License to Ensorcell

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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 hands, because tact and compromise are not Ari's strong points. Their mission is to track down a serial killer ...

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Overview

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 hands, because tact and compromise are not Ari's strong points. Their mission is to track down a serial killer obsessed with werewolves. He sees them everywhere and shoots whenever he thinks he has one in his sights. Ari assumes the man's psychotic, but in truth he's murdering actual werewolves. Nola should know. Her younger brother Pat, a lycanthrope, was the first victim.

Can Nola's psychic talents and Ari's skill with guns keep them alive long enough to unravel the greater mystery behind the killings? Can they save the werewolves and the world while stopping Nola's family from running headlong into danger?

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Repetitive urban fantasy conceits—a strong woman with a hot male sidekick, secret organizations, and almost limitless psychic powers—undermine this quick-moving series launch. San Francisco psychic Nola O'Grady uses her mysterious oracular and clairvoyant skills at the behest of her anonymous handlers, who work for a supersecret U.S. government agency. Directed to work with attractive Interpol officer Ari Nathan, she must discover who is using silver bullets to commit a series of murders. The killings may be connected to al-Qaeda, as well as to the death of Nola's brother Patrick. This complex investigation is almost as daunting as coping with her quirky Catholic family. Breakneck plotting, punning, and romance make for a mostly fast, fun read, but unembellished writing, simplistic characterization, and clumsy handling of religious elements nullify the story's original qualities. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756406561
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 933,124
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Katharine Kerr first became involved in the field of fantasy through role-playing games, becoming so intrigued that she began writing articles for gaming magazines, and for some time was a contributing editor to Dragon magazine. This interest soon led her into the field of fantasy writing, with her first Deverry novel, Daggerspell, appearing in 1986. Since then, she has written fourteen more Deverry novels, of which The Silver Mage is the latest, as well as other fantasy and science fiction novels. Her Deverry novels have hit the London Times and the Australian bestseller lists.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    A Satisfying Original Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Excellent Urban Fantasy

    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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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Heads above the usual urban fantasy

    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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  • Posted January 5, 2011

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    entertaining investigative urban fantasy

    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

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