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Cry Mercy (Mercy Hollings) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 2009

Book 3 of 3 in the Mercy Hollings Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Mercy Hollings
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778326489
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778326489
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,928,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just the right balance of intrigue, excitement, romance, and humor.
Heather Wyland
Her work gives her the opportunity to use those talents to help others and keep the talent from escaping her control.
jjmachshev
Often the environment is more developed than the characters and the plot.
A. McKinnon

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jjmachshev VINE VOICE on June 3, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I like Toni Andrews 'Mercy' series and her latest "Cry Mercy" had me glued to the pages. This isn't really a romance, per se; there are romantic elements, but this is essentially the story of a woman with unusual abilities living her life. Her differences and the reactions of people in her past have caused her to close herself off. Recent experiences though, have brought her into contact with people-some with special talents, some without-and she's learning that EVERYONE is different in some way. So although this series so far has centered on her growing talents and her struggle to use them without abusing herself or others, for me it's just a fascinating series of stories about someone struggling to be themself and be happy...and find love of course.

Mercy works as a hypnotherapist, very convenient since she has the ability to 'push' her wishes on others. Her work gives her the opportunity to use those talents to help others and keep the talent from escaping her control. Recently, she's noticed some changes in her talent and that's not necessarily a good thing. She's also become involved with a group of 'friends', very different for the loner Mercy's always tried to be. But now having friends means trying to help them, and somehow Mercy has become involved in trying to save a friend and his younger brother from continued life in a gang, but to do that she'll have to use her 'push' in ways she's never tried before. Mercy also delves into her past; trying to discover more about her birth parents and prove, once and for all, if she's really human...or something more.

If you've not read any of the Mercy books, I wouldn't suggest beginning here--you'll miss alot of the changes in Mercy's life that make each book so engrossing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Winterfox on June 18, 2009
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In this third installment of the excellent Mercy Hollings series, Mercy, a psychic who can "push" people to do her will, faces her 30th birthday, a startling revelation about her ruined childhood, and dangerous confrontations with street gangs.

Tino, leader of a powerful local gang, has been trying to go straight with the help of some of Mercy's friends. To finally release himself from the Hombres Locos, he must negotiate a delicate deal with not only his own gang, but the leaders of several other gangs in the region. He recruits Mercy to help him "hypnotize" the other leaders into agreeing to his terms that will free not only him, but his reluctant little brother.

Andrews is a master of teasing out little bits of information on the long arc (Mercy's origins), and giving us a great story for the immediate arc. None of her characters are dull, and Tino is one of the best. In Cry Mercy, we learn about Tino and his family, meeting some interesting new faces along the way.

Mercy's integration into "normal" life-a life with friends-continues, as she reluctantly accepts a 30th birthday party from Sukey, and quietly deals with Sam's continued presence in her life. She has been forced to trust some, and is learning to trust others.

I continue to be absolutely taken with this series, and cannot recommend it highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RhondaL on May 20, 2009
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If you're skittish because you know that Toni Andrews is a romance author and that you "don't read romance," then get over it because this is a good book for you.

CRY MERCY is a story about a loner who's not anymore. It's gritty, got some dramatic jolts and will make you laugh.

It's also about the efforts of a gang leader working to go straight.

This is the first book I've read in the Mercy Hollings series. I didn't feel lost at all when I dropped into Mercy's world.

Now I'm eager to read the first two books in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pacey1927 VINE VOICE on July 26, 2009
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I have really enjoyed this series from the get go. In this volume, our favorite hypnotist with powers has several things to deal with on the table. She meets her ex boyfriend Sam's father who is suffereing from Altzheimers, she continues the search into her mysterious birth and adoption and she finds herself right in the middle of her friend Tino's inner gang war. Tino wants to leave the gang and wants safe passage for himself and his younger brother. That Mercy just may be able to help is a bonus. This series isn't great because of Mercy's powers or even the action that intermingles through the stories. This series is great because of the amazing cast of supporting characters Mercy has around her. Hilda the sociatlite, Tino the gang leader, Grant, a millionaire, and Sukey, the best friend with telepathic powers herself. Add in Cupcake the dog and we have one of the most well rounded, character driven series on the market today. The only reason for a four rather than five star rating is because Tino's story takes up the majority of this book, and I didn't think it was nearly as interesting as the subplots. I did find Tino's mother and brother interesting characters in their own right. I am very excited to read future volumes in this series.
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I can't really recommend this book- or this series. Book 3 in Ms. Andrews' 'Mercy' series, which begins with Beg for Mercy (Mercy Hollings, Book 1), suffers from the same pitfalls as I found in earlier books: an annoying lack of compelling conflict.

I really want to like this series. Good points:
- The concept is intriguing, enough so that I keep coming back
- Mercy is a great character, full of human flaws and inhuman potential
- A couple of the supporting characters are well developed and engaging, such as the love interest. Though, not all of them are- one or two are annoyingly shallow.
- The ongoing subplot around the mystery of Mercy's heritage is highly compelling.

All of that not withstanding, I have to concentrate in order to make it through the book. The plots seem, frankly, weak and provincial. There just isn't that much at stake and there are never any surprises. The stories are highly predictable and lack luster.

I can appreciate the way Ms. Andrews is humanizing the stories, but I think she is trying too hard- or perhaps hard enough. This story in particular centered around the adversity faced by a supporting character that I had never developed more than a superficial affinity for in the first place. Tino is a gang leader of questionable moral values- I never really found myself identifying much with him. It was very hard to really CARE all that much about the outcome. Even as he struggled to raise himself out of his criminal life, he never acknowledges it as being wrong and even works to MAINTAIN his lucrative connections. Tino works as a supporting character to lend color to the books.
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