Hunting the Shadows

Hunting the Shadows

by Alexia Reed

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Amy has spent her life in isolation. Locked away in the Centre, a secret government facility where children with extraordinary abilities are raised as highly skilled fighters, she longs for a normal life. A life where being around people doesn't overload her sensitive telepathic mind. A life where she can't see through the eyes of a murderer as he hunts down his next victim...

J.C. Nikolaiev was a top researcher, but when his conscience got the better of him, he tried to destroy his work and free his subjects—and was imprisoned as a traitor. To save himself and prevent more people from dying, J.C. must catch the serial killer stalking the halls of the facility. But his only leads come from a woman whose thoughts have invaded his mind...

Finally out of the psych ward, Amy joins forces with J.C. to find the killer before he closes in on them. Can their growing attraction withstand the truths they uncover?

80,000 words

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ISBN-13: 9781426893735
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/07/2012
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 764 KB

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He hated to admit it, but if he'd listened to the warnings of his stalker, he might have avoided this clusterfuck.

J.C. Nikolaiev whipped his body through thick brush, ignoring the pain that tore up his side, every muscle in his body tense as he searched the shadows for an explanation of the voice in his head.

"Listen to me. You need to get off the mountains."

He was losing his mind. He'd finally lost his sanity in this world where monsters really did exist in the form of the psychic agents he served with…had served with.

Monsters didn't always hide in the closet. Sometimes they looked like regular people with abilities too terrifying to imagine.

Like him.

He couldn't stop moving. If he didn't escape and seek medical help soon he was going to be in deep shit. He was losing too much blood, the sticky wetness already soaking the material of his shirt against his side. His hand shook as he pressed it against his ribs but nothing alleviated the agony of the cuts.

J.C. glanced over his shoulder toward the smoke that lifted in the distance, snaking through the trees and around the rocky ledges of the mountainside. The fire from the explosion might have slowed the agents down, but they weren't far behind.

Hunched against the chill of the wind, he limped over a fallen, rotted tree, fingers tightening around his gun as he quickened his pace.

"Move, J.C., before they find you."

"Damn it." Pressure built behind his eyes as the words buzzed inside his head, the sensation unnerving and warm.

He studied the overhang of rock and the darkness beneath it. As much as he hated to give the voice credit, whoever she was, she was right. Staying still meant giving up and he was far from ready to hand himself over to be executed.

"Who are you?"

"Someone trying to help. You need to hurry before you're surrounded."

"No shit, Sherlock." He stepped off the path toward the sound of trickling water. His pace slowed to a stagger, his movements dulled by the gnawing pain. If he could follow the river down the mountain…

"The trap has been set at the ridge."

Damn them. How had they gotten in front of him? Frustration made his pulse jump, his fingers curling into a tight fist until pain radiated up his wrist. J.C. shoved the woman's words away and stepped cautiously over a log.

Branches rustled overhead and he turned sharply toward the threat, catching a blur of movement in his peripheral vision. They were closing in.

A man jumped from the thick canopy of leaves above.

His assailant dropped into a roll, then fired a gun as he came to his feet. J.C. jerked to the right and lifted his hand to create a shield of air. He'd already aimed his own gun, pulling the trigger, but the man had already disappeared in the thick forest.

J.C. ran. He harnessed his psychic energy, focusing his mind on the ground until he could feel everything that made it up—not only the rock but also sediment and organic material. Directing his ability down, he scattered the molecules. Rocky plates pressed up against each other, the ground lifting and falling to create a wall of dirt.

Ahead, the jagged path was riddled with sharp drops. A misstep and his ankle gave out, the wind snatching his grunt of pain. He didn't have time to regain his balance or retrieve the fallen gun. Someone crashed into the back of his knees and he fell hard. His forehead cracked soundly against a tree—the impact making his vision darken.

Warm blood slid from his hairline, down the side of his face.

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Hunting the Shadows 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BooksnKisses More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. This seems to be the first book by this author and I was not sure what to expect but this book had the feel of Christine Feehan’s “GhostWalkers” series. At first when I read the synopsis I wondered if it was going to be a take off of Feehan’s books but this book really stands alone and while it has the same feel to it the fact is this book can only be compared to “GhostWalkers” because it is set in an institution and there is telepathy being used. That being said if you enjoy the “GhostWalkers” series you can not miss this book. I can imagine Reed’s writing evolving to become a very well known name in the paranormal world. This book had excitement, romance and suspense. I did not want to miss a word of it. Yes, I do believe Reed has some work to do to reach the pinnacle of say someone like Feehan but I believe she could do it in time. The character of Amy is simplistic and yet intriguing. She has so many talents and yet has been locked away her whole life so while she can kill a man with her mind she has never touched grass and the joy she gets from doing that is endearing. J.C. is an interesting character. While you can sense how he feels for Amy there are a number of times you wonder if he really is on her side or is he just being “a company man” and doing what he has to do. I would have been happier to if I had met more of the background players and they had been given more of a storyline since I found it easy to identify the killer pretty early. I enjoyed the intimate communication between Amy and J.C. very much and wish there had been a little more of it in the personal setting and not just in time of stress but the few times we heard the personal conversations I feel it brought more connection to the couple. This is a really good book and if you like romantic suspense then you will really like this book. I look forward to watching the growth of this author and can’t wait to see where she takes her career. REVIEWED BY: Kimberly NUMBER OF STARS: 4 Stars
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by Ashleigh Review Copy Provided by the Author Warning… there are mild spoilers ahead. While I wanted to like this story, not only because this a new genre for me but because the blurb made it sound so interesting. I found that the entire first 65 pages that I muddled my way through was so convoluted that I by then I couldn’t understand who was a good guy or bad guy. Time seemed to be irrelevant, and often things happened that just plain didn’t make sense to me. One minute J.C. is being charged with murder and treason, and the next he is a free man back in charge of his men looking for a killer. The addition of Amy, and her abilities, really made me want to read this if for nothing else to see how the author tied in the psychic angle, but again I was disappointed. It seemed that JC and Amy could communicate to each other, along with she could implant memories in his mind somehow rewriting what he remembers, but yet he has no idea who she is or why she is in his facility under his direction. More than once I had to reread sections to see if I missed something and each reread just confused me even more. I hope that others can find enjoyment in her writing, because the writing itself was good – and a great job on editing the section I got through – but the irrelevant time and just general fluidity to the entire story line (not in a good way) made me give this book a seedling (1 star) rating. This won’t stop me from reading other works in the future from Alexia Reed, just this one was not at all like the blurb made it sound.
SmittenWithReading More than 1 year ago
My Review: I loved this book. It was a sci-fi suspense, but the book never left the Centre, so you never really got bogged down in this world. What you do know of it is of the Centre and the horrific way they treat these children, soldiers, and experiments. If this is a glimpse into the future, I don't want any part of it because it is NOT pretty. The Centre is creating a new kind of soldiers who have special abilities...ranging from telekinesis to pyrokinesis to telepathy. They create these soldiers from children and don't care how they get results...just that they get them. These children and soldiers are raised with the daily threat of torture and death if they do not perform according to the Centre's needs. It's truly a horrific existence. JC is a soldier and one of the lead scientists at the Centre. Although he's been raised at the Centre, he knows what the Centre is doing is wrong. At the beginning of this book, is doing everything he can to change it, but his rebellion fails. But that failed rebellion brings him to Amy, a mental patient who's been on the psych ward at the Centre almost her entire life. Ironically, even though she's truly on the edge of a complete meltdown, she manages to save JC. Her powers are truly amazing. I loved the characters of JC and Amy. Like most within the Centre, they realize how truly evil the power is at the Centre. Unfortunately, they've learned this with extremely harsh and horrific first-hand experiences. BUT they find salvation from the horror through each other. They truly become a lifeline for the other. A true partnership in every way and I loved that. I'm thrilled to see that this looks like this is a start of a series. I'm already intrigued by Stefan and Macmillan's story and want to know more about the entire squad. It's an interesting premise. This book was fabulous in that the romance was absolutely breath-takingly beautiful. I felt the connection between these two characters through every part of the story. But there was also a fantastic suspense story line. i had no clue who the serial killer was, and while I wasn't surprised by who it was, I definitely did not see that person's identity coming. It was really just a fabulous read and I look forward to more in this series.