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Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles Series #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

supernatural

A dark and erotic supernatural thriller. A psychic ex-cop turned bartender finds herself thrust into a dark world of un-humans in the midst of the biblical war between good and evil. Dream, magic and legend are the strands that weave this tale. Faced with losing a belov...
A dark and erotic supernatural thriller. A psychic ex-cop turned bartender finds herself thrust into a dark world of un-humans in the midst of the biblical war between good and evil. Dream, magic and legend are the strands that weave this tale. Faced with losing a beloved friend, and dealing with an ex-lover that is full of surprising secrets, Elizabeth Phoenix is forced to find her way through a world she never would have believed existed. A steamy, action packed romp through an alternate reality. For fans of the supernatural, it is well worth the time. I look forward to the series.

posted by verysmallgiant on December 15, 2008

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Any Given Doomsday -- Not what it's cracked up to be

I received this book as an early reviewer. I wanted to like it but after the first two chapters I wanted to throw it away. If you like fantasy, vampires or any other creatures of this genre then I cannot recommend this book. I won't spend any time writing a synopsis ...
I received this book as an early reviewer. I wanted to like it but after the first two chapters I wanted to throw it away. If you like fantasy, vampires or any other creatures of this genre then I cannot recommend this book. I won't spend any time writing a synopsis as others have already done a fabulous job. I will say the book was shallow and juvenile (but certainly NOT suited for teen reading). Full of soap opera scripted language that was tiring to read. The sex/rape scenes were long and cheapened the plot. The parade of vacuous characters became almost pitiful. You could have deleted 3/4ths of the book and not missed a thing.

posted by Anonymous on September 25, 2008

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  • Posted November 20, 2008

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    1st in series and can't wait for more

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    Finally : A Paranormal That Leaves The Whine Out

    Lori opens the new Series "The Phoenix Chronicles" by introducing us to Elizabeth Phoenix; ex-Milwaukee cop, psychic and as we soon find out so, so much more. Elizabeth is very much like you and me, ( paraphrased from back cover) "she's lost her partner, job, a man - but she keeps going on." And that say just about everything that you'll need to know about this book. "She keeps going on." <BR/>We soon find out that the end of the world as we know it is soon coming; and through a variety of things that happen to Elizabeth, she will be the only one to stop it. Lori has set up this world wonderfully, her characters are vividly drawn and perfect, you either sympathize with them, love them , dislike them, or even hate them...Lori knew what she was doing when she wrote them.<BR/><BR/>A fast paced read, filled with many questions. But unlike some authors, Lori actually take the time to give us enough answers that we never feel frustrated or cheated and leaves just enough unanswered questions to keep us wanting more. Though the characters could certainly bemoan the hand that fate has dealt them, they don't. This makes for a very refreshing read, and may I also mention that Elizabeth is reminiscent to Jessie McQuade, the female lead from "Blue Moon". She's tough, sharp, wise cracking, and funny as hell.<BR/><BR/>Ms Handeland makes a point of mentioning Laurell K Hamilton and wanting to write urban fantasy. Well I'm here to tell you that Lori has outdone herself, let me explain: When Liz gained a new power from sex magic (yes that's how she gains new powers), she does get a bit upset with the new status quo. She had never wanted any power to start with and had hoped there was a way to get rid of it...(sound familiar to you yet? Does Ms Hamilton's character Richard come to mind?) but this from her mentor/sex magic partner Sawyer, brought it into context for her - "Did it occur to you that if you don't follow your destiny, if you become the normal woman you think you wish to be, the world you wish to be normal in will no longer exist?" And with this one simple deep thought and phrase Liz accepts who and what she is. I wish Ms Hamilton would take a page from Ms Handleland and realize that her characters need to learn this lesson.<BR/><BR/>I encourage you to read this first book in this new and exciting series. I know I will be waiting with bated breath for the next installment "Doomsday Can Wait", to be released in May of 2009.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2008

    A Quick Favorite

    I was lucky enough to recive this book as an ARC and just finished reading it. Although i have never heard of Lori Handeland before i opted to give the book a try. I was not disappointed. Lori Handeland has created a world so vivid and imaginative that you won't want to put this exquiste book down! She not only has the talent and skills to match Laurell K Hamilton but her story leaves you wanting more right away. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Laurell K Hamilton. I can't wait for the second installment in what is sure to be a quick favorite.

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