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Midnight in St. Petersburg (The Invisible War Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara J Webb
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Book Description

Rose Daziani is a sensitive—a powerful psychic who can read the hearts of those around her and see things no one else can. It’s a neat party trick, but doesn’t exactly pay the rent. That is, until a mysterious phone call summons her halfway around the world to the exotic city of St. Petersburg, Russia, and offers her a job using those psychic gifts she’s kept secret all her life.

But it turns out there’s a reason Rose is worth so much to her employers. Her team—a vampire, a fae-blooded hunter, and a priest Templar—can’t stop fighting with each other, mired in centuries-old grudges. The supernatural community of St. Petersburg is on the brink of war, and Rose herself has drawn the attention of a killer who will stop at nothing to get the vengeance he seeks. Rose will have to dig deep to find the truths that lie beneath the surface if she wants to succeed…or survive.

Product Details

  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615648061
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Frontiers (May 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083DLJNI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A promising start December 16, 2012
My rating is closer to 3.5-3.75 stars but I rounded up.
**This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

This is a book that very much caught my attention because I love urban fantasy. I was hoping it would be as good as it looked.

When I started this book I was pretty disappointed. The first 100 pages dragged on for me and the pace didn't really pick up until about page 150. I could have put the book down before this point.

When the action got going and I got drawn into the world, I really started to enjoy myself. The book doesn't have any romance to speak of (the barest hint here or there) or sex appeal so if you are looked for that, you aren't in luck. However, it does have interesting characters and a cool world that really snagged me in the end. I was up late finishing the book and ended up really enjoying myself.

What I disliked were small things. I HATED that they called magic men (warlocks or what have you) "voiders" - UGH - I understand the reference in the book to their lack of presence to a "sensitive" but when you are in the medical field like I am, all I thought about was urination . Pee pee and more pee. Each time they said voider I gave a little grimace inside. I have no idea if anyone else would have that reaction!

Another thing was the main character, Rose, was a bit of a tough nut to crack. She doesn't convey her emotions much, which bothered me. There is no "her heart pounded" or "she held back tears." She is kind of just there and very very persistent. I wanted more relate-ability from her character.

I also tend to compare all urban fantasies, especially involving the fae, to the Fever series. This book doesn't come close to that book in any regard. However, it isn't a very similar book in most ways so I know it's an unfair comparison.

Overall, I left the book feeling satisfied, which is more than I can say with many books I'm reading these days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome True Blood-esque Novel Set in Russia May 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Midnight in St. Petersburg is a very entertaining urban fantasy novel in the same vein as HBO's True Blood series--which is based on New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels . . . but this book is set in the broken and predatory city of St. Petersburg, Russia, a dirty jewel of a city on the shores of the Baltic. The dark aura of the city radiates from the pages and is always present, watching and waiting to strike the well-drawn characters pulled into its hungry shadow.

Author Barbara J. Webb gives us a fascinating view of the old world and all the supernatural creatures that have been secretly living there for millennia fighting an Invisible War with each other, and against "voiders," humans who use dark magic to level the playing field. St. Petersburg has been the site of many recent murders of vampires and voiders both, and if the killers are not found out soon, the Invisible War will be explode and many more voiders and vampires will die.

Into this backdrop of secrecy and violence the main character, Rose is drawn into a brooding world of vampires, creepy fae creatures, and shadowy wizards. She is flown to Russia first class to listen to a job offer, and her unknown employers don't care about her degree in social work. They want Rose for her rare gift, a talent that almost no one in the world possesses. She is a sensitive, with an "othersense" ability that allows her to know the history of places and things, and even people. Though she is not named one in the text, she is a retrocognitive, and has visions of what has gone before. She can also see into the hearts of people, and though she cannot know their thoughts, she can see into their souls--making her the perfect person to help with a murder investigation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting start to a series April 3, 2013
By Jeba
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There was a lot to like about this book, although I had some issues with it as well. The biggest point in its favor was the characters - they were interesting, charming, and well developed, with consistent motivations and distinct voices. The two main characters (I say that because we get their perspectives, not necessarily because of their importance to the story) are a militant old priest, who is a seasoned warrior with deep seated prejudices, and a powerful young sensitive, who is just beginning to discover the supernatural world. Both of them learn and grow, along with their companions, and are engaging enough to keep the novel moving through the slow parts.
The plotting, on the whole, was also pretty well done. The story was briskly paced, offering up new villains and allies, shifting loyalties, and fights with just about every chapter. A romance is hinted at, but thankfully not made central to the story. Eventually things do get a little repetitive, with the same sequence of events happening a few times, but the strong characterization pulls it through.
I did have some issues with the logic of the story - for some reason the part-human descendents of fairies and fairies themselves have a mutual hatred for one another for reasons that aren't really explained - but on the whole I thought it was a good start for a series. Some questions were answered, but more were raised, and I'd be very interested in seeing where this goes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot March 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were nicely developed and the plot was unusual and interesting. Nice work, Barbara! The blending of good guys found unique expression throughout the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth completing
This is my third reading of "Midnight in St. Petersburg". As I recall I was slow to enjoy it the first reading through but well before halfway through, I fell in love with... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Christina G. Sammons
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfying Read
I was very impressed with Ms. Webb's first full length novel. The story was rich and engaging with a good pace that blended exposition with action beautifully. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kim Greenburg
3.0 out of 5 stars I have not read this yet
I haven't read this yet but i am looking forward to reading it. it has gotten very good reviews by previous readers and i find reader reviews to be accurate.
Published 21 months ago by millshouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
IF you love a good twisted mystery with lots of interconnected storylines and a fast pace, coupled with a heavy dose of the supernatural, this book is for you. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Nefer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
A satisfying blend of fantastical beings backed by a solid tale. Can't wait to read more about the team that includes a magician a vampire an empath and a fae. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jill
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Great But a Solid First Novel
This is the first book in a series (The Invisible War) and it is a reasonable start. The author crowded in too many different types (Vampires, Voiders, Fae & Sensative) into the... Read more
Published on October 28, 2012 by K. Schweighauser
5.0 out of 5 stars You Heard it Here First
Really no way to say what must be said without sounding a bit elitist, so here goes: If you're like me, you are apt to approach titles published outside of major houses with a... Read more
Published on August 20, 2012 by antiphonus
5.0 out of 5 stars Characters - check. Magic - check. Reality - check. Wait...what?
A little caveat: Though I have read some fantasy fiction (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter), my genres of choice tend to be more in the mystery and often historical sections of... Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Katrina K
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychics, Vampires, Faeries, Mages and Priests Make a Volatile Mix.
Have you ever wondered, what would happen if a Psychic, a magic wielding Priest, a Fae-blooded monster hunter and a Vampire walked into the same bar? I have. Read more
Published on May 17, 2012 by Charles Daniel Christopher
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