Moonlight [NOOK Book]

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The Magician

Washington, D. C., 2042. Toby Jameson is accustomed to being overshadowed by his brother Nick, but he doesn’t have to like it. While attending the funeral of the First Lady of the United States, he finds a kindred spirit in Andrea Daniels, the President’s daughter. When Nick discovers Andrea’s supernatural destiny as a latent leader of the Sentinel race, Toby is...
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Moonlight

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Overview

The Magician

Washington, D. C., 2042. Toby Jameson is accustomed to being overshadowed by his brother Nick, but he doesn’t have to like it. While attending the funeral of the First Lady of the United States, he finds a kindred spirit in Andrea Daniels, the President’s daughter. When Nick discovers Andrea’s supernatural destiny as a latent leader of the Sentinel race, Toby is happy to accept a secret assignment to protect her as she leaves the Armistice Zone, if only to gain a little distance from his relationship with his lover, Layla.

The Daywalker

Layla, the leader of the Daywalker race, has had three thousand years to earn her reputation as the Prince of Wrath. Her romance with the strong-willed young Sentinel has been contentious at best, but neither is willing to walk away nor give voice to a deeper commitment. When her protective overtures go awry prior to Toby’s departure, provoking them both into frank combat, it seems their relationship is finally doomed. Then a shocking discovery changes everything, casting the very nature of Sentinels and Daywalkers into question.

The Wind

In the wake of her mother’s death, Andrea returns to England to escape the watchful eye of her estranged father. When Toby shows up on her doorstep unannounced, she knows he has a secret agenda, but is willing to overlook his secrets in the spirit of friendship that kindled between them at their last meeting. But nothing stays secret forever, and it’s only a matter of time before they find themselves fighting for their lives against both the enemy they know, and a new menace that has emerged from within the virtual world.
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http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Explorations-The-BN-SciFi-and/The-Best-Vampire-Fiction-Releases-of-2011/ba-p/1236 - Paul Goat Allen
The Best Vampire Fiction Releases of 2011: "...the ambitious, grand-scale, science fiction backdrop and labyrinthinely plotted storyline was impressive, to say the least."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013255692
  • Publisher: Arshad Ahsanuddin
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: Pact Arcanum , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 468,505
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Arshad Ahsanuddin is a practicing hematopathologist, a physician who specializes in using biopsies and laboratory data to diagnose diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Yes, a blood doctor writing about vampires. The irony is not lost on him. It certainly amuses his colleagues.

For more information about Arshad, or for more information about the series, check out his website at www.pactarcanum.com and leave him some feedback.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    flew through this

    one and on to the next. I was definitely dragged into this series because it was so "readable"

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Prepare to lose some sleep when you get hooked!

    Note: this review contains some spoilers. Moonlight is the third novel in the Pact Arcanum series by Arshad Ahsanuddin (hematopathologist by day, vampire fiction writer by night!) The third installment is by far the strongest of the three books by the new author, who has clearly paid attention to the feedback on his first two novels and used it to improve the quality of his storytelling, and particularly the quality of his characterization. Moonlight draws you in quickly, beginning at an emotional moment for several of the characters, at the funeral of the First Lady of the United States of America. POTUS distracts himself from his grief by meeting with Nick, vampire heartbreaker, protagonist of the past two novels, and President of the Armistice, a political union of a few races of parahumans peacefully coexisting in North America. We quickly learn that the President's daughter is herself a latent parahuman Sentinel, which means the President will need to make a difficult decision about letting his estranged daughter go back to her life in England, which, due to its location outside the Armistice zone, will likely result in her latent powers manifesting and thus launching her into the life of a warrior against the less friendly vampires. But not only is she a latent Sentinel - she is a powerful Sentinel leader, making her a target for the vampires outside the Armistice zone - as we discover not far into the book, when she is kidnapped. Also kidnapped is Nick's brother, Toby, who was sent to protect the President's daughter and in her finds a friend who understands what it means to live in the shadow of a President. In the process of kidnapping the pair, the vampires set off an EMP device which burns out Toby's AI implant - resulting in the death of a sentient creature and setting off a war with the AI community, who have evolved just enough to know they are treated as less than the other races, but not enough to know how to respond diplomatically. As Nick tries desperately to negotiate with the cold, analytic decision-making of the AIs as they threaten to destroy the human race over the actions of one man, we closely follow the struggle of all races to understand one another enough to avoid a complete catastrophe. Combine that with an unexpected pregnancy between two races that have warred for so many millennia that no one believed they could interbreed (specifically, two individuals who fight constantly and have to seriously consider how they will move forward in their relationship as parents) and a child of a new race that is destined to end the war between races, and you end up losing a lot of sleep as you keep telling yourself "Well, just one more chapter and then I'll go to bed." The plot of the book is enthralling, and I could not put it down - I read it twice this summer, and both times I read the entire thing in under 48 hours. But perhaps even more remarkable than the thrilling story is the emotional development of Ahsannuddin's characters. In his first two novels, the characters seemed a bit flat and as though they were mostly in the novel as a vehicle for the politics - even the romantic triangles (and more complicated polyhedrons) seemed unrealistic and not compelling. But in Moonlight, the characters genuinely struggle with vexing decisions and messy feelings. There are many characters faced with situations in which there is no right answer, even if

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Highest Recommendation - book 3 of Pact Arcanum - WONDERFUL series

    When an attack on Toby and Andrea Daniels (the President's daughter) results in the death of Toby's AI, the AI's internal government - The Nexus - unveils itself to the Armistice, and humanity, demanding retribution. The resulting backlash by humanity causes the development of an organization called Organic Underground, devoted to the destruction of The Nexus and establishment of the AIs as being under the control of organics. Toby agrees to serve as liaison between The Nexus and the Armistice, leaving him in great danger as OU attempts repeatedly to assassinate him. How do they keep finding him? Who is the traitor in their midst?

    Additionally, in this book, we see the relationship between Toby and Layla growing, and a surprising result of their union. Nick and the group of people we spend most of our time with in the first two books are more in the background in this one, as the Armistice moves into its second generation of mortals.

    After an intense three days reading these books, I'm left rather adrift - these are so well-crafted that one is completely inside the world while reading them, and there is a resounding silence in my ears now that they are done. I don't know how it is I am going to wait until the next book in the series comes out - it is due sometime in 2012. That should not stop you from buying the first three books in the series and immersing yourself in this world - it will just make it all the more enjoyable when you reintegrate yourself with the next installment. I am Katy Sozaeva, and I approve this message ...

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

    Page Turning Phenom

    If you enjoy roller coasters, this is the book for you.
    Moonlight began as a rival to Sunset.
    In the end, Moonlight won.
    True to form, Ahsanuddin wove a tale of action, intrigue, suspense, mystery, love, betrayal, redemption and hope.
    Moonlight begins where Sunset left off and was full of twists and turns that kept me so hooked, I could NOT put it down and read the entire book in one day.
    I found this book to be the most emotionally charged read of them all.
    The ending of this book gave me hope and left me eagerly awaiting the next installment.
    Arshad has proven himself to be a very talented writer and I look forward to seeing all of his future work!

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