• Retribution

  • A Dark-Hunter Novel
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,188 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon comes the next thrilling installment in her blockbuster Dark-Hunter® series.

Harm no human…

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief - Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meeting the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster….

Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.

Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.

Bite into another Dark-Hunter novel.
©2011 Sherrilyn Kenyon (P)2011 Macmillan Audio

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Love Holter Graham......BUT........

What did you like best about Retribution? What did you like least?

Love Jess from Dance with the Devil, and glad to see him get a story, but I'm very confused...I downloaded this book the day it came out, and listened to it many times, as it was so very different from the other DH books, with the native American theme and all.....
Then, in anticipation of the upcoming "Time Untime" I listened to it again this week, and it was different ...I mean, the end was different.... Much more detail, and I am VERY confused....

What didn’t you like about Holter Graham’s performance?

He really has no range.... All his characters sound "American" despite the discriptions of their ethnic backgrounds....While, in comparison to Maggie meg reed, carrington macduffie, and (shudder) William Dupree, he's the lessor of all evils, he can't seem to remember that he's done these books before, and doesn't carry through with his characters.... The main discrepancy being Nick, but there are many more....Sin, Zarek, Dev, etc.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably, out of morbid curiosity

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Too Short

I love the Dark Hunter series, but I was disappointed with this book. I felt the story was too similar of structure to the other books. Not to mention there was only one love scene and the end was wrapped up way too quickly. It felt like Kenyon had quit and wanted to finish the book in one paragraph. However, I LOVED the bonus part with Acheron and his new baby. Thank you very much for that. I was so excited and happy to be able to know how that turned out. Still- I will be looking for the next book.

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Was left hanging ...

Don't get me wrong -- I loved the book, and really enjoy the Dark Hunter series. However, I felt a little let down when the end came, having expected more from the build up of the story. The story of Buffalo, Butterfly, Coyote and Wren was intriguing -- however, I felt in the end as if it was unresolved in the bigger story of the book, with only the disclaimer that more would be expected in time to come.

Also, the main theme of the Dark Hunter books was almost skipped over here, with various forays into the realm, and yet kind of like swiss cheese. I wish Ms. Kenyon had written a longer book, where everything was more part of the whole, and not so many scenes strung together.

Hopefully, she plans to pull this together in a further story down the road, but I have my doubts. And, I will say, the bonus at the end of the book was great!

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awesomely awesome book loved it can't stop listening to them and can't wait for the next credit to get next book

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solid Dark-Hunter book

The shift in story was a lil forced and made the last quarter a little awkward and def just seemed like she needed a story to open up for the larger novel Time Untime which overall is much better. Maybe it would have been better told without the traditional two lead romance formula like most of her novels and maybe just been like Styxx or Acheron where it primarily focused on one character and one story instead of going from the more low key personal revenge story about a girl who believes her parents were murdered a Dark-Hunter and wants revenge to a Native American prophecy about the end of the world as well as the main cast being decendant or reincarnations of ancient lovers cursed...Kenyon why does your later novels have to go from 0-100 lately I wish this would have been 1 or the other not both because neither story felt resoolved correctly. oh and the fact the story takes place in the course of 2 count em 2 nights.

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A little harder to follow the story line.

I'm a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon and have read all the dark hunter series. I had a little bit more trouble following this book, because it entered so much new info and hard to keep characters straight. Look at Sherrilyn's website for additional help.

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I was left disappointed! Bonus chapter GREAT!!!!!!

I love Sherrilyn Kenyon, but felt the book needed to be longer and more detailed etc. I think more information needed to be added to explain the stoy and build a greater love affair. However the bonus chapter made the rest of the book worth the purchase, so glad to had more of Tory and Ash. The narrator as always was great.

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Hard listen

While her books are always good, this one was so hard to keep going on. Super slow moving, couldn’t connect to the characters, and just not normal DH style. Glad in didn’t give up because the bonus chapter at the end made the book worth it.

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not my favorite

I love the series but this one was a little hard to follow the story line

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Full of unnecessary repetition

I started out totally in love with this series.... and then I realized that the novels are 50% unnecessary filler.
"He had never felt", "never had he heard", "never had anyone", "she had never been", "he had never been", "never had she seen", "nothing had ever smelled", "nobody had ever",.... and on and on and on the filler goes. You would think that an editor would have mentioned how annoying this repetitive bullshit is. The books would be so much better if she cut that unnecessary crap out. It seems like she does it to meet a minimum page requirement, to the detriment of her novels. With every novel you listen to it becomes more irritating, to the point it is hard to enjoy the actual STORY.
NEVER have I ever been so annoyed with an author. NEVER have I been so disappointed in a series that had such potential!

The ENTIRE "Dark Hunter" series would be a million times better if it was narrated by Robert Petkoff..... Audible, PLEASE do us a favor and have R.P. re- record this series!!!
If you are serious fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon do yourself a huge favor and listen to the "After Dark Immortals" by Kresley Cole, you'll thank me later!