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Hunted By The Others Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2010

3.6 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Waynest Series

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Haines's mediocre debut rounds up the usual urban fantasy suspects and locks them into a plodding PI story. Shiarra Waynest runs a detective agency in an alternate New York where werewolves, vampires, and magi came out in the aftermath of 9/11. She and her wealthy, clever partner–in–crime solving, Sara, usually steer clear of Others, but financial troubles have forced them to take on a case for a mage who wants an artifact currently held by sexy, ancient vampire businessman Alec Royce. With two other good-looking men—cute, geeky mage Arnold and Shiarra's werewolf ex-boyfriend, Chaz—along for the ride, things keep looking like they should heat up, but Shiarra's nonexistent detecting skills and general preference for flailing panic over careful thought keep the plot from ever catching fire or even giving off sparks. (May)
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...Fans of Laurel K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series and Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series will love the world building in HUNTED BY THE OTHERS...
--All Things Urban Fantasy (allthingsurbanfantasy.blogspot.com)

Talk about being between a rock and a hard place! Haines has created an intriguing cast of characters whose motivations and loyalties will be great fun to explore. Kudos! --RT Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420111876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420111873
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Schreiner on May 4, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Shiarra Waynest lives in a world where vampires, werewolves and magi came out to the public after 9/11 deciding to use their supernatural strength and financial backing to help the US pull out of the devastation. Since then, through many court battles, the supernaturals have won against discrimination and have the same rights as humans. However, just because there are laws, doesn't mean people are still not afraid.

Shia and her friend Sara own and operate H&W investigations, a firm that tracks missing people or does surveillance for clients, while they let the police do the actual enforcing. One evening Shia finds herself having dinner with Veronica, a mage whom belongs to The Circle. Veronica needs help - she suspects a vampire, Alec Royce has a focus, a magical device that can allow the owner to control a vampire or werewolf and do evil bidding. The Circle wants a human to get close to Alec, having no magic or supernatural abilities to make him suspicious and find out where he is hiding the magical stone. Shia is terrified of this job, but desperate for money, and she figures she can do this one job and live comfortably the rest of the year.

Alec has other plans for her - and she soon finds herself with the tables turned. When Veronica meets an unfortunate demise and she is forced to work with another magi, Arnold, she realizes many are out to get her, even those that call themselves The White Hats - a radical human group that oppose supernaturals. After her ex-boyfriend reappears in her life, and surprise he is a werewolf, Shia feels her life is getting out of control and she will need all of her friends help if she is to make it in this supernatural world.

Hunted by the Others is the first in the H&W Investigations series by debut author Jess Haines.
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_Hunted By The Others_ is kind of a cookie-cutter Urban Fantasy. Throw in a spunky, but very vulnerable heroine (a red-head, naturally, with relationship issues, naturally), vampires, werewolves, mages and and A & B plot to keep things moving and then tie them up.

I don't have a problem with any of that, per-se, but I felt here that Haines didn't tell a coherent and plausible story with the standard elements. Here are my main problems:


1) The heroine risks too much for too little. Being deathly afraid of vampires and wary of all "Others", it isn't plausible that she would get involved in a dangerous job to scam a master vampire essentially for rent money. This is especially true given that we see her rich partner has carried the agency over dry patches before. Yes, her pride is on the line, but we aren't given enough reasons to see *why* it is so vitally important to her to make a go of it. Yes, it would be embarassing to fold the agency, but it would not cost her the love of her family, put her on the street or damage her ability to find other work.

2) The whole plot point of altering her vampire contract is just nonsensical. It's legal fraud. Her partner admits as much when she says it could get her disbarred. All the vampire has to do is (easily) prove she carried his signature onto a forged document and the scheme blows up. Given she admitted as much to him, this is a stupid plot point. Even if for some reason forged documents are honored once filed in the book's universe (which does *not* seem to be true), why not forge something *useful* ("Vampire will never contact me again after payment of $10,000,000...") rather than "I get to hurt him"?

3) The heroine has a large and close family.
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When Shiarra, a private investigator, is contacted by a coven of magi to steal a magical artifact from a Alec Royce, a very old and powerful vampire, she reluctantly accepts the job. Although she prefers to do business with human clients only, her PI firm is in financial trouble and the job pays well. However, the case is far more complicated than it first seemed and when Shiarra's cover is blown, she finds herself being forced into a life threatening contractual agreement with the very vampire she was hired to steal from. With the help of her business partner, and a few unexpected allies, she must figure out a way to survive the terms of her forced contract with the vampire, and recover the artifact.

I found Hunted by the Others to be an entertaining urban fantasy overall. It has most of what you'd expect for this genre: a supernatural community set in modern day times, a mystery, and some action and adventure. The one thing that was lacking though was the kick-ass heroine. Shiarra falls a bit short in that category with her extreme fear of Others (supernatural beings) and her lack of competency in her own field of work, private investigation. She always seemed to be two steps behind the mystery and her theories tended to fall flat. I expected more from her since she was supposed to be a professional PI. Her aversion to the Others either out of fear or dislike was off-putting for me, and I didn't connect with her in a way I feel I should with a heroine, especially when the story is told from her perspective. I wouldn't go as far as to say I disliked Shiarra, I just wanted more from her as a heroine. I do look forward to seeing her character grow as the series progresses.
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