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- Print Length: 799 pages
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- Publication Date: November 30, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QFEYVCI
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SPECTR: The Complete First Series Kindle Edition
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Jordan has had me as a follower with her Wybornne and Griffin series, and SPECTR is a series that has me reeling. These 6 novels could be purchased individually, but this six story package is an unfolding serial as each story begins where the other ends. So what could be bad with a wonderfully long book ????…For this series it is WONDERFUL!!
This story is truly paranormal, epic horror. It is set in our time, in a time where Things That Go bump in the Night are real and SPECTR (Strategic Paranormal Entity ConTRol) is in charge of handling and registering the paranormals.
Caleb Jansen holds a dark secret and because of it he is an unregistered paranormal. Since childhood his family and he hides his special telekinetic powers wanting to stay under the radar. When his brother Ben dies and then his body walks out of the funeral home, Caleb is called by his brother’s wife Melanie to help to retrieve his body. What happens at this point changes what he is and the very foundation of his beliefs; about God, Life and Love.
John Starkweather has the life. He is an exorcist extraordinaire. When he is called to help remove an entity that has entered Caleb, life changes for him as well.
Gray is a dracul a vampire who drinks the blood of the demon possessed. Gray has entered Caleb and never before lived inside a living host. The first thing he sees is color, and the blue of John’s eyes. Then he feels lust, and then love. What will happen if the entity is not removed? John only has 40 days. Let me warn you, this story is not for the faint of heart, in both horror and sex ….. BEST. SERIES. EVER.
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild
Philosophy/literary merit 3-5 stars depending on your mileage
English: competent. Go read the Griffin and Whybourne series by the same author for lyrically beautiful language that is the cherry on the cake of world-building.
This is a great genre story in a sea of bad ones, and is on my re-read rotation. It started life as a series of novellas and that shows because it hasn't been re-edited. So you'll very occasionally get reminded about what just happened or who someone is when you don't need it.
This is almost not a vampire urban fantasy because Hawke creates a new parallel universe and new ecology on the streets of Earth. We have a policing force of the supernatural. A dedicated supernatural policeman. And a hapless anti-authoritarian civilian who accidentally collides with a major, ancient, vampiric power.
I'm sorry to write this at a distance with memory problems, so I'm not remembering names. Our policeman and civilian are very different men, but they have warm hearts and deep ethics in common. As a couple the charisma, attraction, and sparks fly. I too am drawn like a moth to my sexy, sexy lust interests. Given the previous novella formats, sex is gratifyingly regular. However there is a lot of adventure plot too, so the sex doesn't get too much.
With the plot the new approach on a vampire shines. Hawke gives us a character's mind that is not human; really very alien. It adds interesting push and pull motivations during chases, fights, police procedure and interaction with other humans. The vampire often has a wildly different point of view to the civilian or the cop.
One of the things I love is that, by necessity, there is often a mentor and mentee relationship between two characters. Over the course of the book that nurturing/power relationship swaps, as the different and maturing minds of the characters start to understand one another better.
If you haven't done a certain type of contemporary therapy/psychology/esoteric religious study you're not even going to notice the philosophy in this urban fantasy. The author has heavily drawn on a rigid and stripped down 'Mindfulness' point of view to give the vampire his alien brain. He starts out by living utterly entirely in the present moment ALL THE TIME. He never thinks about either the future or the past, and he has never owned several of the human senses or emotions.
The forced closeness between characters alien to each other starts a very interesting bleed-over in personalities. It adds complexity to the mayhem and gore of fighting with supernatural monsters. And the interesting bleed-over provides a lot of depth progression to the sexual relationship between civilian and cop.
Our nervy civilian learns some Zen. Our alien vampire discovers what beauty and pain are. Together our characters approach some balance and happiness.
And kick butt. Oh boy do they kick butt. While I am loving having further SPECTRE novellas, I actually think the author should have stopped here at this one anthology for purely artistic reasons. This book culminates in a huge, wild crescendo of magic action. It was a massive battle in my mind's eye, and I think it makes a great and satisfying finish.
This book is complete.
I thought the plot was really interesting and the world that the author created here was really fascinating. She did an awesome job incorporating the fantasy aspects into the modern world, and was able to convey these differences without ever making me feel overly confused. I also really liked that 1. Not everybody we met was gay (which is an annoying trait of many m/m romances) and that 2. We not only had good side characters, but well rounded women and POC characters.
I really liked Will, Caleb, and Gray (though Caleb/Gray's long-hair is actually kind of a turn-off for me, so I had to kind of ignore that). But I thought all of the characters were really came together well. I'm not much of a threesome person, and to be honest, even this case didn't totally convert me. I get that Gray/Caleb share a body and there is a deep love there, but it still felt too uneven, and it made me feel a bit uncomfortable when Gray and Will were together, especially at first. I think by the end of the book, the author had managed to get the dynamic closer to equal (in my opinion), so I was less bothered by in by the end, but it still wasn't my favorite aspect.
The books really are short, which is why I'm reviewing the big one instead of them individually. I'd recommend getting the first book free, and then if you like that one, purchasing the "box" set all together. I'm definitely planning on reading the next series, but I may try and wait until it's finished, because reading the books individually isn't very satisfying.