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Hands of Flame (Negotiator Trilogy Series #3)

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

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    Better than the first two

    This trilogy (which might end up being more than a trilogy, knowing Murphy and her heavy delving into new and fascinating worlds) ended with a bang with the book "Hands of Flame." I was extrememly impressed and loved it very much. By this book you are so emotionally involved with the characters it just about kills you trying to get to the end. All conflicts come to a head, and we see who the true good guys and bad guys are. (Some might surprise you!) Also, we finally get to find out what the deal with Grace is. (I don't know about you, but that had been bugging all through the first two books!) An excellent book all around, and an excellent end to an amazing trilogy! Highly recommended!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    Terrific Trilogy Conclusion

    This book is a terrific ending to "Heart of Stone and "House of Cards." Hopefully, it won't be the last book written about Margrit, Alban and the Old Races; but, even if it is the series' finale, this trilogy will continue to resonate as a completely engaging and satisfying urban fantasy. The plot of this book is even faster paced and more imaginative than "House of Cards" and "Heart of Stone." There's more emotional investment in and by the characters and several surprising twists occur. There's plenty of action, and the tension mounts throughout the story which resolves in an unexpected and explosive way. Margrit has to deal with a gargoyle trial against Alban, a vengeful dragon divested of his criminal empire, a double-dealing vampire and a war among the selkies, the djinn and human criminals. Further, her friend Cole can't accept Alban, and her friends and family are endangered. I recommend this book, (along with the first two in the trilogy), to anyone who reads supernatural urban fiction. It's a wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    C.E. Murphy is the BEST!

    I love these books, and the Walker Papers! Murphy's imagination is just so innovative and cool. This book is really wonderful. Exciting and fast-paced, and you grow to love the characters even more. I won't give anything away. Read it!

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    The best!

    I have to say that this book is the best of the three. First of all I love reading about Alban, the gargoyle. There are not that many books written about gargoyles which make this story line a breath of fresh air. I have to say that this book is the best out of the three and it will keep you on your toes. I love the way C.E. Murphy has the main characters, but is not hesitate to put them in danger with the possibility of killing them off. Many times I read a book and say that character isn't going to be killed off, because it is the main character. You never know with C.E. Murphy. I love this book, because it is different story line that keeps me coming back and always wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    HANDS OF FLAME is an engaging tale that sub-genre fans will enjoy

    Five Old Races negotiator Margrit Knight has macro and micro worries. The big issue is war is imminent between the five Old Races and in spite of her vocation she feels helpless to prevent it. Making matters more complex for the lawyer is the micro concerns that are personal to her though not on the grand scale of the war. Her lover Alban Korund the gargoyle is incarcerated and her family and friends, so innocently human, are expendable pawns.-------------- As she tries to negotiate a peaceful settlement, obtain Alban¿s release and keep the troubles from harming her loved ones, she feels all alone. However, she has met three questionable associates who on the one hand want to help her, but also two of them seem to have hidden agendas that might prove deadly to Margrit. Janx the dragon is angry and acrimonious as he wants return to the soaring highest of his species running a major underworld criminal activity not live in a hovel underground and Eliseo Daisani the billionaire vampire feels slighted as he dreams of biting respect. Finally the NYPD detective thinks gang warfare on the streets of the city is out of control. Adding to Margrit¿s woes the paranormal pair appears to look forward to the war.------------- The third Negotiator urban fantasy is a fast-paced, action-packed tale with spins and twists that make Broadway look like Lombard St. Margrit is courageous, perhaps too much so, as she dives head first into one dangerous mess after another with three goals to fuel her adrenaline: prevent the war, liberate her daytime HEART OF STONE lover, and keep her family safe even as she sees her world collapsing like a HOUSE OF CARDS. HANDS OF FLAME is an engaging tale that sub-genre fans will enjoy.------------ Harriet Klausner

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