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Darkness Haunts: Book 1 (Sensor Series) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Illene
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Book Description

Melena Sanders faced her fair share of danger with insurgents and terrorists when she served in the U.S. Army, but now she is about to go up against a new threat. Her best friend, Aniya, has disappeared while on a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska—a supernatural haven. Most humans have no idea darker races lurk amongst them. Mel knows better. If she wants to get her friend back, she’s going to have to go in alone—but not unarmed.

Melena has a few special skills the Army didn’t provide, but the odds are still against her. She’s got to come up with a plan fast that doesn’t involve her, or her friend, dying. But danger likes to play it rough. A war for power is about to rise in Fairbanks and if she wants to get Aniya back, she’s going to have to step right into the middle of it.

Word count: 92,000 (approximate)

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About the Author

Susan Illene is the author of the Sensor series. She served eleven years in the U.S. Army as a human resources specialist and as an Arabic linguist. After leaving the Army, she attended the University of Oklahoma to study history. Susan and her husband live in Oklahoma. Visit her at

An award-winning storyteller and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cris Dukehart has narrated books in a plethora of genres, from romance, science fiction, and young adult to children's literature and autobiography. Her voice, with an endearing mix of sweetness and pluck, can be heard around the world and across the Web in commercials, e-learning projects, and corporate narrations.

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  • Language: English
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The boys from Supernatural have nothing on this girl... January 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Susan Illene is an impressive new author who has successfully translated her military skills and love for all creatures supernatural into a convincing and well-written tale of danger, action and supernatural intrigue. Her world, a parallel civilization to our own, is crawling with vampires, werewolves, witches and pixies--and that's only the start. If you can imagine a creature of legend, chances are you'll find it here, running a local dance club, living in an apartment next door or driving a bus load of children to school. In short, I utterly loved the merging of our modern world with Illene's brand of legend and lore.

Melena Sanders would be a normal, attractive, retired military girl (much like the author, it would appear from the bio) if it weren't for two unusual abilities: Melena can sense and recognize any supernatural creature, no matter what kind of disguise it might be wearing, and she is completely immune to magic. Unfortunately for her, those are two traits that supernatural creatures (sups as we come to know them) absolutely abhor. So, Melena might as well be wearing a target on her back when she travels from California to Alaska in search of a missing friend. The fact that this rural, northern state boasts one of the highest concentrations of sups in the country makes her quest all the more perilous.

The twists and turns of the story are fun, surprising and, in some cases, shocking. There are moments when it seems almost certain that Melena cannot survive, and her ever-deepening and varied relationships make this a must-read for anyone drawn to the supernatural and paranormal genres. I especially love the interaction and evolution of her relationship with Lucas, a powerful nephilim who seems to want her dead and alive at the same time.

This is a truly fascinating first book, and I expect to be an early customer for book two in this "Sensor" series.

Highly recommended.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Debut February 9, 2013
By Theo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Darkness Haunts is an impressive first novel. It is the product of someone who clearly knows how to write, and how to get the reader involved in a story. I've actually had rather good luck with indie authors myself (perhaps because I pay careful attention to the reviews here on Amazon!), but I'm well aware that there are others who haven't. So the main thing I'd say on that front is that yes, this is a fully professional effort.

By the standards of urban fantasy, the world of Darkness Haunts is fairly traditional. If, like me, you spent a large chunk of the `90s playing games like Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse, this is fundamentally a landscape you're already well familiar with. It's not identical to the world of such games, of course. But there are no huge breaks with tradition.

Yet despite all this, the very label "urban fantasy" is in some ways an ironic one. For although clearly placed in our own modern - and very much real - world, much of the action of Darkness Haunts unfolds in rural and semi-wilderness landscapes. It's here the author's world-crafting skills are given more free reign. What Illene has built here is sufficiently compelling that I'd actually be rather interested to see how she'd handle a more mundane story set against a similar backdrop.

If I had to mark out one thing that prevents me from giving this story five stars, I'd have to say I wouldn't have minded more - dare I say it? - "Shades of Gray" in the characters. The best way I can put it is like this: Melena, our heroine, is kind of like Luke Skywalker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to the series! January 27, 2013
By KristyA
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

Melena is a not-quite-human, trying to keep a low profile and avoid detection by supernaturals, as they are a threat to her very existence. Melena is a rare sensor -- she can sense supernaturals and is immune to magic -- and she is thrust into an association with a variety of sups when her best friend goes missing.

I loved the military aspects of this novel. That, together with Melena's special gifts, makes her a kick ass heroine. She does have a very human aspect to her as well, which helps to round out her character. The secondary characters were good, although I would have liked to have read a bit more depth. The characters all took events a little too easily in their stride. I also would have liked to see a bit more of an internal and external struggle between Melena and Derrick at various times. Derrick went from jailer to close friend in the space of a couple of days and it would have been great to have more insight into this. I think because of how much I liked the characters, I just wanted to get to know them better -- to really feel their confusion, conflict, fear and friendship.

I love the paranormal genre and it's always so refreshing to read a book with some original concepts (or original to me anyway). This book has a little bit of everything: sensors, weres, vampires, witches, a pixie, mystic, fairy, nephilim, shaman...

The story line was interesting and I read the whole book in one go. I think this was a great first book, and I am hanging out for the next one in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite in my kindle!!
This story was engaging from beginning to end. It was well written and made you feel for the characters. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amanda R Browder
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay, not great
I felt this book badly needed a good editor. There were places that were so oddly written, they stopped me cold! Read more
Published 13 days ago by Dog Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I like this new type of paranormal. I could not put the book down. I have already bought the second book and plan to start it once I'm done with this review!
Published 28 days ago by Wintershade
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Such a great new series for me! While waiting for Kate and Curran(Ilona Andrews), I'm enjoying Mel and her subs! Great great book! Starting the second one right now!
Published 1 month ago by Monicaocoatl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy novel
This is an awesome book with a great storyline. I was turned on to this after reading Shannon Mayer's books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book can't wait for next book!
Published 1 month ago by SKYHIGirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a series I will continue - it was ok but nothing memorable
I had mixed feelings about this one so I think breaking it down would be best:

The pros:
* A strong will heroine that was tough
* I really liked the abundance... Read more
Published 1 month ago by hollieanne
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good urban fantasy
I found the premise interesting and the book relatively free of editorial problems. I didn't appreciate the opening scene and found it unlikely that the main character would have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jbetht
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good story
This was a great read. The heroine was likable and so were the rest of the "good guys". The ending was very satisfying after a fast-moving story.
Published 1 month ago by R. Fletcher Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great read
Totally surprised, Susan went in a new direction and at first was kind of wondering if I liked it until landing in Alaska . Now I'm hooked and ready for the next book. Read more
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More About the Author

Instead of making the traditional post high school move and attending college, Susan joined the U.S. Army. She spent her eighteenth birthday in the gas experience she is sure is best left for criminals. For eleven years she served first as a human resources specialist and later as an Arabic linguist (mostly in Airborne units). Though all her duty assignments were stateside, she did make two deployments to Iraq where her language skills were put to regular use.

After leaving the service in 2009, Susan returned to school at the University of Oklahoma to study history with a focus on the Middle East. She no longer finds many opportunities to test her fighting abilities in real life, unless her husband is demanding she cook him a real meal, but she's found a new outlet in writing urban fantasy heroines who can.

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