Item description for Grave Illusions by Gardiner Lina...
New York City is in the grasp of a deadly, unseen enemy. At least unseen by normal society. Lieutenant Jess Vandermire, New York City police officer, is uniquely specialized to recognize and fight this threat. It's her job to forge a black ops team, an assortment of men and women who wouldn't be considered for the job under normal circumstances. But these aren't normal circumstances. The team has to be tough and, if need be, expendable. Jess understands what she's fighting and what's at stake. For her, it's all about retribution until ex-cop John Brittain is recruited to her team. Suddenly, her priorities aren't quite so easily definable. John Brittain has a chip on his shoulder and is as tough as they come. But is he ready for the whole truth? That combating "super" vampires whose primal need for blood and the addictive drug "Sunshine" is only the beginning of their problems? And when Jess tells him the truth about herself, will he stay and fight or will he turn against her and not only threaten their lives but destroy the fragile relationship developing between them?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.62 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2007
Publisher ImaJinn Books
ISBN 1933417951 ISBN13 9781933417950
Availability 112 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 22, 2017 08:29.
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Grave Illusions Dec 19, 2007
Paying the penance for the murder of his ex-partner, shamed cop John Brittain never expects to be given a second chance. Especially not with an elite special ops unit that happens to be headed up by Jess Vandermire, a vampire with a partial soul working to keep the streets safe from vampires who take their pleasure in feeding on unsuspecting humans. Though hesitant, Britt understands he needs to be on the inside to figure out why his apartment building has suddenly become the dropping ground for drained bodies. With Jess's help he will have to learn how to survive against vampires who are stronger and quicker than he. With gut instincts as his guide, Britt and Jess just may have a chance to help clear up the vampire infestation, that's if they both can make it through the fight still in one piece.
I can't tell you how long I waited to get Grave Illusions in my hands, vampires and danger are two subjects I salivate over and this one looked to be just the fix I needed. From the start Britt, the human lead in the story, makes himself an invaluable ingredient, from his firm principles to just knowing how he'd survived a time in his life that would have crushed weaker men. Jess, tortured vampire attempting to make up for the wrongs of her brethren by becoming what amounts to a woman-led army turns out to be an engaging heroine. Tougher than most male heroes, I wondered at times if she would ever soften up and allow herself a little bit of joy. Overall I think this is a good beginning to a series that could become groundbreaking with a few changes. Like speed up some of the action, it took too long for certain parts of the story to come together which leaves Lina Gardiner with the risk of losing readers if they aren't willing to wait out the lull periods. Also let's see more action between Britt and Jess; if others around her can find love so can she. I can't wait to see what's in store for Jess next because if the ending was an indication she won't be resting for long.
Indy reviewed for Joyfully Reviewed
I loved this book! Jul 6, 2007
I have to admit, I'm not a vampire connoisseur. I don't read a lot of vampire books, have never read Anne Rice and generally like my fiction to be 'real'. Having said that, I picked up GRAVE ILLUSIONS and totally devoured it. It's one of those books that once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down. Excellent character development and good story. Good work, Lina! I hope to read many more Jess Vandermire books.
Fantastic storytelling Mar 17, 2007
Though part of NYPD, Jess Vandermire feels all alone; as far as she knows she is the only vampire with a soul. Her mission in life is to stop her soulless cousins from feeding on humans. Her quest has recently become extremely difficult as an ancient genetically altered one has taken control of the vampire horde and organized them into a smooth fighting force.
John Brittain feels his life is over ever since he lost his police job following his killing of his partner Randy during a dispute between them. A reluctant Jess, knowing she needs help even if that goes against her fight alone nature, asks Britt to join her top secret team as a full member of NYPD, but provides no further info except people will die. With his former boss at the meeting encouraging him, Britt accepts. However, he will soon learn how dangerous their mission is when evidence surfaces that Jess' war ties in to his partner's death. As they work together, they fall in love, but he is human and she is vampire.
The lead couple is a fascinating pair who finds their world suddenly turned upside down and not just because they fall in love. She is a loner who suddenly becomes a police lieutenant running a NYPD black ops team; he is an alcoholic who suffers from depression who suddenly is back on the force he loves after having no hopes for any future. Together, along with other recruits, they make a formidable team as they battle killer vampires using a dangerous drug Sunshine to enhance their prowess. Though the story line starts a bit slow while Britt makes up his mind whether to join or not, fans will appreciate the adventures of Jess Vandermire, vampire hunter.
A Novel You Can Sink Your Teeth Into Mar 16, 2007
This paranormal thriller by Lina Gardiner was a novel we could sink our teeth into. It is fine first effort showing Gardiner's familiarity with the essential elements of the genre. Looking forward to reading more of her work.