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Review: Hunting the Shadows by Alexia Reed

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Hunting the Shadows
Author: Alexia Reed   
Release Date: May 7, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Shadow Ops #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi
Format(s): E-book, Audible Audio
Book Source: Author
About the book:
Amy has spent her entire 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 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?
What G & U are talking about:
Hunting the Shadows is the exciting debut novel in the Shadow Ops series.  Ms. Reed delivers a nail biting, rich and adventurous new world.  Gikany and Una cannot wait until the next novel in this series comes out.
If you have ever liked or followed X-Men or other superhero type novels, this may be the series for you.  The world building is seamlessly woven into a whodunit plot.  A covert government agency has developed physically advanced assassins and uses them until they are no longer useful.  They develop these assassins by culling children and altering their DNA.  Then they put them through tests and trials to hone them into powerful weapons.  However, if they fail, well, let’s just say they do not get to return home or get a desk job.  
JC is one of these assassins, raised to be a powerful weapon as well as a scientist who works to train more.  However, his conscience can no longer take the stress of the fate of those students who fail.  He tries to make a dramatic statement and free the children under him – and fails.  “Reprogrammed,” he is returned to duty to finish finding a killer that is a traitor to the ops.  It seems one of their own is preying on his teammates – and he or she must be found.
Amy is a telepathic-empath who is so sensitive she was never able to develop shields as a child.  Overwhelmed by the emotions and thoughts of others, she had her first seizure at three years of age.  Imprisoned in the Psych Ward – she continues to be tested and “trained” to be a powerful weapon for the Council.  However, she strives not to be what they wish her to become.  To prevent herself from becoming a monster to be used and abused, she reaches out to JC – the only person who seems receptive to her telepathic “pages.”  As JC is the chief investigator trying to find the killer and Amy, unfortunately, is able to meld with the killer’s mind, they team up to try to find the killer before it is too late.  
This is a fairly dark world where the hero and heroine work hard to find some semblance of happiness amidst what is a very depressing existence.  Well, depressing if you possess a conscience and some-what mainstream moral code.  Hunting the Shadows is a fast read simply because it is difficult to put down.  The relationship that develops between Amy and JC is touching but not without its obstacles.  The drama of trying to find the killer is just as intriguing.  Even with the resolution of the ending, there are still a few lingering questions about some characters.  
We are excited that there is already a book 2 (tentatively titled Unleashing the Shadows) and possibly a book 3.  Una scoured the author’s website (which has some fun facts and character extras if you are so inclined) but cannot determine who are the leading characters in the next book.  However, Gikany and Una look forward to finding out.  Check out this new world and writer, especially if you enjoy a little sci-fi in your paranormal romance.  You won’t be disappointed!
Their Rating:
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
Purchase Info:
Hunting the Shadows


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