The Hunter (Crossfire Series #2)

The Hunter (Crossfire Series #2)

by Gennita Low

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ISBN-13: 9780060591236
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Crossfire Series , #2
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x (h) x (d)

About the Author

Gennita Low writes sexy military and techno spy-fi romance. She's also a roofer and knows 600 ways to kill with roofing tools. A three-time Golden Heart finalist, her first book, Into Danger, about a SEAL out-of-water, won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Romantic Intrigue. Besides her love for SEALs, she works with an Airborne Ranger who taught her all about mental toughness and physical endurance. Gennita lives in Florida with her mutant poms and one chubby squirrel. and

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The Hunter

By Gennita Low

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Gennita Low
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060591234

Chapter One

Velesta, Macedonia

Hrana. A zena.

There were two universal truths when it came to man and his manhood. Both had to do with hunger. And when a man was hungry for both food and woman, he tended to expend a lot of energy in search of getting what he needed. Not just any kind of food. Or woman.

Ja sam gladna.

Hawk opened his eyes. Meditation worked. But not when one was hungry.

He had discovered that he enjoyed meditating -- it slowed the heart down and helped to put things into perspective. And allowed him to keep his cool while living against his code of values for two months. Of course, knowing that any slight betrayal of the truth would put a bullet in his head helped the transition.

But still, his lessons in meditation had pulled him through a few tough moments. He had seen his share of horror in his time -- in bloody battles and their aftermath -- but he had always been on the "good" side, if one could call war good. This time, he had to play a part, and he had to watch the horror and filth of crimes being committed in front of him without being able to do anything about them. He couldn't stop them . . . and it sickened him at night when he lay in bed, with images of girls being raped and used like toilet paper.

He couldn't stop them. And so he had used his new training -- meditation. For the first time in his life as a SEAL, he had to start learning a new weapon that had nothing to do with aiming and shooting.

But Hawk was hungry. He wanted real food. A big thick hamburger dripping with juice, everything on top, the kind that squished out in a mess when one had his mouth around it. He didn't want the generic Mickey D's that were in every corner of the world, with their cardboard taste and thin meat patties. He wanted the real thing, down-home cooking, grilled to perfection the way only a man knew how. Good old American hrana.

So far, there was none in Velesta, Macedonia.

And he wanted a real woman. Not these half-pints parading in front of grown men in darkened kafenas -- or "fashion houses" -- as they were called here. Not females with brutalized eyes that looked older than their real age.

He hungered for a real woman who hadn't been shared by a dozen men a night, who hadn't been kidnapped or tricked into slavery, and who wasn't looking for a husband to get out of her situation. So far, in the limited world he had been shuffled through in this, the most notorious crime city in Europe, there were none.

Hawk uncurled from the lotus position. He stretched his legs, scooting forward on the soft featherbed until his feet found the thinly carpeted floor. He got up and strode to the huge antique window, unconcerned that anyone would glance up and see his naked form looking down on them. It was snowing outside. Who would be out there in this weather?

And who would be thinking of hot hamburger meat on a grill? He gave a short bark of laughter. He was used to the harshest of conditions under which to operate. His training had assured him of that. He'd gone from extreme heat to this early winter clime in a space of a few months; he missed the sticky sweaty conditions of jungle warfare, but he'd anticipated the change of venue to Velesta, and he had been mentally prepared.

Tough SEAL. Top covert operative. The local kingpin's newest best friend. Money, drugs, and women handed to him on a platter. And all he really wanted right now was a thick flavorful piece of ground beef between a sesame bun. And a real woman. He laughed again. He was getting a hard-on while thinking about meat. Pathetic.

He looked outside at the first snowstorm of the year. The snow was falling down fast and silently. An early surprise to even the locals. The weather forecasters had made jokes about global warming on the news tonight, saying that God and scientists had forgotten about Macedonia. His lips twisted. They didn't know how close to the truth they were.

If there were different levels of hell, he was in one of the hidden ones. He preferred the war zone to this -- a place where the devils were running the show and appeared to be winning. At least from where he stood.

A whoosh and a thud. Hawk turned quickly, sidestepping the shadowy figure's attack. He swung up, jamming the opponent's hand against the wall. The intruder was wearing black and the material felt cold and damp, indicating that he had come from outside.

Surprisingly nimble, his attacker dodged Hawk's other hand, countering with a kick aimed for his privates. Hawk twisted, but he didn't release the captive hand, even when the kick connected with the side of his thigh. He yanked the arm hard, swung the attacker's body over his shoulder onto the floor, trapping him beneath his own body.

A sharp stabbing pain hit Hawk on the chest. He grunted, reaching up with his free hand to pull the weapon out. It was a hypodermic needle; he could feel the drug's immediate effect even as he grasped the stranger's wrist, bending it back. A pair of legs wrapped around his waist like a steel vise, stopping him from pulling away from the needle. Ignoring the floating sensation rising like thick fog, Hawk tried to press down on the nerve in the wrist, but the other man held on to the needle determinedly, pushing in the plunger. Hawk released the imprisoned hand and reached for the man's throat. Break his neck. That was his . . . only . . . hope. . . .


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The Hunter 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
bluemoon-mermaid More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful spy, adventure, love story of Navy SEAL commander Hawk McMillan and ace CIA tracker Amber Hutchens. Hawk infiltrates the drug and arms-trafficking organization with Amber's help. Gennita Low is writing at her best in this action packed story. I have read all of her books and they all are fantastic. You don't want to miss this one. Be sure to read Virtually His and Virtually Hers along with Sleeping with the Agent. I give all of these books 10 stars!!
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Like from Goldenclan?!?!?!?!!
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Pads in and crouches, sneaking up on a robin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She rushed in with a huge rabbit in her mouth. Sorry i was late. This rabbit really put up a fight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She dipped her head, "Okay Shadowpaw."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining light read. I enjoyed the characters, a little suspense, a little romance. With over 800 pages you feel like it's worth the money. I read all in this series and each were good.
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It was a good suspenseful and playful read. not your normal romance either. It also had a surprise ending that was unpredictible. take the risk to read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first story by Gennita Low and it was great, I plan to read more of her books
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## This book was way too long. 826 pages. I got bored on and off because the story moved too slowly. However, I loved the hero and the heroine both which is the sole reason I rated this book at all. The heroine was a bad-ass, but also sweet, capable and kind. And the hero was just plain hot. Really hot. They had great chemistry and their banter was terrific. There just wasn't enough of them together. Too much unnescessary other stuff including the rapes. And the ending was weak. Suffice it to say....this book needed more romance to balance it out.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gennita Low has written another great story - this time highlighting Hawk and taking off where The Protector ends. With a truly memorable opening, the book just gets better and better.***** Navy SEAL Hawk McMillan has an undercover assignment working for a crime lord in Macedonia, on the trail of illegal weapons. Amber Hutchens is a great heroine who is fulfilling an important mission of her own as well as becoming Hawk's tracker and is not TSTL - one of Low's great trademarks is the smart heroine and Amber is one of the best.***** Watching these two smart and sexy characters work together and fall in love while going on a thrill ride of a story was so much fun I read it twice in one sitting. A definite keeper.***** Now, I want to read about Jed!! Bring on JED!! Oh, and Alex and T, too. Keep 'em coming, Ms. Low!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gennita Low has writing a mesmerizing, thrilling, hotter then hot tale in The Hunter. **** Navy Seal Hawk McMillan has been undercover for months on the most dangerous mission of his career. He is forced to watch unimaginable horrors in order to bring down the local Kingman Dragan Dilaver. He needs a local tracker in Macedonia and is led to café owner Amber Hutchens. **** Amber Hutchens has an agenda of her own. She is spiriting away young girls to a safer place, then at the hands of Dilaver. Her first meeting with Hawk is memorable. Amber realizes Hawk is more then what she sees on the surface. This is a first for Hawk that a woman is invading his thoughts on a mission. ***** Amber and Hawk find a connection that goes beyond their mission. Their conversations are funny, steamy and deeply moving. ***** Gennita Low writes with such depth, compassion and all out passion. It was a treat to revisit Hawk¿s Seal buds. Marlena and Amber¿s first meeting is a hoot¿This book was a treasure to read from beginning to end. Can¿t wait for the rest of the team¿s story. Hopefully some day T and Alex¿s story will be told. Kudos¿.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book pacts it all into one complete story. Watching Hawk and Amber try to outsmart each other is a joy. They use their brains for foreplay and when they do consummate their relationship, it's HOT! Ms Low finds just the right balance between thriller and romance. The action sequences are like a thrill ride while keeping it's focus on the romance and relationship between Hawk and Amber. Ms Low writes some of the smartest books out there and I look forward to more books in the future by her.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Undercover Navy SEAL Hawk McMillan detests his current assignment, pretending to be a traitor working for evil Dilaver especially as he acts helplessly while atrocities occur. Still he knows the importance of the assignment to find the weapon of mass destruction that Dilaver apparently possesses.................... CIA operative Amber Hutchins has worked undercover for four years in Macedonia. She hosts the Last Resort, an American style café in which she obtains information that she passes on to her contacts................... Amber and Hawk meet, but neither wants a partner especially one in which nether can control their desire for the other. Still they have no choice as they work together trying to bring down Dilaver and his cohorts while hoping to not fall in love..................... THE HUNTER is a terrific direct sequel to the fabulous THE PROTECTOR as the latter novel ends with Hawk joining Dilaver¿s team to bring him down. The story line is action-packed but Hawk¿s lament makes it character driven as he feels the taint of his assignment causing him to allow the slaughter of the innocent to occur that will haunt his soul for the rest of his life. Amber is his only light as his disturbed conscience ponders the end vs. the mean. This is a high quality thriller................ Harriet Klausner