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Red (Dead World, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 4, 2008

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Summers (Off Limits) occasionally stumbles in this intense series launch, a futuristic paranormal romance set in an ecologically desolate 2160. Gina Red Santiago, the lone woman in the elite international tactical team commanded by the grandfather who raised her, travels off-duty to Nuria in the Republic of Arizona to investigate a woman's mysterious, brutal death. Gina doesn't believe in the rumors of supersoldiers, vampires and werewolves created by a secret government genetic engineering project, until she learns that almost everyone in Nuria is a werewolf and finds herself powerfully attracted to lycanthrope sheriff Morgan Hunter even as she connects others in his pack to the murder investigation. Complex and sometimes confusing world building combine with a steamy and conflicted romance between a strong heroine and a literal alpha male hero, with plenty of chemistry to fuel future volumes. (Nov.)
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About the Author

Jordan Summers is an ex-flight attendant with a penchant for huge bookstores and big dumb action movies. She prefers quiet dinners with friends over maddening crowds. Happily married to her very own Highlander, they split their time between two continents.


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765359146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765359148
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,643,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jordan Summers has thirty-two published books to her credit and has sold over 155,000 ebooks. She's won a variety of writing contests and is a member of the Horror Writer's Association, International Thriller Writers Inc., and Novelist Inc. You can find out more about her work at and join her newsletter at

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Ray TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When a grisly murder occurs in her jurisdiction, Gina "Red" Santiago is determined to ferret out the killer. Only one problem - the powers that be deemed it an attack by an animal and closed the case. If Gina wants justice for the victim, she must work outside the system.

The best place to do that? The fringe town where one hunky Morgan Hunter happens to be sheriff. The lawman does things to her long-dormant libido that she doesn't quite understand, but cannot deny. Good news? Morgan has equal difficulty resisting Gina...

Meanwhile, the killer strikes in Morgan's town under their noses. Worse, the villain makes it clear he has targeted Gina next.

I first discovered Jordan Summers' talent through eBook publisher Ellora's Cave. When the request to review her upcoming Tor Paranormal Romance book came to me, I jumped at the chance, having loved the stories I've previously read by this author.

I wasn't disappointed. RED is a fantastic paranormal romance that is all at once dark, hopeful, and sexy. Our kick-butt heroine has no trouble protecting herself, putting her on a more than equal footing with the hero. The result is a stimulating courtship in which Morgan finds himself constantly challenged by Gina, who easily keeps him on his toes.

Of course, Morgan is no slouch either. The reigning Alpha of the region, Morgan takes his role as leader of his pack of shape shifters very seriously. He is the epitome of a good Alpha shape shifter - sexy, tough, noble, and empathetic. He may not be perfect, but that just makes him more realistic. There is no doubt, however, that he is the perfect mate for Gina. Watching him convince her of that is only half the fun...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jjmachshev VINE VOICE on June 22, 2009
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"Red" is the beginning of a mainstream, paranormal/urban fantasy series by Jordan Summers who has also written for Ellora's Cave and Harlequin Blaze so I knew to expect a pretty spicy read...and I got it! But paranormal fans should be warned that this series is a bit dark and broody and takes place in a future version of the United States.

Gina is a cop on the International Police Tactical Team (IPTT). She lives in a Northern America ravaged by wars and now divided into strictly controlled territories. Each 'citizen' must be tagged. No tag, no citizenship and no services. For years, rumors of Others have abounded--warriors created in government labs and then destroyed when they became more than their creators intended. Of course, these are just stories told to children and not reality. And even if they HAD existed, they don't anymore...right?

Morgan Hunter is the sheriff of a sleepy border town in the Arizona Territory. He's actually more like the big, bad wolf sheriff since most folks in his town belong to his pack. He prefers quiet without visitors and no single females can enter any pack territory unless they are 'claimed' within three days...too many fights among unmated males. So when Gina shows up to investigate a suspicious death with possible ties to his town, Morgan knows she'll make some noise in his quiet town. But it only takes a sniff for him to realize something Gina herself doesn't know. And now the two will need to work together to bring down a crazed murderer who truly 'hunts' his prey.

The beginning of the book really grabbed me as the story begins inside the head of the killer. His thought processes and enjoyment of his 'fun' is pretty darn creepy.
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Plot Summary: Approximately 150 years into the future, we see an Earth that has been battered and destroyed by man. The ozone is fried, radiation levels are high, and the dead are recycled into fertilizer for plant food. Red is an agent with the International Police Tactical Team, basically the last body on earth with enough fire-power to maintain the peace. When Red finds a woman's body, horribly eaten and savaged, her search for the killer leads to a small border town where Morgan Hunter presides as Sheriff. The small town is surprisingly friendly, and soon Red realizes that everyone but her is in on some kind of conspiracy.

I found this to be highly engaging despite a few minor flaws. First, I loved the post-apocalyptic world that Summers has built here, and the story is set just far enough into the future to make it believable. Wars and waste have decimated Earth's atmosphere, so that formerly verdant areas are now desolate deserts. The technologies that keep humans alive are inventive and realistic, and I gobbled up these details like potato chips.

The killer is particularly creepy, and the reader is privy to his thoughts as the story progresses, which gave me ring-side seats to his gory murders. As a plot device, it works very well, and the story feels mature and gritty as a result. Unfortunately, it becomes abundantly obvious who the bad guy is before we're barely halfway through, and I wish Summers could have kept me in the dark a little longer.

Red definitely fits the loner, outcast, more-than-she-seems heroine mold, but Summers needs to give her an even bigger pair of balls. I could stand to see a lot more attitude from someone whose nickname comes from all the blood she's spilled.
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