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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

DEMONS NOT INCLUDED is a super extremely dark Manhattan supernatural police procedural

In present day New York City, Half-breed (human and drow elf) Nyx and her purebred human partner Olivia investigate supernatural felonies. At night when her darker elf side takes control, she is an elitist Tracker working for Rodan hunting down demons not included in t...
In present day New York City, Half-breed (human and drow elf) Nyx and her purebred human partner Olivia investigate supernatural felonies. At night when her darker elf side takes control, she is an elitist Tracker working for Rodan hunting down demons not included in the Underworld. ---------------

Nyx and her Tracker peers are shocked when one of her elite teammates is murdered and a human police liaison vanishes. Nyx fears something nasty is coming at the same she mentors a new Tracker Torin, whose essence she cannot read; something she finds intolerable and distrustful. She also hides her attraction to human police detective Adam Boyd, who is working the case; as she assumes he will reject her drow side. As other Trackers die, Nyx panics that the midnight end is now. --------------

Leaving the "Magic" saga behind, Cheyenne McCray begins a new urban fantasy enchantment series with the first Night Tracker thriller. The story line is fast-paced from the onset, yet Ms. McCray introduces fans to her vision of a paranormal New York City through the investigations. Nyx is a kick butt heroine who keeps the exhilarating plot focused on the inquiry into the serial killing of Trackers. DEMONS NOT INCLUDED is a super extremely dark Manhattan supernatural police procedural.--------------

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 26, 2009

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Demons Not Included: A Night Tracker Novel (Night Tracker Novels)

Half-human, half-Drow Nyx Ciar may be Princess of the Dark Elves, but she's currently living in New York as a paranormal private investigator by day and Tracker of demons by night. When fellow Trackers are killed, Nyx soon discovers that a Demon Apocalypse is nigh.

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Half-human, half-Drow Nyx Ciar may be Princess of the Dark Elves, but she's currently living in New York as a paranormal private investigator by day and Tracker of demons by night. When fellow Trackers are killed, Nyx soon discovers that a Demon Apocalypse is nigh.

Cheyenne McCray has done such a good job with the secondary characters that I like them more than the primary ones. Nadia's past in the Bermuda Triangle sounds exotic and intriguing, and Olivia DeSantos is undoubtedly awesome. Unlike Nyx, Olivia is all-human, and thus her fighting skills and whatnot are even more impressive because she doesn't have magical genes and powers. But she has personality plus, and is great fun. However, the author overdoes it by having Olivia wear T-shirts bearing witticisms. The character is so vibrant that the hokey slogans aren't needed, and thus make them seem lame.

Unfortunately, Olivia is not the main character here, and thus plays second fiddle to the annoying Nyx. At first the Princess's voice is kind of fun, and she's honest enough to admit that she's spoiled. The problem, however, is that she doesn't try to change that. Excluding the fighting scenes, nary a page goes by without a brand name appearing. Everything from clothes, coffee, chips and cat food. And her XPhone, let's not forget. She doesn't just pick up her phone; Nyx picks up her XPHONE, specified all the freaking time. Yes, the phone has more capabilities than just calling and texting, but the persistent and ever-present brand names just make her seem incredibly shallow.

Mind you, everyone consistently telling her how beautiful she is doesn't exactly make Nyx get over herself. Beautiful in human form, beautiful in Drow form, and her skin isn't purple - it's AMETHYST.

And being Drow doesn't mean just being Drow, because apparently that's not enough. Nyx has several kinds of elemental power. The key to creating likeable characters is to make them more realistic, and if she'd only had power with ONE element, that would've been fine.

If the Night Tracker series has a different heroine for every book, this could actually be quite good - the world-building and plot certainly are page-turning - but if Nyx continues to narrate each novel, I don't know if I could summon up the enthusiasm to stick with the Night Trackers.

posted by ArcherKat on January 15, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2010

    Demons Not Included: A Night Tracker Novel (Night Tracker Novels)

    Half-human, half-Drow Nyx Ciar may be Princess of the Dark Elves, but she's currently living in New York as a paranormal private investigator by day and Tracker of demons by night. When fellow Trackers are killed, Nyx soon discovers that a Demon Apocalypse is nigh.

    Cheyenne McCray has done such a good job with the secondary characters that I like them more than the primary ones. Nadia's past in the Bermuda Triangle sounds exotic and intriguing, and Olivia DeSantos is undoubtedly awesome. Unlike Nyx, Olivia is all-human, and thus her fighting skills and whatnot are even more impressive because she doesn't have magical genes and powers. But she has personality plus, and is great fun. However, the author overdoes it by having Olivia wear T-shirts bearing witticisms. The character is so vibrant that the hokey slogans aren't needed, and thus make them seem lame.

    Unfortunately, Olivia is not the main character here, and thus plays second fiddle to the annoying Nyx. At first the Princess's voice is kind of fun, and she's honest enough to admit that she's spoiled. The problem, however, is that she doesn't try to change that. Excluding the fighting scenes, nary a page goes by without a brand name appearing. Everything from clothes, coffee, chips and cat food. And her XPhone, let's not forget. She doesn't just pick up her phone; Nyx picks up her XPHONE, specified all the freaking time. Yes, the phone has more capabilities than just calling and texting, but the persistent and ever-present brand names just make her seem incredibly shallow.

    Mind you, everyone consistently telling her how beautiful she is doesn't exactly make Nyx get over herself. Beautiful in human form, beautiful in Drow form, and her skin isn't purple - it's AMETHYST.

    And being Drow doesn't mean just being Drow, because apparently that's not enough. Nyx has several kinds of elemental power. The key to creating likeable characters is to make them more realistic, and if she'd only had power with ONE element, that would've been fine.

    If the Night Tracker series has a different heroine for every book, this could actually be quite good - the world-building and plot certainly are page-turning - but if Nyx continues to narrate each novel, I don't know if I could summon up the enthusiasm to stick with the Night Trackers.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    DEMONS NOT INCLUDED is a super extremely dark Manhattan supernatural police procedural

    In present day New York City, Half-breed (human and drow elf) Nyx and her purebred human partner Olivia investigate supernatural felonies. At night when her darker elf side takes control, she is an elitist Tracker working for Rodan hunting down demons not included in the Underworld. ---------------

    Nyx and her Tracker peers are shocked when one of her elite teammates is murdered and a human police liaison vanishes. Nyx fears something nasty is coming at the same she mentors a new Tracker Torin, whose essence she cannot read; something she finds intolerable and distrustful. She also hides her attraction to human police detective Adam Boyd, who is working the case; as she assumes he will reject her drow side. As other Trackers die, Nyx panics that the midnight end is now. --------------

    Leaving the "Magic" saga behind, Cheyenne McCray begins a new urban fantasy enchantment series with the first Night Tracker thriller. The story line is fast-paced from the onset, yet Ms. McCray introduces fans to her vision of a paranormal New York City through the investigations. Nyx is a kick butt heroine who keeps the exhilarating plot focused on the inquiry into the serial killing of Trackers. DEMONS NOT INCLUDED is a super extremely dark Manhattan supernatural police procedural.--------------

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    Fantastic Book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    A must read!!!!!!

    I loved this book. It is and will always be a must read, preread, and a reread. If you love danger, romance, and action you must read this.

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    Another great series by this author!

    I really enjoy Cheyenne McCray's writing style and this series doesn't disappoint! Strong women characters that are not over done. Interesting story line and great character development. Perfect for the paranormal and suspense fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Great

    This was a great book and I cant wait to read the rest of the series :)

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Mediocre Paranormal Story

    This was a paranormal thriller that had some highs and lows. The author barely touches on the characters' background leaving me feeling unconnected to them. The overall story had an interesting premise that fell flat, at times.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Sorta, Kinda, Not Really

    McCray did not utilize her english writing skills in this one which made it difficult to read. I wish she would have done some more explaining about certain situations and characters too. it's a good plot but needed a bit more detail...i got the feeling she was just trying to finish the story instead of ride it out thoroughly. Did like the sex scenes tho. and the characters all sound pretty delicious!

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  • Posted August 7, 2009

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    Demon's Not Included

    The only thing that impressed me about this book is how talented the author was at giving us bits and pieces of storyline-breadcrumbs to read every now and again, while she went on to write about everything else except the plot . This series has the potential for greatness but I doubt anything will really change. It reminds me of the Otherworld series. There is so much potential to take the Otherworld series to a serious level but at the same time there's something really flaky and fluffy about it; and this book is no different. It's a shame, I'm really into drows at the moment and there aren't many good fae books out there that are urban fantasy and cater to adults, besides Karen Moning's fever series and Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series (sigh). Half drow half human Nyx is a private investigator working to help solve vicious attacks on the human and paranormal communities by fugitive demons who escaped their realm. Not only are these escapees wreaking havoc but they are really hungry too and aren't too particular in which species they snack on. This book really tried my patience. Needless to say, I will not be reading No Werewolves Allowed, the next book in the series. I gave this book three-stars instead of one-star because it wasn't all bad. Personally, the boom in urban fantasy books seems replay the same type of story over and over again. Heroine doesn't know magic exist and then suddenly she's shocked to discover it does and she has all this power and it's up to her to save mankind; plus she's usually too-stupid-to-live and over abundantly sassy. Thankfully this book didn't go that route and it was pretty creative with several instances of intellect and intrigue. Contrary to the positives in my review, I just don't have any patience for flaky novels these days. I won't be reading this series but I will give her Magic series a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    yes

    very intesting

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