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Hunted by the Others (An H&W Investigations Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Jess Haines
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

They are the Others--the vampires, mages, and werewolves once thought to exist only in our imaginations. Now they're stepping out of the shadows, and nothing in our world will ever be the same again. . .

In A Town Like This, Being A P.I. Can Be Murder

Shiarra Waynest's detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm--if it doesn't kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York's most powerful vampires.

As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend--a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing--and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren't always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil--whether she likes it or not. . .

"Fresh and snappy, dark and sexy, Hunted By The Others is a paranormal treat you'll gobble down in one eager sitting. Jess Haines is a talent to watch!"
--Lara Adrian, New York Times bestselling author


"Take a sarcastic, likable heroine out of her depth with a mysterious, seductive vampire, add lots of scheming bad guys, and you've got a delightful romp of a book. Jess Haines just became my autobuy!"
--Angela Knight, New York Times bestselling author



"A fun, high octane ride with a take charge heroine who will leave you wanting more."
--Alexandra Ivy, New York Times bestselling author



"Haines' fresh, feisty and fast-paced debut is full of litigious vampires, sexy shapeshifters and a mage sidekick akin to Bond's Q, what more could you want?" --Mark Henry, author of Battle Of The Network Zombies


"Fresh, hilarious, and action-packed. I loved every minute of it."
--Lilith Saintcrow, author of Flesh Circus

"A sexy, bruising tango of supernatural fun and vampiric mayhem."
--Mario Acevedo, author of Jailbait Zombie

Don't Miss The Next Shiarra Waynest Novel

Taken By The Others
Coming Soon!



Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Haines's mediocre debut rounds up the usual urban fantasy suspects and locks them into a plodding PI story. Shiarra Waynest runs a detective agency in an alternate New York where werewolves, vampires, and magi came out in the aftermath of 9/11. She and her wealthy, clever partner–in–crime solving, Sara, usually steer clear of Others, but financial troubles have forced them to take on a case for a mage who wants an artifact currently held by sexy, ancient vampire businessman Alec Royce. With two other good-looking men—cute, geeky mage Arnold and Shiarra's werewolf ex-boyfriend, Chaz—along for the ride, things keep looking like they should heat up, but Shiarra's nonexistent detecting skills and general preference for flailing panic over careful thought keep the plot from ever catching fire or even giving off sparks. (May)
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Review

...Fans of Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series will love the world building in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS...
--All Things Urban Fantasy (allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com)

Talk about being between a rock and a hard place! Haines has created an intriguing cast of characters whose motivations and loyalties will be great fun to explore. Kudos! --RT Book Reviews

Product Details

  • File Size: 385 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1420111876
  • Publisher: Zebra Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003CNQ4H0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines May 4, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shiarra Waynest lives in a world where vampires, werewolves and magi came out to the public after 9/11 deciding to use their supernatural strength and financial backing to help the US pull out of the devastation. Since then, through many court battles, the supernaturals have won against discrimination and have the same rights as humans. However, just because there are laws, doesn't mean people are still not afraid.

Shia and her friend Sara own and operate H&W investigations, a firm that tracks missing people or does surveillance for clients, while they let the police do the actual enforcing. One evening Shia finds herself having dinner with Veronica, a mage whom belongs to The Circle. Veronica needs help - she suspects a vampire, Alec Royce has a focus, a magical device that can allow the owner to control a vampire or werewolf and do evil bidding. The Circle wants a human to get close to Alec, having no magic or supernatural abilities to make him suspicious and find out where he is hiding the magical stone. Shia is terrified of this job, but desperate for money, and she figures she can do this one job and live comfortably the rest of the year.

Alec has other plans for her - and she soon finds herself with the tables turned. When Veronica meets an unfortunate demise and she is forced to work with another magi, Arnold, she realizes many are out to get her, even those that call themselves The White Hats - a radical human group that oppose supernaturals. After her ex-boyfriend reappears in her life, and surprise he is a werewolf, Shia feels her life is getting out of control and she will need all of her friends help if she is to make it in this supernatural world.

Hunted by the Others is the first in the H&W Investigations series by debut author Jess Haines.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shaky Start, Could Get Better August 5, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
_Hunted By The Others_ is kind of a cookie-cutter Urban Fantasy. Throw in a spunky, but very vulnerable heroine (a red-head, naturally, with relationship issues, naturally), vampires, werewolves, mages and and A & B plot to keep things moving and then tie them up.

I don't have a problem with any of that, per-se, but I felt here that Haines didn't tell a coherent and plausible story with the standard elements. Here are my main problems:

SPOILERS START HERE. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

1) The heroine risks too much for too little. Being deathly afraid of vampires and wary of all "Others", it isn't plausible that she would get involved in a dangerous job to scam a master vampire essentially for rent money. This is especially true given that we see her rich partner has carried the agency over dry patches before. Yes, her pride is on the line, but we aren't given enough reasons to see *why* it is so vitally important to her to make a go of it. Yes, it would be embarassing to fold the agency, but it would not cost her the love of her family, put her on the street or damage her ability to find other work.

2) The whole plot point of altering her vampire contract is just nonsensical. It's legal fraud. Her partner admits as much when she says it could get her disbarred. All the vampire has to do is (easily) prove she carried his signature onto a forged document and the scheme blows up. Given she admitted as much to him, this is a stupid plot point. Even if for some reason forged documents are honored once filed in the book's universe (which does *not* seem to be true), why not forge something *useful* ("Vampire will never contact me again after payment of $10,000,000...") rather than "I get to hurt him"?

3) The heroine has a large and close family.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hunted by the Others May 4, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
RATING 3.5 STARS

When Shiarra, a private investigator, is contacted by a coven of magi to steal a magical artifact from a Alec Royce, a very old and powerful vampire, she reluctantly accepts the job. Although she prefers to do business with human clients only, her PI firm is in financial trouble and the job pays well. However, the case is far more complicated than it first seemed and when Shiarra's cover is blown, she finds herself being forced into a life threatening contractual agreement with the very vampire she was hired to steal from. With the help of her business partner, and a few unexpected allies, she must figure out a way to survive the terms of her forced contract with the vampire, and recover the artifact.

I found Hunted by the Others to be an entertaining urban fantasy overall. It has most of what you'd expect for this genre: a supernatural community set in modern day times, a mystery, and some action and adventure. The one thing that was lacking though was the kick-ass heroine. Shiarra falls a bit short in that category with her extreme fear of Others (supernatural beings) and her lack of competency in her own field of work, private investigation. She always seemed to be two steps behind the mystery and her theories tended to fall flat. I expected more from her since she was supposed to be a professional PI. Her aversion to the Others either out of fear or dislike was off-putting for me, and I didn't connect with her in a way I feel I should with a heroine, especially when the story is told from her perspective. I wouldn't go as far as to say I disliked Shiarra, I just wanted more from her as a heroine. I do look forward to seeing her character grow as the series progresses.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hunted by Others
I have some pretty apathetic feelings towards this book. I think there were a lot of parallels to some other series I read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amber R. @AwesomeSauce Book Club
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good kick butt heroine!
Hunted By The Others begins with Shiarra needing money to help her P.I. business. Things aren't going well so when she gets a job offered by one of the "others" she is reluctant... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Thoroughly enjoyed the ride through a different world! To be take "others" and use their abilities to help society! Very unique twist! Looking forward to read more!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start
A very good start to the new series. Very interested to know how the rest of the books will go.
Published 3 months ago by S. A. Sutphin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunted By The Others (1 of series)
This is one that's been on my TBR for awhile, and I snapped it up when it went on sale (Woo hoo!) Loved the book- a strong female lead, with (realistic) insecurities. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I really enjoyed this book and speed through the rest of them that are out now. Love the characters and I am curious to see how it all ends.
Published 6 months ago by Karen Ullrich
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the cookie cutter
After reading the reviews, I waited a long time to try the first of this series. Sometimes I have been pleasantly surprised. This time, I wasn't. Read more
Published 8 months ago by graypast7
4.0 out of 5 stars I like the heroine's voice
What took me so long to try this series? OK, I know the answer to that. I've seen mixed reviews. Some people really, really liked it, while others took issue with a few particular... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good!
*SPOILER FREE

I had this book on my radar for a long time and after I met Jess Haines at last year's AAD, I just had to buckle down and finally read it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Larissa
4.0 out of 5 stars great world
I liked the world, the secondary characters, pretty much everything except the heroine. Shia is a coward and a bad PI.
She's done what she did because of the help of others. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Maya
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I'm a displaced New Yorker with a penchant for the silly, the obscure, and the fantastical. Los Angeles is home for the time being, since it consistently meets my daily quota of strange. I'm currently working on the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series. Find out more about Shiarra Waynest, drop me a line, or join my mailing list at www.jesshaines.com!

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