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True Blood (The True Series, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2006

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"Patricia Waddell writes romantic adventure at its best." --USA Today bestselling author Julie Beard

"Any futuristic romance by Patricia Waddell is a must-read!"--New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh

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True Blood is the first book in an exciting new futuristic suspense series for Tor Paranormal Romance.
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  • Series: True
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance; 1st Printing edition (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765354640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765354648
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,827,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on August 29, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Officer Danna MacFadyen of the League of Planets has the supernatural ability known as "psychometric skills". If a person touches an object while having strong emotions, the emotions leave an imprint upon the object. Danna's ability allows her to hold an object and read those imprints. Danna feels, senses, and sees it all in a mind void she labels "dreamscape". Emotions have colors and Danna interprets them. This ability comes in handy when she is assigned to investigate the explosion of a space freighter within League space. The hardest part of the assignment will be working with a Korcian Enforcer named Cullon Gavriel.

Commander Cullon Gavriel already knows the explosion was terrorism. Someone killed forty-five innocent people in cold blood, simply to assassinate one Korcian prince who was traveling incognito aboard it. This was the third True Blood assassinated recently. Only five more live, including himself. To find out who is killing Korcian True Bloods, Cullon needs Danna's help. But he never expects to fall for the lovely Terran.

The explosive puzzle pieces begin to fall into place and the two realize they have uncovered a conspiracy that stretches across the galaxy. The entire Empire is at risk.

**** A terrific blend of futuristic sci-fi and romance. Author Patricia Waddell seems to have found her true writing genre. Perfect for readers, such as myself, who enjoy a bit of romance with their sci-fi. Recommended. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Wilson on September 2, 2006
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Ok, so that's a little cheesy. But I really, really, REALLY want you to buy this book, read it, and be waiting in breathless anticipation for future episodes in the series. The story seems to be simple--in the future there are two powers in the universe: The League of Planets(to which Earth belongs) and the Korcian Empire(which I hope took poor little dwarf Pluto under its wing). There has been an explosion on a spaceship in League space--but a member of the Korcian royal family was aboard. Accident? Murder? A tribunal is formed to investigate that includes one Korcian, one League representiative, and a third, impartial party acceptable to both powers. The League representative is Danna MacFayden, an earth woman with a special skill--she can read emotional imprints of inanimate objects, and 'see' what happened the last time it was held, worn, or in other form of contact with the owner. The Korcians send Cullon Gavriel, a trained warrior and also a member of the royal family. Other 'true bloods', as they are called, have been killed on his home world, and he is positive this death is connected. The story unfolds as he and Danna investigate the clues left behind.

This is an engrossing read. The elements of mystery and suspense are there--as you get deeper into the book, and think you have it figured out, the author throws a curve into the plot that you didn't see coming. It changes everything you thought you knew up to that time. She takes you to vividly drawn alien worlds, Earthlike planets, and sets you spinning--almost literally--in the darkness of space. The relationship between Danna and Cullon progresses vividly as well--they are opposites: he a man of war and action and she a woman of diplomacy and words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on January 6, 2007
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League Territory: The Korcian Interstellar cargo ship Llyndar is destroyed, after leaving Ramora for Earth, killing forty-six passengers. No cause has been determined; however, a fuel leak causing the engines to explode is the suspected cause. Six hours after Ramora was notified of the incident, the Korcian government issued the ultimatum, `deliver the perpetrators or else'.

Danna MacFadyen is on Ramora and has been called in to diplomatically negotiate a call to arms before the League of Planets and the Korcian Empire start blowing each other to smithereens. This is the first serious assignment Danna has received since joining the Ramora Embassy and she's determined to stop the impending war before it begins. Danna's gift and use of psychometric skills have been of a great help to her job and once again she's going to need them to help find the cause of the explosion.

Commander Cullon Gavriel, Korcian Enforcer and a direct descendent of one of the eight Kings, is a True Blood and the one man that was sent into League territory to find out what happened to the Llyndar. Although not a diplomat, he has become one part of the Tribunal that has been charged to find the truth - was the explosion of the Llyndar an accident or was it an act of terrorism?

Danna is instantly attracted to the Korcian Commander but has to keep her distance so that she can retain her objectivity. It's been a long time since she's taken a lover, but now isn't the time to pursue one; she needs all of her concentration focused on her duty, a galactic war has to be stopped before it is started.
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