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Dark Predator (Dark Series #22)

Dark Predator (Dark Series #22)

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by Christine Feehan

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An immortal comes to the end of a long and violent journey and finds a far more dangerous threat in this dark and thrilling novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Carpathian series.
As brutal as the undead he hunted, executioner Zacarias De La Cruz’s savage journey is over. After a thousand years in a gray world, he has


An immortal comes to the end of a long and violent journey and finds a far more dangerous threat in this dark and thrilling novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Carpathian series.
As brutal as the undead he hunted, executioner Zacarias De La Cruz’s savage journey is over. After a thousand years in a gray world, he has accomplished everything he set out to do. His brothers are safeguarded, and each has a woman who completes them. But with centuries as a killing machine now left to the past and without a hunt to define him, Zacarias wonders, for the first time in his life, who he really is.
The answer awaits him in the vengeance of an old enemy, in the consequences of a bloody family legacy, and in Marguarita, a woman he once saved—his lifemate, his deliverance, and the greatest risk yet to both their lives.


Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Christine Feehan and her Carpathian novels

“The queen of paranormal romance! The one who started it all! The erotic, gripping series that has defined an entire genre. I love everything she does.”—J. R. Ward, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

“After Bram Stoker, Anne Rice and Joss Whedon (who created the venerated Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Christine Feehan is the person most credited with popularizing the neck gripper.”—Time

“Feehan has a knack for bringing vampiric Carpathians to vivid, virile life in her Dark Carpathian novels.”—Publishers Weekly

“Red-hot romance and great storytelling...a treat you can’t refuse...Thrill-a-minute fantasy with complex characters and a story that captivates from beginning to end.”—Fresh Fiction

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Dark Series , #22
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Product dimensions:
4.31(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for Christine Feehan and for Dark Predator:

“The queen of paranormal romance.”—USA Today

“After finishing [Dark Predator], I'm still in full hard swoon mode. I feel like I've run an emotional marathon…an amazing book.”—Reviews from the Heart

Meet the Author

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series.

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Dark Predator 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 377 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have waited year after year for Zacarias De La Cruz's story and who would get the HONOR of becoming his Life Mate, only to be very disappointed in the way both the characters were written. We have been told over the years that Zacarias was one of the Greatest and Strongest Carpathian Warrior/ Hunters alive and that he was feared by vampires and Carpathians. We are also, told over and over how Carpathian Males Love, Cherish and Protect their Life Mates above all others. This didn't happen in this book. My first point is I did not fine Zac to be that great of a Warrior or Hunter. He didn't have the skill or the strength of a Gregori,a Dominic or a Lucian. He didn't have strength enough to keep his L.M. Marguarita from being savagely beaten by human vampire hunters who invaded their home. He would have died by the hands of his oldest and greatest vampire enemy, if Solange Life Mate to Dominic had not answered his call for help and return the day before to give him her Royal Blood, this is all that saved him. My second point is my beloved Zacarias was turned into an abusive monster. He abused his L.M. Marguarita both physically and mentally, on more than one occasion, he said it was to teach her a lesson. Others have justified Zac's behavior by saying he did this because he didn't recognizes her as his L.M.,he didn't feel any emotions or see in color like other Carpathians males did when they first encountered their L.M.. Now that's just strange to me because in all 21 books before this one the male immediately felt emotions and saw in color. Zacarias was different, but so was Gregori and Julian. I didn't like this new change in Zac. I was disappointed in how Zac was written all around. My second point of disappointment was his Life Mate Marguarita, she was an abuse spouse and she acted like it, Marguarita was very submissive and fearful of what he was going to do to her if she disobeyed, But it was OK because he was the Great Zacarias De La Cruz, even when he picked her up and threw her into the wall; after DS the human vampire hunter had kicked and beaten her for hours.!! Her psychic gift was not that impressive either. I call her the horse whisperer . I wanted a Great Life Mate for a Great Warrior/Hunter and I did not get that in this book for either of them. Zac only gets a Half of his HEA, he only can see in color or feel emotions when Marguarita is with him. The possibility is out their for him to still turn vampire, if something happens to Marguarita. What a disappointment End!! Why make devoted fans wait a year to find out Zac's L.M was Just Poor Submissive Marguarita. I SAY ADVERTIZING STUNT!!! To promote book sales!! The story is not romantic or sensual as the other books in the Dark Series. I did not feel the love or bonding between Zacarias and Marguarita. I can only hope the next book in the series is better. I think it must be very hard for Ms. Feehan to write 4 different series at the same time. Something is going to go lacking and Dark Predator was indeed Very Lacking all around. I can only give this book 1 star and I would suggest if you are reading this series, to get this book from the library!!
Rachel_Bruce More than 1 year ago
As a long time fan of the Dark Series, I was exceedingly disappointed in this latest installment and wish I could get a refund for my Kindle purchase. I am accustomed to the purply Carpathian prose, the formula battles with vampires and the over the top love scenes in her series and after 22 books of the same thing, I usually skim through those parts. However, after all of the build up in anticipation that Feehan created about Zacarias' story in her previous books, this was anticlimactic at best. I was, frankly, bored. The overabundance of description and the singular lack of dialogue meant that I started flipping pages to get to what I thought was going to be good stuff. Turns out, Feehan neglected to provide the readers with the good stuff...the satisfaction of having Zac's brothers and their lifemates rally around to provide feel good moments in the story, to celebrate Zac even finding a lifemate. This story could have been told in a novella or anthology. I bought this eBook on another site based on all of the reviews here (it was cheaper), but will not be buying anymore of her books and will be checking them out at the library instead. Come to think of it...as I write this review, I realize that the De la Cruz volumes in this series left much to be desired. Lesson learned...if you really want to read this book, wait for the library or buy it in hard copy and take it back when you are done. This was a wallbanger, but my smartphone is too expensive to throw against the wall.
Darchelle-Lycanlvr-M More than 1 year ago
I finally finished Dark Predator yesterday. After waiting so long, the desire to devour it was overwhelming. I'm so glad I read it slowly, to savor it, to not rush through Zacarius and Marguarita's story. It was compelling, to say the least. The story, which focuses primarily on their relationship, took us on an emotional journey that provided a true understanding of who Zacarius really is. Who could possibly save Zacarius ... this earth and cave dwelling predator with a shattered soul and darkened spirit. Only Marguarita could, a slip of a woman, an independent free spirit, raised in the male dominant Peruvian culture, and a "beautiful lunatic". Unable to speak, she is the bright light and driving force that, bit by bit, weakens his steel encased heart to save him. Predator is different from the other books in Christine's series because Zacarius is "DIFFERENT". His life experience is different, his relationships with family and humans is different, even his decision to not search for his lifemate is different. I've come to think of the Dark Series old world Carpathian males as "superheroes". Powerful, passionate, invincible, with strength beyond measure. Strength comes in many forms, and Predator proves just how strong Zacarius can be. It also shows, that like humans, Carpathians can have their weaknesses too. For those of you that complain about the "cookie cutter" book formula, Predator definitely scored out of the box. Christine has stirred the pot, added a new flavor, and enhanced the layer to our multi-dimensional heroes. This is a different kind of love story and Zacarius does get his "happily ever after" .... just differently
Marlene Templeton More than 1 year ago
Predictable... no mystery here. Amazon bloggers guessed the lifemate right away. So hoping not true! Hoping for a bigger surprise. Dark Peril hit you in the face with the answer. One of the Aunts would have been great. Male and female ancients and female loving modern female roles. Not a hit this time. Rather read dark prince for the 10th time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy these for a fun read. But this book had several negatives, it was hard to get into, no mystery, and the characters weren't that likable. Additionally, there was no furtherance of the overall plot line that more recent books have been exposing. This just rehashed memories of old plot lines. It appeared just put together with old stories and nothing new. You can skip this one and not miss it. If you must read, please save your money and wait until it is in paperback and the ebook price goes down..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is NOT for anyone who has ever been in an abusive relationship. It is written as if they are valid reasons for such abuse. That said... Book begins well and quickly slides downhill. It strays away from normal Dark Series books - Carpathians cherish their women. Not big brother, Zac. In previous books, the brothers are all in tune with each other and ask mentally if help is needed. None of his brothers FELT his turmoil? None of his brothers were overly concerned when their eldest brother declared his plan to walk into the sun? This book is so off track for the Dark Series. He is abusive and a bully, she is pathetic. I could not relate to either character. The spiders were very well written though. Perhaps Ms. Feehan is writing too many books at once and has others writing her Dark series for her?
SueB214 More than 1 year ago
Zacarias was a horrible character, still didn't beat Rafael. The story would have been nice, if she got her voice back after the change and he heard for the first time and was brought fully into the light. Also would have been nice to include his brothers and their lifemates.
mountainrose More than 1 year ago
I love all the Dark Series books except this one. Zacarias is a strong character and should have had a strong story. I understand his soul being in shreds, (we were told enough times in the book), and the "dark" shadows he lived with all his life, but I don't feel that gave him the excuse to go completely against Carpathian nature and abuse his life mate. It just doesn't fit with what I have loved about the Carpathian men. Without any other Carpathian's to interact with, many things were said over and over just to fill up pages. Not up to par. I hope the next book will be back to Miss Feehans great writing. Also, the book talks about Zacarias having long hair and the cover for the Nook version shows it short. Just an observation.
Alicesbooks More than 1 year ago
This is the long awaited book of Zacarias and Marguarita. The beginning is very exciting and sad when Zacarias says goodbye to his brothers. The book goes downhill from there and stays there. Zacarias is abusive to Marguarita throughout the book and for that reason I do not consider it a love story. There is little action. The fight scene at the end of the book between Zacarias and Ruslan is ho hum, and Zacarias is unable to defeat him, but after he drinks Solange's royal blood, he carries Ruslan's body into the sun to fry. So, Solange defeats the most powerful master vampire and Zacarias looks like a fool. Very disappointing book in a series that I love.
Vanessa Butler More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for this book to come out for months. And was very disappointed with this book, it lack the Feehan vibe. The first two chapters were great, I was hooked. After that i was just waiting for it to end. I really wish I can get a refund. I love the series and want to know whats going to happen with the two sisters and skyler. Hopefully the next one will good.
Bedde More than 1 year ago
I am a long time fan of the Dark Series. Zacarias and Marguarita's story is another 5 star addition. Although there is not as much action as in Dark Slayer, another of the Malinov Brothers is taken out, edging one step closer to getting rid of the major plotters against Mikhail. Marguarita, has no voice to clue Zacarias with colors and emotions that she is his lifemate which leads to interesting twists in how they come together. It was an excellent change from previous books, forcing the pair to concentrate on each other rather than knowing immediately they were lifemates. Ms. Feehan has told us in previous books that Zacarias was Seriously old school and having grown up with overbearing chauvinistic men, I thought Marguarita's handling of Zacarias' alpha tendencies was brilliant. All hunters have had to take out friends and family, however the scene where he had to kill his own father was heartbreaking. He was tortured by that as deeply as Jacques was in Dark Desire and that was the beginning of my bonding with Zacarias. Yes, Zacarias is a serious chest beating "I am the man and you will obey" alpha Carpathian, however this is normal for Carpathians and the women always learn how to make them understand who is actually in charge. Marguarita did it with just the right touch of disobedience and subtle humor. Marguarita's understanding of what made him tick was balanced with the knowledge she had from years of knowing what he was and the pure fear most of us would feel when faced with a predator like Zacarias and yet she faced her fear and picked her battles thoughout the book, a winning combination in my mind. All in all I LOVED it.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful dark but interesting book .It's the perfect sequel in the series. As always can't wait again to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And it seems Ms Feehan's streak ran out with book 21 in this series. As I read the book, I felt as if the pairing of the characters was off or pushed; like trying to force a square block in a round hole. After reading the first 21 books in this series, the writing style itself was different; the characters and plot were in line with the series but the book had a different feel to it. When reading authors' works the books give off 'vibes', for lack of a better word, and this book was missing that vibe. I don't know what went wrong with this book but I don't see myself buying the next one; I'll probably wait to check it out of the library or spend my lunch hour reading it at the local bookstore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok I own all of the Dark series Books. I just finished this book and I wanted to write this while it was still freash on my mind. I thought the book was AMAZING..... So much different then all the other books. Mrs. Feehan put her self and her beloved carpathians out there... for the world to read and judge. I love him...and hated him... I wanted to slap her and hug her .... the whole time I was reading the book ..... It was an emotional rollercoaster til the very last page.. Well worth the money if your ready for the next step into the ever changing world of Carpathains!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since the first time that Zacharias was mentioned in this series I have waited for this story. Being so close to turning, and the past contact with Zacharias, I found that the writing of this story was ture to the personality of Zarcharias. And his women is no push over, she stands up for herself and her man's ture nature. Well written as always.
Xoman More than 1 year ago
I waited for a long time for this book and i was so upset that i wasted my time on this book..As one person said the beginning was good and after that it was DOWN HILL...CF made Z sound so cold..M seemed more like a slave than his lifemate...please dont waste your money and see if you can borrow the book from a friend....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it, there was times it got to you. this will be one of my faves
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Christine Feehan ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!! sooooo worth the read. I reccomend all of her books and series'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feehan does it again..... Zacarius is aggressive, dominent, abrusive, and absolutly wonderful.
librachic More than 1 year ago
The latest installment in the popular series proves that Christine is still going strong with this series and will do so for awhile. Dark Predator brings the reader back to the exotic rain forest and lands of the De La Cruz family again. Zacarias is close to turning, too close, he follows a compulsion to return to Peru and there he finds his lifemate, Marguarita, a feisty but scarred young women with an affinity for animals. Following the tradition of the Dark books with Zacarias finding it thoroughly difficult to accept Marguarita's life style and such,it makes for an interesting read. Both parties butt heads constantly and Zacarias can be likened to a dictator, he commands and demands so much from Marguarita and at first it makes the reader want to smack him for being so uncaring and rough. It really isn't his fault actually, Marguarita discovers this as he allows her in as time goes on and she connects with his wild spirit from there the relationship builds and bonds are formed. Marguarita is the perfect person to complete Zacarias because she is able to see him when he even can't see himself and she always reaffirms his qualities to care and love when Zacarias is close to his dark side. That side proves to be a blessing which surprises me! Zacarias learns to be a little more open to things because of how much Marguarita gives up for him. You do not meet many other Carpathians in this novel nor Dark Peril and this seems like a growing trend of the Dark books, I hope to see more of the others but that is up to Christine. Nonetheless, the book is a wonderful interpretation of another healing journey for a special couple who love each other very much as they learn after arguing and spending time with each other. The surrounding and characters add vivid details and fit perfectly with the story. I see the dark series doing well for a while! Scratch that, a long time!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Christine Feehan's novels. T his one was pretty good, but not one of her best. The characters were interesting and the relationship much the same as her other novels. The plot was engaging and kept me involved in the emotional battle between a very alpha male and strong willed woman. All in all a decent read for Ms. Feehans fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read them all, this isnt the best but it was good. For those who thought our hero was too cold to his lifemate, I would just say that love isnt always sunshine and roses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the series & this book only adds to the love.
Barbburr More than 1 year ago
Zacaris Del La Cruz's story will remind you of the other oldest living Carpathian with special gifts, Dominic. I enjoyed the book as I usually do of Christine Feehan.
Susan Gattman More than 1 year ago
This book was a little different than the others, but that made it interesting .