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Urban paranormal fantasy featuring Gabrielle Cody: Servant. Slayer. Seducer.
Gabrielle Cody has the ability to see the demons among us as they really are-and the responsibility to destroy them. She can't allow anyone to get in her way, even the magnetic Detective Luther Cross. Sensing a malevolent presence watching and stalking her, Gaby is drawn again and again to an abandoned hospital surrounded by an aura of sickness and suffering-and ...
Urban paranormal fantasy featuring Gabrielle Cody: Servant. Slayer. Seducer.
Gabrielle Cody has the ability to see the demons among us as they really are-and the responsibility to destroy them. She can't allow anyone to get in her way, even the magnetic Detective Luther Cross. Sensing a malevolent presence watching and stalking her, Gaby is drawn again and again to an abandoned hospital surrounded by an aura of sickness and suffering-and unimaginable evil.
Posted July 26, 2013
Gaby Cody is a Paladin. The only problem is she is a Paladin now. Raised in foster homes and then taken in by a kindly priest who recognized her for what she is, Gaby has had an unsusual upbringing. She is a combination of warrior and innocent. Det Luther Cross is intrigued by Gaby who doesn't want him to get to close because she is sure he won't believe that the people she has killed are really demons in disguise and that she is working under God's commands. Follow Gaby in her adventure with her landlord/friend Mort, who knows what she is, as they try to stay one step ahead of Det Cross while fighting the evil that crawls through the city.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2012
Posted February 6, 2011
I had to force myself past the first few pages due to their confusing descriptions and use of wording. Once I passed those, however, the novel went by fairly quickly.
First off, I would like to say that you can tell Fantasy/Sci-fi are not Ms. Foster's usual territory. It seemed that she was so focused on developing the romance part of the novel that she completely forgot that there was suppose to be plot development, too. She did bother to come up with a plot but it was neither creative nor original. A doctor abusing patients for their own purposes? A female heroin with special powers trying to stop an evil while a man who is her exact opposite is somehow attracted to her and demands that she do as he says to keep her safe? Nope, not original at all.
I was also annoyed by the complete lack of character history. I felt that Ms. Foster purposely made Gaby an abused victim to foster home with a lack of education. It worked out for Foster seeing as that Gaby as an educational unintelligent person who lack major social skill fit into the story rather well. I just wished that Foster had come up with a better background than that. It just seemed to like a lazy way out. Not to mention that she barely mention's Mort's history, and Luther's is just non-existent.
All in all, the story didn't seem original or well developed but I couldn't stop myself from reading it. I admit it's not a great novel, or even good for that matter. I still must also admit that I liked it and couldn't put it down. I bought the book for the paranormal aspect but ended up reading it for the romance. I just had to see if Luther and Gaby hooked up. However, Gaby's personality and mouth made it hard. I understand that they way she talked and acted was part of the character that was Gabrielle Cody, yet all her foul language and agreeableness made the novel unpleasant to read. I am not offending by cursing, but Gaby's was excessive to the point of annoying. Growing up where I have, it was unbelievable, however.
An interesting book if not taken seriously.
Posted March 8, 2010
This series if develop further has the potential of being just fascinating. For a first book it has some kinks to it but it kept me wanting to know more and still interested in a follow up book. It is not everyday I come across a one character book, specially in the paranormal genre, that makes me want to read more. I get turn off by heroines who just keep going from hunk to another hunk and can't make up their mind as to whom they want, so to see this really tough lady fall for a really cool, tough and dare I say sensitive guy, was refreshing to read.
There were some strange scenes that left me a litle confused at times, but nothing that can't be overcome with a little more attention to detail in the future by the author or maybe the editor who probably cut too much off the book.
I have never read a book by this author before so I feel I need to be fair and give her another try, who knows it was probably not even her fault. So if you are looking to try something new and never read from this author, hey give a try..it not a bad book and it has promise. Happy reading as always!
Posted August 11, 2009
Posted July 17, 2009
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This encouraging start to a new urban fantasy series was unique and intriguing but at the same time the story felt incomplete and sometimes corny. Gaby a young demon slayer, a loner, living life in isolation even though she's in the middle of a crowd, has her life and mission interrupted when a nosy cop, Luther, suspects her of murdering and mutilating a poor soul. To the normal human eye, this unfortunate person looks like a regular human but to Gaby, she sees the demons hiding within. She is a paladin, a warrior of god, doing his bidding. Blessed with strength, speed and agility she carries out gods justice with no mercy. Gaby has a bad attitude and an even more unpleasant disposition but she was also innocent and vulnerable. Forced to let the cop into her life, Gaby experiences and allows little rays of joy in her seclusion. The story was dark, gritty, extremely predictable and sometimes disturbing but nonetheless interesting and entertaining. However, the author didn't exactly explain where Gaby came from, are there any other paladins around. Where, how and why do these demons take over these susceptible humans? I'm still confused if Gaby was actually killing demons or ugly sick people? Sometimes I thought she was a deranged young girl, seeing "dead people". In contrary to all the inconsistencies in the story, I see a potential for a really great series. I have therefore decided to give this series a chance and read the next book The Acceptance. I recommend this book for those with patience.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 28, 2008
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This book was fun to read. It had a great flow in the writing. Was verry hard to put down. It had a touch of a romantic theme. I enjoyed this book alot. I'm sure you will as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 14, 2008
Overall I liked this book, but I had problems with some parts of it. Gaby is only 21 and she has so much to learn, but she is so rude and has such a foul mouth. Mort is her landlord and a wimp, but becomes her sidekick later in the book. Luther is a cop and may in a future book, become her lover, future love? Gaby is a type of Slayer? She hunts down evil. I will have to read the next book in the series to see if I grow to like Gaby any better.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2008
I was at a Lori Foster book signing a few weeks ago and picked up this book. She told me it was a different style for her and a little scary so I was ready for that. Didn't like 1. Gaby only being 21. By that age your adult personality is barely formed. 2. The age difference between Luther and Gaby. He was old enough to be her father. Ick! 3. Gaby sounded unattractive in appearance and attitude and Luther's total opposite so why was he drawn to her? 4. Hard to decide whether Gaby was a good guy or a bad guy. However I think Lori was laying the groundwork on this one and that her characters will be more fleshed out and likeable in the next book in the series which I plan to get. **I too noticed that the cover drawing did not look like how Gaby was described at all but I think that was supposed to be Gaby's alter ego, the heroine in her graphic novel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 1, 2008
I've never read anything by this author, but I look forward to reading more. I was transfixed. Could not wait to read more of this book. So much fun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 30, 2007
Posted December 15, 2007
the only thing i liked about this book was the heroine's independence and her relationship with the detective. i didn't find the religious aspect of the book entertaining nor the use of villainous cancer patients. however, if you're one for romance, then this should do it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 8, 2007
I've never read anything by Lori Foster but I loved this book and read it in a day. I get really tired of the damsel in distress romances and Gaby is defenitely not a weak, simpering female. I love it when the woman is strong, independent and smart and stays that way. In a lot of romances the girl is supposed to be these things but it all goes out the window when the guy comes around. Anyway, great Buffy-ish character and a paranormal romance that you can believe.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2007
The story was a little confusing. Gaby has way too many problems. Too much profanity for a women that young. The plot of the story is interesting and has a lot of action. I enjoyed it some what.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2007
The book was like a drug. I just got sucked in and kept wanting more and more. I loved the discriptions and details through out the book, it really made me feel like I was right there watching it all unfold. These kind of books, normally are not my type of books but Lori opened a new door for me and I really appreceate it. I really loved this book and can't wait for the next one to come out in December of next year.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Demons live amongst us looking like normal humans most people cannot distinguish a demon from a mortal. Gabrielle ¿Gaby¿ Cody is unique as she can and believes she has a divine responsibility to destroy these evil essences. Her burden as a demonic assassin has left Gaby all alone.--------------- Detective Luther Cross is attracted to the enigmatic Gaby, but fears she is a serial killer. Still he wants to help her even though he does not understand her. He also realizes he can feel for her kindhearted loser of a landlord Morty Vance, comic book storeowner, who worships her as if she is warrior princess starring in his favorite comic books that she secretly draws. Still though she would like things different, Gaby believes no relationships can be for her as her holy mission comes first before love and soul-mates especially a nosy cop.------------- This is an entertaining paranormal romantic suspense that grips readers from the moment Luther crosses swords with Gaby and never slows down as he struggles with her vigilantism and she with her solo act. Morty serves as a sidekick although he is unaware of what his heroine does even as her comic books are autobiographic. Romantic fantasy readers and fans of Buffy and the movie They Live will want to read the first tale in the human war against demons.-------------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2007
Writing as LL Foster, Lori Foster introduces us to a dark new world and the characters who inhabit it. This is a sharp departure from her previous writing and only adds to her reputation as a great author. The main character, Gabrielle Cody, carries a dark secret that involves demons and her ability to see them for what they are in the population. She is also called upon to destroy them, which has alienated her from society up until now. She has no friends and no desire for them. This first story in what is going to be a series does a great job of letting us get to know Gaby and the new men in her life who will bring about great changes within her and around her. She does a fair amount of growing as a character from page 1 till the end. Her male lead is typical Foster-style hero: gorgeous and alpha. However, he finds he must hold back some, which is NOT typical Foster-style hero, because he isn't sure if Gaby is good or bad. I really liked the blend of some romance with the darkness and fighting evil. I can't wait for the next installment to see where it will take Gaby next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2007
I just finished the first book by L L Foster, better known as Lori Foster. This book is in totally different world than anything written by her before. This book is an urban fantasy at its best. It is a paranormal, but differs from the common paranormal books out there. Gaby Cody is a young woman with a calling to hunt evil and to destroy it. She can see dark auras of pure evil. Her mother died in childbirth. She never had a family, but just an old priest who helped guide her gift. But now he is dead. And she is alone. Luther Cross is a police detective who notices the lone waif living in a bad neighborhood. And when dismembered bodies start showing up is Gaby¿s wake. Luther is force to look into Gaby¿s life. Then evil take a notice of Gaby and Luther is faced with deciding to protect or arrest the woman he is fascinated with. I love this new series and now impatiently waiting for more,Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 15, 2007
I have Lori Foster on my auto buy list and was priveleged to read this book. I have never read anything other then contemporary romance so this was a stretch for me. I was drawn in from the beginning and was again amazed at the incredible writing talent of Lori aka LL Foster. Gaby is one who finds bad demons and destroys them. I loved the way Lori details the encounters with the demons and truly shows the evil. Luther is another winner for me and a little different from the other characters Lori has written in the past but great just the same. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants something different and a read that is a real page turner. I really enjoyed it and will be eagerly awaiting the next LL Foster book. It is exciting to finally find something that I can enjoy besides the traditional books I have read. GabWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 11, 2009
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