Santa Olivia [NOOK Book]

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Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth.





Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and ...
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Overview

Lushly written with rich and vivid characters, SANTA OLIVIA is Jacqueline Carey's take on comic book superheroes and the classic werewolf myth.





Loup Garron was born and raised in Santa Olivia, an isolated, disenfranchised town next to a US military base inside a DMZ buffer zone between Texas and Mexico. A fugitive "Wolf-Man" who had a love affair with a local woman, Loup's father was one of a group of men genetically-manipulated and used by the US government as a weapon. The "Wolf-Men" were engineered to have superhuman strength, speed, sensory capability, stamina, and a total lack of fear, and Loup, named for and sharing her father's wolf-like qualities, is marked as an outsider.





After her mother dies, Loup goes to live among the misfit orphans at the parish church, where they seethe from the injustices visited upon the locals by the soldiers. Eventually, the orphans find an outlet for their frustrations: They form a vigilante group to support Loup Garron who, costumed as their patron saint, Santa Olivia, uses her special abilities to avenge the town.





Aware that she could lose her freedom, and possibly her life, Loup is determined to fight to redress the wrongs her community has suffered. And like the reincarnation of their patron saint, she will bring hope to all of Santa Olivia.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Departing from epic fantasy (Kushiel's Dart, etc.), Carey sets this powerful near-future tale in Outpost 12, a small town trapped in a "buffer zone" shielding Texas from pandemic-stricken Mexico. Two half-siblings chafing under General Argyle's military rule make very different plans to beat the status quo. Tom, the son of a soldier, lives at the gym, where he trains in boxing and hopes to win his freedom from the town by defeating the general's boxing champion. Loup, who has inherited her escaped father's oddly engineered genes, joins a group of church wards called the Santitos, a tight gang of vigilantes who masquerade as the local saint, Santa Olivia. Carey's fans will enjoy meeting another strong, fearless heroine with special powers, while new readers will appreciate the tight focus that intensifies the depth of character and emotion. (June)

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In an indeterminate future, the border town of Santa Olivia, TX, has become Outpost Number 12, occupied by the U.S. Army. Residents rely on soldiers for commerce and, in the case of Carmen Garron, companionship. Carmen has a child with a rogue soldier, who claims to be the result of genetic experiments breeding humans with wolves to create preternatural fighters. Their daughter, Loup, inherits her father's animal reflexes and superhuman strength. When Carmen dies, Loup moves to the church's orphanage and puts her strengths to work as she and a ragtag group of orphans impersonate an avenging saint, Santa Olivia, and pull vigilante pranks around town. Though Loup eventually evolves into an appealing young protagonist, Carey's latest lacks the well-developed sweep and sense of place of her popular "Kushiel's Legacy" series. For larger libraries.
—Karen Kleckner Keefe

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"Careys fans will enjoy meeting another strong, fearless heroine with special powers, while new [audiences] will appreciate the tight focus that intensifies the depth of character and emotion." —-Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446551410
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/29/2009
  • Series: Santa Olivia Series , #1
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 135,722
  • File size: 576 KB

Meet the Author

Jacqueline Carey

Jacqueline Carey is the author of short stories, essays, novels Banewreaker and Godslayer, and the New York Times bestselling Kushiel's Legacy series. Carey lives in west Michigan. http://www.jacquelinecarey.com/

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

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    A Great Sci-Fi Ride!

    When I first picked up this book, I was thinking that it was another version of a werewolf story. Not exactly, it is more of a sci-fi superhero story. In fact, parts of it reminded me of the tv show, "Dark Angel." In fact, if you look at the cover, her coat is made to look like a cape (and I do love the cover).

    This book is such a great read. Even in the slower parts of the book, it builds tension as to what is coming next. You also have great characters in the book, all you either like right away or learn to like as the story goes on. And although there is some vigilante justice, there isn't that much in the book as perhaps you'd like, but it makes sense in the story. Plus, you really root for the Santitos (the orphan's nickname) because of why and how they chose to help the other unfortunate people in the outpost. It's just a fun ride and one that keeps going until the end. Unfortunately, it is the end why I could not give it 5 stars. It lost it's star because of the way it ends. It leaves way too many open questions. I couldn't find out if there was going to be another sequel or if this book is a stand alone. So, if it had given me, say 10 more chapters or guaranteed me a sequel (which I would certainly read), then it would regain it's last star.

    I must also say that there is sexual content, some violence and a lot of cussing. So, I wouldn't recommend it to the very young set. Otherwise, I do recommend this book wholeheartedly! It is such a good read. I give it 4 stars!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2010

    Santa Olivia

    This is the first book I have ever rippd and thrown away before I finished it. Because I have read other books by this author that I liked, I picked this one up. It did not grab my attention like the others- characters and plot was not interesting but what made me quit reading was the fact that it cursed God badly. This isn't like fantasies where they have ficticious Gods and I won't read a book that so blatantly curses the one true God. I understand stories where people are angry with God about their life, but to curse him so vulgarly was poor writing as far as I am concerned

    2 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2009

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    A Perfect Novel

    Jacqueline Carey has long been one of my top three favorite authors and with her latest book, Santa Olivia, the trend continues. Santa Olivia is in and of itself the perfect novel. It is a stand-alone novel written as a different genre than the high fantasy or historical romantic fantasy that the author is known for with her Banewrecker and Kushiel series. Santa Olivia seems to be a combination of heroic fantasy with a dash of comic book science fiction and romance. It is truly a beautiful novel that blends memorable characters with a compelling storyline that will touch all readers (with the possible exception of devout religious folks).

    I found myself finishing the novel in two sittings and growing teary-eyed as the story unfolded. It gives readers hope that in a semi-apocalyptic world there will still be people interested in doing what's right to help the less fortunate. It also shows that no matter one's age, everyone has a talent or skill and that working together as a group can accomplish miracles. My only regret is that Santa Olivia has not yet grown into a series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    Awesome action, and great sense of humor.

    I really appreciate a "super" hero who is powerful because of the community of people who love her. The character of Loup is physically superior to most people around her, but it is the relationship she has with her brother, the Santitos, and her caretakers at the orphanage that guide her to achieve greatness.
    As soon as I finished reading this story, I wanted to begin it again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2009

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    New life in an old legend

    Stories where humans have animal characteristics are likely as old as storytelling, and the super-soldier bit is nearly as ancient. Here, though, the story takes on a different tenor and is fresh again. Instead of a third rate sci-fi thriller where the wolf hybrid takes out legions of soldiers this story instead explores the instance of disposable people, what happens when a society or government chooses to forget the rights of a portion of their population.

    No worries, there's no agonizing morality plays. This is a well told, gripping story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2009

    Different Reading

    This was the first book I have read by this author. I found myself rereading parts of it to keep the thread of the story. Good book though and one I would recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2009

    Unexpectedly powerful

    Being a long-time Carey fan I was a little worried when I read the description of the book. Werewolves? Military projects?.. When I read the first chapter I was hooked. Carey is one of the few authors who are able to pick up such an over-used subject and make it not only her own, but humanely touching, believeable. The main character is multi-dimensional, strong, and (despite everything) original. The romance in the novel is different, human and touching. The reader is submersed into the world in a heartbeat, the transition from your living room to Santa Olivia is instant and seamless. Almost every character in the novel is more than what they seem. Carey is a master in making you believe her, no matter how wild the idea is. This is profound, thought-out, excellent book and I would recommend it to anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Fantastic

    Wonderful book. Characters and motives were fleshed out, i enjoyed this balance of romance and action. There is also wonderful representation in the book with a biracial teenage girl as the main character who falls in love with a girl.

    The story was a super hero-esque build up in terms of motives and action. There are also some great lines, i highly recomend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    The Breakup

    Olivia's POV
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    Hi

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    Great Read especially if you like the whole female special ops thing.

    This book had great characters and you could totally feel the emotions coming from each and every one. THe plot was gripping, the setting almost unbelieveable and everything about the story held on to the deepest reach of the imagination. Definitley a great book and i would recommen it to just about anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    A TKO!

    Sweet and heart wrenching with enough action and thrill to keep you turning pages untill you run out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Very good

    Good trilogy. Very different from her other series, but still very good and very different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Nook friend

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

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    totally new characters-still addictive carey style

    due to some of the reviews, i was hesitant to purchase this new series by carey. like all carey fans, i had fallen in love with the kushiel series & it's line of characters. however! i thoroughly enjoyed this new carey line of characters! they are not the kushiel characters, granted, but then, this isn't a kushiel book. carey's writing style is still obvious, and still addictive. u grow to love these characters, as well. when they linger in ur mind for days, after uve finished the last pg, u have found an author with a gift. looking fwd to the next in the series! all u folks on the fence about this one, like me.....hop off & give this one a try. :)

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

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    Different Carey, Still Fantastic

    I was at first apprehensive about this novel since it is so divergent from Carey's other novels, but in the end I was extremely satisfied. Loup Garron is a girl who just wants to know where she fits in and who she is. It is a book of self discovery in a world lost in time.
    Unlike her Sundering, Kushiel, and Naamah series, it is a short, easy read that I couldn't put down. I am like a moth to a flame when it comes to Carey, and this one didn't disappoint.

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  • Posted September 8, 2009

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    I am a Jacqueline Carey addict!

    Anything this author writes I go out immediately and purchase and then stay up way to late to read it! This was one of my most favorite books I read this summer and have passed it around to everyone I know. Such an interesting twist on post-trama/neo punk. Highly recommended-you won't be sorry

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    Santa Olivia - Jacqueline Carey

    Format: Trade Paperback, 341 pages
    Publisher: Grand Central
    Cover Design: Alan Ayers
    Release Date: May 29, 2009
    ISBN-10: 0-44619817X
    ISBN-13: 978-0446198172

    Santa Olivia is an urban, post-apocalyptic novel concerning a small community caught in a battle of borders and subsequently set apart from the rest of America by the military. A plague threatens the U.S. and the border with Mexico is sealed. Santa Olivia, a small Texas town, is isolated between the walls of the two paranoid countries. The tale of the Garron family (and the town itself) is a study of human alienation, the loss of technological amenities, and isolation. But it is also one of strength and survival under the most demanding of situations. Carey's strength is by far the modeling of her characters. They become so real that you'll begin to feel their emotions after only a few pages. The story delves into the raw emotion of abandonment (on many different levels) and confronts the issue in a very unique way.

    Loup Garron is the child of an incarcerated mother and an "enhanced" father who shows up in the cordoned off city of Santa Olivia. A stranger and "different from other men," he is befriended and then loved by Loup's mother. As the story unravels we find that Loup's father was a genetically engineered human who has super strength and that fear has been completely engineered out of him. When Loup is born in the town square under the statue of Santa Olivia many take it as a sign of protection. But a few years later Loup's mother dies from the plague and she and her brother are forced to move to the local orphanage. Loup's brother, Tommy, begins working at the local boxing gymnasium and realizes that if he becomes a boxer and beats the favored Army boxer he will win freedom for himself and his sister.

    *** SPOILER ALERT ***

    But Tommy dies in a fixed prizefight when his opponent is switched with a twin that is also "enhanced." Loup picks up the mantle and trains to destroy the man who killed her brother. In the end, she wins the fight but is taken into custody when the military realizes that she too is "enhanced." She is tortured and beaten but, with the help of an improbable ally, eventually escapes to Mexico.

    Note: According to legend, Saint Olivia was the beautiful daughter of a noble family. At the age of thirteen she was kidnapped and taken as a slave. Impressed by her virtue and beauty her abductors permitted her to live in a cave as a hermitess. Later, she began to perform miracle cures on the local sick. Consequently she was imprisoned and tortured. She was sentenced to be burnt to death, but the flames would not touch her. She was finally decapitated. Her sainthood is celebrated on June 10th.

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Alternative
    Southeast Wisconsin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2009

    AWSOME!!!

    It was an incredibly incredible read!!! I definatly recomend it!

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Surprising

    This book is very different from the other works I have read by Mrs. Carey. I found this book wonderful, its writing was very descriptive. And without giving away the book how Mrs. Carey depicts the village and the challenges the main character faces are so well done that it actually has you thinking "Could that really occur . . ." It was very good. I really enjoyed this book and found it a refreshing although I absolutely love The Kushiel Genre of books.

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