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Product Details

  • Series: Fear (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; First Edition edition (August 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553803166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553803167
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hooper (Sense of Evil; Touching Evil; etc.) pits a team of psychic special agents against a diabolical serial killer in the first installment of her new Fear trilogy. Kidnapping would-be victims in Golden, N.C., the murderer sets up a torturous ending for them and then dares the lawmen to arrive in time for a last-second rescue. The primary agent assigned to stop the carnage is Lucas Jordan, who leads the investigation with a unique team of clairvoyant agents. He also gets a significant assist from Samantha Burke, a former lover who ends up on the case when she arrives in Golden working as a sideshow psychic for a traveling carnival. The initial chapters are rather boilerplate as Hooper focuses on the team's futile efforts to save local victims, but the action picks up when the murders turn personal and the kidnapper abducts a cop and then drowns her in a glass tank. His next would-be victim is Golden's sheriff. At the novel's climax, Jordan must get past his emotions to access his own psychic talent when the kidnapper turns his gaze on Samantha Burke. Hooper does a nice job of keeping the psychic material credible, and the murderer's constant shifts in methodology provide a welcome series of surprising plot twists. This is a solid entry in the annals of paranormal crime-solving.
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"Kay Hooper comes through with thrills [and] chills."
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KAY HOOPER is the award-winning author of Sleeping with Fear, Stealing Shadows, and more than ten other novels of suspense and intrigue along with dozens of other books. She lives in North Carolina.

Customer Reviews

Most books I will read a chapter then put the book down for a few days.
The characters are each well developed and their relationships are as much a part of the story as the murders.
Darcia Helle
OK plot, but way too much yalking about relationships between the characters.
Terence M. Hines

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A. Marbach VINE VOICE on August 31, 2004
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I am an avid Kay Hooper fan- because she is always able to keep me guessing until the very end...and she didn't disappoint me this time.

In this book, Lucas Jordan of the Special Crimes Unit is called in to deal with a serial kidnapper, who puts his victims in hazardous contraptions that will kill them eventually if they are not found in time...and so far- no one has gotten out alive.

In true Hooper style this book is fast paced, and intriguing. And as always there is a paranormal thread that ties the story together. The serial kidnapper is playing a game of life and death with Jordan, and so far the kidnapper is winning. Lucas Jordan of the SCU is experiencing a paranormal block that is only allowing him reach the kidnapped victims to late. The only question is can Luke overcome the block before someone else is killed.

Hooper incorporates the paranormal, romance, and lots of suspense, that kept me turning the pages! Her characters are not run of the mill heros, but real people with real problems and issues- which makes them interesting.

It is going to be a long wait until Summer 2005 when the next book is scheduled to come out.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on December 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Hooper is one of the best when it comes to the paranormal suspense genre. She has kicked off a new series with "Hunting Fear" and if this is any indication of how good this series is going to be...well, lets just say you won't want to miss a single title.

Bishop is back with his crime fighting team that uses more than police investingation techiques to catch the bad guy. In Ms. Hoopers latest Lucas Jordan is tracking a serial kidnapper that takes the victim, askes for the ransom, and than kills the victim all without leaving any clues behind. Luke as been on his trail for eighteen months when the case takes a turn and becomes very personal. Now the clock is ticking and his past has now caught up to his future but is he strong enough to deal with the fear that lives inside of him?

Samantha Burke has not had an easy life. She lives day to day working as a seer for a carnival and it's one night at the carnivale that she picks up an item and has a vision. She knows that she must face her past and that means dealing with Lucas Jordan. But that's okay because she has the strength to do what she must in order to stop a serial killer that hunts a person's fear.

This was a strong paranormal romance that fans of Ms. Hooper will inhale. This is a complex story with equally complex characters. Readers will be drawn to both Lucas and Sam for very different reasons. Their chemistry is intense but will not overshadow the main storyline and that is catching a killer before he has a chance to kill again. I highly recommend Ms. Hooper as well as her latest effort.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Larrabee on September 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Lucas Jordan, FBI agent and profiler comes to Clayton County, North Carolina to track and capture a notorious serial kidnapper, whose has been on a killing spree for 18 months. Noah Bishop recruited Jordan five years ago to work for a Special Crimes Unit of the FBI. Lucas had been working a kidnapping case in Clayton County with the help of Samantha Blake. Not by coincidence, he encounters once again Samantha Blake, a seer, "Madame Zarina" working for a traveling carnival in Golden, North Carolina. Sam connects with people by having psychic visions by her sense of touch. Lucas in contrast connects with people in danger by their sense of fear. Sheriff Wyatt Metcalf and his staff are working the kidnapping case of Mitch Callahan as the FBI arrives on the scene. Wyatt Metcalf and Police Officer Lindsay Graham are lovers when they're off duty. Time quickly runs out on two victims. Lucas and his partner Jaylene are too late to rescue Mitch Callahan and Police Officer Lindsay Graham. Working together to the best of their psychic and non-psychic abilities, Lucas and Sam find a third victim in time. The killer seems to enjoy being one step ahead of Lucas. Sam predicts that Lucas needs her to win this "game" as they believe the killer likes to perceive it. Clayton County is the perfect place with miles of uninhabited land for these crimes to take place. The Carnival after Dark serves as a distraction to the residents of Golden. However with publicity from working the case, Sam develops a notoriety that attracts the killer. Hunting Fear keeps you on the edge of your seat, guessing and hoping they will find the killer before its too late.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Voice performer par excellence Dick Hill delivers one more stunning reading of a suspense tale heightened by the presence of the paranormal. Those with a penchant for psychics will find this right down their alley. Those who appreciate a compelling voice performance will applaud Dick Hill.

Author Hooper begins her Fear series by introducing Lucas Jordan and his team of clairvoyants. Now, Lucas is a cop with more than attitude - he's known for finding missing persons. Needle in a haystack? Doesn't faze Lucas, a profiler in Noah Bishop's Special Crimes Unit.

North Carolina is the setting; the place where Lucas has come to find not only a kidnapper but a killer. Not satisfied with just snatching victims, this psycho has to kill them. Also on hand in this small Southern town is Samantha Burke (a page from Lucas's past) now a carnival psychic. Of course, the local constabulary doesn't think much of Lucas or Samantha.

Lucas always rises to a challenge but this case becomes more than that when a fellow officer is a victim. Now, it's up to him to find the killer before the killer finds him.

Sustained suspense throughout proves to be Grade A listening.

- Gail Cooke
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