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Preying for Keeps (Shadowrun 21) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451453743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451453747
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I write in a number of fields, but always with the hope of telling an interesting tale that will incite a reader to think for himself or herself, to examine his or her own place in the world, and offer a little nudge in the direction of dreams, faith, and personal growth in spite of whatever odds a person has to face. I also believe we were all put here for a purpose. Hopefully, several purposes. I'm a father, a little league coach, a teacher, a friend, and a writer. I struggle to keep that balance, as many of us do these days, but I hold tightly to the belief that I'm doing all I can be doing, and doing what I should be doing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this book quite a bit compared to most of the books that have come from FASA. I appreciated that level of ingenuity and realism (for the genre) in the novel, especially compared to The Dragonheart Saga (which was good, but...). Definitely worth five stars. I just wish I could say the same for Odom's latest Shadowrun book.
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From the opening pages of 'Preying For Keeps' by Mel Odom, I could tell this was going to be a non-stop, slam-bang page-turner of a novel. And it was. The intensity doesn't let up at all for the first 150 pages or so, then, after a short breather that lasts all of maybe 10 pages, it's in full-throttle mode again all the way up to the last page.

Here's the basic plot: In Seattle, Jack Skater and his team of shadowrunners are set-up big time during a run, in which they barely escape intact, and the list of potential suspects grows increasingly large as the story moves along; with the mob, the yakuza, some small-time hoods, and a huge biotech corporation out of the Tir all making that list. Meanwhile, a strange virus is spreading through Seattle that turns it's victims into raving killers.

Odom can definitely write a captivating story, and this one looked like it was shaping up to be a great sci-fi/fantasy novel period, not just a great Shadowrun novel. Unfortunately, it felt a little rushed in places. And considering Odom seems to write 4-5 novels a year (in every genre imaginable), this is almost inevitable. Too bad he didn't devote a little more time in ironing out everything, especially near the end. Still, this is definitely one of the best novels in the series, and features some of the most memorable characters to ever grace the pages of Shadowrun. But the words "what could have been" seem to pop in my mind when I read this novel, and is the main reason I don't consider it one of the elite, 5-star Shadowrun novels, of which there are only a handful.

4.0 stars as far as gaming-related fiction goes.
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By A Customer on April 11, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the closest thing I've read to a perfect Shadowrun novel. It has nearly everything that a shadowrun adventure should have ( a chase sequence, magic, kidnapping, mystery, data theft, gunfights, etc...) and it's written very well. There is even a surprise 'celebrity appearence' later on the story.
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By A Customer on March 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story is a bad a** story. A story that would rival the "Dragon Heart" saga.
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