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“The murky, gritty mood of the Dark Mission novels remains strong in this fourth offering...Cooper has a gift for creating characters with depth, and the ongoing plot keeps the reader engaged. The relationship between the hunter and the hunted is the most passionate and dangerous ever.” (RT Book Reviews (4 STARS))

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Parker Adams has always done what’s expected of her . . . until a double agent with nothing to lose ignites a passion she doesn’t dare give in to.

Mission Agent Simon Wells is everything Parker Adams has been trained to fight: manipulator, murderer, spy . . . witch. But for her, what makes Simon most dangerous is his mesmerizing sexual magnetism, powerful enough to tempt even the famed ice queen of the Mission. Though she knows better, each encounter with the deceptive agent leaves her craving more.

Simon isn’t a man to let go of what’s his, and his pursuit forces Parker, a woman he can’t get out from under his skin, to make a stand that could destroy her. If they can work together, they might survive the politics that has enslaved their devastated world—or fall victim to the pitfalls of desperation, bone-deep mistrust, and a hunger that threatens to consume them.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dark Mission (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Original edition (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062127691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062127693
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,872,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romances, steampunk adventures, crossover urban fantasy, and continues to write across multiple genres with mad glee. Her award winning steampunk series, The St. Croix Chronicles, is the RT Reviewers Choice Awards recipient for Best Steampunk Novel 2012.

One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an avid reader, a borderline hermit and an activist. She co-exists with a husband, a menagerie and a severe coffee habit. Visit her at www.karinacooper.com, because she says so.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jen (Red Hot Books) TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 25, 2012
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If you still have a copy of All Things Wicked sitting on your bookshelf, heed my advice and reacquaint yourself with it before you pick up this book. I didn't and I wish I had. If you've never read a Dark Mission book before, I suggest you start with Blood of the Wicked. Otherwise, you'll have no idea what is going on here.

This book draws heavily on the events of the previous installment and while there is a little bit of recap, there is not much. So I spent a little too much time, straining my brain to remember who, for instance, Nadia Parrish was, and where the hero fit in to the Eve project. The book assumes a working knowledge of the world-building and of past events.

All that being said, I think this is my favorite book in the series. The romance was smoking hot. Phenomenal sexual tension and sweltering bedroom action. (*fans self*)

Simon Wells is an agent for the mission, but he is also a genetically engineered witch. He's been placed in the mission as a spy for another sector of the Order. There are, in fact, other witches who have been placed in similar positions. But their DNA is degenerating. And it's Simon's job to take them out cleanly, before they die an ugly death and expose the program.

Parker is the Mission's director and she takes her job seriously. She knows there is something amiss with Simon and Sector Three, but she has no idea how deep it goes. The fact that she is wildly attracted to Simon only makes matters worse.

When Parker's name appears on Simon's hit list, he decides enough is enough. He won't kill this loyal, amazing and dedicated woman, just because she is getting too close to the truth. So the two of them go on the run...
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Mission Agent Simon Wells rides a fine line between being good or bad. He's on a critical mission that he is determined to keep under wraps but the beautiful Parker Adams keeps getting in his way. Simon is dying like the rest of the people like him. But before he dies Simon is going to save Parker from herself.

Being Director Parker Adams should mean something but right now Parker can't seem to get the truth from anyone. She wants to find out who is killing her people and stop them but no one is willing to help. Simon knows more than he's telling her, and she knows it! Parker will find out what is really going on or die trying and it seems that someone has decided dying is what she needs to do.

Will Simon be able to save Parker from the people hunting her? Can he convince her to trust him?

Sacrifice the Wicked is Sexy with a capital S! The Dark Mission series just worked its way to the top of my TBR pile with Sacrifice the Wicked. Parker and Simon share an intense sexual attraction causing enough heat between them to melt the pages. I highly recommend that this series be read in order. There are a lot of things going on in this story that will leave the reader saying "huh?" if you haven't read the previous books. I have really enjoyed Ms. Cooper's world building in the Dark Mission series. It just keeps getting better and better. I love that Parker and Simon return to the dark and gritty streets of New Seattle as they run for their lives. Karina Cooper gives her readers some fantastic action sequences in Sacrifice the Wicked. Between the thrilling action, killer plot and sizzling romance the reader can't help but become enthralled by Sacrifice the Wicked.

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Based on this book alone I can tell you that the world Ms. Cooper has created is complex, compelling, and without a doubt, fascinating, but it was Simon and Parker’s relationship progression and their off-the-charts sexual chemistry that drew me in and kept me turning the pages. The storytelling is so well done that even though I probably should have set it aside until I could read the other books, I couldn’t put it down.

I’m looking forward to reading the series from the start because this is one incredible world and I want to explore every bit of it!

My thanks to Avon Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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More like 4.5 Stars. I really liked the tension and chemistry between Parker and Simon. As I've said before, characters always sell me on a book, pretty much regardless of plot.

But the plot in Sacrifice the Wicked is also wonderful. You really feel the climax of the series building. Each page turned has more and more tension escalating. It was really hard putting this one down and forcing myself to sleep between reads.

Beautifully done, Karina.

Another book I've loved!
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Sacrifice the Wicked is several books into the Dark Hunter novels. It seems to start where the last on left off and ends very abruptly.

I would not recommend reading this series out of order. The world building was done in previous books. In Sacrifice the Wicked I was dropped into the world with no explanation. It was the same with back-story. Side characters appeared with no explanation of who and what they were. While I read I got the impression I should recognize the world, know the back-story, and remember the characters.

Having said all of that I liked the story enough that I will go back and find the previous books and will read the next book when it comes out.

This is a fast paced book filled with tension. The two main characters, Parker Adams and Simon Wells, are front and center for most of the story. Parker is the Mission Director and Simon is suppose to be one of her Missionaries. (This is where you really need to know the world building and the back-story.) Parker is on the up and up, a really good director concerned for her people. Simon is on a plant but is playing for more than one side. When things start to go really wrong the two are thrown together.

The story is built on things that happened in previous books. The action moves the plot forward putting characters where they need to be for the next book. Then it just quits. That is what made me compare it to the old movie serials. There is exciting action, some story movement but it leaves you wanting to know what happens next.
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