Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles Series #1)

Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles Series #1)

by Lori Handeland
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Any Given Doomsday (Phoenix Chronicles Series #1) by Lori Handeland

USA Today bestselling and RITA Award-winning author Lori Handeland takes you into a whole new world—one that will awaken our deepest longings and darkest cravings…

Darkness will summon her

Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Department’s fight against injustice. But when Liz’s foster mother is found viciously murdered—and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene—her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams...of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what in the world do they have to do with her former lover, Jimmy Sanducci?

To places she’s never been before

While the police question Jimmy in the murder, Jimmy opens Liz’s eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them. Now, with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz—ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core…and put the survival of the human race in peril.

“Sexy, dangerous, and a hot as hell page-turner!”—L. A. Banks author of The Vampire Huntress Legends series

“A fresh, fascinating, gripping tale that hits urban fantasy dead-on. Don’t miss this one.”—LL Foster, author of Servant: The Awakening

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312949198
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Series: Phoenix Chronicles Series , #1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Lori Handeland is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Nightcreature Novels, The Phoenix Chronicles and Shakespeare Undead. She is the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA awards, a Romantic Times Award for Best Harlequin Superromance, and the Prism Award from Romance Writers of America. She lives in Wisconsin with her family and a yellow lab named Ellwood.

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Any Given Doomsday 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
verysmallgiant More than 1 year ago
A dark and erotic supernatural thriller. A psychic ex-cop turned bartender finds herself thrust into a dark world of un-humans in the midst of the biblical war between good and evil. Dream, magic and legend are the strands that weave this tale. Faced with losing a beloved friend, and dealing with an ex-lover that is full of surprising secrets, Elizabeth Phoenix is forced to find her way through a world she never would have believed existed. A steamy, action packed romp through an alternate reality. For fans of the supernatural, it is well worth the time. I look forward to the series.
katbella More than 1 year ago
1st in series and can't wait for more
Dianne57 More than 1 year ago
Lori opens the new Series "The Phoenix Chronicles" by introducing us to Elizabeth Phoenix; ex-Milwaukee cop, psychic and as we soon find out so, so much more. Elizabeth is very much like you and me, ( paraphrased from back cover) "she's lost her partner, job, a man - but she keeps going on." And that say just about everything that you'll need to know about this book. "She keeps going on."
We soon find out that the end of the world as we know it is soon coming; and through a variety of things that happen to Elizabeth, she will be the only one to stop it. Lori has set up this world wonderfully, her characters are vividly drawn and perfect, you either sympathize with them, love them , dislike them, or even hate them...Lori knew what she was doing when she wrote them.

A fast paced read, filled with many questions. But unlike some authors, Lori actually take the time to give us enough answers that we never feel frustrated or cheated and leaves just enough unanswered questions to keep us wanting more. Though the characters could certainly bemoan the hand that fate has dealt them, they don't. This makes for a very refreshing read, and may I also mention that Elizabeth is reminiscent to Jessie McQuade, the female lead from "Blue Moon". She's tough, sharp, wise cracking, and funny as hell.

Ms Handeland makes a point of mentioning Laurell K Hamilton and wanting to write urban fantasy. Well I'm here to tell you that Lori has outdone herself, let me explain: When Liz gained a new power from sex magic (yes that's how she gains new powers), she does get a bit upset with the new status quo. She had never wanted any power to start with and had hoped there was a way to get rid of it...(sound familiar to you yet? Does Ms Hamilton's character Richard come to mind?) but this from her mentor/sex magic partner Sawyer, brought it into context for her - "Did it occur to you that if you don't follow your destiny, if you become the normal woman you think you wish to be, the world you wish to be normal in will no longer exist?" And with this one simple deep thought and phrase Liz accepts who and what she is. I wish Ms Hamilton would take a page from Ms Handleland and realize that her characters need to learn this lesson.

I encourage you to read this first book in this new and exciting series. I know I will be waiting with bated breath for the next installment "Doomsday Can Wait", to be released in May of 2009.
SpiritLioness More than 1 year ago
From the very first page, I loved this book. It drew me and and kept me wanting more. Best of all, it had a little bit of everything that I love all wrapped up in one package - Mystery, Fantasy, Mysticism/Supernatural and Romance. As a bit of a warning, there's a few sex scenes and not all of them are consensual. I wasn't expecting it, but it works well in the story. Liz Phoenix is a psychic and considers her gift to be more of a pain than a blessing especially after it got her partner killed when she was on the police force. Due to that incident, she finds herself working in a cop bar owned by her partner's widow. She's 'called' away from one morning by an inexplicable force compelling her to visit Ruth's house where she finds the woman, her foster mother, dying from an attack. Ruth tells her that the final battle has begun and it's up to her before gripping her hand which causes Liz to black out only to waken in the hospital. That single event leads Liz down a path reliving some of the memories and places of her childhood. For starters, she has to deal with having to work with her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy, who she kicked out her life years ago. Mix that with being plunged headfirst in the reality of the hidden world around her and a new power she has no real idea about. Now she's got to learn and accept her role in this 'new' reality while fighting her own demons. The pace of the book is great and it's an easy, fun read. The writing draws you into the story, captivating your attention and leaves you wanting more at the end.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Phoenix used to be a police officer but you can't be a cop and a psychic.  Now she's a private investigator and a bartender.  One night she got the undeniable urge to go see her foster mother.  When she arrived she found her bleeding, torn up, and barely alive.  She stayed alive long enough to transfer her powers and knowledge as a seer to Elizabeth, she said a few words and then she died.  Elizabeth woke up in the hospital four days later and that's when her adventure begins.  She is the new leader of the Light and must be trained well and soon. Absolutely fantastic!  Elizabeth meets a lot of different creatures in this story but most are just introductions to some she might encounter later in this series.  She must learn so much, so fast, that the story might seem rushed.  If you know what she's become, then you know there's no time to waste.  Things must happen quickly!  I'm heartbroken over Jimmy and what they went through but we'll have to see now that turns out in future books of the Phoenix Chronicles series.  I'm hooked on another amazing series by an equally amazing author!  I look forward to the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to recive this book as an ARC and just finished reading it. Although i have never heard of Lori Handeland before i opted to give the book a try. I was not disappointed. Lori Handeland has created a world so vivid and imaginative that you won't want to put this exquiste book down! She not only has the talent and skills to match Laurell K Hamilton but her story leaves you wanting more right away. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Laurell K Hamilton. I can't wait for the second installment in what is sure to be a quick favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Phoenix has always wanted to be normal but she's never fit in anywhere. She never knew her parents and was a street urchin until she was taken in by her foster mother, Ruthie. And, oh yeah, she's a psychic. She's working as a bartender when she's compelled to leave in the middle of her shift to go to her foster mother. She finds Ruthie lying in a pool of blood barely clinging to life. Ruthie lives just long enough to tell her it's up to her, the final battle has begun. Elizabeth finds she's now the leader of a band of seers and demon killers at the dawn of the Apocalypse. The book leaves the reader anxious for the next installment in spite of a whiny heroine who just wants to be 'normal.' Her whining goes on for far too long considering she clearly doesn't have a choice. The bad guys have been trying to kill her ever since tneir successful attack on Ruthie! She seems to have adjusted by the end of the book and hopefully her character will continue to mature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me right a way . I can hardly wait to read all books in the series.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This book was great, it is the first book in The Phoenix Chronicles by Lori Handeland. Elizabeth is a psychic ex-cop. Elizabeth finds her foster mother Ruthie dying because she was attacked by something. Before Ruthie dies, she says something and then something passes into Elizabeth which puts her in a coma. When Elizabeth wakes up she realizes that she is not normal any longer, and soon realizes that Ruthie has passed some kind of powers to Elizabeth. Now Elizabeth finds herself in battle with all different types of supernatural creatures. This book will keep your attention until the end. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the start of a promising new good versus evil series. The tale is well written with realistic and mostly likeable characters. The good versus evil war is within each person as well as a literal good guys versus bad guys war. Ultimately, love will win. At least that is Ruthie's promise at the conclusion of the first episode. I look forward to Liz's and the Federation's future battles.
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First bok in a fab series.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jen: This is the first book in Lori Handeland's new series, The Phoenix Chronicles. These books follow Liz as she comes to terms with her new life, exploring her new powers, and saving the human world from destruction. Book two is scheduled for release in mid 2009. I won this book in an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) drawing on Library Thing. It was my first full length Lori Handeland novel. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. The publishers aren't marketing the book as romance, where in the past her books were. I always get a little nervous when an author deviates from the genre he/she gained their fan base. But I think there's enough "romance" --perhaps not in the traditional sense, seeing as there isn't a happily ever after -- to keep fans happy. I like this world Lori created. She pulled paranormal creatures from a variety of cultures to spin a unique world. And the character of Liz is unlike any I'd read before. She's thrown into this bizarre world, has this totally unique role and is so unsure of herself, stumbling through her new role in life, yet she deals with it with sarcasm and trial and error. I think it was the sarcasm that won me over. A word of warning though. If you have a weak stomach when it comes to blood and gore, you're forewarned.
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iluvvideo More than 1 year ago
Fast,easy read. Interesting characters and plot. Graphic sex is used as a major plot mover. Some of the minor characters and background plot were underdeveloped. It seemed to be quickly plotted and I wished I knew more about Phoenix and her world. But all in all I am looking forward to the sequel.
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