local and needed the local dialect and flair of the Cajun Bayou speak (even the most educated in this area still hold to the roots of their Cajun speak, it's a tradition, not a show of ignorance.)

Add to all this:
There's some ---off base with the facts social justice warrior stuff---- going on thru the book that is annoying.
I live on the very River Road west of New Orleans that is mentioned often in the book. The description of the plantation is pretty much spot on for one that is about 40 minutes west of me. So the author has done some kind of research (Google maybe?) but she absolutely misses the local emotions, but I think she Googled the wrong part of the south.

She's got more Atlanta, GA "Gone with the Wind/Tara" going on here...the feel of the characters and the local setting then she has a Louisiana plantation. They may appear to be the same animal, but they ain't, and it is a glaring discrepancies for this local, so much so, it was frustrating to the point of being distracting.

About the time I could settle into the story line another "way off base with the fact/feel for the area" would pop up and I'd loose my train of though and enthusiasm for the story line.

Like I said I can suspend belief but I can't suspended what is fact.....to enjoy a book.
*sigh*

If you want to know what the folks really sound like in the area she used for the background of this story line....go grab James L. Burke's Dave Robicheaux series, narrated by Will Patton. Listen to one chapter and you will understand why a local would be so frustrated with the way the author plotted the local and characters out and how the producers really failed with the narration.

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  • George A Bear
  • 06-22-18

Second Krewe of Hunters book

This is the second Krewe of Hunters book by Heather Graham. It follows straight on from book 1 but could be read (listened to) as a standalone book.

Romance, murder and ghosts fill the pages of a story set on the banks of the Mississippi. A modern day reenactment of a small Civil War skirmish draws old grudges, spectors and murder!

The book is as 'easy' (non demanding) listen.