- Series: Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Bantam (January 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553804863
- ISBN-13: 978-0553804867
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 177 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blood Ties: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novels) Hardcover – January 26, 2010
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Too many interchangeable doll-like victims and a by-the-numbers plot mar bestseller Hooper's conclusion to her paranormal thriller trilogy that began with Blood Dreams and Blood Sins. When a serial killer tortures, dismembers, and dumps eight women in eight weeks in Tennessee and adjacent states, Noah Bishop, head of the FBI's Special Crimes Unit, gets on the case, along with Noah's touch-telepath and seer wife, Miranda, and special agent Hollis Templeton, a profiler-in-training and medium who can self-heal and see auras. Hollis and special investigator Diana Brisco, also a medium and healer, travel to the gray time, a corridor between life and death where a young spirit, Brooke, helps them connect the killings to a past threat. Series fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the appendixes, which include bios of Special Crime Unit agents and definitions of their various paranormal abilities. (Feb.)
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When the victims of a serial killer in the Southeast are found to be connected to earlier Special Crimes Unit cases, it becomes clear that the unit itself is the target. At the same time, SCU—an elite FBI unit of persons with paranormal abilities founded and led by Noah Bishop—is threatened by disturbing leaks. In this third in the trilogy (after Blood Dreams, 2007, and Blood Sins, 2009), unit members are still dealing with the exceptional psychic energy surrounding the killing of megalomanic cult leader Adam Deacon Samuel in Blood Sins. Medium Hollis Templeton’s increasing abilities enable her to help new investigator Diana Brisco, a medium who is able to travel in and out of “gray time,” a corridor between life and death. Hunkered down in the small town of Serenade, Tennessee, SCU members find themselves fighting an adversary with similar abilities, as it becomes clear that the evil Samuel’s legacy lives on. Footnotes and brief bios of unit members provide background for the trilogy in this compulsively readable paranormal thriller. --Michele Leber
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The SCU also suspect that someone has been spying on Diana while she is in the gray time.
There are 3 killers and they are following Samual's orders even if he was killed in the last book.
The one being spied on is Galen. He didn't know he even had brothers.
All those properties across country make sense since Samuel has been collecting psychics and tutoring then to do evil in his name. He wants to collect enough energy to bring himself back to life
Elliott Brisco, Diana's father has been funding Samuel and his pet monsters to destroy Noah Bishop for taking away the control he had over his daughter
THE STORY: The Special Crimes Unit of the FBI is made up of agents who possess paranormal talents. Throughout the Blood Trilogy, the SCU has discovered that they have an enemy who is out to destroy the unit and its head, Noah Bishop. Now a series of murders has brought many of the team members to a small town in Tennessee. It appears that the murders have been a lure to bring the team to town in order to destroy them. The team members have to discover who is their enemy and defeat him in a final showdown.
OPINION: BLOOD TIES nicely integrates the stories from several other books. While the main interest is the final showdown with their "big bad", I appreciated this book because it finally progressed the stories of several other couples. Diana and Quentin who first began their romance in CHILL OF FEAR finally get a chance to have their relationship be made central to a story. There is also the start of a relationship between Hollis Templeton and Reese Demarco. While not dominating the story, I appreciated that the personal side of the story was not neglected in the gore and suspense of the story. Honestly, I read these stories because I like the characters and I liked that the revelations of the story were built upon the characters and their relationships. For fans of the series, this book brings together so many threads and brings back so many characters that it is like a family reunion (with murders and paranormal intrigue).
WORTH MENTIONING: Fans, like me, who were somewhat dejected by the end of CHILL OF FEAR will be happy to know that Diana and Quentin get a great deal of space in this book.
FINAL DECISION: This is one of my favorites of the series even though it is one of the saddest in many ways. I appreciated that the story foundation is based on the characters and their relationships. The mystery is tied up in a way that was satisfying.
CONNECTED BOOKS: This is the twelfth book in the Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series. This book is also the third book of the internal Blood Trilogy. Finally, the book is also a sequel of CHILL OF FEAR. While a new reader might be able to figure out all of the players, I think the story does not have much power unless a reader is familiar with the background of the major players and I think CHILL OF FEAR and the first two books of the Blood Trilogy are required reading.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
Her writing style is returning to the earlier books and the suspense is definitely back. The story seems to be put together better, like more thought was put into it. This one certainly ties the others together, and had at least one twist I didn't see coming. I prefer stand alone books in a series, and this does not fit that bill. If you have not read the earlier trilogies, don't start with this one. You will not be able to follow the story at all; it's too confusing without the background info. That's my biggest complaint.
I will wait patiently for the next installment, hoping it tells the story of Hollis and Reese. They both fascinate me.
She added a list of characters to the book and detailed in which books they appear.
She added references to each chapter about the books in which events had happened originally.
There were a lot of characters brought up in the book, but not necessarily to their best advantage. I think that she mentioned a lot of them, but they either saw very little action or barely spoke. It cluttered the landscape of the story, rather than enhancing it.
As a whole, though, Kay Hooper always puts out a great story that keeps you coming back for more. And I have to say, no matter what, it's still better than Twilight.