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Red (2008)

af Jordan Summers

Serier: Dead World (1)

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War is brewing in a near-future world where murder is all but unheard of & the existence of creatures known as the Others has yet to be proven. Gina Santiago is a member of an elite team in charge of protecting the world. She's devoted her life to catching criminals that prey on society - & now she's after the worst one yet.… (mere)

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I enjoyed reading this introduction to the Dead world series. I found Red to be a fantastic character. The addition of Morgan made it that much better. ( )
  STACYatUFI | Oct 12, 2010 |
I picked this book up, not realizing it was a romance novel. And, it was actually very well written. Theres some oddness with the timeline of this world (for example, when did this war happen..) and the ecology of the world doesn't make sense for example, large predators survived such as wild dogs, but no trees or water?.

At first, I wasn't sure if I liked the character of Red. She's this kick ass heroine at first, but melts at the first man who she's truly attracted to. Its a bit sterotypical, except that Red has a lived a very sheltered life, with very little human contact but lots of violence. Its a romance. The characters got hot and heavy at a moments notice. It detracts from the story, but it is labeled as paranormal romance...

Its essentially a werewolf and vampire story created by technology, set in a post apocalyptic future. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Sep 7, 2009 |
RED by Jordan Summers. I was lucky enough to win an autographed copy from one of Cheyenne McCray's contests. The author of Red describes her book on the inside as a "gritty love" story. It's gritty. Set in the future, America, and presumably the rest of the world is suffering from a depleted ozone layer, resulting in depletion of forests, grasslands, etc. Some animals of become extinct. The United States of America has dissolved, with republics arising, like the Republic of Arizona, the Republic of the Floridian Islands, etc. The outside of the republics are considered no-mans land, with no law. The larger cities are contained withing huge domes to provide atmosphere, protection from the sun.

Gina Santiago, the heroine works for an elite tactical team (International Police Tactical Team, IPTT) that protects all the republics from each other. Her grandfather is in charge of this agency. There is mystery surrounding her families' death. Both parents and a sister have died, so she was brought up by her grandfather. She has episodes, where she wakes up covered in blood, with torn clothing but no scratches. She has no memories of whatever has happened. Gina has a nickname, Red, that has nothing to do with hair color, and a lot to do with her expert marksmanship. Gina is an outsider, many of her co-workers consider her strange.

Bodies have been found of women who have been partially eaten and Gina, who finds one of these bodies has the gut feeling that there is more to the supposed animal attack than meets the eye. She insists of investigating, but has to do it on her own time. This leads her to a border town, where she meats Morgan Hunter. She finds the townspeople strange, and the sheriff (Morgan) seems to have an amazing amount of power over the townspeople. She is attracted to him, even though she suspects he is hiding something.

There are passages written in the first person from the person who is killing the women. The rest of the book is written in third person. There are myths of werewolves and vampires - "others' with supernatural powers, who some people believe, but most people deny. The version of Vampires and Werewolves here come from military tweaking and experiments of soldiers from centuries ago. Gina finds out things about herself and others that she doesn't want to believe.

I enjoyed this book very much. There is some sex, a few horrific murders narrated by the murderer, an alpha male, lots of plotting by various characters and adventure action. The world building is good. Jordan Summers paints a believable world with quite a lot of changes from the world we know.

Jordan Summers has written two sequels to Red, Scarlet (coming out in June) and Crimson (November 2009) that continue the story of Gina and Morgan. ( )
  Mardel | Jul 23, 2009 |
Not what I was expecting, but still very good. Futuristic earth, others [Vampires, Werewolves etc] makes for a great Urban Fantasy. Certainly set up for a series, well worth picking up. ( )
  viciouslittlething | Jul 21, 2009 |
"Red" is the beginning of a mainstream, paranormal/urban fantasy series by Jordan Summers who has also written for Ellora's Cave and Harlequin Blaze so I knew to expect a pretty spicy read...and I got it! But paranormal fans should be warned that this series is a bit dark and broody and takes place in a future version of the United States.

Gina is a cop on the International Police Tactical Team (IPTT). She lives in a Northern America ravaged by wars and now divided into strictly controlled territories. Each 'citizen' must be tagged. No tag, no citizenship and no services. For years, rumors of Others have abounded--warriors created in government labs and then destroyed when they became more than their creators intended. Of course, these are just stories told to children and not reality. And even if they HAD existed, they don't anymore...right?

Morgan Hunter is the sheriff of a sleepy border town in the Arizona Territory. He's actually more like the big, bad wolf sheriff since most folks in his town belong to his pack. He prefers quiet without visitors and no single females can enter any pack territory unless they are 'claimed' within three days...too many fights among unmated males. So when Gina shows up to investigate a suspicious death with possible ties to his town, Morgan knows she'll make some noise in his quiet town. But it only takes a sniff for him to realize something Gina herself doesn't know. And now the two will need to work together to bring down a crazed murderer who truly 'hunts' his prey.

The beginning of the book really grabbed me as the story begins inside the head of the killer. His thought processes and enjoyment of his 'fun' is pretty darn creepy. Summers slowly builds her characters and their motivations through first person POV. Early on each chapter change results in a character change and these gradually come quicker and quicker as the plot and action build. The attraction between the main characters is pretty hot and Summers' experience writing erotic love scenes shines through.

The first person POV didn't give me any problems at first, but as the story continued and the action built I began to feel 'distanced' from each character. I'm not sure if it was the quick changes in scene and character or something else, but it became a struggle to feel any connection to the hero or heroine. The hero is very much the Alpha wolf whose character became harder as the story progressed. And the heroine made some pretty stupid moves for an experienced cop. Then Summers began to weave the 'bad, power-hungry politician' part in and it felt a bit jarring to me. Finally, the identity of the bad guy was almost written in neon fairly early on (at least for me). That made the mystery portion of the story rather a bust. I'll still probably read Jordan Summers next book in the series, "Scarlet", to see where this is going, but "Red" isn't one for my keeper shelf. ( )
  jjmachshev | Jun 23, 2009 |
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War is brewing in a near-future world where murder is all but unheard of & the existence of creatures known as the Others has yet to be proven. Gina Santiago is a member of an elite team in charge of protecting the world. She's devoted her life to catching criminals that prey on society - & now she's after the worst one yet.

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