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Bitter Moon (The Huntress/FBI Thrillers) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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Alexandra Sokoloff has won the Thriller Award and been nominated for the Bram Stoker, Anthony, and Black Quill Awards for her supernatural thrillers The Harrowing, The Price, The Unseen, Book of Shadows, The Shifters, and The Space Between. She has also earned a second Thriller Award nomination for her Huntress/FBI Thrillers series (Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon, and Bitter Moon). The New York Times Book Review has called her a “daughter of Mary Shelley” and declared her books “some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre.” As a screenwriter, she has written original screenplays and novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios, and is the author of three nonfiction writing workbooks: Stealing Hollywood, Screenwriting Tricks for Authors, and Writing Love. She also writes the acclaimed blog www.ScreenwritingTricks.com, based on her writing workshops and books, and has penned erotic paranormal fiction, including The Shifters, Book 2 of The Keepers trilogy, and Keeper of the Shadows, from The Keepers L.A. She lives in Los Angeles and in Scotland with crime author Craig Robertson.
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If you are new to this series, I really recommend you start with Huntress Moon and read them in order. The story of the relationship between our heroine (the huntress Cara) and our hero (FBI Agent Roarke, in pursuit) builds over the sequence. I suppose you could read them in any order as the books have enough action and clever plotting to stand on their own, but you would be missing the intricacies of the complex Cara that Sokoloff has so carefully ramped up over time.
Now on to Bitter Moon: Sokoloff has done something in this novel I have never seen before and it’s very effective. She runs two event-connected timelines in parallel, 16 years apart and told in alternating chapters.
Cara’s timeline begins 16 years ago following her release from “The Yard” (essentially a state prison for teenagers) at 14, and follows Cara as she lives through the short period (two weeks) where she commits herself to becoming the captivating predator who is the primary focus of all the Moon books.
Roarke’s timeline runs in present time as he tries to learn what happened with Cara 16 years ago that turned her into the predator she is today. In investigating her past, he discovers there was more to what happened back then than he could have imagined. So as Cara experiences those events in her timeline from 16 years ago, Roarke is connecting the dots from those events in present time 16 years later.
These are wonderful characters, Cara and Roarke. Both highly intelligent. Both highly skilled. And Alexandra Sokoloff is a gifted storyteller weaving a complex plot with imaginative twists. The supporting cast of characters is also very well done.
Alexandra, I want you to know I have high expectations for book 5. I know there will be a fifth book because you introduced a new nasty character left unresolved in Bitter Moon. And while I know better than to try to guess the fate of a nasty character unlucky enough to share a novel with Cara, I know it will be interesting.
This is one of the most engaging series I have ever read.
Good work, Alexandra Sokoloff.
Roarke is one of a kind he is torn between right and wrong, it is hard to feel that Cara is wrong when the ones she hunts are really the bad ones doing terrible wrong things. They say two wrongs don’t make a right but it is really hard to use that logic with these people. If Cara is the dark side Roarke would be the white side. He is leaning more to the dark side that is why he took a break from things where things not black and white for him anymore. It is hard to him to hunt down Cara again to bring her in for justice when really she is doing justice for all those that can’t help their selves and has been doing it from a very young age. I loved how he took on this new story finding clues from a cold case that Cara may have thought she took care of. He need justice for those poor girls and he works hard to find it.
As always Mr. Bray’s narration is outstanding. I fell in love with his narration from the very first blue moon story. He really hits the emotions right on the money giving you a wonderful emotional listen pulling you in letting your mind take over creating a picture of each scene that is very vivid in your mind. His character voices really show emotion pulling the listen in with a compelling listen and a powerful voice that is clear, deep that it really pulls you. It is hard to pick up one of the Moon audio’s and not feel the powerful emotion he bring to it. There was no background noise the music at the first goes very well with the story it gets you prepared for what is about to happen. There are no repeats of works just a crisp, clean, clear audio that delivers a wonderful story of evil, power, killing, victims, heroes and a monster that lives right in your town. He male voices are just as wonderful as his female ones. You always know who is talking and just what they are feeling. I have no trouble feeling the evil that is around these characters as he paints a wonderful picture in your mind that you have no trouble picturing. This is one of my favorite series along with one of my favorite narrators.
The author really knows how to pull you in giving you a compelling listen leaving your mouth hung open as danger comes near. Just when you think you have worked out who, what and where she changes that on you leaving you to start over. I really understood Roarke how he was driven but yet torn between right and wrong. I understood why he needed a break but at the same time why he needed more answers. As he pulls you in your heart goes out to so many, at times you wish you could be Cara taking away her pain but mostly taking out the evil that is so alive all around.
I really enjoyed seeing Cara as a young girl who not only took care of herself but others. I really liked hearing more about her foster homes and the friends she made and those she didn’t like. The author goes in wonderful detail about how she learned how to drive at a young age, the closeness she had with a foster child. The victims of other young children, the killing of those that hurt those children How Roarke worked out who the monsters where and how he got them justice after so many years. It really is a powerful story with powerful meaning and wonderful characters that really breaks your heart. I wish with everything that was in me that I could pull these characters out of this story. For me the characters became real, I felt their pain, their fear and their heart break. I found myself cheering when another one was taken out. I found myself talking to the characters as well as beep beeping a few. I really got into this story from start to finish. This can be read as a standalone but really to get the full effect you need to read the series. I really have a hard time waiting for the next story to come out. This is one author that pulls all the stops. She has no trouble pulling the reader in giving you a highly entertaining story you can’t put down.
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Roarke is taking a bit of time out from his career to think things over.Read more
Cara is an intriguing character and we get to see so many different things about her in each of these books.Read more