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License to Ensorcell
     

License to Ensorcell

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by Katharine Kerr
 

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Psychic Agent Nola O'Grady isn't sure returning to San Francisco, and living near her unusual family, is a good idea. Her job, with a psychic agency so obscure even the CIA doesn't know it exists, can be perilous, and she's afraid of the relatives getting involved.

Then the Agency saddles her with Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, and she has a bigger problem on her

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License to Ensorcell 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
pateleo More than 1 year ago
Nola O'Grady is an agent for Harmony, her job is to maintain the balance between Order and Chaos. To her dismay, her boss has informed her that she is going to be partnered up with an Interpol agent (who nobody can seem to get a long with). Ari Nathan is hunting a murderer who has issues with werewolves, unfortunately for him, he is unfamiliar with the world of magic and needs Nola's help. With Ari's accuracy with a weapon and Nola's psychic talents can they overcome the murderer together without setting up themselves in the murderer's crosshairs? Despite the book having a few awkward literary moments; i.e. when Nola goes through a Tarot reading for herself and Ari she states "No, not for all the cold cash in the world am I going to fall in love with this guy, or with any guy, but especially not this guy. And that's that." I still enjoyed the book. Kerr did a great job of having a romantic subplot without it overwhelming the entire book, and without the sweaty love scenes that seem to be a requirement in books lately. The storyline was very original and nicely thought out. Overall, a very satisfying read.
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Nola is an Irish-American from San Francisco. She works for a federal agency so secret, even the CIA doesn't know it exists. She returns home to find that the City is being subjected to strange psychic forces... and her younger brother is seeing a strange girl. Nola hooks up with Ari, an Israeli agent of Interpol, and together they must solve the origins of the Chaos forces while helping Michael solve the puzzle of where his girlfriend comes from. There is a lot of humor, magic, and mystery in this book. I can't wait to read the sequel!
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DeborahJRoss More than 1 year ago
Forget the cover that makes this book look just like umpteen other urban fantasies; you're in for a real treat. Kerr is a seasoned pro who handles the genre of noir psychic detective stories with consummate skill, pitch-perfect balance of humor and depth, and a level of respect for the reader's intelligence that puts most others in the shade. Even minor characters are vividly depicted and every story element is placed with precise care. Kerr brings complexity and depth to the expected tropes, from Ari Nathan's struggle to believe in Nola O'Grady's psychic abilities when they are thrown into partnership to solve the serial murders of werewolves, to the dynamics and relationships in a family with unusual mental talents, to the geography of San Francisco, to a foray into a parallel and very much less savory reality. I'm eagerly anticipating the next adventure!
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Federal agent operative Nola O'Grady works for the most top secret government agency consisting of an entity of psychics that even the FBI and CIA are ignorant that it exists. She has doubts about coming home to San Francisco to work because she worries that her gifted family will get involved in her dangerous cases. Making matters more complicated is her new partner Israeli Interpol secret agent Ari Nathan whose shoot first philosophy makes a bull in a china shop seems like ot behaves like a kitten. They investigate a serial killer who uses silver bullets to murder victims the psychopath believes are werewolves. Whereas Ari assumes the predator is insane, Nola knows the hunter targets are real lycanthrope as her brother Pat who ironically wanted to become a catholic priest was the first known victim. This is an entertaining investigative urban fantasy that sub-genre readers will enjoy as O'Grady is a psychic Lara Croft and Nathan is her sidekick stepping on toes whose prime mission turns out to insure his female partner eats meals. Although the lead relationship is not a new combo (see Caitlin Kitteridge's Black London and Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels) nor is the story line (see D.D. Barant's Bloodhound Files), fans will enjoy the streets of San Francisco as seen through an otherworldly lens. Harriet Klausner