The Orchid Hunter

The Orchid Hunter

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by Sandra K. Moore
     
 

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“IN THE JUNGLE YOU STAY SHARP OR DIE. I TRY TO STAY SHARP.”

More hunter than botanist, Dr. Jessie Robards had dedicated her life to tracking down the world's rarest flowers. But finding the Death Orchid was different. The legendary medicinal flower could save her dying uncle—if she could keep the precious bloom out of her greedy competitors'

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“IN THE JUNGLE YOU STAY SHARP OR DIE. I TRY TO STAY SHARP.”

More hunter than botanist, Dr. Jessie Robards had dedicated her life to tracking down the world's rarest flowers. But finding the Death Orchid was different. The legendary medicinal flower could save her dying uncle—if she could keep the precious bloom out of her greedy competitors' hands. But she'd need more than her scientific mind and strong legs to survive the perils of the Amazon. This time the independent adventurer would need the courage to trust a man she barely knew on a journey into the heart of darkness.…

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ISBN-13:
9781426867033
Publisher:
Silhouette
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Silhouette Bombshell Series , #35
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
731,930
File size:
357 KB

Meet the Author

Sandra K. Moore grew up in genteel Chattanooga, Tennessee, though weekend trips to the family farms in Henagar, Alabama, were a staple of her childhood. In Chattanooga she attended an all-girls preparatory school and so entered college with little experience in the subject of men, other than through the dozens of romances borrowed from her best friend.

In college she tried a number of majors before finally settling on poetry as an ongoing interest. A very fine poet directed her to the University of Houston Creative Writing Program where she started her graduate school career by winning an Inprint Fellowship.

She switched to writing fiction midway through her master's degree and was privileged to work with some of the great American novelists writing today, one of whom demonstrated her considerable insight by signing a copy of one of her books with: "For Sandra, with high hopes that you'll get it all together and write the beautiful book you've got in you."

Though Sandra's rural southern upbringing might have qualified her to write in the great tradition of Eudora Welty and William Faulkner, she ultimately became a technical writer for a computer software company, where she met and fell in love with a handsome co-worker.

After a 10-year detour into the software industry—and moving from technical writing to project management to marketing—Sandra has finally "got it all together" and now spends her time either writing action-adventure novels or varnishing, preparing to varnish, or thinking about varnishing the motor yacht she shares with her partner and a small gray cat.

The beautiful book is forthcoming.

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Orchid Hunter (Silhouette Bombshell #35) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
THE ORCHID HUNTER manages to capture the essence of the Silhouette Bombshell line about as well as I've ever seen. A highly charged action-adventure tale with a romantic subplot, Ms. Moore has managed to interweave a ton of separate plot elements into a book that is destined to become a feature on your keeper shelf.

For Jessica Robards, keeping her client supplied with the rarest flowers found the world over is a job that takes dedication, skill, and an unerring sense of survival. Linus von Brutten III expects nothing but success from his employee, and Jessie refuses to fail. This time, however, the job is personal. Von Brutten has promised to save her dying uncle if she brings back him the Death orchid. How her employer knew that her uncle, a honky-tonk owner who suffered horribly from a pharmaceutical research experiment, is dying, and how to cure him, is a question that Jessie can't afford to analyze too closely.

She sets out for rainforests of Brazil, and is immediately faced with trouble on all sides. Local tribes who simply want her to leave them in peace, tough-guy CIA agents with unknown agendas, and even fellow rivals looking for the same Death orchid all hope to watch Jessica fail. But then, she meets Rick Kincaid, an entomologist studying a moth who just so happens to pollinate the same flower she's hunting for.

THE ORCHID HUNTER is wonderfully interspersed with detailed accounts of the landscapes that Jessie and Rick wander through, rich tellings of the rainforest and its inhabitants, and details about flowers that I honestly had never even heard of before. Between the kick-butt action, the steamy attraction between Jessica and Rick, and the bad guys hot on their trail, THE ORCHID HUNTER is Bombshell at its best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE ORCHID HUNTER manages to capture the essence of the Silhouette Bombshell line about as well as I've ever seen. A highly charged action-adventure tale with a romantic subplot, Ms. Moore has managed to interweave a ton of separate plot elements into a book that is destined to become a feature on your keeper shelf. For Jessica Robards, keeping her client supplied with the rarest flowers found the world over is a job that takes dedication, skill, and an unerring sense of survival. Linus von Brutten III expects nothing but success from his employee, and Jessie refuses to fail. This time, however, the job is personal. Von Brutten has promised to save her dying uncle if she brings back him the Death orchid. How her employer knew that her uncle, a honky-tonk owner who suffered horribly from a pharmaceutical research experiment, is dying, and how to cure him, is a question that Jessie can't afford to analyze too closely. She sets out for rainforests of Brazil, and is immediately faced with trouble on all sides. Local tribes who simply want her to leave them in peace, tough-guy CIA agents with unknown agendas, and even fellow rivals looking for the same Death orchid all hope to watch Jessica fail. But then, she meets Rick Kincaid, an entomologist studying a moth who just so happens to pollinate the same flower she's hunting for. THE ORCHID HUNTER is wonderfully interspersed with detailed accounts of the landscapes that Jessie and Rick wander through, rich tellings of the rainforest and its inhabitants, and details about flowers that I honestly had never even heard of before. Between the kick-butt action, the steamy attraction between Jessica and Rick, and the bad guys hot on their trail, THE ORCHID HUNTER is Bombshell at its best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I finished reading THE ORCHID HUNTER, I was laughing and crying at the same time. Small Town, East Texas, scientist, PhD Jessie Robards is more at home hanging ninety-feet high in the canopy of the Amazon jungles than walking the asphalt jungles of Texas. Jessie stays alive by following the rule of the Jungle--stay sharp or get dead--but, she lives by her own set of rules. - Depend on no one but herself. - Leave nothing behind. - Be prepared for anything. - Don¿t get involved; not with the locals, not with the authorities, and especially not with irritating, sexy, bug nerds. But all the rules change when Scooter, the uncle who raised Jessie and the only person she has ever loved, becomes the victim of a illegal drug trial and he is left with only a few weeks to live--unless Jessie can find the one thing that might save his life; a mythical Death Orchid. But does this orchid really exist? Is the hunt for it, and the possible cure it might provide, worth giving up these last few weeks at Scooter¿s side? Who should she trust? Her employer, who promised to produce a miracle drug that would save Scooter¿s life, provided Jessie returned in time? Or the man who claims to be from Homeland Security and insists that her employer is after the Death Orchid on behalf of a bio-terrorist group? And what about Dr. Rick Kinkaid, the Entomologist, a.k.a. Bug Nerd, who conveniently shows up in the Amazon at the exact same time as Jessie, on a quest to find a Corpse Moth ¿ the co-evolved sole pollinator of The Death Orchid. The Corpse Moth and The Death Orchid ¿ one cannot survive without the other. Can Jessie survive without the help of the Bug Nerd? THE ORCHID HUNTER is a sizzling romance filled with exotic locations, action, adventure, betrayal and plot twists. An excellent story that will keep you on the edge of your chair from page one to the very last word.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Remember the name Sandra K. Moore because you're going to hear a lot about this talented newcomer. Heroine Dr. Jessie 'Robards' is on a quest to find the death orchid that can save the uncle who raised her. Her search takes her to the Amazon where her adventures rival Indiana Jones. This book has everything: evocotive jungle setting, heart-pounding romance, loads of danger, plot twists, and a really funny first-person heroine. The writing is fabulous. Can't wait to read this author's next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever imagine yourself as Indiana Jones, but then remember you¿re female? Sandra Moore's The Orchid Hunter is action packed with plot twists and turns that keep the book in your hands and off the nightstand. Look out Indi. Rock climbing, gun shooting, bad-guy-fighting heroine Dr. Jessie Robards is definitely your match. Botanist Dr. Robards works in the high-risk, dangerous world of smuggling. No, not drugs, but plants-- specifically rare, and sometimes believed extinct, orchids. As an orchid hunter, Jessie works solo and likes it that way. She watches her back to keep her rival competitor, and former grad school nemesis, from tracking her and stealing her precious specimens. Jessie¿s hunt for the Death Orchid becomes personal when the orchid she seeks contains medicinal properties her terminally ill great uncle needs. But time is running out for the only family she knows. Jessie must travel into the Brazilian jungle, find the orchid, and smuggle it back through US customs in under two weeks. Outwitting her rival, a sociopath colonel lording over a mercury-polluting gold mine, US Customs Agents, and surviving Amazon jungles is hard enough without a greenhorn, granola-eating, yoga-loving, four-eyed bug nerd in her wake. When entomologist Dr. Rick Kincaid hitches a ride on Jessie¿s plane to Ixpachia, she¿s sure she¿ll have to baby sit ¿Dr. college boy¿ and instantly dislikes him. She discovers, however, that his quest for The Corpse Moth will lead her to the Death Orchid. Trusting Rick and learning to work as a team open up feelings Jessie would rather not acknowledge. Over several days and a series of knuckle-biting events, Rick metamorphoses before her eyes into a sexy Tantra- practicing bedroom fantasy man. Just when Jessie¿s in the home stretch, doubts creep into play, graying the picture of who the good guys are, both in the jungle and at home. Dilemmas abound and Jessie must make choices that ensure her return in time to save her great uncle, even if they will destroy her relationship with Rick. Sandra Moore¿s Bombshell debut features descriptive settings and first person narrative that place her readers in the heart of the dense, lushly green, humid jungle. It¿s hot there. And so is her book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Rare orchid hunter Jessica Robards has traveled the world in search of the best for her client Linus von Brutten III. The work is dangerous enough going into remote locations like New Guinea, but rivals who prefer to steal than dig make it more perilous. Currently Jessica is in Texas visiting her ailing Uncle Scooter, owner of the most dilapidated honky tonk, the Slapdash Bar and Grill, but though away only six weeks she learns her beloved relative is dying the victim of a pharmaceutical research experiment. --- Von Brutten tells a stunned Jessica that he can save her uncle if she brings back the legendary Death orchid. Besides wondering how he knew Scooter was dying from the Cradion experiment, she agrees. In the Brazilian Rainforest, Jessica meets entomologist Rick Kincaid who is studying the moths that pollinate her orchid. As they work together, they fall in love. Others including the CIA, von Brutten¿s rivals, and a local tribe try to prevent Jessica from completing her mission. --- THE ORCHID HUNTER is an action-packed adventure romance with the emphasis on the skirmishes with their enemies even more than the lead couple¿s growing love for one another. The description of the Amazon is absolutely incredible as tour guide Sandra K. Moore escorts readers on a fabulous trip. Mindful of the Indiana Jones tales, but in a modern gender bending context (we¿ve come more than just a long way), fans of romantic suspense in an exotic locale will cherish this novel and want more from the von Brutten associates.--- Harriet Klausner