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The elite Special Crimes Unit, the FBI's most controversial and effective team, is a group of mavericks and misfits trained to use their unique psychic abilities to hunt the worst monsters imaginable - human ones. Led by the enigmatic Noah Bishop, the SCU team has earned a reputation for pitting their skills and cunning against killers that other cops fear. But this time Bishop and his agents face an enemy who has them in his sights, a trained sniper with a deadly plan - and more than one ace up his sleeve.

It starts with an unspeakable series of grisly murders across three states, a trail of blood leading, finally, to the small Tennessee town of Serenade. There, two more brutal murders lure the SCU into what may be the ultimate trap.

One of the first investigators on the scene, Special Agent Hollis Templeton is willing to push herself as hard and as far as necessary. Risking more than her life to help and protect her fellow SCU members, Hollis is coping with psychic abilities that are evolving in unprecedented ways, an attraction to the most complex man she's ever known, and a serial murder investigation that has just turned very, very personal.

In her time with the SCU, Hollis has shown an uncanny ability to survive even the most deadly attacks. But what she doesn't count on is that this killer intends to destroy the team from within.

The clock is ticking. The body count is rising. And as Bishop and his agents race to uncover the identity of their true enemy, not even their special senses can warn them just how bloody, and how terrifyingly close, the truth will be.

©2010 Kay Hooper (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    3 out of 5 stars

Too many characters

This book had too many characters and it was very hard to keep them straight. The story was hard to follow and I was ready for it to be over.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

I only finished it because I paid for it

Narration was poor, story line almost intractable and the characters blurry.

There has to be something better for your $

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Horrible

I believe this is the first audio book that I've not been able to finish. I thought it was about a murder but then the story line would turn to the relationships of the psychic characters so I started thinking that it was really about the group of psychic detectives, then it went back to the murder. I couldn't figure out if the murder was an afterthought or what. Terrible narration, terrible story line, hideous characters. I would not recommend this book to anyone and would like to redeem my credit for another book entirely! Save your credits and your money.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    1 out of 5 stars

Sorry I spent money for this book!

This story was so hard to follow with all of its various characters coming in at different times during the story. The "Reader" was terrible. Her "male" voices were a joke. Any chance at making them romantic was ridiculous. She made them sound like something out of Spanky and our Gang. I'm sorry I spent good money on this book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Classic Kay Hooper

This is a classic Kay Hooper story, she has been on my favorite author list for a long while. This is the first of her books I've gotten on audio. A couple of complaints I've read in previous reviews, the story can be a little hard to follow, especially when you start with this book. There are several predecessors that introduced the majority of "players" in this book, and a lot of history... definitely start with her earlier works. I think that the narrator did pretty well considering the sheer number of characters, though I think it would have been easier to "listen to" with a couple of narrators. Other than that I have nothing bad to say, I'm sure I'll listen to the story again, though I am tempted to dust off all of the paperbacks of the previous stories, and start over.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Nichole
  • South Dartmouth, MA, USA
  • 04-21-10

Great book but not for a first read

This is a terrific book IF you have already read the other books in the Bishop series. I absolutely loved reading about all the characters I've met in all the other books. The number of characters would be overwhelming to someone who hasn't read the previous books. I can understand why some of the previous reviewers had a hard time with this book. It is absolutely not the book to start with but if you've been reading this series (especially since the beginning) it is awesome! You have to read the other two books in the Blood series first because the plot is complicated and ties directly to the other two books.

As for the narrator, I have no problem with her. The narration is typical Joyce Bean. If you've listened to her before, this is nothing different.

In a nutshell, fantastic book for Kay Hooper fans.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Mediocre at best.

What would have made Blood Ties better?

If you want a frilly investigation novel that is based on speculation and magical telepathic powers, you may enjoy the book. There isn't one ounce of actual research on FBI/police methods of investigation. Lots of romance junk.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • ellen
  • United States
  • 11-02-11

Not worth downloading....

Not well written....shallow characters..poor dialogue...I could not listen to more than the first third of the book....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Read

I only gave 4 stars because my phone wouldn’t let me choose 5!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing.

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Blood Ties

I really enjoyed the presentation. Enjoyed the book also.
Only wish that her books had sequence to them.